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FTR #1118 Update on the Coronavirus Outbreak

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FTR #1118 This pro­gram was record­ed in one, 60-minute seg­ment. [6]   

[7]Intro­duc­tion: As the title indi­cates, the broad­cast updates a num­ber of points of inquiry and analy­sis con­cern­ing the Covid-19 out­break. Of par­tic­u­lar note in this con­text, is the fact that the CDC shut down the Army’s research facil­i­ty at Ft. Det­rick.

In ear­ly August of 2019 [8], short­ly before the record­ed start of the out­break in Wuhan, Chi­na, the U.S. Army Med­ical Research Insti­tute of Infec­tious Dis­eases at that facil­i­ty was closed down by the CDC due to mul­ti­ple safe­ty vio­la­tions. “All research at a Fort Det­rick lab­o­ra­to­ry that han­dles high-lev­el dis­ease-caus­ing mate­r­i­al, such as Ebo­la, is on hold indef­i­nite­ly after the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion found the orga­ni­za­tion failed to meet biosafe­ty stan­dards. . . . The CDC sent a cease and desist order in July. After USAMRIID received the order from the CDC, its reg­is­tra­tion with the Fed­er­al Select Agent Pro­gram, which over­sees dis­ease-caus­ing mate­r­i­al use and pos­ses­sion, was sus­pend­ed. That sus­pen­sion effec­tive­ly halt­ed all bio­log­i­cal select agents and tox­in research at USAMRIID . . . .”

Much of the pro­gram cen­ters on an arti­cle from Glob­al Research [9]. It is Mr. Emory’s opin­ion that J. Kyle Bass’s com­ments (see above) and the State Depart­ment crack­down on Chi­nese media are relat­ed to some of the ele­ments of dis­cus­sion in this arti­cle. He had heard alle­ga­tions for weeks that there was dis­cus­sion in Chi­nese media about the virus hav­ing orig­i­nat­ed in the Unit­ed States. Up until this arti­cle came to his atten­tion, he had seen noth­ing to that effect.

NB: Although West­ern media and offi­cial treat­ment of Chi­nese media pro­nounce­ments on the coro­n­avirus’s ori­gin being in the U.S. will be dis­missed as “fake news,” “pro­pa­gan­da,” etc., the spec­u­la­tion in a major Japan­ese TV broad­cast and the analy­sis pre­sent­ed in a Tai­wanese sci­en­tif­ic video pre­sen­ta­tion are not eas­i­ly dis­missed as “Com­mu­nist Chi­nese dis­in­for­ma­tion.” It is alto­geth­er dubi­ous that major Japan­ese media or Tai­wanese sci­en­tif­ic pre­sen­ta­tion would car­ry water for the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Par­ty.

The arti­cle rais­es a num­ber of points of dis­cus­sion and analy­sis, includ­ing:

