The biannual US Army Science Conference in Orlando Florida. Participants:
1400 assorted engineers, defense contractors and
Fort Detrick’s finest. Hot Topic:
Genetically engineered stealth bio-weapons that incubate in the body for years before striking. Not
1) Neither terrorists nor invading armies would use slow-acting stealth bio-weapons; 2) Such a disease is already loose in the
world; and 3) It's been spreading and mutating since the early 1900’s.
But there was one dark note in Kurzweil's otherwise sunny preview of the next half century: the specter of biological weapons, engineered for
genocide. As people gain understanding of the way the body works, the potential for making truly malevolent agents increases, too. These pathogens are
poised to become "the real existential threat we face," Kurzweil intoned. "It's potentially more destructive than an atomic weapon. There's
really no stopping it."
"Imagine, Kurzweil told Wired News after his talk, a deadly agent that could spread easily, like the common cold, but is stealthy, incubating in the
body for years before it strikes. “That's the real nightmare scenario," he said.
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Stealth bio-weapons are a hot topic in defense, along with infectious prions – key infectious agents known to incubate silently for years. President
Bush placed infectious prions on his "Select Agents" list under the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act – obstructing US research into prions
and prion-related diseases, and making it illegal for US scientists to discuss the topic publicly – allegedly because terrorists might use prions to
develop stealth bio-weapons.
In fact, terrorists and invading armies want immediate results – they aren’t interested in long term destabilization. And stealth bio-weapons fall
under the "long term destabilization" weapons category; they are not "anti-personnel" weapons and are not used for battle or any kind of direct
attack. Adriano Aguzzi, a leading prion researcher in Switzerland says:
"…(he) doubts that terrorists would find prions very useful since it can possibly take decades to cause any real harm. …I continue to believe that a
terrorist might probably rather opt for poisons acting with a shorter latency, rather than an agent that may have a hypothetical incubation time of 20
years or longer."
No terrorist is going to wait decades for results. That would defeat their purpose. So why the constant spotlight on stealth bio-weapons? And why the
Presidential gag order on prions and prion-related diseases?
The answers are hidden in plain sight. A disease now called fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) first appeared in the early 1900’s. It incubates in the body
for decades before striking, causes progressive degeneration and disability before death, and is now epidemic.
FMD may have been introduced via mass vaccinations of soldiers in WWI. The disease was not named or acknowledged officially in the USA until 1938 when
congenital transmission was undeniably proven by Drs. Leadbetter and Burkland.
FMD causes mutations in cells and tissues. These mutations generally take decades to spread through the body, via the blood and lymph vessels.
Eventually, FMD leads to heart attack, cancer or stroke – now leading causes of death in the USA and the world.
For example, the Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery reported in 1993 that death in patients diagnosed with FMD came very slowly, and was caused 44.4%
by heart attacks, 33.3% by cancer and 22.2% by stroke.
"Fifty-eight patients underwent 72 operations for symptomatic fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) between 1970 and 1986. There were 35 females and 23
males aged between 36 and 76 years (average 56). ...The follow-up period extends from 6 to 22 years. Five patients were lost to follow-up. ...Nine
patients died: 4 from myocardial infarction, 3 from cancer, 2 from neurologic disease."
According to the last publicly available report, FMD in adults in the USA is reported officially at an incidence rate of 1.7% – with 65% of reported
cases diagnosed in autopsy.
"In the US: The reported incidence of FMD in adults is 0.6% via angiography and 1.1% via autopsy. FMD most typically presents in persons aged 25-50
So every single day
of 2003, almost 7,000 American adults were diagnosed in autopsy with FMD, on average – nearly 2.3 million deaths out of a
total of 3.5 million new FMD cases reported that year. By any terms, the disease is epidemic and scary. But the public has not been informed about its
impact on public health, the health care system and economy.
FMD starts with the mis-folding and accumulation of an actin protein, most likely caused by an infectious prion. It may be the first engineered
biological weapon loosed on the world – and it’s been spreading, mutating and evolving for almost a century. Now, it’s spiralling out-of-control, and
the Bush administration is doing nothing to stop it.
If it is a bio-weapon, FMD belongs to the "destabilization" category – and is designed to kill slowly, destabilize society over the long term, and
destroy democracy from within. In evaluating the risks and roles of agricultural bioterrorism, Dr. Mark Wheelis of University of California-Davis made
the following observations:
"…the list of possible perpetrators includes corporations, which may have state-of-the-art technical expertise. ...corporations ...could benefit
immensely from the economic impacts, market share changes, and financial market effects of a successful biological attack. ...The combination of
motivation, expertise, and materials within a single, closed organization is worrisome. Of course, corporations, like countries, would run enormous
legal risks if they perpetrated a biological attack, so if they were to choose to do this, it would be expertly designed to mimic a natural outbreak
or to appear to be the work of others."
Dr. Wheelis’s observations apply across the board – to stealth bio-weapons and to the early 1900’s.
It looks like America is in the final stages of a long planned corporate takeover, orchestrated and engineered by the same group that privatized the
Federal Reserve back in 1920.
[edit on 4-12-2004 by Banshee]