Police state : U.S. preparing to create flu epidemic?


Richard Moore

We might recall that the Anthrax scares post-9/11 were traced
to a U.S. government lab, and then we heard no more about it.

We might also note that the police-state agenda would be
advanced by an epidemic, as Bush as declared there would be a
military response, with forced quarantines, etc. See:





Scientists resurrect virus that killed 50 million 
Ian Sample- © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004 

Any biologist with expertise could recreate the microbe 


Scientists have recreated the 1918 Spanish flu virus, one of
the deadliest ever to emerge, to the alarm of many researchers
who fear it presents a serious security risk.

Undisclosed quantities of the virus are being held in a
high-security U.S. Government laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia,
after a nine-year effort to rebuild the agent that swept the
globe in record time and claimed the lives of an estimated 50
million people.

The genetic sequence is also being made available to
scientists online, a move which some fear adds a further risk
of the virus being created in other labs.

The recreation was carried out in an attempt to understand
what made the 1918 outbreak so devastating. Reporting in the
journal Science , a team lead by Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger at
the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Maryland, USA,
shows that the recreated virus is extremely effective.

Tests revealed that the Spanish flu virus multiplied so
rapidly that after four days, mice contained 39,000 times more
flu virus than those injected with the more common strain of

But other researchers warned on Wednesday the that virus could
escape from the laboratory.

Publication of the work and the filing of the virus's genetic
make-up to an online database followed an emergency meeting
last week by the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for
Biosecurity, which concluded that the benefits of publishing
the work outweighed the risks. Many scientists remained
sceptical. ``Once the genetic sequence is publicly available,
there's a risk that any molecular biologist with sufficient
knowledge could recreate this virus,'' said Dr. John Wood of
the Institute for Biological Standards in Potters Bar, U.K.

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