Brucella Biowarfare Patents
Borrelia in the food supply?
A smallpox attack
``I wish I had been more interested before in this bio-germ warfare stuff before I got this disease. My mind would have allowed me to have better analytical thinking processing.
What bothers me the most is the folks on the east coast, that perhaps this germ or spirochette has entered, do not get proper treatment and this disease will mutate ...
Funny how this disease starts out as CFIDS or Fibromylagia then kicks in with lab results with a positive lyme -- in my gut this is all a designer disease ...
But guess what -- the other side was designing the same thing at the same time during the cold war. When one is at war, why use Nuclear/Atmomic force that destroys the land mass for thousands of years, when you can destroy the enemy with an insect vector and make the majority of the population too weak to hold a gun?
Why not design a germ that makes it impossible for women of childbearing age to reproduce, or those that they do, reproduce have children born with physical and mental deficits and physical limitations, won`t make much of an army ...
Who would be so cunning and sinister to design such a germ, and who would use it on its own people to test ... ? ''
``Here are excerpts from three recent Brucella patents, each filed by military agencies of the respective countries (Canada and U.S.).
If you compare the pathology of borrelia versus brucella as to the pathology, THE DISEASES ARE STRIKINGLY SIMILAR AS WE KNOW THEM TO BE (but dissimilar when the FICTIONS perpetrated by the CDC/EIS'ers are used to compare and contrast the two diseases). [EIS = Epidemic Intelligence Service.]
Given the striking similarities between the diseases, how come it is only Brucella that is of interest to biowarriors, and they tell us that Borrelia is not?
Here is a description of the pathology caused by brucella that is contained in the first Canadian patent listed below (U.S. Patent 5,951,987):
"Brucellosis is a debilitating disease that can cause abortions and weight loss in animals, "undulating" fevers, "night sweats", incapacitation and arthritis in humans.
It is very hardy to environmental factors, easily aerosolized and infectious through skin abrasions, ingestion and the pulmonary route. It is difficult to treat with antibiotics and often persists as a life-long infection."
"Brucella was a facultative parasite that could sequester inside tissues."
"The disease is sexually transmitted, passed from an infected boar to a susceptible sow at breeding."
Gee, kinda sounds like borreliosis.
[The first Canadian patent listed below (U.S. Patent 5,951,987)] describes the laboratory engineered version as slower growing compared to the wild-type: "The genetically engineered organisms of the invention grow at a significantly reduced rate when compared with the wild-type . . . "
The text of the patent held by the U.S. Army (second patent below, U.S. Patent 5,951,987), as does the text of the second Canadian patents (third patent below -- U.S. Patent 6,221,386 ) describes brucella as being an agent relevant for biological warfare:
Notes on brucella:
Brucella is a strictly aerobic, Gram-negative [small rods or] coccobacillus which causes Brucellosis ...
The four species of this genus that can infect humans are named for the animal which they are most commonly found: B. abortus (cattle), B. suis (swine), B. melitensis (goats), B. canis (dogs).
The cattle and dairy industries seem to be the primary source of infection in the United States.
Brucella can enter the body via the skin, respiratory tract, or digestive tract. Once there, this intracellular organism can enter the blood and the lymphatics where it multiplies inside phagocytes and eventually cause bacteremia (bacterial blood infiltration).
Symptoms vary from patient to patient but can include high fever, chills, and sweating. Afflicted individuals are usually treated with streptomycin or erythromycin.
[Brucella] organisms have not been shown to carry any naturally occurring plasmids, but transfer of Escherichia coli plasmids has been achieved in the laboratory. Phage transduction (the transfer of genetic information mediated by phages) has been achieved. There are also phage-typing schemes available.
They are specific pathogens of cattle in which they cause contagious abortion and humans in whom they cause undulent fever.
Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease and occurs most often in slaughter-house workers, veterinarians, and farmers ...
The causative agent of the disease was first isolated by Dr. David Bruce during an epidemic among British troops on the island of Malta in the late 1800's. He fulfilled Koch's postulates by growing the organism in culture and transferring the disease to monkeys.
Cows are the source of Brucella abortus but other species of Brucella can be contracted from other animals and can also cause brucellosis. Other species include B. melitensis from goats, B. suis from pigs, and B. canis from dogs. B. melitensis usually causes the most severe disease, and was the cause of the epidemic on Malta that caused about 80 deaths a year for a number of years.
In Florida 50% of wild hogs are infected with Brucella and can transmit the disease to both humans and domestic livestock. The disease may be either subclinical, acute and subacute, relapsing, or chronic.
The incubation period may be weeks to months. It may be mild or an explosive, toxic illness. Symptoms are non-specific and few localizing physical signs develop ...
The major virulence mechanism of the organism in either human or animal infection is its ability to grow intracellulary.
firstname.lastname@example.org, (6-21-01), wrote:
``Since we know Borrelia burgdorferi is so antibiotic resistant, what stops it from getting into the food supply, namely the cattle industry, pork, chicken, and turkey etc.?
