Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to ban U.S. funding of ‘bioweapons’ in foreign countries

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Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Thursday introduced a bill to ban the United States from ever again funding “biolabs” and “bioweapons” in other countries, including Ukraine.

H.R. 7125, or the Stopping The Spread of Taxpayer-Funded Bioweapons Act, would specifically “amend the Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction Act to prevent the proliferation of biological weapons.”

Speaking on the House floor early Thursday evening, Greene explained the reasoning behind introducing the bill.

“When we’re talking about biolabs, we do know for a fact that the U.S. has funded the contracts, not only to take over the labs, reconstruct them, but also build them. And this goes through grants, through private companies, at millions and millions of dollars,” she said.

“Now, what if these biolabs are handling very dangerous pathogens that may lead to the deaths in people in the areas? There are reports of possibly deadly pathogens escaping these biolabs in places like Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, that is responsible for killing people, what if that’s true?”

She, as well as a number of prominent individuals, have become convinced that U.S.-funded biological laboratories are operational in Ukraine.

Establishment media figures and politicians claim otherwise and argue that those making such a claim are spreading “Russian propaganda“:

“I think these are questions that we should ask, because no American citizen wants to be held morally or ethically responsible. And the U.S. government should not be funding something that is killing people in a country that’s not even our own, let alone here at home. These are worthy questions,” Greene continued Thursday.

“And so for that reason, because it’s become such an issue, and because it upsets so many people that I talk to constantly, I have introduced a bill to stop taxpayer funding for bioweapons. and eliminate these programs from the federal government. because no government should be creating bioweapons. That’s evil and wrong!”

She concluded by linking the alleged biolabs in Ukraine to the U.S.-funded biolab in Wuhan, China where COVID is suspected of having been created and leaked by accident.

“Because what if [the] strange outbreaks surrounding U.S. funded biolabs are the result of these labs and the work that’s taking place in them? What if these labs are creating viruses just like COVID-19?” she asked.

Greene introduced the bill exactly 10 days after Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Ukraine contains “biological research facilities” that could pose a threat were they to fall into Russian hands.

“Ukraine has biological research facilities, which in fact we are now quite concerned Russian troops, Russian forces, may be seeking to gain control of. So we are working with the Ukrainians on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces should they approach,” she said.

And given the known fact that, according to former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, “there are 25+ US-funded biolabs in Ukraine,” the question then became what about these labs is so dangerous that the Biden administration is worried about them falling into Russian hands? The problem is nobody is willing to provide an honest answer.

Writing in Substack, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald notes that “despite long-standing international conventions banning development of biological weapons … all large, powerful countries conduct research that, at the very least, has the capacity to be converted into biological weapons.”

Indeed, “the work conducted under the guise of ‘defensive research’ can, and sometimes is, easily converted into the banned weapons themselves.”

As an example, he cites what happened in 2001.

“Recall that, according to the FBI, the 2001 anthrax attacks that terrorized the nation came from a U.S. Army Research scientist, Dr. Bruce Ivins, working at the U.S. Army’s infectious disease research lab in Fort Detrick, Maryland,” he writes.

“The claim was that the Army was ‘merely’ conducting defensive research to find vaccines and other protections against weaponized anthrax, but to do so, the Army had to create highly weaponized anthrax strains, which Ivins then unleashed as a weapon.”

With this in mind, Greene’s bill therefore appears to be an attempt to resolve the problem by nipping it at the bud and cutting off all U.S. funding to foreign biolabs.

Vivek Saxena


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