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US chemical and biological warfare tests in the Pacific - and Australia?

15 Jul 2008
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Nic Maclellan of the Nautilus Institute at RMIT writes that a recently revealed United States request to the Australian government in the early 1960s to allow nerve gas testing in Queensland "was part of a much wider program of testing chemical and biological weapons during the Cold War" about which much remains unknown. Maclellan notes that under Project 112 and SHAD, weapons with sarin, VX and other chemical and biological agents were tested in Hawai'i, Panama, and the Marshall Islands in the 1960s. These experiments "involved about 4,300 US military personnel, mostly from the Navy." Maclellan concludes: "the Australian government must call on the United States to release further details, to clarify whether any such tests were actually conducted in Australia or other locations in neighbouring Pacific island countries."

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