This article, “which authorized the Navy SEAL Team Blind Study,” contains spoilers regarding the Amazon original series The Terminal List season 1.
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An important subplot of The Terminal List is who authorized the illegal testing of the injury prevention drug RD-4985. We didn’t know about the drugs until Lieutenant Commander James Reece tied a plastic bag over a man’s head. He then played a torture breath game with him for over two hours. That man on Reece’s terminal list, Sean Agnon, has no idea what the drug does. However, he knows it has something to do with the ambush in Syria. Even later attempts to cover up the false narrative to get the SEAL team there. Reece soon realizes that to complete his list, he will need to know who authorized the blind test.
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At first the “terminal” team of Reece, Ben, Katie and Liz (and I’ll add Tony in there even though he’s chasing Reece and is the natural opposite) think the drug must have been given illegally. The smart money is watching Steve Horn, owner of Capstone Industries and a majority stake in Nubellum Pharmaceuticals. And given that his stake includes contracts with all six military branches worth more than $70 billion, he has the capital and connections to perform such a blind study.
However, when Katie hands over her information to the FBI, Tony is puzzled as to why Admiral Pillar would openly hand over additional evidence to her, stating that he led the study. Well, it’s all cleared up when the DCIS agents show up and clear things up for him. Secretary of Defense Hartley approved the study. So even though it was blind and the subjects had no idea they were being experimented on, it was not illegal.
Does Secretary Hartley get away with it?
Well, yes and no. Secretary Hartley arrogantly thinks she was right to approve the use of RD-4895 on military service members. She tried to conceal her knowledge of the cover-up and that the drug caused terminal brain cancer in her subjects, but Katie exposed her lies in a story published after Hartley’s death.
That’s right, the Secretary of Defense killed herself before Reece could. Thus, she met her creator but was never officially charged with the cover-up and murder of the Navy SEAL team.
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