By John W. Whitehead
“However these weren’t the sort of monsters that had tentacles and rotting pores and skin, the type a seven-year-old would possibly be capable of wrap his thoughts round—they have been monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t acknowledge them for what they’re till it’s too late.” — Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Residence for Peculiar Kids
The U.S. authorities, in its pursuit of so-called monsters, has itself change into a monster.
This isn’t a brand new growth, neither is it a revelation.
This can be a authorities that has in current a long time unleashed untold horrors upon the world—together with its personal citizenry—within the title of worldwide conquest, the acquisition of better wealth, scientific experimentation, and technological advances, all packaged within the guise of the better good.
Thoughts you, there is no such thing as a better good when the federal government is concerned. There may be solely better greed for cash and energy.
Sadly, the general public has change into so simply distracted by the political spectacle popping out of Washington, DC, that they’re altogether oblivious to the grisly experiments, barbaric habits and inhumane situations which have change into synonymous with the U.S. authorities.
These horrors are being meted out towards people and animals alike.
It’s heartbreaking sufficient once you hear about police taking pictures household canines that pose no risk—beloved pets which might be “responsible” of little greater than barking, or wagging a tail, or racing in the direction of them in greeting—at an alarming fee someplace within the neighborhood of 500 canines a day.
What I’m about to share goes past heartbreaking to horrifying.
As an illustration, do you know that the U.S. authorities has been shopping for a whole lot of canines and cats from “Asian meat markets” as a part of a ugly experiment into food-borne diseases? The cannibalistic experiments contain killing cats and canines bought from Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, China and Ethiopia, after which feeding the useless stays to laboratory kittens, bred in authorities laboratories for the categorical function of being contaminated with a illness after which killed.
It will get extra ugly.
The Division of Veterans Affairs has been eradicating elements of canines’ brains to see the way it impacts their respiration; making use of electrodes to canines’ spinal cords (earlier than and after severing them) to see the way it impacts their cough reflexes; and implanting pacemakers in canines’ hearts after which inducing them to have coronary heart assaults (earlier than draining their blood). All the laboratory canines are killed in the course of the course of those experiments.
It’s not simply animals which might be being handled like lab rats by authorities companies.
“We the individuals” have additionally change into the police state’s guinea pigs: to be caged, branded, experimented upon with out our data or consent, after which conveniently discarded and left to undergo from the after-effects.
Again in 2017, FEMA “inadvertently” uncovered almost 10,000 firefighters, paramedics and different responders to a lethal type of ricin throughout simulated bioterrorism response classes. In 2015, it was found that an Military lab had been “mistakenly” transport lethal anthrax to labs and protection contractors for a decade. Whereas these explicit incidents have been dismissed as “accidents,” you don’t must dig very deep or go very again within the nation’s historical past to uncover quite a few instances during which the federal government intentionally performed secret experiments on an unsuspecting populace — residents and noncitizens alike — making wholesome individuals sick by spraying them with chemical substances, injecting them with infectious ailments and exposing them to airborne toxins.
On the time, the federal government reasoned that it was reliable to experiment on individuals who didn’t have full rights in society corresponding to prisoners, psychological sufferers, and poor blacks.
In Alabama, for instance, 600 black males with syphilis have been allowed to undergo with out correct medical therapy as a way to research the pure development of untreated syphilis. In California, older prisoners had testicles from livestock and from just lately executed convicts implanted in them to check their virility. In Connecticut, psychological sufferers have been injected with hepatitis.
In Maryland, sleeping prisoners had a pandemic flu virus sprayed up their noses. In Georgia, two dozen “volunteering” jail inmates had gonorrhea micro organism pumped instantly into their urinary tracts by way of the penis. In Michigan, male sufferers at an insane asylum have been uncovered to the flu after first being injected with an experimental flu vaccine. In Minnesota, 11 public service worker “volunteers” have been injected with malaria, then starved for 5 days.
In New York, dying sufferers had most cancers cells launched into their techniques. In Ohio, over 100 inmates have been injected with reside most cancers cells. Additionally in New York, prisoners at a reformatory jail have been additionally cut up into two teams to find out how a lethal abdomen virus was unfold: the primary group was made to swallow an unfiltered stool suspension, whereas the second group merely breathed in germs sprayed into the air. And in Staten Island, youngsters with psychological retardation got hepatitis orally and by injection to see if they might then be cured.
Because the Related Press studies,
The late 1940s and 1950s noticed big progress within the U.S. pharmaceutical and well being care industries, accompanied by a increase in prisoner experiments funded by each the federal government and firms. By the 1960s, at the least half the states allowed prisoners for use as medical guinea pigs … as a result of they have been cheaper than chimpanzees.
A few of these research, principally from the 1940s to the ’60s, apparently have been by no means coated by information media. Others have been reported on the time, however the focus was on the promise of tolerating new cures, whereas glossing over how check topics have been handled.
Media blackouts, propaganda, spin. Sound acquainted?
What number of authorities incursions into our freedoms have been blacked out, buried below “leisure” information headlines, or spun in such a method as to counsel that anybody voicing a phrase of warning is paranoid or conspiratorial?
