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La Cronica de Hoy, Mexico

Is Swine Flu the Latest U.S. Bioweapon Attack?


"The patent for Tamiflu, the medicine recommended by the World Health Organization, is owned by Gilead Sciences, one of the properties of Donald Rumsfeld, [former] U.S. Defense Secretary. … To accept that we are again dealing with the manipulation of a virus by U.S. military might seem ridiculous … and yet, there is evidence in its own media of the negligent way that nation treats the handling of this dreaded field of biological warfare."


By Carlos Ferreyra



Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


April 29, 2009


Mexico - La Cronica de Hoy - Original Article (Spanish)

Former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld: Just as it was during the SARS epidemic in Asia during 2002-2003, rumors are circulating that since the company he owns a good piece of, Gilead Sciences, makes the medications used to treat the epidemic, that somehow he's behind the infection.


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There are governments who tend to unify public opinion. A perfect example would be the government of Miguel de la Madrid, which became paralyzed after the earthquake of September 19, 1985. Madrid didn't know what to do and left rescuing the victims and restoring of Mexico City in the hands of ordinary citizens and the Virgin de Guadalupe.


To this day, popular opinion condemns the former president for his absence and his apparent lack of interest in the fate those he governed.


The tragedy that now confronts the government of Felipe Calderón also fulfills these criteria, except for the newspapers, where there is recognition of the extreme measures that have been taken to address the swine flu.


But in the streets, the perception is a different one. Many connect the surprising emergence of the plague with the approaching elections on July 5, while others charge that the virus is a way of diverting the attention of Mexicans from the grave economic crisis, rising unemployment and the unchecked rise of assassinations in the streets of the country's major cities. A minority simply ask who is being enriched as a result of the epidemic.


The answer to that is simple, although it may be terribly misleading: The patent for Tamiflu, the medicine recommended by the World Health Organization, is owned by Gilead Sciences, one of the properties of Donald Rumsfeld, [former] Secretary of Defense of the United States. The manufacture and sale of the drug are carried out by Roche Laboratories, who, thanks to the tragedy, have risen in the ranks at the Zurich Stock Exchange by 3.5 percent.


[Editor's Note: According to Wikipedia, Federal disclosure forms prior to his taking office as Defense Secretary indicated that Rumsfeld was chairman of the Gilead Sciences board and owned between $5 million and $25 million in Gilead stock.]


In Mexico, by the way, the initial outbreak was detected on a farm in Perote, Veracruz, on April 2. The authors of the discovery were researchers from Veratec, a U.S. company based in Washington. The report was delivered to the WHO without eliciting a reply.


Even before that, we learned of the possible existence of this plague on U.S. territory. There were newspapers that published the story but there was no reaction to it; understandable if we recall the recent history of our northern neighbors' handling of viruses to be used in so-called biological warfare.



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After the infamous attacks of September 11, anthrax spores were detected in the Pentagon's mail room. By October 2001, four people had died and 17 more were infected. Anthrax spores [photo, right] were found in other public offices, where two other people died, including the Supreme Court and the Departments of State, Health and Treasury. But the source of the alleged attacks has never been established, even if at some point there was talk of mismanagement at the military laboratories that handles these substances.


[Editor's Note: This isn't completely true. In mid-2008, the FBI investigation into the anthrax attacks focused on Bruce Edwards Ivins, a scientist who worked at the government's biodefense labs at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. Ivins was told of the impending prosecution and on July 27 committed suicide by overdosing on acetaminophen. On August 6, 2008, federal prosecutors declared Ivins to be the sole culprit of the crime, although there is wide debate about this conclusion and the way the investigation was conducted].


At the same time, a strain of smallpox of previously unknown origin appeared. The spore, it became known soon thereafter, had its source in a military laboratory that housed strains of the smallpox virus - even though the disease had been officially eradicated from the world over 20 years before, around 1979.


[Editor's Note: We could find no record of a new strain of smallpox appearing after Sept. 11. However, months before the invasion of Iraq, in December 2002, the Bush Administration offered millions of healthcare workers smallpox vaccinations, apparently concerned that this could be the next weapon of choice for al-Qaeda or Saddam Hussein. The administration also proposed inoculating the entire population of the United States and decided not to eliminate the last smallpox spores in its bio-weapons stockpile, expressing concern that the spores would be needed in case of a smallpox attack on the U.S.]


