Skip to comments.Sen. Leahy: West Nile Outbreak Could Be Terrorism
Posted on 09/12/2002 5:56:05 PM PDT by honway
Sen. Leahy: West Nile Outbreak Could Be Terrorism
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., said Thursday that he suspects the recent outbreak of West Nile virus that has killed more than 30 Americans across the nation this summer is the work of terrorists.
"I think we have to ask ourselves, is it a coincidence that we're seeing such an increase in West Nile virus. Or is that something that is being tested as a biological weapon by the terrorists?" Leahy said in an interview with WKDR (Burlington, Vt.) radio host Mark Johnson.
"There are some people who, credibly, feel [the West Nile outbreak] is a test of our defenses and is a biological weapon."
Just as host Johnson attempted to grill the Vermont Democrat on his West Nile theory, the interview was interrupted by coverage of President Bush's address to the United Nations.
"I've never heard anybody mention West Nile virus as being a possible terrorist attack. What makes you say that?" the Vermont radio talker asked.
"It may be coincidence, the sudden increase [of West Nile cases]. Some of the same people who have ...," Leahy began to explain, just as WKDR broke in for coverage of the Bush speech.
Leahy unveiled his concerns about West Nile terrorism while recounting the anthrax attacks of last fall, when his Senate office was targeted by a weapons-grade sample of the deadly bioweapon.
"The virus first appeared in New York in 1999 and has since been detected in 28 states, as far west as Iowa, Louisiana and Missouri."
Salman Pak: In 1985, the CDC sent three shipments of West Nile Fever virus to Iraq for use in medical research. Valerie Kuklenski, "Western Firms Supplied Iraq with Chemical Weapons," UPI, October 2, 1990.
"Guts" and "Senator Leaky" are words seldom found together in the same sentence or in close proximity in real life.
Could be terrorism, but more likely it's the result of open borders that is allowing unscreened visitors into the country who may be infected. If that's the reason, Leahy or anyone else in Congress will ever admit it.
Yup. (POS), piece of s---, is more common.
SADDAM HAS ALREADY ATTACKED US WITH BIOWEAPONS NEWSMAX ^ | 10/25/01 | DAVE EBERHART
Posted on 09/05/2002 12:10 PM Pacific by Al Simmons
Saddam Connection: West Nile Virus the First Bioweapon? Dave Eberhart Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001
Lost amidst the news about the bioterror use of anthrax is the growing menace of West Nile virus and evidence it may have been the first bioweapon used by Iraq against the U.S.
In fact West Nile kills spotted owls and other "protected" species as well as humans....
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., said Thursday that he suspects the recent rash of Judicial nomination blockades that have killed the chances of more than 30 highly qualified Americans across the nation to have their vote in the Senate is the work of terrorists and their supporters.
With winter coming on you'll at least catch a break for a while anyway. It's one of the few times people will be grateful for the cold weather.
But he'll need a lot more than that to make anything approaching a rational, intelligent case. Right now I see little more than the "AIDS was invented to kill off the blacks" level of thought leaking from the lips from Sen. Leaky.
West Nile virus was first isolated from a febrile adult woman in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937. The ecology was characterized in Egypt in the 1950s. The virus became recognized as a cause of severe human meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the spinal cord and brain) in elderly patients during an outbreak in Israel in 1957. Equine disease was first noted in Egypt and France in the early 1960s. The first appearance of WN virus in North America in 1999, with encephalitis reported in humans and horses, and the subsequent spread in the United States may be an important milestone in the evolving history of this virus.
Starting the two-day effort on Sunday, an insecticide called Anvil will be sprayed by licensed mosquito abatement technicians using 18 trucks from the Roselle-based Clarke Mosquito Control. The spraying effort will cost the city $500,000, city Public Health Department Deputy Commissioner Dr. William Paul said Friday at a Department on Aging Facility, 2102 W. Ogden Ave.
Starting at dusk on Sunday to dawn on Monday, the area bounded by the city limits to the north, North Avenue on the south, Kimball Avenue on the east, and Kilpatrick Avenue on the south will be sprayed.
During that time, the area bordered by 87th Street on the north, the city limits on the south, Stony Island Avenue and Torrence Avenue on the east and the city limits on the south also will be sprayed.
On the second night, again from dusk on Monday to dawn on Tuesday, trucks will disperse the insecticide over the area bounded by Northwest Highway on the north, North Avenue on the south, Kilpatrick Avenue on the east, and the city limits on the west.
Also Monday night, spraying will occur on the land bordered by 55th Street on the north, 87th Street on the south, Stony Island Avenue on the east, and the city limits on the west.
The last time the city sprayed neighborhoods was in the mid-70s when the outbreak of St. Louis encephalitis occurred, Paul said.
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