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PLUM SCARY!  ANIMALS AS BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS

 

Using animals to deliver bioweapons (like Lyme disease) is much more covert than chemical warfare but just as effective.

 

July 16, 2012 | TheDogPress.com

Patricia Jordan, DVM, CVA, CTCVH

 

Dr. Jordan, an expert in vaccines and immunology, knows TheDogPress covered Plum Island and Lyme disease and that development of bio-weapons often involves animal testing and delivery into the population.

 

Dr. Jordan sent a government report issued (ironically) on Friday July 13th. It assures the medical community that we “would have adequate biosecurity protections” for the BS4 Federal Bio-Defense Lab {1} to replace the aging BS3 Plum Island facility. Adequate? The new Bio-Defense research lab will be in Manhattan Kansas, in the heart of the cattle belt.

 

The Feb 2012 air leak at the CDC (video) raised new biological concerns, especially for pet owners. Some of the deadly animal diseases studied at CDC include bird flu, monkeypox, Lyme disease, and rabies.  Fears escalated with the flesh-eating bacteria outbreak in Georgia and South Carolina within a month of the CDC Atlanta air leak.

 

 

Feb. 2012, the BBC reported the Schmallenberg livestock virus which emerged in the Netherlands and Germany was being "under-reported". So far, no cases in dogs, cats, or their owners but fertility problems in species other than livestock take longer to be classed as an outbreak. Bees began dying in 2007 but it took until June 2012 before scientists identified a virus carried by parasitic mites.

 

The list of NEW biological weapons threats continues and a quick glance at history, provided by the American Veterinary Medical Assoc. (AVMA) is relevant as tensions increase in the Islamic world. The AVMA details use of biological weapons to target livestock such as the Germans infecting horses and mules and just in France “Allied forces lost more than 200 mules to Bacillus anthracis and B mallei between 1917 and 1918.” But let’s move to more recent times.

 

Dr. Erich Traub, a veterinarian/scientist/virologist was in charge of the Third Reich's virological and bacteriological warfare program in World War II. An expert in foot-and-mouth-disease, he was brought to the U.S. under Operation Paperclip{2} in 1949. Traub was a frequent visitor to Plum Island which conducted extensive research on one of his specialties, foot and mouth (FMD). Dr. Traub declined a top position at Plum Island in 1959 but many believe he was involved with experiments in Plum Island Lyme Disease{3} prior to the tick escape in the early 70s.

 

The Veterinary Assoc. continues, “Targeting animals continued to be a strategy of offensive programs throughout World War II.” President Nixon buried biological research for offensive weaponry, literally, as in the NC Bee Tree Lake{4} chemical weapons facility. The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention was finally ratified in 1975 but AMVA says “ratification of this convention did not end the threat of biological weapon attacks. After the apparent demise of the Soviet offensive program, biological threats have increased in the form of biological terrorism.”

 

Cities are filing bankruptcy, Americans face the most serious food shortage since the 50s, so why, during such uncertain financial times, is our government still insistent on spending $1.2 billion to move the Plum Island biological lab to Kansas? Do they know something we don’t? Is Syria’s threatened use of chemical and biological weapons a cause for urgency?

 

DHS asked the committee to “review the threats of foreign animal disease” as regards plans for building the lab. Looks like the answer was a “go ahead.” Veterinarians have reason to worry about locating a germ research facility located in the middle of the cattle belt doing research on mad-cow and foot-and-mouth disease. The New York Times recently reported that Plum Island planned to test over 300 Vermont sheep that “may be carrying a new and deadly variant of mad-cow disease, which devastated cattle in Britain during the 1990's.” Mad-Cow disease eats holes in the human brain. The Times said it would be the “first direct connection to research into transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, or T.S.E., a disease category that includes mad-cow disease...” Area residents are nervous about mad-cow research after what happened with Lyme disease.

 

So maybe it’s a good thing that Homeland Security is quietly preparing… CBS news alerted Boston to a frightening prospect this April when headlines read Homeland Security To Test Biological Sensors In MBTA Tunnels. The article explained that the bacterial release was to test the efficacy of biological weapons sensors. Bostonians were not reassured when told the bacteria, B-subtilis, had been “rigorously” tested and shown to have “no adverse health effects in healthy people.” DHS had no response to the observation that sick people ride the MBTA subway.

 

July 2012 saw emergence of a new antibiotic-resistant “Superbug” that causes serious urinary tract bacterial infections in women “Chicken has always carried salmonella, E. coli, and campylobacter” said ABC news on Thursday. Still, a reasonable person must wonder why this is happening in conjunction with “beefed up” plans for bioweapons in the cattle belt? Apparently the conclusion is that the possibility of “animal disease” outbreak outweighs the budget concerns. Now that's a scary thought!

 

Reference Articles:

{1}  Federal Bio-Defense Lab

{2}  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip

{3}  Plum Island Lyme Disease

{4}  Bee Tree Lake Chemical Weapons

 

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