Open Letter to a Progressive Senator
Veterans from the Cold War need one of you to help us and our families. In the House Congressman Mike Thomspon D CA, and Dennis Rehberg R MT, have introduced HR 5954 which will correct some wrongs that were committed more than 30 - 40 years ago, the military used humans in experimentation with biological substances and chemical weapons in Operation SHAD/112, Fort Detrick Biological Weapons tests 1953-1973 and at Edgewood Arsenal from 1955 thru 1975 they conducted chemical weapons and pharmacuetical tests (LSD, PCP, ecstacy, Scopolomine are among the known drugs) in all 254 different substances.
Now we need a Senator to introduce a Senate Resolution as the Senate version of this bill, so we can get this passed and put on this Presidents desk before election day. One of you can be a hero and help about 16,000 forgotten and used veterans, we need your help.
What can the Kos Community do? Write your elected officials and ask them to become a co-sponsor of the house bill 5954 and support passage of this when it come before the floor, they are shooting for before the end of this month.
Bill would help vets exposed to toxic tests
Bill would help vets exposed to toxic tests
Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard
Article Launched: 05/02/2008 01:24:16 AM PDT
The bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to assume that the toxins used in the weapons tests of Project 112, which included Project SHAD, caused injury to veterans, making them eligible for medical benefits and compensation for their conditions. ”I worked with the Department of Defense, and for years they denied that this was happening. Finally we were able to learn that this was in fact happening, and that a lot of military personnel had been exposed to VX nerve gas, Sarin nerve gas and E. Coli -- some of the worst chemicals known to mankind,” Thompson said Thursday in a teleconference with reporters. ”Out of frustration and a desire to help our veterans,” Thompson continued, “we are introducing legislation today that would establish a presumption of service connection, which means these military personnel would have to be identified and, once identified, they would have access to the health care they need.”
Alderson said the government also conducted simulant tests, where they sprayed unknowing military vessels and even U.S. cities with live pathogens, in some cases causing immune system failures and even death. During the teleconference, Rehberg said part of the problem is no one knows just how many people were affected. ”It seemed like the Department of Defense had dropped the ball and hadn't even tried to identify those who had fallen ill,” Rehberg said. Thompson agreed.
”Part of the problem is we don't know,” he said. “The best numbers we have right now are somewhere in the neighborhood of 6,000. Vietnam Veterans of America thinks it's much higher than that.” Thompson said the health benefits in the bill won't be symptom-based, but would rather be open to anyone who served in Project 112 for any variety of ailments.
Thompson and Rehberg also said during the teleconference that there is too much blame in this issue to simply place at the feet of one administration. ”It's not just this administration, it's the one before and the one before that,” Rehberg said. ”It's been 40 years of administrations,” Thompson interjected
The Department of defense has known about these veterans for decades as these GAO studies show
Human Experimentation An Overview on Co1d War 28 Sep 1994
DOD Needs to Continue to Collect and Provide Information on Tests and Potentially Exposed Personnel from page 24
In addition, we reported in 1993 and 1994 that hundreds of radiological, chemical, and biological tests were conducted in which hundreds of thousands of people were used as test subjects. 14 We also reported that the Army Chemical Corps conducted a classified medical research program for developing incapacitating agents. This program involved testing nerve agents, nerve agent antidotes, psycho chemicals, and irritants. The chemicals were given to volunteer service members at . Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland; Dugway Proving Ground, Utah; and Forts Benning, Bragg, and McClellan. In total, Army documents identified 7,120 Army and Air Force personnel who participated in these tests. 15 Further, GAO concluded that precise information on the scope and the magnitude of tests involving human subjects was not available, and the exact number of human subjects might never be known.
Health Effects from Chemical and Biological Agents this is a manual released in October 2003 after the release of the March 2003 Sarin Report based on the Edgewood Volunteers for Sarin exposure done at the insistence of then First Lady Hillary Clinton.
March 2003 Sarin Report from the IOM
Information from Military May Help VA Assess Claims From Secret Tests February 1993
Chemical Warfare Agent Experiments Among U.S . Service Members
please read at least page 9 "Acute effects among Edgewood/Aberdeen Volunteers"
Joseph Scheider (Sidney Gottlieb) was born in 1918 the actual man in charge of all biological/chemical weapons tests for the United States, he was in the C.I.A. and answered only to the Director, I have learned that in 1953 he was given 6% of the entire CIA budget for his operations which were ran from an office called "Special Operations Division (SOD) at Fort Detrick. In 1973 when he became the focus of the Chirch Committee he detroyed over 20 years of records pertatining to Fort Detrick/Edgewood and Deseret Center Utah, most documents found today linking the CIA to these human experiments are financial funding documents.
In 1975 Frank Church and his Select Committee on Intelligence Activities began investigating the work of the Central Intelligence Agency. They discovered the existence of Executive Action. The disclosure of Gottlieb's work resulted in some of his victims taking legal action against the CIA.
Because of the "Feres Doctrine" the military members are prohibited from suing, only one Edgewood Arsenakl case ever made it to the Supreme Court, MSG Stanley in 1987 he lost a 5-4 decision, Congress then passed a special bill compensatiing him 750,000 dollars, the other 7119 veterans and their widows continue to be ignored.
We need Congressional and Senate Help and it appears now is the time, with Congressmen Thompson and Rehberg's HR 5954 bill hitting the house floor we need all of Congress to support it and we need a Senator to submit companion legislation in the Senate, can we make this happen or not?
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