Interview: U.S. bioweapon lab suspected of source of lyme disease: expert
by Xinhua writer Xu Chi
GENEVA, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) — A U.S. government bioweapons lab, inspired by a Nazi bioweapons expert and with a mission to poison cattle in the Soviet Union, is believed to be the source of the lyme disease, said a university professor and a long-time investigative journalist in a recent interview with Xinhua.
Karl Grossman, a full-time professor of journalism at the State University of New York, has spent five decades investigating a U.S. government laboratory on Plum Island, known as the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, which is located about one mile (about 1609 meters) off Long Island of New York.
For Grossman, this laboratory is “shrouded in secrecy.”
“I wish, there would be ‘transparency.’ That’s the word that has been used for decades in the U.S., so that people would know what their government has done,” he said.
“I am hopeful, but I am kind of doubt it, considering the decades and decades of secrecy involving the Plum Island,” he added.
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- Nazi bioweapon expert, Erich Traub, brought to the U.S. after WWII, is the ‘godfather’ of Plum Island laboratory
- Traub, an active Nazi, did biological warfare experiments on the island of Riems to poison cattle in the U.S.S.R.
- Fort Terry was also located on Plum Island for over 50 years
- Eventually the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture took over the Plum Island lab
- A document reprinted on the front page of Newsday, a newspaper on Long Island, stated the mission of Plum Island was to develop biological warfare weaponry to poison cattle and other livestock in former Soviet Union
- Grossman was the first to expose this admission in 1971
- When the USDA opened Plum Island for tours, the public relations person told Grossman, “we do defensive biological warfare”
- Newsday in 1977 reported that an African Swine Fever outbreak in Cuba in 1971 was connected to an outbreak on Plum Island, the only place the disease existed
- a 2007 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) exposed some of the pathogens (West Nile virus, Nipah virus, and Rift Valley Fever) on Plum Island “could also cause illness and deaths in humans”
- Attorney John Loftus specialized in pursuing Nazis for the DOJ and tells in his book about Nazi scientists experimenting with poisoned ticks dropped from airplanes. He hypothesized that the infected ticks were the source of Lyme disease
- Investigative journalist Kris Newby writes in her book that Willy Burgdorfer, the “discoverer” of Lyme, developed bioweapons for the DOD
- An amendment in 2019 championed by Rep. Chris Smith (N.J.) resulted in Congress requiring the DOD to investigate; however, this is the third year in a row such a measure introduced by Mr. Smith, but neither received Senate approval
“There’s the question of whether COVID-19 might have started at a laboratory in China. And for decades there’s the issue of how Lyme disease began. Both cry out for vigorous and full investigations.” – Karl Grossman