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A senior lawmaker is calling for an investigation after a lawsuit claims that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted illegal experiments on humans.

Some asthmatic patients were allegedly exposed to carcinogens, like diesel exhaust and fine particulate matter, according to Foxnews.com.

"It is extremely disturbing that EPA may have conducted illegal human experiments, exposing people with conditions such as asthma and metabolic syndrome to concentrated high levels of substances like fine particulate matter and diesel exhaust," Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, wrote in a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., the committee chair, and published on FoxNews.com. "EPA has repeatedly said that these substances can cause cancer and lead to death so if these allegations of human experiments are true, it just validates the problem that the Obama-EPA's mission is not about public health."

The person filing the lawsuit, Landon Huffman, participated in some of the experiments.

It wouldn't be the first time the U.S. has experimented on people. Earlier in September, according to the Daily Mail, China began an investigation into experiments done on its children by the U.S. that involved genetically modified rice. The lawsuit that followed, filed by Greenpeace, claimed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture exploited rural Chinese children in the tests without informing them of the risks and full details.

And then there's the STD experiments conducted by the U.S. in Guatemala over sixty years ago, in which hundreds of people, including institutionalized mental patients, were infected purposefully with gonorrhea and syphilis without their permission.

The U.S. has since apologized.


The salmonella scare involving nut butters, including peanut and almond butter, is escalating. to include brands from Target, Walmart, Whole Foods and more.

The full list of recalled products is available here.


Five radical Islamists accused of "conspiracy in connection with a 1998 kidnapping of 16 Westerners in Yemen, and conspiring with others to establish an Islamic jihad training camp in rural Oregon in 1999" are on their way to the States from the UK to face terrorism charges, according to CNN.

"All of these defendants will be guaranteed the same rights provided to American citizens charged with crimes in the U.S. They will be afforded a full opportunity to challenge the evidence against them in U.S. courts," according to an embassy statement.

The battle to get them here has taken over a decade, something considered "unacceptable" by the UK's Judge John Thomas.

The men involved include cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, Khaled al-Fawwaz, Adel Abdul Bary, Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan.

What are your thoughts and opinions on these stories? Tell us in the comments!

Richard Ferris October 06, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Enemy combatants should never be afforded the rights of American citizens. They are hostile and have done nothing to earn such rights and privileges. Treat them as the enemy they are and give them a military trial.
Jo Holbrook October 06, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Why should the U.S. government spend taxpayer money to provide civil court trials to try Islamic jihadists who have not earned the right to U.S. citizen guarantees by the Constitution? Until the U.S. gets tough on Islamic and other terrorists, we will continue to be vulnerable to attacks. Jo


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