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The army continues to assume the right to resume bacteriological testing at its own discretion -- a 1986 report to Congress indicates that open air testing is now taking place at a military facility in Utah as part of the Reagan administration's expanded biological warfare program.
Clouds of Secrecy is a probing examination of the Army's germ warfare testing program from World War II to the present. Using extensive information from congressional hearings, courtroom testimony, interviews, and government documents, the author details the nature of the Army's biological experiments, the reasoning behind the tests, and the effects on exposed human populations.
These experiments prompt questions not only about the rationale and conduct of the biological warfare research program, but also about the relation of science to contemporary society. Is such testing, as one critic described it, "science gone mad?"
Chapter 1 Foreword by Senator Alan Cranston Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Clouds of Secrecy: Introduction Chapter 4 Infecting the Enemy: Biological Warfare in the Past, and the Road to Testing Chapter 5 Living Near Gruinard Island Chapter 6 Fort Detrick's Mysteries Chapter 7 The Army's Germ Warfare Simulants: How Dangerous Are They? Chapter 8 Airborne in the U.S.A.: Open Air Vulnerability Tests in Minneapolis, St. Louis, and the New York City Subway System Chapter 9 Edward Nevin and the Spraying of San Francisco Chapter 10 The Trial Chapter 11 Terror or Error: The Yellow Rain Puzzle Chapter 12 Engineering Genes for Defense: Recombinant DNA Technology and Biological Warfare Chapter 13 Return to Testing: Field Experiments, the Dugway Issue, and Ethical Questions Chapter 14 Worries and Ambiguities Chapter 15 Appendices Chapter 16 Index
Posted October 23, 2003
This book contains shocking but carefully documented details about germ warfare tests conducted by the U.S. Army in the 1960s. It is an eye opener about a range of Army experiments that exposed millions of Americans to various bacteria without their knowledge. The purpose supposedly was to see how vulnerable Americans would be to a germ attack. The book is clearly written and provides riveting descriptions of many of the tests. The most amazing thing about the tests was the number of American cities and their populations that were targeted. They included New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis and hundreds of other cities and towns. The germs were not true warfare agents like anthrax, but they apparently caused several people to become sick, some perhaps fatally. In the current climate of fear about terrorism, Clouds of Secrecy provides an invaluable reminder that secret government actions intended to protect the public may themselves create risks to its safety.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.