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  • Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons

    The first reported cases of Lyme disease surfaced in 1968; a half century later, CDC scientists believe there could be more than 300,000 new cases in the US every year. As this and other debilitating tick-borne diseases continue to spread, their origins have remained elusive. Some believe global warming is fueling the epidemic, others attribute it to human migration. But the fundamental question persists: where did Lyme disease come from? This mystery prompted Stanford University science writer and Lyme disease survivor Kris Newby to launch an investigation that led her to startling discoveries linking the outbreak to America’s clandestine biological warfare program. In BITTEN: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons (Harper Wave; May 14, 2019; ISBN: 978-006-289-6278; 352 pages; $26.99)—a riveting work of scientific reportage and biography that reads like a thriller—Newby reveals the story of Willy Burgdorfer, the man who discovered the microbe behind the disease, and his role in covering up evidence that could implicate another tick- borne organisms in the original outbreak.
  • Ill- Suited for War

    The LA Weekly looks at how prepared American soldiers are in the face of toxic chemicals being used in Iraq. As this reporter reveals, soldiers who served in the 1991 War have fallen ill, some permanently disabled. This report also finds out that with the present design of suits the soldiers are equipped with, they could physically perform for just 20 minutes especially with the prevailing high temperatures in Iraq.
  • Ill Wind

    This in-depth article traces the after effects of the 1991 Operation Desert Storm. The article takes a look at how the casualties from of biological warfare have been ignored. The story reveals that the effects on veterans who have been exposed to biological warfare can have effect even 20 years later.
  • Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War

    The book takes a look at biological weapons programs around the world, including the United States. The book investigates many aspects of biological warfare including secret bioweapons testing by the CIA, the Pentagon's efforts to make a "superbug," and our efforts to combat biological weapons in the Persian Gulf War. The book attempts to shed some light on the changing global climate the lead to everyone at the Department of Defense being inoculated against Anthrax.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

    "This report detailed the multi-million dollar national effort to train and equip local emergency responders in the event of a terrorist attack using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. And the report revealed for the first time the folly and wastefulness of the program."
  • BioWar

    CBS reports that many Navy ships were part of a secret biological warfare tests conducted in the 1960s. These tests, according to a Pentagon briefing film, were conducted to test the vulnerability of Navy ships to germ warfare attacks. CBS examines the fact that many sailors aboard the ships may have been unaware that they were exposed during these secret germ-warfare experiments.
  • A Plague on all Your Houses

    Westword looks at tests being done in Denver to prepare for a biological weapons attack. Also examines the possibility the U.S. may be overpreparing, spending too much money to prevent bioterrorism.
  • Biological Weapons: A reawakened concern

    The 1990s have witnessed a resurgence of concern regarding biological weapons and biological warfare. This has occurred for three reasons.
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    TBS investigates the "invisible terrorism" -- chemical and biological weapons. The investigation finds that materials are easily smuggled and are extremely dangerous. TBS looks at measures being taken to combat chemical terrorism and questions what authorities can do to protect the public. (December 1, 1996)
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    Criminal Politics finds that the government has provided public falsified numbers of dead and injured in the Gulf War. More than 30,000 men have been treated and 15,000 are considered severely injured. At least 4,000 men are all ready of the Gulf War Syndrome. The GWS is identified by researchers as both chemical and biological warfare agents which the Gevernment denies were used. Finally, the Government has refused help to most GWS victims and the effare spreading to the children born of Gulf War veterans. (Jan. 4, 1995)