FACT: It is possible you were exposed if you were born before 1960:
In April 1947, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission circulated the following memo:
April 17, 1947
U. S. Atomic Energy Commission
P. O. Box E
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Attention: Dr. Fidler
Subject: MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS ON HUMANS
1. It is desired that no document be released which refers to experiments with humans and might have adverse effect on public opinion or result in legal suits. Documents covering such work field should be classified "secret". Further work in this field in the future has been prohibited by the General Manager. It is understood that three documents in this field have been submitted for declassification and are now classified "restricted". It is desired that these documents be reclassified "secret" and that a check be made to insure that if distribution has inadvertent been made to the Department of Commerce, or other off-Project personnel or agencies.
2. These instructions do not pertain to documents regarding clinical or therapeutic uses of radioisotopes and similar materials beneficial to human disorders and diseases.
ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION
O. G. HAYWOOD, JR.
Colonel, Corps of Engineers
American Nuclear Guinea Pigs: Three Decades of Radiation Experiments on U.S. Citizens. The report spotlighted Operation Green Run, a military test at Hanford Site plutonium production facility in Washington. There, in 1949, managers purposefully released a massive cloud of radioactive iodine-131 to test how far it could travel downwind. Iodine-131 and xenon-133 reportedly traveled as far as the California-Oregon border, infecting 500,000 acres. It’s believed that 8000 curies of radioactive iodine floated out of the factory. To put that into perspective, in 1979, Three Mile Island emitted around 25 curies of radioactive iodine.
The report showed that the military planned 12 similar radiation releases at other facilities. At the time, the military claimed that it needed to test monitoring equipment that would ultimately combat the Soviet Nuclear Threat.
The government sponsored smaller tests, too. In the late 1950s, mentally disabled children at Sonoma State Hospital were fed irradiated milk...without consent of parents or guardians. In Tennessee, 829 pregnant mothers took a vitamin drink to improve their baby’s health. The mothers weren’t told the “vitamin” was actually radioactive iron. Also, 751 pregnant women were injected with plutonium at Vanderbilt University. At the Fernald School in Massachusetts, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission fed 73 mentally disabled children oatmeal laced with radioactive calcium. From 1960 to 1971, the Department of Defense conducted whole body radiation experiments on black cancer patients, who thought they were receiving treatment. Instead, the DOD used the test to calculate how humans reacted to high levels of radiation.
Operation Plumbob conducted a series of 29 atomic bombs that were detonated between May 28 and October 7, 1957. This was part of a study of the effects that nuclear explosions had on structures, people and animals. About 16,000 American troops were exposed, as well as some 1,200 pigs. The final tab still won t be known for several years, but a 1997 National Cancer Institute Study estimate found that the Plumbob tests will be responsible for causing approximately 38,000 cases of thyroid cancer and some 1900 deaths.
NOTE: National Cancer Benefits Center For Atomic Veterans - the U.S. Government now offers veterans a payment of $75,000 tax free if they or a family member have had internal cancer or leukemia within the last fifty years (even if family member is deceased) or if they get cancer and were physically present at either the Nevada test site / Mercury Nevada, Trinity test site / Los Alamos New Mexico. South Pacific / Marshall Islands - Bikini Atoll, Enewetak Atoll, Johnston Island or Christmas Island. Pacific test site or South Atlantic test site. During one of the following atmospheric nuclear tests or within a 6 month period after said test. Trinity 1945, Operation Crossroads 1946, Operation Sandstone 1948, Operation Ranger 1951, Operation Greenhouse 1951, Operation Buster-Jangle 1951, Operation Tumbler-Snapper 1952, Operation Ivy 1952, Operation Upshot-Knothole 1953, Operation Castle 1954, Operation Teapot 1955, Operation Wigwam 1955, Operation Redwing 1956, Operation Plumbob 1957, Operation Hardtack 1 1958, Operation Argus 1958, Operation Hardtack 2 1958, Operation Dominic 1 1962, Operation Dominic 2 1962, Operation Plowshare 1962 or were present during the underground testing on Amchitka Island, Alaska prior to January 7, 1974...Lon
The Human Radiation Experiments - a must read! The Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments report
The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War
20th Century Atomic Secrets: Human Radiation Experiments, Cold War American Research on Human Subjects, Plutonium and Weapons Testing, Ethics--Declassified Reports
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