  1. . . . . A new study by Chi­nese researchers indi­cates the nov­el coro­n­avirus may have begun human-to-human trans­mis­sion in late Novem­ber from a place oth­er than the Hua­nan seafood mar­ket in Wuhan. The study pub­lished on Chi­naX­iv, a Chi­nese open repos­i­to­ry for sci­en­tif­ic researchers, reveals the new coro­n­avirus was intro­duced to the seafood mar­ket from anoth­er location(s), and then spread rapid­ly from the mar­ket due to the large num­ber of close con­tacts. . . .”
  2. ” . . . . Chi­nese med­ical author­i­ties – and “intel­li­gence agen­cies” – then con­duct­ed a rapid and wide-rang­ing search for the ori­gin of the virus, col­lect­ing near­ly 100 sam­ples of the genome from 12 dif­fer­ent coun­tries on 4 con­ti­nents, iden­ti­fy­ing all the vari­eties and muta­tions. Dur­ing this research, they deter­mined the virus out­break had begun much ear­li­er, prob­a­bly in Novem­ber, short­ly after the Wuhan Mil­i­tary Games. . . . ”
  3. ” . . . . They then came to the same inde­pen­dent con­clu­sions as the Japan­ese researchers – that the virus did not begin in Chi­na but was intro­duced there from the out­side. China’s top res­pi­ra­to­ry spe­cial­ist Zhong Nan­shan  said on Jan­u­ary 27. ‘Though the COVID-19 was first dis­cov­ered in Chi­na, it does not mean that it orig­i­nat­ed from Chi­na.’ . . . .This of course rais­es ques­tions as to the actu­al loca­tion of ori­gin. If the author­i­ties pur­sued their analy­sis through 100 genome sam­ples from 12 coun­tries, they must have had a com­pelling rea­son to be search­ing for the orig­i­nal source out­side Chi­na. This would explain why there was such dif­fi­cul­ty in locat­ing and iden­ti­fy­ing a ‘patient zero’. . . .”
  4. ” . . . . In Feb­ru­ary of 2020, the Japan­ese Asahi news report (print and TV) claimed the coro­n­avirus orig­i­nat­ed in the US, not in Chi­na [10], and that some (or many) of the 14,000 Amer­i­can deaths attrib­uted to influen­za may have in fact have result­ed from the coro­n­avirus. (5) . . .”
  5. ” . . . . The TV Asahi net­work pre­sent­ed sci­en­tif­ic doc­u­men­ta­tion for their claims, rais­ing the issue that no one would know the cause of death because the US either neglect­ed to test or failed to release the results. Japan avoid­ed the ques­tions of nat­ur­al vs. man-made and acci­den­tal vs. delib­er­ate, sim­ply stat­ing that the virus out­break may first have occurred in the US. The West­ern Inter­net appears to have been scrubbed of this infor­ma­tion, but the Chi­nese media still ref­er­ence it. . . .”
  6. ” . . . . Then, Tai­wan ran a TV news pro­gram on February,27,(click here to access video (Chi­nese) [11], that pre­sent­ed dia­grams and flow charts sug­gest­ing the coro­n­avirus orig­i­nat­ed in the US. (6) . . . .”
  7. ” . . . . The man in the video is a top virol­o­gist and phar­ma­col­o­gist who per­formed a long and detailed search for the source of the virus. He spends the first part of the video explain­ing the var­i­ous hap­lo­types (vari­eties, if you will), and explains how they are relat­ed to each oth­er, how one must have come before anoth­er, and how one type derived from anoth­er. He explains this is mere­ly ele­men­tary sci­ence and noth­ing to do with geopo­lit­i­cal issues, describ­ing how, just as with num­bers in order, 3 must always fol­low 2. . . .”
  8. ” . . . . The basic log­ic is that the geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion with the great­est diver­si­ty of virus strains must be the orig­i­nal source because a sin­gle strain can­not emerge from noth­ing. He demon­strat­ed that only the US has all the five known strains of the virus (while Wuhan and most of Chi­na have only one, as do Tai­wan and South Korea, Thai­land and Viet­nam, Sin­ga­pore, and Eng­land, Bel­gium and Ger­many), con­sti­tut­ing a the­sis that the hap­lo­types in oth­er nations may have orig­i­nat­ed in the US. . . .”
  9. ” . . . . With about 50 nations scat­tered through­out the world hav­ing iden­ti­fied at least one case at the time of writ­ing, it would be very inter­est­ing to exam­ine virus sam­ples from each of those nations to deter­mine their loca­tion of ori­gin and the world­wide sources and pat­terns of spread. . . .”
  10. ” . . . .The Tai­wanese doc­tor then stat­ed the virus out­break began ear­li­er than assumed, say­ing, ‘We must look to Sep­tem­ber of 2019’. He stat­ed the case in Sep­tem­ber of 2019 where some Japan­ese trav­eled to Hawaii and returned home infect­ed, peo­ple who had nev­er been to Chi­na. This was two months pri­or to the infec­tions in Chi­na and just after the CDC sud­den­ly and total­ly shut down the Fort Det­rick bio-weapons lab claim­ing the facil­i­ties were insuf­fi­cient to pre­vent loss of pathogens. (10) (11) He said he per­son­al­ly inves­ti­gat­ed those cas­es very care­ful­ly (as did the Japan­ese virol­o­gists who came to the same con­clu­sion).. This might indi­cate the coro­n­avirus had already spread in the US but where the symp­toms were being offi­cial­ly attrib­uted to oth­er dis­eases, and thus pos­si­bly masked. . . .”
  11. ” . . . . On Feb­ru­ary 26, ABC News affil­i­ate KJCT8 News Net­work report­ed that a woman recent­ly told the media that her sis­ter died on from coro­n­avirus infec­tion. Mon­trose, Col­orado res­i­dent Almeta Stone said, ‘They (the med­ical staff) kept us informed that it was the flu, and when I got the death cer­tifi­cate, there was a coro­n­avirus in the cause of death.’ . . .”
  12. ” . . . . In the past two years (dur­ing the trade war) Chi­na has suf­fered sev­er­al pan­demics: A) Feb­ru­ary 15, 2018: H7N4 bird flu. Sick­ened at least 1,600 peo­ple in Chi­na and killed more than 600. Many chick­ens killed. Chi­na needs to pur­chase US poul­try prod­ucts. B)June, 2018: H7N9 bird flu. Many chick­ens killed. Chi­na needs to pur­chase US poul­try prod­ucts. C) August, 2018: out­break of African swine flu. Same strain as Rus­sia, from Geor­gia. Mil­lions of pigs killed. Chi­na needs to pur­chase US pork prod­ucts. D)May 24, 2019: mas­sive infes­ta­tion of army­worms in 14 province-lev­el regions in Chi­na, which destroy most food crops. Quick­ly spread to more than 8,500 hectares of China’s grain pro­duc­tion. They pro­duce aston­ish­ing num­bers of eggs. Chi­na needs to pur­chase US agri­cul­tur­al prod­ucts – corn, soy­beans. E) Decem­ber, 2019: Coro­n­avirus appear­ance puts China’s econ­o­my on hold. F) Jan­u­ary, 2020: Chi­na is hit by a ‘high­ly path­o­gen­ic’ strain of bird flu in Hunan province. Many chick­ens died, many oth­ers killed. Chi­na needs to pur­chase US poul­try prod­ucts. . . .”

