Sep 26 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of recent reports detailing potentially harmful secret Cold War experiments involving thousands of St. Louisans in the 1950s and 60s, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued a statement today expressing his concerns and calling for answers.
“These allegations are deeply concerning, and I’ve asked my staff to look into this situation immediately,” said Blunt. “If this is true and people were potentially harmed by these experiments, we deserve to know the facts immediately.”
“The I-Team independently verified that the spraying of zinc cadmium sulfide did take place in St. Louis on thousands of unsuspecting citizens. What is unclear is whether the Army added a radioactive material to the compound…
“Documents confirmed that city officials were kept in the dark about the tests. The Cold War cover story was that the Army was testing smoke screens to protect cities from a Russian attack…
“[T]he greatest concentration was centered on the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex, just northwest of downtown St. Louis in the Carr Square neighborhood. It was home to 10,000 low income people. An estimated 70 percent she says were children under the age of 12.”
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