- This is the story of someone you know-your neighbor,
your classmate, your brother or sister, your mother or father. It is the
secret they have been holding within their hearts because they were afraid
the American public could not believe their government would carry out
human experimentation on children, in direct defiance of the Nuremberg
Code, which has been official United States policy since 1946.
- Some of the very same Nazi doctors who worked in mental
institutions before WWII, deciding whether mentally deficient children
should be sterilized or killed because of their defective genes, also perfomed
horrendous experiments in the death camps. Their medical expertise, along
with hundreds of Nazi scientists was considered so vital to the "Cold
War" effort that they would be brought into the United States and
Canada to work side by side with some of the greatest, but most perverse
minds the 20th century would ever see. It is a story interwoven with incest
and government mind control. It involves the use of drugs, sensory deprivation,
hypnosis, and electric shock to gain control of these children's minds.
- Impossible, you say. I wish it were. We live in such
a sheltered little world. It's much easier to believe that incest and violence
and mind control belong to the few; but they belong to the many. One in
three girls faces some type of sexual abuse before they are eighteen years
old. The statistics on men is one in seven, but that is debatable since
it is so much more difficult for them to come forward. Dr. Alan W. Scheflin,
Professor of law at Santa Clara University Law School, and a judicially
recognized expert in mind and behavior control states in a letter dated
March 9, 1995 that secret government mind control experimentation is ongoing
and vastly more expansive than the government authorities are willing to
admit. He also is co-author of a nonfiction book entitled The Mind Manipulators
which was published in a dozen countries. He says that he has been studying
these secret programs since 1975 and it is his conclusion that there are
at minimum hundreds, and most likely thousands of American citizens who
were used as guinea pigs against their will in government research projects.
What he does not say is that most of the children used in these experiments
were sold by one of their caretakers in the name of "National Security"
and subjected to untold horrors at the hands of their government.
- In light of so many abuses of power coming before the
public in recent years, many adult survivors of these childhood experiments
are stepping forward to be heard. The government has admitted wrong doing
in the Tuskegee Experiments, where poor black man were allowed to go untreated
for their syphilis so the government could study the effects. Best remembered
are the atomic tests on 2584 military personnel in the Nevada desert in
1953. Less known were such experiments as the feeding of radioactive cereal
in the 1940s and 1950s to young male science club members who were institutionalized
at the Fernald School in Massachusetts. The researchers had little experience
with radionuclides in humans; consequently this approach to medical investigation
gave them that opportunity. The parents, as well as the children, were
simply told they were being fed a diet rich in iron.
- During the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. Saul Krugman of New York
University conducted studies of hepatitis at the Willowbrook State School,
an institution for the severely mentally retarded. To study the natural
history, effects, and progression of the disease, Krugman and his staff
systematically infected newly arrived children with strains of the virus.
In October 1995 the President's Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments
reported that secret radiation experiments on indigent patients and mentally
retarded children were not only done, but that these people were deceived
about the nature of their treatments. Dr. William Silverman asserted that
performing nontherapeutic experiments on childrenn without authorization
from parents was part of a broader "ethos of the time" in which
"everyone was a draftee" in a national war on disease.
- Then there is the case of the 12 human "guinea pigs"
who were secretly injected with radioactive Plutonium 239 and uranium in
government experiments in the 1940's. Energy Secretary Hazel Oleary in
announcing the settlement of $4.8 million to be paid to their families
said the government was "grateful" to the victims for "the
tough lessons they have taught us about trust, responsibility, and accountability
between the government and the people." In a Congressional subcommittee
hearing in Washington, DC on September 28, 1994 it was revealed that up
to 500,000 Americans were endangered by secret defense-related tests between
1940 and 1974 -- including covert experiments with radioactive materials,
mustard gas, LSD, and biological agents. The General Accounting Office
testified that between 1949 and 1969, the Army released radioactive compounds
in 239 cities to study the effects.
- In a decision dated April 16, 1985 Chief Justice Burger
of the United States Court of Appeals delivered the opinion of the Court
in the case of CIA v. SIMS, 471 U.S. 159. This case focused around the
publics right under the Freedom of Information Act, to have declassified
the grant proposals and contracts, and the names of the institutions and
individuals who had performed research under the CIA financed research
project, code-named MKULTRA. MKULTRA was established to counter soviet
and Chinese advances in brainwashing and interrogation techniques and consisted
of 149 subprojects contracted out to at least 80 institutions.
- In 1977, Director of Intelligence, Stansfield Turner
described in an affidavit that the program was initiated because the Agency
was confronted with "learning the state of the art of behavioral modification
at a time when the U.S. Government was concerned about inexplicable behavior
of persons behind the 'iron curtain' and American prisoners of war who
had been subjected to so called 'brainwashing'". It began with a proposal
from Richard Helms, then the Agency's assistant Deputy Director for Plans.
Helms outlined a special funding mechanism for highly sensitive Agency
research and development projects that would study the use of biological
and chemical materials in altering human behavior.
- MKULTRA was approved by Allen Dulles, Director of Central
Intelligence on April 13, 1953. Twenty years after the conception of the
MKULTRA project, all known files pertaining to it were ordered destroyed
by Richard Helms before he retired. In 1977 through a Freedom of Information
Act request by John Marks, 16,000 pages of documents were found; held as
part of the Agency's financial history. Thank God, for the bean counters.
Further attempts at declassification resulted in the decision rendered
by Chief Justice Burger that the "intelligence sources" who were
guaranteed confidentiality at the time of these CIA funded research projects
would continue to remain protected and classified.
- To those of us who have survived these experiments, this
decision means that our stories will continue to lie in the government
vaults of classified materials. Most of the important details were conveniently
destroyed under orders of Richard Helms, probably not unlike what took
place when the concentration camps were liberated. If not for the survivors,
their stories would never have been told and the disappearance of 6 million
people could have remained a question mark in history. I have no other
choice than to tell this story myself. My goal in writing this book is
to expose the misuse of power that took place in this country during the
Cold War due to fear. Thousands of innocent children, who have now grown
into adults are silently suffering from the effects of the experiments
that were done to them by their own government. Many have been diagnosed
incorrectly and institutionalized. Some died because they knew too much.
Others, like myself, were able to obtain competent medical help, and are
struggling to heal from the physical and mental ravages upon our beings.
- Will we let this story lay in the shadows forever, or
do we have the courage to address these wrongs and give survivors back
their voices? You be the judge.
- FOR K A R E N #01182 who died fighting 4/23/99.
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