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What Shall We Spend Our Money On Today? Health? Education? I Know, Biological Weapons!

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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."

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  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    I’m amazed that you don’t realize that Ft. Detrick is also the site for the development of most of our defenses and counteragents against bioweapons. You might want to read the article from the Baltimore Sun which goes into detail on why Ft. Detrick is being expanded. The expansion is all about bioweapons defense, not developing new bioweapons. Perhaps you should have bothered to find that out BEFORE writing this article. But don’t let truth stand in the way of your efforts to spread disinformation and antiamerican propaganda.

    Dave

  • Alex Zesee

    A few things to point out. One, has to do with this line in the article. Kevin Zeese of al-Jazeera,
    Though Kevin has had articles covered by al-Jazeera, he is not in al-Jazeera. Couldn’t you say something like, political activist, or Senate Candidate? I will just assume that was a honest mistake and not subtle political spin/propaganda.

    To Dave, dude are you even from MD, because if you are you would know never to believe ANYTHING that the Sun writes, its got to be some of the most conservative democrat paper in the state. Also Biological weapons are not usually defensive weapons, despite what the military may say, these are not like nukes, which are a weapon of deterrence. Bio-weapons are much better suited for offensive use, I would like to ask how many different bio-weapons are there that we can’t defend against at this point? If we want to defend against bio-weapons the easiest way is to stop creating new bio-weapons and stop pissing of the rest of the world.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Yes, Alex. I used to live in Maryland, and regardless of th sun’s reputation, their description of what they currently do at Ft. Detrick is correct. Most of the research now done there is geared towards finding counteragents.

    Dave