Category Archives: Biological Warfare

US Army used deadly viruses in Europe exercises…

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German newspaper Bild found that the US military used deadly anthrax spores in chemical weapons defense training on a military base in Germany.

In an article with the headline “US Army operated biological weapons in Germany,” Berlin daily Bild revealed that the US military used deadly live anthrax spores in military exercises.

The investigation revealed that several of the US military exercises on German soil involved “incidents” in which live anthrax spores were released. The incidents took place in the town of Landstuhl, near France, Luxembourg and the Ramstein military base. The US military previously sent live anthrax spores to South Korea.

The German defense ministry told the newspaper that the spores were not sent to any German military laboratories. The US military previously admitted that since 2005 it sent anthrax spores to South Korea, Australia and Canada, but not Germany.

“According to current information, Bundeswehr servicemen were not put in danger,” the German defense ministry claimed in an inquiry to Bild.

The spores were supposed to be neutralized at the Dugway Proving Ground in the US state of Utah before being sent to the exercises, but the incident made “some spores even more active,” according to the newspaper.

Modern-day ‘Tuskegee-style medical experiment’ happening once again?

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In an emergency town hall meeting in Los Angeles recently Minister Tony Muhammad mobilized a united front against awareness and action in his community. Standing beside Robert F Kennedy Jr. and Dr Brian Hooker, the trio delivered irrefutable evidence that there is a modern-day Tuskegee medical experiment happening once again in the African-American community. Unlike the Tuskegee syphilis experiments that spanned from 1932-1972 consisting of a small cross section of adults, this new state-sponsored experimentation is being imposed on an entire population of children.

“We are taught in the Nation of Islam that we will fight and die on truth. And all we wish to do is to share data with them [black politicians] that there’s a possibility that vaccines is injuring black boys at rates nearly five times worse than their white counterparts. Put on the brakes and lets look at this first.” –Minister Tony Muhammad

The Science: Greater Risk & Higher Incidences

Published in 2010 in the journal “PLoS One” Durkin and coauthors looked at autism incidences in both caucasian and African-American communities nationwide. Their findings showed that within the African-American community, autism incidences were 25 percent higher than in the Caucasian community.

Published in 2014 in the Journal of Pediatrics, Becerra and coauthors showed that in Los Angeles County alone, the incidence of autism among African-Americans was higher than that of Caucasians. The effect was most profound in foreign-born black individuals living in the United States with a 76 percent greater risk of autism compared to U.S. born whites. The same effect was seen to a lesser degree, however still significantly, in U.S. born blacks. When considering the most serve forms of autism, meaning children diagnosed with autism and mental retardation, this study showed that among foreign-born blacks autism incidence was 163 percent greater than in U.S. born whites. In U.S. born blacks, it was at least 52 percent greater than foreign born whites. This pronounced effect was not seen in any other race category.

A study published in 2010 in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A showed that African-Americans were at a significantly greater risk of regressing into autism after receiving the thimersol-containing hepatitis B vaccine series as infants. The study’s data shows a 5.53 times greater risk of autism for African-American boys that received the thimerosal-containing vaccine hepatitis B series verses those African-American boys that did not receive any hepatitis B shots. Caucasians did not show a statistically significant effect.

According to Dr. Brian Hooker speaking at a town hall emergency meeting in Los Angeles:

“Background information released by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) whistleblower Dr. William Thompson showed that the CDC found a higher risk of autism in black children who received the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine on time verses those who received the vaccine only after three years of age. Unpublished data released by Dr. Thompson show that black boys were up to 3.36 times greater risk of receiving an autistic diagnosis when they received their first MMR vaccine prior to 36 months of age versus those black boys who received their first MMR at or after 36 months of age. And this effect was not observed in any other race category considered.”

