Germ and Biological Warfare

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Germ and Biological Warfare

Although some form of germ warfare has been used by opposing armies for thousands of years, conspiracy theorists believe the new batches of laboratory designed “superbugs” are being created on orders from the New World Order.

Germ warfare, also known as biological warfare, is not a new concept. Centuries before anyone knew anything about bacteria or viruses, germ warfare was employed as a weapon of death and annihilation. History tells us that the Assyrians of the sixth century B.C.E. routinely poisoned their enemies’ wells with a fungus that caused hallucinations. In the Middle Ages opposing armies would catapult diseased animal and human corpses into their foes’ encampments or over their city walls. When the Black Death, the bubonic plague, decimated Europe’s population in the fourteenth century, attacking armies flung excrement and bits of diseased corpses over castle walls. And American history texts generally neglect the biological warfare used against Native Americans—the distribution of blankets infected with smallpox.

As may be noted by reading about the use of excrement, rotting corpses of animals, diseased portions of humans, and the microscopic agents of smallpox and other diseases, biological warfare is the utilization of any organism or toxin found in nature in an attack against one’s fellow humans. While some advocates have issued hollow arguments that germ warfare might be a benign method of disabling one’s enemies, the cold hard truth is that bio warfare—and most certainly bioterrorism—intends to kill its victims.

Use of biological weapons was outlawed by the Geneva Protocol of 1925, but barely a decade later reports that the Japanese Imperial Army was employing such weapons against Chinese soldiers and civilians begin to filter out of Asia to Great Britain and the United States. During the war years of 1937 to 1945, the infamous Japanese Unit 731 conducted gruesome experiments that resulted in the deaths of an estimated 580,000 victims.

In 1941, in response to the bioweapons developed in Japan and Nazi Germany in the late 1930s, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada established their own biological warfare program and produced anthrax, brucellosis, and botulinum toxin that could be used in war.

1942: British tests with anthrax spores so contaminated Gruinard Island, Scotland, that it was quarantined for forty-eight years.

U.S. Chemical Warfare Services began mustard gas experiments on approximately four thousand servicemen.

1950: In an experiment to determine how susceptible an American city would be to a biological attack, the U.S. Navy ships sprayed a cloud of bacteria over San Francisco. Many residents became ill with pneumonia and other illnesses.

1951: The U.S. Department of Defense began open-air tests over many U.S. cities, using disease-producing bacteria and viruses.

1969: The Department of Defense requested $10 million from Congress to develop a synthetic biological agent for which no natural immunity existed. Funding for the synthetic biological agent was granted under H.R. 15090. The CIA supervised the Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick, Maryland, the army’s top-secret biological weapons facility.

1972: The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention reinforced the prohibition of all chemical and biological weapons. The international ban pertained to nearly all production, storage, and transport of such biological agents; however, numerous researchers believe that the secret production of such weapons actually increased.

1977: Senate hearings on Health and Scientific Research confirmed that 239 populated areas had been contaminated with biological agents between 1949 and 1969. Some of the cities included San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Key West and Panama City, Florida.

1984: The cult of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh conducted the first act of bioterrorism in U.S. history the old-fashioned way when they attempted to influence a local election by infecting restaurants and salad bars with salmonella. Over nine hundred people became ill as a result of ingesting food laced with salmonella.

1986: A report to Congress stated that the new generation of biological agents included modified viruses, naturally occurring toxins, and agents that were altered through genetic engineering to prevent treatment by all existing vaccines.

1987: The Department of Defense admitted that regardless of treaties banning research and development of biological agents, it operated 127 research facilities throughout the nation.

1991: The U.S. military was frequently accused of using various biological and chemical weapons in the Gulf War. Often mentioned was the charge that “BZ,” a hallucinogenic, was sprayed over Iraqi troops, causing them to surrender as passive, drooling zombies with vacant stares.

1994: It was revealed that many returning Desert Storm veterans were infected with an altered strain of Mycoplasma incognitus, a microbe commonly used in the production of biological weapons.

1996: The Department of Defense admitted knowledge that Desert Storm soldiers were exposed to chemical agents.

