Do not adjust your television sets — the story you are about to hear is exactly as incredible and horrifying as the headline implies.
The United States military spent the 1950s and early 1960s spraying the poorest minority areas of St. Louis with radioactive zinc cadmium sulfide… just to see what would happen should they decide to drop a similar chemical weapon on a similar Russian city.
We’re not going to belabor the details here, since you’re going to watch the video, and most of what anyone has to say at the moment on this story about the St. Louis experiment is contained within it.
We’ll know more when Professor Lisa Martino-Taylor (St. Louis Community College sociologist) delivers all the available details. But here are the bullet points, and some supplementary info:
- The chemical the Army sprayed all over the poorest minority areas of St. Louis, was zinc cadmium sulfide (ZnCdS) powder treated with a secret, fluorescent, likely radioactive dye derived from radium.
- ZnCdS itself is common in urban environments, and said to be fairly harmless in low concentrations. Low concentrations. It’s effects at higher concentrations were then and are now unknown. Radium is lethally carcinogenic at almost any concentration.
- This operation was an offshoot of a much larger and more public one called LAC, or the “Large Area Coverage” study. During this study, a C-119 cargo plane dropped the fluorescent, easily detectable ZNCdS all over the country, in order to estimate the effects and coverage of chemical attack and radioactive fallout.
- The St. Louis Experiment was different. The ZnCdS was treated with a separate dye obtained from a now-defunct company called US Radium. The reasons why this extra dye was added are unclear, but it was likely to track the effects of low-level radiation exposure on the area and population — sort of an “artificial fallout.”
- US Radium has a long history of lawsuits from workers who were the victims of radioactive contamination. Most famously, these included Radium Girls, a group of about 70 female factory workers whose job it was to put glowing radium on watch dials. They were told the substance was harmless, though the scientists and management avoided any exposure to it. The Radium Girls drew national attention after almost all of them came down with some form of radiation sickness.
- Approximately 70 percent of the area’s resident were under 12 years old, and the area was overwhelmingly black and Hispanic.
- The radium-treated ZnCdS was sprayed from stationary canisters, dropped from airplanes and sprayed from station wagons in about 35 different deliveries over the course of 5 to 10 years.
- They told residents they were testing a “smokescreen to protect American cities from Russian attack, and that the chemical was tested and harmless. However, the test was later definitively shown to be not a tracking exercise like the (still controversial) LAC, but a radiological weapons-system test designed to produce measurable results in the population and city.
Now, those are the bullet points. Here’s a bit of perspective on why the test itself isn’t the story here.
First perspective: While undoubtedly atrocious, bear in mind the perspective of the time. At the time, it was believed that the nuclear annihilation of all life on Earth could happen any minute. That kind of fear and desperation can drive certain people to do atrocious things, sometimes to their own people. See the Japanese internment camps of WWII. When you’re looking at the imminent, fiery annihilation of 8 billion people, the possible long-term sickness of a few thousand might seem somewhat negligible.
Second perspective: In terms of a nuclear superpower abusing its own people, not even this atrocity compares to anything the Soviets did about the same time. If it came to light today that Stalin had performed this exact same experiment in Moscow in 1953, a modern Russian would likely shrug his shoulders and say “Any other news?” This is the kind of test Stalin might have ordered on a Tuesday afternoon, between lunch and his 2 O’clock cigar.
So, we would posit that, when you take this experiment in context to the time and place, the story isn’t the experiment itself.
The story is the target.
If this incident drives home any point, it should be this:
Everyone gets scared. Everyone gets desperate. But when rich, powerful, white men get desperate, everyone who isn’t rich, powerful or white is demonstrably expendable.
How long do you think it will be before Alex Jones revives ChemTrails?
U.S. Military experiments on St. Louis’ poorest minorities.
Here’s a disturbing report on the St. Louis experiments from KDSK.