This information was discovered by Dr. Thompson 11 years ago and is contained within his initial press release from August 27th, 2014 titled “Statement of William W. Thompson, Ph.D., Regarding the 2004 Article Examining the Possibility of a Relationship Between MMR Vaccine and Autism.” In this whistleblowing press release, Dr. Thompson states:

“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

Dr. Thompson further states in his press release:

“My concern has been the decision to omit relevant findings in a particular study for a particular sub​ group for a particular vaccine. There have always been recognized risks for vaccination and I believe it is the responsibility of the CDC to properly convey the risks associated with receipt of those vaccines.”

At the time of this writing, Californians wait patiently as the future of their education, informed medical consent and parental rights rest on the political chopping block. However, through it all, what remains clear is that the human spirit and the love of community is infinitely greater than the stroke of a governor’s pen, the financial gains of industry and agendas devoid of humanity.

US military “mistakenly” ships live anthrax to labs in 9 states…

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The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public. But four U.S. civilians have been started on preventive measures called post-exposure prophylaxis, which usually includes the anthrax vaccine, antibiotics or both.

The four face “minimal” risk, said Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has begun an investigation of the incident. The four were “doing procedures that sent the agent into the air,” he said.

When anthrax becomes airborne, it can cause a deadly illness called inhalation anthrax. That occurred in 2001, when anthrax sent through the U.S. mail to government and media targets killed five people.

The anthrax, which was initially sent from a Utah military lab, was meant to be shipped in an inactive state as part of efforts to develop a field-based test to identify biological threats, the Pentagon said.

“Out of an abundance of caution, (the Defense Department) has stopped the shipment of this material from its labs pending completion of the investigation,” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren.

The CDC said it has launched an investigation of the mishap.

“All samples involved in the investigation will be securely transferred to the CDC “or affiliated labs “for further testing,” spokeswoman Kathy Harden said, adding that CDC has sent officials to the labs “to conduct on-site investigations.”

The mishap comes 11 months after the CDC, one of the government’s top civilian labs, similarly mishandled anthrax.

Researchers at a lab designed to handle extremely dangerous pathogens sent what they believed were killed samples of anthrax to another CDC lab, one with fewer safeguards and therefore not authorized to work with live anthrax.

Scores of CDC employees were potentially exposed to the live anthrax, but none became ill.

That incident and a similar one last spring, in which CDC scientists shipped what they thought was a benign form of bird flu but which was actually a highly virulent strain, led U.S. lawmakers to fault a “dangerous pattern” of safety lapses at government labs.

ANTHRAX SENT TO GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE FACILITIES

In the latest case, the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah reported in March 2014 that gamma irradiation had inactivated the anthrax stock in question, and along with another Army facility, began shipments that continued through April 2015, a U.S. official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the suspected live anthrax samples were sent to U.S. federal, private and academic facilities.

The anthrax was sent to laboratories in Maryland, Texas, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, California and Virginia, officials said.

The four civilians receiving post-exposure prophylaxis are in Delaware, Texas and Wisconsin. “Workers who were not in the same area at the same time are not at risk,” the CDC’s McDonald said.

The sample sent to South Korea was subsequently destroyed, the Pentagon said.

On Friday night the Maryland laboratory alerted CDC that it had a live sample; by midday on Saturday, the laboratories were notified, the official said.

Experts in biosafety were astonished by the latest lapse.

“These events shouldn’t happen,” said Stephen Morse of Columbia University, a former program manager for biodefense at the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Scientists working with the most dangerous pathogens follow a “two-person rule,” never handling samples alone. The second pair of eyes is meant to insure scientists take proper precautions during experiments.

Two people should also vet shipments of supposedly killed anthrax. “We can put greater safeguards in place,” Morse said.

