House orders Pentagon to say if it weaponized ticks and released them

The order requires the agency to say if it experimented with insects for use as a biological weapon between 1950 and 1975

The House vote to require the Pentagon inspector general to tell Congress whether the department experimented with weaponizing disease-carrying insects and whether they were released into the public realm — either accidentally or on purpose.

The House quietly voted last week to require the Pentagon inspector general to tell Congress whether the department experimented with weaponizing disease-carrying insects and whether they were released into the public realm — either accidentally or on purpose.

The unusual proposal took the form of an amendment that was adopted by voice vote July 11 during House debate on the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill, which lawmakers passed the following day.

The amendment, by New Jersey Republican Christopher H. Smith, says the inspector general “shall conduct a review of whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975.”

If the answer is yes, then the IG must provide the House and Senate Armed Services committees with a report on the experiments’ scope and “whether any ticks or insects used in such experiments were released outside of any laboratory by accident or experiment design.”

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The amendment is an attempt to confirm or deny reports that Pentagon researchers — at places such as Fort Detrick in Maryland and Plum Island in New York — implanted diseases into insects to learn about the effects of biological weapons and also looked into using such insects to disseminate biological agents.

President Richard Nixon banned U.S. government research into biological weapons in 1969, but research into protecting U.S. military personnel from such agents may have continued, Smith said in an interview Monday.

A book called “Bitten,” published this year, makes the case that the Defense Department research occurred and hints at a possible connection between the experiments and the spread of maladies such as Lyme disease, which is borne by ticks.
To Smith and other advocates of the Pentagon IG report, studying the past may provide data that can help stem the spread of Lyme disease in the future.
Between 300,000 and 427,000 new cases of Lyme disease occur each year, with further growth expected in the years ahead, said Smith, a founding co-chairman of the Congressional Lyme Disease Caucus, which advocates for greater awareness of the disease and for more funding for research into a cure.

“We need answers and we need them now,” Smith said.

Smith’s amendment was co-sponsored by Minnesota Democrat Collin C. Peterson, who is the House caucus’s other leader, and by Maryland Republican Andy Harris.

Pat Smith, president of the Lyme Disease Association, said in an interview Monday that she is hopeful the IG report could provide information that could save lives.

“We need to find out: is there anything in this research that was supposedly done that can help us to find information that is germane to patient health and combating the spread of the disease,” she said.

It remains to be seen whether Congress will send President Donald Trump a defense authorization bill with the weaponized ticks amendment. The Senate has passed its version without any similar provision, and now House and Senate negotiators must reconcile the two bills.



If the Pentagon states anything other than “yes,” they are lying, and it’s not just Lyme:  Tularemia, Crimean Congo Fever and many mosquito transmitted diseases.

By Dr. James Howenstine, Excerpts below:

Transmission of the disease has been clearly documented after bites by fleas, mites, mosquitos and ticks.  There is compelling evidence that Lyme disease (LD) can be spread by sexual and congenital transfer….  miscarriage, premature births, stillbirths, birth defects, and transplacental infection of the fetus have all been reported.  Studies at the University of Vienna have found Bb in urine and breast milk of LD mothers...researchers at the University of Wisconsin have reported that dairy cattle can be infected with Bb, hence milk could be contaminated.  Bb can also be transmitted to lab animals by oral intake such as food…the Sacramento, California blood bank thinks that LD can be spread by blood transfusions.  The CDC (Center of Disease Control) in Atlanta, Georgia states that their data indicates that Bb can survive the blood processing techniques used for transfusions in the US.

Regarding bioweaponry, the article goes on to state:

Several US government scientists including Dr. Shuy-Ching Lo, of the American Institute of Pathology, hold a patent on a Pathogenic Mycoplasma (mycoplasma fermentans) which has been converted into a crystalline form.  In the patent application the diseases AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, Wegener’s Granulomatosis, Sarcoidosis, lupus and Alzheimer’s Disease were mentioned as related to this patented form of mycoplasma fermentens.  The crystalline form of mycoplasma fermentens contains the part of the brucella bacteria that causes disease in patients.  In its crystalline form this mycoplasma can be transmitted into subjects by intravenous administration or injections, spread as an aerosol,implanted by the bite of an insect, or placed into food or water.  There is no laboratory evidence for infection by brucella in subjects who have received the “crystalline pathogenic mycoplasma.”

