Guest Post by ToxiFox
CIA Bioweapons vs. Dorothy Barnes Pelote
January 18, 2016, marks the one year anniversary of the death of Dorothy Barnes Pelote. Best known as a former Georgia State House of Representatives member, the former school teacher was a tenacious advocate for the betterment of the neighborhoods she served. Her first forays into advocacy were driven by the use of her home, Carver Heights, GA, as a testing ground for bioweapons by the US government, specifically a joint venture between the Army and the CIA called MK-NAOMI.
MK-ULTRA You Know… What About MK-NAOMI?
MK-NAOMI, part of the MK-ULTRA program, was initiated to develop offensive chemical and biological weapons. Headquartered at Fort Detrick, MD, the program bred millions of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that the federal government subsequently released in predominantly black neighborhoods in Florida and Georgia in the mid-1950’s. These mosquitoes are vectors for a variety of diseases, including pertussis, yellow fever, and dengue fever. Mrs. Pelote testified,
“…young white men came to our house and talked with me and my husband. They said they were doing a study on mosquitoes and wanted to place a trap in our backyard to see how far they had spread in our area, but they didn’t go into detail. They lied. They said one thing when they were really doing something else. I [had] figured that they were from the Health Department. Later, when people started getting sick and dying, I spoke with several people who recalled those boxes being placed in their backyards. After the study, they came back and got the boxes from our backyard.”
(Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, Harriet Washington, available from Amazon as hardback and for Kindle).
The Church of Scientology Gets Involved
Mrs. Pelote attempted to organize her neighbors in the 1960’s to reveal the true nature of the experiments, but the truth didn’t come out until 1979, with help from an unlikely source, the Church of Scientology. A subcommittee within the church, American Citizens for Honesty in Government, began compiling a report regarding MK-ULTRA activities.
The group obtained the heavily redacted remains of the gutted MK-ULTRA documentation and revealed a mountain of circumstantial evidence tying the CIA to bio-warfare experimentation on US citizens: train timetables, orders for Hemophilus pertussis cultures, and receipts for crop duster flights coalesced into a picture of uninformed, unethical experimentation on black neighborhoods.
Why Did the People in Government Think This Was Okay?
Even if one believes the government released only uninfected mosquitoes, they still massively increased the population of a known disease vector, which would be likely to drive up rates of infection of endemic pathogens.
Unfortunately, this story is not an isolated tale of a time gone past. Human experimentation on unsuspecting populations, usually those on the economic or societal fringes, continues to this day. We must all be vigilant and let the government know in no uncertain terms that we, as united fellow travelers in this world, will stand against it to our dying day.