"Laboratory 257" and the cradle of new pathogens for the United States


Laboratory 257 on Plum Island is now empty. Source: assets.nrdc.org


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As you know, the goal for biological weapons maybe not only humans, but also domesticated animals. Defense research of this kind is very convenient and seems completely innocent in the eyes of the public: no one will blame the government for finding vaccines against foot and mouth disease or African swine fever. The economic damage from some animal diseases can be compared with a national catastrophe, therefore, all the leading countries of the world are dealing with the problems of protection from such misfortunes. In addition, there is a danger of outbreaks of zoonotic diseases transmitted from wild and domesticated animals to humans. Such, for example, are the Hendra virus infection transmitted from the horse to humans, and the Nipah virus, which affects bats, pigs, and humans. Due to the fact that the latter infection appeared relatively recently and is rare, there is still no effective vaccine for humans or livestock. By the way, with a certain degree of certainty, we can say that the current COVID-19 is also a typical zoonotic infection, although there are hypotheses of its artificial origin. History In recent years, it speaks of the growing danger of transmitting viral respiratory infections from the animal world to humans, examples of this are the SARS, MERS epidemics and the current SARS-CoV-2. The population of Asian countries is getting closer to the natural habitat of wild animals, and the active exchange of viruses becomes inevitable.

In connection with the foregoing, of particular interest are programs for the study of dangerous zoonotic diseases in the camp of a potential adversary - the United States. As far back as 1948, the Americans forbidden to conduct such research far away from the mainland and set up a specialized laboratory on Plum Island (New York, northeast coast of Long Island). About this method of isolation of especially dangerous pathogens was once implemented in tsarist Russia using the example of a “plague” fort in Krondshtat. Of course, no one on Plum Island worked with such dangerous microorganisms; for the first time, cattle foot and mouth disease was the main area of ​​research. It was the only object in the country that was entrusted with the work with live strains of the causative agent of such a dangerous disease. I must say that Americans rightly fear this infection: an outbreak turning into an epidemic could cause damage of more than $ 100 billion.


Moments of working with "biomaterial" on the island of Plum. Source: digital.library.unt.edu

On the island there is a landmark place - "Laboratory 257", in honor of which the publicist Michael Carroll named his book on secret programs for the development of offensive biological weapons. The author claims that the work of Laboratory 257 was somehow related to the outbreak of West Nile fever in 1999, tick-borne borreliosis in 1975 and the Dutch duck plague in 1967.

West Nile virus infected New York, showing in all its glory how dangerous a pathogen can be, which is alien to the area: the infection spread like lightning throughout the country. The World Health Organization does not accept Carroll's position, pointing to the African origin of the virus.

The problem of epidemics of tick-borne borreliosis is dedicated to the book of K. Newby “Bitten: a secret history of Lyme disease and bacteriological weapons”, which discloses data on the participation of the laboratories of Plum Island in the development of biological weapons. In particular, the project was implemented in conjunction with the military from Fort Detrick in the years 1950-1975 and, quite possibly, ultimately caused the outbreak of a serious illness in the United States. The program on borelliosis itself is very similar to similar work in the Japanese "Detachment 731" - here the Americans also planned to use infected insects, dropping them in aerial bombs. The result of such studies was 30 thousand Americans infected with tick-borne borreliosis on the east coast of the country. This number with enviable constancy is duplicated every year.

Biosafety Bomb Level XNUMX


In general, the “Center for Animal Diseases on the Plum Island” throughout its existence has fallen into various scandalous stories. This was largely due to the regime of strict secrecy, which was removed only in 1992, and episodic outbreaks of diseases alien to the United States. And although officially all biological weapons development programs in the United States were curtailed back in 1969, Russian scientists were only allowed to verify this in 1994. It is noteworthy that Kanatzhan Alibekov, a fugitive Soviet microbiologist and author of the “exposing” book “Caution! Biological weapons ”(published in 2003), did not say a word about this island. At the same time, he told how bloodthirsty biological weapons development programs were in the USSR and even hinted that the Soviet troops intentionally infected the Germans near Stalingrad with tularemia. According to official information, more than 40 strains of pathogenic microorganisms were cultivated at the Center for Diseases, most of which were not endemic to North America. And the screen was appropriate - the object was formally assigned to the Ministry of Agriculture. The islanders were attacked by the events of September 11, 2001, when everyone started talking about a new threat - biological terrorism. By the way, the fluent Alibekov warmed up the American public a lot with stories about the horrors of the possible consequences of contamination of the continent and even won several related grants. Accusations of inadequate control of pathogens rained down (while they were just sending out anthrax spores), and in 2002 in Afghanistan, terrorists found a detailed dossier on the facilities of Plum Island.