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Fur­ther dis­cus­sion of the State Depart­men­t’s crack­down on Chi­nese media out­lets; Fur­ther dis­cus­sion of Shincheonji–a South Kore­an cult that was appar­ent­ly the vehi­cle for intro­duc­ing the virus into that coun­try and which has a branch in Wuhan Chi­na; the struc­tur­al, oper­a­tional and doc­tri­nal over­lap between Shin­cheon­ji and the Uni­fi­catin Church; Don­ald Rums­feld’s posi­tion as chair­man of the board of direc­tors of Gilead Sciences–at the fore­front of Big Phar­ma’s race to devel­op coun­ter­mea­sures to the Covid-19 and a major invest­ment tar­get for hedge funds; The pres­ence on Gilead­’s board of C. Ben­no Schmidt, Sr., who helped launch Richard Nixon’s War on Cancer–a cov­er for the NCI’s Spe­cial Viral Can­cer Research Pro­gram.

[12]1. We sus­pect the State Depart­men­t’s crack­down [13] on Chi­nese media out­lets and J. Kyle Bass, Jr.‘s com­ments [14] about need­ing to coun­ter­act what Bei­jing was say­ing about the coro­n­avirus are reac­tions to the Glob­al Research arti­cle dis­cussed below:

“U.S. Lim­its Chi­nese Staff at News Agen­cies Con­trolled by Bei­jing” by Lara Jakes and Mark Tra­cy; The New York Times; 3/3/2020. [15]

The Trump admin­is­tra­tion on Mon­day lim­it­ed to 100 the num­ber of Chi­nese cit­i­zens who may work in the Unit­ed States for five state-con­trolled Chi­nese news orga­ni­za­tions. The deci­sion is expect­ed to esca­late ten­sions between Wash­ing­ton and Bei­jing in a diplo­mat­ic feud that has caught jour­nal­ists in the cross­fire. . . .

2. A spec­u­la­tive ele­ment of dis­cus­sion con­cerns a cult/church in South Korea which is the epi­cen­ter of a burst of coro­n­avirus cas­es in that coun­try. A reput­ed pres­ence of a branch of the orga­ni­za­tion is in Wuhan, which has direct­ed dis­cus­sion in the direc­tion of the virus hav­ing migrat­ed from Hubei province to South Korea.

Against the back­ground of Uni­fi­ca­tion Church activ­i­ty dur­ing the Cold War, in con­nec­tion with CIA, in con­nec­tion with the fas­cist pow­er elite in Japan that is con­tin­u­ous with that coun­try’s activ­i­ties dur­ing World War II, we won­der about the pos­si­bil­i­ty of the use of this cult as a vec­tor­ing agent.

(For more about the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church, see–among oth­er pro­grams–AFA #‘s 7 [16], 14 [17], and 27 [18], as well as FTR #‘s 186 [19], 551 [20].) It is impor­tant to see the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church in its posi­tion as a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the Japan­ese patri­ot­ic and ultra-nation­al­ist soci­eties. Back­ground infor­ma­tion on this dynam­ic can be found in–among oth­er pro­grams, FTR #‘s 905 [21], 969 [22], 970 [23].)

Might it be pos­si­ble that it was used to intro­duce the virus into Chi­na in the first place?

“. . . . Jung Eun-kyeong, direc­tor of the Korea Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, said the author­i­ties were inves­ti­gat­ing reports that Shin­cheon­ji had oper­a­tions in Hubei, the Chi­nese province that includes Wuhan, where the virus emerged. The South Kore­an news agency New­sis report­ed on Fri­day that Shin­cheon­ji had opened a church in Wuhan last year, and that ref­er­ences to it had been removed from the church’s web­site. Church offi­cials could not imme­di­ate­ly be reached for com­ment. . . .”

The Shin­cheon­ji orga­ni­za­tion appears to over­lap the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. In addi­tion to net­work­ing between ele­ments of both orga­ni­za­tions, the Shin­cheon­ji Church has many doc­tri­nal sim­i­lar­i­ties to the Moon orga­ni­za­tion.

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Sun Myung Moon, and his wife (above), Lee Man-hee and Kim Nam-hee (below)

 

2b. “Shad­owy Church is at Cen­ter of Coro­n­avirus Out­break in South Korea” by Choe Sang-Hun; The New York Times; 2/21/2020. [26]

. . . . Now, health offi­cials are zero­ing in on the church’s prac­tices as they seek to con­tain South Korea’s alarm­ing coro­n­avirus out­break, in which mem­bers of Shin­cheon­ji and their rel­a­tives account for more than two-thirds of the con­firmed infec­tions. On Fri­day, the num­ber of cas­es in the coun­try soared above 200 — sec­ond only to main­land Chi­na, if the out­break on the Dia­mond Princess cruise ship [27] is exclud­ed from Japan’s count. . . .

