- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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