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Influenza as Bioweapon: Difficult to Counter
Greg's Blog on Terror | April 26, 2007 | Greg C.

Posted on 04/25/2009 9:29:22 PM PDT by FreedomFighter1013

Although the CDC has not explained whether the current swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States is bioterrorism, influenza can be very readily manipulated and may be one of the best candidates for weaponization for several reasons:

1) Terrorists can prepare a vaccine to protect themselves and their host populations in advance of its release.

2) Influenza is airborne, it is transmitted through either solid or lipid aerosol, therefore it’s easy to spread.

3) There is a normal period of incubation during which time the carrier displays no symptoms, but can infect others. Therefore, dispersion is very efficient. The virus can spread out to a wide geographic area in a short period of time.

4) It’s difficult to trace. The genome of a human-engineered strain of influenza can be manipulated by its “author” to make...


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1 posted on 04/25/2009 9:29:22 PM PDT by FreedomFighter1013
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To: FreedomFighter1013
Here's the link, my bad: Greg's Blog on Terror
2 posted on 04/25/2009 9:33:03 PM PDT by FreedomFighter1013 (Obama is Weakening America for Partisan Gain: Change, Big-Time)
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To: FreedomFighter1013

Makes you wonder if this suddenly appearing possible bio-weapon is Cuban.


3 posted on 04/25/2009 9:39:34 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Chains you can believe in.)
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To: FreedomFighter1013

I really, really doubt however that this Swine Flu is a bio-weapon. It is the usual mutation, albeit a big leap of a mutation.


4 posted on 04/25/2009 9:42:28 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Chains you can believe in.)
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To: FreedomFighter1013

Why would they start it off in Mexico though?


5 posted on 04/25/2009 9:43:14 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: FreedomFighter1013
1) Terrorists can prepare a vaccine to protect themselves and their host populations in advance of its release.

How big a population is the blogger talking about. Conventional vaccine manufacture techniques require months to manufacture millions of doses. I doubt that number of doses could be prepared without tipping off the CIA and other intelligence organizations.

6 posted on 04/25/2009 9:46:13 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

“Terrorists can prepare a vaccine to protect themselves and their host populations in advance of its release.”

Any country or group been doing a lot of new vaccinating lately?


7 posted on 04/25/2009 9:47:48 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: CaptainK; FreedomFighter1013
Why would they start it off in Mexico though?

Lots of people who cross the US border to transport it throughout the US. Lots of people with marginal health to act as vectors for the disease.

8 posted on 04/25/2009 9:48:34 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Lots of missing lab created viruses in the world. CDC & WHO are troubled they could be in the hands of terrorist or “incompetants”.


9 posted on 04/25/2009 9:53:54 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: FormerACLUmember

I doubt it too, but this would be a much more effective way to cause widespread disruption that say anthrax IMO.

This disburses so easily, and wide spread infection is all but a foregone reality. There is no cure for it. For anthrax you can give an antibiotic, and alleviate the problem. The flu more or less has to run it’s course. If it’s a lethal enough strain, good luck.


10 posted on 04/25/2009 10:26:01 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: All

With all the upheaval in Mexico lately, if you were a terrorist, wouldn’t it be the perfect place to..hang out? Here is something from 2006. What must it be like now?

Hezbollah Invading U.S. From Mexico

http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/7/27/74626.shtml


11 posted on 04/25/2009 10:30:41 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (We're Not In Kansas Anymore, Toto!)
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping


12 posted on 04/25/2009 10:37:44 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: CaptainK
“Why would they start it off in Mexico?”......

It is probably coming from the area in the following article (if it is bioterror related). Perhaps it was not intentionally spread by it's transporters on the way to the U.S.A...... .

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread267691/pg1

Having just returned from a week in Puerto Vallarta one day ago, this is very disturbing news.

13 posted on 04/25/2009 10:39:56 PM PDT by dianed
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To: CaptainK
Why would they start it off in Mexico though?

Simple.

Poor hygiene and sanitation on the part of the general population, a dense population per square mile in places like Mexico City, lack of adequate advanced health care, lack of vaccines, lots of interior rot and confusion within the government that does not engender swift and unpopular action, gang wars that hinder the government to act even if it wanted to, direct and easy access to the US, popular tourist destination that allows ease of spreading the disease.

14 posted on 04/25/2009 11:47:01 PM PDT by Nahanni
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To: CaptainK
Why would they start it off in Mexico though?

Mobile community. Mexico City has a large test population, and no law or Gov. to speak of. Large numbers travel at will in and out of U.S. undetected.

15 posted on 04/26/2009 1:57:25 AM PDT by BellStar (Buy Gold/lead and head for the hills please God give us another chance!)
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To: FreedomFighter1013
The Obama Administration and U.S. public health officials did not know about a growing outbreak of swine flu in Mexico until nearly a week after that country had started invoking protective measures and didn’t learn that the deaths were caused by a rare strain of the influenza until well after Canadian officials did.
16 posted on 04/26/2009 2:54:55 AM PDT by BellStar (Buy Gold/lead and head for the hills please God give us another chance!)
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To: FreedomFighter1013

A few years ago, weren’t there a lot of virologists disappearing and being killed under mysterious circumstances, many of them staged to look like suicides?


