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Guatemalans deliberately infected with STDs sue Johns Hopkins University for $1bn

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posted on Apr, 3 2015 @ 10:16 PM
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Nearly 800 plaintiffs have launched a billion-dollar lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University over its alleged role in the deliberate infection of hundreds of vulnerable Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhoea, during a medical experiment programme in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Can you even imagine the unnecessary torture that these people went through? Orphans, prisoners and mental health patients were among those infected. The lawsuit also alleges that the Rockefeller Foundation helped design, support, encourage and finance the experiments by employing scientists and physicians involved in the tests.


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.

Included in the lawsuit are graphic descriptions of the methods that were used to infect their subjects. WARNING

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

- An emulsion containing syphilis or gonorrhea was spread under the foreskin of the penis in male subjects

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

- Children were subjected to blood studies to check for the presence of venereal disease

- 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

- 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


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 denied having any involvement with the program and the experiments that took place. It appears there were in fact members of the university linked to the study, but how involved and hands on they were is what the courts need to sort out.


A committee of the National Research Council dedicated to venereal diseases was responsible for reviewing the studies' designs and approving them for federal funding, according to the 2011 report on the Guatemala experiments by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. A Johns Hopkins doctor chaired the panel, and three others with ties to Hopkins were members in 1946 when it reviewed a proposal for the Guatemala research, according to the report.

The lawsuit seeks to use those roles to connect Hopkins to the study. While the review panel included representatives from the U.S. Public Health Service, Veterans Affairs and military, the plaintiffs argue only the "non-governmental" members of the 11-man body had voting power. Other academics on the panel included a University of Pennsylvania professor and another from Harvard University, according to the commission report.

I hope this new lawsuit finally has the ability to hold some "entity" accountable. Most are considered dead that were directly involved with the experiments, but that shouldn't stop the victims of these disgusting acts from receiving justice or reparations.


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posted on Apr, 3 2015 @ 10:24 PM
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Dear Member of the Johns Hopkins Community,
More than 60 years ago, the U.S. government conducted an unconscionable and unethical experiment in Guatemala, in which U.S. government researchers deliberately infected vulnerable citizens of Guatemala with syphilis and other infectious diseases. We feel profound sympathy for the individuals and families impacted by this deplorable study.
When the details of this study came to light, a Presidential Commission determined that the Guatemala Study was funded and conducted by the United States Government. In 2010, the President of the United States, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Health and Human Services apologized to all affected. In 2012, a federal district court concluded that the pleas of victims for relief are more appropriately directed to the political branches of the federal government.
Today, attorneys representing Guatemalan plaintiffs announced that they are suing The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System, alleging that Johns Hopkins was responsible for the study. The plaintiffs’ essential claim in this case is that prominent Johns Hopkins faculty members’ participation on a government committee that reviewed funding applications was tantamount to conducting the research itself, and therefore that Johns Hopkins should be held liable.
Neither assertion is true.
This was not a Johns Hopkins study. Johns Hopkins did not initiate, pay for, direct or conduct the study in Guatemala. Participation in the review of government research was then and is today separate from being a Johns Hopkins employee, and no nonprofit university or hospital has ever been held liable for a study conducted by the U.S. Government.
As a leading global research university, Johns Hopkins values rigorous and open scrutiny of history, even when it is complex and uncomfortable.
We know that historians have previously linked prominent Johns Hopkins faculty members in various ways to other unethical government research studies in Tuskegee and Terre Haute. Although separate from the Guatemala lawsuit, these studies were all deplorable and all demand reflection upon the broader legacy of unethical research. It is important to confront and learn from the past. At the same time, we cannot let unfounded allegations go unchallenged. We will defend the institution vigorously in court against legal responsibility for the government’s Guatemala study. If you would like more information about the university’s position on the lawsuit, we have released a media statement that you can find here, along with information about the Presidential Commission on the research in Guatemala and its findings.
Sincerely, Ronald J. Daniels President, The Johns Hopkins University Paul B. Rothman, M.D. Dean of the Medical Faculty CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine Michael J. Klag, M.D., M.P.H. Dean, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health



posted on Apr, 3 2015 @ 10:42 PM
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How the hell can the US government not be held responsible for things it did in another country. ..that's like living in Arizona and robbing a store in Nevada and not being held responsible for it. ..WTF



posted on Apr, 3 2015 @ 10:48 PM
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a reply to: JHumm

I'm confused by that too.


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.


I'm thinking perhaps the lawsuit was filed in the wrong place or something...
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posted on Apr, 4 2015 @ 07:48 AM
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posted on Apr, 4 2015 @ 08:25 AM
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a reply to: trollz

Ah, thanks trollz.


Mods, at your convenience.



posted on Apr, 4 2015 @ 09:05 AM
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This story is from at least 2010. Obama has appologised and said he'll (you'll) pay whos left.



posted on Apr, 4 2015 @ 11:57 AM
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originally posted by: andy1972
This story is from at least 2010. Obama has appologised and said he'll (you'll) pay whos left.




A new lawsuit was filed this week.



posted on Apr, 4 2015 @ 08:49 PM
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