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    It's been revealed that the US military planned to test deadly nerve gas on Australian soldiers in far north Queensland during the Cold War.

    Newly declassified Defence and Prime Minister's office files show that the US was strongly pushing then prime minister Harold Holt's government in the 1960s to allow tests of two of the deadliest chemical weapons ever developed - VX and GB, better known as Sarin nerve gas.

    The revelation will air this morning on the Nine Network's Sunday program.

    It says the top secret plan involved allowing 200 mainly Australian combat troops to be aerially bombed and sprayed with the chemical weapons.

    It's understood the Iron Range rainforest near Lockhart River in far north Queensland was the likely location for the tests.

    Peter Bailey, a former senior official with Mr Holt ( the PM of Australia who disappeared whilst swimming off the coast of Australia ), tells the program the request caused consternation in Canberra, and as far as he knows the tests never went ahead.

    But he says planning was very advanced in the US, which wanted the operation to be kept secret because the weapons were illegal under international law.
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    Hmmmm, their requests for CBW testing must have only been made a few years after we let the Poms nuke Sth Australia, I don't see why we didn't extend the favour to the Yanks...!?!??

    who says being a small to middle power doesn't win you friends?

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  • #2
    It has always amused me that our brave Conservative parties paint themselves as the great defenders of the nation, yet in their attempts to curry favour with our supposed benefactors they:

    * Left us virtually defenceless against outside threats in the late 1930s (we had no airforce because we promised to only buy British planes, though America could have filled any orders we had).

    * Exposed Australian servicemen to British nuclear weapons, which were tested in both SA & WA. We didn't even insist that they clean up the test sites.

    Now we discover this.

    Hard to believe it got to this stage without a lot of Australian officials saying 'yes'. I'd like to think it got stopped because someone in the Government had the balls to say 'no', but that would be very much against the grain for our self-appointed 'defenders of the nation'.

    Win nervously lose tragically - Reds C C


    • #3
      great point bigfella, menzies wasn't called pig iron bob for no reason, selling the japs all sorts of commodities which were then used against us.

      outsourcing our foreign policy to the neocons for the last 12 years until howard gone....
      Illegitimi non carborundum


      • #4
        US 'planned to test nerve gas on diggers'

        This is a rather disturbing "secret". It's quite horrifying to think that the Government of the day even thought about using its own people in a deadly experiment.:(