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Veteran’s file suit for medical care after being subjected to experiments

February 25, 2011

Veteran seeks case against Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, and U.S. Army.

Six military veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the organization Swords to Plowshares have join together and are suing the Department of Defense for using experimental drugs on them during the Vietnam War is one step closer to having their case heard. Against the Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, and U.S. Army overcame a number of motions to dismiss and won the right to continue with the legal process.

In late January, a lawsuit was filed, now has after over coming a number of motions to dismiss have won the right to continue with the legal process. The plaintiffs, all of whom were part of government experiments at the Edgewood Arsenal in Edgewood, Md., and other locations which include big names schools like Yale, Harvard and UCLA     between 1950 and 1976, they hope to win health care for physical damages sustained during that period and freedom from oaths of secrecy that they took about the project.

They Volunteered for a temporary duty assignment in which soldiers were told they would be testing various, Army equipment, such as gas masks and boots. Applicants for the assignment were selected for high scores in physical and mental aptitude.

After signing a waiver of confidentiality, they soon learned about another task: like taking different drugs and allowing the effects to be recorded. It is ledge they were told that they wouldn’t be harmed or be given anything that hadn’t been previously administered to other soldiers. According to the lawsuit, the CIA has prevented about 7,000 individuals from getting medical care since being subjected to experiments at the Edgewood Arsenal in Edgewood, Maryland, that involved mind control, dangerous drugs, and electronic implants

The 7,200 GIs who participated in drug testing at Edgewood or other facilities are dwindling in numbers; it is estimated that 3,500 to 4,000 remain, which gives his quest a note of urgency. The lawsuit still faces a number of obstacles, including document requests, interrogatories, and subpoenas. Erspamer is working in the first quarter of the year to get the veterans certified as a class. But he believes that, ultimately, the suit will be successful.

“The strength of cases more often than not depends on the facts,” Erspamer said. “And the facts of this case are so compelling.”

“The government, in my opinion, has been waiting for these vets to die off,”

Links reference http://www.allgov.com/Controversies/ViewNews/Vietnam_Veterans_Allowed_to_Proceed_with_Lawsuit_over_Drug_Experiments_100204

http://www.jdnews.com/news/dod-72334-age-rochelle.html

http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/01/20/23839.htm