Get this: Our U.S. government has quietly been funding research into bird flu mutations. You know, the kind of bugs that kill people. Lots of people.
Death from on high and funded by your own tax dollars. And no, not from a predator drone either!
Government researchers have been using your tax dollars to genetically engineer a more deadly version of the bird flu that is unknown in nature – an airborne contagion, one that jumps easily from one human to another to another. In other words, it doesn’t require any physical contact or the exchange of body fluids to infect you.
A Case of Government Insanity 101
One Nobel Prize winning scientist who questions the wisdom of such research called it, “the most dangerous virus we can think of.” Others in the biomedical research field estimate that if the government-engineered virus was stolen or released through an accident, carelessness, or act of terror, hundreds of millions of people around the world could die.
But, but there’s a lot more to worry about than the virus being stolen from secure government labs.
Defying all logic and reason, government researchers actually plan to publish their work, so any well-funded terrorist with enough money and the right connections can just make the killer airborne virus on their own. One scientist in the field actually said the publication would be a “complete cookbook.”
Just How Crazy Are They?
So many things are wrong with this scenario it’s hard for me to know where to begin.
The U.S. government has no business funding research that poses such a huge risk. Heck, if some rogue foreign government even thought about engaging in such an endeavor, we’d probably drop a very large bomb on them in the name of saving humanity.
The attempted justification that this research might provide some benefit in finding a vaccine doesn’t hold water. Researchers can use the existing avian flu virus to engineer a vaccine. If that’s really the focal point of this research, then that’s what the researchers should have been working on… the vaccine. They should not have been producing ever deadlier, airborne mutations.
It’s only been a handful of years since the U.S. government’s anthrax “research” program got completely out of hand, resulting in the deaths of five innocent Americans at the hands of one warped civil servant, a career federal government worker employed at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
The situation with the avian flu is complicated by the fact that, though the funding comes from U.S. taxpayers, the research isn’t even taking place in the U.S. That means that we have less say in the level of oversight or security surrounding the research.
We’ve no idea what safety precautions researchers are taking to keep the virus from falling into the wrong hands. Obviously, if they’re willing to share the methods they used to engineer the airborne version, they must be okay with such a deadly agent getting into the wrong hands.
This particular research is taking place in the Netherlands. There could be even more such projects underway that have yet to come to light. It’s all the more problematic because a growing contingent of extremists with a pointed dislike for the United States (and Western culture in general) lives in the Netherlands and other Western nations once friendly to the U.S. This has all the makings of a great suspense novel… unfortunately this is real life and our government is putting real people’s lives at risk with this research.
* How Can You and Your Family Prepare?
Continue the read at The Broader Implications of Airborne Bird Flu
This from Char:
Bird Flu Pandemic in the News Again
While safety breaches at top level bioweapons labs are occurring, we’re also hearing renewed fears about the H5N1, aka “bird flu,” and its potential to cause widespread death and destruction, and the need to stock up on pandemic vaccines. Perhaps if they stopped having so many top level biolab “accidents” we wouldn’t have to fear such lab-created killers… These renewed calls for fast-tracked pandemic bird flu vaccines are no doubt in response to the publication of two studies detailing the successful mutation of the H5N1 virus into a more virulent, and airborne, strain. Both studies were published in the June 22 issue of the journal Science.
According to USA Today
“Knowing that the H5N1 bird flu can mutate into a form that can be easily transmitted, researchers have redoubled efforts to quickly create a vaccine should a pandemic strain emerge. The good news is that there now exists technology that makes creating vaccines much faster than in the past, says Rino Rappuoli, global head of vaccines research for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, in Siena, Italy.