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US apologizes for infecting Guatemalans with STDs in the 1940s

03 Oct

This is the title of an article my friend, Genesis Gemini, found on CNN.com. Here’s the link: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/01/u-s-apologizes-for-infecting-guatemalans-with-stds-in-1940s/.

The long and short of the article states back in the 1940’s the scientific investigation, called the U.S. Public Health Service Sexually Transmitted Disease Inoculation Study of 1946-1948, when the drug penicillin was still pretty new, they wanted to test how good it would work for people that had syphilis, gonorrhea, and chancres. By people, I mean female commercial sex workers (hookers), prisoners in the national penitentiary (predominantly the poor that couldn’t afford proper legal representation in court), and  patients in the national mental hospital (nuff said). and soldiers (double nuff said). And when I say had the illnesses, I mean there were more than 1,600 people purposely injected with the diseases. 696 with syphilis, 772 with gonorrhea and 142 with chancres.

Here’s a direct quote for the article expressing the profound and deep regret of  our top MK altered government officials:

A statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the action “reprehensible.”

“We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices,” the joint statement said. “The conduct exhibited during the study does not represent the values of the United States, or our commitment to human dignity and great respect for the people of Guatemala.”

President Barack Obama called his Guatemalan counterpart Friday “offering profound apologies and asking pardon for the deeds of the 1940s,” President Alvaro Colom told CNN en Espanol in a telephone interview from Guatemala City.

“Though it happened 64 years ago, it really is a profound violation of human rights,” said Colom, who said the report took him by surprise.

Clinton called him on Thursday, he said. “She too offered her apologies,” he said, adding that she told him she was ashamed the United States had been involved in the matter.

And you know what I have to say to that, right? blah, Blah, BLAH!!!!!

I just love what Hilary says in this line:

“The conduct exhibited during the study does not represent the values of the United States, or our commitment to human dignity and great respect for the people of Guatemala.”

Oh, really, MRS. Clinton? So, what you’re saying  is the government of the United States has just so much respect for the people of Guatemala, it infected over 1,600 poor, helpless, hopeless, and forgotten people with an incurable sexually (or governetally) transmitted diseases? Then tell us, MRS. Clinton, how much respect does the government of the United States have for it’s OWN people?

Well, believe it or not, we actually have an answer for that.

Based on the article provided by CNN (the Liberal’s favorite network), it appears the government of the great United States has quite of bit of respect for it’s people.

Thanks to the wonderful and astute Wellesley College researcher Susan Reverby, we have a slight glimpse as to exactly how much ‘respect’ the government of the United States of America has for the Black community.

This brilliant ‘revolutionary’ (I choose this adjective because what she found took a lot of work to come across, and some extreme bravery to bring to light, thus, hopefully sparking a fire for change)  found the same type of study  was conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama.  These monsters allowed almost  400 poor Black men with preexisting syphilis to progress without treatment. Researchers did not infect the subjects, but they did not tell them they had the disease either. So in other words, when they found out these Black men had the diseases already, and decided, out of RESPECT, they wouldn’t inject them with it, but to better and push forward in medical research, they let them continue on with life, sleeping with whomever they chose, further passing on the disease, providing free research for the government. Way to save the tax payers a buck, huh?

Here’s a direct quote from the article provided by CNN.com:

The Tuskegee study was done under the direction of Dr. John C. Cutler, a U.S. Public Health Service medical officer who died in 2003.

“I was doing what historians do,” said Reverby, a professor of the history of ideas and women and gender issues, who has written a book on the Tuskegee study. She went to the University of Pittsburgh, where Cutler had taught, and searched through an archive of his papers.

“There was nothing on Tuskeegee in the papers, but there was this report of the Guatemala study,” she told CNN in a telephone interview. “I started to read, and I almost fell off my chair.”

She found that Cutler also led the research in Guatemala. It was carried out there, in part, she said, because prostitution was legal and prisoners were allowed to bring prostitutes in for sex.

