By Tony Cartalucci
The United States Air Force’s 59th Medical Wing’s molecular biology bend recently was suggested to have been collecting privately Russian RNA and synovial (connective) hankie samples, call fears in Russia of a probable US-directed ethnic-specific bioweapons program.
TeleSUR‘s article, “‘Ethnic Bomb’ Feared as US Air Force Confirms Collection of Russian DNA,” would report:
Russia has lifted its concerns over attempts by the U.S. military to collect DNA samples from Russian nationals, observant the intensity use of such biological samples for the purpose of formulating new genetic crusade weaponry.
The U.S. Air Force has sought to ease the Kremlin’s concerns, observant that the samples would only be used for supposed “research” functions rather than for bioterrorism.1
Addressing Russian reports, U.S. Air Education and Training Command orator Captain Beau Downey pronounced that his core incidentally comparison the Russian people as a source of genetic element in its ongoing investigate of the musculoskeletal system.
The report would also state that:
However, the use of Russian hankie samples in the USAF study fed the long-brewing guess that the Pentagon is stability in its hopes to rise an purported “biological weapon” targeting privately Russians.
Russian President Vladimir Putin would be quoted as stating:
Do you know that biological element is being collected all over the country, from opposite racial groups and people vital in opposite geographical regions of the Russian Federation? The doubt is – because is it being done? It’s being finished purposefully and professionally.
And while the US military attempted to brush off the idea that any arrange of ethnic-specific bioweapon was being researched, the idea of such a arms is not distant fetched at all.
US policy papers have enclosed them in America’s altogether long-term geopolitical and military formulation for scarcely two decades, and the US Air Force itself has constructed papers per how the several combinations such weapons could manifest.
There is also the disturbing story of Western-aligned nations having followed ethnic-specific bioweapons in the past, including the Apartheid regime in South Africa which sought to use its inhabitant vaccination program as cover to stealthily emasculate its black population.
US Policy Papers Have Discussed Ethnic-Specific Bioweapons
In the Neo-Conservative Project for the New American Century’s (PNAC) 2000 report titled, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” (.pdf) it states (emphasis added):
The proliferation of ballistic and journey missiles and long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will make it much easier to plan military energy around the globe. Munitions themselves will spin increasingly accurate, while new methods of attack – electronic, “non-lethal,” biological – will be some-more widely available. (p.71 of .pdf)
It also stated:
Although it may take several decade for the routine of mutation to unfold, in time, the art of crusade on air, land, and sea will be vastly opposite than it is today, and “combat” likely will take place in new dimensions: in space, “cyber-space,” and perhaps the universe of microbes. (p.72 of .pdf)
And modernized forms of biological crusade that can “target” specific genotypes may renovate biological crusade from the area of terror to a politically useful tool. (p.72 of .pdf)
More recently – in 2010 – the US Air Force in a counterproliferation paper titled, “Biotechnology: Genetically Engineered Pathogens” (PDF), would list mixed ways such weapons could be deployed (emphasis added):
The JASON group, stoical of educational scientists, served as technical advisers to the U. S. government. Their study generated 6 extended classes of genetically engineered pathogens that could poise critical threats to society. These embody but are not singular to binary biological weapons, engineer genes, gene therapy as a weapon, stealth viruses, host-swapping diseases, and engineer diseases.
The paper discusses the probability of a “disease that could clean out the whole race or a certain racial group.” While the paper claims its purpose is to study such weapons as a means of building defenses against them, America’s story as a global military invader and the solitary republic on Earth to have ever wielded nuclear weapons against another nation-state suggests a high odds that if such weapons can be produced, the US has already stockpiled them – if not already deployed them.
