VA Must Disclose Documents

Post date: Aug 1, 2012 3:53:55 AM

Week of July 30, 2012

A judge in Oakland, Calif. has issued a court order requiring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to hand over more documents about its Cold War-era drug experiments on thousands of Vietnam veterans. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley said the documents requested were "squarely relevant" to the claim that the government failed to adequately notify veterans of the chemicals they were exposed to and what that exposure might do to their health. A class action lawsuit filed by the Vietnam Veterans of America and individual soldiers in 2009 claimed that the Army and the CIA used at least 7,800 veterans as human guinea pigs for testing the effects of up to 400 types of drugs and chemicals beginning in the 1950s under several project code names including "Bluebird," "Artichoke" and "MKUltra," and "Project Paperclip."