'Project Sunshine'

Barry Stoller bstoller at utopia2000.org
Wed Jun 6 19:00:41 MDT 2001

Sky.com. 6 June 2001. Australian Babies Used In Nuclear Tests.

Australia has begun an investigation into reports babies' bodies were
shipped to the United States and used in nuclear weapons tests.

Stillborn or newly-born babies that had died, were, according to British
newspaper reports, sent to the US for research purposes without parental
permission in a project known as "Project Sunshine."

Australia's health minister Michael Wooldridge has asked for hospital
records from the 1950s and 60s to investigate the claims.

"Obviously the information that has come to light is very disturbing,"
said a spokesman for the minister.

About 6,000 babies were taken from hospitals in Australia, Britain,
Canada, Hong Kong, the US and South America over 15 years.

The corpses were used by the US Department of Energy to monitor
radiation levels in atomic bomb fallout.

It's Australia's second scandal in recent weeks involving allegations of
humans being used in nuclear tests.

Last month, Australia accused the British of using its troops as human
guinea pigs in radiation experiments in the Australian outback.


Observer. 3 June 2001. Britain snatched babies' bodies for nuclear labs.

Britain's nuclear industry was involved in a top secret international
operation to steal dead babies for up to three decades, according to
newly declassified documents.

The papers, released by the American Department of Energy, show that
scientists from the UK Atomic Energy Authority removed children's bones
and bodies to ship to the United States for classified nuclear

Among the hundreds of pages of documents released are letters exchanged
between American and British government scientists in which they discuss
levels of radiation in the ribs of stillborn babies and lists of dead
children's bodies obtained from the Middlesex Hospital and spirited to
American nuclear laboratories.

The human 'guinea pigs' are not named, but assigned codenames as part of
tight security surrounding the experiments. Baby B-1102, for example, is
listed as a boy who died aged eight months. Baby B-595 was a girl who
was 13 months old when she died.

The report listing them - stamped 'top secret' - acknowledges the help
of doctors at the Central Middlesex Hospital's Department of Morbid
Anatomy and Histology.

Although the US government has released hundreds of documents about the
operation, it has retained even more sensitive papers thought to detail
some of the most embarrassing aspects of collusion between the British
and American authorities.

Asked to release a file entitled Classified Discussions at Harwell, the
Oxfordshire headquarters of the British government's nuclear research
activities, the US Department of Energy told The Observer:

'This document has been determined to be not declassifiable and has been
removed from this folder.'

An investigation into the 'body snatching' programme - codenamed Project
Sunshine - ordered by former President Bill Clinton, was scathing:
'Researchers employed deception in the solicitation of bones of deceased
babies from intermediaries with access to human remains.'

Among the documents obtained by The Observer is the transcript of a
secret meeting in Washington of Project Sunshine's keenest minds.

They show that Willard Libby, a renowned scientist who later won the
Nobel prize for his research into carbon dating techniques, instructed
colleagues to skirt the law in their search for bodies.

'Human samples are of prime importance, and if anybody knows how to do a
good job of body-snatching, they will really be serving their country,'
Libby said. 'We hired an expensive law firm to look up the law on
body-snatching. It is not very encouraging. It shows how very difficult
it is going to be to do it legally.'

British scientists collaborated with the project from the outset in the
early Fifties, the documents show. Correspondence between them and their
American counterparts at the US Atomic Energy Commission includes a
letter from the UK Atomic Energy Authority giving information about
stillborn children whose bones had been experimented on in Britain.

Other reports compare bodies obtained in England - known as 'Area Five'
by the project's controllers - and in San Francisco. One paper says
parts from British babies and children up to the age of 10 years were
'readily available'.

At the same time as supplying the Americans, British scientists from
Harwell and the Medical Research Council conducted their own research on
dead children. Between 1955 and 1970, they collected around 6,000

Jean Prichard, whose baby died in 1957, said her child's legs were
removed by hospital doctors and taken to Harwell without permission.

To prevent her from finding out what had happened, she says she was
forbidden to dress her daughter for her funeral. 'I asked if I could put
her christening robe on her, but I wasn't allowed to, and that upset me
terribly because she wasn't christened. No one asked me about doing
things like that, taking bits and pieces from her.'

British governments have always denied any involvement in Project
Sunshine, and the link - first suggested in a 1995 Channel 4 documentary
- was not investigated for the American report.

However, new documents released by the US government and reports now in
the UK Public Records Office at Kew, South-west London, show leading
British scientists were involved in body-snatching for both nations.

They indicate that the British conducted tests on babies from Hong Kong,
and acquired body parts from doctors in Cambridge, Newmarket, Norwich
and Chelmsford, as well as the coroner for west London. A leading cancer
research centre, the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, took part in the
project, the documents say.

Records show that almost half the bodies were of newborn or very young
babies. Laboratories at Cambridge University burnt the bones.

Nuclear scientists in Britain say their research ended in the Seventies.


Barry Stoller


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