Last November, I reported that The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security announced it will host a pandemic tabletop exercise called Clade X on May 15, 2018, in Washington, DC, to illustrate high-level strategic decisions and policies that the United States and the world will need to pursue in order to prevent a severe pandemic, or diminish its consequences should prevention fail.

Clade X was also includes in an article provided with information on extraterrestrial microbial life forms that were allegedly discovered by the Russians on the International Space Station.

I speculated that perhaps Clade X was a tabletop exercise on how to contain possible extraterrestrial contamination or perhaps even contain a pathogen that could be released accidentally or intentionally to enable the Centers for Disease control and the World Health Organization to combat it or find it’s off switch.

Now keep in mind the Clade X is merely a drill to examine a disease that is yet to be discovered. This disease of pathogen could also be a mutation that does not have a classification as of yet.

When I appealed at the Ground Zero Lounge this last Saturday, I reported that The World Health Organization has added a mysterious, yet-to-exist new malady to its list of nine diseases that may cause a worldwide epidemic.

To be clear, it is being reported that “Disease X” is not a newly identified killer pathogen.

It’s a so-called “known unknown” that could be created by biological mutation, such as previous deadly epidemics such as Spanish Flu or HIV. Or it might be spawned by a terror attack, or simply an accident.

By including this mystery killer on its “List of Blueprint Priority Diseases,” along with eight better-known diseases such as Zika Mers and Marburg Virus, the World Health Organization was aiming to acknowledge that infectious diseases are unpredictable.

This was the third time the WHO convened the committee of experts in viruses, bacteria and infectious disease to consider potential epidemics and pandemics. It was the first time that Disease X made the list.

One possible source of such an epidemic could be the deliberate release of Disease X as a weapon, either by a rogue state like North Korea or Syria, which is known to use chemical weapons, or by terrorist organizations like ISIS or al-Qaeda.

Man-made viruses and bacteria would be harder for the human body to fend off because there is no natural immunity. In the case of Clade X, a possible extraterrestrial contamination of the planet is tantamount to what we hear about in Zombie movies, or movies like the Andromeda strain.

There have been experiments in the past where scientists have force multiplied a strain of flu or some other disease.

New scientific abilities like gene editing, especially when combined with today’s supercomputers, make developing biological weapons easier than when the US and USSR experimented with them during the Cold War.

It appears however that the “Cold War” cloak and dagger attacks have already made a comeback.

An unknown nerve agent was reportedly used in an assassination attempt last week on a Russian man who spied for the British and his daughter. North Korea is suspected of using a different nerve agent to assassinate Kim Jong-un’s half-brother last year.

With all of the talk of a rebooted Cold war between Russia and the United States, it can be a bit daunting for a baby boomer to remember how there was a bit of paranoia that came with every test of the emergency broadcast system. Those who are older may even remember the CONELRAD Civil Defense warnings that were issued to help protect the citizens of the United States in case of a missile launch against the United States.

There are plenty of “duck and cover” stories that the baby boomers can reminisce about, and every once in a while someone will see a black and yellow sign that would point out where the various fallout shelters could be found in the event of an actually nuclear bomb attack.

What most Americans were not aware of at the time was that the United States government was involved with “second generation” experiments that were just the beginning for the secret projects that eventually became the lethal experiments that were carried out on various Americans without their knowledge.

In the aftermath of World War II after the annihilation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, the atom bomb was tested on several species of animals. Immobilized in metal stalls, tethered to designated areas, and left wandering on the open decks, pigs, goats and sheep were the unwitting recipients of a full-on blast of an atomic bomb.

“Operation Crossroads” was a series of nuclear weapons tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1946. The purpose of the operation, which included two shots, ABLE and BAKER, was to investigate the effect of nuclear weapons on naval warships. They were the first tests to be publicly announced beforehand and observed by an invited audience, which included a large press corps.

A fleet of more than ninety vessels were assembled at varying distances around the lagoon as a target. The target fleet consisted of older U.S. warships and submarines, three captured German and Japanese ships, and other surplus auxiliary and amphibious vessels. Some of the ships were loaded with live animals, such as pigs and rats, to study the effects of the nuclear blast and radioactive fallout on animals.