South Africa’s Project Coast Then and Biotech Now
The idea of the West using such weapons already has an shocking precedent. Regarding South Africa’s Apartheid regime – the United Nations’ report titled Project Coast: Apartheid’s Chemical and Biological Warfare Programme would explain (emphasis added):
There was some communication between Roodeplaat Research Laboratories (RRL) and Delta G [biological and chemical arms laboratories respectively], with Delta G holding on some of RRL’s biochemistry projects and RRL doing animal contrast of some Delta G products. One instance of this communication concerned anti-fertility work. According to papers from RRL [Roodeplaat Research Laboratories], the trickery had a series of purebred projects destined at building an anti-fertility vaccine. This was a personal plan of the first handling executive of RRL, Dr Daniel Goosen. Goosen, who had finished investigate into bud transplants, told the TRC that he and Basson had discussed the probability of developing an anti-fertility vaccine which could be selectively administered—without the believe of the recipient. The intention, he said, was to discharge it to black South African women but their knowledge.
At the time, the record appears not to have been amply mature adequate to comprehend the Apartheid regime’s ambitions. However, the record not only exists today, there are examples of it being used to fantastic outcome – so distant for good – but could just as simply be used for bad.
The above-mentioned US Air Force paper would go into fact per any arms it listed, including one called gene therapy:
Gene therapy competence just be the china bullet for the diagnosis of human genetic diseases. This routine involves replacing a bad gene with a good gene to normalize the condition of the recipient. Transfer of the “healthy” gene requires a matrix to strech its target. Vectors ordinarily used are “viruses that have been genetically altered to lift normal human DNA” such as “retroviruses, adenoviruses, adeno-associated viruses, and herpes simplex viruses.”
Gene therapy has already been used during clinical trials to permanently cure all from blood cancers to singular genetic disorders. The New York Times, in an essay titled, “Gene Therapy Creates Replacement Skin to Save a Dying Boy,” would report on one of the latest breakthroughs using the technology, stating:
Doctors in Europe used gene therapy to grow sheets of healthy skin that saved the life of a child with a genetic illness that had broken many of his skin, the group reported on Wednesday in the biography Nature. This was not the first use of the treatment, which adds gene therapy to a technique grown to grow skin grafts for bake victims. But it was by distant the many physique surface ever covered in a studious with a genetic disorder: 9 retard feet.
One could suppose a antagonistic arms used in retreat to hit out the genes that say healthy skin, causing a victim’s skin to scald and tumble off.
In utilizing gene therapy as a weapon, the US Air Force report would note:
Gene therapy is approaching to benefit in popularity. It will continue to be softened on and could undoubtedly be selected as a bioweapon. The fast expansion in biotechnology could trigger some-more opportunities to find new ways to fight diseases or create new ones. Nations who are versed to hoop biotechnology are likely to consider gene therapy a viable bioweapon. Groups or people but the resources or appropriation will find it formidable to furnish this bioweapon.
Regarding “stealth viruses,” a movement of the weaponized gene therapy technique, the report states:
The simple judgment of this intensity bioweapon is to “produce a firmly regulated, mysterious viral infection that can enter and widespread in human cells using vectors” (similar to the gene therapy) and then stay asleep for a duration of time until triggered by an inner or outmost signal. The vigilance then could kindle the pathogen to means serious repairs to the system. Stealth viruses could also be tailored to secretly taint a targeted race for an extended duration using the hazard of activation to extort the target.
With gene therapies already authorized for sale in the European Union and the United States, and with some-more on the way, it is not over the area of probability that covert, weaponized gene therapies are also possibly already grown and waiting, or already deployed as “stealth viruses.”
Developing and Deploying
The US maintains a global network of military medical laboratories and investigate centers.
In further to the 59th Medical Wing concerned in collecting Russian genetic material, the US covers the whole Southeast Asian segment from Bangkok, Thailand with its Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFIRMS).
While it publicly claims it exists to, “to control state of the art medical investigate and illness notice to rise and weigh medical products, vaccines, and diagnostics to strengthen DOD crew from spreading illness threats,” its personnel, equipment, and investigate could simply be used for twin functions in formulating any of the above stated, so-far “theoretical” ethnic-specific bioweapons.
The US Embassy in Thailand website states that AFIRMS is the largest of a global network of military medical laboratories, claiming:
AFRIMS is the largest of a global network of US Defense Department Overseas Medical Research Laboratories—with sister laboratories in Peru, Kenya, Egypt, and the Republics of Georgia and Singapore. USAMD-AFRIMS has scarcely 460 staff members (predominantly Thai and US) and an annual investigate bill of approximately $30-35 million.
