Weaponized Ticks: Is Lyme Disease an Escaped Government Bioweapon?

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Lyme disease is now a fairly common ailment, plaguing more than 300,000 people each year, and most people believe it to be an extremely unfortunate side effect of living in or near heavily wooded areas.

Although ticks are found all over the world, some are questioning why 95 percent of all confirmed Lyme disease cases are occurring in the United States. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the ticks blamed for spreading the disease may actually be carrying bioweapons that were never meant to escape from an island off the coast of New York.

What Is Lyme Disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is a bacteria-related illness that humans can contract when bitten by infected blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) — usually in New England, the Northwest coastline, and the mid-Atlantic and Northern midwestern states.

For the disease to actually take hold in a person, the infected tick must be attached to him or her for 36 to 48 hours. Usually adult ticks can be spotted and removed before they have a chance to spread the disease; it’s the young ticks, or the “nymphs,” that are generally smaller and difficult to spot, and therefore more dangerous. 

An infected person will usually suffer early on from a skin rash, fatigue, flu-like symptoms (chills, fever, headache), muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes. Fortunately, the skin rash — which appears in the shape of a target with a bullseye, is fairly unique to Lyme disease, and can serve as a flag for physicians who are trained to spot it and who can then treat it properly before it gets out of control and begins to cause much more severe damage to the joints, nervous system, heart, and cognitive function.

Curing the Next Great Plague

Plum Island: The Source of a Lyme Bioweapon?

Off the coast of Long Island, New York, is Plum Island, home to a scientific-research facility that studies animal-borne diseases. It was originally used as a Spanish-American War military base before it was converted into a what became a curiously secretive institution in 1954. While the U.S. government claims the building was converted into a center to study foot-and-mouth disease in cattle, many believe it actually was installed as a laboratory used to facilitate anti-Soviet operations at the start of the Cold War. 

The theory goes like this: As things were heating up with Soviet Union following WWII, the U.S. Government began recruiting Nazi scientists to help them lead a clever battle against the spread of communism, using biological weaponry. The Nazis were known for extensive experiments involving the weaponization of virus and disease, particularly under the leadership of the nefarious Nazi scientist Kurt Blome, who experimented with the use of mosquitoes and other insects as vectors for spreading the plague, malaria, and other pathogens. 

The recruitment project was known as “Operation Paperclip,” and was responsible for importing prized German scientists and technicians from Europe, and putting them to work on Plum Island. Of these scientists was Erich Traub, who studied under Blome and specialized in vaccine and virus research as well as disease-carrying insects — in particular, the common tick. 

Entomological warfare testing, including Operation Big Itch, Operation Big Buzz, Operation Dropkick, and Operation May Day all tested the viability of using mosquitoes and fleas to disseminate diseases like yellow fever across enemy territories.

If any insect was destined to become a biological weapon, the tick was near the top of the list. Ticks latch tightly onto living specimens and can be transported long distances, with the capability of infecting all animals they come into contact with — including human beings. Plus, they’re small, and when they lay eggs, they lay thousands at once

The idea was to set thousands of ticks loose on the Soviet Union, where they would destroy the livestock, and thus a large amount of the food supply. In the end, however, the Pentagon decided not to damage the food supply (they didn’t want to become responsible for feeding millions of Soviets when they’d won the war), and called off the weaponized insects. 

But, like so many science experiments, something may have gone terribly wrong. Exterminating all the ticks on Plum Island proved to be futile, especially when birds regularly flew from the mainland to the island and back. Perhaps not so coincidentally, in 1975, the first outbreak of Lyme occurred a few miles away, in Lyme, Connecticut. 

The latest resurgence in the theory comes from the book “Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons” written by Kris Newby, a Stanford University-based science writer, who was also featured in the 2009 documentary, Under Our Skin, which examined the debilitating effects of Lyme Disease and the lack of resources spent studying, or even acknowledging it by medical professionals.

The Argument Against

Because the numbers of people infected with Lyme Disease have increased in recent years, many people have, once again, been looking askance at Plum Island and the rumors that surround it. Just a few weeks ago, a House congressman led an effort to pass an amendment demanding the Pentagon investigate whether this horrific origin story is true.

While the Inspector General’s report has yet to be released, some scientists and mainstream publications have attempted to lay the matter to rest. An article published by Tufts University quotes Cummings School Professor Sam Telford, a leading expert on mosquito- and tick-borne infections: “‘This conspiracy theory was soundly debunked by research that David Persing and I did in the early 1990s.’” 

