- Excerpts from
- The Ignorant & The Unwarned By Ed Gehrman
- Nowadays, many diseases can be produced on an industrial
scale using readily available resources. Trained technicians are easily
able to culture large quantities of bacteria using methods formulated in
U.S. bio-warfare labs; over a hundred Department of Defense funded laboratories
are operating on campuses or in industrial parks across our nation. Our
collective ignorance about participating in bio-warfare research is alarming
and our seeming innocence, hypocritical. There are serious consequences
in allowing our defense establishment and the scientific community to become
involved in this grisly business. Some of the perilous drawbacks are shoddy
scientific techniques, risky protocols, and the repressive secrecy that
prevents peer review and free exchange of all information. (4)
- There is a tendency in the scientific community to first
ignore and then ridicule opinions that are contrary to prevailing beliefs;
but a few balky doctors and health care workers have voiced their concern,
often to a deaf public and media. Dr. Alan Cantwell M.D. represents this
minority when he states: "Does the government secretly experiment
with people? Of course, it does. This is not a paranoid fantasy. There
is circumstantial evidence that shows AIDS is a man-made disease with a
genetically engineered virus that came out of a cancer virus Bio-warfare
- Doctors Garth and Nancy Nicolson are prime examples of
what can happen when one questions authority. They have been hounded from
prestigious jobs and threatened, both physically and professionally; their
labs have been vandalized, irreplaceable specimens destroyed, correspondence
intercepted and phones tapped. Why? Because they had the audacity to suggest,
and evidence to indicate that many sick gulf war vets are suffering from
exposure to a bio-warfare, weaponized organism, a mycoplasma named incognitus.
- Mycoplasma are the smallest and perhaps the oldest life
forms. These cell wall deficient bacteria, one cause of "walking pneumonia",
have been implicated in a variety of other "emerging" diseases.
A form of mycoplasma, a spiroplasma, is implicated in Mad Cow Disease but
is being ignored by most BSE researchers. Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome, and Alzheimers are also being investigated as possibly caused
by mycoplasmic type bacteria. Mycoplasma are thought by many to be rather
fragile, but nothing could be further from the truth. They tolerate extreme
fluctuations in temperature, lay dormant in the soil for generations and
survive the harshest elements; only drano-like chemicals kill them effectively
outside the body. Under normal circumstances our immune system efficiently
deals with mycoplasmas and other life-threatening bacteria; we evolved
from this complicated, membrane enclosed piece of DNA and up until now
have developed defenses that keep these critters in check. The new strains
seem different. Difficult to spot in tissue, they do not react to normal
bacterial tests. There has been no sure way to test for these organisms
in living tissue since they are often not a problem until the immune system
is exposed to stress. The symptoms are flu-like but to the extreme: headaches,
sore joints, rashes, chest pain, heart problems, and neurological disorders.
Dementia is common in advanced stages of these gruesome afflictions. (7)
- The Nicolsons' test is able to identify the presence
of mycoplasma in living tissue. The normal way to determine infection is
to inject a lab animal with tissue or cultured material and wait for the
lab animal to develop the target disease. The Nicolsons claim that a method
they have invented named Gene Sequencing seems to do a much better and
more accurate job. Labor intensive, thus expensive, Gene Sequencing has
been peer reviewed and found to be credible and dependable. Government
scientists and the Defense Department refuse to even consider the validity
of this approach because if the Nicolsons are correct, and the mycoplasmic
infections sickening the Gulf War vets are found to have originated in
government funded bio-warfare labs, these programs will be exposed as the
dangerous and shortsighted escapades they have become.
- The USA supplies much of the know how and advanced technology
used in this deadly endeavor. Microbiologists from every country study
at our universities and learn all the necessary techniques needed to establish
successful germ labs. Scientists from the USA were working with Iraq's
microbiologists on bio-warfare just weeks before the Gulf War, and Iraq
was importing highly toxic bacteria and viruses from companies in the USA.
By 1990 they were manufacturing large quantities of botulism toxin and
- The Army command knew of the possibility that our forces
could be exposed to toxic agents while stationed in Iraq; the compulsory
inoculations, with multiple vaccines, indicates foreknowledge. But the
Command didn't notify the troops about what was about to happen; they were
participating in a huge experiment without their informed consent. They
still have not been informed and most of the information surrounding the
inoculations has been classified, the contents of the vaccines have still
to be positively identified. One of the doctors who complained and refused
to cooperate because she felt using force was a violation of the Geneva
Protocols was court marshaled and given eighteen months in federal prison.