“Robert Hunter Biden, the son of US Vice President Joe Biden, is currently Chairman of the Board of the World Food Program USA . His appointment in 2014 to the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings has attracted controversy. He is the one to provide political support for Monsanto activities. Monsanto is a corporation with teeth – it has signed a contract with Academi, the largest private military contractor. According to unconfirmed information, Monsanto has purchased Academi”

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Powerful Western corporations want to make Ukraine the largest GMO (genetically modified organisms) grower. As time goes by, genetically modified organisms can become a poison to take away many human lives. This fact is ignored. Europe does not need GMO (the production is strictly limited there). Ukraine could very well become a test ground for GMO crops in Europe, something the rest of the European Union has been looking to prevent. Monsanto, an American multinational agromultinational and agricultural biotechnology corporation, is now moving in on Ukraine with plans to institute GMOs nationwide.

More than 40 years ago, Agent Orange was one of 15 herbicides used by the U.S. military as a defoliant in the Vietnam War. The former Monsanto Company was one of nine wartime government contractors who manufactured it to eliminate vegetation (many believe the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam was paramount to committing a military crime. It gives rise to cancer and destroys human immune system).

Monsanto says soybeans production will bring in over $1 billion to increase the corporation’s profits twofold in five years. Monsanto is powerful enough to influence the US government. For instance, in 2013 US President Barack Obama signed into law the controversial HR 933 (the «Monsanto Protection Act»), which contains a provision that grossly protects biotech corporations such as the Missouri-based Monsanto Company from litigation. With the president’s signature, agriculture giants that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds were given the go-ahead to continue to plant and sell man-made crops, even as questions remain largely unanswered about the health risks these types of products pose to consumers.

Genetically modified organisms have so far been banned by law in Ukraine, but the EU association agreement signed by the new Ukrainian government calls for closer cooperation in biotechnology.

In Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict, a report released in July 2014, the Oakland Institute exposed how international financial institutions swooped in on the heels of the political upheaval in Ukraine to deregulate and throw open the nation’s vast agricultural sector to foreign corporations, including genetically modified organisms and cultures. Jesus Madrazo, the Vice President of Monsanto, has said «Ukraine has the opportunity to further develop the potential of conventional crops, which is where we are currently concentrating our efforts. We also hope that at some point biotechnology is a tool that will be available to Ukrainian farmers in the future». The Ukrainian government and Monsanto do their best to make it materialize as soon as possible.

U.S. corporation Monsanto plans to build a seed plant in Ukraine in 2016. This was discussed at the meeting in Washington between Minister of Agriculture and Food of Ukraine Oleksiy Pavlenko with the representatives of Monsanto. The plant will manufacture corn seed of conventional selection for the domestic market and export. At the same time Monsanto Ukraine is launching a social development program titled «Grain Basket of the Future». It has been formally announced that the project will help rural villagers in the country improve their quality of life.

Monsanto says it is looking for places to build corn seed plants in the so called corn belt of Ukraine. The region of Vinnitsa (Vinnytsia) is on the priority list. Valeriy Khadzhymatov, the chief executive of the Seed Association of Ukraine, says Monsanto accounts for around 20% of Ukraine’s corn seed production. With a factory launched in 2015 its share will grow by 10%.

Robert Hunter Biden, the son of US Vice President Joe Biden, is currently Chairman of the Board of the World Food Program USA (launched in support of the United Nations World Food Program – WFP). His appointment in 2014 to the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings has attracted controversy. He is the one to provide political support for Monsanto activities. Monsanto is a corporation with teeth – it has signed a contract with Academi, the largest private military contractor (it had been called Blackwater till February 2009, and then it changed its name for Xe Services LLC to be renamed into Academi in January 2010). According to unconfirmed information, Monsanto has purchased Academi.

The corporation also has its spin doctors in Ukraine – the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC). Morgan Williams, president and CEO of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, says genetically modified seeds should be legalized in Ukraine to boost agricultural production. The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council’s 16-member Executive Committee is packed with U.S. agribusiness companies, including representatives from Monsanto, John Deere, DuPont Pioneer, Eli Lilly, and Cargill.

