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Three articles today on US use of chemical/bioweapons. 1. US admits to 50 secret tests of bio weapons on troops 02 Jul 2003 The Pentagon used potentially dangerous chemical and biological agents in 50 secret tests involving US military personnel in a decade-long project to measure the weapons' combat capabilities, according to Pentagon findings. The inquiry began three years ago after several Navy veterans reported health problems they believed might have been caused by their involvement in the tests. Research into the classified project found more tests had been conducted and many more veterans had been present, expanding the scope of the investigation. The tests were done between 1962 and 1973 and involved 5,842 service members. Many were not told of the tests, some of which involved releases of deadly nerve agents in Alaska and Hawaii. The information released today disclosed eight new tests that primarily used non-lethal bacteria and in some cases caustic chemicals. It revealed for the first time experiments to find ways to use submarines to distribute biological weapons. "Project 112" and "Project SHAD" were developed in 1961 to study the combat uses of biological and chemical weapons and methods to protect American troops from such attacks. Initially it was believed that only simulated agents were used, but last year the Defence Department admitted for the first time that some of the tests used real chemical or biological weapons. Most of the tests made public today used the benign bacterium bacillus globigii to simulate how biological weapons agents would spread through the hold of a ship..... More http://www.khilafah.com/home/category.php?DocumentID=7695&TagID=2 ______________________________________________________________ 2. Rumsfeld urged to continue probe of biotests on troops Jul. 2, 2003 WASHINGTON - Several House members are asking Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to keep alive the Pentagon's investigation into 50 chemical and biological weapons tests in the 1960s that involved 5,842 military personnel. The Defense Department released the final findings of an investigation into Project 112 and Project SHAD, which were conducted from 1962 to 1973 to test the combat capabilities of biological and chemical agents and ways to protect U.S. troops from such attacks. Monday's report raised the number of U.S. troops identified as having been present for one or more of the tests to 5,842, many of whom were not informed of their participation. Some included releases of deadly biological and chemical agents, but troops were protected in those cases, said Michael Kilpatrick, deputy director of the Defense Department's Deployment Health Support Directorate. more http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0702chemical02.ht ____________________________________________________________ 3. American NGOs back Europe's chemical policy EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Over sixty US pressure groups as well as 10,000 individuals have backed controversial EU proposals to make companies responsible for proving the safety of the chemicals they produce or use. In a joint declaration of independence sent to the European Commission and to the US President George W Bush, signatories urged the US to follow "Europe's lead" and bring US policy on chemicals "into the 21st century". At the beginning of May the Commission unveiled a radical reworking of the Union's chemicals policy proposing the introduction of an integrated system of registration, evaluation, and authorisation with companies, rather than public agencies, having to prove the safety of chemicals used, produced or exported. Only 3% of chemicals produced in the EU each year are well known according to the Environment Commissioner, Margot Wallström. Washington has backed US exporters in their vehement opposition to the so-called REACH proposal. Firms such as Exxon Mobil, Bayer and Basf claim that registration and testing programmes would cost US companies 400 US dollars. [?] US environmental groups, Trade Unions and health NGOs have applauded the Commission's proposal as one that supports "healthier families, safer jobs, and cleaner communities". The Commissions eight week period of public consultation comes to an end on 10 July when it will begin to finalise its proposal. http://www.euobserver.com/index.phtml?aid=11940 ----- Original Message ----- From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Cc: <NIPGtalk@yahoogroups.com>; <OPCTJdiscuss@yahoogroups.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2003 2:32 PM Subject: [casi] [House intel committee member:] ...Misleading us Into War > --------- Begin forwarded message ---------- > From: "The Nation Magazine" <email@example.com> > [...] > Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 08:25:54 -0700 > [...] > > Representative Jane Harman, the ranking Democrat on the House > intelligence committee, says that based on information preliminarily > reviewed by her committee, it appears that George W. 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