War on Drugs

The following information looks at the War on Drugs being currently fought in the United States. It has been taken from a number of sources which are cited below.

The black community in the United States has long held the suspicion that drugs have been brought into their communities by outside actors such as the government. When this discussion percolates up to the mainstream media, it is quickly dismissed as “black paranoia”.  But should it be?  Are there any historical examples of when the government might have targeted the black community?

In 1942 the US Army and Navy doctors infected 400 prisoners in Chicago with malaria in experiments designed to get “a profile of the disease and develop a treatment for it.”  Most of the inmates were black and none was informed of the risks of the experiment. (p.83)1

In 1951 the Us Army secretly contaminated the Norfolk Naval Supply Center in Virginia with infectious bacteria. One type of bacterium was chosen because blacks were believed to be more susceptible than whites. (p.83)2

In the 1950’s and 1960’s the US Government under a program called  the Manhattan-Rochester Coalition,  an obscure aerosol study in St. Louis, Missouri, conducted under contract by the U.S. military from 1953-1954, and 1963-1965.  The military sponsored studies targeted a segregated, high-density urban area, where low-income persons of color predominantly resided.  Examination of the Manhattan-Rochester Coalition and the St. Louis aerosol studies, reveal their connections to each other, and to a much larger military project that secretly tested humans, both alive and deceased, in an effort to understand the effects of
weaponized radiation.  http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2012/09/manhattan-project-spin-off-st-louis.html

This link describes how during the ’50s and ’60s, sadistic “doctors” and “scientists” flourished under the CIA’s MK-ULTRA program. One, Dr. Harris Isbell of the Center for Addiction Research in Lexington, Kentucky, kept black heroin addicts high on LSD for up to 77 days in a row (some were strapped to tables and injected through the eyes). http://www.seattleweekly.com/1998-11-18/news/the-c-ocaine-i-mportation-a-gency/

this link looks at how a black man was intentionally injected with plutonium http://www.whale.to/b/elmer_allen_h.html

From 1960 to 1971 Dr. Eugene Sanger and his colleagues at the University of Cincinnati performed “whole body radiation experiments” on 88 subjects who were black, poor and suffering from cancer and other diseases. The subjects were exposed to 100 rads of radiation- the equivalent of 7,500 chest X-rays. The experiments often caused intense pain, vomiting and bleeding from the nose and ears.  All but one of the patients died. (p. 158)3

This link looks at how the CIA used black subjects to test the effects of LSD http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/940124/archive_012286_3.htm  This was a government program called Operation Bluebird. In 1952 the program was renamed Artichoke.

This link looks at how the CIA used black prostitutes to get people to talk while on LSD  It was called Operation Midnight Climax  http://rixonology.wordpress.com/2008/04/21/project-mkultra/


U.S. Army initiates LSD interrogations under Operation Third Chance [to field test LSD] in Western Europe.  http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/lsd/lsd_writings2.shtml


Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press   Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair

2  Ibid, Whiteout”

  1. Ibid, Whiteout”

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