Global cancer drug spending hits $100B in 2014…

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“Worldwide spending on cancer medicines reached $100 billion in 2014, an increase of 10.3 percent from 2013 and up from $75 billion five years earlier, according to IMS Health’s Global Oncology Trend Report released on Tuesday.”

One hundred billion dollars is a lot of money. However, when it comes to cancer drug spending, that amount will likely skyrocket over the next few years. Of course, profits will escalate as well, which is exactly why there is now an overwhelming disincentive to find a real ‘cure’ for cancer.

For the uninitiated it’s important to understand that finding a cure for cancer has never been taken seriously by the medical establishment. Anyone who has ever stepped forward with a potential cure has been either persecuted or prosecuted, stripped of their professional licenses or bankrupted, mocked and vilified. The world has seen these and similar scenarios play out time and again.

They already know what the cures for cancers are.

Much more importantly to understand, the real cure for cancer has been found and known for literally decades. Medical researchers like Dr. Hulda Clark have pointed out the obvious for decades. Cancer, like any disease, has two primary components: (i) a conducive internal environment for cancer cells to proliferate (ii) the presence of oncoviruses (and other microbial agents) which are known to cause cancerous growth.

There two basic conditions can be intensified as follows:

(1) The tissues or organs involved almost always possess a profile marked by high concentrations of toxicity due to the presence of various heavy metals, harmful chemicals, environmental pollutants, toxic residues, etc. Many of these find there way into the food and water supply in the form of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, mosquitocides, husbandry antibiotics, bovine growth hormones, chemical fertilizers, fluoride, chlorine, chloramines, etc. The result is that the entire body, and especially the cancerous parts of the body, are often in the state of chronic acidosis.

(2) In addition to those viruses which have been proven to cause cancer, there is also the presence of various pathogenic micro-organisms which can contribute to the advancement of cancer. The existence and heightened activity of pathogenic bacteria, parasites, fungi (especially yeast), mycoplasma, etc. in the cancer-prone or tumorous areas are often precursors to the development of cancer and tumors, respectively.

What’s the point of this lesson in Cancer 101?

The scientific researchers and medical authorities have known for decades exactly which combinations of toxicities and viruses (as well as pathogenic micro-organisms) cause which types of cancer. They have mapped out the body over many years and have identified where toxic chemicals tend to bio-accumulate as well as where a fungus like candida albicans will over-proliferate.

Every type of cancer obeys the unforgiving laws of cause and effect. If you eat mercury-laden tuna fish over an entire lifetime the methymercury will eventually accumulate in specific signature organs and tissues throughout the body. Those organs and tissues will then present an hospitable environment for certain yeasts such as candida albicans that are drawn to mercury-permeated tissues and/organs.

Eventually a dynamic is set up which causes the cells to replicate in an out-of-control fashion. Hence, the first stages of cancer will develop and either advance or go into remission depending on the strength of the individual’s immune system and other responses. The point is that the folks who have been at the forefront of cancer research know all of this and much more. They therefore know exactly what measures are in order for safely and efficiently moving a cancer patient in the right direction.

Holistic Treatments, Detoxification Protocols, Alternative Therapies, Natural Remedies and Changes in Lifestyle Don’t Make The Cancer Industry Any Money

Because of that the average oncologists are rarely, if ever, inclined to recommend anything but extremely expensive traditional chemotherapies and newfangled medicines, radiation therapy regimens and surgery. As far as the pharmaceutical drug approach is concerned, there is a whole new treatment paradigm emerging that is even more costly than the old one.

The $100 billion, which represents 10.8 percent of all drug spending globally and includes supportive care drugs to address things like nausea and anemia, was driven by expensive newer treatments in developed markets, IMS found.

Medicines that target a specific protein or genetic mutation, as opposed to chemotherapies, now account for almost half of total U.S. cancer drug spending, IMS, which tracks prescription drug data for the industry, found. [1]

Conclusion

The best way to address a family history of or genetic predisposition to cancer is by taking a preventative approach. Instead of paying thousands of dollars for chemotherapy and other expensive drugs, spending much less money on a wholesome, organic, nontoxic diet will protect the body and keep it clean. Likewise, engaging alternative healing modalities and natural remedies rather than highly toxic pharmaceuticals whenever possible will help maintain a low total body burden*.

