About 30 states allow hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the natural gas drilling process that injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth in order to break up shale rock and release natural gas. New York has imposed a partial moratorium on the drilling process pending the outcome of an environmental impact study this July. Yesterday, New York state lawmakers held a hearing on the health impacts of fracking, an issue that until now has received little media attention. We talk with Sandra Steingraber, a biologist who testified at the hearing. She is author of Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. [includes rush transcript]
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State-Sponsored Child Abuse Of course you have heard of the Nazi Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele, who became infamous for conducting grueling medical experiments on concentration camp inmates during WWII. Some of his victims were children. He tested unsafe drugs on them, injected them with lethal germs, removed their organs and limbs and performed sex change operations on them. His primary interest were identical twins. Thank goodness something like that could never happen here. Or could it? While the U.S. mainstream media eagerly report on every new case of child molestation, abuse, kidnapping, or murder, they’re strangely silent about the many historical and not-so-historical cases of child abuse for scientific purposes, condoned and/or sponsored by modern, “civilized” governments. Take the Canadian “Duplessis Orphans,” for starters. In the 1940s and ‘50s, between 1,500 and 20,000 (some say up to 50,000) children living in Catholic orphanages in Quebec were subject to severe abuse. Practically overnight and without good reason, perfectly healthy children were declared mentally ill or retarded and entire orphanages were converted into psychiatric wards. The reason, as reported in the Gazette in 2002: “Between 1945 and 1960, the federal government paid out 70 cents a day per orphan to orphanages. Psychiatric hospitals received a subsidy of $2.25 per day, per patient.” Hervé Bertrand, one of the victims, remembers how a doctor visited his third-grade class and asked him what the word “compare” meant. “I didn't know,” remembers Bertrand. “We hadn't studied it yet. That's how it was decided that I was retarded.” A lifelong sentence for most of the kids involved. Surviving victims allege that some of the children underwent painful experiments, electroshock treatments, even lobotomies. Most were pulled from their schools and forced into farm labor or hospital maintenance and brutally beaten for non-compliance. Many were physically and sexually abused by the Catholic priests, nuns and administrators. Some died of their injuries. The Duplessis scandal was revealed when a 1961 commission on Quebec’s psychiatric hospitals found that more than 30% of the 22,000 patients didn’t belong there, most of the falsely diagnosed being illegitimate children. (Not all of the children were actual orphans; many were born out of wedlock.) The survivors named themselves Duplessis Orphans after the iron-fisted Quebec Premier under whose reign their plight occurred. [For detailed CBC footage on the topic, click here.] Around the same time, something happened in the Middle East that the Israel Insider magazine calls “the ugliest secret of Israel’s Labor Party founders.” Others call it the “Sephardi Holocaust.” In 1951, allegedly with the assistance of the U.S. Army, about 100,000 Sephardi children—Sephardim are Jewish-Arab immigrants—were used as guinea pigs in a mass radiation experiment. To avoid suspicion by the parents, the mostly Moroccan children were taken on “school trips” where they received a radiation treatment, purportedly for ringworm infection. “Every Sephardi child was to be given 35,000 times the maximum dose of x-rays through his head,” states the Israel Insider. “For doing so, the American government paid the Israeli government 300 million Israeli liras a year. . . equivalent to billions of dollars today.” Could it all have been a misunderstanding? Could it be that the “medical establishment thought ringworm was a grave danger to public health,” as the review of the award-winning movie “Ringworm Children” suggests? We doubt it. In the 1950s in Israel, the permitted maximum x-ray dose was 0.5 rad. The Sephardi children received 350 rad, directly to their heads. No lead aprons were given to them. And eyewitnesses suspiciously noted that in preparation for the so-called “school trips,” all the Ashkenazi (Jews of European descent) were sorted out while “the dark children were put on the bus.” The Ringworm experiment left its marks on the victims. Approximately 6,000 children died soon after treatment; the rest developed severe