||BREAKING NEWS _January 7,
Feds Whitewash US
Bio-Chemical Tests in Alaska By Greg Szymanski
article note important information released by The American Gulf War Veterans
Association that was posted in Oct. 1998)
Feds Whitewash US Bio-Chemical Tests in Alaska
By Greg Szymanski
American Free Press.com
President Bush extended holiday greetings to military troops this Christmas,
but one gift he'll never open is the executive order he signed, which keeps
sensitive documents secret about biological and chemical testing at Fort
Greely near Fairbanks, Alaska.
The president, by sealing important documents, obviously feels military
health concerns were of secondary importance to protecting the Department of
Defense (DOD) against potential exposure for injuries resulting from
chemical testing and dumping.
What little is known about chemical and biological testing at Fort Greely
has surfaced from leaked documents, eyewitness accounts and other general
information provided reluctantly by the DOD after health problems began to
surface by those living near the base.
Other information, scratching the surface of what really happened, has also
appeared in Seymour Hersh's book Chemical and Biological Testing: America's
Hidden Arsenal, a historical account of the base by Norman Chase and a March
2003 article entitled "Northern Exposure" in The Nation magazine by Korey
"The real story of what went on is in the classified documents kept
secret by the DOD and President Bush," said Capozza, a critic of the recent
executive order signed by Bush. "They have yet to give veterans a clear
definition of possible causes of their health problems. The DOD also refuses
to grant any of the veterans health care based on exposure to agents used in
the secret site's experiments."
Records show that Fort Greely, as far back as 1952 and continuing to at
least 1970, was used for the explicit purpose of testing chemical and
biological weapons. The base, located 100 miles southwest of Fairbanks on
640,000 acres, originally began operating in 1942 as a staging area for
planes ferried to the Soviet Union during World War II.
However, seven years later a nuclear reactor was built to serve as the
military's power plant. Then in 1966, the Army began testing biological,
chemical and various other weapons. The reactor was dismantled in 1973, and
in 1995 the base was scheduled for closure.
But recently, under the Bush administration, the DOD proposed Fort Greely be
used as a storage site for interceptor missiles in support of the
space-based missile defense program.
However, what transpired on the base during the 1960s and 1970s is still
heavily debated as veterans are now surfacing with what amounts to "chemical
According to several veterans who spoke to VA officials, between 1962 and
1967, the Army blasted hundreds of rockets and bombs containing sarin and VX
nerve gas into the region which is densely populated by forests and
Veterans recall canisters of VX nerve agents being indiscriminately buried
approximately a mile from the Alaskan highway or tossed in a nearby frozen
lake in the winter of 1966, where the canisters later sank to the bottom
when the ice melted in the spring. Regular dumping expeditions were
reportedly carried out until 1970, when the testing discontinued.
Now, 30 years later, veterans and civilians are coming forward with serious
health concerns, but since no records are available due to Fort Greely's
top-secret status, VA officials at first had a hard time believing the
After heavy pressure was applied by watchdog groups, the DOD has released
some documents revealing the test site may have been operated with blatant
disregard for human and environmental safety.
The documents also suggest that some of the deadly materials used may still
be unaccounted for and buried somewhere beneath the pristine Alaskan
Critics suggest the executive order signed by Bush was designed to
protect the DOD against conclusive evidence, hiding a massive cover-up of
illegal chemical and biological testing.
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Read The News Release titled "40 Years of Government
Sponsored Ecological Terrorism" BY Joyce Riley vonKleist posted Oct.
Read The FULL TEXT Document of "INSTALLATION ASSESSMENT OF GERSTLE RIVER
TEST SITE" :
(Posted on the website Oct. 1998)
*October 20, 2002
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is demanding that the Department of
Defense reveal all Cold War-era chemical or biological weapons testing in
* Oct. 9, 2002
Fact Sheet from The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health
Deployment Health Support Directive.