In this way everyone can become a part of the cancer prevention solution, instead of being a part of the cancer-causing problem that supports an inordinately profitable Cancer Industry.

Vaccines might not stop Mid-west bird apocalypse…

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TWENTY-FOUR MILLION DEAD birds on over 120 farms across 13 states. US poultry banned in at least eight countries. Three governor-declared states of emergency. Right now, the United States is experiencing the worst avian influenza epidemic in its history, and all farmers can do about it, at least for the moment, is kill infected birds by the barn.

Government officials, to their credit, are looking beyond the present, scrambling to develop a vaccine that they hope can stop the virus in its tracks. But that may not be enough—and some experts, in fact, worry that vaccinating will only make things worse for the economic and physical health of America’s poultry industry.

The outbreaks of avian flu across the country are actually of two distinct varieties. The more virulent one, H5N2, emerged quietly, first showing up in a few backyard chickens near Boise, Idaho in January. But since March it has been throttling the Midwest, and on March 4 it was detected on a farm of 1.1 million birds in southern Minnesota. The USDA has been working on a vaccine for H5N2, and it will begin testing its effectiveness in live animals this month.

But bird flus mutate quickly—so quickly that they can outpace vaccines. Vaccines are de-clawed versions of viruses: harmless invaders that teach an immune system how to identify and attack the harmful virus. When that vaccine isn’t perfectly targeted, though, bits of virus can hang around. “When vaccinated birds do not have 100 percent immunity against a particular virus strain, the birds may still be able to infect others with the virus,” says Henry Wan, an influenza virologist at Mississippi State University.

A vaccinated chicken could even become a so-called silent carrier, able to pass along the virus without showing any symptoms. “Because it has some level of immunity, the bird will not show any clinical signs,” says Wan, “but it can still shed viruses.”

This becomes a bigger problem if the rate of vaccination isn’t high enough. If vaccinators don’t get enough of the poultry population, viral strains can get passed along into the environment. Endemic flus then become a persistent—and ever-evolving—threat to every new bird hatched or brought onto the farm. The viruses could become stronger and more diverse, turning vaccine development into a long-term game of whack-a-mole, in which the moles keep digging new holes, and each mallet only works once.

But flocks of vaccinated ghost carriers aren’t the only fear. There’s another, more economic problem: A vaccinated bird’s blood looks like an infected bird’s blood, at least to food safety officials in countries that are trade partners with the US. Without knowing for sure, nobody’s going to want to import the billions of American birds raised for overseas customers each year.

That problem arises because of the way vaccines work: Vaccines create the same antibodies as viruses. To a foreign quality control inspector doing a blood test, it makes it impossible to know whether a bird is infected or not. “You don’t want anything to mask the virus, so you can prove they are disease free,” says Carol Cardona, a veterinary viral disease specialist at the University of Minnesota.

This creates a catch-22. Which is better: A bird that’s unvaccinated? Or a vaccinated bird that foreign buyers don’t want because they can’t tell if it is vaccinated, or not yet showing symptoms for a deadly disease? Vaccines, in other words, could be worse for the poultry business than killing sick birds by the millions.

New vaccine methods could potentially circumvent both of these worries, though, says Cardona. Disease specialists can make vaccines that attack multiple viral strains. And administering the vaccines wouldn’t necessitate millions of needles going into chicken legs, little chicken band-aids, and mealworm-flavored suckers. Vaccines could be put into the water, feed, or even dusted onto a bird’s feathers. “Then the bird just ingests it when they preen,” says Cardona. As for the trade problem, novel vaccine methods are also capable of introducing marker proteins that can alert inspectors to a vaccinated—not viral—bird.

