Puerto Rico: US Lab

Mar 18th, 2014 | Category: VC Community | 31 comments
Article submitted by: Luis Torres


Test trials of Agent Orange were carried out in Puerto Rico.

The US imposed a military government on Puerto Rico a century ago when it was seized from the Spanish. The island of Vieques (40 miles off the coast, population 5,500) has been used for target practise by the US military for the last 60 years from 1941 until 2003. Since 1980 it has been used for test firing of depleted uranium munitions, chemical contaminants have found their way into ground water, local crabs have 20 times the normal levels of heavy metals, cancer rates amongst the island’s population is twice the national average.

Agent Orange was manufactured by Monsanto, Dow Chemicals (manufacturers of napalm), Uniroyal, Hercules, Diamond Shamrock, Thompson Chemical and TH Agriculture. Monsanto were the main supplier. The Agent Orange produced by Monsanto had dioxin levels many times higher than that produced by Dow Chemicals, the other major supplier of Agent Orange to Vietnam.

Dioxins are one of the most toxic chemicals known to man. Permissible levels are measured in parts per trillion, the ideal level is zero. The Agent Orange manufactured by Monsanto contained 2,3,7,8-tetrachlordibenzo-para-dioxin (TCDD), extremely deadly even when measured against other dioxins. The levels found in domestic 2,4,5-T were around 0.05 ppm, that shipped to Vietnam peaked at 50 ppm, ie 1,000 times higher than the norm.

Monsanto’s involvement with the production of dioxin contaminated 2,4,5-T dates back to the late 1940s. ‘Almost immediately workers started getting sick with skin rashes, inexplicable pains in the limbs, joints and other parts of the body, weakness, irritability, nervousness and loss of libido,’ to quote Peter Sills, author of a forthcoming book on dioxins. Internal Monsanto memos show that Monsanto knew of the problems but once again a cover-up was the order of the day.

The Sterilization of Puerto Rican Women

“…corroborated by witnesses involved in the experiments, the Rockefeller Institute, founded in 1901 to study the science of medicine and to develop an understanding of the nature and causes of disease… sponsored a cancer research project using healthy Puerto Rican citizens… unwitting human subjects were deliberately injected with cancer cells… to see how humans develop cancer… Dr. Cornelius Rhoades (who conducted the experiments and work for the Rockefeller Foundation) when asked why he chose Puerto Ricans to conduct the research stated flatly, ‘The Puerto Ricans are the dirtiest, laziest, most degenerate and thievish race of men ever to to inhabit this sphere’. Despite the resulting cancer deaths and blatant racism, Dr. Rhoades was lauded for his research.”

It is inconceivable that experiments similar to this are still being condoned all over the world. Governments are polluting not only the atmosphere but our bodies as well.

The above entry notes a case of actual “human experimentation in Puerto Rico” with concern to the injection of cancer cells into human subjects who were unaware of the “experiment”. This is not the first time “human experimantaion” has been conducted on the People of Puerto Rico.

Considering that indigenous Taino ancestry is traditionally traced via the mother’s linage, it is important to note that Puerto Rican women have specifically been targeted within population control policies. Beginning in the late thirties, privately funded foundations based in the United States, and later, the Puerto Rican government, with U.S. government funds, promoted sterilization programs developed by the ‘Eugenics Board” under the guise of “limiting population growth”.

By the the 1950s, large numbers of Puerto Rican women were forcibly sterilized unknowingly or thinking they were undertaking a simple reversible procedure. Women factory workers were given time off to attend appointments in clinics, which were located within the very factories where they were employed. Social workers were encouraged to promote this program “door to door” by making home visits. By 1974, 35 percent of Puerto Rican women of child-bearing age – some 200,000 women – were permanently sterilized. By 1980, Puerto Rico had the highest per-capita rate of sterilization among women in the world. From the 1950s through 1980, Puerto Rico was also used as a testing ground for birth control pills while they were under development. Pills twenty times stronger than the ones used today were tested on Puerto Rican women.

