In September, The New York Times reported that a
University of Chicago researcher, Malcolm Casadaban, died after exposure to “a
weakened and ordinarily harmless strain of the bacteria that cause plague.”
If I remember correctly, we went to war with Iraq over, in part, WMDs. Biological weapons were considered WMDs. Hmmmmm….
According to the Times, “Dr. Casadaban, an associate professor at the university, was studying the bacteria to create a better vaccine for plague … in part because of concerns about its possible use in bioterrorism.” The Times averred that “infectious disease experts said researchers rarely die from being infected with an ordinarily harmless strain of the bacteria or viruses they are studying.”
If a bacteria, etc., is harmless, people shouldn’t die from it. Casadaban probably wasn’t working with a ‘harmless’ strain, since he got infected and died. Oh well….
Which of course, raise inevitable and troubling questions: just how “safe” was the strain of plague studied by Casadaban, and was this research part of a new round of illicit, highly compartmented experiments meant to bulk-up America’s first-strike arsenals?
I’ll let you read the rest of the article. It’s both fascinating and terrifying in it’s implications. Not that we should be surprised if the US is working on bio-terror weapons for it’s arsenal. We’ve done that for years, along with chemical and our famed nuclear arsenals. It’s a case of “Do as we say, and as far as what you think, we don’t give a shit.” It’s another reason to question whether our government, corporate and military establishments should be trusted even a little bit.