Saturday, March 5, 2011

No matter how well protected secrets come out.


If there's nowhere on Earth that you can conduct experiments in secret perhaps it's time to think about space.

No security is safeproof or lasting when secrets buried three storeys deep and more than fifty years ago, are about to be revealed. 
 

Last night I watched 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.

The US was no better at covering tracks.  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.

Seems like there's no place on Earth where secrets are safe from discovery.  The Soviet Union's offensive massive biological program, (Biopreparat) couldn't be kept secret even when hidden behind an Iron Curtain.  Comprising 52 sites, it employed 50,000 people.  Ostensibly, they were engaged in biotechnology 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.  For example, the Biopreparat's production capacity for weaponized smallpox was 90 to 100 tons per year.

             There's nothing in heaven and earth  that won't one day be known

                            
Conducting  research and development into biological weaponry in facilities on board the International Space Station seemed like the perfect solution for the need to conduct experiments in secrecy. But no security can be relied upon as the 16 participating nations discovered in Ann Massey's chilling thriller. The Biocide Conspiracy will haunt you for the rest of your life.

Ann Massey
Author of:
The White Amah, a mystery set against the backdrop of the timber logging industry in Malaysia. Sample or purchase: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1456578065
The Biocide Conspiracy, a Young Adult thriller that sweeps readers into the world of biowarfare. Sample or purchase; http://www.amazon.com/dp/1456503367





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