For now, though, there’s only one other way to stop a virus from spreading: Kill every last infected bird. (As humanely as possible. The American Veterinary Medical Association publishes guidelines on ethical animal euthanasia, aimed to reduce suffering.) Usually, the chickens or turkeys are gassed to death where they lived. “The idea is to keep them in that barn and, once the birds are dead, they compost the carcasses in that same building so they are reducing the spread,” says Cardona.

It’s a pretty symbiotic system: The decomposing bird bodies, turned over several times over the course of composting to even the rot, breed bacteria that kill off influenza viruses. Meanwhile, the barn is kept tightly locked, so foxes, flies, or rodents can’t sneak in for a meal and sneak out to spread the disease further.

That’s an OK system for now. Even though the mass cullings don’t seem to be slowing the spread of the virus between chickens, they’ll at least reduce exposure to humans—important, because even though the USDA says this bird flu outbreak poses no public health risk, that doesn’t mean people are immune. With enough exposure, H5N2 could evolve an affinity for humans, which is why farm workers who work closely with infected birds have been tested for disease markers and are being continuously monitored. In the absence of a vaccine, the USDA, state agriculture agencies, and individual farmers will continue to be exceptionally careful about keeping the virus contained. And if they fail? Well, the CDC is preparing a human vaccine, too.

“Donald Riegle, a Democratic U.S. Senator from Michigan, held hearings about the veterans illnesses in 1993 and 1994. He told me the decision by Reagan and Bush “to secretly help Saddam Hussein build his biological and chemical weapons was a monstrous strategic error that eventually led to the tragedy of Gulf War Syndrome, which killed and disabled so many unprotected American troops”

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During and immediately after the first Gulf War, more than 200,000 of 700,000 U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Kuwait in January 1991 were exposed to nerve gas and other chemical agents. Though aware of this, the Department of Defense and CIA launched a campaign of lies and concocted a cover-up that continues today.

A quarter of a century later, the troops nearest the explosions are dying of brain cancer at two to three times the rate of those who were farther away. Others have lung cancer or debilitating chronic diseases, and pain.

More complications lie ahead.

According to Dr. Linda Chao, a neurologist at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco, “Because part of their brains, the hippocampus, has shrunk, they’re at greater risk for Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases.”

At first, the DOD was adamant: No troops were exposed.

“No information…indicates that chemical or biological weapons were used in the Persian Gulf,” wrote Secretary of Defense William Perry and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs John Shalikashvili in a 1994 memo to 20,000 Desert Storm veterans. Strictly speaking, they were right: No weapons were used. The nerve agent sarin was in the fallout from the U.S. bombing or detonating of Iraq’s weapons sites.

Perry and Shalikashvili knew.

As Alan Friedman wrote in The Spider Web: The Secret History of How the White House Illegally Armed Iraq, the Reagan and Bush administrations, which backed Iraq in its 1980-1988 war with Iran, approved of U.S. companies selling chemical agents and equipment to Iraq, including “a huge petrochemicals complex called PC2. Western intelligence also knew that PC2 was capable of generating chemical compounds to make mustard and nerve gas.”

Donald Riegle, a Democratic U.S. Senator from Michigan, held hearings about the veterans illnesses in 1993 and 1994. He told me the decision by Reagan and Bush “to secretly help Saddam Hussein build his biological and chemical weapons was a monstrous strategic error that eventually led to the tragedy of Gulf War Syndrome, which killed and disabled so many unprotected American troops.”

Breathing Poison

During January and February 1991, when the U.S. bombed Iraq’s weapons plants and storage sites, poisonous plumes floated across the desert to thousands of U.S. troops based on the Saudi border. Sirens wailed daily, but officers in charge announced that the chemical-detection alarms were faulty.

They were not.

A Czech chemical-weapons detection unit found “trace concentrations of sarin, a nerve-paralyzing substance” drifting into Saudi Arabia. French, British and U.S. intelligence units found similar evidence.

