The U.S. is expanding Ft. Detrick in Frederick to become the largest biological weapons facility in the world.
It is a multi-million dollar project that will greatly increase the United States' ability to produce pathogens, viruses, and other weapons of mass destruction.
As Kevin Zeese of al-Jazeera points out, the only bio-weapons attack in recent years used anthrax that was manufactured at this very same weapons lab. The U.S.' own biological weapons were used against it.
While it is doing all this, the Bush administration is at the same time weakening international controls on biological weapons. The Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention (BTWC) "bans the development, production, stockpiling, acquisition and retention of microbial or other biological agents or toxins, in types and in quantities that have no justification for prophylactic, protective or other peaceful purposes."
The U.S. has explicitly violated the BTWC by developing new means of using bio-weapons: U.S. Patent #6,523,478 covers a "rifle launched non lethal cargo dispenser’ that is designed to deliver aerosols, including, according to the patent’s claims, ‘crowd control agents, biological agents, [and] chemical agents…".
The U.S. is also weakening international bio-weapons controls. In 2001, the U.S. was the only country to favour terminating efoorts to create a legally binding inspection and verification mechanism. In other words, they didn't want anybody to check to see if they were abiding by the BTWC.
In October 2002, when the U.N. tabled a resolution reaffirming the 1925 Geneva Protocol "prohibiting the use of poisonous gases and bacteriological methods of warfare", the resolution passed unanimously with two abstentions: the United States and Israel.
Any sane person remotely concerned with the safety of humanity would focus their efforts on attempting to rid the world of harmful pathogens, not on creating new ones. However, as we should all now have realised, the Bush administration are not concerned with the safety of humanity. Most likely, all this spending military and defense spending is just a cover for investment in the hi-tech research and development industries. See, for example, here: "Research and development, funded at $71.7 billion, would see a $2.3 billion increase over the request."Powered by Sidelines