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Originally posted by Jagermeister
The US Government using it's own people as guinea pigs?
Say it isn't so!
1950 In an experiment to determine how susceptible an American city would be to biological attack, the U.S. Navy sprays a cloud of bacteria from ships over San Franciso. Monitoring devices are situated throughout the city in order to test the extent of infection. Many residents become ill with pneumonia-like symptoms.
1953 U.S. military releases clouds of zinc cadmium sulfide gas over Winnipeg, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Fort Wayne, the Monocacy River Valley in Maryland, and Leesburg, Virginia. Their intent is to determine how efficiently they could disperse chemical agents.
1953 Joint Army-Navy-CIA experiments are conducted in which tens of thousands of people in New York and San Francisco are exposed to the airborne germs Serratia marcescens and Bacillus glogigii.
1955 The CIA, in an experiment to test its ability to infect human populations with biological agents, releases a bacteria withdrawn from the Army's biological warfare arsenal over Tampa Bay, Fl.
1968 CIA experiments with the possibility of poisoning drinking water by injecting chemicals into the water supply of the FDA in Washington, D.C.
Bacillus subtilis is a soil bacteria, so while extremely common, I don't think they are that common in the subway tunnels.
Originally posted by InLightTend
reply to post by ModernAcademia
The questions are, what, if any changes were made to the subtilis? I mean, were talking about an extremely common bacteria, one that is EVERYWHERE, subway included.
This is not a test on civilians, it's a test on the sensors.
Originally posted by METACOMET
reply to post by InLightTend
Biological testing on civilians is illegal, the exception being for law enforcement purposes. How exactly is this for law enforcement purposes?
Considering all of the concerns and studies examined above, Alternate 3 is the Proposed Action for these tests. This Alternative is considered to be the best balance of the risk of exposure to the public while maintaining the benefit for understanding the performance of these vital safety systems.
The third alternative is to conduct an aerosol release of nonviable (killed) B. subtilis spores for testing sensors during non-revenue hours for the subway. The trains would be operated to mimic a peak schedule, but no passengers would be in the stations.
Those tests would likely be held during off hours this summer.
Federal officials say they test the subway sensors by releasing dead bacteria called B-subtilis. They say it is used in food supplements, has been rigorously tested and has no adverse health effects for low exposure in healthy people.
Originally posted by GrandHeretic
mmmmm, facinating. Then again humans are full of nasties that are transferred to one another on a daily basis. You can give someone something much nastier with just a sneeze or a cough. Why should what they're gonna use be any worse?
Granted they're usuing it to test something, in which case, they should clean up after the test. That would be asking too much now wouldn't it?
Honestly......would you expect any less from the US-SS?
As part of the legal process, a hearing will be held May 16, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Cambridge YMCA in Central Square. The public will be able to voice concerns and comments.