Tracy Elledge, a former combat engineer and one of the veterans I interviewed, said, “Alarms went off all the time.… Our officers told us they were false and to disconnect them.”

However, Elledge and others were breathing poison.

In a 2012 Neuroepidemiology article, Jim Tuite, a Gulf War illness expert, and Dr. Robert Haley, an internist/epidemiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, wrote that “large numbers of U.S. and Coalition military personnel were exposed to levels of sarin … high enough to cause irreversible or other serious, long-lasting adverse health effects.”

Elledge was on a team setting C-4 plastic explosives at Khamisiyah, one of Iraq’s largest weapons sites. “We used timed fuses, which gave us 10 minutes to get a half mile away,” he said. “But even at that distance, the smoke was terrible. And we were sent back in to make sure we got everything. The officers never told us the old rockets were filled with sarin, so we didn’t wear any protective gear.”

Jim Bunker was a lieutenant with the First Infantry Division who had trained as a demolition expert. He told me that “before the DOD blew up the ammunition, it sent papers to the battalion officers and intelligence people with clear markings to help them identify chemical weapons. Then on March 2 or 3, the DOD sent the ordnance disposal team to verify which chemicals were there. We don’t know what they found, because once the troops started demolishing them and getting sick, the reports disappeared.”

Bunker said that when troops first became ill, his battalion commander, Col. John Gingrich, radioed headquarters to find out what was happening. He was told: “It’s the heat.”

“We knew this wasn’t true,” Bunker said. “It was only 85 degrees, and we’d trained in over 100 degrees—without people getting sick like this.” The next day, division commander Maj. General Thomas Rhame and Col. Michael Dodson came to their base. “They told Gingrich to be quiet about the men’s symptoms,” Bunker said.

Dodson, now head of the Armed Services YMCA, did not respond to calls. Rhame, retired and until recently, vice president of the Association of the U.S. Army, told me, “I don’t deny the troops were ill. But I don’t remember that incident and it’s not in my nature to tell a subordinate not to admit something, because it might embarrass us.” Gingrich told me he remembers the issue about the heat, but not that Rhame and Dodson visited the next day. What does Bunker think? “There’s no way for people to admit to what really happened to us.”

Ron Brown, a soldier with the 82nd Division, watched the demolitions from a mile away. “Within 15 minutes, I couldn’t breathe and my head was about to split open,” Brown said. “Soldiers were nauseous, dizzy and had diarrhea and muscle spasms. About 30 of us went to the medic, who gave us Motrin and told us to drink water.”

Later that month, Bunker almost died. As the demolitions continued, his symptoms became more severe. “First, I couldn’t control my muscles,” he said. “But in a couple days, I had convulsions and collapsed. After this, they medevacked me to hospitals in Saudi Arabia and Germany, and then to the U.S.”

Don’t Tell the Press

Bunker is now designated 100-percent disabled. He explains that this means that “your disability prevents you from your full capable earning power for your educational level.”

Brown and Bunker, who run the National Gulf War Resource Center, say none of the soldiers knew what was happening. And the DOD, CIA and VA hid the truth.

For example, on March 23, 1991, the ARCENT NBC (Army Central Command Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) staff sent a secret, now declassified, memo to the XVIII Airborne Corps: “ARCENT has positive confirmation (by urinalysis) of cml (chemical) agent blister casualty in VII corps. We are not to bring this up to the press. If press asks, XVIII abn (airborne) Corps has had no cml (chemical) casualties.”

Later in 1991, UNSCOM (the United Nations Special Commission) found nerve gas in the remains of rockets the U.S. blew up in Khamisiyah and told the Pentagon. In November, although the Joint Chiefs briefed the CIA, other intelligence agencies and the White House, no action was taken. (Six years later, the DOD declassified the UNSCOM memo, posting it on its Gulflink website. Seven months after that, the CIA had it removed—claiming it revealed too much about methods it used to gather intelligence.)