The article goes on to say, “It turned out that the bacterium was circulating in wildlife long before Lyme disease became a known illness in humans. Ticks collected in 1945 from the eastern end of Long Island, and mice collected in 1894 on Cape Cod, were found to be infected with B. burgdorferi. This means that B. burgdorferi already existed in wildlife on Long Island—neighbor to Plum Island—for nearly ten years and on Cape Cod for fifty years before the time period in question.”

But while these scientists claim that Newby and others’ research into the government’s role in spreading Lyme disease is nothing but fringe conspiracy, they ignore the numerous aforementioned instances that set precedent for it's likelihood during Vietnam and the Cold War.

And whether or not the Senate report confirms or rejects the theory of Lyme disease’s story of origination, the primary concern to the public is now how to fend off the disease via the ticks themselves. Experts recommend that people should safeguard their homes by cleaning up areas around it that may attract rodents, and to be vigilant as to any insects they may be bringing home with after hiking, playing, camping, or working in or near the woods.


For more on Operation Paperclip check out this episode of Deep Space: The True History of the Space Race

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Mass Media Mind Control

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I have had wide and varied interests since a very young age and have loved learning all of my life. Simply, I believe life should be lived as a great adventure of growth and learning in every way. In science, my interests started in crystallography and minerals and progressed through the several branches of science into politics, philosophy, religion and all things esoteric.

What is Mind Control?

In the late 1980s, the most interesting research I began exploring was on mind effects or, more popularly, mind control. My interest grew out of the misuses of the information released in the Church Committee hearings of the 1970s dealing with the CIA programs in this area. At the same time, the positive possibilities for these new technologies were also exciting. Stimulating optimum human performance, accelerated learning, meditation, relaxation, and focus could all be improved. In fact, even so-called altered states could be enhanced or even stimulated. The most fascinating possibilities, however, were even more startling.

The idea that perhaps we could stimulate what is now referred to in some literature as “anomalous human capability” or, in the past referred to as ESP or extrasensory perceptions, may be possible.

In fact, this may be the next evolution of humans on earth as many of us are acknowledging and science is proving.

Control of the Mind and Body

The predominant brain wave frequencies indicate the kind of activity taking place in the brain. There are four basic groups of brain wave frequencies that are associated with most mental activity. The first, beta waves, (13-35 Hertz or pulses per second) are associated with normal activity. The high end of this range is associated with stress or agitated states that can impair thinking and reasoning skills. The second group, alpha waves (8-12 Hertz), can indicate more relaxation. Alpha frequencies are ideal for learning and focused life form energy. The third, theta waves (4-7 Hertz), indicate mental imagery, access to memories and internal mental focus. This state is often associated with young children, behavioral modification and sleep/dream states. The last, ultra slow, delta waves (.5-3 Hertz), are found when a person is in deep sleep.

The general rule is that the brain’s predominant wave frequency will be lowest, in terms of pulses per second, when relaxed, and highest when people are most alert or agitated.

What is Entrainment?

External stimulation of the brain by electromagnetic means can cause the brain to be entrained or locked into phase with an external signal generator. Predominant brain waves can be driven or pushed into new frequency patterns by external stimulation. In other words, the external signal driver or impulse generator entrains the brain, overriding the normal frequencies, and causing changes in the brain waves. Changes in brain waves cause changes in brain chemistry; which then cause changes in brain outputs in the form of thoughts, emotions or physical condition.

As you are driven, so you arrive – brain manipulation can be either beneficial or detrimental to the individual being impacted depending on the level of knowledge or the intentions of the person controlling the technology.

Is it Possible to Train Consciousness?

Consciousness training is also a big theme in cults, religious organizations, and others pursuing the “new age.” Science has now gained a greater understanding of how the mind and brain work so that what used to take years, or even decades, to achieve, can now be mastered in weeks, days or even minutes. For instance, in 1996 a method and apparatus for the use in achieving alpha and theta brainwave states and effecting positive emotional states in humans were developed.

Two years later another patent was issued which could create desired consciousness states: In the training of an individual to replicate such states of consciousness without further audio stimulation, such states may be transferred from one human being to another through the imposition of one person’s EEG, superimposed on desired stereo signals and onto another individual, by inducement of a binaural beat phenomenon.