Today, “human experimentation” in Puerto Rico continues as daily experiments are conducted on genetically modified plants where there is little regulation, oversight or accountability. Puerto Rico is host to more GM food experiments per square mile than any U.S. state except Hawaii ( http://silentcrownews.com/wordpress/?p=2139 ). Located on a small island with a civilian population, the U.S. military bases on Vieques, which were used as a testing site for weapons should also be considered within the context of “human
experimentation” on the Puerto Rican People

HAARP in Puerto Rico

“HAARP”, an acronym for “High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program”, is a project having the goal of studying fundamental physical principles which govern the region of the earth’s atmosphere known as the ionosphere. It is through this region that earth-based communications and radar transmissions must travel to reach satellites or to probe solar and planetary bodies; and conversely, for radio signals from outside the immediate environment of the earth to reach its surface. It also is from these ionized layers that radio waves reflect to achieve over-the-horizon communication and radar systems. The proposed research will be undertaken using high power radio transmitters to probe the overhead ionosphere, combined with a complement of modern scientific diagnostic instruments to investigate the results of the interactions.

HAARP  research facility is a high power high- frequency radio transmitter with the capability of rapidly steering a narrow beam of energy toward a designated region of the sky. Similar, though less capable, research facilities exist today at many locations throughout the world and are operated routinely for the purpose of scientific investigation of the ionosphere. In the US such systems are located at ARECIBO, PUERTO RICO  (NATIONAL ASTRONOMY AND IONOSPHERE CENTER) and Fairbanks, Alaska. Other installations are at Tromso, Norway; Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Apatity, Russia; Kharkov, Ukraine and Dushanbe, Tadzhikistan. None of these existing systems, however, have the combination of frequency capability and beam steering agility required to perform the experiments planned for HAARP

Can create earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, jam all global communications, disrupt weather systems, interfere with migration patterns, disrupt human mental processes, negatively affect your health and disrupt the upper atmosphere.


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31 Comments to “Puerto Rico: US Lab”

  1. W0W says:

    I have been rendered speechless. All this was going on in my city much less my own world and I don't even know about it, yet there is so much news coverage everywhere.

  2. Mark says:

    i know that in Sicily(Italy) the population is fighting against the constrution of the AARP. and the sad thing is that even if the totality of the population is against it, their governament is still allowing the USA to build it.

  3. choose2know says:

    This is a shocking article that requires verification. It behooves anyone who is a seeker of truth to have credible, verifiable sources before accepting such serious accusations. I do hope Mr. Torres will supply his sources to us for perusal. "Before It's News" while always interesting is not always factual and seems to allow a lot of supposition, even sensationalism on it's pages.

    • Death2Elite says:

      Is that right? so then disprove it. Show us information that has not been tampered with by the mainstream news reports (aka: the elite's news reports) and maybe some of us will consider it.

      • Death2Elite says:

        As it stands I don't doubt any of this is true, after everything I've seen so far, I wouldn't be surprised if any of it were

      • Jenner says:

        I totally agree with Death2Elite, and I am not racist by any means but Jews aren't the only ones who have been experimented on. You also have the publicized case about the U.S. Government deliberately, willingly, and knowingly infecting thousands of Guatemalans with Syphilis not including dozens of other experiments conducted on whites too. Death2Elite, as far as I can see, I agree with you, the elite know no boundaries.

    • Cristian says:

      2 of the points he presents are completely true. Vieques was a military test site and the small island town is still suffering the consequences. And the whole women sterilization thing is true, there's a documentary about it. I watched it with my parents for a college course (they studied Social Work).

    • Christina says:

      I don't know about Puerto Rico, but in North Carolina (a few years back) there were reparations made by the state government to women who had been sterilized in the 30s and 40s.

    • MeNotYou says:

      Actually this is ALL true. I am from vieques and my uncle fought for the demilitarization of vieques. our people are still dying from the contamination which was left pretty much untouched once the navy stopped the bombings. as far as the sterilization of PRican women, it's all true and you can easily look up the information yourself.

