Did Fidel Castro's "Biological Front" plan the nefarious Introduction of the West Nile Virus Into The US? Humberto Corzo via Cubanology lays out the case. Bio Terror Development In Castro's Cuba.
"Dr. Luis Roberto Hernandez, a Cuban entomologist who defected in 1995, in an interview to El Nuevo Herald on October 18, 1999, asserted that he worked in the Institute of Zoology where the laboratories for the Biological Front were established and that “those were laboratories to identify and produce viruses to be used in birds as ‘hosts’ for their dissemination.”
According to Dr. Hernandez, the project continued at a farm outside Havana, where a vast nesting program had been established to study the routes and habits of migratory birds.
In the article “Castro Weaponizes West Nile Virus”, published in Insight Magazine on September 16, 2002, Dr. Hernandez said: “We were instructed to look into viruses such as encephalitis which are highly resistant to insecticides.
Military-intelligence officers running the labs ordered us to trap birds with migratory routes to the United States with the idea of releasing contaminated flocks which would be bitten by mosquitoes which, in turn, infect humans.”
These viruses are suitable for inoculating migratory birds that fly to the U.S. in the spring. Obviously it is possible to introduce biological agents like the West Nile Virus (WNV) into the U.S. by way of migratory birds that will transmit it to mosquitoes, and they will spread it to horses, people and other mammals.
According to Carlos Wotzkow, former researcher and ornithologist at the Cuban Institute of Zoology, in exile in Switzerland since 1992, the migratory birds project was proposed by Castro himself and led to the creation of what was called the Biological Front: “An idea to undertake biological warfare against the United States territory through the introduction of viruses of infectious diseases inoculated in migratory birds.”2
The WNV first appears in New York in July 1999, after the birds’ spring migration. This virus had never been present in North America.
John Roehrig of the CDC said, “It is not yet clear how the virus got to New York, but it could be from bird migration or from virus-carrying imported birds that infected the area’s mosquito population.”
According to Ernesto F. Betancourt there is enough circumstantial evidence of the possibility to select birds to “host” the introduction of viruses, such as the West Nile, in the US, to justify its investigation.
One of the important pieces of evidence introduced by Betancourt is this one, “It so happens that Dr. Rosa Elena Simeon is the person responsible for the Biological Front that is developing the capability to wage biological warfare directly under Castro’s oversight.
She attended the UN General Assembly in 1999, the year of the encephalitis outbreak, a strange diplomatic assignment for an official responsible for science, technology and the environment.
More so, upon her return with the delegation to Cuba they were welcomed in person by Castro in an unusual event at Havana University during which Castro made reference “to their historic and victorious battle in the heart of the Empire.” Could this battle have been the encephalitis outbreak? Was this a battle won by the Biological Front? Strange wording, indeed.”3
During the year 1999, 7 deaths and 59 severe cases of the WNV disease were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in New York State (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm). A total of 64 severe human cases, including 9 deaths of WNV were reported to CDC from January to December 2001.
Fidel Castro, in an address during the dedication of a social workers school in Villa Clara province on October 16, 2001, warned that, “Today this country has more options than ever, is stronger than ever, and has more weapons than ever to wage the ideological battle -and let’s not forget the other (weapons) we have stored away and the very clear idea on how we will use them.”
During the year 2002, the CDC confirmed 284 deaths and 2946 severe cases of the WNV disease in 40 states. The spread and number of casualties kept growing, and at the same time the coverage by the main stream news media has been practically nil.
Close to 200 species of birds, reptiles and mammals fell ill from West Nile in 2002. The WNV has decimated bird populations. Crows, owls, hawks and blue jays have been hardest hit, with the number of dead birds easily in the thousands, estimate state and federal wildlife officials.
“It’s the most unbelievable situation confronting public health in a long time. I’m shocked by how quickly it has spread,” says Wayne Rowley, Iowa State University entomology professor, as he talks about the WNV in the Wallaces Farmer, October 22, 2002.
“In my years of working, I’ve never seen a mosquito-borne virus spread so quickly,” said Robert McLean of the Agriculture Department’s National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. In North American wildlife, the virus has proven to be unusually aggressive and capable of infecting a surprisingly diverse array of animals, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec 29, 2002.
Dr. Jonathan F. Day of the University of Florida, entomology expert, said to the World Net Daily: “The sporadic appearance of WNV is disturbing, especially its appearance in the Florida Keys. It really appears that WN has been seeded throughout the eastern half of the United States. I guess the question is, by whom?
The Florida and East Coast situations relative to human cases are remarkable. In some places, Atlanta, the Florida Keys, WNV appeared in humans without any other indication that the virus was present.
In some cases, humans are acting as sentinels for the sentinel (animal carriers). This is unlike any other mosquito-borne virus in North America.”4
Senator Pat Leahy is the first government official to sound the alarm that the recent outbreak of WNV looks suspiciously like the work of terrorists. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-VT, said 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.
In an interview with WKDR (Burlington, Vt.) radio host Mark Johnson, he said, “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?”5
Dr. Ken Alibek, arguably the world’s foremost expert on bioweapons and former head of the old Soviet Union’s bioweapons program, offers some chilling insights in his recent confidential briefing for NewsMax readers on a new tape, “Off the Record with Dr. Ken Alibek”, NewsMax.com, Sept. 28, 2002.
