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May 19, 2013

"Test Gas Attack Is Coming to the Subway" — New York Times headline ("Operation GREYWATER")

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You could look it up.

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Long story short: Once again Gotham residents get to be guinea pigs while riding the rails, just like back in the 60s when the C.I.A. and a special Army unit from Fort Detrick "that specialized in biological and chemical warfare came to New York in June 1966 and secretly dropped light bulbs loaded with what they regarded as harmless bacteria onto the tracks of stations along Avenue of the Americas and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. Another technique was to drop the light bulbs on the sidewalk ventilation grates, and let the little cloud of bacteria drift down below in a kind of mist. People waiting for trains got doused with the stuff."

"'When the cloud engulfed people, they brushed their clothing, looked up at the grating apron and walked on,' according to Leonard Cole in the book 'Clouds of Secrecy: The Army's Germ Warfare Tests Over Populated Areas,' an account of the Army’s experiments in populated areas."

"Other scientists brought meters in satchels and handbags to measure how quickly the stuff spread. Concerned that they might have to explain what they were doing, they brought fake letters of identification. Only one had to explain himself: a scientist who walked into a station smoking a cigarette and was stopped by a police officer. Elsewhere, nosy bystanders were given icy glares, and backed off."

"Although the bacteria were generally believed to be harmless, there were reports that some people were sickened by them. But it was years before anyone realized that the Army had carried out this and other experiments."

This time, 47 years after the top-secret June 1966 operation later revealed in Congressional hearings in 1975 that exposed the C.I.A.'s "Family Jewels," "The N.Y.P.D. will release small amounts of harmless, colorless gas in 5 boroughs and 21 subway lines."

Why don't you feel better knowing this?

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