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Profile: Red Oak, Phase 1

Red Oak, Phase 1 was a participant or observer in the following events:

As part of Project 112, the US military sprays a biological agent on barracks in Oahu, Hawaii. The agent is believed to be harmless but later shown to infect those with damaged immune systems. The program is coordinated by the Desert Test Center, part of a “biological and chemical weapons complex” in the Utah desert. (Kelley 10/8/2002; Associated Press 10/9/2002) Civilians may have been exposed to the gases. (Aldinger 10/10/2002)

As part of Project 112, the US military performs a series of tests at the Gerstle River test site near Fort Greeley, Alaska, involving artillery shells and bombs filled with sarin and VX, both of which are lethal nerve agents. The program is coordinated by the Desert Test Center, part of a “biological and chemical weapons complex,” in the Utah desert. (Kelley 10/8/2002; Associated Press 10/9/2002) Civilians may have been exposed to the gases. (Aldinger 10/10/2002) The US military later claims the experiments were conducted “out of concern for [the United States’] ability to protect and defend against these potential threats.” (US Department of Defense 10/9/2002; Aldinger 10/10/2002)


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