It is the price I must pay for Santayana and age:
We are repeating the past and are doomed to keep repeating it.
It is also the price I pay for having a long memory as a victim of Cointelpro and as someone who is old enough to remember this:
In 1971 there were reports that operatives within the CIA were spreading Swine flu.
I cannot even begin to tell you how reluctant I am to dive into the business of conspiracy theory – so I can only give you the reports and my opinion about them.
Because I am relatively new poster here and haven’t mastered all the bells and whistles i will just give you the basics here.
Human swine flu infecting humans began on a US military base. There is an excellent thread with the story at democratic underground right now (I wil try to come back with the link later).
Swine flu had been developed for use as a bioweapon and was reportedly dumped on Cuba in the 1970’s causing some serious harm (my own recollection when it was reported is that it was "dusted" via aircraft and that some of it blew back into the US infecting pigs and possibly humans here, but that is foggy – I just remember it that way).
Rumsfeld worked for Nixon at that time and then later went to work at Gilead Pharmaceuticals which was engaged in bioweapons research (vaccines) using skills presumably picked up working for Nixon’s executive branch.
Right now Rumsfeld is one of the primary targets in the torture investigation and on Chris Matthews today none other than Pat Buchanan said that any investigation of torture utlimately must investigate and hold the executives who authorized the war crimes (the deciders in chief) responsible (ie prosecute Cheney, Bush, Rummy, Wolfowitz et al).
For the past 8 years (and arguably the last 28 years since Bill Clinton gave them all a pass on their illegal acts in Iran-Cocaine-Contra crimes and crimes against humanity in the name of "looking ahead" and political expedience) Darth Cheney, the Bushes, Rumsfeld et al (but them in particular and especially) have been enabled to amass huge swaths of ilegal and hidden wealth and to organize, finance, and hide private global corporofascist military ops. Part of the Blackwater, Halliburton, Carlyle money gets laundered through casinos, according to some scenarios of how this works, and put in offshore banks which also handle casino ops in places like the Marianas (where Delay and Abramoff were playing and got busted) and which handle internet gaming ops (where you can launder billions with your cell phone playing slots, give ten percent to the house and put the rest in Vanuatu where disclosure of banking info gets you ten years and a $100,000 fine.
(Remember I was a Hill staffer and btw I have extensive experience in fraud and rico matters involving money laundering – but I am also a shaggy activist investigative journalist – I have been following this stuff for many many years which is how I became a victim of Cointelpro more than 30 years ago)
But I digress…
My point is that the very TARGETS of the torture investigations are the people who are not only the architects of the "Casualty Production by biological agents: (what this would be called in the army field manual) using swine flu and avian sources which first infected humans on an army research base AND they are the ones who will reap the profits from the sale of Tamiflu as well as benefit from the distraction of the pandemic which will cause the torture headlines to lose any real significance (FOR GODS SAKE NYC PREPPIES ARE DYING!!!)
Here’s a sample of articles I found searching the past history which was triggered by my deep dark CT memory of the 1970’s when swine flu was used by home grown terrorists in our government.
Deja Vu all over again. I hate to be the one to say I need a tin foil hat, but its true, only thing is tin foil doesn’t foil swine/avian/human bioweapons, it only works on electomagnetic fields, i hear.
Obama needs to take these criminals down fast before they kill us all, mefears. If they do not give a shit about the Geneva Convention on war crimes and torure, why would they hesitate to violate bioweapons treaties?
At this point they are facing prosecution. Maybe they want to burn the global village rather than be taken alive and made to pay for their crimes. Once you have committed crimes against humanity, what’s the dif?
A few notes from the google monster:
CUBA SAYS U. S. USED BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS TO KILL 156 PEOPLE
UNITED NATIONS (UPI) – Cuba publicly accused the United States Thursday before the U. N. General Assembly of using biological warfare against the island nation in a campaign that killed 156 Cubans, including 99 children.
‘In less than three years, our country has suffered the scourge of five grave plagues and epidemics, which have hit our cattle, our plantations and now our people,’ Cuban Foreign Minister Isidoro Malmierca told the assembly in his policy speech.
‘The agencies of the U. S. are using biological weapons against the people of Cuba.
