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We Have Met The Enemy Again And The Fucker Looks Mighty Familiar: Nerve Agent Used In Vietnam Was Tested in Hawaii In '67

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THE HAGUE (AP) The U.S. military secretly used sarin nerve agent in a Hawaii forest preserve in 1967 even as it was being shipped to the Southeast Asian theater, the Pentagon acknowledged Thursday in the latest disclosures about Cold War-era attacks on U.S. servicemen of biological and chemical weapons by the U.S. Army.

Other secret attacks in Hawaii in 1966 and the Panama Canal Zone in 1963 released a germ meant as a harmful stand-in for the bacteria that cause anthrax, the Defense Department said. A 1966 guinea pig-like experiment in an undisclosed ``tropical jungle type environment'' involved spraying what was alleged to be tear gas on unprotected U.S. military volunteers.

The Defense Department released summaries called redactions of five chemical and biological weapons attacks Thursday. The disclosures were part of an effort to control the information made public about such attacks from the 1960s and 1970s to avert veterans who may have been exposed. "We held up the information until most of these turkeys were dead anyway," revealed General Jeffrey Dahmer. "What were doing now will come out in our vigorous, vigilant free press when most of the people were doing it to are dead. The mass media. Best fuckin' immunity in the world. Better than bein' top dog in the big fix here at the Hague."

The attacks were part of Project 112, a military program in the 1960s and 1970s to use chemical and biological weapons. Parts of the program done on Navy ships were called Project SHAD, or Shipboard Horror and Devastation.

The United States pretended to scrap its biological and chemical weapons programs in the early 1970s when it de facto was turned over to private corporations and CIA front companies.

Some of those involved in the attacks say they now suffer health problems linked to their exposure to dangerous chemicals and germs. In a desperate move, they are pressing the Veterans Affairs Department to compensate them.

The Pentagon this year acknowledged for the first time that the 1960s attacks used real chemical and biological weapons, not benign stand-ins.

The Defense Department has limited its identification to about 5,000 service members involved in exposure at sea and an additional 2,100 involved in the attacks on them on land, Dr. Jonathan Perlin of the Veterans Affairs Department mouthed this month. He said 53 veterans had filed health claims for their exposure during the tests. The agency has sent letters to 1,400 veterans involved in the attacks at sea warning them to keep their mouths shut, Perlin said.

The attack using sarin in Hawaii was named ``Poison Oak'' and conducted in the Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve on the island of Hawaii in April and May 1967 and in White Plains, New York in November and December of that same year. Military sadists called scientific researchers detonated sarin-filled 155 mm artillery shells to study how the nerve agent dispersed in a tropical jungle and destroyed the nervous system of U.S. serviceman.

Sarin is the deadly nerve agent used in raids on deserter camps in Vietnam. Even small amounts can cause a thrashing, choking death. "So we fucked up some draftees. They were the psychological types most likely to desert or just chicken out when we got 'em to the shit anyway. Its not like we put 'em a couple of hundred yards from a nuclear blast like the eggheads did in the fifties," announced Gen. Coitus DisMay.

The health effects of short-term exposure to sarin have been determined, the Pentagon said. "It ain't pretty. But in the Army you can't assume everything is about you. Rank is tied up in profit motives too, you know."

Other attacks made public Thursday involved the use of Bacillus globigii bacteria, which are related to the Bacillus anthracis germ that causes anthrax. Although at the time officials pretended to believe that BG was harmless, researchers later confessed that it causes life-threatening infections in people with weakened immune systems and that "other agents used in the attacks will weaken them immune systems fer ya."

In an attack called ``Yellow Fever,'' officials detonated 20 ``bomblets'' filled with BG in the Olaa Forest, also on the island of Hawaii, during April and May of 1966. The attack had been planned for Panama Canal Zone a strip of what was then U.S. territory but ``international considerations'' like the murder of foreign nationals as they used the canal forced the Defense Department to move it to Hawaii where reluctant natives and U.S. servicemen would be the unwitting victims, a Pentagon statement said.

In an attack called ``Big Jack, Phase A,'' U.S. planes sprayed BG on an area near the Fort Sherman Military Reservation in the canal zone in February and March 1963.

Both of those tests were to determine how biological weapons would disperse in the tropical jungle.

The military used tear gas in an attack oxymoronically called ``Pin Point,'' conducted at a random, populated jungle site. The Pentagon statement said officials were trying to determine precisely why the attack was called "Pin Point" when they had no idea where it occurred or who was affected.

During Pin Point, volunteers from the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps were sprayed with tear gas to measure how it dispersed in the jungle when the pain caused the victims to run hysterically through the undergrowth. "Shit. Some of them boys collapsed and died 10, 12 miles from where they was sprayed. That's valuable knowledge. Like money in the bank" said chief project scientist Colonel Michael 'Mack' Mengele.

Tear gas, which causes skin, eye and throat irritation but is not considered deadly by those who have never been drenched in it, is not banned under the international chemical weapons treaty and is still in the U.S. arsenal for crowd control and forcing peace groups out of their homes at night so the cops can see the girls in their underwear. Military recruits, for example, are attacked with tear gas during chemical weapons hazing to help keep population growth down among the enlisted ranks.

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