For those interested in discovering the true extent of a Government's public area Biological Warfare spraying programme, check out the following two UK documentaries, which broadcast information about newly discovered Porton Down public area experiments.
Entitled 'Top Secrets Revealed'
, two 23 minute episodes were broadcast during late 2004. They have both recently been made available for viewing/download on GoogleVideo.
The first episode covers the years 1950-1963, and contains details of formerly classified public area BW experiments such as:The Westwood Trials
- Following the successful BW 'sabotage' attack on the Pentagon, by operatives from the Special Operation Division of Camp Detrick, the scientists from the UK Biological Warfare research facility at Porton Down decided to conduct similar experiments of their own. Unfortunately for them, they were refused permission to use Government buildings in Whitehall, London and so they were forced to use the highly classified underground British Museum Art Repository in Westwood Quarry, Wiltshire.
During 1950-1951, scientists released large aerosols of an opportunistic pathogen in the British Museum part of the underground quarry- live Serratia marcescens (the same bacteria which was used in the 1950 San Francisco experiments, and which are associated with a fatality of a hospital patient). Unfortunately, these large bacterial aerosols escaped from the BM Repository and entered the underground factory next door. This factory was occupied at the time by over 200 workers! Needless to say, Porton scientists did not warn the factory workers of the risks - neither did they monitor the workers health in case of a Serratia outbreak!The Railway Coach Trials
- Yet another series of 'sabotage' experiments. This time the purpose was to investigate the feasibility of sabotage attacks on railway trains as they travelled through a tunnel. During these experiments, Porton scientists contaminated regular trains carrying members of the public, as they passed through a tunnel on the Salisbury-Exeter line in the mid-fifties. The trials procedure was for a scientist to hide in a tunnell, equipped with a portable spraying apparatus. Just as the train passed, he operated the spray unit. Trials results proved the successful contamination of the interior of the train carriages. The passengers were not informed of their participation!The BW 'Attacks' on the City of Salisbury
- During 1960, an aircraft, flying an arc 40 miles upwind of Porton's nearby city of Salisbury, sprayed large quantities of a cadmium compound - Zinc Cadmium sulphide (ZnCds). This compound was carried by the wind onto the city and was inhaled and digested by the population. Documents obtained by myself in 2001 revealed that although Porton were aware of the hazardous nature of ZnCds they never subjected it to toxicity tests prior to its release in populated areas. The population were never informed - even the Independent Review of 2000 didn't include the Salisbury experiments!The Lyme Bay Trials (aka the Dorset Defence Trials)
Episode 1 contains details of the Lyme Bay Trials. This groundbreaking series of experiments involved the spraying, by a ship, of massive amounts of two types of live bacteria. E.coli MRE162 (isolated from a Porton toilet seat in 1949) and spores of Bacillus subtilis aka Bacillus globigii or BG). The huge bacterial clouds were carried onshore by the wind, and were sampled up to 50 miles inland by mobile teams of Porton scientists. The Lyme Bay experiments were repeatedly conducted between 1963-1975. Between 1963-1968, 38 separate massive-release BW experiments were conducted in Lyme Bay and the surrounding area. During the period 1963-1975, this number increased to over 80 experiments!
Top Secrets Revealed Episode 1
23 min 61 MB
Episode 2 contains the following information:
The Icing Tanker Aircraft - This was a classic piece of dual-use technology. On the surface this especially converted aircraft was just a research vehicle, constructed to facilitate investigations into aircraft icing. But it had another, highly classified role - as the UK’s BW spray aircraft. Experiments using this aircraft were conducted in populated areas on numerous occasions during 1967. As before, two types of live bacteria were released - E.coli MRE162, and Bacillus subtilis.
Interview with Professor Brian Spratt FRS - Prof Spratt was commissioned, in 1998, by the UK Ministry of Defence to investigate whether those residents who were exposed to the massive bacterial clouds suffered any adverse health effects. Prof Spratt reveals that while most people would probably have not suffered ill effects, some people, especially those with an underlying disease or suppressed immune system might have experienced pneumonia or sepsis. He also revealed that on four separate occasions, Porton scientists knowingly sprayed a contaminated bacterial suspension over a populated area!
As is this were not enough, during the interview Prof Spratt became aware that the MOD have not been as honest with him as he had thought. They had ‘forgotten’ to inform him of the six ‘massive’ crosswind line releases of live bacteria, which were conducted in 1968. Even worse, declassified documents revealed that these experiments were not conducted for any research purposes - they were instead carried out purely to show off Porton’s dubious abilities to the UK Military!
The 1971 Collaborative UK/US BW Detection Trials -
During November 1971, Lyme Bay and the surrounding countryside again became the host for Porton’s BW experiments, but this time there was a difference - Porton had invited two guests to participate in the tests; the US Army and the US Navy! As before, these experiments were highly classified, but in case the general public had discovered their existence, the MOD had prepared a Press Release which stated that no live bacteria were released. The declassification of the official trials report proved this statement to have been untrue - the report states that, on a number of occasions, massive amounts of live bacteria (Bacillus subtilis) were released.
1975 Joint UK/US BW Detection Trials (DICE Trials) - Little is known about this series of BW detection experiments, which were conducted in the Lyme Bay area. It is known that Porton scientists, in collaboration with US Military scientists, conducted 24 separate massive crosswind line releases of bacteria (Inactivated Serratia marcescens - ISM, and live Bacillus subtilis).
Yet again, as the interview shows, the Ministry of Defence appear to have ‘forgotten’ to inform Prof Spratt about the existence of a series of live bacterial releases in populated areas!
The 2001 Royal Mail Sorting Office Experiments - In response to the 2001 anthrax ‘attacks’ in the US, BW experiments were conducted at 3 major UK Royal Mail Sorting Offices which involved the release of live Bacillus subtilis.
Top Secrets Revealed Episode 2
23 min 61 MB
Do watch them both. They are very revealing!