November 28, 2010

Lawsuits Demand CIA to Produce MKULTRA Evidence

Federal Judge Orders CIA to Release Records on Secret Experiments on Soldiers



Friday, November 19, 2010

The CIA is being forced to produce specific information regarding secret tests conducted on thousands of soldiers over a 25-year period.

In response to a lawsuit filed by three veterans groups and six individual veterans, a federal judge, James Larson, ordered the CIA and other government agencies to turn over documents about testing programs and the substances used on soldiers from 1950 through 1975. The plaintiffs allege that the government used about 7,800 military personnel as human guinea pigs to research biological, chemical and psychological weapons at Edgewood Arsenal and Fort Detrick in Maryland.

The soldiers volunteered for the testing, but were not told at the time to what they were being exposed. They also were required to sign an oath of secrecy about their participation.

The CIA has put forth a variety of arguments to avoid revealing information about the 35-year-old experiments, including privacy protections, state-secrets privilege, the fact that the Department of Defense is conducting its own investigation, the passage of time, the fact that witnesses no longer work for the government, that the gathering of relevant information would take too much time, and the questionable claim that it never funded or conducted research on military personnel.

Judge Larson has insisted that the CIA must produce evidence relating to a 1963 CIA Inspector General report on an experiment called MKUltra; the basis for each redaction in that report; the doses and effects of certain substances administered to test subjects; any payments made to contractors or university researchers, any outside-party proposals concerning the experiments; a confidential Army memo about the use of volunteers in research; all government-led human experiments from 1975 to date involving specific drugs; and whether the government secretly administered MKUltra materials to “the patrons of prostitutes” in safe houses in New York and San Francisco, as the veterans allege.

-David Wallechinsky, Noel Brinkerhoff

http://www.allgov.com/Top_Stories/ViewNews/Federal_Judge_Orders_CIA_to_Release_Records_on_Secret_Experiments_on_Soldiers_101119

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Last Update: 8:36 AM PT
CIA Must Disclose Data on Human Experiments

By ANNIE YOUDERIAN

(CN) - A federal magistrate judge in San Francisco ordered the CIA to produce specific records and testimony about the human experiments the government allegedly conducted on thousands of soldiers from 1950 through 1975.

Three veterans groups and six individual veterans sued the CIA and other government agencies, claiming they used about 7,800 soldiers as human guinea pigs to research biological, chemical and psychological weapons.
The experiments, many of which took place at Edgewood Arsenal and Fort Detrick in Maryland, allegedly exposed test subjects to chemicals, drugs and electronic implants. Though the soldiers volunteered, they never gave informed consent, because the government didn't fully disclose the risks, the veterans claimed. They were also required to sign an oath of secrecy, according to the complaint.

The veterans filed three sets of document requests to find out who was tested, what substances they were given, and how it affected them. Between October and April, the government produced about 15,000 pages of heavily redacted records, most of which related to the named plaintiffs only.

The CIA argued that much of the information requested was protected under the Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Larson acknowledged that some of the requests were too broad and ordered the veterans to be more specific and to reduce the total number of requests.

For example, Larson said the plaintiffs' definition of "test program" is "overbroad," as it not only named experimental programs like "Bluebird," "Artichoke" and "MKUltra," but also included "any other program of experimentation involving human testing of any substance, including but not limited to 'MATERIAL TESTING PROGRAM EA 1729.'"

He ordered the veterans to provide a list of specific test programs and test substances.

But once the plaintiffs narrow their requests, Larson said, they are entitled to most of the information. Each government agency must respond individually to each request, he said, and if an agency denies any request, it must explain -- in sufficient detail -- why the records are purportedly privileged.

The CIA has already claimed that some documents are protected under the state-secrets privilege, but Larson said the agency needs to be more specific. He asked for a "supplemental declaration explaining with heightened specificity" why the documents are considered state secrets. Because these documents might contain sensitive information, the judge allowed the CIA to file the declaration under seal.

