DHS: 70% Chance Disease Will Escape Proposed Bioweapons Lab in Tornado Alley

File this in the “Well, Duh!?!” department. Farmers and ranchers have been screaming about this for months. Tornado Alley is generally considered to include Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Kansas averages 47 tornadoes a year, while Oklahoma averages 52, Texas 124 and Nebraska 37, per DisasterCenter.com. The tiny yellow-red star in Kansas is where gov wants to locate the lab. And let’s not kid ourselves, translate NewsSpeak of “biodefense” with”bioweapons development.” ~Ed.

New Study Questions Safety of Proposed Biodefense Laboratory
By Martin Matishak
Global Security Newswire

This November 16 article should have stated that a calculation that there is a nearly 70 percent chance a pathogen could escape the planned Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas was made by a National Research Council panel based on data from a U.S. Homeland Security Department risk assessment. The NRC panel also estimated economic losses of between $9 billion and $50 billion from a postulated foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

WASHINGTON — An expert panel said yesterday the U.S. Homeland Security Department has not adequately gauged the potential risks associated with a proposed multimillion-dollar infectious-disease research laboratory in Kansas (see GSN, May 20 ).

(Nov. 16) – A rendering of the U.S. National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility planned for Manhattan, Kansas. In a report issued yesterday, the National Research Council said a government safety evaluation for the proposed facility contained “several major shortcomings” (U.S. Homeland Security Department image).

There are “several major shortcomings” in a department risk assessment of its planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility near Manhattan, Kansas, according to a report by the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. The proposed site is roughly 120 miles west of Kansas City.

The facility’s construction is expected to cost between $500 million and $700 million. The 520,000-square-foot center, slated to begin construction in 2012, would study highly infectious animal-borne pathogens, some of which could pose a threat to humans. It would replace the Plum Island Disease Center located near Long Island, New York, which was established in 1937.

The new site would also be the world’s third Biosafety-Level 4 Pathogen laboratory to work with large animals. The other two such facilities are in Australia and Canada.

The council calculated that based on estimates in the DHS assessment, which wrapped up in June, that there is a nearly 70 percent chance a disease would escape the laboratory during its planned 50-year operational lifespan. The DHS report estimated the economic losses from a postulated foot-and-mouth disease outbreak at $9 billion to $50 billion.

However, yesterday’s 146-page NRC analysis states that the actual amount could be “significantly higher” because the department’s assessment did not consider the dangers associated with daily upkeep of large animal holding rooms.

Read the full post at Global Security Newswire

17 responses to “DHS: 70% Chance Disease Will Escape Proposed Bioweapons Lab in Tornado Alley

  1. Sounds like DHS is COUNTING ON disease getting lose and killing/harming people. No rational thinking human being would do such a thing. It’s sinister. Of all the places in the world to choose and they choose tornado alley? LOL. The predators of humanity are at it again.

  2. I am speechless! I don’t understand why they are playing with our lives.

  3. I used to live right near Plum Island. No way off of the twin forks with that great big disaster-waiting-to-happen sitting in the middle of Long Island Sound. You’d shriek if you knew how many people out there have autoimmune diseases, cancers, etc. Alot of it comes from the old ways of agri-farming and pesticide usage, but who can say the other “alot” of it didn’t come from Plum Island? And NOW, to put the center into Tornado Alley??? It is so absurdly ridiculous, I cannot but laugh.

  4. One thing that is not mentioned is the effect of a tornado on the pathogens in respect of the spread by these high speed vortices. In any windy place there is a large spread of ‘things’ from one are to another so it stands to reason that in an area with high winds and extremely dangerous tornadoes will have a higher level of disease spread should any damage be done to the facility. But what happens if a pathogen escapes and while the clean up squad is trying to ‘clean up’ a tornado comes along and spreads it allover the place. A bit like spreading all the leaves that someone has just swept up.
    This design location is ‘Not big and not clever.’

  5. Ya think?

  6. On the same subject I read a very small story months ago that had been blocked from all the news media in the USA. About what appears to be the release of the Bird Flu purposely by putting it into a yearly flu vaccine and sending it out to eighteen countries around the world? If you even heard a rumor about this story you were lucky because it was never released to the general public. The big question is how could a bio-weapons virus even be in the same place as a vaccine due to be released to the public?

    That the lives of everyone world wide was threatened and we still are by this Bio Laboratory mistake or terrorist act and America never got the news.

    Deerfield, Illinois-based Baxter Pharmaceuticals sent H3N2 seasonal flu vaccine to 18 countries mixed with deadly live Bio-Weapons grade H5N1 Avian flu viruses (the death rate from this virus is 9 out of 10 die) that could have caused a global pandemic and millions of deaths and our news media told us nothing.

    This vaccine was shipped out in late December by Baxter. The error was caught by subcontractors in the Czech Republic in early February when they tested the vaccine on ferrets and they all died, indicating Avian Flu virus. But there is still a problem because 37 people were exposed to this mixture which has the potential to mutate to a super virus within those exposed. At this point the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Control are investigating and the FBI has also received a request to join the investigation.

    The Baxter company has been associated with two deadly scandals. The first event occurred in 2006 when hemophiliac components of a vaccine were contaminated with HIV virus and injected in tens of thousands of people, including thousands of children. Outrageously, was that Baxter continued to release the HIV contaminated vaccine even after the contamination was known.

    The second event occurred recently when it was discovered that Baxter had released a seasonal flu vaccine to 18 countries containing the bird flu virus, which would have produced a real world pandemic. Fortunately, astute lab workers in the Czech Republic discovered the deadly combination and blew the whistle before a worldwide disaster was unleashed.

    Despite these two deadly events, WHO maintains an agreement with Baxter Pharmaceuticals to produce the world’s pandemic vaccine.

    This information is from a story I read from the news article below. From the headline you would never guess the importance of the story. Paul

    Swine Flu Vaccination Tested By Big Pharmaceutical Companies
    September 8, 1:44 PM Phoenix Healthy Living Examiner Hollee Enright

  7. Thanks for that Dr. Paul. When my PCP pushes me EVERY FRIGGIN’ year to “get my vaccines” I always tell her I don’t do vaccines. When asked why, every year, I remind her that I am immuno-compromised, and that if she would only READ the labeling and info accompanying the vax, she would find that they recommend AGAINST vaccinating immuno-compromised individuals. This also goes for your companion animals, folks, so beware the vets and their needles.

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