Poor, dumb bastards...
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Fifty-five years ago today, five Army officers and a photographer stood directly under a 2-kiloton atomic blast at the Nevada Test Site, about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, and survived.
The five officers, who volunteered for the duty, and the cameraman, who did not, designated the July 19, 1957, test site with a hand-lettered sign as Ground Zero, Population 5, KPLU, a Seattle/Tacoma-based NPR station, said in a story marking the 55th anniversary of the blast.
The intent of the Cold War test was to film the officers surviving the blast and convince U.S. military leaders of the time that using low-grade nuclear missiles in the air would be relatively safe for people on the ground, KPLU reported.
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/ ... rpose?lite
The army gave syphilis to prisoners and mental patients, among other government approved "scientific and medical" experiments on children, slaves and others apparently deemed expendable.
Maybe they figured occifers was dumber than them other folk. Based on this example that may be correct!!!!!!