At Riegle’s hearings, when DOD and CIA witnesses admitted that UNSCOM inspectors had found traces of nerve gas at Khamisiyah, they still insisted they “could not confirm that any U.S. troops were at the site.” Also, they claimed they had no reports of “any soldier or civilian experiencing symptoms consistent with chemical warfare agent exposure.” Moreover, they argued that the plumes were too small to pose a great risk.

When UNSCOM went public about the nerve gas, DOD and CIA credibility was becoming compromised. And the Riegle hearings, along with those held by then-Rep. Chris Shays, criticized the VA for its failure to properly care for the veterans.

Thus, in 1997, the DOD wrote to the veterans, admitting that U.S. troops did destroy chemical weapons, that nerve gas was released, and that troops “may have been exposed.” But it also claimed “exposure levels were too low to activate chemical alarms or cause any symptoms.” If they had questions, veterans were told to “call a hotline.”

The CIA insisted it didn’t know about the “possible chemical weapons storage at Khamisiyah … until early 1996.” Moreover, it stated that “no military units were located under the first-effects portion of the plume” during demolitions on March 10 and 11. Also, that “the troops that performed the demolitions had evacuated the area. We know of one that drove briefly through the smoke from the explosion. He had no ill health effects” [italics added].

Because the DOD and CIA still claim troops weren’t exposed to high-enough doses of sarin to hurt them, the VA has denied full disability status to 80 percent of veterans seeking help.

Why must the DOD, CIA and VA lie?

Patrick Eddington, a CIA analyst from 1994 to 1995 who wrote Gassed in the Gulf, resigned when superiors aborted his attempts to reveal the facts. He explained that, “If you’re DOD, you’re admitting your policies contributed to the veterans’ illnesses. If you’re the VA, you’re admitting you don’t know how to treat the vets. If you’re the CIA, you blew another estimate and that’s not something you want on your resume.”

Further, the U.S. would have to admit it sold Iraq chemicals in the 1980s during its war with Iran. The same chemicals that sickened U.S. troops.

From the time the DOD initially admitted that troops may have been exposed, it constantly retallied the toll: In 1996, there were from 300 to 400; from 1997 to 2002, there were 5,000, 20,000, 99,000 and finally 101,752—but still, exposure to “very low levels of nerve gas agents.”

Where Are the Medical Records?

When Brown and others tried to obtain their medical records to prove their illnesses were service-related, they learned that the records had disappeared. In a 2007 letter, Dr. Gary Trogdon, chief of the Public Inquiries Section at the Army’s Historical Resources Branch, informed Brown that Army units were told to destroy the “after action” reports, since “there was no space to ship the paper back to the States.” But, Trogdon said, records were kept at the brigade level. When Brown asked Senator Mark Warner to help, he, too, came up empty-handed.

Bunker insists veterans don’t need their records. “If they’re diagnosed with fibromyalgia or had chronic diarrhea for the past four or five years, it’s considered service-connected. It’s presumptive under the law for Gulf War veterans—even if they can’t diagnose the cause. But the VA still denies veterans claims, because they don’t have their medical records.”

However, Bunker and Brown are hopeful. Bunker says President Obama’s new VA Secretary Robert McDonald recently ordered that studies be conducted to determine if certain illnesses should be reclassified as presumptive.

Brown was able to speak with McDonald—after trying unsuccessfully to reach the previous secretary. Brown noted that “just last month, McDonald wrote me [that] he was extending the date for veterans to file presumptive service-connected disability claims.”

Still, when Brown read a 2014 New York Times article about 600 troops exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq from 2003 to 2011, he called the hotline and was told it was only for newly exposed veterans. When he asked about help for the very sick 200,000 Desert Storm veterans, he was directed to Coleen Baird at Aberdeen Proving Ground, who is studying recent veterans illnesses.

He asked what she could do for them.

Baird said she would refer his request to another office.