MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
Back before the midterm elections, I mentioned to Alex Jones what I thought the final blow would be before the elections. I told him that I sensed a biological attack was in the works that would somehow scare people from voting.
When Ricin was mailed to the President and his joint chiefs, I pointed out that this was a biological attack but it still was not sufficient to terrorize the country. In fact, I had a listener that wrote me and told me that he could not in good conscience tell his friends that the final blow I predicted were a few envelopes containing crushed castor beans.
I must admit that it was small potatoes and the following week a so-called Trump supporter mailed out inert bombs to democratic leaders. That event certainly made us forget about the biological attack on political officials.
We then had more shootings and the entire country was caught up in political arguments over guns. The fires in California had the populace arguing over environmentalism and Climate Change.
Little do we know that perhaps a biological attack happened in the United States and the slow burn of the effects is just now being reported prior to Thanksgiving.
What is most alarming is that the CDC and other health inspectors with the USDA began to see E.coli contamination in the food supply dating back to October.
The nation’s largest beef processor, JBS USA, recalled nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef for possible E. coli contamination, according to the Department of Agriculture.
The ground beef, produced October 24 at JBS USA-owned Swift Beef Co. in Hyrum, Utah, was said to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The E. coli strain can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days after exposure. It can also cause kidney failure in children under 5 years old and older adults. Symptoms include easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. People with those symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately, the USDA says.
The 99,260 pounds of ground beef was packaged in 2,000-pound pallets and in plastic wrapped packages of eight to 10 pounds marked as “Blue Ribbon Beef”:
The recalls were just issued days ago – there was no word on how the beef was exposed to E.coli.
In October, JBS recalled more than 6.5 million pounds of raw beef products processed at its Tolleson, Arizona, processing facility for potential Salmonella Newport contamination. The USDA found as many as 57 people from 16 states got ill between Aug. 5 and Sept. 6 in its investigation of the incident.
Meanwhile, federal health officials are still trying to identify the source of a salmonella illness outbreak linked to raw turkey products that has spread to 35 states and sickened 164 people.
The salmonella strain has been found in raw turkey pet food in Minnesota, raw turkey products collected from people’s homes and live turkeys from several states, indicating the bacteria is widespread in the industry.
No common supplier has been identified, according to officials at the Agriculture Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so consumer groups are asking for the names of the brands and the slaughterhouses and processing facilities where the outbreak strain has been found in samples.
The CDC on Tuesday also warned the public not to eat any Romaine lettuce – and retailers and restaurants not to sell or serve it – over concerns of an E. coli outbreak.
Since October, at least 32 people in 11 states have gotten sick, with at least 13 hospitalized, from the same strain of E. coli in the outbreak, officials say. No deaths have been reported, but one person suffered a kind of kidney failure.
The CDC also says that even if the food in the fridge had any contact with the lettuce you are advised to throw it out and then wash and sterilize the entire fridge with bleach.
Now keep in mind all of this contamination happened in October and was not reported until the middle of November.
How interesting that we are hearing about this now, just prior to a holiday where a family feast is prepared.
Could it be that what we are witnessing is something that is called an unconventional terror attack?
Well, that is what they called it when the cult members of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh poisoned salad bars in order to rig an election of local leaders.
Back in 1984, the Rajneesh bioterror attack made headlines when more than 750 people were poisoned with Salmonella in The Dalles, Oregon. A leading group of followers of Osho, then known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had hoped to incapacitate the voting population of the city so that candidates who were members of the cult would win the 1984 Wasco County elections. The incident was the first bioterrorism attack in the United States and the single largest bioterrorist attack in United States history.
Americans rarely consider the potential for our enemies to attack our nation’s agricultural infrastructure and food supply with biological weapons. They should. Agriculture security is national security.
Back when we were at the peak of the War on Terror, it was reported that U.S. Navy SEALs found a list of pathogens and a schematic that terrorists allegedly planned to use to produce bio-weapons.
In addition to six human pathogens, ten pathogens targeted food, six targeted livestock and poultry, and four targeted crops.
Any threat to our country’s food production and security would have devastating economic, social and political impacts. The agriculture sector in the U.S. is a $1 trillion business and employs approximately 9.2 percent of American workers. In 2012, domestic animal agriculture – livestock and poultry production generated approximately 1.8 million jobs, $346 billion in total economic output and $60 billion in household income.
More than two-thirds of existing, emerging and reemerging plant and animal pathogens can be transmitted to people and as such, present significant threats to human health.
Now, there have been many reasons these diseases show up in the food and in most cases, they are isolated instances where farm animals like pigs, deer or cows, defecate on the plants and there have been cases where immigrant workers have done the same thing and again this is usually controlled with recalls.
However, the CDC is urging people to throw out all Romaine lettuce – and I have to assume that means that there have been several lots or filed that have been contaminated.
Either this is a manufactured crisis or there has been a potential for an unconventional biological attack on the foodstuffs consumed during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
What is happening with the turkey and lettuce scare is very disturbing considering the idea of a biological crisis was first proposed in the ‘Project for the New American Century’ in order to create a need for an expanded police state.
