This article is Part 1 of 2. It provides the background and some necessary context as an introduction for what follows, an environment of secret US military activity conclusively supported by thousands of pages of documented evidence.
For the past 70 or so years, the US government waged a war against its own citizens, a reprehensible history of illegal, unethical and immoral experiments exposing countless millions of US civilians
to deadly procedures and pathogens. According to a US Congressional investigation, by the
late 1970s "at least 500,000 people were used as subjects in radiation,
biological and chemical experiments sponsored by the US Federal Government on
its own citizens". The truth is in the tens of millions.
The United States Government
Accountability Office issued a report on September 28, 1994, which stated that
between 1940 and 1974, the United States Department of Defense and other
national security agencies studied hundreds of thousands of human subjects in
tests and experiments involving hazardous substances.
A quotation from the study:
Many experiments that tested various
biological agents on human subjects, referred to as Operation Whitecoat, were
carried out at Fort Detrick, Maryland, in the 1950s. The human subjects
originally consisted of volunteer enlisted men. However, after the enlisted men
staged a sit-down strike to obtain more information about the dangers of the
biological tests. No follow-ups of note were done, nor were records kept, of
the participants. The US military later claimed it had contact information for
only about 1,000 of the original participants. [The] United States biological
defense program contains scores of divisions, departments, research groups,
bio-intelligence and more, by no means all related to "defense" in
From the document: American nuclear Guinea Pigs: Three decades of radiation experiments on U.S.
citizens: Report prepared by the Subcommittee on Energy Conservation and Power,
of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives,
November, 1986: U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1986, 65-0190
"The human subjects were captive audiences or
populations that experimenters might frighteningly have considered
"expendable": the elderly, prisoners, hospital patients suffering
from terminal diseases or who might not have retained their full faculties for
informed consent. ... no evidence that informed consent was granted. ... the
government covered up the nature of the experiments and deceived the families
of deceased victims as to what had transpired. ... subjects received doses that
approached or even exceed presently recognized limits for occupational
radiation exposure. Doses were as great as 93 times the (maximum) body burden recognized".
The paper then proceeds: "Some of the more repugnant or bizarre of these
experiments are summarized below."
The substances used - the "tools of their trade" - included LSD,
heroin, morphine, Benzedrine, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, mescaline, Metrazol,
ether, nerve gases VX and Sarin, toxic chemicals such as zinc cadmium sulfide
and sulfur dioxide, a variety of biological agents, sulfuric acid, scopolamine,
mustard gas, radioactive isotopes, and various dioxins from Dow Chemical. They
also included electroshock, synthetic estrogens, live cancer cells, animal sexual organs transplanted into humans, cow
blood transfusions and much more. Deliberately-transmitted diseases included
syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis, cancer, bubonic plague, beriberi, cholera,
whooping cough, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis and typhoid, Lyme
Disease, hemorrhagic fever and much more.
Experiments were performed on children, orphans, the sick and
mentally disabled, the poor, the black, and prisoners who were given no choice in participation.
Hospital patients were often told they were receiving medical treatment, but
instead were used as subjects in deadly experiments. We will never know the
total number who died. If you don't mind nightmares, do some research on
the CIA's MK-ULTRA program. Many of these experiments continued until the late
1990s and beyond, and many people claim - and provide evidence - that they
still continue today.
These human research programs were funded by the US government and performed
mostly through the CIA and the military, but with full cooperation from most
major universities and hospitals. They were highly secretive, their existence
undiscovered until after many years of operation. Faced with court orders to
release the records, the CIA and military instead destroyed most of the
documents, a few records surviving only by filing and communication errors, the
available evidence covering only a minuscule portion of the violations and
"From 1960 until 1971, Dr. Eugene Saenger, a radiologist at the University
of Cincinnati, exposed poor and mostly black patients to whole body radiation.
They were not asked to sign consent forms, nor were they told the Pentagon funded the study. Patients were exposed, in the period of one hour, to
the equivalent of about 20,000 x-rays worth of radiation." Most of the
patients died, but Dr. Saenger recently received a gold medal for "career
achievements" from the Radiological Society of North America.