17 posted on 04/26/2009 3:04:42 AM PDT by Tazlo
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To: Tazlo

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread103562/pg

Below is a list of 11 of the worlds leading microbiologist that have died 2001 - 2002


1. Nov. 12, 2001: Benito Que was said to have been beaten in a Miami parking lot and died later.

2. Nov. 16, 2001: Don C. Wiley went missing. Was found Dec. 20. Investigators said he got dizzy on a Memphis bridge and fell to his death in a river.

3. Nov. 21, 2001: Vladimir Pasechnik, former high-level Russian microbiologist who defected in 1989 to the U.K. apparently died from a stroke.

4. Dec. 10, 2001: Robert M. Schwartz was stabbed to death in Leesberg, Va. Three Satanists have been arrested.

5. Dec. 14, 2001: Nguyen Van Set died in an airlock filled with nitrogen in his lab in Geelong, Australia.

6. Feb. 9, 2002: Victor Korshunov had his head bashed in near his home in Moscow.

7. Feb. 14, 2002: Ian Langford was found partially naked and wedged under a chair in Norwich, England.

8.and 9. Feb. 28, 2002: San Francisco resident Tanya Holzmayer was killed by a microbiologist colleague, Guyang Huang, who shot her as she took delivery of a pizza and then apparently shot himself.

10. March 24, 2002: David Wynn-Williams died in a road accident near his home in Cambridge, England.

11. March 25, 2002: Steven Mostow of the Colorado Health Sciences Centre, killed in a plane he was flying near Denver.

research by H.W.M.McKinlay



18 posted on 04/26/2009 3:14:04 AM PDT by Tazlo
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To: FormerACLUmember
Makes you wonder if this suddenly appearing possible bio-weapon is Cuban.

If it's deliberate, it's the Chinese. They're the least damaged nation on the planet, if it has major impact. They've got too many people, people to spare (in their minds). They would do it as easily as they export toxic pet food. They would do it, just to see how it goes over. And they would do it in Mexico, because that's our sore spot.

19 posted on 04/26/2009 4:29:49 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( AR2, Overdue! = American Revolution II...Overdue.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

That’s exactly what we thought, that the virus could mutate and become more deadly, especially because living arrangements in Mexico are different (larger families). Also, illegal immigrants tend to live in large groups ...it’s all speculation, but....


20 posted on 04/26/2009 6:17:28 AM PDT by FreedomFighter1013 (Obama is Weakening America for Partisan Gain: Change, Big-Time)
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To: FreedomFighter1013

M.O.O.N. that spells SCARY.


21 posted on 04/26/2009 7:14:19 AM PDT by desertsolitaire (M.O.O.N. that spells SCARY.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

...Or from a MidEast country, say, Iran?


22 posted on 04/26/2009 11:20:58 AM PDT by Biggirl (GO UCONN!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: BellStar

Perfect timing...AFTER spring break!


23 posted on 04/26/2009 6:22:23 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (Add (MEXICAN SWINE FLU) to titles/keywords on new threads!!)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Not just dog food...a whole host of things..from toxic children’s products to toxic wallboard. Seems they’ve done a whole lot to make American’s sick.


24 posted on 04/26/2009 6:24:32 PM PDT by Kimberly GG (Add (MEXICAN SWINE FLU) to titles/keywords on new threads!!)
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To: FreedomFighter1013

It’s unlikely to be the Islamists or China, as they would have HUGE populations to inoculate, plus the flu is not that deadly. And if we find out about mass inoculations of conveniently pre-manufactured vaccine, there may be hell to pay.


25 posted on 04/26/2009 6:28:33 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: PapaBear3625
Doesn't have to be a state actor, could be an Islamist with a Noah complex. Or, even Dr. Evil. Hey, but that's wild speculation...evil grin


26 posted on 04/26/2009 7:36:54 PM PDT by FreedomFighter1013 (Somebody better wake up down in Obama-land; it's not all about political favors)
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To: Kimberly GG
Do you suspect the Gov. already knew about the Swine Flu? Before Spring Brake all kinds of warnings that you may be killed by drug traffickers turf wars and don't let the kids go to Mexico because of the DRUG WARS were everywhere!
27 posted on 04/26/2009 7:44:24 PM PDT by BellStar (Buy Gold/lead and head for the hills please God give us another chance!)
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To: FreedomFighter1013

I read because of dietary laws, Jews and Muslims have a natural immunity to Swine Flu. Is this true anyone know?


28 posted on 04/26/2009 7:53:09 PM PDT by BellStar (Buy Gold/lead and head for the hills please God give us another chance!)
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