Posted by jeremy on March 14, 2011 1:06 am.
Remember that grainy video of Clinton’s apology most mind control survivors, and many members of the Truth Movement, have watched and forwarded to friends?
It turns out he’s not really apologizing for MKULTRA in that video.
What the Clinton apology video is really about
The complete text of Clinton’s apology is available on the Department of Energy’s web site. Before I show it to you, here’s what Clinton is saying in the video:
Thousands of government-sponsored experiments did take place at hospitals, universities, and military bases around our nation. Some were unethical, not only by today’s standards, but by the standards of the time in which they were conducted. They failed both the test of our national values and the test of humanity.
And here’s a more complete transcript of the apology. As you can see, the video has been edited in the spots where the missing text is.
October 3, 1995
Old Executive Office Building
Let me begin with a simple thank you to everyone who participated in this extraordinary project and to everyone who supported them…
This report I received today is a monumental document in more ways than one. But it is a very, very important piece of America’s history, and it will shape America’s future in ways that will make us a more honorable, more successful and more ethical country.
What this committee learned I would like to review today with a little more detail than Dr. Faden said, because I think it must be engraved on our national memory. Thousands of government-sponsored experiments did take place at hospitals, universities, and military bases around our nation. The goal was to understand the effects of radiation exposure on the human body.
While most of the tests were ethical by any standards, some were unethical, not only by today’s standards, but by the standards of the time in which they were conducted. They failed both the test of our national values and the test of humanity.
In one experiment, scientists injected plutonium into 18 patients without their knowledge. In another, doctors exposed indigent cancer patients to excessive doses of radiation, a treatment from which it is virtually impossible that they could ever benefit.
The report also demonstrates that these and other experiments were carried out on precisely those citizens who count most on the government for its help - the destitute and the gravely ill. But the dispossessed were not alone. Members of the military precisely those on whom we and our government count most they were also test subjects…
The report I received today will not be left on a shelf to gather dust…1
And here’s a New York Times article from 1995, offering more context.
After reviewing 30 years of Government-sponsored radiation experiments on humans, a Presidential Committee has concluded that many were unethical and that the Government should apologize.
The committee also recommended that the Government compensate the patients for at least nine experiments in which they were subjected to radiation without their knowledge and the experiments were concealed from the public.
As far as many other experiments, the committee said there was not enough evidence to say whether apology or compensation was merited, but the search for such evidence should continue, the committee concluded.
The experiments took place in a period between 1944 and 1974. Several of the most egregious ones had come to light earlier, prompting Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary to recommend a full inquiry, which lead to the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, which worked for 18 months…2
The Human Radiation Experiments had the potential to be a colossal scandal. It was extremely fortunate that Clinton’s apology was overshadowed by the OJ Simpson jury trial verdict and the media circus that followed, just three hours later.
The underhanded methods used to keep damaging admissions from getting too much attention, or the associated ‘reforms’ from being effective in any meaningful way3, are worthy of their own article. The seeding of this (misleadingly) edited video may have been one of those methods.
For now, it will suffice to point out that a treasured piece of “evidence” of mind control experimentation, cited for years4 by dozens of web sites and a few big names in the Truth Movement, has turned out out to be disinformation.
- ^ "Remarks by President William J. Clinton in Acceptance of Human Radiation Final Report"; DOE web site. Checked 3-14-2011.
- ^ "Panel Urges U.S. to Apologize for Radiation Testing and Pay Damages"; New York Times, October 3 1995.
- ^ Executive Order 12975, the Order Clinton was referring to in his apology, established a bioethics advisory commission, supposedly tasked with preventing similar unethical practices in the future. Executive Order 13046, signed after Clinton was re-elected, abolished the commission as of October 1999.
- ^ The earliest reference I can find to the misleading labeling of this video is in December 2003, on raven1.net (search for “Clinton” in the page).