The mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights announces the last in a four-part series by award-winning investigative journalist Kelly Patricia O’Meara exploring how the nation’s military forces have been used as guinea pigs for psychological and pharmaceutical experiments. This last installment looks at the long standing relationship between the military and psychiatry that has been in place since WWII and the psychiatric research being conducted on U.S. soldiers.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) announces the final article in a four part investigative series on Military Mental Health, written for CCHR by journalist Kelly Patricia O’Meara. This last installment looks at how, in an effort to create the “Super Soldier,” the U.S. military spends hundreds of millions of dollars on psychiatric research programs that can only be described as science fiction-esque experimentation.
O’Meara writes, “The cozy relationship between the military and psychiatry has been in place since WWII. The pharmaceutical companies are the Yin to psychiatry’s Yang and the military has acquiesced to the pharmaceutical giants. It’s no secret that the nation’s military forces long have been used as guinea pigs for psychological and pharmaceutical experiments
Recent history is littered with examples of the botched experiments brought to light in the form of lawsuits and congressional investigations, such as that exposed by the Los Angeles Times on June 17, 2008, ‘VA testing drugs on war veterans.’ Or by CNN on March 1, 2012 in the article, ‘Vets feel abandoned after secret drug experiments.’”
In her final series on military mental health, O’Meara documents the military’s multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical spending, past and current military experiments and research, including:
· The military is spending billions of dollars on psychiatric drugs; a Nextgov investigation published on May 17, 2012 uncovered the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs having spent nearly $2 billion on antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs over the past decade, and the Dec. 29. 2012 Austin American-Statesman article, “Soaring cost of military drugs could hurt budget,” quoted Department of Defense spending of $2.7 billion on antidepressants, totaling more than $4.5 billion in the last decade, despite more than 170 warnings issued by international drug regulatory agencies warning of drug induced suicide, violence, mania, psychosis, aggression, hallucinations, death and much more—all documented on CCHR International’s website.