HUMAN SUBJECTS/TIs TO HHS SECRETARY & CONGRESS: REQUEST TO “OPT-OUT” OF UNETHICAL RESEARCH & PROPOSE A MORATORIUM ON ALL U.S. HUMAN SUBJECT RESEARCH
“It is a moral issue, but for many it violates their religious beliefs and principles.”
April 24, 2012 -Trenton, NJ- In 1997, former Senator John Glenn said, “I want to put this in personal terms once again. You just think about your own family, your own son, your own daughter, or grandchildren who might be, the next time they go to a doctor, the subject of some medical experiment that they are not even told about. I do not think there can be many things more un-American than that. That is unconscionable, and we should not permit that.” Why are there still non-consensual human subject research occurring in 2012, which are maiming, killing or driving people to suicide? Aren’t there laws in place to protect the human subjects?
In Dr. Harriett A. Washington’s book, Medical Apartheid documents many non-consensual human subject research/experiment cases. In 1994, the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston was accused of enrolling poor African-American women into narcotic-treatment research without their knowledge. In 1995, an experimental measles vaccine was tested on mostly African-American and Hispanic children in Los Angeles, without receiving their parents’ informed consent. From 1994 to 1995, New York City law enforcement officials helped researchers coerce African-American parents into enrolling their boys into a study that sought to establish a genetic propensity for violence, without receiving their parents’ informed consent. This scourge has spread beyond racial minorities, as detailed in her new book, Deadly Monopolies. Since the 1980s, approximately 20 U.S. research projects have won legal waivers allowing them to bypass any form of informed consent. In 2011, drug giant Pfizer paid $75 million to settle claims that children in Kano state, Nigeria, were injured or killed by non-consensual administration of its experimental meningitis drug Trovan.
Letitia Peters, a former Federal Government electronics engineer and non-consensual human subject states, “I would have never imagined that as a law-abiding U.S. citizen (except for a few parking and speeding tickets) that I would be going through horrific ordeal in America and in 2012. All attempts to silence me with extreme persecution, torture or by any means possible have failed. I have been treated worse than an animal. I speak on behalf of countless of men, women, and children in the U.S. and around the world. We are Americans and are entitled to nothing less than the full rights of every American. The acts of violence that have been taken against us, should be condemned by all Americans and those worldwide who value freedom and justice. We have become someone else’s property because our rights, welfare and safety have been affected. Isn’t that slavery? Now, we are human subjects in a project involving human subject research without our knowledge or informed consent. For many of us, it is a moral issue, but for some this violates our religious beliefs and principles. The current Federal laws have not protected us. I would never “volunteer” to be a human subject with my many health ailments confirmed by several physicians. The three generations of my family has been placed in this unethical, human subject research. I love my family, but to do this to the children and to my elderly parents is totally unacceptable. Is this genocide? My family does not believe that they have been placed in this unethical, human subject research. History is repeating itself. Logically, it does not make sense and it is not the acceptable norm. No man has the right to do this to another fellowman. Many of you would not like it if the tables were turned and this was being done to your family. Why are you doing this? You are serving Satan who comes to kill, steal, and destroy. In Jesus’ name, may the angel of the Lord persecute and chase them who are adversaries to our souls and want to do us harm.
I WOULD NEVER DO THIS TO ANYONE: NOT TO MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, OR EVEN COMPLETE STRANGERS.
I have a strong spiritual faith and belief in God/Yahweh and this violates my faith as a follower of Jesus Christ/Yeshua. I thank my enemies for helping me to develop a closer relationship with Yahweh through Yeshua. He has been my provider, refuge, fortress, shield, vindicator, healer, fortress, restorer, and deliverer. He is the only reason why I am still alive because of His grace and mercy. I stand on the Word of God in the Holy Bible because it is the only truth 24/7. I love Yahweh with all of my heart, mind, soul, and strength and He is worthy of my praise. It is finished! Hallelujah!