The animals having been shaved were aboard the ironically named, taxpayer-funded, “Atomic Ark.” There were no survivors.

A few years later, in 1951, donkeys were subjected to lethal radiation doses. The animals slowly died with ulcerations of the gums and anuses, bleeding from the mouth, lethargy, disorientation, collapse, and then death. Again, no survivors.

These animals were termed second creation subjects.

In the Cold War nuclear race, second generation animals apparently did not give scientists the data they needed to explore the effects of atomic radiation on normally functioning life on the planet.

So a further study had to be carried out. The study was focused the effects of radiation from a more powerful Hydrogen bomb on humans – the study was eventually known as Project 4.1.

In 1947, the United Nations included the Marshall Islands in a Trust Territory controlled by the U.S., whose obligations included the duty to “protect the inhabitants against the loss of their lands and resources.” Later in the year the U.S. evacuated the entire population of Enewetak Atoll, where it would explode another 44 atomic weapons, the last series in 1958.

On March 1, 1954, the U.S. exploded its first deliverable hydrogen bomb that, at 15 megatons, was more than 1,000 times as powerful as the Hiroshima bomb of 1945. The official story, which the U.S. government still defends, is that it was an “accident” that the bomb dumped so much radiation on the downwind populations of the Marshall Islands, and that Project 4.1 was initiated after the blast in order to help the victims as well as study them.

The record includes one reference to Project 4.1 prior to March 1 [the government says someone put it there after the fact]. More troubling is the undisputed evidence that the U.S. was aware that the weather had changed, that the wind was blowing toward populated areas, but they went ahead with the test anyway. After the radiation came down like “snow” on Rongelap and other islands, the Navy evacuated American personnel quickly, but left the people there to absorb more radiation for another two days.

While the United States was supposed to protect the Islands, they turned them into unlivable radiation dumps.

These tests of course were not the only unethical tests that were carried out by the government in the 20th century.

Other experiments included the exposure of people to chemical and biological weapons including infection of people with deadly or debilitating diseases, injection of people with toxic and radioactive chemicals, surgical experiments, interrogation and torture experiments, tests involving mind-altering substances, and a wide variety of others. Many of these tests were performed on children, the sick and mentally disabled individuals, often under the guise of “medical treatment.” In many of the studies, a large portion of the subjects were poor, racial minorities, or prisoners.

The human research programs were usually highly secretive, and in many cases, information about them were not released until many years after the studies had been performed.

The ethical, professional, and legal implications of this in the United States medical and scientific community were quite significant, and led to many institutions and policies that attempted to ensure that future human subject research in the United States would be ethical and legal. Public outrage in the late 20th century over the discovery of government experiments on human subjects led to numerous congressional investigations and hearings, including the Church Committee in 1975 and the 1994 Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, among others.

Now, in the 21st century, many people look back and wonder how our nation could be so inhumane as to release radiation and toxic substances on its own people? In fact the United States government has launched attacks on countries that we have assumed have used chemical weapons against their own people.

The fact remains, that if we are readying ourselves for the new Cold War attitude we must conclude that we have not learned from the past and that once again the American people are about to face another round of weapons tests or even biological attacks that will turn out to be false flag operations, where the blame will be placed on other countries, when the culprit will be our own government.

The idea is shocking, and some may call it some tinfoil hat science fiction but in reality some scientists are arguing that “gain of function” experiments are key in order to monitor the effects of pathogens on animals and maybe even humans.

Gain of Function experiments or GOF experiments are bio-security experiments that are routinely done in labs all over the world.

In recent years, some members of the scientific community have been involved in a vigorous debate over so-called “gain-of-function” experiments involving pathogens with pandemic potential, such as influenza virus. Proponents and opponents of GOF work engaged in extensive discussion about the value, safety, ethics, and validity of this type of research.

In a Military Gain of Function exercise, the fog in San Francisco was used as a cover in order to see whether it could be used to help spread a biological weapon in a “simulated germ-warfare attack.”

