Lisa Martino-Taylor is a sociologist whose life’s work has been to uncover details of the Army’s ultra-secret military experiments carried out in St. Louis and other cities during the 1950s and 60s.
“The study was secretive for reason. They didn’t have volunteers stepping up and saying yeah, I’ll breathe zinc cadmium sulfide with radioactive particles,” said Martino-Taylor.
Army archive pictures show how the tests were done in Corpus Christi, Texas in the 1960s. In Texas, planes were used to drop the chemical. But in St. Louis, the Army placed chemical sprayers on buildings and station wagons.
Documents confirmed that city officials were kept in the dark about the tests. The Cold War cover story was that the Army was testing smoke screens to protect cities from a Russian attack. The truth, according to Martino-Taylor was much more sinister.
“It was pretty shocking. The level of duplicity and secrecy. Clearly they went to great lengths to deceive people,” she said.
Yes, some conspiracies by the government were real. There were many cases of research that clearly violated ethical standards. By SEVERAL different governments. Today, we have much more stringent laws that require researchers to tailor their studies to limit harm, both real and potential.
That conspiracies and studies like this occurred during this past age does not mean they are going on now with contrails or HAARP or new world order or any of these fear-mongering ideas. Give humans some credit. The world is a far more open place now where secrets are all too easily revealed.