No Response from HHS about Opt-Out Requests
Letitia Peters, further states, “in my in-depth research, I discovered that America has a 100 year history of using minorities, especially African-Americans and their children and women as “guinea pigs” without the human subjects or parent’s knowledge or informed consent. In addition, this human subject research does not comply with 45 CFR 46 Subpart A, “The Common Rule” because the rights, welfare, and safety of the human subjects have been affected and the research involves more than minimal risk. The research practices, which we are experiencing can be reclassified as “cruel and unusual punishment” or “crimes against humanity”, which goes way beyond the physical or psychological harm that is normally encountered in the daily lives, or in the routine medical, dental, or psychological examination of healthy person as defined by minimal risk. This is torture. Many are maimed, been diagnosed with cancer or other illnesses, committed suicide or died a premature death. The basic ethical principles of respect of persons, beneficence and justice as stated in the Belmont report have been violated. Human subjects should be protected by the authorized agency, HHS and not by the researchers.”
On March 2, 2012, I emailed an 8 page letter to HHS requesting to “opt-out” or discontinue participation in this human subject research, but I have not received an official response from them. On March 20, 2012 and April 12, 2012, I emailed a second request using this opt-out form. Others have also written to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting that as a human subject, we have a right to be “opt-out” or discontinue participation in a human subject research.
Case of Elmer Allen, a Non-Consensual Human Subject Diagnosed as Paranoid Schizophrenic
It is documented in official Federal Government medical records/documents that the Federal Government scientists diagnosed many non-consensual human subjects with “neurosis” or “paranoid schizophrenic” who stated that he/she was being experimented on by the Federal Government. For example, this was documented in the case of the late Elmer Allen. The sad part about Elmer Allen’s story is that nobody believed him. He went to his doctor and told him, “I think I’ve been injected with something.” His doctor diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic at the same time that he was conversing with the atomic energy scientists in Argon National Lab to provide them with tissue samples. Elmer Allen was not only used in 1947 when he was injected with this radioactive isotope, but he continued to be used as a guinea pig for the rest of his life. When Elmer Allen’s daughter, Elmerine was interviewed, she told the story of when she left for college, her father would tell her watch out, “Don’t let the U.S. government guinea-pig you.” And they always thought that Elmer Allen had some kind of, well, Elmer was kind of quirky, and he had this delusion that the government experimented on him.
In the 1970’s, a second generation of atomic scientists rediscovered this experiment. So they wanted to dig up all the people who were dead, who had been injected with plutonium, and they also wanted to bring whoever survived them back into the lab for further studies. Elmer Allen was one of those people who was still alive.
AMY GOODMAN: Under what pretext since he didn’t know, supposedly, that he was a U.S. government guinea pig?
EILEEN WELSOME: They told Elmer, and this is all documented in the medical records, that they knew he had a very serious cancer and they wanted to know how he had lived so long.
The entire transcript about Elmer Allen is at http://www.democracynow.org/2004/5/5/plutonium_files_how_the_u_s.
Discredit the Non-Consensual Human Subjects/TIs by Committing them to A Mental Institution by “Any Means Possible”
Like Elmer Allen, many non-consensual human subjects/Targeted Individuals (TIs) have tried to bring this to the public’s, family’s, or friend’s attention, but they have been called “crazy”, “delusional” or been diagnosed with a “mental illness”. Police officers, psychiatrists, judges, physicians, Federal intelligence agents & their family members, friends, and associates are being used to discredit the non-consensual human subjects/TIs. Many of these individuals are informants (perps or perpetrators, moles or double agents). The police were involved in non-consensual human subjects/Targeted Individuals (TIs) being committed “for observation” even though they were not harming themselves or others. Some have said that the police had lied to them and even put them in handcuffs to take them to a mental institution. Who would believe a “crazy person”? Now the committed non-consensual human subjects/Targeted Individuals (TIs) are afraid to speak about their ordeal because they fear that they might be recommitted again and this time even longer. All of the non-consensual human subjects have stated that it has never been suggested for them to see a psychiatrist, but they always want the human subjects/TIs to be committed to a mental institution. This tactic is also a form of adult “bullying” in order to intimidate the non-consensual human subject to keep silent. It can also be perceived as an “abuse of power” as well.
Technology has changed and people are unaware that some technology can be used on them without them even knowing it. Electromagnetic radiation is one of them, because it is invisible to the naked eye. People are unaware that electromagnetic radiation can change their pleasant, easy going personalities into angry or hostile ones in a matter of seconds or even make someone irritated by bringing up a particular subject.
