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As Army Ducks for Cover, Document Points to Malaria Drug in Afghan Massacre

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

They're getting away with it again. 

The U.S. military is ignoring documented evidence that links a violence-inducing prescription drug with the worst American war crime in decades -- the massacre last year of 16 Afghan civilians by Army Sgt. Robert Bales.

The Army invented the drug, called Lariam or mefloquine,  and has consistently avoided reckoning with the consequences, including a string of bizarre murder-suicides stretching back more than a decade.

Officials haven't said whether Bales took Lariam, but I've just obtained   a formal report filed by the drug company with the Food and Drug Administration that says he did -- the first direct evidence U.S. officials have been aware of the prospect, and for more than a year. (See event/problem narrative below.)

  Weekly Wrap

I got the report from Dr. Remington Nevin, a former Army officer who has studied the drug and published peer-reviewed articles about its dangers. In fact, Nevin and former Army psychiatrist Elspeth Cameron Ritchie just published last month in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatric and the Law Online, noting the "potent psychotropic potential" of the drug. "Severe psychiatric side effects due to mefloquine intoxication are well documented," they wrote, "including anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, persecutory delusions, dissociative psychosis, and anterograde amnesia. Exposure to the drug has been associated with acts of violence and suicide."

Nevin told Congress last year it could become "the Agent Orange of our generation." The alarm apparently fell on deaf ears.

"It remains possible this report was submitted by someone without first-hand knowledge," Nevin told me about the newly disclosed FDA report. "However, by any reasonable standard, the fact that this report clearly alludes to a case that can only be Bales' calls for greater transparency by DoD as to whether he was in fact taking the drug."

Last month, Time magazine wrote about a similar report filed with the Irish drug agency, which refers to the incident as "medically confirmed." Time called that report a "smoking pillbox."

The document  reproduced here today is specific about the source -- it says the information came from a pharmacist. The report does not name Bales, but the killing of 17 [later reduced to 16] Afghanis would seem to rule out anyone else. It is hard to see how someone at the FDA could have failed to bring it to the attention of the military, or how the military in its exhaustive criminal investigation of the case could have failed to learn what drugs it had prescribed to Bales.

The Army allowed Bales to plead guilty to the rampage last month and avoid the death penalty. A sentencing trial is scheduled for next month on whether he should receive life in prison with or without parole.

At the time, I wrote a piece asking, "What is the death penalty for?" and wondering why it would have been taken off the table by allowing a plea deal, in the face of deep anger from of Afghan allies. I speculated the Army might want to avoid an unpleasant discussion of its own drug, in return for sparing Bales' life.

At the plea hearing, Bales acknowledged using steroids, and there were also reports of drinking alcohol and snorting Valium. If he took Lariam, however, it could create a classic "but for" defense -- but for the drug the Army prescribed him, it's reasonable to argue the murder would not have occurred.

Absent that, the onus was on Bales for using banned substances, even if they affected his mental state to the point he committed the atrocity. But other soldiers have used alcohol, drugs, and steroids without killing men, women and children and setting some on fire.

As the New York Times wrote of his guilty plea:

"But the curtain of enigma about the man himself, and his descent into darkness and murder on the night of the killings, remained firmly in place. The millions of Americans who have pondered the mechanisms of atrocity since the attacks in March 2012 were left in the dark. Even Sergeant Bales himself, finally pressed by the presiding judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, to explain more deeply what happened, seemed baffled."

“There’s not a good reason in this world for why I did the horrible things I did,” he said.

Well, Lariam could be a good reason, not in the sense of an excuse but an explanation, one that might even have rendered Bales not criminally responsible. It would point a finger directly at what, in my view, amounts to a long-running coverup of the drug's toxic effects on both soldiers and civilians. I first wrote about it in 1999 and, with my reporting partner at UPI, Mark Benjamin, published a multi-part investigation.

"A startling pattern of violence and suicide by America's most elite soldiers has followed their use of a controversial anti-malaria drug, an investigation by United Press International and CNN has found," we reported in 2004.

Those articles clearly showed aberrant behavior by highly trained troops who had taken the drug, and included a string of murder-suicides at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2002 among troops recently returned from Afghanistan.

Certainly the VA is aware of the dangers, and has alerted vets it will consider disability claims based on the drug's psychiatric effects. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has written scalding letters to the Pentagon in the past trying to get it to stop - not just dial back - use of the drug, and the Bales massacre could be a direct result of ignoring those requests.

