Governmental Guinea Pigs Seeking Information

Some veterans allege the Government used them for human drug testing.

Government experimentation on humans might sound like the plot of a science fiction movie, but in the case of as many as 100,000 veterans spanning more than 50 years, it is science fact. Last week, a California Judge cleared a case to progress-- the case is on behalf of any current or former service members who were subjected to chemical or biological testing without their informed consent. The government has said as many as 100,000 people were used for such testing between 1922 and 1975, when the military says it halted human experimentation.

From an article in the Bellingham Herald,

The suit seeks to lift the oath of secrecy soldiers say they swore about what they went through, and asks the court to compel the government to provide the health care it promised subjects when they participated in the tests. It does not ask for monetary damages because the government is immune from most damage claims brought by military personnel.

The plaintiffs in the case have uncovered documents that indicate veterans were exposed to mustard gas, Sarin, phosgene gas, Thorazine, LSD, amphetamines, barbiturates and other agents-sometimes at 10 or more times known tolerances. In response to the lawsuit, the government says the experiments did not cause long-term problems. The judge in the case said the government's own documents indicate otherwise.

Apparently, subjects volunteered for the tests, but weren’t ever informed of what they were exposed to, or the associated risks.

Defendants in the case include the Department of Defense, the Army, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the CIA, which worked together to plan and conduct the tests.