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Did the Pentagon attempt to weaponize ticks ?


Posted on Tuesday, 16 July, 2019 | Comment icon 14 comments

Has the Department of Defense been experimenting with ticks ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 John Tann
Congress has ordered the Pentagon to reveal whether or not it is responsible for spreading Lyme disease.
According to reports, on July 11th the United States House of Representatives voted to support an amendment to the 2020 defense authorization bill that requires the Department of Justice to investigate the use of weaponized ticks in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Specifically, the amendment, which was written by Rep. Christopher Smith, demands that the inspector general "shall conduct a review of whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975."

Congress has asked to be made aware of any such research and "whether any ticks or insects used in such experiments were released outside of any laboratory by accident or experiment design."
The move follows years of speculation over whether or not Department of Defense researchers at various facilities had experimented with using diseased ticks as biological weapons.

Some believe that such ticks are responsible for the ongoing spread of Lyme disease.

"We need answers and we need them now," said Smith.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (14)

Tags: Ticks, Lyme Disease

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by OverSword on 16 July, 2019, 22:22
This has long been a conspiracy theory associated with a biological research center on Mantauk Island if memory servers. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by ExpandMyMind on 16 July, 2019, 22:52
Man, they really hate Georgia. Maybe they kept getting it mixed up with the Soviet one?  The US really didn't give a **** back then when experimenting. Didn't they spread gonorrhea and syphilis in Guatemala around that time? Madness.  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Seti42 on 16 July, 2019, 23:03
Now this is the sort of thing that should be making national headlines...Not bigoted and stupid Trump Tweet #13825.
Comment icon #8 Posted by rashore on 16 July, 2019, 23:59
I'm not too sure if I buy into the notion of an experiment between and 1950 and 1975 to bear high yields 25-45 years after the end of the experiment to really be a gov thing. They seem to like their results right away, not decades away. If the time frame had been more like experiment in the late 80's into the 90's and gaining results starting in the early 2000's.... that I might pause to ponder. Maybe some of these newer super-ticks or spread of more ticks could be a gov plot. Or.... hmmmm... those ticks from 50-75 have generation mutated up in unexpected ways? Or I might perhaps buy into a no... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by fred_mc on 17 July, 2019, 8:39
We humans are really good at messing things up for ourselves, if there aren't enough things that can kill us, we make them.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Silver_Raven on 18 July, 2019, 10:54
Look up the name Kurt Blome. He was a virologist who specialized in insect transmitted diseases, and supposedly proposed to Hitler about using ticks as a delivery method for bio weapons. He started working for the US as part of Operation Paperclip post war, and did testing on Plum Island around the same time the first cases of Lyme Disease showed up, a few miles from Plum Island. He was experimenting with black legged deer ticks at the time, the common carrier of Lyme Disease
Comment icon #11 Posted by Herr Falukorv on 18 July, 2019, 22:52
How comes that ticks are a plague all over the world now ??? The first 20 years of my life I never heard anyone got a tick... And we were allways out in the nature building treehouses and playing. Now 30 years later it impossible to go out in the woods or meadows without getting a tick..
Comment icon #12 Posted by ScotDeerie on 14 August, 2019, 16:56
IIRC, also, the theory developed because the initial outbreaks of Lyme where in the places closet to the Island, itself.  On a map, it's just a cluster of cases in one area before it starts spreading around the country.
Comment icon #13 Posted by OverSword on 14 August, 2019, 17:05
And there are other fun conspiracy theories that are a little more far out concerning Mantauk also. The Mantauk Monster
Comment icon #14 Posted by ScotDeerie on 14 August, 2019, 17:32
Oh, yes, I remember that one. Didn't they finally declare it to be a rather common animal?  (Racoon?)  I read about that government facility in a book, IIRC, and it was pretty fascinating. Wish I could remember what book it was.


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