  4. turnkey says:

    thanks for sharing this info, LT, super piece for those new to our offshore "exercises."

    many decent americans are kept unaware of the cost of "security" for themselves at the price of "others." N.I.M.B.Y. is an illusion!

    and i have long suspected this is why PR has not (yet) become a state, and why the US sends so much gov't aid money (such as food stamps) to PR. Hawaii struggles with similar issues, as well. perhaps someone well versed in her travesties could share here on VC's site for the mainlanders? as for the larger global scene, Haiti suffers terribly under political game playing, from within, so called "do-gooders," and the UN/"Peacekeepers." HOPE is the rarest resource is such places…

    please remember them all in your prayers for those inclined!

    and if we focus on our connectedness, not our differences, the rules change for ALL!!!

    "beware the military industrial complex" –Ike

    • Heavenforthugs says:

      Well said

    • michele says:

      Agreed that it was well said, but you needn't vilify all of the people working for the U.N., they are not bad, only the entities that created it with less than admirable goals.

      btw, agent orange was used in the Korean War too. I don't think many people realize that, as they only associate it with Vietnam.

      • turnkey says:

        thanks, Michele, for the opportunity to clarify here:

        it is easy to criticize those who ARE doing whilst doing nothing, but there are also times for critical analysis. i did not wish to offend hardworking folks from ANY organization or governmental body, including the UN, who are showing up and doing the hard work others avoid or cannot.

        specifically, what was meant was that well-intentioned agencies with often feel-good names or aims end up being used for other purposes. military, NPO's, and even religious programs. to be faced with enormous storehouses of supplies, medicines, and trained people, but to be unable to deliver those services due to bureaucratic, political, or financial games, is CRIMINAL. this is who i impugn. i speak as someone who has worked in just such a capacity, and it brings tears.

        also, timely reminder about Agent Orange in the Korean War. we cannot forget those who were there, and the fact that the war has yet to end, an insult to their sacrifice. many a South Korean has spoken to the gratitude they feel for US intervention. such campaigns are debatable, but lives have been saved.

  5. Sarahnp says:

    I applaud you for bringing these topics to the VC community. The Rockefellers are long time proponents of eugenics and de-population. The pro-life community has extensive information regarding those topics for those who are interested.

  6. Cristian says:

    People have suffered a lot in this country. Living in a limbo where we don't know if we're US Americans or our own standalone country.

  7. True Boricua says:

    Part 1
    Thank you for this informative article. I agree with many of your observations, I live in Puerto Rico and I have experiences the negative consequences of these types of experimentations first hand. To add to your article, I think that GMOs are a major problem in Puerto Rico.

    The first reason why I think that GMOs are a problem in Puerto Rico and should get stronger restrictions on the island is due to the fact that there is a small amount of agricultural land available which makes cross-contamination a real danger. As you might know, Puerto Rico measures only 106 x 35 miles and has 3.9 million residents according to the most recent census. The agricultural population density on the island is 713 persons per square kilometer. These facts clearly demonstrate Puerto Rico’s limited agricultural space, yet bioengineering companies routinely test new crops in open air fields.

    Cross-contamination happens when non-GM crops and wild plant species are tainted with GM genes. Riddle states that “contamination may result from seed impurities, wind or insect-borne crosspollinations, volunteer or feral plants, and / or inadequate harvest and handling practices” (1). As Lilliston and Riddle demonstrate, cross-contamination is a very real possibility due to the effortlessness with which it can take place. Simple variables such as wind speed and handling practices can pose disastrous threats to the environment. This is because GMOs have the potential to permanently contaminate the world (Institute). The Institute for Responsible Technology argues that “Self-propagating GMO pollution will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste. The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations.”
    This contamination negatively affects conventional and organic farmers who try to maintain crops free from GM genetic material. These Puerto Rican and American farmers are forced to subject their harvests to rigorous testing in order to ensure that their crops contain no contamination. Bob Scowcroft, an organic farmer, stated that “A real issue for the moment for organic farmers is the increased cost associated with testing” (qtd. in Lilliston 2). Even if farmers are diligent with avoiding contamination, their crops can still show GM characteristics, which could cause the farmer to lose their organic certification and produce tremendous losses. Lilliston argues that the future of pure organic produce is dreary because cross-contamination can become so prevalent that almost all produce is tainted with GMOs. This also directly affects consumers; cross-contamination will eventually limit their choices when buying produce and food products because they will not be truly organic.

