A post by Pat

No, not at airports.

It has recently come to President Obama’s attention that unethical research took place from 1946 to 1948 and we must be sure it doesn’t happen again. Back then the U.S. Health Department engaged in research in a Guatemalan mental hospital, infecting human subjects with syphilis. Obama, not wanting to put off dealing with a tough issue of immediate concern, has asked Dr. Amy Gutmann—Chair, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues—to form a panel to review federal regulations and standards with respect to participants in scientific studies. The Commission is instructed to consult with international experts, especially Guatemalans, and hold at least one meeting outside the U.S. Very attentive to detail is our President.

Presidential Memorandum–Review of Human Subjects Protection

Recently, we discovered that the U.S. Public Health Service conducted research on sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 involving the intentional infection of vulnerable human populations. The research was clearly unethical. In light of this revelation, I want to be assured that current rules for research participants protect people from harm or unethical treatment, domestically as well as internationally.

I ask you, as the Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, to convene a panel to conduct, beginning in January 2011, a thorough review of human subjects protection to determine if Federal regulations and international standards adequately guard the health and well-being of participants in scientific studies supported by the Federal Government. I also request that the Commission oversee a thorough fact-finding investigation into the specifics of the U.S. Public Health Service Sexually Transmitted Diseases Inoculation Study.

The commission has nine months to complete the report. Have to be thorough. On the other hand, no hurry on the health risks of illegal immigrants coming into the country with infectious diseases or rogue states acquiring nuclear weapons. We must above all else be sure our mad scientists aren’t concocting malevolent experiments in their foggy castles. We owe it to Guatemala.

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  1. morecowbell says:

    Wait a minute… aren’t we already part of some experiment now ??

    • Artgal says:

      That would be an affirmative, Morecowbell. Perhaps this has become a top concern for the President since we’re all going wind up with God-know-what-kinda-coodies from the TSA agents’ germ-producing sterile gloves if they don’t act quickly!

  2. tamcat says:

    What! I am so sick of Obama’s bureaucratic BS. If Americans didn’t wake up on November 2, they had better wake up now.

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  4. Chuck says:

    Why do we need this, when there is the Declaration of Helsinki that applies to all clinical trials, including those sponsored by the government? So now we are to believe that before Obama came, all clinical studies were unethical? Give me a break. This is just another waste of taxpayer’s money and shows how out of touch this guy is, when there are much more dangerous things that he should be taking care of.

  5. sandyl says:

    This is another “US is Bad and we must spread the wealth” theme and scheme. He will want to pay reparations to the descendants of these victims of the evil US. It will of course be in the billions. It is the fair thing to do.

    He is never going to change. He hates America, and he hates us (even more after Nov. 2).

  6. thierry says:

    several of my friends including a family member( through marriage) are Guatemalans. they are here because Guatemala is unstable: a corruption and violence soaked mess. the least of that country’s worries is something that happened in the 1940′s. guatemalans are doing a fine job themselves of not treating each other “ethically” with no help from any white devil doctors.

    there has never been much accountability for the crimes against civilians- massacres of civilian humans, people ‘ disappeared’- in the civil war that ended in 1996. civil rights and other human rights activists show up murdered at an alarming degree. UN delegates, priests and nuns, murdered with no one ever charged for the crimes. every election is soaked in blood.

    and because dear leader so cares for the gheys, it should be noted that the guatemalan police are known to brutalized gay and transgendered people- going so far as to reportedly gun them down in the streets. a bill is going through their government now that would not recognize single parent families as ‘ families’ and basically outlaw same sex couples, even posit that children produced through reproduction technologies aren’t ‘legitimate’. the guatemalans i know are all gay- they cannot go back home because they fear for their lives at the hands of the police and their rulers not because they’re scared white doctors are going to experiment on them.
    http://tinyurl.com/2ffhu4g

    urkel is really worse than the absent minded, detached pedantic professor( no life experience, no original thought and weirdly no deep book learning to boot. and no common sense. but clearly he thinks of himself as a genius.) he comes off as- he’s either really quite ignorant or far more malevolent and vindictive than i wanted to imagine. this man with no moral core that’s discernible beneath his ho hum, run of the mill regurgitated litany of dated liberal revolutionary complaints has some nerve talking about ethics. the man seems devoid of a conscience and that sort of person by definition serves no moral code only the dictates of their own ego.

    i think it’s just the usual stupid liberal trick; the tired old con that america is the only evil empire ever and god’s children i.e. people with darker colored skin never, ever oppress each other. this way we can ignore the outrageous human rights violations of genocidal Muslim theocracies that control the UN and also the court of public opinion. the same murderous theocracies where black people are still bought and sold as slaves , women are subject to gender apartheid, and the homos are hanged by the neck from tractors in the public square. the same genocidal, woman-hating, antisemetic monsters barry likes to bow and submit to. plus of course in the Americas of Azteca god’s children are only killed and oppressed by white europeans- we can’t reveal what they may be doing to to each other that might overshadow and be more evil than the USA, the great satan.

    the only bright side is we can use this against his precious obamacare when it starts killing people. because absolutely nothing about obamacare- from the writing of it to the passing of it to the unveiling of its post-passing wonders- is ethical except perhaps to Nazis and japanese concentration camp doctors.

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