I must say that the leadership of the Center has rather peculiarly responded to reproaches. Thomas McKenna, deputy director of the institution, said with a smile:

"Cows are not going to open mail."

However, the fact remained: on Plama only the third level of biosafety was observed, according to which it was impossible to work with pathogens dangerous to humans in general. Residents of the nearby coastal areas of Long Island can talk about how disregarding Plum Island was about safety. In particular, in 1980 a dead animal was thrown ashore, which was supposedly the victim of experiments in the notorious "Laboratory 257". Moreover, all systems of biomaterial utilization on Plama were present.


The plan of the island. Source: digital.library.unt.edu

In 2005, official news came that a new laboratory will be deployed in the United States to work with deadly zoonotic pathogens. It was decided not to use the island of Plum as a seriously discredited facility, but to place a research center on the mainland of the United States. Now the new “Laboratory 257” will be based in the city of Manhattan, Kansas, and for the first time will be subordinated to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). And now here everything will be organized according to the fourth maximum level of biosafety.

A typical example of such a laboratory can be found in the feature film "Infection" (directed by Stephen Soderberg), which has become very popular in connection with recent events. In particular, laboratory workers work indoors exclusively in sealed suits and with an external air supply. Americans believe that such serious security measures (by the way, first applied to zoonotic pathogens) may well replace isolation conditions on the notorious island of Plum. For comparison: at present, only eight laboratories in the USA have the fourth level of biosafety BSL-4, which allows working with live strains, for example, Ebola virus. The center in Manhattan will be the ninth, and the Department of Homeland Security has already given permission to transport foot and mouth disease culture to the mainland. Even in the book of Michael Carroll, the concentration of such dangerous pathogens in an isolated island was characterized as a “biological delayed-action bomb,” and now the US leadership is transporting this bomb inland. At the same time, in August last year, the well-known Fort Detrick laboratory was closed for non-compliance with safety rules. And in this largely legendary office, experience with pathogens is estimated to be decades.


The new "Laboratory 257" will look something like this. Source: usda.gov

The new laboratory should come into operation a year later, in May 2021, and will formally report to the US Department of Agriculture. Among the key goals of the new office, there is not one officially having defense status. This is mainly the search for new vaccines, the improvement of classical formulations and the development of strategies to combat epizootics.

Even assuming the lack of biological weapons development programs in the city of Manhattan (which is hard to believe), the very fact of deploying such a serious structure raises a lot of questions. Given the events of recent months, when it is still unknown where the global threat came from, the creation of the next “time bomb” looks at least reckless. It is hoped that, with a rich history of inaccurate handling of pathogens in the luggage, the United States objectively weighed the pros and cons.
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  1. Svarog April 15 2020 15: 13 New
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    It is hoped that, with a rich history of inaccurate handling of pathogens in the luggage, the United States objectively weighed the pros and cons.

    Here there is absolutely no hope for the USA .. here it was somehow shown that smoked soldiers were sitting at the nuclear weapons button ..
    1. Tatyana April 15 2020 15: 30 New
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      It is hoped that, with a rich history of inaccurate handling of pathogens in the luggage, the United States objectively weighed the pros and cons.

      If the United States really objectively weighed all the pros and cons of working with pathogens, then they would not have opened biologic laboratories of this type and similar bio-directions of scientific research in them.

      The American militarist globalists who are in the service of the “masters of money” to build their “new world order” absolutely do not give a damn about all the discussions of scientists about the pros and cons! They only care about getting new biological weapons in the global arms race and the United States will definitely not stop creating new biological weapons.
      1. Reptiloid April 15 2020 19: 54 New
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        It would seem that the situation with the corona virus should teach the United States that it will not be possible for them to isolate themselves now and will sit out safely. Apparently ---- no., Think they won’t touch them. Somewhere on the web recently, references to the trials, both on his soldiers and on his peaceful ... here is not to repeat for sure.
      2. fif21 April 18 2020 17: 35 New
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        Quote: Tatiana
        If the United States really objectively weighed all the pros and cons of working with pathogens, then they would not have opened biologic laboratories of this type and similar bio-directions of scientific research in them.