When a nation is developing biologic warfare agents it is imperative that these agents be tested on humans to evaluate the results.  If an infectious biologic warfare agent was able to produce person to person transfer it would have to be regarded as a gigantic success.

In the Faroe Islands in 1943 British biowar researchers ran tests to see if sheep could be infected by air-borne brucella.  The brucella spread into sheep dogs as brucella canis and then appeared to cause several humans to develop multiple sclerosis.

In 1947 and 1948, approximately 1,100 school children in remote northern Icelandic villages (Akureyri) became ill with a new disease that caused severe burning pain in the limbs, profound muscle weakness, and severe fatigue.  Of these 1,100 teenagers who became ill, 5 of the students developed an aggressive form of Parkinson’s disease and proceeded to die (unheard of in teenagers not using methedrine-like drugs).  The United States had effective control of Iceland during these years and a research scientist trained in plant and animal virology at the Rockefeller Institute (oriented toward eugenics), Dr. Bjorn Sigurdson, was installed to start an Institute of Experimental Pathology at the University of Iceland with $200,000 in grant money from the Rockefeller Institute.  In 1950 a group of American physicians, microbiologists, and biologic researchers sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation arrived in Iceland to study the effects of the mystery illness that had struck Northern Iceland.  The appearance of a new disease was of such great interest that Icelandic Disease was promptly reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Canadian government set up the Dominion Parasite Laboratory in Belleville, Ontario in the 1950’s and 60’s to grow one hundred million mosquitos a month.  In late August of 1984, 500 persons in the St. Lawrence Valley became ill with a mystery illness which had the profound weakness seen in brucellosis without any laboratory evidence of brucella infection.  One woman was certain her illness came from a mosquito bite.  She recalled being bitten by a mosquito and woke up the next day with a target skin lesion at the bite site (same skin lesion as seen in Lyme Disease) and such profound weakness she was unable to get out of bed.  Another woman recalled a target lesion at the site of a mosquito bite. Both women remain ill 20 years later.

Citizens in Punta Gorda, Florida woke up one spring morning in 1956 with a cloud of mosquitos in their town.  Calls to the Meteorological Service about the mosquito influx were answered with the information that there had been a forest fire thirty miles away in the Everglades and that these mosquitos had fled the fire.  The truth is mosquitos will not move from one side of a barn to the other when a fire breaks out, let alone fly 30 miles.  One week later 5 persons appeared in the local medical clinic with symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

In 1984 mycoplasma may have been transmitted by aerosol into a high school in Incline Village, Nevada, where many persons suddenly developed chronic fatigue syndrome.  Children became ill with a similar mysterious illness in 1984 after drinking goat’s milk in Lyndonville, New York.  The cities of Adelaide, Australia 1949, West Otago, New Zealand 1984, and Royal Free Hospital London, England 1955 have all been visited by mini-epidemics of chronic fatigue syndrome.

The United States maintains a biological warfare research laboratory on Plum Island directly across Long Island Sound from the sites where Lyme Disease and West Nile Disease were first encountered in Old Lyme and Madison, Connecticut.  Massive deaths of birds are common at the sites where West Nile viral disease appears, suggesting that the illness may afflict birds before entering humans.  Dr. Warren Levin of Wilton, Connecticut states that 56% of the families in Wilton have at least one family member with LD.  Could seagulls containing crystalline mycoplasma fermentens and West Nile Virus have escaped or been released from Plum Island?

Much of this information about biowarfare agents and crystalline mycoplasma fermentens is from an article written by biochemist Donald W. Scott and published in the Winter 2003 edition of The Journal of Degenerative Diseases Volume 5 Number 1.  The publisher is Common Cause Medical Research Foundation, Box 133, Station B, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 4NR Canada.

Since the date of this article excerpt (2004), the research facility at Plum Island has moved to Kansas University:

For more:  Video of Willy Burgdorfer after article. Burgdorfer died of Parkinson’s.

The sordid history of bioweaponized mycoplasma is in Dr. Garth Nicolson’s book, “Project Daylily.” Info found here:  Excerpt:  

Genes part of the HIV-1 envelope were found in these Mycoplasmas, which in a nutshell means that a person may not get HIV but they may get some of the symptoms. It is also important to note that while military personnel were likely exposed to the Mycoplasmas from weapons in the Gulf War, they were also exposed through vaccinations.

Nicholson found Mycoplasma to be the #1 coinfection of Lyme disease.


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