Well, as far as I’m concerned, Dr. Cutler and Dr.Godel (‘father’ of the famed Gödel Twins from Auschwitz) had the same thing in mind. Finding those that have no power, no hope, and to them, no purpose and give them their purpose…further medical science by killing them, polluting their bodies,  and finding out what their insides look like after they’re dead. BRILLIANT!!!!

But, hey, THAT’S JUST MY OPINION.

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6 responses to “US apologizes for infecting Guatemalans with STDs in the 1940s

  1. Genesis

    October 3, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Very well put! As fate would have it, part of the story was pulled!

     
    • buttaflyytulsa

      October 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM

      OMG, really? Oh, wow, glad I copied and pasted it to my desk top. For those that can’t read it, here it is in it’s entirety:

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      US apologizes for infecting Guatemalans with STDs in the 1940s
      By the CNN Wire Staff
      October 1, 2010 10:18 p.m. EDT
      President Obama offers “profound apologies” to the Guatemalan president for the tests.
      President Obama offers “profound apologies” to the Guatemalan president for the tests.
      STORY HIGHLIGHTS

      * Obama offers “profound apologies”
      * Guatemala accepts the apology, the presidential spokesman said
      * The United States is launching an investigation
      * The research was “reprehensible,” the U.S. statement said

      Washington (CNN) — The United States apologized Friday for a 1946-1948 research study in which people in Guatemala were intentionally infected with sexually transmitted diseases.

      A statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the action “reprehensible.”

      “We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices,” the joint statement said. “The conduct exhibited during the study does not represent the values of the United States, or our commitment to human dignity and great respect for the people of Guatemala.”

      President Barack Obama called his Guatemalan counterpart Friday “offering profound apologies and asking pardon for the deeds of the 1940s,” President Alvaro Colom told CNN en Espanol in a telephone interview from Guatemala City.

      “Though it happened 64 years ago, it really is a profound violation of human rights,” said Colom, who said the report took him by surprise.

      Clinton called him on Thursday, he said. “She too offered her apologies,” he said, adding that she told him she was ashamed the United States had been involved in the matter.
      Video: U.S. gave STDs to Guatemalans
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      * Guatemala
      * Sexually Transmitted Diseases
      * Contagious and Infectious Diseases

      Asked whether Guatemala was planning to take legal action, Colom said, “That’s part of the work of the commission.”

      “We reject these types of actions, obviously,” said Guatemala presidential spokesman Ronaldo Robles. “We know that this took place some time ago, but this is unacceptable and we recognize the apology from Secretary Clinton.”

      The scientific investigation, called the U.S. Public Health Service Sexually Transmitted Disease Inoculation Study of 1946-1948, aimed at determining the effectiveness of penicillin in treating or preventing syphilis after subjects were exposed to the disease. Gonorrhea and chancres were also studied. Penicillin was a relatively new drug at the time.

      The tests were carried out on female commercial sex workers, prisoners in the national penitentiary, patients in the national mental hospital and soldiers. According to the study, more than 1,600 people were infected: 696 with syphilis, 772 with gonorrhea and 142 with chancres.

      The study came to light recently when Wellesley College researcher Susan Reverby found the archived but unpublished notes from the project as she was researching a similar study that was conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama. That study included nearly 400 poor African-American men with preexisting syphilis whose disease was allowed to progress without treatment. Researchers did not infect the subjects, but they did not tell them they had the disease either.

      The Tuskegee study was done under the direction of Dr. John C. Cutler, a U.S. Public Health Service medical officer who died in 2003.

      “I was doing what historians do,” said Reverby, a professor of the history of ideas and women and gender issues, who has written a book on the Tuskegee study. She went to the University of Pittsburgh, where Cutler had taught, and searched through an archive of his papers.

      “There was nothing on Tuskeegee in the papers, but there was this report of the Guatemala study,” she told CNN in a telephone interview. “I started to read, and I almost fell off my chair.”