Over a period of six days in September 1950, members of the US Navy sprayed clouds of Serratia from giant hoses aboard a Navy minesweeper drifting two miles along the San Francisco coastline, a bacterial fog quickly enveloped and disguised by the region’s own fog. By monitoring the air at 43 scattered sites throughout the region, the Navy found Serratia bacteria blown throughout San Francisco and extending to the adjacent communities of Albany, Berkeley, Daly City, Colma, Oakland, San Leandro, and Sausalito.

In this regard, the experiment was a success: the San Francisco Bay was identified as a highly-susceptible site for a germ warfare attack and a quantifiable range for the airborne dispersal of microbes was established.

A 1951 military report on the experiment summarized the findings: “It was noted that a successful BW [biological warfare] attack on this area can be launched from the sea, and that effective dosages can be produced over relatively large areas.”

It was estimated that the city’s 800,000 residents had each received a heavy dose of Serratia, inhaling millions of bacteria throughout the testing period. In its report, the military further concluded “that Serratia marcescens is so rarely a cause of illness, and the illness resulting is predominantly so trivial, that its use as a simulant should be continued, even over populated areas.”

In 1977, a flu virus swept the world in an event that became known as the Russian flu. It was caused by a strain of flu that, later genetic tests showed, looked remarkably like those that had circulated in 1950. The belief is that the virus escaped from a laboratory during a gain of function exercise.

Gain of function exercises may also include the deliberate releasing of a disease in order to gauge and effective way of switching it off.

In the Summer of 1984, a force multiplied strain of Brucellosis was tested at Tahoe-Truckee High School in California. The teachers’ lounge was the target area. Seven of the eight teachers assigned to the room became very ill within months. There were other undisclosed locations where the pathogen was tested using an airborne aerosolized delivery system and contaminated mosquitoes.

These clandestine tests were conducted by the CIA and were closely monitored by the National Institute of Health and the CDC. Encouraged by what was seen, the U.S. government passed the newly modified Brucellosis strain to Saddam Hussein to use against Iran in 1986, with the approval of Vice-President George Bush.

Saddam received shipments of both Brucella Abortus, Biotypes 3 and 9, and Brucella Melitensis, Biotypes 1 and 3.

After our good “friend” and CIA operative Saddam Hussein became our enemy during the Gulf War of 1991, he used this pathogen on American troops resulting in the illness referred to as Gulf War Syndrome. More than 100,000 Gulf War vets now suffer from this syndrome, which causes chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, profuse sweating, joint and muscle pain, insomnia, nausea, and damage to major organs.

Troops initially were told that no such infection existed and that the problem was mostly in their mind. Slowly, over the years, authorities were forced to admit that something had triggered severe illness in many Gulf War veterans. By then, a variant of the modified Brucellosis had spread to the civilian population.

Now keep in mind that President Clinton put a moratorium on these experiments. It was just a few years after that people started falling ill to what is now called Chemtrail activity.

This has sparked debate on the use of aerosolized inoculations in order to cool the planet using aluminum, barium, and strontium in which studies have shown that exposure to any of these materials can lead to physical disabilities, cancer and dementia.

There is this underlying concern that has been talked about off and on with regard to a major viral outbreak that could be the result of an accidental release, or an intentional release that is meant to wipe out an enemy quietly and without much fanfare.

We need to understand that viruses evolve and with the help of science and the development of warfare agents we can see a contagion force multiply and be kept under glass until for some reason, it is released as a sure fire way to eliminate an enemy or to cull the herd.

It is important to point out that such weapons are aimed at the cells and that little by little, we waste away if the immune system is compromised and, like a deadly alien, invades the host and continues to destroy the cells until the host dies.

Modern medicine does have some antiviral medications in its arsenal, but the highly-evolved viruses have been known to mount a resistance.

Now we have a placeholder set aside with the announcement of “Disease X.” The Centers for Disease Control says that Disease X’s arrival is all but certain.

While we can be thankful Disease X probably doesn’t exist yet, the likelihood of it appearing in the future is definitely something we should be aware of, in the hopes we can stay one step ahead of any future threats – especially as we continue to encounter and take over what remains of the natural environment.