first published on July 17, 2019 by Will
With the seemingly new and various diseases carried by ticks, lawmakers now want answers as to whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks in order create biological weapons.
The house just passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) defense spending bill that would make the Pentagon review a suspected biological weapons program occurring between the years of 1950 and 1975 that experimented with infusing ticks with pathogens that would cause severe disabilities and illnesses in enemy forces.
It’s not yet clear if the amendment will make it on the final NDAA, but if it does, we may learn who was responsible for the program, its scope, if infected ticks were accidentally or intentionally released, and if the program is behind the tick-borne illnesses that are increasing in frequency.
Lyme disease, which causes rashes and inflammation in joints, is the most well known illness carried by ticks, but there are others. A recently identified tick-borne affliction, alpha-gal syndrome, is a type of food allergy to red meat that has no known cures or treatments. Lawmakers want to know what, if any, role the US military played in the advancement of these ailments.