- "The nation's historical record on bio-warfare is
replete with subterfuge, reckless experimentation, and rogue actions and
is punctuated by violations of both domestic policy and international and
national norms... the modern record is no more reassuring...If modern biology
is to be a tool for human benefit, not the seed of our destruction, then
all its facets, including military applications, must be opened to new
levels of public understanding and to careful public scrutiny." (9)
- These protocols may now be meaningless in an age of new
technologies; advances in rDNA and cloning could produce a deadly new agent
almost overnight, with relative ease. Recombinant DNA is a process known
to most biologists and is easily accomplished in well equipped labs. Bacteria
contain plasmids which are tiny pieces of DNA. This DNA is much smaller
than, and independent of, the DNA contained in the chromosomes. The plasmids
are removed from bacteria and then sliced apart using enzymes. A virus
gene that has already been removed from the virus is fitted into the gap
in the plasmid. Then this altered plasmid is inserted into a bacterium,
where it can perform any number of tasks. As a bio-warfare bacterium the
new DNA could manufacture toxins that would poison the body or cause disruptions
in vital organs, like the brain. If mycoplasmas were the bacteria used
in the transfer, they would be almost impossible to detect. Mycoplasmas
have the ability to blend with the cell wall of the host and then move
deeply into the nucleus of the cell where they stay hidden, waiting to
emerge when the immune system weakens.
- Mycoplasmas play only a small part in this tragic production.
Any virus or bacteria that could cause a disease has or will be, or is
now being studied and considered as a possible warfare agent. ...
- End Notes
- (1) Ivan L. Bennett, Jr., former Deputy Director of the
U.S Office of Science and Technology before a symposium on chemical and
biological warfare, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. Proc.
N.A.S. 1970;65:250-279. Taken from Emerging Viruses:AIDS and Ebola.
- (2) Lee Bowman, America Gets a Taste of Chemical Terror;
April 26, 1997 Scripps Howard News Service. A well written news report;
one of the few I've read that tries to point out the significant danger
- (3) Dr. Frederick A. Murphy Talks about the Ebola Virus;
An Interview by Sean Henahan, Access Excellence: a WWW site that supplies
information about emerging diseases and viruses
- (4)Dr. Garth Nicolson; From a discussion recorded by
Gustav Grossman, 7-28-97
- (5) This is from an interview I conducted, about a year
ago, with Dr. Cantwell for my column in the Sonoma County Free Press. Dr.
Cantwell has written two books on the genesis of the HIV: AIDS and the
Doctors of Death & Queer Blood. Both are excellent. He has also written
about the ability of bacteria to cause disease in the Cancer Microbe.
- (6) This also is well documented information. Michael
Gold's Conspiracy of Cells shows clearly the type of scientific errors
that can occur on a regular basis, even in well run labs. Another look
at scientific Snafus and downright skullduggery is the brilliantly researched
Emerging Viruses:AIDS and Ebola, Nature, Accident or Genocide? by Leonard
Horowitz. There is no need to distort or fabricate information concerning
bio-warfare; the truth is there for all to see.
- (7) I had previously researched the nature of mycoplasmas
and spiroplasmas for an article I wrote on Transmissible Spongiform Encephlopathy
: Mad Cows & Mad Scientists; FLATLAND #14. or Sonoma County Free Press.
Mycoplasma type organisms are poorly understood, even by most scientists
because they are so difficult to culture. They are often ignorantly discounted
as the cause of disease. This could prove to be a fatal mistake for us
- (8)From recorded conversations by Gustav Grossman 6-23-96.
The Eight Myths of Operation Desert Storm & Gulf War Syndrome by Garth
L. Nicolson, Ph.D., and Nancy L. Nicolson, Ph.D. The Institute for Molecular
Medicine, P. O. Box 52470, Irvine, California 92619-2470 USA .
- (9)From the introduction to Gene Wars:Military Control
Over the New Genetic Technologies by Charles Piller and Dr. Keith Yamamoto.
(10)Much of the above information can be found in Gene Wars . This is an
important look at our government's bio-warfare program, the rationale and
motives. It is also a plea to their fellow scientists to take a long, hard
look at the pitfalls of continuing this dangerous activity. Written in
1986, it predicts clearly the type of problems that might arise, just as
they did four years later during the Gulf War. Too bad we didn't listen.
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