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Guatemalan 'Guinea Pigs' Deliberately Infected With STDs Sue Johns Hopkins University for $1Bn


Health & Wellness  (tags: US govt, human rights abuses, ethics violations, medical experiments, secret program, Guatemalans, non-consensual, guinea pigs, STD infected, lawsuit, JohnsHopkins School of Medicine, federal funding, Rockefeller Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb )

LucyKalei
- 1170 days ago - theguardian.com
774 plaintiffs seek damages for survivors, spouses & children infected uninformed in secret US govt medical experiments that chose orphans, prisoners, psy ill & prostitutes; failed to provide info or follow-up treatment. Rockefeller Foundation also named



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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday April 4, 2015, 5:07 pm
Wow, just this minute I tried to post this article, and found you had posted it 10 minutes ago!
Thank you!

I personally know of experiments conducted on CHILDREN, without their consent {or the knowledge of their parents}, at a Summer Camp right here in the Northwest United States, in the '50's. With psychoactive drugs {now being widely used on kids, for ADHD and the like}.

Then there are the notorious Tuskegee studies on "Untreated Syphilis in Black Males" {continued even after there was Treatment for Syphilis AVAILABLE, that was DENIED these Black Men}. The men weren't GIVEN Syphilis, they had it already - but, as in Guatemala, for the sake of "Medical Knowledge" they weren't told what they had, told how to NOT spread it, and, again, they were DENIED treatment when it did become available several years after the "experiment" started.
Then there are the notorious cruel Duplessis experiments on CATHOLIC ORPHANS IN MONTREAL, CANADA...
and on and on. I could cite MORE....

After my first-hand experience at a "Summer Camp from Hell", I am doing some RESEARCH on these things on my own, more and more keeps coming up.... it's a real HORROR.
I wonder how many CHILDREN WITH ASSUMED MENTAL DEFECTS were used for experiments with the MOOD-CHANGING MEDICINES that are now being used practically wholesale on kids...
{and have been linked to suicidal depressions and even to school shootings...}

Again, THANK YOU FOR THIS IMPORTANT STORY, we have to keep digging for more & more of this Stench to be brot into the light of day... {to mix metaphors, oh well.....}
 

Animae C (514)
Saturday April 4, 2015, 5:41 pm
Isn't this what Hitler did!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 2:54 am
AniMae, that is EXACTLY what Hitler - and more specifically Mengele & his 'team' at Auschwitz - did!

Nyack - you have to read the article! The medical experiment program took place during the 1940s and 1950s. "The experiments, which occurred between 1945 and 1956, were kept secret until they were discovered in 2010 by a college professor, Susan Reverby."

Thank you, Barbara, for the additional info. Yes -- one inevitably remembers "the notorious Tuskegee studies on 'Untreated Syphilis in Black Males'" !

The MO seems very similar, except the African-American 'guinea pigs' already had syphilis. But the choice of 'different race' people & 'vulnerable' people is STRIKING. "...deliberate infection of hundreds of vulnerable Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhea...Orphans, prisoners and mental health patients were deliberately infected in the experiments." Prostitutes, too. What the Guardian does NOT say is whether some or most of the Guatemalans 'chosen' for the experimentation were from the impoverished, marginalized indigenous Mayan population. In any event, BOTH instances of experimentation on human beings have decidedly RACIST overtones. Blacks or Guatemalans: disposable people! Disgusting!

It is worth reading the article because it tells true horrors that no one could imagine: (Excerpts-)

"The programme published no findings and did not inform Guatemalans who were infected of the consequences of their participation, nor did it provide them with follow up medical care or inform them of ways to prevent the infections spreading, the lawsuit states."

Marta Orellana was a nine-year-old orphan when she was included in the experiments. In an interview with the Guardian in 2011 she recalled being forcibly examined by light-complexioned foreigners and a Guatemalan doctor in the orphanage infirmary.

“They never told me what they were doing, never gave me a chance to say no,” Orellana said “I’ve lived almost my whole life without knowing the truth. May God forgive them.”

" "My father didn't know how to read and they treated him like an animal," said Benjamin Ramos, 57, the son of Federico, 87, a former soldier. "This was the devil's experiment." "

"Mateo Gudiel, 57, said his father, Manuel, 87, another ex-conscript, has syphilis-linked infections, dementia and headaches. "Some of this has been passed on to me, my siblings and our children." Children can inherit congenital syphilis."

"More than half of the subjects were low-ranking soldiers delivered by their superiors to US physicians working from a military base in the capital. The Americans initially arranged for infected prostitutes to have sex with prisoners before discovering it was more "efficient" to inject soldiers, psychiatric patients and orphans with the bacterium."