Many non-consensual human subjects have been wrongfully committed to mental institutions and given a diagnosis of schizophrenia, neurosis, or other mental illnesses. Schizophrenia is a disease that typically begins in early adulthood; between the ages of 15 and 25. Men tend to get develop schizophrenia slightly earlier than women; whereas most males become ill between 16 and 25 years old, most females develop symptoms several years later, and the incidence in women is noticably higher in women after age 30. The average age of onset is 18 in men and 25 in women. Schizophrenia onset is quite rare for people under 10 years of age, or over 40 years of age. Schizophrenia is a devastating disorder for most people who are afflicted, and very costly for families and society. The overall U.S. 2002 cost of schizophrenia was estimated to be $62.7 billion, with $22.7 billion excess direct health care cost ($7.0 billion outpatient, $5.0 billion drugs, $2.8 billion inpatient, $8.0 billion long-term care). (source: Analysis Group, Inc.)
This is being done so that no one will ever investigate these allegations and the scientists can continue with their unethical human subject research. There’s a saying “what’s done in the dark will be brought to the light”. In Luke 8:17 states, “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall be known and come abroad.” This is what happened in the case of Elmer Allen who lived to be told that he was in a human subject research for over 20+ years, without his knowledge or informed consent. He was telling the truth and he was not delusional. Truth did prevail. We will fight for all human subjects/TIs that were wrongfully diagnosed with a mental illness to have this permanently expunged from their medical records.
Non-Consensual Human Subjects/TIs Should Send their “Opt-Out” form to HHS and to Congress
The “Common Rule” has not been updated in 20 years and has failed to protect the human subject since 1991. Obviously, there are serious deficiencies with informed consent in the “Common Rule”. There is no enforceable Federal regulation or International standard on the books for informed consent to be required because Congress has failed to ratify any proposed legislations pertaining to human subject protection in 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2011, thus allowing for unethical human subjects experiments to occur.
Non-consensual human subjects/Targeted Individuals (TIs) should revise this “opt-out” form by inserting in their own story concentrating on their pain and the violation of their rights, safety, and welfare as a human subject and send it to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at email@example.com. The mailing address is:
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
H.H.S. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 120F
Washington, DC 20201
HHS Main Number: 877-696-6775
Comment Line: 202-205-5445 (Please leave a comment)
HHS Secretary Sebelius conducted a special plenary presentation at the National Action Network Conference in Washington, DC today.
Failure of OHRP to Investigate Allegations
On behalf of the Secretary, HHS, the Office on Human Research Protections (OHRP) approves the terms of these written institutional assurances, which constitute binding commitments. In essence, OHRP holds accountable and depends on institutional officials, committees, researchers, and other agents of the institution to comply with the institution’s assurance and the regulations. In carrying out its oversight responsibility, OHRP’s Division of Compliance Oversight monitors compliance through not-for-cause compliance oversight surveillance activities and for-cause compliance oversight evaluations of allegations or indications of noncompliance with the regulations. OHRP has the authority under Title IV of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 281 et seq.) to investigate complaints about human subject protections in HHS-conducted or -funded research, as well as any other research covered by the institution’s Assurance of Compliance. OHRP also promotes compliance through its Division of Policy and Assurances, which provides policy and guidance documents pertaining to the regulatory requirements in 45 CFR 46. If HHS receives an allegation or indication of noncompliance related to human subject research that is conducted or supported solely by a Common Rule department/agency other than HHS, HHS will refer the matter to that department/agency for review and action as appropriate” as stated at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/commonrule/.
On April 26, 2011, I met with Kristina C. Borror Ph.D., Division of Compliance Oversight Director to file a formal complaint and to find out which Federal agency was responsible for conducting non-consensual human experimentation on me and others. I was told by Ms. Borror that there was nothing that her office could do for me and that I should contact each agency and file a FOIA request with each one. I knew there were a lot of research projects using human subjects and it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. It would be very difficult, if not impossible to find, since there are more than 55,000 projects that involve human subjects. Others who contacted OHRP have received this response by letter, which states: “OHRP has determined that it does not have jurisdiction over the matters referenced in your letter. Therefore, OHRP will not be able to pursue this matter on your behalf.” Since January 15, 2009, all IRBs must use the Internet-based registration maintained by HHS as stated in 45 CFR 46.501. Is the answer right on HHS’s website?