    • True Boricua says:

      Part II
      All GMOs are patented because they were developed and tested in privately owned laboratories. GMOs are new organisms which would not naturally occur in the wild if it were not for scientific intervention. For this reason, more research should be conducted in order to prove that these new organisms are safe, but disagreeable studies are often not published. Sargenta, a prominent bioengineering company and a pioneer in BT Corn, is currently being tried in the criminal court system for withholding information related to animal deaths as the result of eating their products (Gucciardi). Research conducted before the approval of this corn for animal consumption proved that their corn was fatal to animals, but the company never published it and sold their product to dairy farms instead. Studies that have analyzed the potential long term side effects of GMOs do not exist. Therefore, this lack of transparency among bioengineering companies can potentially place consumers at risk. Even if GMOs prove to be safe in the long run, their capacity to cross-contaminate justifies severe restrictions.

      The final reason why I feel that bioengineering companies should be more restricted in their use of Puerto Rican land to carry out agricultural experiments is that many companies such as Monsanto are infringing upon the constitution. According to Section 14 Article VI of the Constitution of Puerto Rico states:
      No corporation shall be authorized to conduct the business of buying and selling real estate or be permitted to hold or own real estate except such as may be reasonably necessary to enable it to carry out the purposes for which it was created, and every corporation authorized to engage in agriculture shall by its charter be restricted to the ownership and control of not to exceed five hundred acres of land; and this provision shall be held to prevent any member of a corporation engaged in agriculture from being in any wise interested in any other corporation engaged in agriculture.

      Monsanto, for example, owns 1,500 acres of land in southern Puerto Rico and Isabela (Martinez). How do they get away with this? They change their name. Monsanto holds land as Monsanto LLC, Monsanto AG, and Monsanto AC Products LLC (Romero). Monsanto is blatantly breaking the law.
      Not only do companies such as Monsanto monopolize on our scarce agricultural lands and break the law, but they also receive government subsidiaries for the wages they pay to field workers, which is $2.72 an hour (Martinez). This subsidiary is in addition to their profits.

      Many Puerto Ricans are becoming aware of the unconstitutional practices of GM companies on the island. There have been several protest by Puerto Ricans who oppose these shady business practices (“Monsanto Snubs Puerto Rico Senate”). Even politicians are joining in on the protests. The Puerto Rican Senate Agriculture Committee summoned Monsanto on several occasions to discuss violations to the constitution. However, Monsanto refused to show up because they argued that “it doesn’t grow GMO agricultural products for consumption on the island; it just creates … seeds there through research” (Paradigm 2). This blatant disregard for the law and the refusal to meet with the Agriculture Committee are clear signs that something should be done about these bioengineering companies.

      Gucciardi, Anthony. “Busted: Biotech Leader ‘Syngenta’ Charged Over Covering Up Animal Deaths from GM Corn.”
      Institute for Responsible Technology. “10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs.”
      Lilliston, Ben. “Farmers Fight to Save Organic Crops.”
      Martinez, Elivan. “Monsanto’s Caribbean Experiment.”
      Massotto, Nancy. “The Tipping Point in the Fight Against GMOs: Moms.”
      Monsanto. “An Overview of the Safety and Advantages of GM Foods.”
      “Monsanto Snubs Puerto Rico Senate.”
      Paradigm, Fractured “Puerto Rico Senate Fights Back Against Monsanto GMO ad Toxic Research on Island.”
      Riddle, Jim. “GMO Contamination Prevention What Does it Take?”
      Romero, Ivette. “Puerto Rico and Monsanto’s Caribbean Experiment, Part 1.”
      “Why Organic? Six Reasons to Choose Organic Foods.”

