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US Government develops lethal new viruses at US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland.:
"The new virus kills all mice even if they have been given antiviral drugs as well as a vaccine that would normally protect them."
Now lay that alongside a headline like "Anthrax Spores Escape a Lab at Fort Detrick".
Or consider: Discovery of buried chemical weapons in Maryland. Rumsfeld declared last May that "it is not pursuing and it is not developing, it is not building, it is not manufacturing" but the USG has restarted nuclear weapons development anyway. Over 50 years of covertly and overtly weaponizing space and now showing a total lack of restraint in what is little more than an effort to annex everything beyond the upper atmosphere out to the rest of the known universe.
Now this, and despite post-911 promises to the contrary - continuing the research and development of super-viruses even after being attacked with an Anthrax strain that came from one of our own research labs, and Fort Detrick is a canidate.
Both the existence of chemical weapons in Maryland, the weaponized anthrax, and the continued modification of pox viruses would contradict Bush's claims, made on November 6th 2001, about US bio and chemical weapons policy:
"Before the [1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention], the United States had independently and unconditionally renounced the possession and use of biological weapons. The United States unilaterally destroyed its biological weapons stockpiles and dismantled or converted to peaceful uses the facilities that had been used for developing and producing them."
As is public knowledge the USG performed biological weapons tests on over 200 US cities long after WWII. The use of mycroherbicides and chemicals in the drug war continues. And perhaps most damning of all - and long after having determined that Iraq was using chemical weapons on civillian populations as part of a campaign of genocide - assisting in the provision and development of Iraqi chemical weapons against Iran and even directing their targeting. General "chemical" al-Shamari, who used chemical weapons against Iran in 80s under the direction of the CIA, "now lives safely in the U.S., running a restaurant outside of Washington DC".
But if a former client state dares not provide a full and impossibly accurate accounting of its destruction of highly degradable materials over a decade after misunderstanding the commands of the master we have to bomb the fuck out of and then occupy the goddam place. And, oh yeah, Iran and North Korea are supposed to take seriously the overtures about disarmament from the world's leading developer of weapons of mass hypocrasy.
This is not only absurd, it's dangerous. I can't think of a more irresponsible line of research. The fact that the scientists involved have no clue why the strains involved are not contagious demonstrates why this is so irresponsible: because they have no fucking idea what it is they're screwing with.