Everybody looks at me like I’m crazy when I tell them that “nobody loves you more than you.” Blind trust in government is foolish and here is yet another example of why. Not too long ago President Obama offered an official apology to the Guatemalan people on behalf of the U.S. Government for experimenting on it’s citizens without permission. The experiment involved infecting Guatemalans with STD’s in order to test the effects of penicillin. The Guatemalans are being told that they have no legal recourse. Peep:
US argues it is immune from STD experiment lawsuit
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration argued Monday that Guatemalans unknowingly exposed to sexually transmitted diseases by U.S. researchers in the 1940s cannot sue the United States, no matter how shameful and unethical the studies were.
In its first response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the experiment’s subjects, the Justice Department late Monday said sovereign immunity protects federal health officials from litigation stemming from the study. The experiment conducted in the 1940s exposed Guatemalan prostitutes, prisoners, mental patients and soldiers with STDs to test the effects of penicillin. The studies were conducted without the test subjects’ consent.
President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius all have apologized for the research, hidden for decades until a Wellesley College medical historian uncovered the records in 2009.
The Justice Department filing Monday said the studies were “a deeply troubling chapter in our nation’s history.”
“As a result of these unethical studies, a terrible wrong has occurred. The United States is committed to taking appropriate steps to address that wrong,” the filing said, without elaborating on what steps might be planned. But the government attorneys argued, “This lawsuit is not the proper vehicle – and this court is not the proper forum – through which the consequences of this shameful conduct may be resolved.”
The government says the Federal Tort Claims Act protects the United States from lawsuits based on injuries suffered in a foreign country, even if the acts that caused the harm were planned in the United States. Read more.
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