Operation Experimentation: The U.S. government’s terrifying history of human experiments

Powerful government can lead to some really bad things, especially in the name of the common good. In the last article, I talked about the horrors of the Tuskegee Experiment. Unfortunately, our history of experimenting on people doesn’t stop there. Let’s take a quick look back at the history of the US government’s shady experiments.

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  • In 1915, inmates were put on extreme rations to prove a government doctor’s theory that the disease “pellagra” was caused by a dietary deficiency. The inmates were left starved and covered in red lesions, but at least they were offered pardons for their participation.
  • In 1942, a federally funded study began injecting an experimental flu vaccine in patients at a state insane asylum in Michigan. The patients were then exposed to flu several months later. This would all be well and fine, except that the patients had no idea what was being done to them.
  • In 1957, federal researchers sprayed the Asian Flu virus in the noses of 23 prison inmates in Maryland to compare their reactions to those of 32 virus-exposed inmates who had been given a new vaccine.
  • In the 1950s, the Ohio state prison system allowed researchers to inject over 100 inmates with live cancer cells. The study was designed to examine “the natural killing off process of the human body.” But that’s not what the inmates were told. They were told they faced “no grave danger.”
  • In the early 1960s, researchers injected cancer cells into nineteen debilitated patients at a Jewish Chronic Disease Hospital in Brooklyn to see if their bodies would reject them. The patients were simply not told they were being shot up with cancer cells—they were too old to care anyway.
  • Also in the 1950s, government researchers attempted to infect two dozen prison inmates with gonorrhea. The bacteria was pumped directly into the urinary tract to see if the inmates would react differently than contracting it the normal way. If you need further clarification, ask Jeffy.
  • In 1958, children at the now famous Willowbrook State School for Children, were intentionally given hepatitis to see if it could be cured by a new form of protection.  They did send out a nice permission note though.“We are studying the possibility of preventing epidemics of hepatitis on a new principle. Virus is introduced and gamma globulin given later to some, so that either no attack or only a mild attack of hepatitis is expected to follow.”  It’s interesting to note that the Willowbrook was chosen as the location for the study solely because so many children already had hepatitis from the poor living conditions there.
  • In the early 1920s, a physician at San Quentin prison in California implanted testicles from rams, goats, boars, and recently deceased convicts into inmates to “revitalize them.” I guess he was going for an early version of Viagra.

But that would never happen today. Right?

  • From 2004 through the Obama administration, subjects at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine were exposed to very high levels of toxic air pollutants while participating in an experiment by the EPA. The EPA failed to warn their test subjects about just how lethal the doses were.

Now it could be argued that these experiments were done for the common good. They were all conceived and executed with good intentions of garnering a better understanding of how the human body works.  Helping people was the end goal of these experiments. But we all know good intentions pave the road to hell—and that’s exactly what happened here. When government retains too much control over anything—basic humanity is always sacrificed for the overall good of “progress.”

Except I really don’t think goat balls helped further any progress or helped any human. Ever. Unless, you’re into that sort of thing. Ask Jeffy.

  • Deckard426

    The worst experiment, which has caused untold pain and suffering, is the Federal Reserve.

    • ksrgl444

      You would change your statement if any of those experiments were performed on your child.

    • freecountryboy

      Yes—- if only someone could tell the truth about the Fed. Heard a couple years ago, when the previous Chinese president visited the US, one of his messages was that the Fed “has to go.” And that would tie with the more recent Chinese message that “the world’s monetary system must be de-Americanized”

  • Michelle Anderson

    Google Citizens Concerned About Chloramine. EPA is in reality experimenting with the water disinfectant chloramine. Check out the lovely pictures of the skin rashes. EPA has had to admit no health studies have been done on chloramine and cancer studies were limited.

  • ken.

    and the government today is not experimenting anymore, they are just killing us off with all the chemicals in our drinking water, food and medications.

    • JW Appling

      Nothing new my dad is a Hanford down winder. The gov is just waiting for them to die off like my dad did before they settle the case. I grew up playing in the contaminated areas, swimming in the river, eating wild game from the contaminated area ect. I’m worried about what being a second generation down winder has done to my genetic make up.

    • freecountryboy

      To start with, check out the killing/maiming effects of fluoride. And you wondered why the American public is apathetic? And with brittle bones? and with thyroid problems? (In that connection, you know the thyroid needs iodine/iodide to function correctly, and in the US the majority of the population is iodine-deficient? And did you know that if the thyroid can’t get enough iodine, the body will pick up very similar, but toxic molecules — fluoride, and bromide? And you wondered why Americans have thyroid problems?
      Might add that the “killing off” is FDA and American Medical Association approved.

  • ReasonAndLogic

    The only experiment that was good the government has done was implemented by the Founders. 50 laboratories (well at the time 13) of democracy.

  • Nicole Diamond

    A list of shady experiments performed by the United States government, and no mention of MKUltra?

