A series of secret chemical and biological weapons tests were conducted by the Pentagon on military personnel in the 1960s and 1970s. The tests involved approximately 6,000 military personnel and involved nerve agents like Sarin and Vx and bacteria like E. Coli.
Both parties of Congress are urging the Pentagon to declassify information on the tests or explain why it cannot this week when it considers a defense policy bill.
As Representative Mike Thompson of California stated: “It’s been over 50 years since these tests were conducted and the DOD has yet to provide a complete accounting of what truly happened to our service members. Veterans can’t wait any longer.”
Without this kind of information, it can be difficult for veterans to get the care they need for diseases and conditions that may have stemmed from these secret tests.