Source – naturalnews.com
– There is growing speculation that the United States may be responsible for the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, specifically Liberia and Sierra Leone, which are two countries known to host US biological warfare labs.
In a recent interview with RIA Novosti, Francis Boyle, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, speculated that perhaps the virus might have been purposefully introduced as a way of testing and developing a bioweapon.
“US government agencies have a long history of carrying out allegedly defensive biological warfare research at labs in Liberia and Sierra Leone,” he said. “This includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is now the point agency for managing the Ebola spill-over into the US.”
He went on to say, “Why has the Obama administration dispatched troops to Liberia when they have no training to provide medical treatment to dying Africans? How did Zaire/Ebola get to West Africa from about 3,500km away from where it was first identified in 1976?”
President Obama has ordered up to 4,000 US military personnel to West Africa, to build clinics and assist in testing patients suspected of contracting the deadly virus that kills up to 90 percent of its victims in that part of the world.
‘Why is CDC not better prepared?’
That order came as the US experienced its first Ebola patient; Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, a Liberian national, died at a Dallas hospital less than three weeks after entering the country from West Africa in the latter part of September. Now, a second Dallas patient, a healthcare worker at Presbyterian Hospital, where Duncan was being treated, has tested positive for the virus.
“Why is the CDC not better-prepared for this emergency after the US government spent about $70 billion since the anthrax attacks of October 2001 to prepare for this exact contingency?” Boyle asked RIA Novosti.
As of this writing, over 4,000 people have died from what has become the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. It is the first outbreak to have occurred in West Africa; it started in Guinea in February, spreading then to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
The World Health Organization and other health agencies have said that 1.4 million could become infected by January if the virus is not isolated and controlled.
In his blog, journalist and alternative medicine proponent John Rappoport is also asking what US biowarfare researchers are doing in West Africa.
Rappoport says biological researchers from Tulane University — a research institution in New Orleans — and Fort Detrick in Maryland — which was the center of the (supposedly now-defunct) US biological warfare weapons program (1943-1969) — are currently in West Africa.
“What exactly have they been doing? Exactly what diagnostic tests have they been performing on citizens of Sierra Leone? Why do we have reports that the government of Sierra Leone has recently told Tulane researchers to stop this testing?” wrote Rappoport.
‘Hemorrhagic fever’ research
Like Boyle, Rappoport speculates that the researchers may be testing and developing the virus.
“Is this purely defensive research? Or as we have seen in the past, is this research being covertly used to develop offensive bioweapons?” Rappoport wrote.
“For the last several years, researchers from Tulane University have been active in the African areas where Ebola is said to have broken out in 2014,” he continued. “These researchers are working with other institutions, one of which is USAMRIID, the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, a well-known center for biowar research, located at Fort Detrick, Maryland.”
He points to supporting documents indicating that Tulane, for instance, received millions in research money in 2009 for “Lassa viral hemorrhagic fever.” That document is here [PDF]