- For over twenty years the Department
of Defense (DoD) or their contractors were allowed to use the American
people as "guinea pigs" for testing of chemical or biological
agents. Since July 30th, 1977, the United States Code annotated Title 50,
Chapter 32, Section 1520 remained on the books until drawn into the arena
of public discussion on talk radio.
- Last year, Joyce Riley vonKleist R.N.,
presented this as a topic of discussion on several national radio talk
shows and was immediately greeted with skepticism and ridicule by many
news directors and editors who refused to acknowledge the existence of
such a law. The debate raged on for several months and many listeners took
the initiative and the time to research this law only to find that it indeed
existed! At the suggestion of the AGWVA, thousands of letters and phone
calls poured in to public officials' offices demanding an explanation and
their position statement on this law.
- Due to overwhelming public outcry, section
1520 was quietly repealed by the passing of H. R. 1119, the National Defense
Authorization Act for fiscal years 1998 and 1999. Section 1078 of this
bill prohibits the DoD, either directly or by contract, from conducting
tests or experiments using chemical or biological agents on human subjects
- Under the (just repealed) law, the DoD
has been permitted to conduct such a test or experiment if informed consent
is obtained. According to U. S. Senator Olympia Snowe (ME), the conference
report on H. R. 1119 was passed by the Senate, by a vote of 90-10 on November
6, 1997 and signed into law by President Clinton on November 18th, 1997.
- Because of persistence and tenacity,
the AGWVA was able to generate enough public attention on this issue to
effect this change.
- Joyce Riley vonKleist stated, "We,
at the American Gulf War Veterans Association will continue in our efforts
in preventing the spread of illnesses across this country by providing
credible and verifiable information to the mainstream media and the American
people. This is just one more case where talk radio has had an positive
- www.gulfwarvets.com American Gulf War
Veteran's Association 3506 Highway 6 South #117 Sugarland,Texas 77478-4401
- Note - (from Spotty) I just listened
to my recording of Chuck Harder's "For The People" show from
the first hour on Wed, May 5, on which he had Joyce Riley.... she was reporting
that the "Army Times" May 4 issue was admitting that Gulf War
vets AND their families are actually sick with Gulf War Illness and that
it is contagious! They are telling the vets that there is NO cure. Walter
Reed hospital's way of dealing with it is to take the sick vets on a tour
of Arlington National Cemetery with the theme of "COMING TO TERMS"!!
And Walter Reed has accepted the diagnosis, first put forth quite a while
back by Dr. Garth Nicholson, of Mycoplasma Fermentans Incognitas as the
cause of GWI.....