Larson rejected the government's bid to limit the scope of discovery, saying doing so "removes the remaining hurdle" for the CIA to respond to the veterans' sets of requests.

"Defendants should respond in earnest to Plaintiffs' discovery requests, regardless of any ongoing or prior searches, investigations, or litigation," Larson wrote. He said the government can't limit disclosure to information about the six individual plaintiffs.

The CIA insisted discovery was unwarranted in its case, because it never funded or conducted drug research on military personnel.

Larson wasn't convinced.

"[T]his court rejects the conclusion that the CIA necessarily lacks a nexus to Plaintiffs' claims, and orders the CIA to respond in earnest" to the veterans' requests, "particularly because defendants have presented evidence that would appear to cast doubt on that conclusion," he wrote.

The government also tried to avoid deposition, claiming too much time had passed since the alleged experiments, and any witnesses familiar with the projects likely no longer work for the government. The CIA further argued, unsuccessfully, that the court should stay discovery until the Department of Defense completes its investigation of the experiments.

Larson reminded the CIA that it "cannot use the DoD investigation as an excuse to avoid discovery responsibilities."

He then addressed which topics are fair game for deposition, saying the government must produce witnesses to testify about the following: communication between the VA and test subjects on their health care claims; a 1963 CIA Inspector General report on an experiment called MKUltra, and the basis for each redaction on that report; the scope and conduct of document searches; the doses and effects of substances administered to test subjects; any contract or research proposals concerning the experiments; a confidential Army memo about the use of volunteers in research; all government-led human experiments from 1975 to date, but only those that involve specific drugs; and whether the government secretly administered MKUltra materials to "the patrons of prostitutes" in safe houses in New York and San Francisco, as the veterans claimed.

Judge Larson ruled for the CIA on other issues, however, saying the agency's not required to testify about test subjects who withdrew their consent or refused to participate; devices allegedly implanted into certain test subjects; the alleged use of patients at VA hospitals as guinea pigs in chemical and biological weapons experiments; or the drug research studies conducted by Dr. Paul Hoch, who was purportedly funded by the government and caused the death of a patient named Harold Blauer.

Though Larson declined to sanction the government, as the veterans sought, he warned that he would impose sanctions for any "future unjustifiable discovery recalcitrance."

Named plaintiffs are the Vietnam Veterans of America, Swords to Plowshare, the Veterans Rights Organization, Bruce Price, Franklin D. Rochelle, Larry Meirow, Eric P. Muth, David C. Dufrane and Wray C. Forrest.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/11/17/31924.htm

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‘TEST PROGRAMS’ means each of the projects identified in the Complaint, including without limitation, Projects ‘BLUEBIRD,’ ‘ARTICHOKE,’ ‘MKDELTA,’ MKULTRA,’ MKNAOMI,’ ‘MKSEARCH,’ ‘MKCHICKWIT,’ ‘MKOFTEN,’ and any other program of experimentation involving human testing of any substance, including, but not limited to ‘MATERIAL TESTING PROGRAM EA 1729.’

Case4:09-cv-00037-CW Document178 Filed11/12/10 (33 page pdf file)

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Case4:09-cv-00037-CW Document1 Filed 01/07/09 (53 page pdf file)

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi cathy
i met a vet from iraq on the streets of san francisco whilst visiting there and he told me how at one time he was given so many injections that his arm bled
poor misguided soul
now surplus to requirements and dumped on the streets
are you aware that MK ULTRA also included mind control experiments
i believe sleeper assassins were the end result as portrayed in THE BOURNE CONSPIRACY trilogy
stay in the truth cathy
love yah

11/28/10, 7:58 PM  
Blogger Cathy Palmer said...

The military is a total mess. All these young men and women soldiers train to be assassins and then have to live with the horror of what they did in these needless wars. So tragic!

11/28/10, 8:25 PM  
OpenID bssmart1118 said...

