Pentagon’s secret chemical weapons tests on US troops secret
McClatchyNews, July 13, 2017
Details about Pentagon biological and chemical weapons tests involving military personnel during the 1960s and 1970s – some involving lethal nerve agents – have long been kept secret. Thursday, the House of Representatives agreed to keep things that way.
Supporters of his plan, which included the nation’s major veterans advocacy groups, said that disclosure would help victims get better access to medical care as well as government benefits.
Veterans groups are demanding to know exactly what happened during the Pentagon’s series of secret chemical and biological weapons tests involving military personnel in the 1960s and 1970s.
The tests involved nerve agents like Sarin and Vx, and bacteria such as E. Coli. Sarin and Vx are both lethal. According to defense department documents, death can occur within 10 to 15 minutes of exposure to a fatal dose of Vx.
Veterans say the tests have led to serious health issues and that they need answers so they can get proper treatment. Ken Wiseman, senior vice commander of the Virginia branch of Veterans of Foreign Wars, one of the nation’s largest veterans groups, said the time has long past for the Pentagon to provide details about the tests.
After information about the tests was first made public in 2000, the Department of Veterans Affairs commissioned two studies to look at the impact of the tests on veterans health.
One report noted the difficulty of studying the issue because many documents remained classified.
“These tests were an ugly part of our history. They put veteran lives at risk. And our veterans have every right to know what it was they were exposed to, how much they were exposed to, we need to think about their safety and their security,” one congressman noted. «Often, the impacts of toxic exposure don’t appear until long after service members have returned home from the battlefield and military records are filed away,» he said in a statement.
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