Holding Scientists and Medical Researchers Accountable for Unethical Human Testing, Part 4: Happy Veterans Day, You Magnificent Lab Rats

Mustard gas testing on human beings was done at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, in 1945. (Edgewood Arsenal / U.S. Military Photo/Wikimedia Commons)
Military test subjects, a.k.a. human beings, enter the mustard gas chamber at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, in March 1945. (Edgewood Arsenal / U.S. Military Photo / Wikimedia Commons)

This series explores the experiments conducted on Americans without their full knowledge or consent from the mid-19th Century to today. Testing on animals garners more outcry and more legal protection than testing on human beings. Subjects have ranged from military members and prisoners to men, women, and children in populations marginalized by race or mental incapacity. In a few instances, such as observing untreated syphilis in Alabaman sharecroppers without ever allowing them access to the cure, testing atomic weapons over the Marshall Islands and its people, or trying to mind-control soldiers and citizens through all types of physical and emotional abuse, Congressional committees concluded that experimenting on humans without securing their fully informed consent was wrong. So, the government-backed scientists and medical researchers did what they always do when light is shined on their transgressions: They hid their activities by changing agency names, outsourcing projects to non-government organizations, or calling the project something else. Not even a scapegoat was offered to assuage public outrage, what little there was of it. Anyone who experiments on a human without their consent, including injecting them with a gene-altering vaccine, needs to be arrested and tried for medical battery and crimes against humanity.

We start with history, because it always repeats itself and offers clear road marks to what is happening today. Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

Holding Scientists and Medical Researchers Accountable for Unethical Human Testing, Part 1: J. Marion Sims, The Father of Gynecology

Holding Scientists and Medical Researchers Accountable for Unethical Human Testing, Part 2: Roberts Bartholow and the Brain Invaders

Holding Scientists and Medical Researchers Accountable for Unethical Human Testing, Part 3: Massachusetts, Ground Zero

Today, it’s all about you, the veteran, you magnificent lab rat. Unethical experiments were conducted and are being conducted both by the military on civilians, and by the military or other agencies on military personnel. Why were and are they unethical? Because the test subjects—us—were not and are not fully informed of what is being done to them, and they did not knowingly consent to be used as a guinea pigs. If they did grant consent, they did so without a full understanding of the experiment’s details and any harm that might come to them as a result. Buckle-up, buttercups!

Army Gives Filipino Prisoners the Plague

As stated in Part 2, Massachusetts with its once-renowned medical concentration, is frequently at the epicenter of unethical experimentation. This was the case in 1906, when Harvard University professor and then-head of the Philippine Biological Laboratory, Richard P. Strong took a U.S. Army experiment and upped its ante. Army doctors stationed in the Philippines had infected five Filipino prisoners with bubonic plague and 29 were induced with beriberi, which is caused by a thiamine deficiency. Strong then infected 24 inmates at the Manila’s Bilibid Prison with cholera, except—oops—the cholera was contaminated with bubonic plague. None of the patients knew what was going on; they were not informed. They all got sick and 13 died. 

This pissed off the Philippines governor-general, who wanted a full investigation. The U.S. Senate, Secretary of War, as it was called then, and the President, which was Theodore Roosevelt, were kept apprised of the developments, but no mainland investigations were forthcoming. Strong was slapped on the wrist for not locking his incubators and for leaving a visiting physician alone in the laboratory where he may have exposed the cholera cultures to plague cultures. And you and I can piece together that the reason plague was on site in the first place was because of our beloved Army docs. A committee outlined the problems and urged reform. The U.S. government say, “Whaaat? I can’t heeear you!” Strong failed upward and continued with a notable career in tropical medicine.

Gas, Gas, Gas!

The U.S. Chemical Warfare Service exposed African-American, Japanese-American, and Puerto Rican soldiers to mustard gas, using white servicemen as the control group. During the experiments, which ran from 1942 to 1944, 4,000 men were exposed. So far, 610 have received compensation. Smithsonian Magazine in covering the mustard gas experiments of American soldiers cited the work of Caitlin Dickerson at NPR for her work in compiling the list of exposed servicemen. The goal was to test the effectiveness of masks and protective clothing. There had to be another way. What they need to be testing is MOPP gear as a method of dehydrating your own troops.

Thanks for the Marlia Shot!

Unethical experimentation on prison inmates is its own article, but it’s important to note testing on prisoners with U.S. Army and U.S. State Department backing. If you’re going to send people into places where they have a high chance of contracting malaria, you better know how to treat it. What better way to test your potential cures than by shooting up prisoners with malaria? That’s exactly what happened at Statesville Penitentiary near Joliet, Illinois. The kicker is the prisoners were actively involved in giving each other bites from infected mosquitoes, collecting data, acting as secretaries and technicians, and determining who had access to the study and who did not, since participation lessened sentence length. (Col. James N. “Nick” Rowe noted in “Five Years To Freedom” that he was horrified that his body went into its torture position almost subconsciously, as if the tortured became his own torturer. It’s a sick concept and one, I’m sure, torturers use against people.) The Department of Medicine (surprise, now called something else, namely the Pritzker School of Medicine) at the University of Chicago conducted such studies for 29 years.

