The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), despite America’s dubious history of using the population as a test tube for all sorts of crazy things, plans to release what it claims is a harmless bacteria in the Boston subway system this year as a way to test biological sensors, and at least some folks think it may be the start of a bio-terror pandemic with sinister implications.
In an early May report, CBS News/Boston said federal officials “test the subway sensors by releasing dead bacteria called B-subtilis. They say it is used in food supplements, has been rigorously tested and has no adverse health effects for low exposure in healthy people.”
The unknown variable here, then, is what sort of an effect will this bacteria have on unhealthy people – will they be able to handle it? Will it make them sicker?
According to the CBS News report, the test will be conducted in Cambridge and Somerville during off peak hours sometime this summer; DHS held a public hearing on May 16 at the Cambridge YMCA in Central Square, to allow the public to ask questions and voice concerns over the test.
Later in the month, Boston mass transit police hailed the test as forward-thinking and said it was a proactive, rather than reactive, measure.
Testing to ‘validate performance of technologies’
“So often in the security field we take action retroactively,” said Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Police Chief Paul MacMillian, who referenced the banning of liquids aboard commercial flights. “These things are done after the fact. We have not had a bio attack but there’s all this chatter that we hear about it.”
DHS itself said in a 28-page summary of the test published in January and titled Environmental Assessment for Bacillus subtilis Particles to Challenge Bio-Detection Sensors in Subway Stations that it is vital to help examine equipment aimed at thwarting, or at least mitigating, a bioweapons attack.
“DHS (Science and Technology Directorate) has been developing technologies and sensors needed to rapidly detect a potential biological attack on the Nation’s transportation infrastructure in order to minimize public exposure and strengthen security,” says an executive summary of the document. “To validate the performance of the technologies, it is necessary to perform field tests in a real-world environment.”
The summary went on to say subway systems were being chosen for the test because they “provide one of the most challenging and harsh indoor settings that sensors of this nature would be exposed to in real-world deployment, due to the temperature and humidity extremes that often characterize these types of indoor environments.”
“In order to understand the true detection capabilities of the biological sensor networks, challenge tests with a material must be performed,” the summary said.
The government has a history of these kinds of tests. In 1977 during a Senate hearing, information was divulged of numerous secret germ “attacks” the Pentagon had launched on U.S. cities – all without the public’s knowledge – in an effort to test threats posed by biological agents (sound familiar?).
History of testing – and infecting
Leonard A. Cole, writing in Washington Monthly in 1985, cited that Senate hearing, saying the tests “may have caused outbreaks of disease which occurred in some of the test areas.”
Such “attacks” included testing by the U.S. Army in the mid-1960s, as the Vietnam war was beginning, in which travelers at Washington’s National Airport were sprayed with a bacteria mist without their knowledge.
Other tests included placing Bacillus globigii in light bulbs that were dropped in the subway systems of New York City and Chicago by government scientists. When people began to get ill, the effects of the tests were discarded because Uncle Sam did not keep track of the health effects caused by the substance.
But some see a more disturbing link to the current round of tests. Citing an increase in bio-terror drills since President Obama took office in 2008 – as well as an uptick in bio-terror plots – some believe the government is conditioning citizens and first responders alike for a major attack, one that they believe is coming from the government itself.
Dangerous, dubious, yes – but sinister?
“The overall goal of bio-terror propaganda is to convince America and the world that it is on the precipice of a bio-terror induced pandemic,” writes one blogger on a site called TrutherNews. “Bio-terror propaganda is currently at an all-time high and confirms that an upcoming bio-terror attack is in the cards and may be played in a last ditch effort to regain political, economic and military control of society.
While that may be a little paranoid, there’s no question the government has conducted tests of bio-weapons for decades, and is intending to continue them, based on what DHS has planned for the subways of Boston.
“Since the 1940’s, the military and the CIA have conducted numerous ‘tests’ on the American people, including the release of dengue fever carrying mosquitoes in Georgia and Florida, biological warfare tests on the civilian population in Puerto Rico, the release of bacillus globigii from a submarine on the port of Oahu, Hawaii, and dozens of other incidents, most of them classified,” writes Paul Joseph Watson at InfoWars.com.
Whether there is some disturbing globalist plot to kill tens of millions of Americans later this year is a matter for discussion. But the history of the government to use its own population as a test bed for its own devices is a matter of public record. A growing public record. And one day, probably by accident, it’s entirely possible the government could overplay its hand, fulfilling the predictions of the doomsday crowd.
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