Thursday, February 12, 2015

RESEARCH INTO MEDICINE IN SPACE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BOTH BENEFIT & HARM MANKIND

Space provides opportunities for experimentation that could benefit mankind not possible in earth-based laboratories.


Ostensibly research conducted into medicine on board venues such as the International Space Station could benefit people all over the world.  For instance, living cells can be grown in an environment where they are not distorted by gravity perhaps leading to the development of treatments for cancer and other fatal diseases.  

 

Space provides opportunities for illegal experimentation that would be  easier to uncover in earth-based laboratories

 

 

The inaccessibility of laboratories in space such as those on  the ISS, give scientists an unprecedented opportunity to carry out experiments into bio-warfare that are banned under the terms of the 1972 convention. Considering their histories it's easy to understand why the participating nations would jump at the opportunity to develop WMDs in an an area beyond the reach of whistle-blowers like Snowdon.


 Japan

I still recall watching a television news program that showed footage of bulldozers digging for the bones of victims murdered at Unit 731. This was Japan's infamous biological warfare unit where Chinese civilians and POW's were used to test the effectiveness of biological weapons, specifically experiments with bubonic plague, typhoid, anthrax and chorea to track pathological changes for the purpose of advancing the use of disease as a weapon.  The reporter commented that the excavators would need to dig deep because when the Japanese research team learnt the Americans were coming, they dug a hole three storeys deep to bury their victims. 

USA

The US conducted a covert BW program in Maryland. The U.S. Army's Special Operations Division at Fort Derrick operated from 1949 to 1969. Ex- servicemen alleged that from 1954 to 1965, army scientists produced over 3 tons of microbes that cause deadly diseases including anthrax, tularemia and brucellosis. Ironically,  many of the US research team came from Unit 731. They weren't prosecuted for war crimes in exchange for turning over the results of their research to the United States.

Soviet Union

The Soviet Union's massive biological program, (Biopreparat), comprised 52 sites and employed 50,000 people.  Ostensibly, they were engaged in bio-technological research for medical purposes. But according to Soviet defectors, most prominent among them, the deputy chief of Biopreparat from 1988 to 1992, this was a smoke screen.  He claimed the Biopreparat's production capacity for weaponized smallpox was 90 to 100 tons per year.

Japan, USA and Russia, the former Soviet Union, are just three among many nations that have failed to keep their  their BW activities  secret. Can't help but wonder if we are being given all the facts about research being conducted on the ISS. For in the words of Benjamin Franklin:
Distrust and caution are the parents of security.  
 
To put all our minds at rest, maybe UN Weapon Inspectors could take a look at off-earth facilities.  Click on link to buy or sample, THE BIOCIDE CONSPIRACY, my novel about a BW agent covertly developed on the ISS.
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