As WWII was nearing an end and the cold war began US government officials and cooperative medical doctors colluded to do dangerous tests on citizens without their knowledge or consent. This sounds like something out of the X-files. Journalist Eileen Welsome stumbled upon this story as she was looking through old records and found files on radioactive animal dumps at Kirkland Air Force Base. A footnote in one of the documents gave a hint that it wasn’t just animals the US government was doing tests on.
Years of sleuth work uncovered a widespread campaign to do dangerous human testing without patient knowledge. After her expose in the Albuquerque Tribune and her more detailed book “The Plutonium Files: America’s Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War.” came out the Clinton administration opened an investigation. The results of the investigation were largely ignored by the media as they came out the same day as the OJ Simpson trial verdict.
The government investigation found more than the original 18 injected with plutonium from Welsome’s article, to include a total of 700 individuals who were used for radiation experiments.
Welsome’s book is also out in ebook format
Read the entire Welsome interview at Democracy Now
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