By Herman Tiu Laurel
The US government and military establishment cannot be presumed to be beyond suspicion in the issues around Covid-19, particularly with its inexplicable politization of the WHO virus origins-tracing and investigation.
While China has done its share in the investigation in Wuhan, China and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, cooperating fully with the WHO team and cleared the question arises– why the U.S. seem intent on diverting inquiries into other leads?.
There indeed are many circumstantial, testimonial, forensic evidence that links the U.S. to the Covid-19 origin and crisis that if investigated may produce the direct evidence of accidental or even willful culpability in the origination and spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Here are some reasons: long list and history of U.S. military and university coronavirus researches and lab-leaks and weaponization, CDC shut down of Ft. Detrick August 2019, “mysterious” vaping and “strange” flu deaths around mid-2019 around Ft. Detrick, shushed medical histories of US Army athletes to Wuhan Military Games, testimonies of Belville Mayor Michael Melcham’s and CDC chief Robert Redfield’s of early Covid-19 deaths attributed to flu.
Bio-labs proliferation and leaks
There are hundreds of pages of references on the Internet on the proliferation of U.S. of biological laboratories doing research on dangerous bacteria, viruses and other such microbes. From among hundreds of materials we cite this one 2015 report from USA today by Alison Young and Nick Penzenstadler states:
“A team of reporters who work for the USA TODAY Network of Gannett newspapers and TV stations identified more than 200 of these high-containment lab facilities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia operated by government agencies, universities and private companies. They’re scattered across the country from the heart of New York City to… just a few blocks from Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza restaurant and shopping district.”
The same report describes the myriad of problems and dangers these many biolabs have created:
“Vials of bioterror bacteria have gone missing. Lab mice infected with deadly viruses have escaped, and wild rodents have been found making nests with research waste. Cattle infected in a university’s vaccine experiments were repeatedly sent to slaughter and their meat sold for human consumption. Gear meant to protect lab workers from lethal viruses such as Ebola and bird flu has failed, repeatedly.”
Smoke and smokescreens
As the saying goes, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
I am using U.S. media reports way, way back before the Covid-19 pandemic to show that years back the American government and media already knew they had problems with their biological labs.
Even more damning is that they have been doing viral “gain-of-function” experiments on coronaviruses for years, such as that of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.
ProPublica, a US independent investigative group, reported about the UNC coronavirus experiments under the distinguished microbiologist Dr. Ralph Baric: “ From January 1, 2015, through June 1, 2020 (italics mine) , the UNC at Chapel Hill reported 28 lab incidents… Six of the incidents involved various types of lab-created coronaviruses.”
Dr. Baric is closely associated with the Ft. Detrick US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID).
The “incidents” were not limited to UNC but to many other US biolabs that the Obama administration called a halt to government funded biolabs as NPR reported in 2014:
“The Obama administration was concerned about any research that could make the viruses more dangerous, so they wanted to stop and review studies to see if they could make these germs capable of causing more disease or spreading easily through the air… Those flu studies made a deadly bird flu virus called H5N1 more contagious between ferrets, the lab stand-in for people….”
Then comes the August 2019 CDC closure of Ft. Detrick and the “mysterious” flu and vaping deaths around the environs of the army biolaboratory facility, isn’t the smoke already billowing?
The only reason it is not obvious is the US use of the air blowers of what the late CIA founder Frank Wizner Sr. called “The Magnificent Wurlitzer” (a grand musical organ) or US global media blowing the smoke to smokescreen the likely US source of Covid-19.
US dalliances with biowarfare
Researchers can refer to volumes of books, reports, articles and discussions of U.S. use of biological weapons over the decades, here we can only cite some established cases.
Let’s begin with the U.S. cover-up and protection of Japanese Army Unit 731’s biological experiments and masterminds in exchange, and even paid $ 250,000 for in some historical accounts, for its store of biological knowledge from experiments on POWs and “field testing” of plague bombs.
In the Korean War, allegations of biological warfare waged by the U.S. was established by the World Peace Council and its “international Scientific Commission for the Facts Concerning Bacterial Warfare in China and Korea” where distinguished scientists from France, Italy, Sweden, Brazil and the USSR, including British biochemist Joseph Needham, concluded that the US was experimenting with biological weapons in Korea.
