This Week in Old US Crimes Gone Unaccounted For…

The Associated Press brings to our attention a morbid 1940s medical experiment on Guatemalans (apparently considered less than human at that time), in which hundreds of people were unknowingly infected with venereal diseases:

From 1946-48, the U.S. Public Health Service and the Pan American Sanitary Bureau worked with several Guatemalan government agencies to do medical research — paid for by the U.S. government — that involved deliberately exposing people to sexually transmitted diseases.

The researchers apparently were trying to see if penicillin, then relatively new, could prevent infections in the 1,300 people exposed to syphilis, gonorrhea or chancroid. Those infected included soldiers, prostitutes, prisoners and mental patients with syphilis.

The commission revealed Monday that only about 700 of those infected received some sort of treatment. Also, 83 people died, although it’s not clear if the deaths were directly due to the experiments.

…But panel members concluded that the Guatemala research was bad even by the standards of the time. They compared the work to a 1943 experiment by Cutler and others in which prison inmates were infected with gonorrhea in Terre Haute, Ind. The inmates were volunteers who were told what was involved in the study and gave their consent. The Guatemalan participants — or many of them — received no such explanations and did not give informed consent, the commission said.

Unfortunately, this was just the precursor of the constant horrors inflicted on Guatemalans by the US empire, from the 1954 overthrow of the democratically elected government on…

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4 thoughts on “This Week in Old US Crimes Gone Unaccounted For…”

  1. The US uses Latin America and Europe uses Africa for their disgusting pharmaceutical experiments, mostly by the private sector. The Guatemalan experiments were the tip of an iceberg.

    It is interesting that Obama apologized for those specific experiments (crimes against humanity), which should facilitate the victims and their families in civil law suits.

    It makes you want to think again about the origin of AIDS, considering the source of the monkey explanation given the world.

  2. There are new crimes that are going unaccountable for right now in the U.S.$3.6 billion research industry.I am ashamed what American scientists did to the Guatemalans in the 1940's. Many people do not realize that non-consensual human experiments are still prevalent today. It has never ended.
    My name is Letitia P. of C.A.N.C.H.E.(Coalition Against Non-Consensual Human Experiments) and I am fighting for the human rights of countless men, women, and children who have been placed without their knowledge, or informed consent into federally funded human subject experiments. These non-consensual human subjects include men, women, children and especially elderly women who live alone. These human subjects are minorities, people with disabilities, people with mental health, prisoners, children in the state/government care, and the poor who has been categorized as “undesirables". Others include dissidents, liberals, members of the Armed Forces; and any type of activists; human rights, peace, and environmental to name a few. The experiments include highly advanced electronics/electromagnetic technology and COINTELPRO tactics.

    The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is conducting, a thorough review of human subjects protection to determine if Federal regulations and International standards adequately guard the health and well-being of participants in scientific studies supported by the Federal Government. Their final report will be submitted to President Obama in December 2011. Based on our research, we concluded that there are many present-day Guatemalan cases because the current Federal regulations and International standards DOES NOT adequately guard the health and well-being of participants in federally funded scientific studies. Recently, the Bioethics Commissions condemned the Guatemala experiments as unethical.

    This is more proof that the Bioethics Commission is covering up the truth instead of investigating the truth. We don't have 60 years for a Bioethics Commission to discover us, by then we all would be dead and our ancestors would be living in this daily torture chamber. We only have this window of opportunity and this is it expose the truth. I pray that the public will rally around when they hear about our heinous stories. What was in darkness will come to light! We can't change what happened to us in the past, but we can change the future.
    At the March 1st and May 18th Bioethics Commission meetings during the public comment sessions, they heard testimonies from over 40 victims stating that non-consensual human subject experiments are still being conducted on thousands of Americans today & they want the abuses to stop. In the July 27, 2011 letter from Valerie Bonham, Executive Director of the Bioethics Commission states," We are writing to advise you on our ongoing work and plans for the next meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. We appreciate the time that you have taken to engage with us. We would like to clarify for your information that the Commission is not investigating or reviewing any concerns or complaints concerning claims about targeted individuals. This includes claims concerning: MK-ULTRA; COINTELPRO; electromagnetic torture or attacks; organized stalking; remove influencing; microwave harassment; covert harassment and surveillance human tracking; psychotromic or psychotropic weapons and radio frequency or military weapons or other claims. As such the Commission will not hear further testimony on these subjects. Many of these issues have been investigated in the past. The Commission is not a law enforcement, regulatory or legislative body. It does not control any federal monies. In addition, the Commission has no involvement with the public or private grants and has no power to open or undertake criminal cases. As advisors to the President, we will ensure that all of your concerns, information and testimony are provided to the White House. We sincerely appreciate your interest in the work of the Commission and the time you have taken to share your personal history with us."

    Copies of the transcripts and videos of the public comment sessions are available for your review at

  3. In the May 9 and 16, 2011 edition of the American Press, Victor Thorn published the article "Bioethics Commission Ignores Modern-Abuses". In the article, he states, "Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the Guatemalan STD case "clearly unethical". However, the Bioethics Commission faced an unexpected moment during its public comment sessions March 1 when 20 speakers delivered a powerfully distinct message: Non-consensual human experiments are still being conducted on thousands of Americans to this very day, and they want these abuses to stop. Nobody should have the right to maim or torture any other person or to treat them in the cruel manner that I have been treated under the guise of national security. Saddest of all, the public rarely sees a glimpse of these extreme tortures because when the 20 victims approached Ms. Gutmann and her Bioethics Commission, every member of the media present that day stood up and immediately left. All of these so-called journalists showed they are more than willing to promote the Obama agenda by focusing on past horrors, while ignoring the people still being abused today. or as (the late Ted ) Gunderson commented, "This makes the old Cointelpro program look like a Boy Scout jamboree."
    We don't have 60 years for a Bioethics Commission to discover us, by then we would be dead and our ancestors would be living in this daily torture chamber. We want our lives back now!
    I will leave you with these final words. In 1976 the National Urban League held a National Conference on Human Experimentation, announcing "We don't want to kill science, but we don't want science to kill, mangle, and abuse us." We may be victims now, but you and your loved ones may be victims later, if you and your loved ones, aren't already? Please help us to end these atrocities now before , it's too late. We say NO to N.C.H.E., and YES to Justice!
    A former journalist has done a lot of research on this, since he too has been a victim of unspeakable crimes. You can read his stories at
    This is happening right here in the U.S. in 2011. Wake up America!

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