In its report to the FDA on what appears to be the Bales case, the drug manufacturer, Roche, notes Lariam should not have been prescribed to anyone with a history of traumatic brain injury, as Bales had. But that hardly exempts the pharmaceutical company, which tracked suicides from the drug beginning in the 1990s but just used the word "depression" -- on the theory that depression can lead to suicide, so there was no need to mention the more alarming word.

If nothing happens, and Bales is sentenced without any discussion of what role the drug may have played, our government will have basically gotten away with avoiding crucial questions that deserve answers. In less polite terms, the coverup would continue.

It would not be the first time, and, worst of all, probably not the last; the drug company acknowledges effects that include aggression and psychosis can last "long after" someone stops taking it -- and if the manufacturer is willing to go that far, that means they can basically last forever.

This delay and denial is a pattern that has played out not just in the military, which claims it can't understand the rate of suicide in soldiers and veterans, but across-the-board in a failure to detect, track, and acknowledge the sometimes terrible consequences of medical interventions and medicines.

This might be a good time for Sen. Feinstein to write another letter, one marked "urgent," to the Secretary of Defense.

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism. His reporting, with Mark Benjamin, on the severe effects of Lariam on U.S. soldiers won best wire-service reporting from the National Mental Health Association in 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MSM not picking up on MMS for malaria as an option? See youtube video link. One would think it would be well received in the wake of this Lariam stuff. Oh wait, I forgot about the articles this week about a malaria vaccine being found to be safe and effective.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrwZN1cPfX8

Just watched the documentary, "Escape Fire, The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare". Includes how soldiers are medicated and shows how alternative treatments, like meditation and acupuncture, are healing and saving those that have access to them. Soldiers are shown receiving these treatments at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

"Exposure to the drug [Lariam] has been associated with acts of violence and suicide."

Thanks Dan; a LOT more is happening due to toxic "drugs" than our everlasting problems with our children.

The US Military has long been used as a clinical testing bed and worse for some of the WORST drugs and "vaccines" know to man. The pandemic of 1918 IMO and the belief of many others, began with the forced (the law was passed in 1916) "vaccination" of our troops, and ended with the "vaccination" with the same worthless and foolish "vaccines" by a public who foolishly accepted them. There is a lesson here.

So what drug are our troops put on when they return from the violence, depression and suicidal "wars" our masters send them to?

Why the proven violence producing and murderous/suicidal SSRI drugs.

Does someone want to create an army of Sargent Bales' right here in the USA? It sure looks that way to me.

It's reported that Kissinger said, “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”

If a similar attitude exists among those who are positioned to profit from involuntary pharmaceutical use...I guess judging by the events reported here, that by and large it does.


@Bob Moffit,

I see things similarly. What field of endeavor can I encourage my children to go into? How does one avoid or minimize contributing to corrupt ends in a day like today?

@Benedetta,

Some people love to trash the character of such men (which may have an under-riding agenda), but it seems many of them had the humility to understand the need for checks to power while in such positions themselves. Thanks for the quote.

Elizabeth

It may be mentioned that all High Court judges in the UK are automatically accorded the title of "Sir", notwithstanding the fact that Sir Nigel has been promoted to the Appeal Court and is now Lord Justice Davis.

John Stone,

...Prof SIR Simon Wessely, SIR Samuel Roy Meadows, SIR Nigel Davis, SIR Crispin Davies...

I see a pattern emerging!

Elizabeth Gillespie

P.S - Not being disrespectful, there have been "good people" who have received a Knighthood.

No Government worldwide will be happy until they reduce the world population by 2/3rd's, in collaboration with Big Pharma.

Elizabeth Gillespie

The media isn't going to go after them US army for this. The same way it never goes after pharmaceutical companies, of the Centre for Disease Control, or the Food and Drug Administration, of the American Medical Association , or the American Academy of Paediatrics, or The American Dental Association , of the UK's General Medical Council. Or high paid, lying degenerates like Paul Offit, or Brian Deer, or Darrel Issa, or Fiona Godlessness, or Bob Wright, or Seth Mnookin.

None of these criminals ever waste time ducking for cover, because they know they don't have to. The one thing they know, that most of us still don't... is that the media is on their side.

Always has been, and its 100% by design.

The UK were giving LSD to keep the troops awake in world war 2 ..my uncle never slept for 7 weeks after coming home from the wars in 1945 due to the after effects of LSD.

Bale should not be found guilty for this it is gross..war is war it is never, ever pretty or glorious ..how hard that seems that's it...never proud.

Shame on the Government's for telling these soldiers for defending the country they signed up for and love, they are murderers.

