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Miss Chybil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 12:00 PM
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US Begins Building Treaty-Breaching Germ War Defence Centre
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0731-06.htm

Published on Monday, July 31, 2006 by the Guardian / UK
US Begins Building Treaty-Breaching Germ War Defence Centre
by Julian Borger

Construction work has begun near Washington on a vast germ warfare laboratory intended to help protect the US against an attack with biological weapon, but critics say the laboratory's work will violate international law and its extreme secrecy will exacerbate a biological arms race.
The National Biodefence Analysis and Countermeasures Centre (NBACC), due to be completed in 2008, will house heavily guarded and hermetically sealed chambers in which scientists simulate potential terrorist attacks.

To do so, the centre will have to produce and stockpile the world's most lethal bacteria and viruses, which is forbidden by the 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Three years before that treaty was agreed, President Richard Nixon halted the production of US biological weapons at Fort Detrick in Maryland. The same military base is the site for the new $128m (70m), 160,000 sq ft laboratory.

The green light for its construction was given after the September 11 attacks, which coincided with a series of still-unsolved anthrax incidents that killed five people. The department of homeland security, which will run the centre, says its work is necessary to protect the country. "All the programmes we do are defensive in nature," Maureen McCarthy, director of homeland security research and development, told the Washington Post. "Our job is to ensure that the civilian population of the country is protected, and that we know what the threats are."

The biological weapons convention stipulates that the signatories must not "develop, produce, stockpile, or otherwise acquire or retain" biological weapons, and does not distinguish between offensive and defensive intentions.

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Miss Chybil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 01:37 PM
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1. Self-Kick. I think this is important.
I posted this here because of the wonder many of us have as to why the members of the "Axis of Evil," et.al., aren't just sitting back waiting for our current insane administration to get out of office so life can go back to "normal" - as opposed to rushing to build their own nuclear arsenals and God knows what else. The answer is the above article and many other evidences of the fact the insanity of our current regime is likely to continue on past 2008, no matter who is in office. What is really going on in our country? It's way beyond George Bush.
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