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ITV West: Top Secrets Revealed Tonight At 19:30

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posted on Oct, 30 2004 @ 01:21 PM
Those members who live in the UK who are interested in how Porton Down, the UK Chemical and Biological Warfare Centre), used the UK as a giant laboratory for their Biological Warfare experiments from 1950-now, should watch ITV West's new series.

Just a teaser for now. Much more info about this soon. A definite must watch 'cos I'm in it

ITV West Thursday 11 November 19:30

Top Secrets Revealed

The series that loves to reveal Government secrets in the West Country makes a welcome return to our screens next month. For the second time this year ITV West reveals the stories that politicians and civil servants didn’t want us to know using Top Secret documents from The National Archives in Kew that are now declassified.

Examining secret Government policy on subjects as diverse as germ warfare testing; sexually transmitted diseases; UFO’s; crowd control at football matches and so called colonies for the mentally subnormal, the series refers to documents from the 1950’s, 1960’s and early 1970’s which have achieved declassified status. Under Government secrecy rules, documents remain secret for at least 30 years.

In the first programme documents that have been kept under lock and key for 50 years and only came into the public domain two years ago are revealed. These refer to secret trials of simulated germ warfare tests in public areas in the West Country in the early 1950’s.

The tests were organised by scientists at the Porton Down biological and chemical research establishment. And TOP SECRETS REVEALED shows exclusive black and white footage of scientific experiments carried out near an unwitting public. The programme also shows how paranoid Britain was to a biological warfare attack and how Government scientists used the area as a giant laboratory for testing the country’s vulnerability.

Campaigner Mike Kenner, who was sprayed on with biological stimulants as a child in Weymouth, says: “ All of the South Dorset area is pretty unique in that all the methods that were used would be used in a germ warfare attack.”

If you live outside of the ITV West transmission area, and have Satellite TV such as Sky; you can easily see the prog by entering ITV West into your Sky Electronic Programme Guide. It goes into the Other Channels section.
For more information on how to do this follow the instructions on this link.

Do try and watch, it has loads of new stuff that I haven't yet banged on about on here

zero lift

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posted on Nov, 3 2004 @ 08:49 PM
More details of the first Top Secrets Revealed Porton Down programme.

Porton Down is known as one of the most secretive Ministry of Defence establishments in the UK. Not much is known of the secret CBW experiments carried out within the high security facility, but recently information has come to light which details the extent to which military scientists from both the Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment and the Microbiological Research Establishment Porton Down turned the UK into a vast open air laboratory.

For the over 50 years Porton scientists have released various chemical compounds and live bacteria in public areas in order to test, for example, how to gas a city, or to develop a method of spreading bacteria over an area of 10,000 square miles with a single aircraft. Other tests were done to assess the vulnerability of troop trains or the London Underground. Over 80 BW experiments were done in Dorset during 1963-1975, each of which exposed the residents of at least five southern England counties to massive amounts of live bacteria, all in order to try and develop a working Biological Warfare detection system.

I have been campaigning, with varying degrees of success, for more information about Porton’s public area trials to be made generally available for the past seven years. Some of my research is used in two ITV West television programmes due to be transmitted in November. The first programme details public area experiments conducted by Porton during the years 1950-1966. The programme shows never before transmitted footage from a secret Porton Down film of BW experiments carried out at a top secret underground storage facility.

The programme also shows how Porton secretly sprayed toxic compounds over a city in the UK in 1960 on at least two occasions in order to test whether cities were more vulnerable to BW attack at night. Porton rather ominously referred to these experiments as “morning fumigation” attacks. The results of the trials were inconclusive. After a search for a more suitable city on which to repeat the experiments, Porton scientists selected the city of Norwich. Residents of this city were exposed to varying levels of Zinc Cadmium sulphide during these experiments, which were conducted during 1963-64. For reasons so far unexplained, members of the Home Office Scientific Advisory Branch assisted Porton scientists in the conduct of these trials.

At the same time that CDEE were conducting experiments on Norwich, other Porton scientists were, in 1963, starting a series of Biological Warfare experiments that would continue until at least 1975. This time the location of the trials was Dorset. These trials involved the exposure of Dorset residents to massive amounts of two types of live bacteria. As with the earlier city based experiments, the Dorset trials involved clandestine night time sprayings.By 1966, Porton felt able to state that they could now contaminate an area greater than 1,000 square miles with an appreciable dose of viable bacteria. They had proved that small-scale Biological Warfare was possible.

The first programme is to be broadcast on ITV West at 19:30 on Thursday 11 November 2004. Viewers unable to receive ITV West on terrestrial television may be able to view the programme if they have Sky TV. Easy to follow details how to do this are found at the following web site.

