American Gulf War Veterans Association

P.O. Box 85, Versailles, MO 65084
(573)378-6049 voice * FAX (573) 378-5998 *

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2000
Contact: Joyce Riley, R.N., B.S.N.
Spokesperson: American Gulf War Veterans Association
(573) 378-6049 voice, (573) 378-5998 FAX



Residents of central Louisiana are outraged to learn that officials of Ft. Polk Army Post are scheduling the open-air release of biological agents for the purpose of testing the Biological Integrated Detection System (BIDS). The agent the Army claims to be released is Bacillus subtilis or Bacillus globigii (BG) and is said to be "virtually harmless."

Senate Reports and other official government documents state that these agents and many others have been released in the past without the public’s knowledge or consent, and that these tests or experiments resulted in the infection and in some cases, death of unwitting civilians. Public outcry is based on the fact that the Department of Defense (DoD) has established a clear and consistent track record of withholding and concealing information vital to the public interest, and has lost all credibility in the eyes of the general public.

One of the many documents that will be discussed at these hearings is the Congressional report, "Biological Testing Involving Human Subjects by the Department of Defense, 1977". This document discusses the development and release of bacteria, viruses, fungi and chemicals into the environment and populated areas, and the devastating affect on the unwitting subjects of these experiments.

Due to the fact that Ft. Polk officials have refused to hold public hearings, area residents have organized their own hearings to present this information and invited the Department of the Army and representative of the Pentagon to attend.

Joyce Riley, R.N., BSN, Captain, USAF Reserve (Inactive) is scheduled to speak on behalf of the American people in regard to the exposures and experiments conducted in the past and the resulting deaths and diseases of these releases.

The meetings are scheduled for:

Tues., 10/3/00, 7PM, DeRidder War Memorial Civic Center, 250 W.7th St., DeRidder, LA. and,
Wed., 10/4/00, 5PM, Shoney’s Restaurant, I-10 & I-49, Lafayette, LA.
Local Contacts: Kathy McDaniel, (337) 463-7885, and Bonnie James, (337) 743-5113.

To contact the AGWVA by phone, call: 1-573-378-6049
OR by mail at: A.G.W.V.A., P.O. Box 85, Versailles, Mo. 65084

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