Plum Island Update
By Patricia Doyle <>
I have finally found out why the Plum Island animal diagnostic/research facility is a Biolevel 5.
To explain my discovery we must go back to 1970. It was just a year after President Nixon had OFFICIALLY ended all US biowar research.
So, in 1970 the Government granted 10 million dollars for mycoplasma research for use in germ war. At the time, it was illegal to work with mycoplasma in the continental US. Plum Island, which was already a biowar research facility, and, due to its island status, was chosen to conduct the Mycoplasma research. The Government designated them with a Biolevel 5 and the mycoplasma research commenced.
The initial 10 million dollar grant was for a 5 year period. The mycoplasma research was successful and the funding for the research continued.
In the 1980's, Plum Island hired a scientist who had just completed his graduate research at Cornel. This scientist headed the mycoplasma research department until just prior to hostilities breaking out in the Persian Gulf. He took his research and went back to Bagdad, where he still heads the Univ. of Bagdad research department. This scientist, who worked at Plum Island during the 1980's, and, then took the mycoplasma research back to Iraq was Dr. Jawad Al Aubaidi.
The new Director, Dr. LeeAnn Thomas, had admitted, very unwillingly, during one of the public meetings they held in reference to their desire to upgrade the level of pathogens at the facility, "Plum Island did indeed work with 7 strains of mycoplasmas."
They also had projects that infected ticks with pathogen agents of brucella toxins. Another project was infecting ticks with African Swine Fever.
A large majority of the people in Eastern Connecticut feel that Plum Island was indeed responsible for the origins of Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease was first isolated in a youth, in 1975, within a few miles of the area where the Plum Island Government Ferry Boats dock.
There is even an unsubstantiated (at this time) claim that a young girl who was being treated at Yale for Lyme Disease was sent to the inhouse hospital at Plum Island where she 'emerged' cured and showed no evidence of Lyme Disease. The story was related by a man at another public meeting.
Plum Island wants the public trust. They seek to bring in pathogens for which there are no KNOWN vaccines and no KNOWN cures. Yet, my observation at the public meeting, the Plum Island officials are very evasive and only admit to certain research when cornered. Dr. Lee Ann Thomas first said, when questioned about the mycoplasma research at the public meeting, no. When the questioner held up a copy of the Common Cause Foundation's "Journal of Degenerative Diseases," Oct. 1999, which contained an article regarding the mycoplasma research, Dr. Thomas had to admit that the article was true.
I have more information en route to my home via the Freedom of Information Act. I will keep updating my research.
Before I believe and trust that facility, a facility with a long history of safety violations, some as recent as Spring/Summer 1999, I want to find out exactly what the facility is doing with my tax dollars.
Although Plum Island is located off the coast of Long Island, and just 10 miles across Long Island Sound from Groton, Ct. Submarine base, it is a National concern. Deadly pathogens like Nipah, Hendra, Bottulism, Brucellosis, Plague, Anthrax et al, do not respect State lines.
I have been trying to enlist the help of Veterens who are suffering with Gulf War Syndrome, to get together, sign petitions, and demand that the Government enlighten the Veterans and publc about the research that began 30 years ago, and is still causing deaths here in the US and the world, especially among our Allies.
I welcome e-mails from anyone concerned about Plum Island and the legacy of mycoplasma research conducted at that facility.
I fail to understand how the US Government can tell the Veterans and the rest of the Country that Biologicals were not used in the Persian Gulf. There was no monitoring for biologicals at that time. There was only some monitoring for chemical weapons.
The Army BIDS and the Navy's IBADs technology was not in place during the Persian Gulf War. BIDS, which is actually Biological Integrated Defense System, is still being tested at Dugway Proving Ground and Aberdeen Proving Ground. IBADS is also in the test phases.
How can the US be so sure that there were no biological weapons used in the Gulf War?
I am also wondering why the US was in such a hurry to develop mycoplasma weapons back in 1970. Did they want to use the weapon in Viet Nam?
Were any primitive mycoplasma weapons used then? Were some of the Viet Nam vets suffering from Agent Orange and mycoplasma?
There are lots of questions, but, I do not hear the Government answering them.
I guess I will have to keep on researching.
Thank you, Patricia Doyle
You are invited to visit my website "Emerging Diseases"


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