. . . . As of Fri­day, more than 340 mem­bers of Shin­cheon­ji, which main­stream South Kore­an church­es con­sid­er a cult, still could not be reached, accord­ing to health offi­cials, who were fran­ti­cal­ly hop­ing to screen them for signs of infec­tion. . . .

. . . . Jung Eun-kyeong, direc­tor of the Korea Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, said the author­i­ties were inves­ti­gat­ing reports that Shin­cheon­ji had oper­a­tions in Hubei, the Chi­nese province that includes Wuhan, where the virus emerged. The South Kore­an news agency New­sis report­ed on Fri­day that Shin­cheon­ji had opened a church in Wuhan last year, and that ref­er­ences to it had been removed from the church’s web­site. Church offi­cials could not imme­di­ate­ly be reached for com­ment. . . .

2c. “Rival Kore­an mes­si­ah builds work­shop next to UC / FFWPU Cheong­pyeong Cen­ter: Bench­mark­ing the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church and Shin­cheon­ji of Lee Man-hee;” howwelldoyouknowyourmoon.tumblr.com; 1/15/2015. [28]

com­put­er trans­la­tion, there will be inac­cu­ra­cies:

One Shin­cheon­ji for­mer mem­ber was instruct­ed to bench­mark the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Lee Man-hee imi­tates doc­trines and activ­i­ties of the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church.

Lee Man-hee’s con­nec­tions with the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church

Lee Man-hee’s rela­tion­ship with the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church con­tin­ues to be cap­tured. On Novem­ber 15, 2012, Lee and his wife, Kim Nam-hee, bought land from Hyundai-Kia, Hyundai, Gyeong­gi-do, Gyeong­gi Province for 3.15 bil­lion won. A three-sto­ry train­ing cen­ter with a mari­na was built at the loca­tion.

Lee attend­ed a per­for­mance com­mem­o­rat­ing the 50th anniver­sary of the found­ing of the Lit­tle Angels arts group [a Moon subsidiary–D.E.] at the Sejong Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts on Sep­tem­ber 7th. Lee and Kim also had a com­mem­o­ra­tive pho­to tak­en with Mr. Pak Bo Hi. The Chun Ji Dai­ly and the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church World Dai­ly News pub­lished favor­able arti­cles.

Peace move­ment copied

Lee Man-hee claims to be a “lion of peace” and has trav­eled all over the world. In Sep­tem­ber and Decem­ber 2014, Mr Lee held con­fer­ences on reli­gions in Seoul and in Los Ange­les in the Unit­ed States. [Sum­mit of the World Alliance of Reli­gions for Peace (WARP) Seoul, Sept. 17–19, 2014] He put for­ward fan­ci­ful claims that he would unite the world’s reli­gions. Lee rea­sons that ‘the con­flicts between reli­gions break peace.’ At the Los Ange­les event Lee said that he is the per­son who is direct­ly con­nect­ed with God and that God’s will is to elim­i­nate con­flicts caused by reli­gion.

Obvi­ous­ly, you will have often heard the word ‘peace’ used in the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. It was a key fac­tor in deter­min­ing the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Sun Myung Moon pre­sent­ed him­self as a peace activist. Moon said in his auto­bi­og­ra­phy, As a Peace Lov­ing Glob­al Cit­i­zen, “Peace will nev­er come on this earth with­out break­ing down the bar­ri­ers between reli­gions.” “For thou­sands of years dif­fer­ent reli­gions have claimed to be the right ones, build­ing high walls. God’s will is for peace.”

In the end, Lee is mere­ly fol­low­ing the old­er suc­cess­ful reli­gious move­ment under the ban­ner of “peace.” Retirees, who were in the plan­ning depart­ment for Shin­cheon­ji activ­i­ties and events, con­firmed this.

Shin­tan was writ­ten by the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church

Most of the doc­trines of Kore­an pseu­do-reli­gions are sim­i­lar. It is because almost all the lead­ers did not receive prop­er the­o­log­i­cal edu­ca­tion. They preach pseu­do-reli­gion. Shin­cheon­ji also bor­rowed doc­trines from the Olive Tree move­ment of Park Tae-seon (b. 1915) and The Tent Temple—or the Tem­ple of the Tabernacle—which was found­ed by Yoo Jae-yul (b. 1949).

But Shin­cheon­ji was par­tic­u­lar­ly influ­enced by the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Kim Kun-nam, one of the two authors of Shin­tan, which can be called the first doc­trine of Shin­cheon­ji, is from the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Kim also served as a lec­tur­er in the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. It is no exag­ger­a­tion to say that Shin­cheon­ji doc­trine devel­oped on the basis of what Kim made.

The process by which Lee Man-hee is set­ting up a suc­ces­sion plan for Kim Nam-hee is also sim­i­lar to the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. The UC refers to Dr. Hak Ja Han as True Moth­er and has dei­fied her. After the death of Moon, the deifi­ca­tion of Han was fur­ther strength­ened. At present, in the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church, Hak Ja Han is the holy and hon­or­able god of the day for the first time in his­to­ry. It was Moon, who called him­self True Father, who made Han like this. Moon has said that Han is the sec­ond great leader of the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church.

