Friday, October 1, 2010

America to Guatemala: Uhhh...My Bad?!?!

In a Tuskegee Experiment style atrocity, straight out of the belly of this country's evil past, the United States has apologized to Guatemala for a 1946-1948 research study in which people in Guatemala were intentionally infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Prostitutes, mental health patients and soldiers were the targeted population for these trials, which were apparently designed to test the effectiveness of penicillin.

According to the study, more than 1,600 people were infected with various diseases: 696 with syphillis, 772 with gonorrhea and 142 with chancres. Please see the video clip at the end of this post which describes in gruesome detail the way in which the study was conducted.

Sixty-four (64) years later this gruesome act, thought to be burried in history, has resurfaced and reminded the world once again the potential this country has to destroy human life when it suites their purpose.

As we know a similar study, was conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama, on close to 400 African-American men who had reportedly already had the syphilis disease. The doctors conducting the experiment had the cure, but in an effort to study the disease's affect on the human body, no cure was given to these men. Both study's were conducted by John C. Cutler, former director of the U.S. National institutes for Health.

I wonder if Mr. Cutler was a Democrat or Republican? By today's standards he would probably be a Tea Partier.

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both contacted the President of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom to apologize personally for this profound violation of human rights. Both have expressed shame that the U.S. had carried out such a horrible mission in the name of science.

Why now you ask?

Well apparantly the unpublished notes from the study were discovered recently by a Wellesley College researcher named Susan Reverby. God only knows how many more hidden atrocities were committed by this Country in the name of some so called righteous cause. There has been no word as to how significant an affect this study has had on the country in the 64 years since it occurred, but it begs another question which most of us, I am sure already know the answer to.  Prior to the discovery of these infamous notes, did America already know about this?

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