I-Team: More on the governments secret experiments in St. Louis

6:01 PM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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By Leisa Zigman I-Team Reporter

St. Louis (KSDK) - Hundreds of people packed into an auditorium Tuesday to hear more about a story first revealed Monday on NewsChannel 5.

The story centered around the Army's secret Cold War experiments on St. Louisans during the 1950s and '60s.

Sociologist Lisa Martino-Taylor has spent years uncovering government reports and unclassified documents and Tuesday she made her findings public at St. Louis Community College-Meramec Campus.

Documents showed how the Army sprayed zinc cadmium sulfide on unsuspecting law income communities. The Army lied to city officials at the time saying they were testing a smoke screen in case of an attack by the Soviet Union.

"There is a lot of evidence that shows people in St. Louis and the city in particular, minority communities, were subjected to military testing that was connected to a larger radiological weapons testing project," said Martino-Taylor.

We linked to Martino-Taylor's research and all of the unclassified government documents and hundreds of people have responded. Some, who claim to be in the scientific community, have criticized her reporting as flawed.

People like Diane Cherry, who remembers the spraying wanted to hear more from Martino-Taylor.

"If the chemical was harmless, why did the government do everything in secret? Why were they so sneaky weaky with us," said Cherry.

Some are wondering if their cancers and other illnesses are linked to the Cold War spraying? Even if this chemical was harmless, thousands of St. Louisans were used as human guinea pigs.

The I-Team's Leisa Zigman is continuing to press the Army, the CDC, and politicians for more information.

If you remember the spraying, contact Leisa at lzigman@ksdk.com.

Click here to read Martino-Taylor's research and unclassified government documents.

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