This is old news, but it was news to me. Some reports are here, here, and here. Dispersion of this compound and other microorganisms were conducted in America and England without informing the public. The official rationale for these trials was that they were done to learn about germ warfare, but why the secrecy? Because people in the affected areas would have surely objected, and these areas included large cities like St. Louis, Corpus Christi, Winnipeg, and Fort Wayne.

The official bodies subsequently attempted to determine — after the fact — possible bad effects, such as lung cancer, on the health of the guinea pig people involved. I for one don’t trust their studies because they did not examine the effects on longevity, or birth defects, or the additive effects when combined with exposure to other chemicals. I suspect the choices of scientists. I always suspect whitewash when it comes to government studies and assurances. I always expect sloppy and biased science in such cases. I always suspect government because, if it was stupid enough and callous enough to do this in the first place (just as it exposed millions to radiation using atomic tests) and if it did this in secrecy which suggests it couldn’t make a case to the human guinea pigs, then why should I trust its studies?

U.S. Army Dispersed Zinc Cadmium Sulfide Over U.S. Cities in the 1950s and 1960s, 1/22/12

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