April 17, 2000, Moreno pens new afterword to Undue Risk

Jonathan Moreno writes a new Afterword for the forthcoming paperback edition of his Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans in which he recognizes the historical motive for Frank Olson murder.

The hypocrisy of American attitude toward human experimentation in the post-Nuremberg period—the attitude that the American-imposed restrictions of the Nuremberg Code were appropriate for the Germans but not for the more civilized context in American itself, and that, in any case, the U.S., now up against another dark empire in the Cold War, had no room for moral niceties—set a very dangerous stage.

This hypocrisy was made all the more flagrant when just after WWII Detrick scientists negotiated a deal with the Japanese to obtain the biolological warfare data obtained in terminal experiements on hundreds of Chinese prisoners in return for not prosecuting the Japanese for war crimes. (For the details of this story see Sheldon H. Harris, Factories of Death: Japanese Biolological Warfare, 1932-45, and the American Cover-up.)

Any researcher who pointed out the contradictions in this attitude placed himself in a position of great risk, not unlike that of a Mafia foot soldier who says he has had enough.

The paperback edition of Moreno’s book will be published by Routledge in Nov. 2000; the hardcover was published early this year by W.H. Freeman.