Archive for August 16, 2008

Over the past year people concerned about the research to be conducted at the National Bio Agro Defense Facility have been called alarmist, chicken little and NIMBY’s by the proponents of the NBAF for questioning the lab’s true purpose. Think about it common sense says, why would the US government spend three-fourths of a billion dollars on a facility to study only eight lil’ole diseases? This question has been repeated time and time again, along side promised harmony and transparency by DHS as well as our state’s consortia playing tug of war over the NBAF’s placement. Well let the mud slinging begin and let those who are quick to criticize paint the bigger picture for us and justify the out of control proliferation of the US bio-defense program, which is gobbling up our tax dollars like the mother of all germs.

While trying to rationalize the excessive growth of BSL 3/4 bio-containment labs, the “all knowing” tells us “the sky will fall someday”, now whose the chicken little here? The opponents know the NBAF is the out of control “poster child” for excessive growth and expansion is being dangled in front of your noses and we want nothing to do with it.  During the past several meetings with DHS many within my community have repeatedly ask what pathogens or select agents will transfer from Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center (PIADC) to the NBAF. Fair question given the promised transparency and community oversight, right?  Wrong, to date that question has not been answered truthfully, but with the recent release of the DHS NBAF Feasibility Study  (obtained through a FOIA request) those of us voicing skepticism were vindicated through the revelations divulged from the DHS’s own plan.

The NBAF Feasibility Study, which we who have been characterized as entities within the “movement control zone” along with the wildlife and potentially affected livestock were not suppose to see, disclosed that the NBAF will have a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility” (SCIF) room and in addition to those lil’ole eight diseases there are two more nasty lil’ ole bugs mentioned as mission agents, Avian Flu and Newcastle Disease. Moreover, 2 rooms and 1344 sq.ft. are assigned specifically to Avian Flu. And to the DHS’s dismay some of us are crying fowl! How “uncluckin” believable, that these select agents weren’t included in the DEIS? Consider that;

To date, there have only been around 385 human cases of Avian Flu identified worldwide (assuming those identifications are trustworthy, of course), with 243 deaths. To put the absurdity of this effort into perspective, Laibow points out, Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD), which researchers believe is heavily associated with aspartame consumption, is a leading cause of death, according to the CDC.

But, aspartame is not under criticism. Interesting as a footnote on Aspartame, G.D. Searle, the Chicago drugs company that held the patent on Aspartame was in danger of losing its license from the US Government Food & Drug Administration in the 1980’s until Donald Rumsfeld, out of Government, was named President of Searle. Rumsfeld used his contacts in Washington to get the FDA to approve Aspartame despite known tests showing serious health effects on rats.

I included the aspartame information because one could effectly argue the actual threats to our nation’s  food supply is not from the threat of terrorist or natural occurrences, but by the hand of corporate suppliers for profits. The research at the NBAF will no doubt yield many patents and with the ownership of those patents will come a lot of wealth in the name of protecting our food supply but at what cost to public health and safety? We should consider that the FBI maintains that Ivins was upset over the end of his life’s work, acknowledgements and lost royalties were to be lost to him when the anthrax vaccine deal  with VaxGen, for “the next generation of the anthrax vaccine” did not materialize. Oddly enough it was Karl Rove who viewed the anthrax vaccine program problematic because, “troops were refusing to take the shots over fears they were unsafe and ineffective”, efficacy testing complete, nuff said.

With the Ivins vaccine deal in the news consider one recent disclosure regarding the NBAF, which can be found in the draft Environment Impact Statement. The NBAF will house “a current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) laboratory “needed for small scale vaccine and reagent production”.  Ah hem, Why wasn’t this information made public as part of the Granville County NBAF Community Education Program

Also factor in the recent revelations that the US is recruiting scientists from the Rep. of Georgia “for the purpose of acquiring knowledge and development of molecular biological skill sets” to Plum Island (history repeats itself) and we creating more “Ivins” or Ivins in infancy if you will.  ” We the people” are having to consider bearing the weight of the cost, a mistake, an accidental release or potential domestic sabotage. It took the FBI seven years to find someone who was right under their noses the whole time. Can you say homeland insecurity? 

Rima E. Laibow, MD, head of the Natural Solutions Foundation, a citizen watchdog group monitoring the pharmaceutical industry states, “Our best intelligence estimate is that pandemic Avian Flu has already been created through genetic engineering in the United States, fusing the deadly genome of the 1918 Pandemic, misnamed the ‘Spanish Flu’, with the DNA of the innocuous H5N1 virus in a growth medium of human kidney cells, according to the National Institutes of Health and the vaccine’s manufacturer. Some virologists believe that this would insure that the man-made mutant virus recognizes human cells and knows how to invade them.”

If true, as Laibow points out, “A basic virological fact that the public has not been told is that it is impossible to make a vaccine against a virus that does not yet exist. Public relations efforts to the contrary, IF a vaccine is being made against the Avian Flu virus in its pandemic form, that means that the pandemic virus must already exist, period, end of discussion.”

The genome of the 1918 pandemic, the so-called “Spanish Flu”, was recently intentionally resurrected by the United States government from a frozen corpse that died of the flu in 1918 in Alaska. Because of that resurrection, both the Avian Flu, and its “vaccine” are now a significant threat to public health.

Why are we digging up 90 year old corpse’s in the name of science? The concerns surrounding the US Biodefense program and it’s “counter-measure corpse research” is not a figment of anyone’s imagination, hell most people couldn’t or should I say wouldn’t think this up (unless your Stephen King, of course). Add to the mix that DHS’s Undersecretary Jay Cohen is going Eeny, meeny, miny moe  to decide the NBAF site selection and all this would be comical if it weren’t so serious. But not so fast mister catch a germ by it’s toe!

Opponents of the NBAF have a better ending to the rhymn, “build it here and we will sue”. Three sites for the potenial NBAF are now threatening legal action to prevent it’s placement those are, North Carolina (GNAT), AthensFAQ, and Connecticut’s Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Now that the opponents of the NBAF and the international scientific community are awakening and openly criticizing the true nature of the Bush Administration’s war on terror and the rapid proliferation of BSL 3-4 labs in the US, how can we continue to argue that “we can but you can’t to other nation’s”?  We are living a perfect example of the ole addage “truth is stranger than fiction” that should concern us all.  And we should all ask ourselves, one thing,  “Are we opening the proverbial Pandora’s “pandemic” box”?   

For more background read; The Pentagon’s alarming project: Avian Flu Biowar Vaccine


Athens DEIS meeting Video Highlights

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