If you aren’t a U.S. American, well, then you just really aren’t a person

Watching the news tonight on T.V, I heard about a U.S. public health experiment in Guatemala  conducted in the 1940s. With the cooperation of the Guatemalan  authorities,  U.S. doctors and scientists deliberately infected  unwitting prisoners and mental patients with gonorrhea and syphilis to gauge how well (the relatively new) penicillin would handle it.

Why Guatemala? Well, according to NBC News, one of the officials involved was quoted as saying that U.S. Americans would never accept this kind of research on U.S. citizens.

O.K, some (nincompoops) might say that this is a unique situation that occurred over 60 years ago – what’s the big deal? The big deal is that this is just business as usual for the way our country has done things, and continues to do things  -“America first” -“What’s good for Americans” – “My country right or wrong” etc.  And we wonder why so much of the world is pissed off at us.

How is this any different from what the good doctor Mengele did?


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  1. #1 by logiopsychopath on October 1, 2010 - 11:25 pm

    Yeah, well, you didn’t have to be non-American to be considered non-human.

    Check out “The Lynchburg Story: Eugenic Sterilization In America” about sterilizing people in a hospital for disabled people in Lynchburg, Virginia between 1927 and 1972.

    This wasn’t only in Virginia.

    “By the 1930’s, over half the states had enacted eugenic sterilization laws, giving states the right to forcibly sterilize citizens they deemed “unfit” to reproduce.”

    See Chris, I CAN stay on topic.

  2. #2 by logiopsychopath on October 1, 2010 - 11:26 pm

    I wouldn’t put anything past our government–then, or now.

    • #3 by Christian Beyer on October 2, 2010 - 9:42 pm

      Yeah, you are right. Some other folks told me of similar stories. Despicable.

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