posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 02:24 PM
Misuse of security classification occurs this side of the Atlantic as well.
It's rare that proof can be obtained, but in the late 1990s it became clear that the UK Ministry of Defence had classified their public area
Biological Warfare experiments SECRET for 40 years not just because of Cold War secrecy but because public knowledge of the UK BW Field Trials could
be politically embarrassing.
The political embarrassment in this case would have been caused by the public finding out they had been exposed to "massive crosswind line releases"
of two types of bacteria. In laymans terms the UK MOD had turned the UK into a huge BW laboratory.
The document that revealed this was a briefing document sent from the MOD Chief Scientist to the Secretary of State for War in 1963.
Read the document
Much praise to Steven Aftergood for highlighting this misuse.