From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Donald L Ferrt)
Subject: Re: THE WEST NILE VIRUS: NATURE OR BIOTERRORISM
Date: 20 Aug 2003 11:27:33 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: 20 Aug 2003 18:27:35 GMT
"pedro martori" wrote in message news:...
> THE WEST NILE VIRUS: NATURE OR BIOTERRORISM
> By Manuel Cereijo
> Since August 1999 a brain virus, a previously unknown variant of the West
> Nile virus has killed over 200 persons in the United States, and it has
> spread in almost all of the states.
> In most people, the West Nile virus feels like a flu. Humans catch it from
> the bite of an infected mosquito. Usually, the illness lasts from six to 10
> days, and people recover from it. But in young children, elderly, and people
> with a weak immune system, West Nile can turn into encephalitis-an
> inflammation of the brain. The brain becomes red and puffs up inside the
> skull. These victims may get tremors-their muscles become uncontrollably
> weak-and they can have seizures, fall into coma, stop breathing, and die.
> The West Nile virus was first identified by virologists in 1937, in the West
> Nile district of Uganda, along the Albert Nile near the border with the
> Congo ( note Cuba's stance in the Congo during the 1970s and early 1980s).
> Mosquitoes are its main carriers and birds are its main hosts. They are its
> deep reservoir in nature.
> It has been found all over east Africa, in Western India, in Australia, and
> in Egypt and the Middle East. Birds have occasionally carry West Nile into
> Eastern Europe during their annual migrations out of Africa. In 1999/2000
> there was a major outbreak in southern Russia, around the cities of
> Volgograd and Rostow-on-Don. There are reports that over 35 people died.
> American scientists have been trying to persuade Russian scientists to send
> them samples of tissue and blood from the outbreak. So far, the Russians
> haven't sent any samples.
> UNTIL SUMMER 1999, the West Nile HAD NEVER BEEN SEEN IN THE WESTERN
> HEMISPHERE. The outbreak in the United States is ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT
> BIOLOGICAL EVENTS TO OCCUR IN THE WORLD OF VIRUSES IN THIS CENTURY. For one
> thing, until now the virus has generally not been fatal to its avian hosts.
> It presents all the characteristics of what is known as an operational
> bioterrorist attack-one that spread over large geographical regions, causes
> a minimum number of deaths as compared to an attack with smallpox or
> anthrax, but it causes economic damage, as well as panic and psychological
> The mystery of how the West Nile virus got first to New York city in 1999,
> and how it has developed in the past few months over all the nation has been
> troubling the CIA. Adding to the intrigue, it turns out that in 1985 the
> Center for Disease Control had sent samples of West Nile virus to a
> researcher in Iraq, and later, samples of the St. Louis encephalitis
> virus-very similar to West Nile, to the Institute of Tropical Medicine in
> Ken Alibek, the former deputy chief of research for Biopreparat, , the
> Soviet Union's main biowarfare program-who defected to the United States in
> 1992, has said to Congress ": "It looks very suspicious." "We need to take
> these situations with a high degree of seriousness".
> The virus in the United States is encountering a whole new ecosystem.
> Everything is unfamiliar to the virus-the weather, the climate, many of the
> birds, and in spite of that, it has spread over the country. The virus is a
> stronger strain that the one found in the Middle East. It seems it has been
> genetically altered in a bioengineering lab.
> Intelligence sources have released information of Iraq defectors, obtained
> in 1997, who have said" Hussein showed us a dossier that holds details of
> his ultimate weapon, developed in secret laboratories outside and far away
> from Iraq. Free of UN inspections, the labs would developed the SV 1417
> strain of the West Nile virus. The SV1417 was to be "operationally tested"
> on a country far away from Iraq. The target has been selected but it is top
> secret", said Hussein.
> Iraq and Cuba had kept bilateral agreements since the late 1980s in the
> areas, among others, of biotechnology.
I would try Plum Island first:
1.5 miles off the North Eastern coast of Long Island, and 12 miles
South West of Connecticut sits a small island with a big ring of
conspiracy and controversy surrounding it. The island is Plum Island,
a.k.a, the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal Disease
Center. What goes on here? The study of fatal biological agents such
as Foot and Mouth Disease. But there's more, much more. The facility
on Plum Island may be studying - and experimenting with - far more
than just biological agents harmful to animals.
In September of 1999 the USDA asked for money to upgrade the lab
from it's current status to one level higher so it would be able to
experiment with biological agents that are not only harmful to
animals, but can be potentially fatal to humans. But this sign of an
upgrade may be the last step in a process which many believe has
already taken place. But that's not where the problem comes in. A
biological testing facility such as the one located on Plum Island
would take major precautions and have systems to keep any of the
hazards they researched from getting out, correct? Well, evidence
provided to the Smoking Gun Research Agency suggest that these systems
may have failed possibly three times! And this slip could have caused
the accidental release of two major diseases being studied on the
In 1970 President Nixon granted $10 million dollars for mycoplasma
research which went straight to Plum Island. Plum island was
designated a bio-level 5, the only one in the United States. Employees
at Plum Island are ferried in from nearby Long Island and Connecticut
shores because Congress mandated that a facility of this type not be
connected to the US main land by any bridge or tunnel. But could that
still have not been enough to keep something from getting out?
In 1975 the first case of Lyme disease was isolated in a youth
within a few miles of the CT Plum Island ferryboat docks. Many people
are sure that it came from Plum Island. But there is more. In 1978
there was an accident on Plum Island and microbes of Foot and Mouth
disease were accidentally released from the facility. Employees were
evacuated, the island was secured, and every animal killed and
incinerated and the entire island sprayed with toxins. Should it be
surprising then that shortly before the first case of West Nile
Encephalitis was isolated in New York City a power outage occurred at
the Plum Island facility while undersea cable was being laid? During
this power outage the biological containment facility lost power and
it is possible that an agent could have escaped. It is not surprising
then to find out that strands of the West Nile virus were being
experimented on at Plum Island at the same time as they were first
discovered in NYC. Many feel this is a direct connection because the
West Nile virus had never before been found in the United States!
The Smoking Gun Research Agency is investigating the facility on
Plum Island, and has followed the development of the new biological
testing facility there. Further updates and information will be
posted, along with new documentation. For more information, or to
request the full preliminary investigations, contact us at