My day began searching for gifted children, and my trail eneded up to this MK-Ultra issue, including the monarch project, and the operation paperclip..I was so in shock by how much chaotic abuse this government has inflicted on everyone in one way or another. believeing they are the almighty rulers of this world and galexy. They are satan's evilnes with schizophenic narcistic brains. Their desire and want to conquer with full power over this world. puts me at a loss. It sounds like some "james bond" movie. But's it is very real. Yes, our government are making assasins through deceit. taking away fre will to choose to proceed or not in this "profession". It is a forced agenda. We the People and the government are a relationship. The actions which the government have been displaying towards us, the people, is a prime example of Domestic Violence in a big way! We are the victims in this relationship. Yes, this issue of a zillion criminal projects, operations , need to come forth to American people, to the world. God Bless and keep you safe. Beth

12/18/10, 4:07 PM  
Blogger Cathy Palmer said...

Yes, Beth, it is all so tragic and painful to even consider the evil in men's hearts, thus the great need to humble ourselves and put our faith in the LORD Jesus Christ Who has already won.

"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."
John 19:30

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
Matthew 28:6

12/18/10, 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chemicals used may/is being used on the general public.

Push for disclosure of these dangerous chemicals so that it can be used to save others in the general public that are being tortured and murdered!!

Look in to Yvonne Hiller of Kraft food's case 11/2/2011!!

11/8/11, 5:12 PM  
Anonymous David Marshall said...

Congress’s Oath of Office?
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The U.S. Congress reported that, "Every year, thousands of experiments utilizing human subjects are still being conducted by, or on behalf of, the DOD." These are Department Of Defense "experiments that were designed to harm"! They are identified in the 56 page U.S. Senate 1994, Report 103-97, “IS MILITARY RESEARCH HAZARDOUS TO VETERANS' HEALTH? LESSONS SPANNING HALF A CENTURY.” with its 171 source “NOTES”. Under the Bill of Rights, Amendment VIII is, "...nor cruel and unusual punishments.". This is reiterated in the, "U.S. Report under the International Convent on Civil and Political Rights, July 1994 Article 7 “Freedom from Torture, or Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment." As of 2014 (“HALF A CENTURY.”+ 20 years later) the U.S. Congress has yet "To make Rules...” preventing the "Degrading" rape of and the injurious, non-consensual experiments on all U.S. Military Personnel. 1994 noted were missing needed for treatment and experimentation verifying records! This is again verified by Congress's subsequent EIGHT (8) times rejection of the "Veterans Right To Know Act"! On 25 July 2012 a U.S. Magistrate Judge ordered the VA to release these DOD experimentation records!
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Congress Overlooks:
A.."To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces." is the U.S. Congress’s responsibility under the U.S. Constitution, Art. I, Sect. 8, Clause 14.
B..”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God." This is the U.S. Congress’s Oath of Office.
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Please require your members of Congress to obey their abandoned Oath of Office! Shouldn't U.S. Service Personnel have the same U.S. Constitutional, Amendment 8, Rights that: 1. Were given by the 26 February 1953 Secretary of the Department of Defense’s, to-date ignored, no non-consensual human experimentation order. And 2. Are given to convicted rapists and murderers under the Amendment VIII reiteration, “U.S. Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights July 1994, Article 7 - Freedom from Torture, or Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment."
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"EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW" is carved in stone above the main entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court Building. Please make this happen for veterans and active duty military men and woman!
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Thank you.
David Marshall, 100% Disabled 1952-1956 USAF Veteran

11/3/14, 1:16 PM  
Blogger Cathy Palmer said...

Tragic. How many gov officials have been bought and paid? I shudder to think.

My comfort is found in scripture...
"Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out."
Proverbs 24:19,20

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." Romans 12:19

Thanks for the comment, David. May the Lord Jesus Christ continue lead us both unto the Truth I pray.

11/3/14, 2:16 PM  

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