by Lyndsay Griffiths
December 04, 1997

from Rense Website


A summary of findings from this staggering document from John Paul Mitchell:

  • Finding "A": For at least 50 years, DOD (Department of Defense) has knowingly exposed military personnel to potentially dangerous substances, often in secret.

  • Finding "B": DOD has repeatedly failed to comply with required ethical standards when using human subjects in military research during war or threat of war.

  • Finding "C": DOD incorrectly claims that since their goal was treatment, the use of investigational drugs in the Persian Gulf War was not research.

  • Finding "D": DOD used investigational drugs in the Persian Gulf War in ways that were not effective.

  • Finding "E": DOD did not know whether pyridostigmine bromide would be safe for use by U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf War.

  • Finding "F": When U.S. troops were sent to the Persian Gulf in 1994, DOD still did not have proof that pyridostigmine bromide was safe for use as an antidote enhancer.

  • Finding "G": Pyridostigmine may be more dangerous in combination with pesticides or other exposures.

  • Finding "H": The safety of the botulism vaccine was not established prior to the Persian Gulf War and remains uncertain.

  • Finding "I": Records of anthrax vaccine are not suitable to evaluate safety.

  • Finding "J": Army regulations exempt informed consent for volunteers in some types of military studies.

  • Finding "K": DOD and DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) have repeatedly failed to provide information and medical follow-up to those who participate in military research or are ordered to take investigational drugs.

  • Finding "L": The federal government has failed to support scientific studies that provide information about reproductive problems experienced by veterans who were intentionally exposed to potentially dangerous substances.

  • Finding "M": The federal government has also failed to support scientific studies that provide timely information for compensation decisions regarding military personnel who were harmed by various exposures.

  • Finding "N": Participation in military research is rarely included in military medical records, making it impossible to support a veteran's claim for service-connected disabilities from military research.

  • Finding "O": DOD has demonstrated a pattern of misrepresenting the danger of various military exposures that continues today.

Complete Report


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