Non-Consensual Human Subjects Testimonies & Request for a Moratorium
Congress and HHS are sponsoring projects involving human subjects, without 45 CFR 46 being an enforceable lawfully, promulgated regulation, informed consent being on the books or a ratified Human Subjects Research Protection Law. As a result, “the absence of Federal jurisdiction over much privately funded research means that the U.S. government cannot know how many Americans currently are subjects in experiments, cannot influence how they have been recruited, cannot ensure that research subjects know and understand the risks they are undertaking, and cannot ascertain whether they have been harmed.” Many non-consensual human subjects testified at the Bioethics Commission’s Meeting 4 Session 10 (March 1, 2011) and Meeting 5 Session 6 (May 18, 2011): Public Comments. There were others who submitted their written testimonies. The archived transcripts and videos are available at bioethics.gov/cms/meeting-four and bioethics.gov/cms/meeting-five. Several months later, the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) requested public comments pertaining to the update of 45 CFR 46 and has received 600+ pages of testimonies from human subjects and over 1100 responses, which did not include the public comments from the Bioethics Commission.
A moratorium is being requested so that the “Federal Government can get it right”. This is a massive undertaken, which should require the support of HHS and Congress to ensure that any new regulations will benefit and protect the rights, safety, and welfare of future human subjects. We are requesting Congress to conduct investigative hearings about illegal “COINTELPRO” activities, ratify laws to protect the rights & welfare of the human subjects so that informed consent is finally on the books and oversee the activities pertaining to the revision of 45 CFR 46 by HHS so that it will become a lawfully, promulgated regulation. Will the revised 45 CFR 46 address the issues of ACHRE, NBAC, Executive Orders/Memos by former President Clinton, results of the EPA lawsuit, and former Senator John Glenn? How will 45 CFR 46 interact with FDA regulations (21 CFR 50, 56), HIPAA Privacy Rule (45 CFR 164), Public Health Service Act (42 USC 281) & other Federal & State regulations that impact the conduct of human subjects research? The Common Rule offers more exceptions than FDA regulations do. Should that be true? More importantly, will 45 CFR 46 become a strict, ethical, and enforceable, lawfully promulgated Federal regulation, which researchers will be held accountable for their actions so that unethical, human subject research/experiments will be eliminated in the future?
Request to “Opt-Out” or Discontinue Participation as a “Non-consensual” Human Subject
I, Letitia Petershave been randomly selected to be a participant or human subject in a research/experiment without my voluntary, informed consent, either orally or written and without my knowledge. In this research/ experiment, I am/have been exposed to electronic/electromagnetic radiation technology (including gamma rays, microwave, & infrared) and weapons (chemical, biological, direct energy, & radiological). In addition, my body has been infiltrated with many “unidentified metal devices”. I meet the requirement of a “human subject” in a “research/experiment” as defined above. I already had a compromised immune system due to the exposure of toxic molds/mycotoxins in the Federal buildings in Washington, DC. I was far from being that “healthy person with no major health ailments”, but I was working towards it everyday so that I would have a better quality of life and become a productive U.S. citizen in the workplace and community once again. I am on disability retirement & I would have never consented to be a “volunteer” in any human subject research with all of my confirmed diagnoses; especially one which uses gamma rays, microwave, infrared and weapons (biological, chemical, directed energy & radiological). I believe that my selection was not equitable in my case as defined in 45 CFR 46.113. I have endured unnecessary & unimaginable pain and suffering that presents a danger to my well-being by continuing in this human research. I am in a life-threatening situation everyday that I continue to be in this human subject research. Furthermore, this violates my religious principles and beliefs. I want out now! In addition, the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects believed that those who are already burdened (e.g., by disabilities or institutionalization) should not be asked to accept the burdens of research unless other appropriate subjects cannot be found (i.e., if the research concerns their particular disability or circumstance).
This human subject research/experiment has failed to comply with the terms in Title 45 Public Welfare Part 46 Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46). This part of the “Common Rule” is intended to allow IRBs to waive informed consent in its entirety or any of the required elements of informed consent. In order for this human subject/experiment to waive informed consent it had to meet the 4 criteria in 45 CFR 46.116 (d). An IRB may approve a consent procedure which does not include, or which alters, some or all of the elements of informed consent set forth in this section, or waive the requirements to obtain informed consent provided the IRB finds and documents that: (1) The research involves no more than minimal risk to the subjects; (2) The waiver or alteration will not adversely affect the rights and welfare of the subjects; (3) The research could not practicably be carried out without the waiver or alteration; and (4) Whenever appropriate, the subjects will be provided with additional pertinent information after participation.
