Skip to comments.Castro: the bioterrorist in our backyard
Posted on 09/28/2001 6:50:11 PM PDT by aculeus
With all the coverage lately in the U.S. media about bacteriological warfare, why have Americans been kept ignorant about Castros factories of bacteriological and chemical weapons in Cuba? Undoubtedly, there is a deliberate effort by the U.S. media not to report negative information about Cuba.
Among the U.S. media there are many Castro sympathizers. And others are willing to cooperate in order to keep their access to Cuba, their bureaus and star reporters getting personal interviews with Castro. Morally this is dishonest because they are compromising the freedom of information. This selfish and arrogant attitude of the U.S. media has rendered a disservice to the American people by giving them a false sense of harmlessness about Castros Cuba for decades.
It is extremely frustrating to raise awareness of a problem when people are so misinformed. Invariably the peoples reaction is rejection or scorn when confronted with information that contradicts those acquired beliefs, especially if they are maliciously fed. For example, Sue Anne Pressleys September 25, 2001, outrageous article in The Washington Post equating Cuban Americans to terrorists like bin Laden. But you will see below that the result of this misinformation has placed the American people in danger.
There are many academic studies, articles and books in public records exposing Castros long term involvement with bacteriological and chemical weapons. The information has been presented in public forums. The U.S. media has been invited but they systematically choose to be absent. Perhaps so that by being absent they can claim, but I didnt know. Also revealing this information will clash with the heavily orchestrated campaign to present Castro as non-threatening in order to normalize relations with Cuba. This full collaboration of the U.S. media with the Castro regime is reprehensible.
I finally felt somewhat literate about Castro and bacteriological warfare after attending a discussion on Capitol Hill on October 28, 1997. As usual, the U.S. media did not show up. I was shocked by the October 1997 paper titled Castro: A Threat to the Security of the United States by Dr. Manuel Cereijo, a professor at Florida International University who has written over 500 articles published in national and international journals.
The paper details Cubas work in the fields of bacteriological and chemical warfare since the mid 80s And the several centers and institutes that do research and development, and that there are special groups, working on projects to develop chemical, biological and bacteriological warfare.
It listed the names of these centers and institutes: the Biotechnology Center, the Immunology Center, the Genetic Engineering Center, the Tropical Medicine Institute, the Findlay Institute, the Biocen, the Academy of Sciences, the Oceanographic Institute, the Biological Preparations Center, the Center for the Breeding of Laboratory Animals, the National Center for Animal and Plant Health, the Neuroscience Center and La Fabriquita or Little Factory. These centers are spread around Havana. Dr. Cereijos paper specifies their addresses and says, Many Cuban engineers and scientists have been trained by former East Germany, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam and China.
Over the years, Castros Cuba has developed very ingenious ways to deliver their deadly materials to the U.S. As Dr. Cereijo says, To conduct a bacteriological attack, a country or a terrorist group does not need to have any sophisticated means of delivery, such as a missile. A container, the size of a 5 pound of sugar bag, can bring bacteriological material capable of causing over 50,000 casualties in an urban area depending on the flow of air and atmospheric conditions.
In my previous article Castro and International Terrorism, I mentioned the evidence pointing to Castros involvement with the introduction of West Nile virus into the U.S. via migratory birds. In addition to people affected and some deaths caused by the virus in the U.S., it is affecting endangered species.
An +AP dispatch in The Washington Times dated September 18, 2001, on page A7, says, Many zoos across the country have agreed to begin tracking the West Nile virus, which is blamed for the deaths of at least three birds at the Philadelphia Zoo in the past month. Among the dead birds was a rare Humboldt penguin. The same virus is suspected in the death of a second Humboldt penguin.
According the AP dispatch, The only other zoo believed to have lost birds to West Nile is the Bronx Zoo in New York, where more than 20 birds died from the virus when it was first detected in 1999. NewsMax reported on September 26, 2001 that Wisconsin health officials Wednesday said tests have confirmed the presence of the West Nile virus in seven more dead crows found in Milwaukee County. Would it take the death of Sesame Streets Big Bird for the U.S. media to begin showing an interest in Castros bacteriological program?
Scientifically cooperating with Castros Cuba in the study of migratory birds birds apparently are being used as carriers of lethal virus against the U.S. were the Smithsonian Institution, the Department of Ornithology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and The Audubon Society, among others enumerated in my previous article. So much for scientific exchanges with the enemy.