In one book on U.S. biological warfare by Nicholson Baker “Baseless: (My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act), I find this: “The CIA… almost certainly had a hand in delivering swine fever to Cuba in 1971 and hog cholera to East Germany in 1953; it plotted and may have followed through on wrecking Guatemala’s coffee crop with invasive insects.
“And more: (Fort) Detrick scientists were exploring Songo fever, a hemorrhagic fever…before an outbreak mysteriously emerged in Korea in 1951.”
READ: Inside America’s secretive biolabs https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/05/28/biolabs-pathogens-location incidents/26587505/
China’s clean hands, what about the US?
China does not have a record of intensive biological warfare research nor lab-leaks that merit such singular focus on the virus-origins studies after one WHO mission.
But the US does, and a record of aggression and use of biowarfare. President Carter’s words were, “Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?… None, and we have stayed at war…”
A Global Times (the Chinese newspaper) item on the Wuhan Institute of Virology reported that National Health Commission Dr. Zeng Yixin’s statement to a media briefing that the WIV “has no man-made viruses and has never conducted gain-of-function researches” echoing the famous American infectious disease expert and President Biden’s chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci that he never sub-contracted any “gain-of-function” research to the WIV.
Fauci’s classic retort to CNN: ““The idea is quite farfetched that the Chinese deliberately engineered something so that they can kill themselves as well as other people? I think that’s a bit far out!”
Besides, China has indeed shown its clean hands.
In our Philippines Petition to WHO to open an investigation of Ft. Detrick, one signatory from Australia named Sharon Stavrou said she signed the Petition “Because America is pushing to blame China, prove your innocence first”.
Alvin Aw from New Zealand said, “Due to the controversy over the Covid origin, US should allow WHO to investigate Fort Detrick facility as China has committed her similar obligation earlier at Wuhan.”
US biolabs: clear and present danger
Notwithstanding the Sars-0Cov2 virus and Covid-19 origins, the frequent and recurrent suspension orders on operations of US biolabs recorded by US authorities and media themselves is reason enough to prompt closer review and scrutiny of those possible centers of contagion.
This is especially urgent today in the midst of the pandemic and the growing concern over the real origins of the catastrophic new strain and variants of the coronavirus.
At the same time, we know how severe the anti-China sentiment is running in some radical right and military circles in America. Maybe, just maybe, some elements thought of starting a “silent war” on China which an unseen weapon through an innocent “flu” brought via unknowing carriers to Wuhan, China?
Given the innate character of some elements in the U.S. military and rightwing circles, the possibility cannot be totally precluded.
In fairness, however, each of those who were part of the US delegation in the World Military Games, must be fully accounted for, blood tests and all, for Covid-19 antibodies. Other countries who participated should also subject their athletes and their companions for the possibility of bringing into or taking out of Wuhan any traces of infection.
During our media forum on the Petition a veteran Filipino diplomat, retired Ambassador Albert Encomienda, reminded one and all that the UN Biological Weapons Convention is seriously under-empowered to do inspections of biological laboratories around the world.
Wouldn’t it be good if the WHO kicks off more comprehensive reviews and inspection starting with Ft. Detrick?
MUST VIEW SERIES BY USA TODAY:
Biolabs in Your Backyard: Residents Speak Out
Residents of Frederick, Md., live near several high-containment labs located at Fort Detrick. Some are concerned about the safety of research with dangerous pathogens.
Biolabs in Your Backyard: A USA TODAY investigation
A USA TODAY Network investigation identifies more than 200 biosafety level 3 and 4 lab facilities that work with dangerous pathogens — and reveals safety records that some of them fought to keep secret.
Biolabs work with deadly diseases in your backyard
A USA TODAY Network investigation works to uncover details about accidents at biolabs where experiments are done with deadly pathogens. The labs are largely self-policing and often secretive when accidents occur.
Biolabs in Your Backyard: Researchers are committed to their jobs
Despite the risks, researchers at the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services are committed to their jobs. They are well trained and say that training is the key to safety.