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How the U.S. Government Lobotomized 2,000 Veterans During and After World War II

I’m sure if you informed people that the Veterans Administration (VA) had lobotomized thousands of decorated World War II vets you’d quickly be labeled a quack, or even worse, some crazy conspiracy theorist. Unfortunately, it’s just another hard-to-believe but true fact about how government operates. How they always have and always will. Global connectivity but political decentralization is one of the main ways out of the mess we are in.

From the Army Times:

The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans — and likely hundreds more — during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal.

“They got the notion they were going to come to give me a lobotomy,” Roman Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot, told the newspaper in a report published Wednesday. “To hell with them.”

Tritz said the orderlies at the veterans hospital pinned him to the floor, and he initially fought them off. A few weeks later, just before his 30th birthday, he was lobotomized.

Tritz by the way flew a B-17 Flying Fortress on 34 combat missions over Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. That’s how we thanked him for his service.

The VA’s use of lobotomy, in which doctors severed connections between parts of the brain then thought to control emotions, was known in medical circles in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and is occasionally cited in medical texts. But the VA’s practice, never widely publicized, long ago slipped from public view. Even the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it possesses no records detailing the creation and breadth of its lobotomy program.

Guess they went down the Memory Hole.

The Wall Street Journal’s reporting series began with Wednesday’s Forgotten Soldiers and included a documentary, archived photos, maps and medical records.

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Anti-Suicide Nasal Spray Coming to Keep Troops From Killing Themselves

This story, as much as any I have read, perfectly demonstrates the mindset of the elite power structure in the United States.  Faced with the highest number of suicides ever in the military do they try to figure out why?  No.  Of course, it can’t have anything to do with the fact that these troops are merely fighting for corporate interests and the petrodollar.  No, couldn’t be that.  It couldn’t be the fact that they see the government implementing a police state back home for their friends and relatives while they fight for “freedom” abroad.  It couldn’t be the fact that more and more military personnel realize the whole “war on terror” is a fraud and that the elites think of American citizens as the real terrorists.

No, it couldn’t be any of that.  So what is their brilliant solution to the suicide problem?  Figure out a method of delivering a hormone that will make people mentally and emotionally unable to recognize their abuse at the hands of their own government.  First, let’s look at the problem.  From The Daily:

Suicide among American troops has increased steadily since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In July, the number of suicides among active-duty soldiers reached 26 — more than double the number in June and the highest for any month since the Army began keeping such statistics.

The Pentagon reported in June that suicides among soldiers have averaged one per day this year, an 18 percent increase in suicides during the same period last year, and have now surpassed the rate of combat fatalities.

Now enter the solution: Thyrotropin-releasing hormone, or TRH.

From The Army Times:
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana University School of Medicine scientist has been awarded $3 million to develop a nasal spray intended to combat suicidal thoughts among soldiers.

IU said TRH is known to have antidepressant and anti-suicidal effects, but it isn’t suitable for injection or oral use. So Kubek and other scientists at Purdue and at Hebrew University in Jerusalem are developing a nasal spray designed to deliver appropriate doses of the drug to the brain over time.

The project is part of a national effort designed to combat suicides in the nation’s military.

Guess what will happen next.  Yep, you guessed it.  When the suicides migrate here to our shores and increasingly affect the civilian class, which they invariably will, what do you thing the solution will be?  Grow the economy?  Nope, give a serf some nasal spray!

We are better than this.

In Liberty,
Mike