There is a portion of the PNAC that specifies how future “Pearl Harbor” events will create a need for an expanded surveillance society and militarized police state:
“New methods of attack — electronic, ‘non-lethal’, biological — will be more widely available… combat likely will take place in new dimensions, in space, cyberspace, and perhaps the world of microbes … advanced forms of biological warfare that can ‘target’ specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool”
Of course, this was written prior to anthrax scares of September 11th, 2001 and now we may see the fungal meningitis scare as a useful tool to further the objectives of the health care surveillance state.
It makes you question your own stability when you consider that perhaps there are crisis talks about what kind of manufactured crisis is to be initiated and when it will be carried out. The manufactured crisis must also have maximum impact in order to create a climate of fear and absolute urgency to create a fear based consensus that will demand a solution as easy and as fast as possible.
The list of potential unconventional weapons and methods of simple terrorism has been published by alphabet agencies classified under ‘Terrorist Organizations and Unconventional Terrorism’. The literature has recorded several unconventional methods that are used by terrorists using simple items that can be obtained anywhere without a background check.
One of the most important sections of the literature deals with contamination of food water and drug supply.
Water and food supply terror models are the most complicated and the hardest to solve because food contamination sources and methods can appear to be naturally occurring. Bacterial and chemical contaminates happen regularly in the food supply. It just seems as though there has been an inordinate amount of warnings about turkeys and vegetables; main staples of the family dinner.
This “unconventional” method of terror is “old school” and yet it is called unconventional.
In 1978 the Palestinian Liberation Organization began to poison Israeli oranges in European markets, injuring 12 and seriously damaging the Israeli economy. But then the activity stopped. Europeans in at least three countries became ill from eating Israeli citrus products – oranges, lemons, and grapefruit – that had been contaminated with mercury, which presumably had been injected under the skins of the citrus products with a syringe.
A few months ago New Zealand was shocked when consumers there were finding sewing needles in Australian Strawberries. There were also other incidents where apples had the needles and there was also a banana that had a needle in it.
It turned out to be a prank and a young boy was arrested. However, it did spark a number of copycat events. The boy who first started the prank will face jail time for fruit contamination which could be ten years.
The copycat offenders could be charged with food terrorism.
Regardless of your definition of terrorism, drug and food tampering is terrorism without political purpose. It is usually done to weaken economic progress and to sabotage products in order to restrict consumer confidence. It is hard to track any drug contamination to organized terrorism because of the conspiracy of silence.
There is often corruption and collusion at the local level between governments and companies with regard to food and drug tampering or contamination, mainly because of psychological effects and loss of product confidence. Sometimes the contamination of a product is known by a company weeks before any press release is issued.
Meanwhile, the silent terror looms and people go to their doctors unaware that they may be targeted for a biological experiment.
Unfortunately, The United States tends to think in terms of the short-term spectacle when it comes to terrorism. They see the explosions, the drama and the heroic saviors that rescue the victims.
We will not notice any terror event unless it has all of the trappings of a Hollywood action movie. Our disconnection from the natural world makes us believe that risk and benefit unfold at a blistering pace. If we see a horrific event and not find an enemy to pin it on immediately we are not satisfied that it is a real terror event.
For a terrorist group with patience, a slow-motion disaster in ecological time would be a perfect tactic against an enemy that thinks in terms of days or months but would suffer across the generations. Americans would not suspect anything because the CDC would immediately try to calm panic and in the same breath tell you that they have no idea how a certain health emergency has emerged.
Federal health officials in the past have waited until they had more specific information before such a strong warning about a staple food was issued. The decision-making behind warnings of this type always involves striking a difficult balance between safeguarding public health and not wanting to decimate sales in a part of the food industry until there’s conclusive evidence.
It is common for them to give vague and broad warnings in situations like this because if the fact that a known unconventional attack can cause people to reject certain food stuffs – the economy can’t afford a lack of confidence in the food supply around the holidays.
The strain of E. coli O157:H7 in the current outbreak appears to be similar to a strain that caused an outbreak across the U.S. and Canada last year. In that outbreak, 25 people fell ill and one person died.
Public health officials were never able to pinpoint the source of last year’s outbreak beyond tying it to “leafy greens” of some kind. There was no recall. They also are speculating that most of the Romaine that is laced with E.coli came from California but since they are not sure – they are asking people everywhere to throw it out.
What they don’t tell you is that when a large amount of food is being recalled they cannot rule out negligence or intentional poisoning to cripple a targeted area.
A terrorist group might not have the ability to attack an entire food supply but might have access to food industry facilities and have the capability to stage a successful local attack. The food industry has four vulnerabilities that terrorists could target: 1)food products, 2)industrial chemicals and systems, 3) personnel and trucking, and 4)rolling stock.
Experts say willful sabotage and illegal behavior is almost impossible to guard against since inventive individuals can potentially adulterate product with metal, glass, wood, biological or chemical hazards, and contaminants. Past examples have included dead animals and bodily fluids.
There is no easy answer to preventing an aggrieved person, or in fact a terrorist, contaminating the food turning up on supermarket shelves.
While we are talking turkey this holiday we may set a time aside for talking turkey toxin and the possibility of unconventional biological attacks on the food supply conveniently before the Thanksgiving holiday.