Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bio threat in Tbilibi Georgia, bio weapons lab?

Would a bio weapons lab be considered as terrorism – especially if located in friendly Georgia?

New Generation of Bio Weapons in the Grey Zone!

Secretive American network of labs in Georgia and the former Soviet Union raises many suspicions. Are they purely defensive, peaceful as the U.S. government and Bechtel National claims, a long term defense contract, or are they something more sinister, offensive and deadly. There are some who claim that research being carried out on some of the most terrifying weapons ever created?

The Caucasus region is an ideal location if the United States would wish to outsource its 'grey zone' research. According to investigative journalists in Georgia, many questions surround a facility located near the Tbilisi International Airport.  However, before divvying deeper, it should be understand that many of the most 'attractive' viruses and bacteria ever used for weaponisation lives naturally in this region, so this is the place to study them more intensely in their natural habitat.

Moreover, this is a region known for its thriving black market economy and trafficking, corrupt governments where the lack of democracy and a civil society makes it easier to hide things from the world, not to mention those living in close proximity to the impressive covert facilities, and the Georgian public as a whole.  

Near the airport in Tbilisi, Georgia, a huge compound is nearly operational. The American military has initially spent about $150 mill on building the research lab, and this includes correcting earlier workmanship that was not to standard.
 International and local journalists are denied access, and often given misleading information about it.  The U.S. has fought against a verification mechanism which the world community would get access to the new labs being built by America in the Caucasus region, to dispel fears that are not again part of American offensive military strategy.

Playing the “Devil’s Adovate” Just what kind of lab is it, and why has there been so much speculation about it? It lies at a place called Alekseevka, an abandoned Soviet military base, today a suburb with a few thousand people living within a mile of the new building.

Tbilisi biolab - why worry?

Georgian authorities have built a new laboratory on the outskirts of Tbilisi near the international airport, assisted by American defense authorities, such as Bechtel National and various subcontractors. However, source within the facility that management is not Georgian.
Locals protested against it in 2004, some fearing the risk of a leak, others that the new lab will produce biological weapons. The leader of the Georgian Green party, Giorgi Gachechiladze, was one of the leaders of the demonstrations. He argues strongly against building the lab, and points to all the secrecy and misinformation.

Both the American staff and the Georgian government have denied foreign journalist access to the new facility. They have given misleading information over the course of this investigation, so much so that it would be hard even to write the story they want to get across, or writing about it from a popular science perspective, without hard facts.

For instance, the health minister (who is formally responsible for the project) told that the new lab has nothing to do with non-proliferation, all the while in the old pathogen storage room there were big posters made by the United States' Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) explaining how the DTRA had secured the pathogens, preventing proliferation.

You can also find articles on the net showing that during the early stage of this project, it was run by the Georgian Ministry of Defense, whilst now it's under health, and that U.S. senator Richard Lugar - a significant person in non-proliferation work, Senate Foreign Relations Committee - called it a storage lab for biological weapons in one of his trip reports after visiting Georgia.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a branch of the United States Ministry of Defense, is a key stakeholder in the building project and oversees it and similar facilities in the Caucasus, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The stated aim is to rapidly detect disease outbreaks, whether accidental, natural or deliberate (terrorism).

The DTRA - better known as Nunn-Lugar - started out with dismantling weapons of mass destruction capability in the former Soviet countries, but is now building up preparedness against outbreaks of disease, whether natural or as a consequence of terrorism. The US has been striving to integrate the two areas. The new bio-shield is a countermeasure in the developmental stage, the details of which remain obscured.
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