From the 1950s onward, mentally disabled children at the Willowbrook State School
in Staten Island, New York were intentionally infected with viral
feeding them an extract made from the feces of infected patients. Saul Krugman
of New York University promised the parents of mentally disabled children that
their children would be enrolled into Willowbrook in exchange for signing a
consent form for procedures that he claimed were "vaccinations." In
reality, the procedures involved deliberately infecting children with viral
Lauretta Bender: The Psychiatrist From Hell. Lauretta Bender was a neuropsychiatrist at Bellevue
Hospital in the 1940s and early 1950s who pioneered electroshock therapy on
small children who inevitably regressed into violent and catatonic states, most
ending dead or in prison. Bender later expanded her treatments to include LSD
and, in spite of her inhuman brutality, the NYT published a glowing obituary
when she died - as it did for the many dozens of such persons.
Beginning around 1950, the US Army conducted at least 240 open-air bio-warfare attacks on American cities, releasing deadly nerve
agents and bacteria from Alaska to Hawaii. The CIA released whooping cough bacteria from the
sea near Tampa Bay, Florida, causing an epidemic that left tens of thousands of
people extremely ill and killing many others. The US Navy simulated biological
warfare attacks by spraying large quantities of a bacteria over San Francisco, in which many citizens died and countless contracted
severe pneumonia-like illnesses. When the information was leaked, military sources
insisted the bacteria were harmless, but countless thousands incurred serious
urinary tract and respiratory infections, pneumonia and other illnesses, infections which were
permanent: "To this day, these bacteria are a leading cause of death among
the elderly in the San Francisco area".
The US military conducted around 1,000 above-ground nuclear tests to determine the effects of radiation on a population. The Public Health Service was
instructed to tell citizens downwind from nuclear bomb tests that the increases
in cancers were due to neurosis, and Eisenhower ordered that women with radiation sickness, spontaneous
abortions, hair loss, leukemia and brain cancer be told they were suffering
from "housewife syndrome".
A secret AEC document dated April 17, 1947, titled Medical Experiments in Humans stated: "It is desired that no document be
released which refers to experiments with humans that might have an adverse
reaction on public opinion or result in legal suits. Documents covering such
fieldwork should be classified Secret."
An indication of the callous and obscene nature which has always pervaded the
Kodak began receiving customer complaints about fogged film, the cause traced to packaging material - Indiana
corn husks contaminated with radioactivity. The US government secretly agreed to provide Kodak
with advance information on all future nuclear tests, including
"expected distribution of radioactive material in order to anticipate local
contamination". The victims now tell us, ". . . the Government warned
the photographic industry and provided maps and forecasts of potential
contamination. Where were the warnings to parents of children in these areas?
The Government protected rolls of film, but not the lives of our kids. Why did
they do that when they had all the information about hot spots and fallout, and
yet they did not warn the people of this country about the dangers inherent in
radioactive fallout?" Their government didn't tell them because they were
the guinea pigs in the tests.
It is also documented beyond dispute that the US conducted a decades-long campaign of biological warfare against little Cuba, including the distribution of hemorrhagic fever, and
the swine flu that caused Cuba to kill all 500,000 pigs in the country. The
Americans not only lied about this for 70 years but accused Cuba of being
"a pariah state" with a biological warfare program. (1)And not only Cuba. The US has deployed Chemical and Biological weapons on Canada, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Brazil, Vietnam, China, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos,
Cambodia and more.
"Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the
Earth. It would be gone and this is not using nuclear. It would be over in - literally, in 10 days."
Biological weapons would seem the only alternative.
Hemorrhagic Fever and Hantavirus worked for the US in North Korea; perhaps also
Afghanistan. Mr. Trump later denied intention to carry out his threat, but
let's dispense with the fiction of the US having no biological weapons, of Fort
Detrick and the 400 foreign bio-labs performing only benevolent "peace
Larry Romanoff is a retired management consultant and businessman. He has
held senior executive positions in international consulting firms, and owned an
international import-export business. He has been a visiting professor at
Shanghai’s Fudan University, presenting case studies in international affairs
to senior EMBA classes. Mr. Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing
a series of ten books generally related to China and the West. He can be
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He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
(1) William Blum, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World
War II [Common Courage Press, 1995]).