• Genetically modified mosquitoes being developed to battle spread of disease.
By James Spounias —
Genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes have been touted as a benign solution to combat the spread of the Zika virus, but how much does the public know about the use of GM insects, let alone clandestine experiments that used mosquitoes as biological weaponry?
If you listen to the antiseptic public relations efforts by the medical-industrial complex, only the scientifically illiterate oppose GM mosquitoes.
What the proponents and even most opponents of GM technology aren’t telling you is that manipulated mosquitoes have a long and secret history, predating genetic tinkering.
It should come as no surprise that the United States Army and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) biological warfare program used mosquitoes as weapons on unsuspecting Americans and others.
Authors H.P. Albarelli Jr. and Zoe Martel, in a 2010 article published on the “Truthout” website, revealed that as early as 1942 government-paid biochemists at Fort Detrick were “considering” dengue fever as a possible weapon, supposedly to weaken, not kill, potential enemies. “In the early 1950s, Fort Detrick, in partnership with the CIA, launched a multimillion-dollar research program under which dengue fever and several additional exotic diseases were studied for use in offensive biological warfare attacks,” they wrote.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “Dengue is caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. There are not yet any vaccines to prevent infection with dengue virus, and the most effective protective measures are those that avoid mosquito bites. When infected, early recognition and prompt supportive treatment can substantially lower the risk of medical complications and death.”
The CDC estimates that 400 million people worldwide are exposed to dengue, and that symptoms are “high fever and at least two of the following: 1. Severe headache, 2. Severe eye pain (behind eyes), 3. Joint pain, 4. Muscle and/or bone pain, 5. Rash, 6. Mild bleeding manifestation (e.g., nose or gum bleed, petechiae, or easy bruising) or 7. Low white cell count.”
It didn’t take long for the U.S. government to foist dengue-infected mosquitoes on American citizens in secret experiments.
According to Albarelli and Martel, “Several CIA documents, as well as the findings of a 1975 congressional committee, reveal that three sites in Florida, Key West, Panama City, and Avon Park, as well as two other locations in central Florida, were used for experiments with mosquito-borne dengue fever and other biological substances.”
The Avon Park experiment involved using specially equipped aircraft to release hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes in paper bags, designed to open upon impact with the ground, in areas heavily populated by poor blacks. One elderly resident told Albarelli and Martel, “Nobody knew about what had gone on here for years, maybe over 20 years, but in looking back it explained why a bunch of healthy people got sick quick and died at the time of those experiments.”
According to CIA documents associated with Project MKNAOMI, the species of mosquito used was Aedes aegypti which, also, is said to carry Zika.
The role of dengue and Zika is not clear and scientists are exploring the question of whether there is a connection between the two and, specifically, if the presence of dengue in pregnant women makes Zika exposure more dangerous to the unborn baby.
According to Christopher Dye at the World Health Organization: “Women with antibodies to dengue viruses might develop higher levels of virus in the blood if they contract Zika virus. Those higher levels of virus in the blood might allow Zika to occasionally cross the placenta into the fetus, and trigger infection that damages its developing brain. . . . Certainly what we know about the interactions between dengue serotypes suggests that this kind of thing is not impossible in a virus of this sort.”
Dr. Michael Diamond at the Washington University School of Medicine states that Dye’s concern that dengue may make Zika more active is legitimate. Speaking to “STAT,” a health and medicine website, Diamond said, “I think it’s in the back of all of our minds. . . . We don’t know. But I think those of us in the field think it could.”
Albarelli and Martel reported experiments similar to Avon Park were done in Key West according to a 1978 Pentagon publication, but “the bulk of the documentation concerning this highly classified and covert work is still held by the Pentagon as ‘secret.’ One former Fort Detrick researcher says the Army ‘performed a number of experiments in the area of the keys,’ but that ‘not all concerned dengue virus.’ ”
The largest known mosquito experiment was called Operation Bellwether in 1959, conceived in Fort Detrick, according to Albarelli and Martel. Designed to determine the “rate of biting” and “mosquito aggressiveness,” the experiments were done “in partnership with scientists with the Rockefeller Institute in New York, where scientists bred their own strain of mosquitoes,” they wrote. Bellwether experiments were done in Florida as well as Georgia, Maryland, Utah, and Arizona. Private corporations, institutes, and public universities worked with the Army, according to the 1978 Pentagon document, including Armour Research Foundation (1951-1954), the Battelle Memorial Institute (1952-1965), Ben Venue Labs, Inc. (1953-1954), University of Florida (1953-1956), Florida State University (1951-1953), and the Lovell Chemical Company (1951-1955).
The fact that Americans were unsuspecting guinea pigs in secret government experiments isn’t “conspiracy theory”—it is fact.
What we don’t know today, considering the nearly $2 billion President Barack Hussein Obama is requesting to study the Zika virus, is whether the Zika problem is being overstated merely to help shuttle massive funding in support of scientific cronyism, or if there’s something more sinister afoot.
Considering the history of experimentation, outright lies, and malfeasance from government and “industry,” being highly skeptical of GM mosquitoes seems wise.
James Spounias is the president of Carotec Inc., originally founded by renowned radio show host and alternative health expert Tom Valentine and his wife, Carole. To receive a free issue of Carotec Health Report—a monthly newsletter loaded with well-researched and reliable alternative health information—please write Carotec, P.O. Box 9919, Naples, FL 34101 or call 1-800-522-4279. Also included will be a list of the high-quality health supplements Carotec recommends.