Also listed in Dr. Cereijos paper, are other ingenious ways researched in Cuba to deliver deadly biological agents including the developing from marine technology, with the assistance of Japan, which never knew what the final product was, a paralyzing toxin, which is now ready to use.
In 1992, the Institute of Oceanographic Studies, conducted an experiment with the Academy of Sciences [both politically controlled by Castro as all organizations in Cuba are], to find which places on the Cuban coast were the best to let bottles and containers reach the United States coast line fastest and most effectively. The regimes official motivation (for public and international consumption) was a study of marine streams. The scheme was, as Dr. Cereijos reveals, to put notes inside the bottles, asking for replies. They found where in Cuba was best to release containers with bacteriological material.
The north coast of Havana province was found to be the best, as well as the region around the town of Sagua La Grande. This has been documented by several finders of bottles as well as by engineers from Cuba who worked on the project. The U.S. media has the duty and responsibility to inform the American people of these matters. The people in the southern and southeastern coastal areas of the U.S. should be on notice not to pick up or open any floating objects. Children are very curious, so parents should instruct their children of the danger of picking up and opening what they find at the beach. Information and precaution is the only way to prevent a major catastrophe caused by bacteriological material sent that way.
These and more facts in Dr. Cereijos paper alarmed me and made me more inquisitive about what was going on and I had the opportunity to read more on the subject. In 1997, a confidential report was smuggled from Cuba. A July 20, 1998, Insight Magazine article appeared in The Washington Times titled Fidel Castros Deadly Secret Five BioChem Warfare Labs by Martin Arostegui. The credibility of the smuggled documents is enhanced by a recent classified Pentagon analysis, said Arostegui.
Among other shocking information I learned from this confidential report was that the bacteriological and chemical warfare capabilities of Castro are now known by the U.S. government. And that there are about 12 centers producing bacteriological agents strategically located around Havana.
The newest and most notorious, La Fabriquita, or Little Factory, was built by the Military Enterprise of Strategic Works (EMPI). It has a 10,000-RPM centrifuge and other laboratory equipment bought through COMICONDOR, an Italian company in Milan that also supplies technology to Libya for Muammar Qaddafis biological-weapons experiments. This factory in Havana was inaugurated in 1993 on Armed Forces Day on December 2, 1993, and has been in operation for eight years.
In order to enter La Fabriquita you need top-secret credentials you must pass through a station of the Cuban Armed Forces (FAR), odd for a place supposedly producing cattle feed, which is its disguise. It is called Animal-Feed Plant. This does not correspond to details known to U.S. authorities.
The report gives a lot of specific information about La Fabriquita, which is located just across the street from Cubas premier medical center the Luis Diaz Soto General Hospital, formerly known as the Naval Hospital. That is where Fidel and Raul Castro are believed to have their regular health exams and emergency care. At that hospitals School of Medicine, the report says are three pools of cadavers that may be used for additional tests, using human tissue.
Oddly, that Animal-Feed Plant located in Havana is well protected by rapid action defense units. The hospital area is inside the FARs north coastal fringe defense zone.
In relation to its Italian 10,000-RPM centrifuge equipment, Dr. Cereijo says, These are of a high capacity and they are shielded against lethal agents. Also Cuba is involved in the so-called binary weapons where two chemicals are used (harmless, otherwise) to form a toxic agent when a weapon is exploded. They can be disguised as common agricultural chemicals, which make them more difficult to detect. This new weapon is part of the ultra-lethal Novichok class.
They have also the capability to develop A-232, made from agricultural and industrial chemicals that are not lethal until mixed. These new agents are as toxic as VX, a persistent nerve agent, and as resistant to treatment as Soman. Also, more difficult to detect and easier to manufacture than VX. In fact, A-232, or A-234, can be made using common industrial solvent and an organic phosphate compound, disguised as a common pesticide."
Note: In his book Against All Hope Armando Valladares vividly described the horrific details of his 20 years imprisonment in Castros Gulag. One of those descriptions included the victims of Castros germ warfare experiments.
I dont believe this for a minute. [/sarcasm]
What a damned leap of illogic.
Fear mongering and more fear mongering. And all it leads to
is a cry to lose more freedom for the sake of security.
"Cubas work in the fields of bacteriological and chemical warfare since the mid 80s.
The one problem is money. Bioreactors aren't cheap. While you can buy type cultures from the US I doubt we would sell to Cuba but I could be wrong.
The "message in the bottle" program is a nice touch. The problem is to make an effective attack there needs to be a wide spread and to do that you need more than insects, tradewinds and prevailing currents.