Details are just now emerging about an
outrageous medical experiment on human subjects conducted by the apartheid
South African government before Black majority rule came to that nation.
It seems that the South African
government had been conducting germ warfare research, and lethal
microorganisms escaped from one laboratory. These highly refined and
dangerous disease microbes wound up contaminating two buildings.
One building was utilized by wealthy,
white apartheid government officials. The structure was promptly shut
down and the government leaders who worked there relocated. Several
different methods were tried to eliminate the toxic organisms from the
building, and it took several months before the laborious and expensive
process was completed.
The other building which was
contaminated was a large processing center where many lower-level,
government employees, mostly Black, worked. The germ warfare unit of
the apartheid government's powerful military convinced the South African
president that the opportunity to study the effects of the disease on human
subjects should not be passed up.
Accordingly, unlike the building
housing the white officials, the processing center used by the lower-level
Black workers was not closed. The workers were told there was nothing
to worry about, that the level of contamination did not really present a
risk. The workers were given two options, however, to ease their
concerns. They could begin a prophylactic course of antibiotics to
ward off any disease. And after that, they could be vaccinated against
The government knew that: some workers
would not pursue either option; others would take the full course of
antibiotics; still other workers would start taking the antibiotics but then
fail to finish the regimen; and yet a different group of workers would opt
for the vaccine.
The government chose to disclose that
the vaccine was only experimental, with neither its safety nor efficacy
established. One government doctor even told the workers union that he
himself would not take the vaccine because of its untested nature.
These government disclosures ensured that only a small percentage of workers
would opt to be vaccinated.
So the South African government
cleverly created a situation where it had a large number of workers exposed
to the toxic microbes, with different groups of exposed workers undertaking
different types of prophylactic measures, or none at all. The
government's germ warfare experts eagerly awaited the results to see how
many workers in each group would get how sick...
As you may have guessed by now if you
have been following the bumbling, incompetent and now class-and-race based
response by the U.S. government to the anthrax attacks through the mail,
this South African story never took place... in South Africa, that is.
But something much like it is taking place right now in the United States.
The highly-refined, weapons-grade
microbes are anthrax. The first building housing the wealthy, white
government officials is the Hart
Senate Office Building. It has been closed since October 17,
immediately after anthrax was discovered in the building. Herculean
efforts continue to be made to ensure that not a single anthrax spore
remains in that structure. Until then, no Senator, well-to-do,
white or otherwise, will be working there.
The other building housing the
lower-level, largely minority workers is the Morgan
mail-processing center in Manhattan. After anthrax was found in
that location, the building was never shut down to thoroughly cleanse it,
despite a lawsuit by the postal workers union attempting to accomplish just
that. Now anthrax has just been found again there. The postal
union president, William M. Smith, angrily stated that
"It's obvious that building is
still not safe. I am advising workers not to go back inside that
building. We cannot believe the Postal Service anymore."
And regarding the proffered anthrax
vaccinations, Mr. Smith said
"They want to treat us like
sacrificial lambs and guinea pigs."
Oh, the government-employed doctors
will tell you that the post office building is a different situation, it
didn't suffer the same type of contamination as the Senate Office building,
that the government wants to protect all its workers equally.
"We're not going to put anybody
in any jeopardy," said Diane Todd, [a] Postal Service spokeswoman.
Who is going to believe that?
If the Hart Senate Office building had
suffered precisely the same type of contamination as did the Morgan
mail-processing center, you can be certain that the Hart building would be
receiving the same immediate-shutdown/extensive cleansing treatment it is
receiving now. No Senator would go to work in there until it was
completely free of microbes.
But of course, the government expects
the postal workers to do just that -- work under conditions the Senate has
made clear it will not tolerate for itself. Class, race, I don't know
which it is, or both. But in any case, it's a sorry commentary on the
way this country's elite treats those they obviously feel are their
inferiors, who don't deserve of the same level of protection they readily
It makes me wonder what else they're
not telling the rest of us.