On July 11th  Lester Holt will be interviewing  many people that are involved with some of this nations  “secrets”  many of them from the Cold War past and many of them from the out right bizarre  “the aliens at Area 51” and the debunking of that myth and many other of the so called  X Files.

As many of us know  there is some truth to the X Files, but Hollywood has turned truth into fiction and fiction into truth, to the point where the lines are now so blurred even those of us who were involved in some of the programs have a hard time knowing what is the truth and what is fiction.

I spent a 60 day Temporary Duty Assignment (TDY)  at Edgewood Arsenal from 25 June 1974 thru 22 August 1974, like the other 7119 other volunteers I was lied to in order to get us to “volunteer” for the TDY,  we were told the experiments were on future equipment for the battlefields of the future, protective masks, uniforms, weapons  etc, exciting stuff for low ranking enlisted people, we were promised extra pay, no normal duties that privates normally did like KP, guard duty etc we would only work 4 day weeks  Mon thru Thur  from 0800 – 1200 hours daily unless an experiments caused us to be  kept on base overnight or in extreme cases for a few days, but that we would never work  Friday, Saturday or Sundays.

The experiments were considered do important that we would be given awards such as the Soldiers Medal and the Army Commendation Medals which would give us extra promotion points for all future promotions, as we all know  medals and letters of commendation come into play for all promotion boards, so for those that were considering making the military a career, it was quite an enhancement. Plus for the final persuasion we were told that we would all be allowed POV travel from Fort Lewis, Wa  to Edgewood Arsenal which would pay us  per diem and mileage  for the nine day travel  both ways. So instead of a 60 day TDY it basically turned into 80 days the entire summer out of field excercises, which was a real enticement for an infantryman.

In comparison the British Military of Defense (MOD) told their volunteers for the similar program at Porton Downs that they were researching the cure for the common cold.

Here is the link to a website about the broadcast

Alien body parts… powerful religious artifacts… UFO wreckage… what exactly is hidden behind heavily guarded doors? Inspired by Syfy’s hit series, Warehouse 13, NBC News award-winning journalist Lester Holt goes on a global expedition to uncover the truth behind the world’s top secret, mysterious warehouses where super-classified objects are kept.

In Inside Secret Government Warehouses: Shocking Revelations, premiering on Syfy Sunday, July 11, at 9PM (ET/PT), Holt capitalizes on exclusive access to restricted sites, traveling from Area 51 in Nevada to deep inside the Vatican secret archives — the centerpiece of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons — interviewing informants, Washington decision-makers, former top military personnel and leading experts.

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Among the explosive findings:

A mandible thought to be not of this world — potential evidence that alien life was hidden by the United States government at Wright-Patterson Air Force base.

High level informant who describes huge underground tunnels beneath military installations.

Victims (including former U.S. military personnel) of unauthorized government experimentation.

A former US Air Force pilot ordered to shoot down a UFO in England.

Experts interviewed for the show include:

John Podesta, Former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton and CEO, Center for American Progress

Michio Kaku, world renowned theoretical physicist.

Paul Levinson, author of 15 books and professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.

Hank Albarelli Jr., author of A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the C.I.A.’s Secret Cold War Experiments.

Katherine Olmsted, Professor of History at UC Davis.

Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio 3rd District (covers Wright-Patterson)

Luca Carboni, General Secretary, Vatican Secret Archives

Shara Bailey, Dental Anthropologist, New York University

Eleanor Herman, Author, Mistress of the Vatican

Robert Collins, Ret. U.S Air Force Captain

Jonathan Turley, Law Professor, George Washington University

Glenn Campbell, Area 51 Expert

There are a lot of serious people involved in this program so that makes me think that this is not a “tin foil hat” presentation, people like John Podesta, Jonathon Turley,  Hank Albarelli Jr  and Katharine Olmsted are some pretty serious people, and I don’t see them trashing that for conspiracy theory  shows, maybe these people are really unlocking the doors so some of the truth can be told.

I am one of the  “Victims (including former U.S. military personnel) of unauthorized government experimentation”  I have written extensively about my use in the “med vol program” at Edgewood Arsenal, I have never claimed to be used in “secret unknown experiments” I have always stated that I was used in the well known and investigated human experimentation that was done by the Army at Edgewood Arsenal   from 1940 thru 1975. I was used in the Cold War part of the experiments where they used 7120 men, at Fort Detrick they used 2100 men in biological experiments, at  Dugway they used in all projects  based out of Deseret Test Center which included Dugway, SHAD/112 and operation at Fort Greeley in all about 6000 more personnel, in all not counting the nuclear experiments  the government used about 20,000 men and women in  known  Chemical, Biological and drug experiments.

In most cases the government failed to even provide a budget to do follow up medical studies of these soldiers, let alone ever admit they may have actually harmed them.  The last know medical study was done to show veterans of the first Gulf War that their exposure to low levels of sarin agents was safe, they used the Edgewood veterans as the control group as we were the only know exposed soldiers the US had access to, the trouble was they could not find enough survivors to actually do a comprehensive study, what did amaze me though, the DOD and the IOM ignored  the low level exposures to mustard agents despite the fact they knew mustard agents were also present at Kamiasyah Iraq on March 19, 1991 when the Army destroyed the Iraqi ammo dumps that contained the Sarin weapons they had been concerned about enough to commission the IOM March 2003 sarin study.

Why were they not worried about mustard agents?  When President Bush and VP Cheney and Sec of Defense Rumsfeld declared war on Iraq in March 2003  one of their claims was that Iraq had  Mustard agent filled weapons, rockets, artillery shells, etc,  did they ignore the Gulf War veterans of 1991  being exposed to mustard agents  due to the high cost of the KNOWN disabilities the VA and DOD would have to be forced to deal with?

There are some pretty well known statistics  that stick out to veterans, WW1, WW2, Korean and Vietnam war veterans all average about a 9% disability rate, the first Gulf War however has a 25% disability rate, why?

I am almost 55, I have been totally disabled since June 2002 and I am really accustomed to being lied to by DOD, the VA, I am dying, I don’t expect to ever hear the truth from the government, but maybe people like Lester Holt, Hank Alberelli Jr,  Jonathon Turley, maybe even President Obama  might ask  that some files be opened and the truth be told to the veterans and their widows, and the the “PROMISES” be kept.

They can keep the medals they mean nothing at this point, 35 years ago they would have meant something  even the silly ARCOM, but these 20,000 men and women did risk their own lives to produce better protective masks, chemical suits, antidotes all the things to save lives, they put their lives at risk to save others, the criteria for being awarded a Soldiers medal in peacetime.  DOD did award medals to civilians for doing these experiments to the soldiers, so why weren’t the soldiers  given the medals the recruiters promised them after risking their lives? Would it have meant that the Army would have admitted to putting enlisted soldiers lives at risk in experiments that were supposed to be “safe”?

Watch the show on SyFy on July 11, 2010 and maybe we all will learn some things about our nation we didn’t think they were capable of.

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