Federal Judge Orders CIA to Release Records on Secret Experiments on Soldiers

Friday, November 19, 2010
The CIA is being forced to produce specific information regarding secret tests conducted on thousands of soldiers over a 25-year period.
 
In response to a lawsuit filed by three veterans groups and six individual veterans, a federal judge, James Larson, ordered the CIA and other government agencies to turn over documents about testing programs and the substances used on soldiers from 1950 through 1975. The plaintiffs allege that the government used about 7,800 military personnel as human guinea pigs to research biological, chemical and psychological weapons at Edgewood Arsenal and Fort Detrick in Maryland.
 
The soldiers volunteered for the testing, but were not told at the time to what they were being exposed. They also were required to sign an oath of secrecy about their participation.
 
The CIA has put forth a variety of arguments to avoid revealing information about the 35-year-old experiments, including privacy protections, state-secrets privilege, the fact that the Department of Defense is conducting its own investigation, the passage of time, the fact that witnesses no longer work for the government, that the gathering of relevant information would take too much time, and the questionable claim that it never funded or conducted research on military personnel.
 
Judge Larson has insisted that the CIA must produce evidence relating to a 1963 CIA Inspector General report on an experiment called MKUltra; the basis for each redaction in that report; the doses and effects of certain substances administered to test subjects; any payments made to contractors or university researchers, any outside-party proposals concerning the experiments; a confidential Army memo about the use of volunteers in research; all government-led human experiments from 1975 to date involving specific drugs; and whether the government secretly administered MKUltra materials to “the patrons of prostitutes” in safe houses in New York and San Francisco, as the veterans allege.
-David Wallechinsky, Noel Brinkerhoff
 
CIA Must Disclose Data on Human Experiments (by Annie Youderian, Courthouse News Service)
Ruling: Vietnam Veterans of America et al. v. CIA (U.S. District Court, Northern California) (pdf)
Complaint: Vietnam Veterans of America et al. v. CIA (U.S. District Court, Northern California) (pdf)

Comments

chante 10 years ago
hey im doing my extended essay on how the cia has to much power andi was wondering if there was a way i could get more informatuion on this.
Phil Harmon 11 years ago
Thanks for bringing this to light. It happened to me in August of 1962 at Brooks AFB, TX. While going through Boot camp at Lackland AFB TX our flight was sent to Brooks far a day of duty. I was the only boot that did not volunteer for a duty assignment and was given a hullucinogenic drug and questioned for a couple hours. They then used a knock out drug and left me unconscious on our bus in 100+ degree heat for the rest of the afternoon. They were medical pros that should/may have known that the heat could kill me. I believed in and had faith in our nation so I served the 4 year enlistment I had signed on for. These nazi like experiments were done to many innocent young men who only wanted to serve our nation. The perpetrators have been protected and the victims ignored. We as a nation deserve an accounting and we the victims need justice and medical help. Thanks for listening... A1C Philip L Harmon AF19745149
rick 11 years ago
"tim - 11/23/2010 10:47:56 AM Now if we could only get someone to look into Organized Stalking...." Hmmm - Wikileaks perhaps?
tim 11 years ago
Now if we could only get someone to look into Organized Stalking. This is the current day civilian Brownshirt army running amok in America. These guys are using in secret, radio frequency weapons on civilians whistle-blowers and dissidents. The Brownshirts are using stalking, defamation, intimidation, signaling and sound to ruin targets lives and drive targets insane. This is the new age American Justice... it is about as American as a Nazi.
rick 11 years ago
It's about time this was opened right up to scrutiny. It must also be noted that you cannot enter into a binding agreement to break the law. Any such agreement is void and is also evidence. Vengeance is to be had, if only in the form of prosecutions.
dan horn 11 years ago
? could it still be going on, Yet I bet it is.,the CIA has the power not the People
Gerry Duffett 11 years ago
Documents / Toronto / Radio Frequency Weapons / Torture / EIR ......torture "Radio Waves used as Weapons" http://www.ei-resource.org/index.php?option=com_joomlaboard&Itemid=6&func=view&id=1679&catid=7 Posted by : Gerry Duffett 3358-A McCowan Rd Basement Scarborough Ontario Canada M1V 5P5 duffett52@yahoo.com, gerryduffett@fastmail.ca, http://gerryduffett.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general

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