2001: In September and October, the U.S. experienced a number of well-publicized anthrax attacks on government buildings and politicians and one photo editor through mailed envelopes. Five deaths resulted from this domestic terrorism.

2004: Dangerous “superbugs” began popping up out of nowhere. Suddenly there were cases of flesh-eating bacteria, fatal pneumonia, and life-threatening heart infections—seemingly all caused by mutating strains of Staphylococcus aureus that shrugged off penicillin as a duck shakes off rain. Conspiracy theorists were quick to denounce government experimentation in such labs as those in Fort Detrick as being responsible for these new drug-resistant viruses.

Conspiracy theorists believe that biological weapons continue to be manufactured in response to the New World Order’s mandate to decrease global population, and they point out the links between Litton Bionetics, the CIA, and Germany’s I. G. Farben Company, an extensive chemical and pharmaceutical cartel that came to international prominence in the early 1900s. Some researchers name I. G. Farben as one of the prominent sponsors of Hitler’s rise to leadership in the Nazi Party. It was primarily Rockefeller money that built the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Eugenics, Anthropology, and Human Heredity in pre-Nazi Germany, and it was Rockefeller cash that installed Ernst Rudin, Hitler’s chief racial hygienist, as the institute’s director.

Operation Paperclip, the secret project that brought thousands of Nazi scientists to the United States at the close of World War II, included Erich Traub, a world-class virologist who had served as Hitler’s biological weapons chief. U.S. Navy and CIA biological warfare laboratories made good use of Traub and other Nazi experts on germ and chemical warfare.

Kanatjan Alibekov (Ken Alibek) was second in command at the Soviet Union’s Biopreparat bio warfare section when he defected in 1992. Now a key researcher at a U.S. biode-fense contractor, Alibek has stated that even after the USSR signed a treaty banning such research, Biopreparat employed ten thousand scientists at forty sites.

With the advent of genetic manipulation, deadly designer viruses can be created. Through the sorcery of recombinant engineering, the highly contagious influenza virus could be spliced with botulism or the toxin from plague. The Soviet bio warfare scientists were attempting to combine the venom-producing genes from poisonous spiders with ordinary bacteria.

The smallpox virus is said to be particularly amenable to genetic engineering. The deadliest natural smallpox virus is Variola major, and an outbreak of it would be especially deadly now because the disease was eradicated from the planet in 1977. The smallpox vaccine dissipates after ten to twenty years, so unless someone has had a reason to be vaccinated against the disease recently, no one today is immune. The last known human case of smallpox appeared in Somalia, but no one can guess how many canisters of the lethal virus reside in government laboratories awaiting deadly use in biological warfare.

Conspiracy researchers name the Ebola virus as the ideal biological weapon, because it has the potential of killing nine out of ten infected humans within three weeks of contact. Conspiracists state that the virus first emerged in three European vaccine-production laboratories virtually simultaneously in 1967 (one strain is named “Marburg” because one of these labs is in Marburg, Germany). Scientific consensus has it that this virus arrived in Europe in a shipment of nearly five hundred African monkeys from Kitum Cave near the West Nile region of Central Africa. Kitum Cave, conspiracy theorists state, is really a Litton Bionetics research lab where NCI scientists experimented on nonhuman primates and African villagers, as well.

In April 2005 the World Health Organization (WHO) reported an Ebola-like virus spreading rapidly through seven of Angola’s eighteen provinces. The initial outbreak appeared to have spread from a pediatric ward in Uige, about 180 miles north of Luanda. Most of the victims of the virus were children. Over a dozen health-care workers had died from the disease, and those who remained were deserting hospitals and clinics. In one village, terrified people had attacked WHO workers out of fear of catching the disease.

Again, conspiracy theorists recall the plan of the New World Order to greatly reduce Earth’s population, leaving the majority of those who survive to toil as servants to the financial and political elite. The delivery of combinations of biological and chemical agents, if conducted properly and secretly, cannot easily be traced to its source. If a population of an “undesirable area” should be subjected to multiple exposures and infections over time, they would perish—and save the New World Order the trouble and expense of conducting a conventional military campaign.

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