"Included within the legal claim are graphic descriptions of some of the methods used by the researchers to infect their subjects:

"During the experiments the following occurred:

1.Prostitutes were infected with venereal disease and then provided for sex to subjects for intentional transmission of the disease;

2.Subjects were inoculated by injection of syphilis spirochaetes into the spinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord, under the skin, and on mucous membranes;

3.An emulsion containing syphilis or gonorrhoea was spread under the foreskin of the penis in male subjects;

4.The penis of male subjects was scraped and scarified and then coated with the emulsion containing syphilis or gonorrhea;

5.A woman from the psychiatric hospital was injected with syphilis, developed skin lesions and wasting, and then had gonorrhoeal pus from a male subject injected into both of her eyes and;

6.Children were subjected to blood studies to check for the presence of venereal disease. "


"The then secretary of state Hillary Clinton apologised for the programme in 2010 after a presidential bioethics commission investigation found the experiments “involved unconscionable basic violations of ethics”. "

When searching for a picture to illustrate this post, I had to choose between several very graphic, if not to say absolutely horrifying photographs of what untreated syphilis looks like on a person's skin - face, hands or back - or else the Diego Rivera painting, "Glorious Victory," his satirical commemoration of the 1954 CIA coup that deposed Guatemala's democratically elected government. I chose the latter, because I feared that the horror of the photos would so disgust & horrify that no one would note the post.


"The lawsuit, which also names the philanthropic Rockefeller Foundation, alleges that both institutions helped “design, support, encourage and finance” the experiments by employing scientists and physicians involved in the tests, which were designed to ascertain if penicillin could prevent the diseases.

"Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine held “substantial influence” over the commissioning of the research program by dominating panels that approved federal funding for the research, the suit claims.

"The lawsuit asserts that a researcher paid by the Rockefeller Foundation was assigned to the experiments, which he travelled to inspect on at least six occasions.

"The suit also claims that predecessor companies of the pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb supplied penicillin for use in the experiments, which they knew to be both secretive and non-consensual.

"The plaintiffs case quotes the correspondence from one of the programme’s lead researchers who tells another doctor that if it were discovered by “some goody organization” that the programme was testing people who were mentally ill it would “raise a lot of smoke”. The manager continues: “I see no reason to say where the work was done and the type of volunteer.” " (VOLUNTEERS?)

"Baltimore-based attorney for the plaintiffs Paul Bekman told the Guardian that of the 774 claimants, about 60 were direct survivors of the programme. Many have died as a result of deliberate infection and others had passed on disease to family members and partners.

"“The people who are responsible [for carrying out the research] now are long dead,” said Bekman “But the records are there, and we have detailed documentation that supports the allegations in our complaint.” "

"A federal lawsuit for damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act failed in 2012 after a judge determined the US government cannot be held liable for actions outside the United States. Bekman told the Guardian he believed the new lawsuit stood a greater chance of success as it was lodged in the state court of Maryland and against private entities.

"Both Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Foundation have vigorously denied any involvement in the experiments."
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 4:47 am
Hey, Nyack -- With "Michael Bloomberg's Contributions To Johns Hopkins University Top(ping) $1 Billion," Johns Hopkins will have some change left after they pay the Guatemalans' damages!
 

Kathleen M (211)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 12:03 pm
Unconscionable doesn't begin to describe these foul deeds. Thanks, Lucy!
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 12:55 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Lucy. This is monstrous. I don't know how those involved could sleep at night, let alone live with themselves. And, so many wonder why America is so hated. I'm sure this is not the only case or country. As per BMutiny's comment, this has happened within our own country.
 

Birgit W (160)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 1:30 pm
Outrageous! Thanks for sharing.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 3:27 pm
How those involved could sleep at night, let alone live with themselves is the big question, but I think that that is where racism comes in: when supposedly normal human beings have an ideology and/or racist convictions that completely dehumanize the person they are torturing, or killing or experimenting on, it amazingly does not weigh on the conscience. It is that notorious psychological mechanism that turns a fellow human being into an 'other' - the 'other' does not belong to the human race that the perpetrator, in his perception, belongs to.
 

Winnie A (179)
Monday April 6, 2015, 6:28 am
OMG
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday April 6, 2015, 8:13 am
Lois -- you know why "so many wonder why America is so hated" ! It's because we're so FREE!
 

Elizabeth Brawn (25)
Sunday August 9, 2015, 6:51 pm
i am happy they got some justice
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday August 10, 2015, 5:45 am
They haven't gotten anything yet! No one knows what the outcome will be, the lawsuit was only just launched on April 1, and there is no news on this subject beyond the launching.

"A federal lawsuit for damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act failed in 2012 after a judge determined the US government cannot be held liable for actions outside the US. [One of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, Paul] Bekman told the Guardian he believed the new lawsuit stood a greater chance of success as it was lodged in the state court of Maryland and against private entities."
 
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