Radioactive Rods Up Your Nose

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital—and let’s be clear, Johns Hopskins is totally on board with Klaus Schwab and The Great Reset to enslave all human beings to the global elites—put radium rods up the noses of 582 school kids in Baltimore, Maryland, from 1948 to 1954. Why? Treat middle ear issues, shrink enlarged tonsils, oh, and irony of ironies, gauge hearing loss from the use of nasal radium irradiation. Next up, 7,000 U.S. Army and Navy personnel during World War II. The children were subjected to bilateral (both nostril) radium exposure for 12 minutes, three times. The soldiers and sailors received bilateral exposure for 6 to 8 minutes, two or three times. The children had a 10 times higher risk of head and neck cancer mortality than the military members. Result: An estimated 2.5 million Americans received the nasal radium irradiation “treatment.”

Project Bluebird, MKUltra Offshoot

The CIA said Project Bluebird (renamed Artichoke) was to control people with “special interrogation techniques.” The agency also wanted to prevent U.S. enemies from extracting information from our agents. It also wanted to use such techniques on offense, forcing people to do things against their will and even against their own self-preservation drive. The tools were hypnosis, forced morphine addiction and forced withdrawal, chemical use to produce amnesia, and drugs, drugs, and more drugs. LSD is the one we hear about most because 7,000 U.S. military personnel were subjected to it without their knowledge or consent. However, heroin, pot, coke, PCP, mesc and ether were all used. These studies were carried out at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland (Aberdeen Proving Grounds) for decades, and over 1,000 soldiers suffered with illness, depression up to and including attempted suicide, and epilepsy.

But as sick as that is, it’s not the full story. Psychologists piggybacked on these experiments, attempting to induce multiple personality disorder in the test subjects. The context is that American prisoners of war returned home from Korea severely brainwashed. Of course, they were forced to make public anti-American statements, they had amnesia, and some were activated to assassinate using hypnotically implanted triggers. Government officials never wanted to have that happen again. So, they essentially destroyed the lives of thousands of soldiers in that quest. And as far as the psychiatric profession is concerned, it lost its moral compass—if it ever had one—a very long time ago.  


At some point you have to ask yourself, How do they continually get away with it? By pretending to do the right thing, of course. In 1953 the U.S. Army established that the Secretary of the Army was required to approve any research projects regarding human test subjects. The Chemical Corps submitted a series of experiments to the Secretary for approval. One involved blister agents (vesicants), one phosgene (which smells like cut hay and is used in making platics), and five nerve agents. All seven were approved. But here’s where the rub comes in. No definition was included on the types of tests that required approval, so call it a line of duty “field exercise” and who’s the wiser?

Operation Top Hat, for example, was not submitted for approval. The test subjects (soldiers) at the Army Chemical School at Fort McClellan in Alabama in mid-September, 1953, were subjected to sulfur, mustard, and nerve agent gases. Their Chem Corps battle buddies tested various decontamination methods on them. All were simply participating in a field exercise, so they weren’t entitled to any kind of recompense.

Interbranch Rivalry Gets Ugly

Interbranch ribbing among service members is just a vehicle by which we interject humor. Imagine my shock when I read that during Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (SHAD) from 1963 to 1969, the U.S. Army used sailors and Marines as test subjects in unethical experiments. The researcher sought to determine why Marines think red crayons taste like strawberry. Seriously, 5,800 members of the venerable U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps were exposed to toxins when the ships they were aboard were sprayed by the U.S. Army—on purpose. Personnel were not informed of the sprayings, nor were they given protective gear. We simply dumped nerve gases VX (the most potent of them all) and Sarin, toxic chemicals such as zinc cadmium sulfide and sulfur dioxide, and a slew of biological agents right on top of them. Hard. Apparently, they’ve been exacting revenge on the gridiron ever since.

Let’s stop there. I’m not sure how much more I can stomach—though there is more, lots more. March in the parades, attend the ceremonies, shake hands like Americans used to pre-plandemic, smile, laugh. Take time to be with your brothers. And don’t forget your sisters; they’re suicide rate is higher than the general population’s too. They earned their place at the table when they raised their hand. Ignoring, rejecting, and cutting them out is a reflection of us, not them. This day it’s OK to say “happy.” Be loud and proud. We’re the ones our enemies fear the most. That alone is something to be happy about.

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