Sadly, these incidents are simply the tip of the iceberg relating to the atrocities the federal government has inflicted on an unsuspecting populace within the title of secret experimentation.
As an illustration, there was the U.S. army’s secret race-based testing of mustard fuel on greater than 60,000 enlisted males. As NPR studies,
All the World Warfare II experiments with mustard fuel have been executed in secret and weren’t recorded on the themes’ official army information. Most don’t have proof of what they went by way of. They acquired no follow-up well being care or monitoring of any variety. And so they have been sworn to secrecy in regards to the exams below risk of dishonorable discharge and army jail time, leaving some unable to obtain enough medical therapy for his or her accidents, as a result of they couldn’t inform medical doctors what occurred to them.
After which there was the CIA’s MKULTRA program during which a whole lot of unsuspecting American civilians and army personnel have been dosed with LSD, some having the hallucinogenic drug slipped into their drinks on the seaside, in metropolis bars, at eating places. As Time studies, “earlier than the documentation and different details of this system have been made public, those that talked of it have been ceaselessly dismissed as being psychotic.”
Now one would possibly argue that that is all historical historical past and that the federal government right this moment is completely different from the federal government of yesteryear, however has the U.S. authorities actually modified?
Has the federal government change into any extra humane, any extra respectful of the rights of the citizenry?
Has it change into any extra clear or keen to abide by the rule of legislation? Has it change into any extra truthful about its actions? Has it change into any extra cognizant of its appointed function as a guardian of our rights?
Or has the federal government merely hunkered down and hidden its nefarious acts and dastardly experiments below layers of secrecy, legalism and obfuscations? Has it not change into wilier, extra slippery, harder to pin down?
Having mastered the Orwellian artwork of Doublespeak and adopted the Huxleyan blueprint for distraction and diversion, are we not coping with a authorities that’s merely craftier and extra conniving that it was?
Think about this: after revelations in regards to the authorities’s experiments spanning the 20th century spawned outrage, the federal government started in search of human guinea pigs in different international locations, the place “medical trials may very well be executed extra cheaply and with fewer guidelines.”
In Guatemala, prisoners and sufferers at a psychological hospital have been contaminated with syphilis, “apparently to check whether or not penicillin might forestall some sexually transmitted illness.” In Uganda, U.S.-funded medical doctors “failed to offer the AIDS drug AZT to all of the HIV-infected pregnant ladies in a research… although it will have protected their newborns.” In the meantime, in Nigeria, youngsters with meningitis have been used to check an antibiotic named Trovan. Eleven youngsters died and plenty of others have been left disabled.
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Working example: again in 2016, it was introduced that scientists working for the Division of Homeland Safety would start releasing varied gases and particles on crowded subway platforms as a part of an experiment geared toward testing bioterror airflow in New York subways.
The federal government insisted that the gases launched into the subways by the DHS have been unhazardous and didn’t pose a well being threat. It’s in our greatest pursuits, they mentioned, to know how rapidly a chemical or organic terrorist assault would possibly unfold. And look how cool the know-how is—mentioned the federal government cheerleaders—that scientists can use one thing referred to as DNATrax to trace the motion of microscopic substances in air and meals. (Think about the sorts of surveillance that may very well be carried out by the federal government utilizing trackable airborne microscopic substances you breathe in or ingest.)
Thoughts you, this is similar authorities that in 1949 sprayed micro organism into the Pentagon’s air dealing with system, then the world’s largest workplace constructing. In 1950, particular ops forces sprayed micro organism from Navy ships off the coast of Norfolk and San Francisco, within the latter case exposing the entire metropolis’s 800,000 residents.
In 1953, authorities operatives staged “mock” anthrax assaults on St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Winnipeg utilizing mills positioned on high of automobiles. Native governments have been reportedly advised that “‘invisible smokescreen[s]’ have been being deployed to masks town on enemy radar.” Later experiments coated territory as wide-ranging as Ohio to Texas and Michigan to Kansas.
In 1965, the federal government’s experiments in bioterror took purpose at Washington’s Nationwide Airport, adopted by a 1966 experiment during which military scientists uncovered 1,000,000 subway NYC passengers to airborne micro organism that causes meals poisoning.
And this is similar authorities that has taken each little bit of know-how offered to us as being in our greatest pursuits—GPS units, surveillance, nonlethal weapons, and so on.—and used it towards us, to trace, management and entice us.
So, no, I don’t assume the federal government’s ethics have modified a lot over time. It’s simply taken its nefarious applications undercover.
The query stays: why is the federal government doing this? The reply is at all times the identical: cash, energy and complete domination.
It’s the identical reply regardless of which totalitarian regime is in energy.
The mindset driving these applications has, appropriately, been likened to that of Nazi medical doctors experimenting on Jews. Because the Holocaust Museum recounts, Nazi physicians “performed painful and infrequently lethal experiments on hundreds of focus camp prisoners with out their consent.”
The Nazis’ unethical experiments ran the gamut from freezing experiments utilizing prisoners to seek out an efficient therapy for hypothermia, exams to find out the utmost altitude for parachuting out of a airplane, injecting prisoners with malaria, typhus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, yellow fever, and infectious hepatitis, exposing prisoners to phosgene and mustard fuel, and mass sterilization experiments.
