By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Israeli scientists are trying to identify distinctive genes carried by some Arabs, with the hope of creating a genetically modified bacterium or virus, according to the London Sunday Times."The intention is to use the ability of viruses and certain bacteria to alter the DNA inside their host's living cells," the Times reported.
Based in a biological institute at Nes Tziyona, the main research center for Israel's clandestine arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, the research is complicated by the fact that both Jews and Arabs are of Semitic origin. But a scientist at Nes Tzivona told the Times that researchers have succeeded in zeroing in on a particular characteristic of certain Arab communities, particularly the Iraqi people. Such a disease could be put in the water supply or sprayed in the air.
According to the usually reliable Foreign Report, a Jane's publication which provides reports and analysis of international defense issues, Israeli scientists may have employed research conducted by South Africa during the apartheid era. During the 1980s, scientists from that nation were ordered to develop a weapon to target black people based on pigmentation that could be spread in beer, maize, or even by vaccination. But they were not successful. The Jane's report on the ethno-bomb comes from South African sources who note that Israeli and South African scientists worked together during the apartheid period on nuclear and other research, and that at the end of apartheid, Israel reportedly took over and elaborated on the research.
In the U.S., Secretary of Defense William Cohen has warned that biological agents could be genetically engineered to produce dangerous new weapons. In Britain, a spokesperson for Porton Down, the biological defense facility, said such weapons were theoretically possible, and that "we have reached a point now where there is an obvious need for an international convention to control biological weapons."
Black Choppers at Two O'Clock
Clinton Re-ignites FEMA Fire
Bill Clinton's ruminations last week on appointing a military commander to defend the continental United States against germ and biological attacks by terrorists without doubt will activate every spavined patriot militia outfit across this nation. And the concept of such a leader will come as no surprise to the aficionados of REX 84, President Reagan's alleged secret plan to set up just such a command under the rubric of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For people in the know, FEMA is the biggest conspiracy of them all.
Although nominally established under the Carter presidency to coordinate and manage natural disasters like hurricanes and floods, FEMA spends most of its money provided under a "black" or unaccountable budget for construction of secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of major emergency, foreign or domestic. Tank-like vehicles are strategically stashed at various points around the nation to ferry top federal officials and their loyalist troops around in the midst of a conflagration.
According to one version of the FEMA conspiracy theory, in 1984 Reagan signed the REX84 order, directing FEMA to organize a national secret "readiness exercise." As Harry V. Martin's Internet monograph "FEMA: The Secret Government" explains it, the plan calls for deputizing U.S. military and National Guard units "so that they could legally be used for domestic law enforcement. These units would be assigned to conduct sweeps and take into custody an estimated 400,000 undocumented Central American immigrants in the United States."
This plan supposedly permits rounding up and imprisoning 21 million "American Negroes" in the event of massive rioting or disorder. Next on the list to be jailed are tax protesters, demonstrators against government military intervention outside U.S. borders, and people who have a gun at home. FEMA was in the wings and ready to go in the Rodney King L.A. riots and in the event of civil disorder during the Persian Gulf War, according to the report. It's only a matter of time.
Why does food cost so much? Not because of the farmer, according to Nebraska farmer Corky Jones, who figured out that a loaf of whole wheat bread selling for $1.79 contains three cents worth of wheat. A 12-oz box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes selling for $2.15 contains two cents of corn, and a box of Wheaties at $2.77 contains 2.75 cents of wheat.
Research: Ioanna Veleanu