Risk is defined in The IRB Guidebook as the probability of harm or injury (physical, psychological, social, or economic) occurring as a result of participation in a research study. Both the probability and magnitude of possible harm may vary from minimal to significant. Federal regulations define only "minimal risk." Minimal risk is defined in the Common Rule as the probability and magnitude of physical or psychological harm that is normally encountered in the daily lives, or in the routine medical, dental, or psychological examination of healthy persons.
The daily exposures of electronic/electromagnetic radiation technology (including gamma rays, microwave, & infrared) and weapons (chemical, biological, direct energy, & radiological) presents a danger to my overall well-being and has violated my rights and welfare as a human subject. The human research practices, which I am experiencing, should be reclassified as “cruel and unusual punishment” or “crimes against humanity”, which goes way beyond the physical or psychological harm that is “normally” encountered in our daily lives or in the routine medical, dental, or psychological examination. I am experiencing intentional infliction of severe physical pain or suffering, which violates my rights and falls under the purview of 18 USC § 2340 Torture. I am in pain everyday, but the degree of the pain varies from day to day and from hour to hour; from minor, discomfort pain to excruciating, agonizing pain, where I am in tears and crying out for Jesus Christ to deliver me. It has been very unbearable. There have been times that I could not even get out of bed to bathe or even cook for myself because of the extreme fatigue and the severity of the pain in my body. I am in excruciating pain for hours and days while suffering in silence because I did not want my parents to worry and also they do not believe that we are in a human subject research. My feet would become so swollen due to edema that I could barely walk. Each step that I would take the shooting pain would resonate throughout my legs. My legs looked like they were going to “pop”. I would have to elevate them and stay completely off my feet for a day or several days before they would return to normal & there was no pain. My stomach, fingers, eyelids, face & head also swells. I would experience constant throbbing of pain for hours. I went “temporary blind” after being intentionally dosed with chemical: pesticides/insecticides and the emergency medical care failed to treat me. I could hear my rapid heart rate when I am in the bed or resting; sometimes I would have heart palpitations. One incident I developed “red fine bumps” in my head and a couple of days later, my hair fell out in “clumps” as I was combing it. The National Academy of Sciences states this only occurs with radiation exposures at 200 rems or higher. My vision has become blurry after these exposures. My body is under tremendous stress, undue distress and inflicted pain, which affects my performance to try to run my own business and to live a normal life. My body has been infiltrated with “unidentifiable metal devices”, which is being picked up by a simple carpenter’s tool: a stud sensor/finder. I could see the two in my neck, because my neck pulsates, when my heart rate increases. Several times, I developed very painful red, blisters/mouth sores overnight, while I am sleeping. According to the Mayo Clinic’s website in order for the blisters/mouth sores to develop, radiation was aimed at my head or neck. I have a very dry, metallic taste in my mouth. I also woke up to an excruciating pounding, headache, which has been with me all day. My body is “aching” all over, as well as, my parents’ bodies. All of our diseases have been exacerbated; my father has developed cancer, which could have been a contributing factor from the environment and I recently spent the night in the hospital with my mother due to her chest pains and very high blood pressure, which never occurred before. Even people who visit us are being exposed, including children.
Personal privacy is important to ethical research as stated in 45 CFR 46.111. My confidentiality and privacy rights have been violated. 45 CFR 46.116 (f) clearly states, “nothing in this policy is intended to limit the authority of a physician to provide emergency medical care, to the extent the physician is permitted to do so under applicable federal, state, or local law.” The “researchers” have interfered with the physicians to provide me with the “appropriate” emergency care. The physicians released private health information, did not adequately addressed my complaints, failed to ensure patient care was provided in a safe and effective manner, did not provide appropriate medical screening exams for me, and failed to treat a sick and injured patient before releasing me, which violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). Now there is a significant high health risk of me developing a radiation-related disease that could have been greatly minimized through early detection and appropriate medical treatment. The “researchers” have used disinformation to cause humiliation, social stigmatization, and discrimination. Invasion of privacy concerns access to a person's body and the “researchers” has access to my body 24/7 and there are countless of men, women and children, also called “informants” or “perps” who have access to my body 24/7 without my informed consent or knowledge.
