So, How Much Do You Trust Our Government?
by James Glaser
November 10, 2009

To be honest, I don't trust our government at all. I don't trust what they say they are doing, I don't trust what they say they are going to do.

I have seen first hand how our government treats veterans, and because of that I don't trust anything they say or do. I think of Project Shad Here is a column I wrote back in 2002.

What Are You Nuts—Look What They Did To My Dad

by James Glaser
November 20, 2002

America will someday get to the point that no one will join the military for fear of being abused by the Department of Defense like their parents and grandparents were. There are hundreds of thousands of young people today that can look at a relative that lost his sight or limb in war to the enemy, but that has been going on ever since wars started, those wounds are badges of honor, and those young people will still sign up to defend their nation.

Now there is a very different disabling phenomenon in former American service personal that their offspring are looking at. For the last 60 years the Department of Defense has been using young Americans that signed up to defend this nation as Guinea Pigs to test experimental weapons systems and experimental drugs.

This is not some isolated case, but literally hundreds of thousands of service personal have been abused by the very nation that they had such faith in. Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and ten other defendants are named in two first-of-their-kind class action lawsuits. These lawsuits allege covering up medical records without which veterans of Atomic, Biological, and Chemical warfare testing cannot receive needed medical care.

These lawsuits point to a White House memo that describes the classification of records as a tactic to minimize public relations risks and ultimately limit the government's liability. The Veterans and their families that have brought suit cite original test documents and reports that record large scale radiation overexposures and medical test procedures that directly contradict government and military statements.

There are at least 415,000 Atomic Vets that were exposed to massive doses of radiation to see what the effects would be.

Project "SHAD" (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) was the involuntary test of about 10,000 military personal. These veterans were sprayed with various biological and chemical agents to test for results. Although Veterans Affairs has announced that these veterans can now get needed medical care, the names of the veterans, the units they were in, and dates that the tests took place are still classified.

A document in the Department of Energy's archive of data on Human Radiation Experiments says that the Nevada Atomic tests were conducted, in part, to "cure" soldiers of the fear of radiation. Two months after these tests many soldiers started to have their gums bleed and the average age of death of all atomic vets is 57 years old. After each test, the test subjects were decontaminated by having the radioactive dust brushed off with a broom.

"The Nation's leading Gulf War Veterans organization on September 27, 2000, called on the Attorney General to immediately appoint an independent counsel to investigate the Pentagon's Anthrax Immunization Program. This request was made after Congressman Jack Metcalf (R-WA) released irrefutable scientific evidence that the Pentagon illegally modified the anthrax vaccine to boost its immunological potency.

The list of the abuses of this nation's Veterans goes on and on. People can argue both sides of each case, but in the end, more and more of the offspring of these Veterans lose the trust in our armed forces that a person thinking of signing up needs to put their name on that dotted line.

There were men in just about every VFW and American Legion Post in this nation that were suffering the effects of those Atomic Tests that could get no help from their government. Hundreds of thousands of families have had to live with the severe disabilities that overexposure to radiation caused.

There are tens of thousands of Gulf War Veterans that are sick today, and the government denies any responsibility, but it all adds up.

At the rate that this distrust in our Department of Defense is growing, America will have a harder and harder time convincing young people that if they join up, they will not be abused with strange involuntary tests that destroy their remaining years.

That was back in 2002, but today new military programs are coming to light about other young soldiers who have been used by our government as guinea pigs.

Government Experiments on U.S. Soldiers: Shocking Claims Come to Light in New Court Case

By Bruce Falconer, Mother Jones—2009

That government scientists conducted human experiments at Edgewood is not in question. "The program involved testing of nerve agents, nerve agent antidotes, psychochemicals, and irritants," according to a 1994 General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office) report. At least 7,800 US servicemen served "as laboratory rats or guinea pigs" at Edgewood, alleges Erspamer's complaint, filed in January in a federal district court in California. The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that military scientists tested hundreds of chemical and biological substances on them, including VX, tabun, soman, sarin, cyanide, LSD, PCP, and World War I-era blister agents like phosgene and mustard. The full scope of the tests, however, may never be known. As a CIA official explained to the GAO, referring to the agency's infamous MKULTRA mind-control experiments, "The names of those involved in the tests are not available because names were not recorded or the records were subsequently destroyed." Besides, said the official, some of the tests involving LSD and other psychochemical drugs "were administered to an undetermined number of people without their knowledge."

CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf would say only that the agency's human testing program has "been thoroughly investigated, and the CIA fully cooperated with each of the investigations."

Nobody knows how much other testing on Vets will come to light, but Gulf War Vets from the 1990's know the Pentagon experimented on them. It might take the Veterans of George Bush and Barack Obama's War on Terrorism decades to find out what was done to them.

Veterans and the American public are expendable in the eyes of those in power in Washington. Like it or not, Washington is trying to rule the world. That is why we have troops in over a hundred countries. Here is a report from 2005, but we probably have more bases today. This report comes from the website—

You can look through this yourself if you want, but according to Department of Defense (which means it does not account for secret installations) we operate 860 military bases in foreign countries as of 2004, and 3842 within our own borders, 4702 total. (The summaries are on pg 12 of the 2004 report.)

I'd use the 2005 numbers (2639 domestic and 737 foreign, 3376 total), but I personally doubt that the military has closed 1326 bases since then especially given their budget has been increasing not decreasing. I think the military made an accounting change reclassifying what counts as secret or that they made a change regarding what is classified as a military installation.

In any case these numbers are the absolute minimum. And you wondered how the military can spend all that money?

For the 2004 DoD report—click here.
For the 2005 DoD report click here.

So, all throughout history we can see examples of when one nation tried to take control of the world, the rights and liberty of their subjects (citizens) became second to the needs of the state.

Washington needs people to experiment on to create new weapons. Soldiers are right there, and with a little coaxing they will do whatever the state wants. Too bad if years later those "tests" turn out to be harmful.

No, I don't trust Washington, and really you shouldn't either.

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