International agreements signed by Washington established an obligation to destroy the virus, but the United States and its counterpart Russia decided to dispense with their commitment. “We must be prepared for the use of smallpox as a bioterrorism weapon,” was the menacing opinion of one Washington official during an interview with CBS News, a month after the first case of anthrax was registered.




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At about that time, an article was published in Cuba charging that the United States has a long history of biological weapon attacks against the island. An excerpt: "In 1961-62, the infamous Central Intelligence Agency's “Operation Mongoose” sickened sugar cane field workers after chemicals were spraying from above. The goal was to contaminate Cuban sugar."


The Agency later admitted that in the 1960s, it investigated how to affect crops in various countries as part of a program called MKULTRA, but said that its records had been destroyed and that therefore, there was no chance of providing any further information.


At the end of the decade, when Fidel Castro announced the goal of harvesting 10 million tons of sugar, the CIA induced torrential rains, leaving the cane fields dry (Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, by William Blum, Common Courage Press, 1995).



Then in 1971, the CIA introduced African swine fever. As a result, Cuba had to sacrifice its entire pig population, about half a million porkers, which constituted the basis of the islanders' diet. Spokespeople for the Cuban government accused Washington of launching a biological attack. Six years later a New York newspaper, citing an “intelligence source,” reported that the source said, “I was given the virus in a sealed, unmarked container at a U.S. Army base and CIA training ground in the Panama Canal Zone, with instructions to turn it over to the anti-Castro group.” (CIA Link to Cuban Pig Virus Reported,” Newsday, January 10, 1977).


A decade later, the CIA introduced a variety of dengue fever into Cuba, resulting in the infection of 273,000 people and 158 deaths, 101 of which were children. An article in the magazine Covert Action described experiments with dengue at the U.S. Army chemical and biological weapons center in Fort Detrick, as well as the center's research into the Aedes aegypti mosquito [photo, right] that transmits the virus.


Two years later, a leader of the anti-Castro group Omega 7, Eduardo Víctor Arocena Pérez, handcuffed and on trial in a Manhattan court, where he was convicted for the assassination of a member of Cuba's U.N. diplomatic corps., admitted to his mission to, “carry some germs to introduce them in Cuba to be used against the Soviets and against the Cuban economy, to begin what was called chemical war.”


[Editor's Note: In 1984, a jury found Arocena guilty on twenty-five counts, including first degree murder of a diplomat; two conspiracies to murder diplomats; malicious damage by explosives to property used in commerce, with personal injury resulting; six counts of possession of unregistered bombs; two counts of conspiracy; and perjury before the Grand Jury An excerpt from his 1985 appeal states in part: "From 1975 to 1982, Omega 7 conducted a series of bombings in the New York metropolitan area that injured bystanders and damaged homes, businesses, and a church. The bombsites included Avery Fisher Hall, Madison Square Garden, JFK Airport, the ticket office of Aeroflot (the Soviet airline), and the Cuban Mission to the United Nations. Omega 7 also engineered the machine-gun murders of Cuban exile Eulalio Jose Negrin and Felix Garcia, a Cuban diplomat, and attempted a car-bombing murder of Raul Roa, another Cuban diplomat].  



This information, with all of the details of activities carried by the above mentioned chemical and biological warfare center in Fort Detrick, was published. The article, carried in the magazine Covert Action in 1984, pointed out that Cuba was the only Caribbean nation affected by this disease, and concluded that, “epidemic of dengue fever may have been a U.S. covert operation.”


The consequences of operations of the Central Intelligence Agency - with the active participation of Cuban exiles in Florida - were simultaneous outbreaks of hemorrhagic dengue fever, hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, tobacco mold, sugar cane fungus and a new outbreak of African swine fever. (Covert Action, Fall 1984).


To accept that we are again dealing with the manipulation of a virus by United States military laboratories might seem ridiculous, especially when the U.S. itself is being adversely affected. And yet, there is evidence in its own media of the negligent way that nation treats the handling of this dreaded field of biological warfare.





















































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