In April of 1979, residents living in and around the southern part of the city of Sverdlovsk began feeling ill. At first, people started getting headaches, which eventually evolved into fever. Then, the abdominal pain started, followed by chest pain strong enough to raise concern about possible heart attack. As the chills and fever became worse, unsuspecting residents began vomiting. Concerned family members raced their family member to the hospital, only to return the following day themselves when they themselves fell ill with the mysterious disease. By the end of the epidemic, 68 people would die from anthrax infection and many others would survive after spending weeks in the hospital and on artificial respirators, forever affected by the deadly microbe that destroyed families and communities. By October of 1979, a Russian newspaper in Frankfurt, West Germany first ran the story that a “major germ accident” caused the death of thousands of Russian citizens. By 1980, the same newspaper published a follow-up revealing that an April 1979 explosion at a secret military facility later revealed as “Compound 19″, released anthrax spores into the air and infected the unfortunate Russians living downwind of the release.
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Almost six years after being appointed the prime contractor for Phase II of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) CUTLASS robotics program, Northrop Grumman have rolled out the first of their unmanned explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) vehicles at its Remotec production facility in Coventry, UK. The next generation remote-controlled CUTLASS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) will replace the Wheelbarrow bomb disposal robot and give its operators a significantly enhanced ability when dealing with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other unexploded ordnance. The roll out of the new vehicle took place at the Coventry facility, with the UK Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (DE&S) Minister Peter Luff MP and Mr Peter Worrall, chief of Materiel (Joint Enablers) present at the handover ceremony.
In 1977, the U.S. Army conducted a full review of it’s biological warfare program. The report was published on February 24 of that year, and detailed the Army’s role in Biological Warfare research for review by Congress. (1) Since the U.S. Army was in charge of the work done at Fort Detrick in Maryland, the report provided a great deal of information about the stockpile of biological agents produced by the United States there. Many U.S. citizens are not only unaware of the sheer volume of deadly diseases and germ agents produced by the United States, but they are also unaware of the often careless open-air testing that the military conducted over populated civilian centers. The author of the report made a concerted effort to downplay the ethics of the biological warfare program by asking readers to take the beliefs, politics and culture of the time period into account. The report reads: “In preparing a comprehensive review of the Army BW programs, it is crucial that the activities be portrayed in the context of the times and circumstances in which they occurred. For this reason, the events have been related to the appropriate period of national security activity. It has been difficult, at times, to provide finite data as some of hte detailed working papers have since been destroyed; however, much data is available and every attempt has been made to use primary documents or the most credible derivative data.” I believe the authors of the report made a sincere attempt to accumulate solid, verified evidence of elements of the biological warfare program that really took place, rather than distributing information based on anecdotal or otherwise flimsy evidence. All of the information in the Army report is undisputed – it is not the work of a conspiracy theorist’s mind. Basically, [...]
Last month, the National Security Archive released the Zelikow Memo, a 2006 memo written by Philip D. Zelikow, counselor to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The memo indicates an internal disagreement within the Bush administration over the constitutionality of “enhanced interrogation techniques” by the CIA. The subject of the memo, dated February 15, 2006, was The McCain Amendment and U.S Obligations Under Article 16 of the Convention Against Torture. The memo argues that the “enhanced interrogation techniques” falls under article 16 of the Convention Against Torture and even quotes the article by stating, “to prevent in any territory under its jurisdiction other acts of cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment which do not amount to torture.” It was previously concluded that Article 16 did not apply to interrogation acts that were conducted worldwide. However, Zelikow contended that with the addition of the McCain Amendment all interrogation acts were subject to the new policy.
On Friday morning, April 13th, North Korea launched a multistage rocket under the premise that its mission was to establish an “Earth observation satellite” into orbit. The rocket launched at approximately 7:39 a.m. local time from the northwest corner of North Korea. The direction of the launch took the missile on a path over Japan’s Ryukyu Islands. Approximately 80 seconds after the launch, as the second stage kicked, the missile exploded into two parts. The first part, according to South Korea, split into about 10 pieces which fell into the water Southwest of Seoul. The second part split into three pieces that landed just west of Gunsan. U.S. officials did not wait to both ridicule North Korea’s attempt to launch a rocket, as well as call it a, “provocative action” that “threatens regional security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments.” (1) However, the specific reason for the failure remains unknown, and with the U.S. preparing for the launch by maneuvering its massive seaborne radar system as well as nearly half a dozen anti-missile ships into the area, and with Japan setting up Patriot anti-missile batteries in preparation of the North Korean launch (2) – there is a question as to whether or not the failure was actually caused by something other than the missile itself.