Kim Nam-hee has the over­whelm­ing sup­port of Lee Man-hee and became the moth­er of the peo­ple through a spir­i­tu­al sub­sti­tute at the head of a sem­i­nary. In the Gapyeong Shin­cheon­ji Train­ing Cen­ter, … are expressed as Kim. This is a doc­tri­nal foot­step that makes Lee’s suc­ces­sor, Kim Nam-hee, become the mas­ter of Shin­cheon­ji. What remains is the deifi­ca­tion of Kim. Just as the deifi­ca­tion of Moon has been fur­ther strength­ened, it is impor­tant to pay atten­tion to where Kim can go.

The Uni­fi­ca­tion Church became a huge orga­ni­za­tion by using ‘peace’. Although there has been fric­tion between the inter­nal forces after Moon’s death, it is steadi­ly estab­lish­ing suc­ces­sion rel­a­tive to oth­er pseu­do reli­gions. Was it enough of a role mod­el for Lee Man-hee? Shin­cheon­ji has copied the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church in doc­trine and activ­i­ty. How far can Shin­cheon­ji catch up with the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church (FFWPU)?

3a. Next, the pro­gram turns to fur­ther analy­sis of Gilead Sci­ences, a firm that has gar­nered much pub­lic atten­tion in con­nec­tion with its exper­i­men­tal drug remde­sivir, being test­ed as a “cure” for Covid-19. Its stock has also soared [29] as hedge funds have invest­ed in it. NB: Robert Mer­cer resigned as CEO of Renais­sance Tech­nolo­gies in 2017, but may well be a major stock hold­er in the fund.

Gilead has an inter­est­ing board of direc­tors: Don­ald Rums­feld, who was Chair­man of the Board pri­or to leav­ing to become sec­re­tary of defense under George W. Bush; George P. Schultz, a a vet­er­an of both the Nixon and Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tions and Ben­no C. Schmidt.

“Gilead Sci­ences;”  [30]Wikipedia.com [30]

. . . . Rior­dan recruit­ed Don­ald Rums­feld [31] to join the board of direc­tors in 1988, fol­lowed by Ben­no C. Schmidt, Sr. [32], . . .  and George P. Shultz [33]. . . .

3b. Inter­est­ing­ly, Ben­no C. Schmidt, Sr. [34] helped launch Nixon’s “War on Can­cer.” That pro­gram served, in part, as a cov­er for  the Nation­al Can­cer Insti­tute’s Spe­cial Viral Can­cer Research Pro­gram [35], which appears to have been a key ele­ment in the devel­op­ment of AIDS as a bio­log­i­cal weapon.

“Ben­no C. Schmidt, Sr.;” Wikipedia.com [34]

. . . . In 1971 U.S. Pres­i­dent Richard M. Nixon [36] appoint­ed him to the chair­man­ship of the Pres­i­den­t’s Can­cer Pan­el, which ini­ti­at­ed the U.S. fed­er­al gov­ern­men­t’s War on Can­cer. . . .

[7]4. As dis­cussed in numer­ous pro­grams, the Nation­al Can­cer Insti­tute’s Spe­cial Viral Can­cer Research Pro­gram [35] was at Fort Det­rick, the mil­i­tary’s top bio­log­i­cal war­fare research cen­ter. In ear­ly August of 2019, short­ly before the record­ed start of the out­break in Wuhan, Chi­na, the U.S. Army Med­ical Research Insti­tute of Infec­tious Dis­eases at that facil­i­ty was closed down by the CDC due to mul­ti­ple safe­ty vio­la­tions.

“Fort Det­rick Lab Shut Down After Failed Safe­ty Inspec­tion; All Research Halt­ed Indef­i­nite­ly” by Heather Mongillo; Fred­er­ick News Post [Mary­land]; 8/2/2019. [8]

All research at a Fort Det­rick lab­o­ra­to­ry that han­dles high-lev­el dis­ease-caus­ing mate­r­i­al, such as Ebo­la, is on hold indef­i­nite­ly after the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion found the orga­ni­za­tion failed to meet biosafe­ty stan­dards.

No infec­tious pathogens, or dis­ease-caus­ing mate­r­i­al, have been found out­side autho­rized areas at the U.S. Army Med­ical Research Insti­tute of Infec­tious Dis­eases. The CDC inspect­ed the mil­i­tary research insti­tute in June and inspec­tors found sev­er­al areas of con­cern in stan­dard oper­at­ing pro­ce­dures, which are in place to pro­tect work­ers in biosafe­ty lev­el 3 and 4 lab­o­ra­to­ries, spokes­woman Caree Van­der Lin­den con­firmed in an email Fri­day.

