Were Ticks Intended To Be Used As Bioweapons?
Ticks can be deadly. They transmit disease and can cause serious illness or even death. However, there might be another dangerous factor to add into the equation. This week House lawmakers have made an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that ordered the Pentagon to reveal whether the U.S. military has been making ticks into biological weapons.
The amendment, proposed by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., requires the Pentagon to examine “whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects regarding its use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975.”
A government facility in Maryland has been included in the suggestions that they had previously tried to turn ticks and other insects into bioweapons.
The US House of Representatives has called for an investigation into whether the spread of Lyme disease had its roots in a Pentagon experiment in weaponising ticks. The House approved an amendment proposed by a Republican congressman from New Jersey, Chris Smith, instructing the defence department’s inspector general to conduct a review of whether the US “experimented with ticks and other insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975”.
Could this be the potential cause of the eruption of Lyme disease in the United States in the 1960s? There are many questions to be asked, with no immediate forthcoming answers.