by Global Justice Ecology Project | September 24, 2012

(Note: the article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch appears to be no 
longer available, or has been moved from its original link)

Breaking News: Secret US military testing of radiological materials 
on poor and minority communities

In a story that is breaking right now, Dr. Lisa Martino-Taylor, a 
sociologist in St. Louis. MO (US), has introduced evidence that 
"secret military tests conducted during the Cold War targeted poor 
and minority communities for exposure to what is likely radiological material."

In an article yesterday, commenting on Dr. Martino-Taylor's research, 
the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said:  "Relying heavily on documents 
obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Martino-Taylor 
identifies connections between participants in St. Louis testing and 
scientists who took part in wartime efforts to build the atomic bomb."

GJEP's Board Chair Orin Langelle and  Executive Director, Anne 
Petermann interviewed Dr. Martino-Taylor while they were in St. 
Louis, last week.

-The GJEP Team

US Military Cover Up

by Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann

During an interview we conducted last week in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Lisa 
Martino-Taylor gave us a long description of research she had 
conducted into a major military cover up of the use of U.S. citizens 
as test subjects for military experiments related to the Cold War.

Dr. Martino-Taylor told us that specifically, her research identifies 
a coalition of medical researchers that grew out of the Manhattan 
Project, which she refers to as the Manhattan-Rochester 
Coalition.  This coalition conducted various secret radiological 
tests around the nation.  The group was involved in previously known 
"injection" and "ingestion" human-subject studies that exposed 
unwitting victims to radioactive material such as plutonium and 
strontium-90.  Dr. Martino-Taylor's research demonstrates that St. 
Louis open-air dispersion studies carried out in the 1950s and 1960s 
are likely the realization of this group's intention to conduct an 
inhalation study of radiological material in an urban area.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch further said Sunday:  "Martino-Taylor was 
a skilled researcher before working toward her doctorate, 
investigating cases for a St. Louis law firm.  The facts she 
assembled on the military project and conclusions she reached go well 
beyond anything published earlier."

Dr. Martino-Taylor told us, " This new research also reveals that a 
powdered substance used in the St. Louis tests sometimes identified 
in military documents, was in part, produced by U.S. Radium.  U.S. 
Radium is the company infamous for exposure of workers to fatal doses 
of radioactivity resulting from the use of radioactive zinc sulfide 
powdered paint.  Many of these workers died from systemic illnesses 
caused by inhalation of radium dust at U.S. Radium."

Moreover, there is evidence that the material that was sprayed in St. 
Louis contained particles of such a size as to result in maximum 
absorption deep into the lungs.

During the tests, St. Louis residents were told by officials and 
through media reports that the government was testing a "smoke 
screen" that might protect the city from aerial observation during 
attack.  Documents show that the St. Louis tests targeted what was 
characterized by officials as "a densely populated slum 
district."  Census data further shows that areas targeted for 
spraying included a high percentage of young children, poor, and 
minority residents.  Areas of the tests included the Desoto-Carr area 
and the famous Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project, a dense series of 
high-rise buildings comprised of a majority black population where 
70% children were under the age of twelve.

Additional evidence also strongly suggests radiological components to 
the tests that the Army conducted in St. Louis.

KMOX (CBS) radio reported this morning:  Martino-Taylor says some of 
the key players in the cover-up were also members of the Manhattan 
Atomic Bomb Project and involved in other radiological testing across 
the United States at the time. "This was against all military 
guidelines of the day, against all ethical guidelines, against all 
international codes such as the Nuremberg Code."

Dr. Lisa Martino-Taylor first publicly presented her findings at the 
International Sociological Association 
( Forum of Sociology Social Justice and 
Democratization in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Forum ran from August 
1-4, 2012.

She will be presenting this research for the first time in the U.S. 
Tuesday, September 25th at a colloquium at St. Louis Community 
College in St. Louis, MO.

For access to Dr. Martino-Taylor's doctorate dissertation:

The Manhattan-Rochester Coalition, research on the health effects of 
radioactive materials, and tests on vulnerable populations without 
consent in St. Louis, 1945-1970 - University of Missouri - Columbia, 2011

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