He reveals that the spread of West Nile is “one of the most puzzling” matters he has ever witnessed in studying diseases and their epidemiology. Alibek notes that nowhere on the planet is West Nile spreading to the degree it is here
“Why it’s spreading so fast throughout the United States?” he asks. Alibek has strong suspicions West Nile is indeed a bio-weapon employed against the U.S.
This is Carlos Wotzkow’s description of how the birds are used as carriers of viral infectious diseases, “There are new ICBMs in Cuba. They are new-age Inter-Continental Bird Missiles…. Castro learned that he needed a new weapon that could not be seen in spy photos, so now there are no rocket launchers…These new missiles are very small, have feathers and flap their wings.
They have beating hearts and carry deadly, living, biological warheads. They travel unnoticed, in flight paths programmed by nature to chosen targets… As migrating birds arrive in Cuba, some are found with identification leg bands installed by scientists in the United States.
These coded leg bands let military bio-weapon scientists know which birds have come from which geographic location, such as New York. When that bird and the birds of that flock return to the United States they will return to New York.
Infecting that flock with a disease just before releasing them at migration time in Cuba will result in delivery of the warhead to New York, or somewhere else in route if blown off course… Nowadays it is quite possible to use birds as ICBMs and West Nile Virus as one type of warhead.
What could be coming next? How about a genetically altered form of a common disease that would be much more deadly? This is a likely development in the cycle since weapons systems are flight tested before widespread deployment.”6
Dr. Cereijo, with respect to the ongoing epidemic of the WNV, states that: “Until 1999, the virus had never been present in the western hemisphere.
The appearance and the epidemic sprout that took place in that date in the United States are one of the most important biological events that had happened in connection to viruses in the 20th century…The virus in the United States is encountering a whole new ecosystem.
Everything is unfamiliar to the virus-the weather, the climate, many of the birds, and in spite of that, it has spread over the country. The virus displays a variety more resistant than the original virus, giving rise to think that it has been genetically altered.”7
Because birds are the primary carriers of the virus, there is nothing to really stop its spread to other states, and the WNV epidemic has been spreading like wildfire. The fast spread of the virus and number of casualties strongly point to bioterrorism
A total of 13,135 of severe human cases, including 1204 deaths have been reported to the CDC from January 2001 up to December 13, 2011. The severe case-fatality rate average associated with WNV is at 9.2% since the virus was introduced on the United States.
This is an unusually high percentage since normally it shall be below 3%. The epidemic has all the characteristics of a bioterrorism attack. A total of 27,115 human cases, including mild and severe cases, have been reported to CDC from January 2001 up December 13, 2011.
The virus has been found in more than 300 species of birds since it first surfaced in North America according to CDC reports (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/birdspecies.htm). Crow´s population has declined 45% since the introduction of the virus. The virus also has been detected in at least 40 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
During the year 2003, 264 deaths and 2860 severe cases of WNV were reported to the CDC in 46 states. In 2003 also were reported 192 cases of SAR and no fatalities in the United States.
The SAR epidemic gave rise to widespread coverage by the mass media that led to the publication of 750 articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post.
The anthrax attacks in 2001 caused only five deaths, but received a wide coverage by the mass media. Inexplicably both cases received ample coverage, but not the WNV epidemic.
Since 2001 the WNV epidemic has killed more than 1,200 people, an average of 110 deaths a year.
The WNV statistics have received very little coverage. What could be the reason that the mass media behaved in that way? It seems to be a deliberate effort by most of the mainstream media to hide such information from the public.
Certain number of experts and journalists have claimed that Cuba does not have the resources or the ability to develop biological weapons technology.
After 53 years they continue to use ideological blinders with regard to the Castroit military tyranny.
They are sympathetic to the regime because of their liberal vision and ideological affinity, choosing which stories to report and how to report them with biased information, causing the majority of people who depend mainly on the mass media for their news to be aware only one side of the story.
The most serious manifestation of the WNV infection is a deadly inflammation of the brain in humans and horses. There is a vaccine for horses but not people. The young and persons over 50 years of age have the highest risk of contracting the severe disease.
Ongoing studies of neuroinvasive cases show some patients suffer “lingering neurologic problems months or even years after the initial disease.” Experts believe WNV has become an endemic seasonal epidemic in North America, which flares up in the summer and continues well into the fall.
Despite the high proportion of human victims, the effects of WNV on wildlife have been far worse. It has decimated bird populations across the U.S., with the number of dead birds easily in the millions. The birds have been dying at such a rate that wildlife officials can’t test them fast enough and determine how many birds have been stricken.
Indeed, the epidemic has so resembled a bioterrorism attack that the nation’s zoos, which spearheaded an effort to track West Nile’s march and mount emergency vaccinations, could end up with potentially important roles in the emerging arena of homeland security.
The spreading of the WNV, besides the loss of human life and public health impact, had a substantial ecological and economical impact.
The collections of the dots and their subsequent connection provide conclusive evidence, the famous smoking gun, of the introduction of a low level biological weapon, the WNV, to test the delivered system and the impact in human, animals, ecology and economy, by a terrorist nation.
After the system has become operational, it will be stored away. This will be follow, in due time, by a surprise strike with the introduction of a more deadly biological weapon that will cause high human fatalities and severe disruption of the economy." Full Story