This article, “who authorized the blind study on the Navy SEAL team,” contains spoilers regarding the Amazon original series The Terminal List season 1.
A significant subplot of The Terminal List is who authorized the illegal testing of the trauma prevention medication RD-4985. We were unaware of the drug until Lt. Commander James Reece tied a plastic bag over a man’s head. He then proceeded to perform some torture breath play 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 that it has something to do with the ambush in Syria. Even subsequent attempts to cover up the false narrative to bring the SEAL team there. Reece soon figures out that to complete his list, he will need to know who authorized the blind test.
The Terminal List season 1 – who authorized the blind study on the Navy SEAL team?
At first, the “terminal” team of Reece, Ben, Katie, and Liz (and I’ll add Tony in there even though his chasing Reece down and is the natural contrarian) thinks the drug must have been administered illegally. The smart money looks at Steve Horn, owner of Capstone Industries and a controlling share in Nubellum pharmaceuticals. And considering his holding includes contracts with all six military branches worth over 70 billion dollars, he has the capital and connections to pull off such a blind study.
However, when Katie turns over her information to the FBI, Tony is perplexed on why Admiral Pillar would openly hand over additional evidence to him, stating he ran the study? Well, it is cleared up when 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 in approving the use of RD-4895 on military service members. She tried to cover up his knowledge of the coverup and the fact that the drug caused terminal brain cancer in its subjects, but Katie exposed her lies in a story published after Hartley’s death.
That’s right, the Secretary of Defense took her own life before Reece could do so. So, she met her maker but was never formally charged with the coverup and murder of the Navy SEAL team.