The CDC sent a cease and desist order in July. After USAMRIID received the order from the CDC, its reg­is­tra­tion with the Fed­er­al Select Agent Pro­gram, which over­sees dis­ease-caus­ing mate­r­i­al use and pos­ses­sion, was sus­pend­ed. That sus­pen­sion effec­tive­ly halt­ed all bio­log­i­cal select agents and tox­in research at USAMRIID, Van­der Lin­den said in her email. . . .

5. Much of the pro­gram cen­ters on an arti­cle from Glob­al Research. It is Mr. Emory’s opin­ion that J. Kyle Bass’s com­ments (see above) and the State Depart­ment crack­down on Chi­nese media are relat­ed to some of the ele­ments of dis­cus­sion in this arti­cle. He had heard alle­ga­tions for weeks that there was dis­cus­sion in Chi­nese media about the virus hav­ing orig­i­nat­ed in the Unit­ed States. Up until this arti­cle came to his atten­tion, he had seen noth­ing to that effect.

NB: Although West­ern media and offi­cial treat­ment of Chi­nese media pro­nounce­ments on the coro­n­avirus’s ori­gin being in the U.S. will be dis­missed as “fake news,” “pro­pa­gan­da,” etc., the spec­u­la­tion in a major Japan­ese TV broad­cast and the analy­sis pre­sent­ed in a Tai­wanese sci­en­tif­ic video pre­sen­ta­tion are not eas­i­ly dis­missed as “Com­mu­nist Chi­nese dis­in­for­ma­tion.” It is alto­geth­er dubi­ous that major Japan­ese media or Tai­wanese sci­en­tif­ic pre­sen­ta­tion would car­ry water for the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Par­ty.

The arti­cle rais­es a num­ber of points of dis­cus­sion and analy­sis, includ­ing:

“Chi­na’s Coro­n­avirus: A Shock­ing Update. Did the Virus Orig­i­nate in the U.S.?” by Lar­ry Romanoff; Glob­al Research; 3/04/2020. [9]

The West­ern media quick­ly took the stage and laid out the offi­cial nar­ra­tive for the out­break of the new coro­n­avirus which appeared to have begun in Chi­na, claim­ing it to have orig­i­nat­ed with ani­mals at a wet mar­ket in Wuhan.

In fact the ori­gin was for a long time unknown but it appears like­ly now, accord­ing to Chi­nese and Japan­ese reports, that the virus orig­i­nat­ed else­where, from mul­ti­ple loca­tions, but began to spread wide­ly only after being intro­duced to the mar­ket.

More to the point, it appears that the virus did not orig­i­nate in Chi­na and, accord­ing to reports in Japan­ese and oth­er media, may have orig­i­nat­ed in the US.

Chi­nese Researchers Con­clude the Virus Orig­i­nat­ed Out­side of Chi­na

After col­lect­ing sam­ples of the genome in Chi­na, med­ical researchers first con­clu­sive­ly demon­strat­ed that the virus did not orig­i­nate at the seafood mar­ket but had mul­ti­ple uniden­ti­fied sources, after which it was exposed to the seafood mar­ket from where it spread every­where. (1) (2) (3)
[37]Accord­ing to the Glob­al Times:

A new study by Chi­nese researchers indi­cates the nov­el coro­n­avirus may have begun human-to-human trans­mis­sion in late Novem­ber from a place oth­er than the Hua­nan seafood mar­ket in Wuhan.

The study pub­lished on Chi­naX­iv, a Chi­nese open repos­i­to­ry for sci­en­tif­ic researchers, reveals the new coro­n­avirus was intro­duced to the seafood mar­ket from anoth­er location(s), and then spread rapid­ly from the mar­ket due to the large num­ber of close con­tacts. The find­ings were the result of analy­ses of the genome data, sources of infec­tion, and the route of spread of vari­a­tions of the nov­el coro­n­avirus col­lect­ed through­out Chi­na.

The study believes that patient(s) zero trans­mit­ted the virus to work­ers or sell­ers at the Hua­nan seafood mar­ket, the crowd­ed mar­ket eas­i­ly facil­i­tat­ing fur­ther trans­mis­sion of the virus to buy­ers, which caused a wider spread in ear­ly Decem­ber 2019. (Glob­al Times, Feb­ru­ary 22, 2020, empha­sis added (2)

Chi­nese med­ical author­i­ties – and “intel­li­gence agen­cies” – then con­duct­ed a rapid and wide-rang­ing search for the ori­gin of the virus, col­lect­ing near­ly 100 sam­ples of the genome from 12 dif­fer­ent coun­tries on 4 con­ti­nents, iden­ti­fy­ing all the vari­eties and muta­tions. Dur­ing this research, they deter­mined the virus out­break had begun much ear­li­er, prob­a­bly in Novem­ber, short­ly after the Wuhan Mil­i­tary Games.

They then came to the same inde­pen­dent con­clu­sions as the Japan­ese researchers – that the virus did not begin in Chi­na but was intro­duced there from the out­side.