With labs in South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia – and by the use of subcontractors – the US military has entrance to a accumulation of genetic materials and comforts to control investigate and rise all of the weapons its own policy papers have described.
Through US State Department-funded programs, the US could simply create “vaccine” campaigns and “clinics” to broach the above described bioweapons in a accumulation of ways.
Fighting in the Dark and Shedding Some Light
The US Air Force’s paper would also indicate out:
Biological crusade attacks may resemble a healthy illness conflict materialisation and it would be very formidable to snippet back to the source, thereby discounting the perpetrator’s actions.
And indeed, nations but the ability to exclusively sequence, detect, and conflict to ethnic-specific genetic bioweapons could already have been targeted, or could be targeted at any moment but any means of even knowing, let alone reacting.
On the other hand, nations with not only a precocious biotech industry, but also with military labs focused on both detecting and rising biological crusade with such weapons – it would be like fighting a fight against a blindfolded enemy.
To mislay the blindfold, governments and military institutions around the world, as good as communities and internal institutions, would need to rise and have entrance to a discerning and fit means to method DNA, mark abnormalities, and rise probable visual gene therapies to correct or “patch” antagonistic weaponized DNA introduced into a population.
Biological crusade notice would need to be finished not only opposite a nation’s population, but also opposite its food and water supply as good as its livestock, wildlife, and insect populations. Genetically mutated crops have been designed to aim and spin off genes in insects and could just as simply be used to aim human genes.
In Science Daily‘s article, “Crops that kill pests by shutting off their genes,” it states:
Plants are among many eukaryotes that can ‘turn off’ one or some-more of their genes by using a routine called RNA division to retard protein translation. Researchers are now weaponizing this by engineering crops to furnish specific RNA fragments that, on ingestion by insects, trigger RNA division to close down a aim gene essential for life or reproduction, killing or antitoxin the insects.
Studies are still ongoing to establish what mistreat genetically mutated organisms (GMOs) – in their stream state – are doing to human health. Spotting and reacting to subtle, weaponized GMOs will be even harder.
The use of genetically engineered mosquitoes to broach “vaccines” presents another probable matrix for weaponized biotech. The increasingly “global” inlet of many vaccination programs is also a appearing risk – quite given these programs are destined by essentially Western powers – many of whom protected, cooperated with, and even aided and abetted the South African Apartheid regime, including with its several weapons programs.
Biotech is not merely a matter of economics. It is a matter of inhabitant security. Allowing unfamiliar companies representing compromised or cloudy unfamiliar interests to furnish vaccines for human or veterinary uses or to change the genomes of a nation’s rural crops for whatever viewed advantages can't transcend the probable and consummated threats.
In a universe where crusade extends into cyber and genetic space, nations that miss eccentric human medical systems able of producing their own vaccines or handling their own biodiversity find themselves as defenseless as nations but armies, navies, or air forces. However considerable a nation’s required military capabilities are, lacking correct formulation and defenses per this new and expanding biotech hazard mitigates all probable advantages and maximizes this deadly weakness.
If genetics is a form of vital information, then concepts informed to IT confidence experts may infer useful in explaining how to guarantee against antagonistic “code” introduced into the vital systems. The ability to “scan” the DNA and mark antagonistic code, to mislay or patch it, and to rise safeguards against it, including “backing up” particular genomes biologically and digitally will not wholly forestall biological weapons from formulating damage, but will lessen their impact – transforming a probable murder of an whole ethnicity or race to a containable, comparatively teenager outbreak.
Unlike nuclear weapons, investigate and growth of these biotech collection is permitted to probably any inhabitant supervision and even to many private institutions. Integrating biotech into a nation’s inhabitant confidence formulation and doing is no longer discretionary or speculative. If the collection to manipulate and aim genes for good already exist, then the collection to abuse them also exist.
Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, generally for the online magazine“New Eastern Outlook”, where this essay first appeared.
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