Fri Sep 28, 2012, 04:13 AM
Sherman A1 (19,153 posts)
The Army's secret Cold War experiments on St. Louisans
St. Louis (KSDK) - Lisa Martino-Taylor is a sociologist whose life's work has been to uncover details of the Army's ultra-secret military experiments carried out in St. Louis and other cities during the 1950s and 60s.
She will make her research public Tuesday, but she spoke first to the I-Team's Leisa Zigman.
The I-Team independently verified that the spraying of zinc cadmium sulfide did take place in St. Louis on thousands of unsuspecting citizens. What is unclear is whether the Army added a radioactive material to the compound as Martino-Taylor's research implies.
"The study was secretive for reason. They didn't have volunteers stepping up and saying yeah, I'll breathe zinc cadmium sulfide with radioactive particles," said Martino-Taylor.
Army archive pictures show how the tests were done in Corpus Christi, Texas in the 1960s. In Texas, planes were used to drop the chemical. But in St. Louis, the Army placed chemical sprayers on buildings and station wagons.
Documents confirmed that city officials were kept in the dark about the tests. The Cold War cover story was that the Army was testing smoke screens to protect cities from a Russian attack. The truth, according to Martino-Taylor was much more sinister.
"It was pretty shocking. The level of duplicity and secrecy. Clearly they went to great lengths to deceive people," she said.
By making hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests, she uncovered once-classified documents that confirm the spraying of zinc cadmium sulfide.
Martino-Taylor says the greatest concentration was centered on the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex, just northwest of downtown St. Louis in the Carr Square neighborhood. It was home to 10,000 low income people. An estimated 70 percent she says were children under the age of 12.
"This was a violation of all medical ethics, all international codes, and the military's own policy at that time," said Martino-Taylor.
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Fri Sep 28, 2012, 06:11 AM
oswaldactedalone (1,778 posts)
2. This is a little worrisome to me
I lived in St. Louis in the late 50s, visited often in the 60s, and my parents drove a station wagon. I follow this story with some interest.
Response to oswaldactedalone (Reply #2)
Fri Sep 28, 2012, 07:04 AM
ret5hd (11,730 posts)
3. i don't believe they are claiming that the govt surreptitiously placed sprayers...
on random station wagons.
Now, if you believe your parents were part of the plot...