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      By Elliot Borin
      Thursday, November 7, 2002


      It was, the doctor at the Long Beach Veteran's Administration Hospital said,
      an incidental finding. A little gray smudge on the X-ray, a blob next to the
      pituitary gland.

      Six months later, University of California at Los Angeles surgeons worked
      six hours to sever a tumor from the brain of a muscular, 25-year-old
      ex-Special Forces Ranger and Gulf War veteran. The costly surgery was
      performed at UCLA, the patient said, because VA doctors denied that the
      "incidental finding" caused his excruciating, unremitting headaches.

      He blamed Army-administered drugs for the tumor. And his girlfriend said
      there were other "side effects" of his service in the Gulf, including
      increased agitation and sperm that "burned."

      "We had a third day of shots before we went over (to the Gulf)," said the
      ex-Ranger, who requested anonymity because his Army Reserve commitment has
      yet to expire. "Guys in other units only had two, but most Rangers had
      three. They wouldn't tell us what they were for."

      Are this young man and tens of thousands of other veterans suffering from
      Gulf War sickness victims of coincidences beyond the Pentagon's control? Or
      are they casualties of a government that trampled both the Nuremberg Code
      and its own policies against forced medical experimentation?

      Ruling in the 1947 trial of 23 Nazi doctors and medical administrators
      charged with crimes against humanity during World War II, judges of the
      American Tribunal in Nuremberg set forth 10 conditions for permissible
      medical experiments.

      In a February 1953 directive, Defense Secretary Charles Wilson established
      what is still the "law of the land" governing such experimentation.
      Consistent with the Nuremberg Code, the directive's cornerstone is voluntary

      "The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential," Wilson
      wrote, ordering that such consent be given in writing before at least one
      witness. Wilson also banned use of "force, fraud, deceit, duress,
      over-reaching or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion" in obtaining

      Did the Pentagon obey this directive during the Gulf War?

      According to Dr. Jane M. Orient, executive director of the Association of
      American Physicians and Surgeons, it did not.

      The administration of experimental drugs without consent was, Orient said,
      "the first instance in which an official government agency officially
      sanctioned the direct violation of the Nuremberg Code."

      In a 1994 report called Human Experimentation and Other Intentional
      Exposures Conducted by the Department of Defense, the Senate Committee on
      Veterans' Affairs seemed to agree.

      "The results of our investigation showed a reckless disregard that shocked
      me," said Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV. "The Pentagon ... threw
      caution to the winds, ignoring all warnings of potential harm, and gave
      these (investigational) drugs to hundreds of thousands of soldiers with
      virtually no warnings and no safeguards.

      "If that wasn't bad enough, they administered these drugs and vaccines in
      such a way that there is a very good chance they wouldn't have even worked
      for the intended purpose."

      The committee also found that consent was not part of the inoculation

      "In a survey of 150 Persian Gulf War veterans ... 15 of 17 receiving
      botulinum toxoid were told they could not refuse the vaccination; 54 of 73
      receiving pyridostigmine were told they could not refuse," the report

      "There is no provision in the Nuremberg Code," the Rockefeller Committee
      report concluded, "that allows a country to waive informed consent for
      military personnel or veterans who serve as human subjects in experiments
      during wartime or in experiments that are conducted because of threat of

      Responding to the accusations, a Pentagon spokesperson stated: "In all
      peacetime applications, we believe strongly in informed consent and its
      ethical foundations.... But military combat is different."
      Has the Department of Defense actually obtained the "informed consent" of
      all the GIs inoculated with questionable drugs since the end of Operation
      Desert Storm? That's another story.


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