It’s getting harder to focus on the “news”.
Considering that all media is filtered through just five megacorporations (compared with 50 companies in the early 80s), not to mention (but I will) the fact that domestic propaganda was officially “approved” for use against the American people a few years ago, it’s kinda hard to tell the difference between what is real and what isn’t anymore.
Besides, it’s all “hey look, shiny things”. Pay attention to the right hand so you won’t see what the left is doing.
The distractions on the “news” also serve another purpose. To fill up your short term memory like junk food for the brain. To keep you from remembering what happened last week, let alone last year. From putting these things into perspective, especially historical perspective.
We’ve undertaken a large-scale research project. We’re six months in. I was reading “The Plutonium Files,” a book on the American government’s top secret medical experimentation against mostly unwitting, clueless American citizens during the Cold War.
All of this stuff is on record, but many people still have no idea even half of this stuff went on.
And that’s how it is with a lot of government experimentation. There’s a decades-long history of it, stretching all the back to the stress tests that were done on soldiers in the first world war and really, who knows if it only started there. Doubtful.
Take the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, for example, where the government lied to about and knowingly failed to treat rural African American patients for the disease so prominent health officials who could care less about the Hippocratic Oath could see what would happen as the disease progressed (and spread).
The experiment on patients who never gave informed consent and thought they were being treated for “bad blood” spanned 40 years and only ended in November 1972 because of a whistleblower.
Penicillin was validated as a cure in the 40s. These medical officials essentially sentenced innocent men to slow, horrible deaths as they stood idly by and watched.
But that started in the 1930s. The real boom in experiments against the population didn’t begin until World War II, when the military not only began testing truth serum and other chemical agents against its own soldiers, but the military sailed ships up the California coastline spraying bacteria on coastal towns to see how far it would spread. Some died of pneumonia.
After the war ended, and the country was swathed in the national security blanket, and unwitting citizens including soldiers, prisoners, terminal cancer patients, and even children, were subjected to all manner of experiments from radiation injections to mind control.
And, considering the level of corruption that has spread across this nation’s leadership like a cancer, there is no real reason to believe secret experimentation against the people ever stopped.
The book “The Plutonium Files” specifically outlines the government’s cold war medical experimentation (or, what has come out on record since then anyway), which included injecting cancer patients and the terminally ill, including a 10-year-old boy who died days later, with high doses of radiation. It’s a pretty hard read.
One story that has really stuck with me (even though it is far from the worst) discloses how boys at a known eugenics school in Massachusetts were fed radiation-laced oatmeal by MIT scientists under the ruse that they were chosen to be part of a special club.
Their parents were even sent letters which made this violation of human rights sound like a good and even healthy thing for these kids, stating the study was, “in connection with the nutrition department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology” with “the purpose of helping to improve the nutrition of our children.”
It went on to say the boys would get, “a quart of milk daily… taken to a baseball game, to the beach, and to some outside dinners” and “enjoy it greatly,” all with zero mention that the government, via the Atomic Energy Commission, had signed off on turning their kids into human guinea pigs.
Seventy four children between 1946 and 1953 were fed this radioactive concoction. “You had to drink the milk. That was the thing,” one victim named Gordon remembered.
The scientists would force the kids to clean their bowls, every last bit. They were allowed to ask for seconds. Guess it beat whatever the other kids at that awful place were being fed at the time.
The thing is, it wasn’t even for any real purposeful research.
These kinds of top secret experiments went on for decades without the public’s knowledge. After World War II, the government even shipped over thousands of German and Japanese scientists under Operation Paperclip.
Some of these individuals had been engaged in biological and chemical warfare research during the war. Most of them never faced trials for the horrid atrocities they committed against humanity.
Even today we don’t know the full scope of everything that happened as a consequence of that. There are still 600 million documents related to Operation Paperclip that have yet to be declassified.
National security means we may never know. The country was put on a “need-to-know” basis when that act was signed in 1947, and we simply don’t need to know.
In 1998, MIT and Quaker Oats agreed to pay out $1.85 million to 45 victims of the radioactive oatmeal study; Massachusetts was forced to pay another $676,000 to 27 participants. The book says some federal and state lawsuits on this matter are still pending.
The question is, if they would do this… if they would feed radioactive oatmeal to helpless children and lie to them and their parents about it for years… well gee, is there anything they wouldn’t do?
And what other experiments have been done on the public without its knowledge or consent? It seems the government only informs when it is forced to. The rest of us are still on a need-to-know basis.