‘A poor man’s nuke’: Tucker investigates the mysterious rise of tick-borne illness and its dubious history

Tucker Carlson asked on Thursday an explosive question: “Was Lyme Disease Created as a Bioweapon?”

Millions of Americans would love to know the answer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the “most recent estimate based on insurance records suggests that each year approximately 476,000 Americans are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease.”

On X, Carlson stated, “In the late 1960’s, government bioweapons labs started injecting ticks with exotic diseases.”

“Soon, people nearby began to get those diseases,” he continued. “Now, tick-borne Lyme is endemic.”

“Naturally,” he added, “the government has admitted nothing.”

As Carlson noted in the opening of his latest “Uncensored” episode on the Tucker Carlson Network, “for some percentage” of the people diagnosed with Lyme Disease, “it’s totally life-destroying.”

“It’s years in bed. It’s agony,” he said. “It’s really the end of your productive life.”

Kris Newby, author of “Bitten: The Secret History of Biological Weapons and Lyme Disease,” said the “mysterious” disease wasn’t a “noticeable problem till the mid-’70s.”

“There are actually three really virulent tick-borne diseases that showed up right around Lyme, Connecticut, at the mouth of the Connecticut River,” Newby explained, “which is right across from Plum Island, which was the US’s, anti-animal crop headquarters for the biological weapons program.”

The CDC investigated the emergence and claimed they “couldn’t figure out the causative agent,” she said.

The “U.S.’s number one tick researcher” — a Swiss American medical entomologist who served as scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health  Intramural Research Program — declared “two weeks of detoxes, cycling” would cure the problem and “the panic” over the illnesses experienced by local residents “should stop.”

“Normally when you discover a dangerous new disease, you say, ‘Oh, this is horrible. Give us money, we’ll research it,'” Newby said, “but instead it just became more and more secretive.”

Both Newby and her husband caught Lyme Disease. “So many people are suffering,” she said. “And the treatment recommended by public health, which was two weeks of doxycycline, wasn’t curing it.”

Ultimately, Newby fell down a tick-infested rabbit hole and discovered the U.S. government dropped infected ticks “on a foreign country as bioweapons” as part of “Operation Mongoose.”

Newby recalled, “a CIA black ops guy who said in 1962, the weirdest thing he’d ever done in his whole crazy ‘Apocalypse Now’ career was dropping poison ticks on Cuban sugarcane workers.”

Burgdorfer, at the end of “a very long interview” admitted he was told to cover up “another organism” he found present when he investigated the Lyme sickness in the late ’70s, early ’80s.

In other words, it wasn’t just Lyme that was making people sick.

“It’s Rickettsiae,” Newby said. “It is the same organism that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever. And that’s the most deadly tick-borne disease in the United States.”

“It also was a germ that was being weaponized by the U.S. military at the time,” she said.

Dropping infected ticks on foreign enemies makes sense from a military standpoint.

“It’s just like ‘Doctor Strangelove,'” Newby said. “Trying to make new diseases, mixing bacteria and viruses in ticks with the intent of, ‘This is the perfect stealth weapon.'”

“It’s [a] poor man’s nuke,” she said. “You drop these insects on an enemy, it weakens the population. It ties up the medical resources, but doesn’t destroy infrastructure like a nuclear bomb would.”

“We can kill 10,000 people at $1.33 a life,” she added.

She then detailed the military’s efforts to “weaponize a living system like a bug or the germs.”

According to what Burgdorfer told her, “accidents happened” as the military conducted open-air tests to see how far the ticks “can creep” in months and years.

Newby acknowledged that there’s only “circumstantial evidence” at this point, with “no hard proof that this epidemic” of tick-borne illnesses was caused by the U.S. government.

Still, given that so many Americans are catching the disease, the government is doing little to help.

“It’s been 40 years and we still don’t have a good test,” Newby said.

The NIH, she said, has a small budget for the problem and “spends like 60% of the budget on basic research, but only less than 1% on treatments.”

“So even though the treatment recommended by the CDC, there’s like a 20% failure rate in those people who go on to get sick,” Newby added. “They’re not investing anything in treatment. It’s pretty similar to what’s happening with long Covid.”

Melissa Fine

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