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The History of US and Russian Open Air Biological Weapons Testing

In 1977, the U.S. Army conducted a full review of it’s biological warfare program. The report was published on February 24 of that year, and detailed the Army’s role in Biological Warfare research for review by Congress. (1)

Since the U.S. Army was in charge of the work done at Fort Detrick in Maryland, the report provided a great deal of information about the stockpile of biological agents produced by the United States there.

Many U.S. citizens are not only unaware of the sheer volume of deadly diseases and germ agents produced by the United States, but they are also unaware of the often careless open-air testing that the military conducted over populated civilian centers.

The author of the report made a concerted effort to downplay the ethics of the biological warfare program by asking readers to take the beliefs, politics and culture of the time period into account.

The report reads:

“In preparing a comprehensive review of the Army BW programs, it is crucial that the activities be portrayed in the context of the times and circumstances in which they occurred. For this reason, the events have been related to the appropriate period of national security activity. It has been difficult, at times, to provide finite data as some of hte detailed working papers have since been destroyed; however, much data is available and every attempt has been made to use primary documents or the most credible derivative data.”

I believe the authors of the report made a sincere attempt to accumulate solid, verified evidence of elements of the biological warfare program that really took place, rather than distributing information based on anecdotal or otherwise flimsy evidence.

All of the information in the Army report is undisputed – it is not the work of a conspiracy theorist’s mind. Basically, everything you’re about to read is absolutely true.


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