Since 1951, the United States government has been experimenting, for military purposes, on thousands of human beings, often without their knowledge or consent. These experiments include:
October, 1951: A combat battalion team of one thousand enlisted men was sent to the Atomic Energy Commission’s Nevada test site, where they were exposed, in open trenches, to the explosion of a nuclear bomb dropped from a plane seven miles away. Their behavior and psychological reactions before, during, and after the test were observed by 4,000 high ranking officers from all branches of the military services. According to the Department of Defense, no records were kept on the physical condition of the exposed troops.
May, 1952: Seven hundred soldiers of an armored infantry group were sent to the Nevada test site where they were exposed, in open trenches, to a nuclear bomb exploded from a tower four miles away. As always happens in such explosions, the tower disintegrated into radioactive fallout. No records were kept on the physical condition of the group.
Spring, 1953: Five hundred enlisted men were sent to the Nevada test site where they were exposed, in open trenches, at a distance of approximately two and a half miles, to four separate nuclear bomb explosions, of which at least two were detonated on towers, creating fallout. No records were kept on the physical condition of the men.
Spring, 1953: At least eight military officer volunteers were exposed, at a distance of just over a mile, to three nuclear bomb explosions, including two tower shots. These officers were the closest any men have been to ground zero during a nuclear explosion. The Defense Department refuses to divulge the names of the officers or their present physical condition.
1955-1958: During these years, an unknown number of troops were sent to the Nevada test site for use in maneuvers with nuclear weapons. The group included at least one battalion of soldiers who were marched across the desert and one group of marines. The DOD claims it does not have files on either the number of troops or the kinds of maneuvers in which they participated.
1960-1971: At Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, military personnel and veterans undergoing radiation treatment for cancers of various kinds have been given psychological tests without being told that the experiments are for the Defense Department.
At the Medical College of Virginia, patients scheduled to have an eye removed have been asked if the eye could be exposed to a very high intensity light a few days before the removal. If they consent, the retina is burned in a number of places and in some cases, at least, the eye is blinded. It is not known whether the patients are aware that the Department of Defense is sponsoring these experiments.
At Cincinnati General Hospital, which is operated by the University of Cincinnati Medical School, poor cancer patients from the clinic have been given experimental whole body radiation treatments without being told that the Department of Defense is …