Does the USDA screen cattle for Lyme or other meat products? Could we all be unwittingly ingesting this as well as getting it by insect vectors?
Fleas and ticks sure go after the farm animals. After all, I am in cattle country. In Texas, as you know, the cattlemen went after Oprah for her remark about beef. Well, I ask, what's in the beef?
We know E-coli bacteria doesn`t die after the cattle are slaughtered. Borrelia is a bacteria too. Cattle and other animals are fed antibiotics. Does this kill Borrelia?
... Does cooking beef kill the Borrelia? I know people who like their T-bones rare. This also applies to all this "natural food" as well. I saw on Art's site that Borrelia was found in unpastuerized milk.
Perhaps what the big smokescreen is really about, with what is going on with the Insurance Industry, is really what if someone asks the question: What's in the beef?
Could all these articles denouncing us Lyme patients as mental cases, could this be a diversion tactic? Spin masters get paid very handsomely in this country. Remember Robert Di Niro in "Wag the Dog"?
The FDA/USDA would have a COW if activists started asking questions along those lines. Can we trust the FDA and USDA? ... What's in the beef?
... Perhaps The Lyme Alliance and Lymenet activists should ask themselves if they're being steered (no pun intended) into watching the Dr. B. and Dr. H. cases in order to buy time for the FDA and USDA ...
Sure would be interesting if someone got past the Secret Service agents on that cattle farm on the other side of Austin, Texas, to see if they have had any ticks tested positive for Borrelia. ''
NEWS ARTICLE from AFP (Agence France-Presse), 7-23-01
``US lawmakers warned of "dark winter" in case of bioterrorist attack
WASHINGTON, July 23 (AFP) - A chilling scenario of possible national collapse was presented Monday to US lawmakers by a group of prominent security experts, who warned that a biological terrorist attack on US soil could bring the country to the brink of disintegration.
Does the "group of prominent security experts" describe in its "warnings" to the House Subcommittee on National Security what is essentially a military coup?
The panel, which included former deputy secretary of defense John Hamre, Oklahoma governor Frank Keating and former senator Sam Nunn, presented their conclusions after holding a two-day exercise code-named "Dark Winter," which featured a computer-simulated bioterrorist attack on three US states.
Members of the House Subcommittee on National Security closely listened as participants painted a picture of the world's most powerful nation descending into chaos in a matter of several weeks.
The game starts with a brief television report that about two dozen people checked into an Oklahoma City hospital with an unidentified illness. Doctors soon find the patients have smallpox, a highly contagious and deadly disease unseen in the United States since 1949.
Similar smallpox cases are reported in Pennsylvania and Georgia. By day six, 300 Americans are dead and 2,000 others are infected. Cases of smallpox are reported in Mexico, Canada and Britain, according to the scenario.
Meanwhile the US heath system is overwhelmed, the 12 million doses of smallpox vaccine quickly disappear, schools nationwide are forced to close, and public gatherings are limited due to fear of contagion.
Droves of Oklahomans anxious to flee stream toward Texas -- but the Texas governor, eager to protect his own residents, closes the border and deploys the state National Guard. Shots are fired.
As the standoff between Texans and Oklahomans deepens, a rift opens between federal and local authorities. Members of the US National Security Council suggest "nationalizing" the national guard, while state governors insist on keeping the local troops under their control.
On day 12 of the scenario, when the death toll reaches 1,000, interstate commerce grinds to a halt and stock trading is suspended. Demonstrations demanding more smallpox vaccines turn into riots. The United Nations moves its headquarters from New York to Geneva, Switzerland.
Less than two months after the outbreak, when the number of dead reach one million and three million more are infected, the president, played in the exercise by Nunn, gathers his top aide to considers imposing marshal law.
Dead silence reigned in the hearing room as Hamre and Nunn presented their findings with the help of colorful "emergency newscasts" prepared by the nation's leading television broadcasters, who also took part in the exercise, which took place at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C. in June.
"I think we felt it would cripple the United States if it occurred," Hamre said.
"We thought we were really gathering together to talk about the mechanics of government," Hamre said. "What we ended up doing is thinking how we save democracy in America."
Here we have the former Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre saying "What we ended up doing is thinking how we save demoncracy in America." How we `SAVE DEMOCRACY in America?' It's not clear to me how that gets to be a question in this scenario --- unless someone WANTS democracy to be a matter in question.
Why can't this be handled like any other domestic disaster, like a flood, hurricane, etc.?
What legal authority does the NSC have to even broach the question of whether National Guard troops are under federal or state control? Are they suggesting that the National Guard would be under U.S. military control? Are they implying that federal troops would be rolling over state borders?
The article paints a picture of public places being closed: "schools nationwide are forced to close, and public gatherings are limited due to fear of contagion."
