Sunday, July 30, 2006

U.S. Violates Biological Weapons Treaty

In 1972, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention was created and agreed to. This treaty outlawed the creation of biological weapons. Georgie is now violating that treaty.

Georgie has authorized the creation of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center [NBACC, pronounced EN-back] at Fort Detrick in Maryland. Every part of the center will be classified as a "highly restricted space". This classification means all activities and conversations occuring in the facility will be top secret. Nothing that goes on in this lab will be available to the American people [or anyone else]. This classification is called a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility [SCIF], and is very unusual for US facilities. Even nuclear labs are not so secret, although their computers do have SCIF classification. The facility will officially open in two years, but has already started to operate in borrowed lab space at Fort Detrick.

What are they doing in this borrowed lab? They are creating biological weapons, a clear violation of the 1972 treaty. NBACC officials have admitted that they will make biological weapons, so they can study them and assess the threat. White House officials say this doesn't violate the treaty "because U.S. motives are pure". This would indeed be a unique treaty if it included provisions for the "purity" of a nations motives, but it doesn't. The creation of biological weapons is a treaty violation regardless of the "purity" of motives.

Tara O'Toole, an advisor to the Defense Department on bioterrorism, believes the extreme secrecy may have negative consequences. She said, "We have no leverage among other nation-states if we say, 'We can do whatever we want, but you can't. We want to see your biodefense program, but you can't see ours'."

Once again, Georgie has shown the world that we cannot be trusted. He seems to think he can do whatever he wants, regardles of treaties, laws, or the Constitution. Is it any wonder that much of the world, including many of our allies, no longer trusts us?

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