  8. 2bfree says:

    I'm confused by Puerto Rican woman being sterile they seem to multiply like rabbits. They actually come over here and use the welfare system like no other group i've seen. This is all hearsay.

    • MeNotYou says:

      Perhaps if you research the topic you wouldn't be so confused. They sterilized about 30% of the women, and this was decades ago. between the 30's-50's I believe. Again, you can confirm that by researching. And, the only one on welfare is the United States as it's colonizing Puerto Rico for its profits. The monetary exchange between the two is not even close to even. Look up Cabotage Law and learn a thing or two about the tourism industry. It's time people stop seeing the US as the good samaritan IT'S NOT. As far as welfare, most of the people on welfare are white. Get a grip. So much schooling you need!

  9. Anonymous says:

    2free, What you're saying is hearsay.

  10. RXTT says:

    This is all true, and far far worse.

  11. Joyce J says:

    Sadly, all of this doesn't surprise me. The US and the Elites globally have been doing this for decades to people – at home and abroad! Ever wonder by PR hasn't become a state yet? PR and other US COLONIES (let's call it what it is) for decades have become nothing but testing grounds and for military (and military man power) use.

    If PR becomes a state then other territories would want statehood as well, and they can't have that. The economy there is NOT in good shape, and it's really sad that these people have to deal with all of that. A lot of Puerto Ricans are moving to the states now that things aren't going so well. I know that a lot of Puerto Ricans on the islands know of these events, but how many of those living on the mainland even have a clue?

    I have a special place in my heart for PR and its people, culture, etc. Americans have no idea what's going on in their backyards, and unfortunately many are blind to what's going on in the front yard. I use to be an advocate for statehood, but honestly, in my very humbling opinion, PR's best bet is to become independent and the other territories should follow. When you see what's going on in these areas, you can know where the mainland is headed…

    Thanks VC & Luis!

  12. Juanita says:

    I've known about the sterilization program for many years, I was told by my mother about the experiments that introduced cancer cells into certain segments of the population. I had copied several articles and sent them to La Prensa and El Diario many years ago…and asked, "don't you feel that the Puerto Ricans are due some restitution from the US Government?"

  13. SRL says:

    I can't claim to know whether everything on this article is right or wrong, as I have not actively researched the topics before. However, I myself am half Puerto Rican, lived on the island for several years, and still have many family members living there. I can confirm the Vieques weapon testing aspect of the article. When I was little, me and my mom attended a couple of non-violent protests and rallies against the weapons testing in Vieques. Thousands of people would routinely gather to calmly protest the testing going on in the island. There was music, food, dancing, and towards the end there would be speeches given to explain the negative aspects of the testing, and spread awareness of the damage. In the end, nothing changed as far as I know. I also am aware of, and constantly reminded by my family members of, the extreme corruption that permeates the island. There are very high crime rates, drug use, and general corruption among government officials. There is also much poverty on the island, I have family members who have supposed "steady income" jobs, and yet sometimes they have been known to not receive their paychecks on time for 2-3 months at a time.
    I have so much love for the island of Puerto Rico and despite the fact that I live in the US, I still consider it a second home. So it really hurts to see the island struggling so much, when I know what a truly beautiful place it can be. I wish I could do something to help.

  14. Weesie says:

    I finally met a man and we have fallen in love. Not that it matters to you all, but he is 64, I am 60 and he suffers from the effects of Agent Orange as he was stationed on Vieques as a marine in 1967-68 (in addition to being in LAOS during the Vietnam War. I'm heartbroken as he goes thru the garbage our Veterans Administration dishes out and we may not have much time to enjoy or new found relationship. To add insult to injury, he was also stationed in Camp Lejeune NC where the water was tampered with, adding more illnesses to his already overburdened body. I will watch him die not sure if it will be slowly, but it surely is coming to a head. I need a counselor and dont want him to know that i cry every night for him. I feel for all the people exposed to this horrible thing.