      She found that Cutler also led the research in Guatemala. It was carried out there, in part, she said, because prostitution was legal and prisoners were allowed to bring prostitutes in for sex.

      Dr. Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes for Health, told reporters that the Guatemala study represented “a dark chapter in the history of medicine.”

      The study “appears to have been funded” by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, he said, citing four primary ethical violations: 1) study subjects “were members of one or more vulnerable populations;” 2) there is no evidence they gave informed consent; 3) they were often deceived about what was being done to them; 4) they were intentionally infected with pathogens that could cause serious illness without their understanding or consent.

      U.S. officials said Friday that ethical safeguards would prevent such abuses from occurring today.

      An Institute of Medicine task force will look at what happened in the study, and a group of ethics experts will convene to review the matter and report on how best to ensure such abuses do not recur, Collins said.

      “The study is a sad reminder that adequate human subject safeguards did not exist a half-century ago,” the U.S. statement said. “Today, the regulations that govern U.S.-funded human medical research prohibit these kinds of appalling violations.”

      Collins said the published literature contains more than 40 other U.S.-based studies “where intentional infection was carried out with what we could now consider to be completely inadequate consent in the United States.”

      Many of those studies were funded by the Public Health Service, he said.

      But at least some people believed at the time that the experiment was flawed, according to Wellesley’s Reverby, who cited this reaction to Cutler’s work from his supervisor, PHS physician R.C. Arnold: “I am a bit, in fact more than a bit, leery of the experiment with insane people,” Arnold said. “They can not give consent, do not know what is going on, and if some good organization got wind of the work, they would raise a lot of smoke. I think the soldiers would be best or the prisoners for they can give consent. Maybe I’m too conservative … In the report, I see no reason to say where the work was done and the type of volunteer.”

      “The vast majority” of study subjects were adequately treated for their illness, Collins said. One subject died during an epileptic seizure, though it was not clear that the death was related to the study, he added.

      Cutler’s work helped refine testing procedures and suggested a better means of prevention, but “made little impact on syphilis research,” Reverby concluded.

      Clinton and Sebelius said the United States is launching an investigation and also convening a group of international experts to review and report on the most effective methods to make sure all human medical research worldwide meets rigorous ethical standards.

      “As we move forward to better understand this appalling event, we reaffirm the importance of our relationship with Guatemala, and our respect for the Guatemalan people, as well as our commitment to the highest standards of ethics in medical research,” the U.S. statement said.

      CNN’s Arthur Brice, Nick Valencia and Tom Watkins and CNNRadio’s Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.
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  2. QueenB

    October 3, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    I am amazed at this story and at the same time I knew this is how the US was and STILL is…Clearly this was never supposed get out and it was top secret and well protected. Its just like catching a mate cheating…If u caught them this time you know it wasn’t the only time. There is no telling how many times the US has been successful in covering up things like this and more…I would be willing to bet money that the US created AIDS itself.

     
    • buttaflyytulsa

      October 4, 2010 at 2:03 AM

      Yes, yes, & YES!!! They most definitely have a cure and I totally agree ‘they’ created it. Thank you all so much for your support & comments.

       
  3. dirtygurl

    October 4, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    LOL…the Illuminati Grand Dame apologizing for what the US did while she’s at it why doesn’t she apologize for all the coke she and bill have broought into this country, why won’t she aplogize for Waco, and villianizing David Koresh and the Branch Davidians? Why wont she apologize for all the MK slaves she and her husband have used and thrown away like used soiled diapers?
    But I digress….this is no different from the united states infecting those black men with syph back in the 40’s (?)…same shit different toilet.

     
    • buttaflyytulsa

      October 4, 2010 at 9:08 PM

      On point as always! 🙂 Yes, I was sadly cracking up when I read both her and Obamanation’s “apologies”. I was just sitting there stunned like, ‘Wow, what’s the point in apologizing for something you obviously weren’t even around for? And why apologize for something that happened back then you’re still allowing to happen today?!’ Unfortunately, our country is so gullible ‘they’ already know the masses will accept anything.

       

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