Washington Times reporter Alex Swoyer told Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon that hundreds of thousands of United States military service men and women may have been exposed to toxic chemicals while stationed at Fort McClellan in Alabama.
The army post had been used as a place to test chemical warfare form 1935 to 1999.
Swoyer appeared on Breitbart News Sunday Sirius XM Patriot radio channel 125. She explained to host Bannon that the Pentagon’s top liaison, Obama appointee Elizabeth King, wrote in an internal email that, “The cost of attempting to identify all these individuals, including the cost of media advertising, would be a significant burden on the Army’s budget and at a time when the Army is furloughing personnel due to a shortage of funds.”
According to her article appearing in the Washington Times on Sunday, Swoyer stated that the Pentagon didn’t want to spend the money to alert the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who served at the contaminated Army base. There are good chances that they had been exposed to PCBs, nerve agents and other toxins.
The Times reporter told Bannon that she investigated the leaked email with King’s office and was told by one of her spokesman “that it was just a preliminary analysis… and that it was meant to be a private conversation.”
The article states that “Fort McClellan was the home to the Army Chemical School, the only military facility in the U.S. where live chemical weapons training occurred as part of the Army’s chemical warfare unit. Among the chemicals tested were sulfur mustard as well as nerve agents.”
Swoyer told the Executive Chairman that from 1962 to 1973, the period of the Vietnam war, that Fort McClellan was the main training post for chemical warfare since WW II. According to Swoyer it is reasonable to assume that agent orange was also tested there.
Moreover, her investigation reported that the city of Anniston Alabama where Fort McClellan is located was also used as a dumping site by the chemical company Monsanto. Residents of Anniston sued Monsanto for contaminating their soil and drinking water and obtained more than $700 million in a settlement.
“The city of Anniston and Fort McClellan share the same drinking water,” Swoyer said. “So if Aniston’s drinking water was contaminated, then so was Fort McClellan’s.”