Is Thought Transference Possible?

This is interesting in that it speaks to the ideas alluded to earlier by the military in changing the memory of a person by imposing computer-manipulated signals which would integrate with the normal memory of a person. The possibility of abuse is obvious and the opportunity for personal advancement is also great.

Consider the possibility of gaining education by the transfer of data directly into the human brain by these new methods rather than the standard methods of learning. A serious consideration in developing these types of memory transfer systems will be the fact that they bypass normal intellectual filters – they are deposited into the brain as fact, without question or careful consideration. What happens when new information conflicts with existing information? Would it be possible to include hidden information meant to unduly influence things like religious beliefs, politics or consumption of goods and services or politics?

Ethical Questions Abound

The possibilities are immense and the ethical and moral questions surrounding these matters equally large. We can no longer avoid the debate; in fact, the debate is lagging far behind the scientific advancements. In the interim, there are some simple things we could all do to enhance our own, or our children’s, learning capacity by applying simple and available knowledge. For instance: “researchers at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at University of California, Irvine, have determined that 10 minutes of listening to a Mozart piano sonata raised the measurable IQ of college students by up to nine points.” This is a simple thing of great use to anyone seeking self- improvement as an example.

There are several articles and materials that speak to the various ways that these technologies can be applied and used beyond the scope of this article. Let’s get to the media applications.

The Use of Media

Radio, TV, the Internet, the power grid, cell systems or any other electromagnetic carrier can be used to carry a signal that will influence the behaviors of most people in close proximity to the signal. What such signals can do is cause a person, for instance, to drop into a light altered state. Like when people come home from work, sit in front of the TV and watch the nightly news feed. Within a few moments someone begins saying to you, “honey, dinners ready.” They hear nothing… they are no longer watching the “programming;” they are being programmed with the latest values, beliefs, and ideas being pressed into the consciousness of most people through media.

By oscillating a signal in a certain way, emotional states can easily be reformed so that the reaction to the advertising, political propaganda or “news” is as predicted by those generating it across the broad population as intended by them.

In other words, it is about control and manipulation. It is really very simple. People in psychology understand the Frequency Following Response (FFR). When applied to advertise or any other media, it is incredibly compelling.

Refined Control Tactics

Much more can be done with this technology in terms of the information density that can be sent in on such carriers. The objective of many military planners is to be able to even transfer thought and memory sets. These kinds of technology when applied to media particularly when coupled with mass surveillance of the population this allows those in control of such technologies to have profound effects on a highly individualized basis. This delivery system can be tailored to an individual person to have specific influences on that individual personality type and subtype.

The predictability of behavior for the target of the technology is so refined that is better at predicting an individual’s future behavior they could about themselves. Think about this for a moment.

Perpetual Worry as a Means of Imprisonment

Yet the simplest mechanism for inhibiting higher mind functions, peak performance, and anomalous human capabilities is to just keep people in a constant state of worry, agitation, and fear. Sound familiar? In these states, it is not possible to reach a higher state of awareness. These emotional states do not allow the brain to operate in a manner that will allow this possibility. Fear is the adversary and is at the root of the misuses of these technologies. The government fears an enlightened population where the light of truth shines within its darkest corners. An awakened population cannot be resisted by structures based on fear.

The Next Evolution of Humankind

After 40 years of research in the open literature and opportunities to meet and spend the time needed with the best bio-physicists in the world has allowed me insight into this area. During my time with the Lay Institute in Dallas, I put together a private conference on mind effects with some of the best people in the world. The surprise was not a story about controlling people and manipulating populations, although everyone agreed this was the case in the 21st century in so many ways. The biggest insight had to do with the next evolution of humankind.

Voiced first by the late sister, Dr. Rosalie Bertell, in her presentation about her belief that in what man was trying to create in electronics were already latent in every person waiting to be awakened. The theme was repeated in every presentation that explored the possibilities of reclaiming our birthright in terms of what we are as human beings and the endless possibilities that occur when we begin to recognize ourselves.

As we evolve and grow within the framework of this reality we also are beginning to recognize in the science of consciousness and what we know…we are more than we think, and we are beyond what we know. Together we change the world by fearlessly knowing that we each have all that we need to engage the world and are not alone in it. Our humanity is in fact our very salvation if we can recognize and alter our awareness.

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