US Vaporized Marshall Islands, Performed Human Experimentation on Natives

…we test out our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicines and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe…

 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Investigative journalist William Boardman’s findings on US vaporization of Marshall Islands and human experimentation on Marshall Islands native “savages”, as they were classed by US media:

Nuclear Savage” is a recent documentary film that explores American nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands, 1946-1958, and particularly the secret Project 4.1: an American experiment in exposing Pacific Islanders to overdoses of radiation – deliberate human radiation poisoning – just to get better data on this method of maiming and killing people. The public broadcasting establishment has spent more that two years keeping this story off the air.

The preview reel of “Nuclear Savage” includes a clip with a stentorian newsreel announcer reporting on the American treatment of Marshall Islanders in April 1957, and explaining to his predominantly American audience: 

 “The Marshallese caught by fallout got 175 roentgens of radiation. These are fishing people, savages by our standards, so a cross-section was brought to Chicago for testing. The first was John, the mayor of Rongelap Atoll…. John, as we said, is a savage, but a happy, amenable savage.”

“Some use the term ‘savage’ to refer to people from primitive cultures, but nuclear experimentation pushed savagery to new levels. In the 1950s, the U.S. conducted 67 atomic and hydrogen bomb tests in the Marshall Islands, vaporizing islands and exposing entire populations to fallout. The islanders on Rongelap received near fatal doses of radiation from one test, and were then moved onto a highly contaminated island to serve as human guinea pigs for 30 years.”

Horowitz, the director of Nuclear Savage, notes that the US “bl[e]w up all these islands … purposely contaminated all these people as human experiments.”

Boardman continues:

In 1998, staff from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a comparison study to compare the amount of radioactive Iodine-131 at four different radiation-polluted sites, measured in curies (1,000 curies of Cesium-137, as found in a radiation therapy machine, could produce serious health effects in a direct exposure of just a few minutes). The CDC team reported its finding that the atmospheric release of curies of Iodine-137 at the Hanford nuclear processing plant was 739,000 curies; at Chernobyl the release was 40 million curies; at the Nevada bomb test site, 150 million curies; and in the Marshall Islands, 6.3 billion curies (more that 30 times as much radiation as the other three sites combined).

Even recently, the US has tried “to re-re-settle some populations back to their home islands that were still dangerously radioactive.”  However, the film helped rally the islanders and reduced the US re-re-settlement effort to nothing more than “a bunch of empty houses.”

One year ago, nearly to the day, the Marshall Islands bravely brought a lawsuit to the International Court of Justice and U.S. Federal District Court “against the U.S. and the eight other Nuclear Weapons States (NWS)”, which are refusing “to meet their treaty obligations to disarm.”

Obama, in direct contravention of US word and legal requirement, is devoting 1 to 1.5 trillion dollars to US nuclear weapons development, even as the US, also illegally, cuts off water to some of its own, poor residents.

From 1946-1958, the US conducted 67 nuclear weapons experiments on the Marshall Islands, the equivalent of “one-and-a-half Hiroshima bombs” every day.

On a related note, Obama continues to refuse to give the country of Diego Garcia back to its indigenous inhabitants.  The pristine island nation was seized and cleansed of its nationals by the US and Britain, then turned into a US toxic waste dump-site and base for Washington’s global execution and torture racket.

Seven minute trailer for Nuclear Savage:

Reporter focuses on global force dynamics and writes professionally for the film industry.  On twitter @_DirtyTruths with UK-based colleague, Dean Robinson. 

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  • I grew up in the Marshalls and the people there are some of the absolute nicest in the world. The US government is absolutely evil for conducting these actions and experiments.

    • Maynard

      Did you see any signs of this radiation poisoning, such as deforestation, symptoms of radiation poisoning?

      • While I lived on an island that was actually spared the testing (since it became a US army base), I did get to see photos of places like Bikini Atoll and results from the fallout on the people who were nearby taken during the period of the testing.

      • Liz

        I lived there for a year, and not on Kwaj like Gunarm (which hasn’t actually been spared from radiation as there is still radiation in the test warheads used there all the time–this is still a health concern for the folks who live there) and there are lots of signs or radiation poisoning, even on Majuro, which is on the opposite end of the country from Enewetak and Bikini where the bombs were dropped. Thyroid surgery is excessively common, and the nuclear claims tribunal is part of everyday life. If you are from Bikini, you basically can’t ever go and visit your ancestors or your land, and this is yet another symptom of the radiation, more or less. Deforestation is kind of laughable, as there is hardly any land, but the scuba-diving is out of this world, as the water around Bikini is quite clear and devoid of much life. You see people with thyroid scars all over the place. The worst of it isn’t the radiation (at least not in this century), it’s the cultural impact as land=identity in traditional Marshallese culture. Most of the lasting impacts of the radiation are internal (physical and emotional)–birth defects, cancer, depression etc.

    • SJS

      Born and raised in the Marshall Islands, Kwaj Atoll. The US came to our homeland and destroyed the lives of our ancestors. How evil is this? Most of us Marshallese people here in the United States are deny for medical benefits, we shouldn’t be denied because they’re(US) responsible for the caused of all this..

  • GW

    I was stationed on Diego Garcia from Oct ’90 – Oct ’91. I’ve seen the coconut plantation (or, so it was called) and the houses that were left behind. The story we were told was that they were migrant workers hired by the plantation owners versus residents that had lived there for generations. It’s a beautiful little island.

    • Robert Barsocchini

      Indeed, that story was decided upon in private discussion by the British, who say in their documents (as seen in John Pilger’s documentary) that the story was false and that they were simply lying to cover what they were doing, which, as they admit to each other, was expelling the natives, or, as they refer to them, in racist terms, “Man-Fridays”.

  • no love here

    because these jewamericans wanting this to happen, watch out for the zionist

    • Undecider

      I guarantee you, most “jewamericans” have no idea about this.

    • Savingstone

      your just another brainwashed filthy islamofascist 7th century throwback. Get an education and join the 21st century.

  • ciscoNoDrink

    Why does the west go around the world and commit acts of savagery only to turn around and call their victims savage?

  • eddysach

    “As above…so below”…nothing has changed…just the wording

  • Schmidt

    Born and raised in the Marshall Islands, Kwaj Atoll. These peoples came to our home land and destroyed the lives of our ancestors, we the Marshallese peoples who are in the United States shouldn’t be deny for medical benefits because United States is responsible for the caused of our health issues.

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