        This makes them transfer research to other countries. Who finances laboratories in China, Canada, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, Kazakhstan ... ... If the authorities of these countries - they are in demand, if the US is in demand. But someone has to answer for it. hi
  2. Million April 15 2020 15: 16 New
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    The evil empire ... There is no other way about the USA
    1. Hypatius April 15 2020 18: 18 New
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      Empire of Evil ...
      I think, more precisely, CrazyEmpire. For, these crazy and themselves can nullify.
  3. Amateur April 15 2020 15: 43 New
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    There was a decent movie "Andromeda Virus" on this subject.
  4. knn54 April 15 2020 16: 12 New
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    Liberasts / social parasites are also BIOLOGICAL weapons of directed action.
  5. smaug78 April 15 2020 16: 31 New
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    Given the events of recent months, when it is still unknown where the global threat came from
    Everyone knows, except for the author ...
    1. Normal ok April 15 2020 17: 46 New
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      Quote: smaug78
      Given the events of recent months, when it is still unknown where the global threat came from
      Everyone knows, except for the author ...

      That you have not yet seen the X-Files. There, the whole truth is revealed about American intrigues. Why has VO still not paid attention to this source ?! Conspiracy!
      1. smaug78 April 15 2020 18: 45 New
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        With such authors will soon pay attention laughing
      2. Reptiloid April 15 2020 20: 00 New
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        Quote: Normal ok
        .... That you have not yet seen the X-Files. There, the whole truth is revealed about American intrigues. Why has VO still not paid attention to this source ?! Conspiracy!
        There is still something interesting, because we later published a multivolume edition of this series, pieces of 15-20 books, I think, at the beginning of this century. But why did they tell about their intrigues? What would everyone tremble and fear?
  6. Operator April 15 2020 19: 11 New
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    American scientists at the very beginning of the program for synthesizing the coronavirus chimera (SARS RNA + bat virus envelope) at the University of North Carolina in 2015 demanded that the US Department of Health stop funding the program and curtail it for the simple reason - the absence of at least some purpose of work, except the creation of biological weapons prohibited by an international convention involving the United States. Nevertheless, the local Ministry of Health funded this work in full, and an American patent was obtained for the synthetic virus genome.

    As a result, after 5 years, we have a full-fledged pandemic and comprehensive collapse in the United States.

    PS In the framework of Russian terminology, the US Department of Homeland Security is being translated as the Ministry (just like the US Department of Health, Department of Defense, etc.).

    1. Vadim237 April 15 2020 21: 57 New
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      All these works are in the public domain with no secrecy - but the fact that Wuhan is a virus of natural origin that has passed to humans through an intermediate link is undoubtedly and most importantly there are hundreds of similar viruses in nature, but they don’t yet have an intermediate link for switching to humans - but this is only for now .
      1. Jager April 16 2020 01: 18 New
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        I doubt it very much. "Interlayers" - the carrier of the animal have not yet been found.
      2. fif21 April 21 2020 19: 38 New
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        Quote: Vadim237
        and most importantly, there are hundreds of similar viruses in nature but they do not yet have an intermediate link for the transition to humans - but this is only for now.

        Check out the works of Shi Zhengli and Ralph Barik, learn a lot of new and interesting things. hi
  7. NordUral April 16 2020 00: 39 New
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    The World Health Organization does not accept Carroll's position, pointing to the African origin of the virus.

    So Trump will succeed in order not to pay contributions to WHO, she will immediately (well, a little hesitate) remember that this was not the case.
  8. g1washntwn April 16 2020 09: 14 New
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    There is not a single confident statement that covid-19 is purely natural. How many did not see interviews and opinions, everywhere there are such words as "probably" and other IMHO. Personally, it seems to me that when virologists begin to say that "creation is unlikely," then uncomfortable questions about the information around this virus begin to overwrite the prefix "little-" in this phrase. Unlikely, but POSSIBLE.
    As for security measures, do not weigh how much, anyway, a grain from these scales will fall out. 1979 Sverdlovsk-19 ...
  9. fif21 April 18 2020 17: 26 New
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    It’s like nuclear scientists — they created an atomic, hydrogen, neutron bomb. (They were stopped by banning tests, and the United States is implementing a program to eliminate nuclear scientists engaged in the creation of atomic weapons in other countries) So are the creators of biological weapons. People are dying, but we have nothing to do with it! Who will stop these killers is the question. Since the development of biological weapons is FORBIDDEN, can it also launch a recycling program? Or will we continue to observe how we are being destroyed? hi
  10. fif21 April 21 2020 19: 33 New
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    And CoV2 is an obvious chimera, based on the bat strain of RaTG13, in which the receptor binding site (RBM) in the spike protein is replaced from the bat by pangolinium, and in addition, a special section of 4 amino acids is inserted, which creates a furin cleavage site, which, like virologists have previously found that significantly expands the "repertoire" of the virus in terms of in whose cells it can penetrate. Most likely, it was thanks to this new furin site that the new mutant managed to jump from the original carriers to people. hi