Just when you thought things could not have gotten worse, you find out what the US Government was doing to it’s own people post-WWII. It makes you wonder what all those Operation Paperclip Nazis were thinking?
Well, some of them were thinking about their comrades who went to the Soviet Union instead of America. And what those former co-workers took with them. So they were trying to figure out just what could happen with that information. And the result? They did it to us themselves.
Lisa Martino-Taylor has been doing deep research into the subject as her PhD dissertation. She released her findings 25 Sept 2012 to Leisa Zigman, a reporter at KSDK CBS Channel 5 out of St. Louis MO. Within days of it’s airing, both Missouri Senators, McCaskill (D), and Blunt (R), were demanding answers from the Army.
By 21 Nov 2012, victims of the tests had already started filing lawsuits against the businesses involved, one being Monsanto. This should bring into public the long term effects of the study, which the Army never tracked. And the people responsible picked a welfare housing project where 70% were under 12. Why? Because it was built like the housing in the Soviet Union and poor people didn’t matter to them.
But this was not the only experiment of this type documented in her dissertation. There are pages and pages of them. Here are a few excerpts:
SYNOPSIS OF FINDINGS OF GAO’S DOE’S HUMAN TISSUE ANALYSIS
(As prepared for Senator John Glenn, Committee on Governmental Affairs, May 24,
1995 by the US General Accounting Office). The following represents AEC-sponsored
human tissue tests only; all are related to the testing and effects of radioactive isotopes in
the human body. The information was compiled by the GAO from May, 1994 to March,
1) PROJECT SUNSHINE-Strontium 90 in Man (Based on World-wide
Description: Festuses, single bone samples, and whole medical skeletons of subjects who
had been autopsied were procured from medical scientists worldwide. The study‟s
objective was to determine the strontium-90 content in humans.
DURATION OF STUDY: 1950s
PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS: Primarily 17 stations worldwide, including New
York City, Boston, Houston, and Denver.
NUMBER OF SUBJECTS: 9,000 samples of human bone were procured, including
fetuses, single bone samples from individuals of all ages, and whole skeletons. Samples
from 584 whole fetuses were collected between 1954 and 1959.
2) LOS ALAMOS GENERAL POPULATION STUDY
Description: Tissue was obtained during autopsies performed at various hospitals
throughout the country, and were tested for plutonium levels.
DURATION OF STUDY: 1959 to 1985
PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS: Los Alamos National Laboratory
NUMBER OF SUBJECTS: 1,712
3) THYROID COLLECTION PROGRAM
Description: Thyroid glands were obtained at autopsies nationwide and sent
to Oak Ridge for analysis. The study‟s objective was to measure radioactive
iodine introduced in the body.
DURATION OF STUDY: 1954 to 1958
PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS: Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies
NUMBER OF SUBJECTS: 1,165
4) UNITED STATES TRANSURANIUM AND URANIUM REGISTRIES
Description: Analysis of tissues and whole bodies, from volunteers. Some
tissue solutions and related materials are stored for future study in a national
DURATION OF STUDY: 1968 to present.
PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS: Washington State University
NUMBER OF SUBJECTS: 726—383 living and 343 deceased
5) TRACE ELEMENTS IN HUMAN TISSUE
Description: Tissues and organ were collected from autopsy subjects within
Africa, the Near and Far East, Switzerland, and the United States. The U.S.
cities participating in the study included San Francisco, Cal.; Denver,
Colorado; Miami, Florida; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Dallas, TX;
Richmond, VA; Seattle, WA; Tacoma, WA. The study‟s objective was to
determine the chemical element content of many tissues and organs from
members of the general population.
DURATION OF STUDY: 1950s to 1970s
PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS: University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National
NUMBER OF SUBJECTS: 450
6) TISSUE SAMPLING FOR PLUTONIUM THROUGH AN AUTOPSY
Description: Researchers obtained various tissue samples at autopsy from
deceased persons from two groups: those who had resided locally or some
distance from Hanford (344 people), and those who were employed at the
Hanford facility, and may have been exposed to plutonium at work (77
DURATION OF STUDY: 1949 to 1975
PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS: Hanford Site, Richland, Washington
NUMBER OF SUBJECTS: 421
7) ARGONNE RADIUM STUDY
Description: Tissue was obtained from living and deceased persons who were
exposed to radium, either through the workplace or purposely.
DURATION OF STUDY: Mid 1940s to early 1990s
PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS: Argonne National Labs
NUMBER OF SUBJECTS: 293
There are 59 such projects that are listed, starting at page 235. Some are studies of deceased persons who lived or worked in high risk areas. Some are living persons who lived or worked in high risk areas. Some are persons deliberately exposed for the purpose of the study, with or without the person’s informed consent.
From page 259 through the rest of the dissertation’s 838 pages are the documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Some mighty interesting reading in there.
[Senator] Blunt said in his letter to McHugh that he is “deeply troubled” by the recent disclosures. He asked for details about the spraying and questioned whether radioactive materials were involved.
“The idea that thousands of Missourians were unwillingly exposed to harmful materials in order to determine their health effects is absolutely shocking. It should come as no surprise that these individuals and their families are demanding answers of government officials,” Blunt wrote.
To which I add, so do the rest of us outside of Missouri.