‘Ninety-nine children have died in Cuba,’ he charged. ‘They were victims of the hemorrhagic dengue epidemic that took from us a toll of 156 lives.’
Cuban President Fidel Castro has in the past charged that the CIA was responsible for spreading the diseases in Cuba.
Malmierca said Cuba has been hit successively by ‘the swine fever, the blue mold in tobacco, the sugar cane rot, the hemorrhagic dengue and, more recently, when we were still in the process of fighting of this one, hemorrhagic conjunctivitis appears.’"
— Houston Post 9/25/81
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Cuba’s charges could not be proved, but they were not farfetched. As noted above, the United States has frequently destroyed enemy crops. The CIA tried to overthrow the Cuban government at the Bay of Pigs and mounted numerous assassination attempts against Castro. Agency interest in sabotaging the Cuban economy with chemical or biological methods against crops and workers is also a matter of public record . . .
— Gene Wars by Charles Pillar and
Keith R. Yamamoto, Beech Tree
Books-William Morrow, New York,
1988, ISBN 0-688-07050-7, p 72
Six years after it happened, one incident came to light:
CIA LINK TO CUBAN PIG VIRUS REPORTED
New York — With at least the tacit backing of U. S. Central Intelligence Agency officials, operatives linked to anti-Castro terrorists introduced African swine fever virus into Cuba in 1971.
Six weeks later an outbreak of the disease forced the slaughter of 500,000 pigs to prevent a nationwide animal epidemic.
A U. S. intelligence source told Newsday last week he was given the virus in a sealed, unmarked container at a U. S. Army base and CIA training ground in Panama with instructions to turn it over to the anti-Castro group.
The 1971 outbreak, the first and only time the disease has hit the Western Hemisphere, was labeled the ‘most alarming event’ of 1971 by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. African swine fever is a highly contagious and usually lethal viral disease that infects only pigs and unlike swine flu, cannot be transmitted to humans.
All production of pork, a Cuban staple, halted, apparently for several months.
A CIA spokesman, Dennis Berend, in response to a Newsday request for comment, said, ‘We don’t comment on information from unnamed and, at best, obscure sources.
. . . on the basis of numerous interviews over four months’ with U. S. intelligence sources, Cuban exiles and scientists concerning the outbreak — which occurred two years after then-President Nixon had banned the use of offensive chemical and biological warfare — was able to piece together this account of events leading up to the outbreak.
The U. S. intelligence source said that early in 1971 he was given the virus in a sealed, unmarked container at Ft. Gulick, an Army base in the Panama Canal Zone. The CIA also operates a paramilitary training center for career personnel and mercenaries at Ft. Gulick.
The source said he was given instruction to turn the container over to members of an anti-Castro group.
The container was given to a person in the Canal Zone, who took it by boat and turned it over to persons aboard a fishing trawler off the Panamanian coast. The source said the substance was not identified to him until months after the outbreak in Cuba. He would not elaborate further.
Another man involved in the operation, a Cuban exile who asked not to be identified, said he was on the trawler when the virus was put aboard at a rendezvous point off Bocas del Toro, Panama. He said the trawler carried the virus to Navassa Island, a tiny, deserted, U. S.-owned island between Jamaica and Haiti. From there, after the trawler made a brief stopover, the container was taken to Cuba and given to other operatives near the U. S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay.
The source on the trawler, who had been trained by the CIA and had carried out previous missions for the agency, said he saw no CIA officials aboard the boat that delivered the virus to the trawler off Panama, but added: ‘We were very well paid for this and Cuban exile groups don’t have that kind of money . . ."
He said he was revealing the information because he is a member of an exile group being investigated by the United States in connection with terrorist activity in Florida. His account was confirmed by another intelligence source in Miami. The source said he had no proof that the operation was approved by CIA officials in Washington, but added: ‘In a case like this, though, they would always give them (CIA officials in Washington) plausible deniability.’
The investigation referred to by the operative on the trawler involves a federal inquiry into terrorist acts allegedly carried out by Cuban exiles. Those include bombings and assassination attempts in the United States and Venezuela."
— Newsday, 1/10/77
Finally – I will try to find the other sources for the use of turkey feathers for dispersal and the first human cases of swine flu at, I believem Fort Detrick
Can we afford not to know this stuff? Can Santayana be wrong?