Wednesday, December 22, 2004

United States of Guinea Pigs

Vioxx, Celebrex, Aleve, Naproxen, Navirapine, and the beat goes on with the deadly dance between corporate medical research and the government. The same government who makes excuses as the poor, the disposable, the voiceless are used as guinea pigs for the greater good of the ruling elite and their deep pockets.

For those of you who still believe the government and the ruling class cares about the rest of us, here's a quick list of past experiments. There were too many to list them all, so I picked the most recent and popular ones to make it easy to digest. So if you turn on your television tonight and watch these talking heads and politicians start debating about God, religion, and family values, just remember this list:


Jacklyn Hoerger's job was to treat children with HIV at a New York children's home.

But nobody had told her that the drugs she was administering were experimental and highly toxic.

"We were told that if they were vomiting, if they lost their ability to walk, if they were having diarrhoea, if they were dying, then all of this was because of their HIV infection."

In fact it was the drugs that were making the children ill and the children had been enrolled on the secret trials without their relatives' or guardians' knowledge.

Read more here (from the BBC)


In 2002, the Incarnation Children's Center - a children's home in Harlem - was at the hub of controversy over secretive drugs trials.

Jamie speaks to a boy who spent most of his life at Incaranation. Medical records, obtained by the This World team, prove the boy had been enrolled in these trials.

"I did not want to take my medication," said the boy, "but if you want to get out of there, you have to do what they say."

He also conveys a horrifying account of what happened to the children at Incarnation who refused to obey the rules. "My friend Daniel didn't like to take his medicine and he got a tube in his stomach," he said.

Read more here (from the BBC) Listen to interview here (from Democracy Now)


Pemoline (a drug used on children for A.D.D.) was used on prisoners of the infamous Vacaville Prison under the direction of Dr. James Hamilton, as confirmed in an October 18, 1978 letter from Frank C. Carlucci, the Deputy Director of the CIA to Congressman Leo Ryan. According to Mae Brussell, Donald DeFreeze was a subject in an experimental behavior modification program run at Vacaville State Prison by Colston Westbrook. Westbrook was a CIA psychological warfare expert, and advisor to the Korean CIA From 1966 to 1969 he was a CIA advisor to the Vietnamese Special Police Branch.

Read more about DeFreeze, SLA, and CIA here (New York Press)


In 1963, America had yet to land on the moon, but US scientists were already pondering a matter of extreme gravity, at least to those involved: How might space radiation affect astronauts' testicles?

They were also curious about the radiated gonads of unsuspecting workers at America's atomic energy plants: Could they have children? Perhaps worse, what if they did?

In an ugly exercise of rudimentary science that is only now coming to a close, a captive group of human guinea pigs -- inmates of Washington and Oregon prisons -- were lured into a literal balls-out effort to answer those questions. Enticed with cash and suggestions that participating could help win them parole, and lulled by official assurances that the tests were safe, dozens of prisoners between 1963 and 1973 lined up, stripped down and offered their genitalia to what science called "reproductive radiation tests."

Read more here


During the l950's the AEC funded an experiment, directed by Harvard and MIT researchers, where porridge laced with radioactive milk was fed to retarded children at the Fernald school in Massachusetts.

Read more here


One of the nastiest secrets was an experiment designed to determine how much plutonium a human could safely handle. In that experiment, conducted in the mid-1940s, 18 people -- 17 American adults and one Australian child -- were injected with plutonium without their knowledge or consent.

Read "Plutonium Files" by Eileen Welsome - Listen to interview here (Democracy Now)


The Tuskegee Syphilis Study (1932-1972) was a medical experiment, conducted around Tuskegee, Alabama, where 400 poor, mostly illiterate black American sharecroppers became part of a study on the treatment of syphilis without their full knowledge.

The study started with 400 infected black men and 200 healthy black men as controls. By 1972, only 74 of the test subjects were still alive. For many participants, treatment was intentionally denied- while patients were lied to, and given a fake placebo treatment - in order to 'observe' the fatal progression of the disease. Between 28 and 100 had died as a direct result of damage caused by syphilis.

Read more here (from CNN) Listen to report here (NPR)

So as you can see, business as usual in the good ol' U.S. of Guinea Pigs. Wake up or stay Gumpified and Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or whatever politically correct dribble drabble the elite media tries to distract you with.