GOVERNMENT LYING TO VETS ABOUT GULF WAR SYNDROME
The Government Is Lying To You -- And
Ill Veterans -- About Gulf War Syndrome.
[Spotlight, July 3, 1995]
By Mike Blair
Some 50,000 U.S. servicemen who served in the Middle East during
Operation Desert Storm are suffering from maladies resulting from
exposure to chemical and biological warfare weapons, despite
government claims to the contrary.
And worse, it has been determined that a laboratory-produced
microorganism, responsible for much of the suffering of the
American GIs, is being passed to their children and others who
come in contact with them.
In a joint statement, Dr. Garth L. Nicolson, and his wife, Dr.
Nancy L. Nicolson, have isolated a laboratory "engineered"
microorganism, *Mycoplasma fermentans* (*incognitus* strain),
which is the cause of much of the suffering of the U.S.
The Nicolsons said they believe the microorganism is airborne and
Nicolson is professor and chairman of the Department of Tumor
Biology at the world's largest cancer facility, the University of
Texas' M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Nancy L. Nicolson
is president of the Rhoden Foundation for Biomedical Research,
also in Houston.
Garth L. Nicolson, who has published more than 400 scientific
papers, edited 13 books and serves as the editor or associate
editor of 13 scientific and medical journals, has revealed that
the "mycoplasma that we have found in Desert Storm vets has very
unusual retroviral DNA sequences; thus in all probability it was
'engineered' and did not evolve naturally."
His wife has written that the cause of the American servicemen's
suffering is the result of the development, illegal testing on
inmates at a Texas correctional facility and the sale and
transfer of the microorganism to the Iraqi Atomic Energy
Commission prior to the Gulf war.
Since the microorganism was in all likelihood illegally developed
and tested in the United States and then illegally sold and
transferred to Iraq prior to the Gulf War, it is believed a major
effort is underway by the Clinton administration to conceal these
findings, according to the Nicolsons.
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The pair of scientists also claim to have developed a means of
After working with hundreds of GIs exposed to both chemical and
biological weapons used by the forces of Iraqi strongman Saddam
Hussein during the war, the researchers have determined that
thousands of U.S. servicemen are dying now from lingering
ailments resulting from the deadly chemical and biological
warfare agents that were used against them.
"We have possibly uncovered one of the messiest controversies and
cover-ups since Watergate," Garth Nicolson revealed in a lengthy
letter written to retired U.S. Army Chaplain Col. James Ammerman
of Dallas, Texas. "This one makes Watergate seem like a tea
Ammerman put The Spotlight in touch with the Nicolsons. The
Spotlight has obtained a copy of that letter.
Referring to *Mycoplasma incognitus*, Garth Nicolson explained
this particular mycoplasma, and possibly others, is "a common
pathogen in Desert Storm illnesses."
Nicolson said the U.S. government has stifled their efforts to
reveal their findings, other than a brief paper published earlier
this year in the *Journal of the American Medical Association*
"Since I have been working on Desert Storm health issues," he
explained, "I have encountered numerous attempts to prevent us
from continuing our work on Gulf War Illnesses [GWI]. I have
suffered attempts to block my papers and journal articles from
publication, my grant applications have been tampered with, and
my mail, phones and fax have all been repeatedly intercepted."
In a lengthy interview with The Spotlight, Mrs. Nicolson said she
is certain their efforts are being stifled due to business links
that current or former high government officials have with U.S.
firms that have developed chemical and biological warfare (CBW)
agents. She mentioned specifically former President George W.
Bush, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and current
CIA Director John Deutch.
-+- Under Pressure -+-
"Administrators at my own institution who are close personal
friends of James A. Baker III," Garth Nicolson said, "have also
attempted to discredit me as a scientist and prevent us
administratively from working on GWI. In addition, they have
attacked academic colleagues who came to our defense in the name
of academic freedom."
"For example," Nicolson continued, "I was called to a meeting
with our institutional president and his four vice presidents,
where they attempted to prevent or limit our access to facilities
and materials necessary to conduct research on GWI or collect
data on soldiers who are ill. They also indicated that I cannot
be involved in any professional or public discussion of our
research without first having a special committee appointed by
the administration review the contents of such research. (This is
the first time that such a tactic has ever been used in the
history of my institution.) ... Obviously, this is a gross
distortion of academic freedom and a crude attempt to prevent us
from continuing our research and discussing it publicly."
"The reason for such highly unusual events," he explained in his
letter to Ammerman, "is probably due to the fact that former
President Bush and former Sec. of State James Baker, as well as
the president of UTMDACC [the Anderson Cancer Center], have
financial interests in the local biotechnology companies that we
strongly suspect were selling illegal biological weapons to Iraq
that were subsequently used against our soldiers in Desert
"In addition, we have been visited at our hospital by armed
Defense Intelligence agents and warned not to continue our
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"At the moment," Nicolson continued, "thousands of very sick
soldiers and their family members are being turned away from
military and VA hospitals without any treatment for their
conditions and are being branded as mentally ill. We strongly
suspect that this is being done to protect a few individuals that
were involved in the decisions to pursue the development of CBW,
even though the U.S. is signatory to international treaties
banning the development and deployment of biological weapons."
Mrs. Nicolson told The Spotlight it is estimated that at least
250,000 Iraqi soldiers have died as a result of exposure to
chemical and biological weapons obtained by Hussein's regime and
that an additional million are currently ill.
She revealed a real shocker, indicating that even Hussein
himself, as well as his family, are afflicted, including a
cousin, whom she said has sought help from them.
Her husband stated the Nicolsons "suspect that tens of thousands
of our Desert Storm veterans and their immediate family members
are being refused medical treatment to hide the possible origin
and use of biological weapons during the Gulf War."
He cited the case of an Army nurse who contracted GWI while
assigned to a graves registration unit during the hostilities.
She is currently the sole survivor of the 17 members of her unit.
"She has severe GWI, is partially paralyzed, has multiple
chemical sensitivities [which complicate treatment] and has the
mycoplasmic infection. All of the other 16 members of her unit
are dead from what we suspect were infectious diseases..."
"These [graves registration] units had to deal with the
registration and disposal of thousands of dead U.S. soldiers (not
the 148 claimed) who were, we strongly suspect, exposed to CBW,"
he added. "But since Mr. John Deutch (then deputy secretary of
defense) declared that no chemical or biological weapons were
used during Desert Storm, the actual number of Gulf War deaths
has been hidden."
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