15| Nuclear Testing, Government Secrecy and the Marshall Islanders (excerpt)

[Rongelap] is safe to live on but is by far the most contaminated place in the world, and it will be very interesting to go back and get good environmental data. ... While it is true that these people do not live ... the way Westerners do, civilized people, it is nevertheless also true that these people are more like us than the mice.

—AEC Director of Health and Safety Merril Eisenbud7

Glenn Alcalay

The half-million Gulf War veterans enmeshed in the macabre net of continuing U.S. government secrecy and coverup are not unique and follow a long lineage, including the 250,000 "atomic veterans," the Utah downwinders near the Nevada Test Site, the Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, and the 23,000 American citizens involuntarily used as human guinea pigs in plutonium injection and other equally grotesque experiments in the last half century.

An especially odious and infamous chapter of official Washington secrecy was the Tuskegee syphilis experiment conducted for nearly forty years by the U.S. Dept. of Public Health among four hundred African-American sharecroppers.

Such a history of secrecy and coverup makes it seem obvious that to get to the root of the causes of Gulf War Syndrome, it will be necessary to carry out a study independent of the government. To see just how far the government will go in its callous mistreatment of Cold War victims, just look at the story of the Marshall Islanders and U.S. hydrogen bomb testing.

 

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