Do watch the programmes if you are able. They are quite eye opening.

zero lift

posted on Nov, 3 2004 @ 09:13 PM

Originally posted by zero lift
More details of the first Top Secrets Revealed Porton Down programme.


posted on Nov, 4 2004 @ 06:11 AM
KrazyIvan wrote


Only in the colonies

Compact Oxford English Dictionary

(US program)

• noun 1 a planned series of events. 2 a radio or television broadcast. 3 a set of related measures or activities with a long-term aim. 4 a sheet or booklet detailing items or performers at an event. 5 (program) a series of coded software instructions to control the operation of a computer or other machine.

• verb (programmed, programming; US programed, programing) 1 (program) provide (a computer) with a program. 2 cause to behave in a predetermined way. 3 arrange according to a plan or schedule.

— DERIVATIVES programmable adjective programmer noun.

— ORIGIN Greek programma, from prographein ‘write publicly’.

programme (BROADCAST) UK, US program [Show phonetics]
noun [C]
a broadcast on television or radio:
It's one of those arts programmes late at night.
It's my favourite TV programme - I never miss an episode.

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

zero lift

posted on Nov, 8 2004 @ 11:26 AM
Sounds good. Would anyone with a TV card mind capturing and posting some clips of the best bits for those of us unable to get ITV west/Sky?

posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 09:26 AM

Ahem...*Reads from prepared statement*

"The first of two Porton Down programmmes in the Top Secrets Revealed series is being delayed for legal reasons due to the Ronald Madison inquest"

It is thought the first Porton programme in the series will be broadcast on ITV West on Thursday 18 November at 19:30, with the second broadcast following one week later on Thursday 25 November, also at 19:30.

Zero lift

posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 08:10 PM
The Ronald Maddison inquest jury has found that he was unlawfully killed by CDEE Porton Down in 1953.

That means that the two ITV West Porton Down programmes in the "Top Secrets Revealed" series can now be shown.

The first of the Porton programmes will now be broadcast at 19:30 on Thursday 18 November 2004 on ITV West as part of the Top Secrets Revealed series, the second Porton programme in the series will now be broadcast on Thursday 25 November also at 19:30.

Viewers unable to receive ITV West on terrestrial television may be able to view the programme if they have Sky TV. Easy to follow details how to do this are found at the following web site.

zero lift

posted on Nov, 20 2004 @ 09:10 PM
The second Porton Down Public Area Experiments programme in the ITV West series,Top Secrets Revealed, is to be broadcast on Thursday 25 November at 19:30.

Thursday November 25

Tonight’s TOP SECRETS REVEALED tells exclusively of secret biological trials in the late 1960’s and mid 70’s, some of which remain classified today. And we reveal more recent tests simulating deadly anthrax on our postal system and ask, is the UK witnessing a return to cold war paranoia.

In 1968, scientists from the Biological and Chemical Research Establishment at Porton Down in Wiltshire, sprayed live bacteria from a ship off the South Coast. To this day, the people living in the area are unaware these trials even took place – that’s about to change.

Former Top Secret documents obtained by ITV West less than a month ago from the Public Records Office show a series of experiments took place during 1968 to test the demonstration of new biological warfare detection system.

As well as the public being kept in the dark about these secret trials – so too was the man charged with conducting an independent review in 1998, into the effects on the public from other Porton tests carried out during the Cold War.

Microbiologist, Professor Brian Spratt, based at Imperial College in London was shown these documents for the first time, by programme Producer, Michelle Maynard. He says, “I’m surprised to hear that and I did try and get hold of all the documents and I think if the MOD is going to go to all the trouble of having an independent report, they should show me all the documents.”

Professor Spratt’s report covered a series of trials known as the Dorset Defence Trials, aimed at mimicking germ warfare attacks. These took place at a time of great fear of a biological attack by the Russian’s, either by air or by sea. His findings were published in 1999 and concluded that “the experimental releases of bacteria may have put a small number of individuals at risk of infection” and that “any infections would probably have been restricted to individuals who were particularly susceptible to disease.” Following the Dorset Defence Trials, more trials began from the air using a converted Canberra bomber – this time the affected area was north Dorset where e-coli was mixed with bacteria and sprayed from the plane.

While Professor Spratt was told about another set of trials, known as the Collaborative US/UK biological detection trials in 1971 – he claims not to have been told of similar trials four years later, known as the DICE trials, where live bacteria was sprayed over land at the South Coast. Under the 30- year rule, details of these trials with the Americans remain secret, but we have seen written evidence from Porton Down that they did take place.

Although the threat from a Russian attack is over - fear of terrorist attacks remain on the minds of everyone, including the security services. Just three years ago, mock anthrax attacks took place at three of the countries largest postal sorting offices. We talk to Union representing postal workers - It’s worried the system couldn’t cope in the face of a biological terrorist attack.

zero lift

posted on Nov, 25 2004 @ 12:05 PM

The second programme is on tonight, please try and watch.

zero lift

posted on Jul, 23 2012 @ 06:49 AM
reply to post by KrazyIvan

Ha retard, its also colour not color. Its called english for a reason


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