conditions such as various cancers, epilepsy, psychosis, etc. Today the survivors are broken people, and many of their children and grandchildren are stricken with genetic diseases and malignant tumors. “The Ringworm Children” won a prize for Best Documentary at the 2005 Haifa International Film Festival. To buy a copy of the movie on DVD, click here. Well, maybe the Israelis are capable of something like that, but our own government? Impossible. But is it really? In fact, a host of questionable experiments have taken place in the United States… and probably still do. In 1946 and ’47, eighteen terminally ill patients—one of them a four-year-old boy—were injected with plutonium to see how the radioactive material would spread through the body. In some cases, the chemical was injected into the limbs, which were then amputated post mortem. The experiments were conducted by the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Rochester, the University of Chicago and Oak Ridge Laboratory. In a long-term experiment by the University of Cincinnati that was finally stopped in 1971, “88 poor, uneducated and mostly African-American patients with incurable cancers were exposed to heavy doses of full-body irradiation—a procedure that was largely abandoned as therapy by the 1960s,” states an article from a March 1996 issue of Research/Penn State magazine. Some of the subjects died only hours after treatment. Then there’s the testing in the ‘40s and ‘50s at the Fernald School in Waltham, MA. Sponsored by MIT and Quaker Oats, mentally retarded students were told that they were now “members of a science club” and fed cereal that contained radioactive calcium and iron. The goal was to trace mineral absorption from cereal in the body. The results were supposed to be used in an advertising campaign, giving Quaker Oats an edge over their competitor Cream of Wheat. Neither the students nor the parents knew about the radioactive content; parents were only told that the boys would receive a diet high in nutrients. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, a team of researchers purposely infected mentally retarded 3- to 11-year-olds with hepatitis to be able to study the virus. “The early test subjects were fed extracts of the feces of an infected patient,” states constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead in a 2005 article on his websitewww.rutherford.org, while “later subjects were injected with the virus.” The head of the team, Dr. Saul Krugman, later became the chairman of pediatrics at New York University and won the Lasker Prize (the American equivalent of the Nobel Prize). Also in the 1960s, the D.C. Children’s Center in Laurel, MD, administered the diet pill NeoBazine, “which contains thyroxin, a drug that causes tremors, nervousness, insomnia, and tachycardia” to mentally handicapped children. “The FDA later found that this drug was not safe for use.” From 1989 to 1991, Kaiser Permanente of Southern CA in conjunction with the CDC treated poor black and Latino children in Los Angeles with experimental measles vaccines. “The same vaccination was given to infants in Mexico, Haiti and Africa by the World Health Organization,” says Whitehead. “It was discontinued after a large number of those tested died.” And those are “just” the incidents involving children, and those during or after WWII. We didn’t even get to the horrifying experiments performed on adults, like the testicular transplant trials performed on prisoners at St. Quentin’s from 1919-22, in which scientists inserted the testicles of executed inmates and goats into the abdomens and scrotums of living prisoners. Aside from mentally retarded children, prisoners have always been a preferred type of guinea pig for American medical researchers. In 1966, Professor Emeritus of Dermatology Albert Kligman, who applied highly toxic dioxin directly to the skin of U.S. prisoners, said to a reporter: “All I saw before me were acres of skin… It was an anthropoid colony… which wasn’t going anywhere… I was like a farmer seeing fertile field for the first time.” Or, to speak with another American scientist, quoted by the British Medical Journal: “Criminals in our penitentiaries are fine experimental material—and much cheaper than chimpanzees.” We also didn’t have room to talk about the thousands of U.S. soldiers that were unknowingly subjected to experiments with mustard gas and other chemical agents—by the very government they served. Not to mention the about 240 experiments between 1944 and 1961 in which, according to a 1993 Guardianarticle, “radiation was deliberately released into the atmosphere . . . in New Mexico, Utah, Washington state, and perhaps elsewhere.” Those are another story for another day. We would like to hear your comme
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