China’s top res­pi­ra­to­ry spe­cial­ist Zhong Nan­shan  said on Jan­u­ary 27

“Though the COVID-19 was first dis­cov­ered in Chi­na, it does not mean that it orig­i­nat­ed from Chi­na”

“But that is Chi­nese for “it orig­i­nat­ed some­place else, in anoth­er coun­try”. (4)

This of course rais­es ques­tions as to the actu­al loca­tion of ori­gin. If the author­i­ties pur­sued their analy­sis through 100 genome sam­ples from 12 coun­tries, they must have had a com­pelling rea­son to be search­ing for the orig­i­nal source out­side Chi­na. This would explain why there was such dif­fi­cul­ty in locat­ing and iden­ti­fy­ing a ‘patient zero’.

Japan’s Media: The Coro­n­avirus May Have Orig­i­nat­ed in the US

In Feb­ru­ary of 2020, the Japan­ese Asahi news report (print and TV) claimed the coro­n­avirus orig­i­nat­ed in the US, not in Chi­na [10]and that some (or many) of the 14,000 Amer­i­can deaths attrib­uted to influen­za may have in fact have result­ed from the coro­n­avirus. (5)

On Feb­ru­ary 14, the US Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC) said they will begin to test indi­vid­u­als with influen­za-like-ill­ness for the nov­el coro­n­avirus at pub­lic health labs in Los Ange­les, San Fran­cis­co, Seat­tle, Chica­go, and New York City.

The TV Asahi net­work pre­sent­ed sci­en­tif­ic doc­u­men­ta­tion for their claims, rais­ing the issue that no one would know the cause of death because the US either neglect­ed to test or failed to release the results. Japan avoid­ed the ques­tions of nat­ur­al vs. man-made and acci­den­tal vs. delib­er­ate, sim­ply stat­ing that the virus out­break may first have occurred in the US. The West­ern Inter­net appears to have been scrubbed of this infor­ma­tion, but the Chi­nese media still ref­er­ence it.

These claims stirred up a hornet’s nest not only in Japan but in Chi­na, imme­di­ate­ly going viral on Chi­nese social media, espe­cial­ly since the Mil­i­tary World Games were held in Wuhan in Octo­ber, and it had already been wide­ly dis­cussed that the virus could have been trans­mit­ted at that time – from a for­eign source.

“Per­haps the US del­e­gates brought the coro­n­avirus to Wuhan, and some muta­tion occurred to the virus, mak­ing it more dead­ly and con­ta­gious, and caus­ing a wide­spread out­break this year.” (People’s Dai­ly [10], Feb­ru­ary 23, 2020) (1)

Shen Yi, an inter­na­tion­al rela­tions pro­fes­sor at Shanghai’s Fudan Uni­ver­si­ty, stat­ed that glob­al virol­o­gists “includ­ing the intel­li­gence agen­cies” were track­ing the ori­gin of the virus. Also of inter­est, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment did not shut the door on this. The news report stat­ed:

“Neti­zens are encour­aged to active­ly par­take in dis­cus­sions, but prefer­ably in a ratio­nal fash­ion.”

In Chi­na, that is mean­ing­ful. If the reports were rub­bish, the gov­ern­ment would clear­ly state that, and tell peo­ple to not spread false rumors.

Tai­wan Virol­o­gist Sug­gests the Coro­n­avirus Orig­i­nat­ed in the US

Then, Tai­wan ran a TV news pro­gram on February,27,(click here to access video (Chi­nese) [11], that pre­sent­ed dia­grams and flow charts sug­gest­ing the coro­n­avirus orig­i­nat­ed in the US. (6)

Below is a rough trans­la­tion, sum­ma­ry and analy­sis of select­ed con­tent of that news­cast. (see map below)

The man in the video is a top virol­o­gist and phar­ma­col­o­gist who per­formed a long and detailed search for the source of the virus. He spends the first part of the video explain­ing the var­i­ous hap­lo­types (vari­eties, if you will), and explains how they are relat­ed to each oth­er, how one must have come before anoth­er, and how one type derived from anoth­er. He explains this is mere­ly ele­men­tary sci­ence and noth­ing to do with geopo­lit­i­cal issues, describ­ing how, just as with num­bers in order, 3 must always fol­low 2.

One of his main points is that the type infect­ing Tai­wan exists only in Aus­tralia and the US and, since Tai­wan was not infect­ed by Aus­tralians, the infec­tion in Tai­wan could have come only from the US.

The basic log­ic is that the geo­graph­i­cal loca­tion with the great­est diver­si­ty of virus strains must be the orig­i­nal source because a sin­gle strain can­not emerge from noth­ing. He demon­strat­ed that only the US has all the five known strains of the virus (while Wuhan and most of Chi­na have only one, as do Tai­wan and South Korea, Thai­land and Viet­nam, Sin­ga­pore, and Eng­land, Bel­gium and Ger­many), con­sti­tut­ing a the­sis that the hap­lo­types in oth­er nations may have orig­i­nat­ed in the US.

Korea and Tai­wan have a dif­fer­ent hap­lo­type of the virus than Chi­na, per­haps more infec­tive but much less dead­ly, which would account for a death rate only 1/3 that of Chi­na.