The horrors being meted out towards the American individuals could be traced again, in a direct line, to the horrors meted out in Nazi laboratories. In reality, following the second World Warfare, the U.S. authorities recruited a lot of Hitler’s workers, adopted his protocols, embraced his mindset about legislation and order and experimentation, and applied his ways in incremental steps.
Sounds far-fetched, you say? Learn on. It’s all documented.
As historian Robert Gellately recounts, the Nazi police state was initially so admired for its effectivity and order by the world powers of the day that Herbert Hoover, then-head of the FBI, truly despatched considered one of his right-hand males, Edmund Patrick Coffey, to Berlin in January 1938 on the invitation of Germany’s secret police, the Gestapo.
The FBI was so impressed with the Nazi regime that, in keeping with the New York Instances, within the a long time after World Warfare II, the FBI, together with different authorities companies, aggressively recruited at the least a thousand Nazis, together with a few of Hitler’s highest henchmen.
All advised, hundreds of Nazi collaborators—together with the top of a Nazi focus camp, amongst others—got secret visas and delivered to America by means of Mission Paperclip. Subsequently, they have been employed on as spies, informants and scientific advisers, after which camouflaged to make sure that their true identities and ties to Hitler’s holocaust machine would stay unknown. All of the whereas, hundreds of Jewish refugees have been refused entry visas to the U.S. on the grounds that it might threaten nationwide safety.
Including additional insult to damage, American taxpayers have been paying to maintain these ex-Nazis on the U.S. authorities’s payroll ever since. And in true Gestapo style, anybody who has dared to blow the whistle on the FBI’s illicit Nazi ties has discovered himself spied upon, intimidated, harassed and labeled a risk to nationwide safety.
As if the federal government’s covert, taxpayer-funded employment of Nazis after World Warfare II wasn’t dangerous sufficient, U.S. authorities companies—the FBI, CIA and the army—have since absolutely embraced lots of the Nazis’ well-honed policing ways, and have used them repeatedly towards Americans.
It’s actually straightforward to denounce the full-frontal horrors carried out by the scientific and medical group inside a despotic regime corresponding to Nazi Germany, however what do you do when it’s your individual authorities that claims to be a champion of human rights all of the whereas permitting its brokers to interact within the foulest, bases and most despicable acts of torture, abuse and experimentation?
When all is claimed and executed, this isn’t a authorities that has our greatest pursuits at coronary heart.
This isn’t a authorities that values us.
Maybe the reply lies in The Third Man, Carol Reed’s influential 1949 movie starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. Within the movie, set in a post-WW II Vienna, rogue warfare profiteer Harry Lime has come to view human carnage with a callous indifference, unconcerned that the diluted penicillin he’s been trafficking underground has resulted within the tortured deaths of younger youngsters.
Challenged by his previous buddy Holly Martins to think about the implications of his actions, Lime responds, “In nowadays, previous man, no one thinks when it comes to human beings. Governments don’t, so why ought to we?”
“Have you ever ever seen any of your victims?” asks Martins.
“Victims?” responds Limes, as he seems down from the highest of a Ferris wheel onto a populace decreased to mere dots on the bottom. “Look down there. Inform me. Would you actually really feel any pity if a kind of dots stopped transferring ceaselessly? If I supplied you twenty thousand kilos for each dot that stopped, would you actually, previous man, inform me to maintain my cash, or would you calculate what number of dots you may afford to spare? Freed from earnings tax, previous man. Freed from earnings tax — the one method it can save you cash these days.”
As I clarify in my e-book Battlefield America: The Warfare on the American Folks, that is how the U.S. authorities sees us, too, when it seems down upon us from its lofty perch.
To the powers-that-be, the remainder of us are insignificant specks, faceless dots on the bottom.
To the architects of the American police state, we’re not worthy or vested with inherent rights. That is how the federal government can justify treating us like financial items to be purchased and offered and traded, or caged rats to be experimented upon and discarded once we’ve outgrown our usefulness.
To those that name the pictures within the halls of presidency, “we the individuals” are merely the means to an finish.
“We the individuals”—who assume, who cause, who take a stand, who resist, who demand to be handled with dignity and care, who consider in freedom and justice for all—have change into out of date, undervalued residents of a totalitarian state that, within the phrases of Rod Serling, “has patterned itself after each dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of historical past for the reason that starting of time. It has refinements, technological advances, and a extra subtle method to the destruction of human freedom.”
On this sense, we’re all Romney Wordsworth, the condemned man in Serling’s Twilight Zone episode “The Out of date Man.”
“The Out of date Man” speaks to the risks of a authorities that views individuals as expendable as soon as they’ve outgrown their usefulness to the State. But—and right here’s the kicker—that is the place the federal government by way of its monstrous inhumanity additionally turns into out of date. As Serling famous in his unique script for “The Out of date Man,” “Any state, any entity, any ideology which fails to acknowledge the value, the dignity, the rights of Man…that state is out of date.”