I heard rumors about this at the beginning of the war, but now we have the military talking about troops being used as guinea pigs for anthrax vaccine testing. From the Delaware News Journal, via Blue Lemur :
A former Dover Air Force Base commander says military officials used his troops as guinea pigs in illegal medical experiments under the government’s controversial anthrax vaccination program.
After some of his troops in their 20s and 30s began developing arthritis, neurological problems, memory loss and incapacitating migraine headaches, Col. Felix Grieder took a drastic step. In 1999, he halted the vaccination program in Dover, a move he said ended his military career. The decorated Air Force colonel has spent the past five years trying to discover the truth about the vaccine program in Dover, where he commanded 4,000 troops.
“In my opinion, there was illegal medical experimentation going on,” says Grieder, who lives in Texas.
Grieder has interviewed scores of his former pilots and crew who say they have had life-altering reactions to the vaccine.
“They would have no reason to lie. I believed them,” he recalls. “I wanted to talk to them face to face.”
Dover is now ground zero in the controversy because troops there were injected with anthrax vaccine containing squalene, a fat-like substance that occurs naturally in the body. Squalene boosts a vaccine’s effect, but some scientists say injecting even trace amounts of it into the body can cause serious illness.
Government officials have acknowledged that the Department of Defense secretly tested squalene on human beings in Thailand. Grieder believes they did the same in Dover.
In a March 1999 report, the General Accounting Office accused the Defense Department of a “pattern of deception” and said the military confirmed human tests involving squalene only after investigators found out about them.
The Department of Defense says vaccine sent to Dover was accidentally contaminated with squalene. Grieder and other officers believe, however, that it was intentionally introduced to test pilots and crew in Dover.
The Defense Department made anthrax inoculations mandatory for all active-duty military personnel in 1998. The immunization order, which remains in effect today, calls for six shots over an 18-month period. Defense officials deny that military personnel were illegally used as guinea pigs to test a vaccine containing squalene.