    • James Fischer

      Give them time Nocole, they do not want to give credit were credit is due. At the very least the the information is finally reaching a new audience.

    • Jacqueline

      my thoughts exactly

  • James Fischer

    Really? Glad the Blaze is finally on the band wagon. a little late though. This is common knowledge in the realm of the conspiracy therorists.

    • Shawn Cameron

      What’s common knowledge in the realm of conspiracy theorists leaves a lot to be desired.

      • freecountryboy

        Sure does! Needs some people to tell the truth. That would either blast the conspiracy theorists out of the water or expose the guilty. Let’s start with getting the CIA (or KGB) to tell us Obama’s history. If he doesn’t have anything to hide, I’m amazed that he (or somebody on his behalf, like the Democrat Party) hasn’t stood up with the facts and sued the pants off the conspirators for fraud, slander and even treason.

    • freecountryboy

      I think the Blaze has yet to be on the band wagon. All they are doing on the Justina Pelletier case is mouth the government propaganda line — no investigative reporting.

  • Darren Anderton

    The Justina Pelletier case also falls under this category. They are observing the effects of untreated mitochondrial disease.

    • freecountryboy

      My belief is “Bingo” that ! But don’t stop there — the rabbit hole is much deeper.

    • Anonymous

      Have you read the latest? Now they say it’s a mental disorder and has permanently taken the child from them. If it is a mental disorder it was CAUSED by those a##holes keeping that child from her family. And to top it off, they are going to send her back to Connecticut so she can be closer to everyone. They want this out of their state is the only reason. This is absolute insanity. All involved should be arrested and tried for kidnapping, conspiracy, and fraud. To bad you can’t be arrested for being stupid.

  • Shawn Cameron

    Just another reason the EPA should be defunded and disbanded. Nothing but an organization of gangsters.

  • Kenny Veldheer

    The government has a long history of experimenting on their own troops. I was a guinea pig with the anthrax vaccine back in ’95 before it was widely distributed to the troops. It has turned my life upside down and I battle my health issues everyday. The VA told my wife and I they can only treat the symptoms and not the root of the problem. I’m still battling the VA to accept full responsibility. A good inciteful read on the U.S. using troops for experiments is Vaccine A.

    • EL ZORRO

      The US government is using the US troop has the International Bankers mercenaries and protectors of AL-QAEDA TERRORISTS, and has guinea pig for experiments.WAKE UP AMERICA.

  • Matthew Sailor-Mann

    These are just the “little experiments” and gov’t abuses, of course, compared to nuclear veterans, trail of tears, Tuskegee etc.

    • freecountryboy

      Add Gulf War Illness to the above….

  • Vienta76

    The sad part? This is undoubtedly just a drop in the bucket.

    • Celesta

      True. You should check out the Wikipedia article on human experimentation. It’s a deep deep rabbit hole

  • Anonymous

    Stu, you left out the experiments of the 1950’s where they were testing LSD as a pain killer. My grand uncle was in the Koren War and shrapnel took out his larynx. They had him on LSD for 2 weeks before he could write on a chalk board and let the staff know the horrors he was experiencing. Its a horrible story. They did this to hundreds (possibly thousands) of wounded military personnel during that time.


    What about the BILLIONS of tons of chemicals that the government is DUMPING every day in the atmosphere in the CHEMTRAIL/HAARP, WEATHER/ POPULATION CONTROL PROGRAM?. Look at the sky and see those parallels and cross line that turn a clear day into a haze day and paint the sky white.

  • freecountryboy

    Stu — now that you’ve skimmed the little ones off the top, can you keep on going?

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  • selectcase

    Oh honey… Obama didn’t take office until 2009. Womp Womp.

  • Duq Tape

    In the history of human social experiments, there’s virtually nothing that parallels the murder of 60 million Christian Russians by Lev Bronstein and the Bolsheviks.

  • Guardian

    In Operation Midnight Climax, the CIA set up several brothels in San Francisco, California to obtain a selection of men who would be too embarrassed to talk about the events. The men were dosed with LSD, the brothels were equipped with one-way mirrors, and the sessions were filmed for later viewing and study.[34] In other experiments where people were given LSD without their knowledge, they were interrogated under bright lights with doctors in the background taking notes. The subjects were told that their “trips” would be extended indefinitely if they refused to reveal their secrets. The people being interrogated this way were CIA employees, U. S. military personnel, and agents suspected of working for the other side in the Cold War. Long-term debilitation and several deaths resulted fromthis.[33] Heroin addicts were bribed into taking LSD with offers of more heroin.[11]


    Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, was among the twenty-two Harvard undergraduates used as a guinea pig in ethically questionable experiments. Maybe our own government created that monster.

  • Anonymous

    SO DO we have the courage to face what we’re doing to our children?
    Everytime we exceed the limits God ordained in the constitution others
    pay dearly and we eventually reap what we’ve Sown!

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