What do soldiers do in war ?an answer my uncle gave me when I asked when I was aged 7 years .."have you ever killed anyone" he said "you never ever ask a soldier that"

But then most in Government have never served in the Forces..iknew that age 7 years,,

Angus

Is Bales aware of the possibility that Lariam could have caused his behavior?

Is the judge aware? Was it entered into evidence and if not, was that attempted and denied?

If a person is in jail, presumably he does not have access to regular media, much less old articles re: larium. He would not have the knowlege unless his wife knew and conveyed it (assuming his wife was in the know AND was allowed to talk to him about it, or she knows and told his attorney and assumed his attorney would investigate that defense and either use it or eliminate it), and if he was in the military and had military representation (with obvious conflict there if the military invented and prescribed lariam) who's to say the guy even knows what happened? It's not unheard of for a lawyer to be corrupt enough to ignore available information if he was under pressure to ignore it from his superiors. So a pharmacist reported to the FDA, does that mean they reported to the attorney and his client? Is the FDA under obligation to report such a pharma report back to the attorney & client or is it "HIPPA protected/sequestered." What are the rules, there?

Does anyone know the details of the trial in regards to these questions?

Not sure of the present list of vaccines given to US troops, but back in the first Gulf War, the troops were given nearly 800 micrograms of mercury with the goofy anthrax and botulism vaccines that probably do not even work.

There was a clear stipulation that there would be no long term follow up on the health of these soldiers. They spent millions trying to prove that Gulf War Syndrome did not really exist / as thousands of the soldiers came down with ALS and other severe problems.

Bob and John Stone;

It does seem you all are right and this problem goes from the highest of government to the very lowest of nothing more than a school board.

It does seem like the good guys cannot get ahead at all. Dr. Andrew Wakefield and all.

The name of the game is to get ahead at any price and you can't get ahead unless you get in with a bunch of leaders, brown nose, back stab, put others down, and never admit any policy is bad - or very wrong---

No more leaders like George Washington or Nathaniel Green. Oh Weep!

Quote for Nathaniel Green:

"Learning is not virtue but the means to bring us an acquaintance with it. Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Let these be your motives to action through life, the relief of the distressed, the detection of frauds, the defeat of oppression, and diffusion of happiness"


Someone saying that today in this society is considered a dreamer!

Bob

Exactly so. The response of the UK Ministry of Defence any time there is an issue of medication going wrong is to send for Prof Sir Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry so everyone can be declared mad instead of ill:

http://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a220?tab=responses

John

I am ashamed to say this .. but .. over my long life-time (73 yrs) .. I have lost a great deal of trust and faith in the men and women who have reached the highest levels of leadership in just about every profession. While the military is just one .. the same could be said about academia, religion, medicine, psychiatry, journalism, politics, business, etc. Human nature being what it is and will always be .. I cannot think of one profession where prominent, well-respected leaders in that profession .. have not been found to be flawed in their personal lives or lacking professional ethics. Some cynics .. me among them .. believe it is precisely BECAUSE of those human failings that individuals rise to the top of their professions.

In my admittedly "cynical opinion" .. it is morally inconceivable to me that the highest levels of our military remains ignorant .. or worse .. indifferent .. to the growing evidence that SOMETHING IS TERRIBLY WRONG WHEN TROOPS COMMITT OUTRAGEOUS ACTS ON THEMSELVES AND INNOCENT CIVILIANS .. IN THIS INSTANCE MURDERING 16 COMPLETELY INNOCENT AFGHAN CIVILIANS .. FOR REASONS THESE MEN OR THOSE WHO KNEW THEM WELL .. CANNOT EXPLAIN NOR UNDERSTAND.

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFFS TO INSIST THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHY .. ACTIVE AND RETIRED .. MEN AND WOMEN UNDER THEIR COMMAND .. ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE AT THE RATE OF 22 A DAY?

God forgive me .. but .. I would not be surprised if the highest levels of military leadership would recommend and approve the administration of a vaccine meant to protect them from a disease .. such as .. Malaria .. while at the same time anticipating the vaccine will have the "added benefit" of increasing the aggressiveness of the troops to which it is given. After all .. cynicism aside .. and .. human nature being what it is .. there isn't a military leader in history that would not want to increase the "aggressiveness" of the troops under their command.

Wow. When the reports of this rampage came out last year, I immediately thought of Lariam. I even posted comments to news stories raising this as a possibility. "Some guys on the internet" responded authoritatively to my comments, saying "the Army stopped the use of Lariam in 2004" and "[ditto] 2009" etc. I guess no matter the health controversy, the pro-Pharma trolls will be out there.

I didn't realize it was invented by the army. I guess they are constantly doing experiments on unwitting subjects. Certainly is true about squalene.

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