Re The Army’s Germ Warfare Against Civilians….~ “The suggestion that any bacteria are not biological material is Orwellian newspeak” « ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~
In the late 1970′s, when the tests became public knowledge, the Army insisted that they were harmless. But in 1950, one San Franciscan died and others became ill from urinary tract and heart infections after the Army sprayed Serratia marcescens on the city.
Unaware of the Army’s test, doctors in San Francisco wrote about the unusual Serratia infections in a medical journal. They had never before encountered such an outbreak. Although the infections began three days after the spraying, the Army decided that the timing was ”apparently coincidental” and that testing should continue. Neither then nor in later tests has the Army monitored the health of the people exposed.
Pentagon spokesmen testified at a Senate hearing in 1977 that open air tests were no longer taking place but that they would be resumed if the Army felt the need. It is this newly felt need that is making Utah residents, among others restless. Although Bacillus subtilis is not as dangerous as some other micro-organisms, it can cause infections and, among the very old or young and people weakened by other conditions, fatalities. The Army’s denial of risk is simply not supportable.
Stranger still is the remark by an Army public affairs officer that Bacillus subtilis is not a ”genuine bacteriological agent.” Rather, she said, it is merely a simulant that ”mimics characteristics of biological material.”
The suggestion that any bacteria are not biological material is Orwellian newspeak. Yet, it serves a purpose. A 1969 Federal law holds that the military must notify local civilian officials when tests might expose people to biological or chemical agents.