People will be in their homes too scared to venture out. Expressways, downtowns will be empty. If the U.S. military wanted to drive into cities and take them over, there would be no resistance. It could be done under the rationale of martial law and the guise of "protecting" Americans. It would hardly raise an eyebrow in the context of fear and panic.
If our military bioweaponeers understand bioweapons to be able to bring entire nations to their knees -- in principle, what would stop them from salivating over conquering the greatest country on earth even if it happens to be their own?
Military coups happen all the time. Bioweapons don't create new opportunities just for terrorists, they create opportunities for organized groups of any sort to wield disproportionate power and the threat of destruction over a large population --- without there being means of self defense in the target population.
Funny the DOD never points this out. They tell us it is always "terrorists" who do this stuff and typically FOREIGN terrorists.
Seems to me the spectrum for abuse is a whole lot broader than what we read in domestic propaganda and theoretically includes actors such as the DOD itself. It includes anyone who has access to these organisms and the technology for dispersing the organisms. If that's the definition of who could terrorize a population with bioagents, then the scope includes our own DOD and its agencies.
The difficulty in tracing the source of an outbreak would work to the benefit of not only foreign terrorists, but it would work to the benefit of any domestic group. Like the hysteria in the wake of the Oklahoma bombing, the assumption was that this was the work of a foreign terrorist - but it turned out it wasn't.
In the case of a bombing, there were ways to trace the evidence back to Tim McVeigh. That's essentially impossible to do with organisms associated with a bioattack.
Theoretically, the attack could be staged by a U.S. military group and alleged to be by foreign terrorists. There would likely be no way to challenge this assertion. Those who weren't part of the planned overthrow would be bamboozled into thinking it was a foreign threat and then participate in the mobilization.
The stuff of fiction? Let's hope so. But keep in mind these are the sorts of imbalances of power warned about by the Founding Fathers and which shaped their construction of our present form of government. It seems to me the Second Amendment has been rendered a meaningless antique by the advances in biotechnology.
To Republican Congressman Benjamin Gilman, scenarios like this no longer belong to the realm of science fiction.
"Sadly, events of the last few years, with bombings ... in New York, Oklahoma City, have transformed the bioterrorism debate from the question of 'if' to the seeming inevitability of 'when," he said.
Nunn, who had sat on the Senate Armed Services Committee for more than two decades, said the exercise raised more questions than answers.
If there is only one dose of smallpox vaccine for every 23 Americans, whom do you vaccinate? he asked.
"Do you seize hotels and convert them to hospitals? Do you close borders and block all travel? What level of force do you use to keep someone sick with smallpox in isolation?" he asked.
No clear answer was offered by those present. ''
``The CDC is thought of as a civilian agency, but unbeknownst to most -- virtually all of the major policy and professional appointments at the CDC are staffed by MILITARY officers. This is described in the official gov't handbook on U.S. federal agencies.
CDC officers are drawn primarily from the ranks of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. The U.S. Code contains the statutes authorizing the formation of this branch of the U.S. military.
USPHS Commissioned Corps officers are subject to the usual perks, retirements benefits, VA benefits, etc of other members of the U.S. military and can transfer between other branches of the military (Army, Navy, etc.)
What is troubling is that if you meet these people at a professional conference, for example, the common assumption is that these are civilian physicians or scientists. Not so.
In evaluating someone's work, I think most of us would prefer to know where someone is coming from -- their motivations, potential conflicts of interest, institutional affiliations, etc.
That these officials at the CDC aren't simply civilian public health officials and that their pay and appointments come directly from the U.S. military -- this seems to me like a major potential conflict of interest that members of the public and the press would want to know about.
Related to the congressional testimony of CDC officials on the subject of bioterrorism -- it would be nice to know that these docs are U.S. military and their employer is the U.S. military. As spokesmen for the CDC, they are not speaking as civilian doctors or civilian public health experts.
By virtue of their ties to the military, CDC officials may have very different agendas than what would otherwise be expected from a civilian public health agency.
Also, let's think about it further and consider how a military culture might view civilian health care issues, pathogenesis studies, and health care problems unique to children, the elderly, women, African-Americans and gays.
Military culture and military medicine depart in important ways when compared to the culture of civilian health care organizations and universities engaged in medical research. These groups - children, elderly, women - and civilians in general aren't a focus of concern in military culture or in military medicine.
It is also well known that the U.S. military has a history of human rights abuses related to experimenting on civilians and on military personnel. Perhaps we should not be so surprised that the CDC and its USPHS "officers" brought us the Tuskegee experiment.
Certainly we are all familiar with the jokes about military medicine. Now that I appreciate that the place is staffed by military docs and more likely than not is imbued with a military culture --
You will not find reference to any moral qualms related to this frenzy by agency officials (i.e., "officers"). And, in reading their plans for responses to a biological attack, you will find little practical concern for civilians in the policies they are promulgating. Their plans for what is now being called "homeland defense" read like war games ... ''