On Tuesday, April 10th, the Huffington Post released a report about an anonymous motorist in the Costa Mesa region of Californa that reported to MUFON that he had seen a strange diamond-shaped UFO hovering “about a mile away from him.” (1) The witness reported an object hovering in the sky that was “much too big to be a helicopter”. The description offered of the object itself was very odd, with the witness stating that it was made of up “two diamonds connected in the middle”. The witness included that the object was making a humming noise that could be heard even nearly a mile away. Just from the general description of the craft that the witness offered to MUFON, there are already discrepancies, such as the fact that the witness stated that it didn’t have aviation lights, yet later he stated that the UFO had four lights on it that were “brighter than the sun lights.” Another point against the case is the fact that it was published in The Examiner, a magazine renowned for publishing just about any sensational story without an ounce of evidence to support it. The good news is that MUFON is in fact on the case (depending on your opinion of MUFON of course). MUFON’s director of public relations Roger Marsh offered a few quotes to Huffington Post as well about the history of diamond-shaped sightings being fairly common, and the fact that the witness on the ground heard a humming sound. According to Marsh, that makes the case unusual, because “in most good UFO cases, the object is completely silent.” I’m not sure where Marsh draws this conclusion, but setting that small point aside, a more important issue is what the witness most likely saw on April 5th.
On Tuesday, April 3rd, the National Reconnaissance Office launched another above top secret payload into orbit over the Earth. The payload was put into orbit using a Delta IV rocket launched by United Launch Alliance at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch, designated as NROL-25, took place at 4:12 p.m.,a dn the official reason provided for the launch was that it was “in support of national defense.” Only a few hints were provided by Mission Operations regarding the purpose for the payload. Jim Ponnick, the Vice President of United Launch Alliance told the press, “ULA is proud to have supported this mission and delivered critical capabilities to the mena nd women defending our freedom throughout the world.” (1) This implies that the ultimate mission for the payload is a military one, to support the soldiers in battlefields around the Earth. In fact, the NRO is significantly boosting the population of these highly classified satellites in orbit, with four more NROL-25 launches planned over the next four months. One thing is for certain. Considering the high-tech abilities and impressive capability of the NASA infrared satellite launched last month, these classified payloads are sure to contain some of the most cutting-edge technologies available.
This past week is the nine year anniversary of the capture and subsequent rescue of PFC, Jessica Lynch, during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Lynch’s unit, the 507th Maintenance Company, was ambushed on March 23, 2003. By April 1st, The United States Special forces rescued her, making her the first successful rescued American Prisoner of War (POW) since World War II and the first rescued woman POW ever. Lynch was brought home an American hero and tales of the rescue spread across the web like wildfire. However, many contend that the rescue was somewhat exaggerated. This exaggeration was not just a “fish story” that kept growing, but rather a calculated effort by the U.S. to use the rescue as a propaganda piece. This begs the question, “Was the Rescue of Jessica Lynch Exaggerated?” (1)
From a young age, children learn about epidemics and outbreaks, such as the Black Death and Bubonic Plague, and how these lethal diseases, which wiped out millions, were associated with rodents. I can remember being fascinated about such horrifying stories, although I have to admit, I cannot remember my teachers ever claiming that these lethal epidemics were deliberately caused by human intervention. Entomological warfare (EW) is a branch of biological warfare (BW) that uses insects to attack the enemy by delivering a biological agent, such as cholera or the plague. This type of biological warfare has been around for centuries. Even the 14th century plague, the Black Death, was regarded as an incident of entomological warfare by many historians, having arrived in Europe after the Mongols catapulted flea-ridden corpses into the port of Kaffa, causing bacteria, rats and fleas to spread across the Mediterranean. (1)
The United States has a long history of implementing psychological operations (PSYOPs) in foreign countries. The purpose of these PSYOPs is to create behavior in favor of the U.S. However, these PSYOPs did not always work out as well as the U.S. would hope. Such is the case with the PSYOP mission in Vietnam, according to a Department of Defense report titled, US Army Special Forces and Similar Internal Defense Advisory Operations in Mainland Southeast Asia.(1)