Final Report

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Advisory Committee on

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Human Radiation Experiments

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Researchers in the United States have performed thousands of human radiation

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experiments to determine the effects of atomic radiation and radioactive

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contamination on the human body. Most of these tests were performed, funded, or

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supervised by the United States military, Atomic Energy Commission, or various

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other U.S. federal government agencies. The experiments included a wide array of

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studies, involving things like feeding radioactive food to mentally disabled children,

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deliberately releasing radioactive chemicals over U.S. and Canadian cities,

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measuring the health effects of radioactive fallout from nuclear bomb tests, and

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irradiating the testicles of prison inmates, among other things. Much information

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about these programs was classified and kept secret. In the 1990s Eileen Welsome's

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reports on radiation testing for The Albuquerque Tribune prompted the creation of the

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Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments by executive order of

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president Bill Clinton in order to monitor government tests; it published results in

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1995.

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