US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a formal apology yesterday for the experiments carried in the 1940s by the US military, in which hundreds of Guatemalans were intentionally infected with sexual transmission diseases (STDs), specifically syphilis and gonorrhea in a most cruel experiment, comparable to what the infamous Dr. Mengele was doing in that same decade in Nazi-dominated Europe.
It is estimated that at least one third of the human "lab rats" were not given any treatment.
The abuse was only recently exposed by Dr. Susan Reverby. And only after media exposure, the White House considered necessary to issue the formal apology.
This is not the only such case, at least another at least equally horrific and much more long-lasting one is known to have happened in Tuskagee, Alabama, between 1932 and 1972. There, US Public Health Service recruited 399 black men, and pretended to be providing them with health care when in fact it was not. The purpose of the experiment was to observe the evolution of syphilis in vivo, not to cure it at all.
Of course these two cases are surely just the tip of the iceberg. A lot of people has deep questions about the origin of AIDS and the HIV, specially when this virus is harmless in apes and no other retrovirus is known to have ever caused a disease (they are symbiotic). Yet, suddenly, thousands and then millions of people, mostly homosexuals, drug addicts and Black people of all lifestyles, became victims of the "new plague"... and also of Big Pharma and its proposed but often useless (or maybe even more harmful) "medicines".
Whatever its origins, AIDS scored heavily in favor of the conservative/reactionary agenda, scaring people out of having sex freely like nothing before did.
Another case that has caused much alarm recently is Morgellons disease (see: Albarelli's articles at Voltaire Net: 1, 2, 3, 4), often dismissed by physicians and authorities as mere paranoia, but that, if real, would mean experiments with artificial nano-organisms, pandemic robots rather than simply modified naturally occurring organisms.
Finally I would say that what is happening in the US Gulf Coast is also an experiment of the worst kind on people. The original motivation may not be to experiment but, given the pandemic proportions of the health problems caused by oil and specially corexit pollution all along the coast, and also the psycho-emotional disaster caused by the economic and environmental disaster at a seldom seen scale, this can also be considered a case of experimentation with human beings.
And they are not the only ones for sure. I was recalling right now the so-called colza oil health scandal in Madrid in the 1980s, which was blamed to contaminated oil but that some physicians, many of the victims and even the secret services believed that it had been originated by some mystery event at nearby US air base (now closed) at Torrejón or because of the use of some pesticides.