Nei­ther Iran nor Italy were includ­ed in the above tests, but both coun­tries have now deci­phered the local­ly preva­lent genome and have declared them of dif­fer­ent vari­eties from those in Chi­na, which means they did not orig­i­nate in Chi­na but were of neces­si­ty intro­duced from anoth­er source. It is worth not­ing that the vari­ety in Italy has approx­i­mate­ly the same fatal­i­ty rate as that of Chi­na, three times as great as oth­er nations, while the hap­lo­type in Iran appears to be the dead­liest with a fatal­i­ty rate of between 10% and 25%. (7) (8) (9)

Due to the enor­mous amount of West­ern media cov­er­age focused on Chi­na, much of the world believes the coro­n­avirus spread to all oth­er nations from Chi­na, but this now appears to have been proven wrong. With about 50 nations scat­tered through­out the world hav­ing iden­ti­fied at least one case at the time of writ­ing, it would be very inter­est­ing to exam­ine virus sam­ples from each of those nations to deter­mine their loca­tion of ori­gin and the world­wide sources and pat­terns of spread.

The Virol­o­gist fur­ther stat­ed that the US has recent­ly had more than 200 “pul­monary fibro­sis” cas­es that result­ed in death due to patients’ inabil­i­ty to breathe, but whose con­di­tions and symp­toms could not be explained by pul­monary fibro­sis. He said he wrote arti­cles inform­ing the US health author­i­ties to con­sid­er seri­ous­ly those deaths as result­ing from the coro­n­avirus, but they respond­ed by blam­ing the deaths on e‑cigarettes, then silenced fur­ther dis­cus­sion. …

The Tai­wanese doc­tor then stat­ed the virus out­break began ear­li­er than assumed, say­ing, “We must look to Sep­tem­ber of 2019”.

He stat­ed the case in Sep­tem­ber of 2019 where some Japan­ese trav­eled to Hawaii and returned home infect­ed, peo­ple who had nev­er been to Chi­na. This was two months pri­or to the infec­tions in Chi­na and just after the CDC sud­den­ly and total­ly shut down the Fort Det­rick bio-weapons lab claim­ing the facil­i­ties were insuf­fi­cient to pre­vent loss of pathogens. (10) (11)

He said he per­son­al­ly inves­ti­gat­ed those cas­es very care­ful­ly (as did the Japan­ese virol­o­gists who came to the same con­clu­sion).. This might indi­cate the coro­n­avirus had already spread in the US but where the symp­toms were being offi­cial­ly attrib­uted to oth­er dis­eases, and thus pos­si­bly masked.

The promi­nent Chi­nese news web­site Huan­qiu  [38]relat­ed one case in the US where a woman’s rel­a­tive was told by physi­cians he died of the flu, but where the death cer­tifi­cate list­ed the coro­n­avirus as the cause of death. On Feb­ru­ary 26, ABC News affil­i­ate KJCT8 News Net­work report­ed that a woman recent­ly told the media that her sis­ter died on from coro­n­avirus infec­tion. Mon­trose, Col­orado res­i­dent Almeta Stone said, “They (the med­ical staff) kept us informed that it was the flu, and when I got the death cer­tifi­cate, there was a coro­n­avirus in the cause of death.” (12)

We can­not ascer­tain the num­ber of such cas­es in the US but since the CDC appar­ent­ly has no reli­able test kits and is con­duct­ing lit­tle or no test­ing for the virus, there may be oth­ers.


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Just for infor­ma­tion

In the past two years (dur­ing the trade war) Chi­na has suf­fered sev­er­al pan­demics:

  • Feb­ru­ary 15, 2018: H7N4 bird flu. Sick­ened at least 1,600 peo­ple in Chi­na and killed more than 600. Many chick­ens killed. Chi­na needs to pur­chase US poul­try prod­ucts.
  • June, 2018: H7N9 bird flu. Many chick­ens killed. Chi­na needs to pur­chase US poul­try prod­ucts.
  • August, 2018: out­break of African swine flu. Same strain as Rus­sia, from Geor­gia. Mil­lions of pigs killed. Chi­na needs to pur­chase US pork prod­ucts.
  • May 24, 2019: mas­sive infes­ta­tion of army­worms in 14 province-lev­el regions in Chi­na, which destroy most food crops. Quick­ly spread to more than 8,500 hectares of China’s grain pro­duc­tion. They pro­duce aston­ish­ing num­bers of eggs. Chi­na needs to pur­chase US agri­cul­tur­al prod­ucts – corn, soy­beans.
  • Decem­ber, 2019: Coro­n­avirus appear­ance puts China’s econ­o­my on hold.
  • Jan­u­ary, 2020:Chi­na is hit by a “high­ly path­o­gen­ic” strain of bird flu in Hunan province. Many chick­ens died, many oth­ers killed. Chi­na needs to pur­chase US poul­try prod­ucts.

The stan­dard adage is that bad luck hap­pens in threes, not six­es.