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US apologizes for infecting Guatemalans with STDs in the 1940s

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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