Human Subject Research Violates the Rights & Welfare of Vulnerable Population: Children
Children have been included in this human subject research, without receiving the parental/guardian permission consent documentation as defined in 45 CFR 46.408 and these children/minors are not wards of the state or any other agency, institution, or entity as defined in 45 CFR 46.409. No adequate provisions were made for soliciting the assent of children and the no permission was granted from their parents or guardians, as set forth in 45 CFR 46.408 as stated in 45 CFR 46.407 (iii). These children/minor are involve in research, which involves greater than minimal risk as defined in 45 CFR 46.404 and does not present the prospect of direct benefit to them at defined in 45 CFR 46.406. Some of these children are not economically or educationally disadvantaged, but they have been placed in because of their race. This research is not being conducted in accordance with sound ethical principles as stated in 45 CFR 46.607 (ii).
Both the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects and the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research recommended that such waivers be granted only if subjects will not be denied benefits or services to which they are otherwise legally entitled. The waiver of informed consent has diminished the protection of my rights and welfare as a non-consensual human subject. I have received no respect as a non-consensual human subject. There is a non-verbal element that “whatever happens to the human subject is of no personal concern to the researcher. They can do whatever they want to the human subject and there is nothing that the human subject can do about because no one will help the human subject.”
The waiver of informed consent has caused adverse consequences for my welfare and for my general well-being, as well as, my loved ones. In addition, our rights, safety, dignity, welfare, and privacy as non-consensual human subjects have been violated. This human subject research/experiment has also failed to comply with the terms of the policy, 45 CFR 46 therefore, as stated in 45 CFR 46.123 it should be subject to termination or suspension. If I continue in this “loosely controlled” research/experiment, it will likely result in irreversible permanent injury, radiation-induced diseases or even pre-mature death for myself (this request also includes my family members who were systematically included in this because of me), because the “researchers” are operating above the law and below the accepted standard of scientific, ethical, and humane research. I am requesting to “opt-out” or discontinue my participation immediately out of this non-consensual human subject research/experiment without prejudice. The “Common Rule”, 45 CFR 46.116 (a) (8) states, “and the subject may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled.” I am not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of my participation as a non-consensual human subject. The legal rights as a human subject may not be waived and the human subject may not be asked to release or appear to release the investigator, the sponsor, the institution or its agents from liability for negligence.
In the National Institutes of Health, Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR) 1993 Institutional Review Board Guidebook states, “attention should be paid to subjects' rights when they decide to withdraw from participation in the study. The federal regulations clearly require that subjects be free to withdraw from participation without penalty or loss of benefits to which they are otherwise entitled [Federal Policy §116(a) (8)].”
For research involving more than minimal risk, an explanation as to whether any compensation and an explanation as to whether any medical treatments are availability of medical treatment and compensation in the case of research-related injury, including who will pay for the treatment and the availability of other financial compensation as stated in 45 CFR 46.116(a)(6). In July 2005 the National Academy of Sciences came to the conclusion that the preponderance of scientific evidence shows that even very low doses of radiation pose a risk of cancer or other health problem and there is no threshold below, which exposure can be viewed as harmless. According to data from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, show that symptoms may persist for up to 10 years and may also have an increased long-term risk for leukemia and lymphoma. The effects of radiation on the human body can be found at www.atomicarchive.com/Effects/radeffects.shtml. Will the human subjects be compensated due to research-related injury?
I, Letitia Peters certify that my decision to “opt-out” or discontinue participation in this human experiment is without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, coercion or undue influence on my decision. I am requesting to “opt-out” or discontinue my participation because of my rights as a human subject as stated in 45 CFR 46 116 (a) (8). This request includes all of my immediate family members (my elderly parents, my sister’s family and my brother’s family) who were thrust in this unethical, human subject research/experiment without their consent or without their knowledge.
I echo the words of Dr. Harriett A. Washington, ”Just as U.S. physicians demanded justice at Nuremberg, Nigerian parents stormed courts in Kano and Manhattan to demand that we live up to our stated ideals. Sixty-five years on, it is high time we did.” Don’t you agree?
In closing, I echo the words announced at the 1976 National Urban League National Conference on Human Experimentation, “We don’t want to kill science, but we don’t want science to kill, mangle, & abuse us”.
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