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TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED BY THE PENTAGON’S CONTROVERSIAL RESEARCH BRANCH IS GETTING A HUGE BOOST AMID THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, WITH LITTLE ATTENTION GOING TO THE AGENCY’S ULTERIOR MOTIVES FOR DEVELOPING SAID TECHNOLOGIES, THEIR POTENTIAL FOR WEAPONIZATION OR THEIR UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.
By Whitney Webb
In January, well before the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis would result in lockdowns, quarantines and economic devastation in the United States and beyond, the U.S. intelligence community and the Pentagon were working with the National Security Council to create still-classified plans to respond to an imminent pandemic. It has since been alleged that the intelligence and military intelligence communities knew about a likely pandemic in the United States as early as last November, and potentially even before then.
Given this foreknowledge and the numerous simulations conducted in the United States last year regarding global viral pandemic outbreaks, at least six of varying scope and size, it has often been asked – Why did the government not act or prepare if an imminent global pandemic and the shortcomings of any response to such an event were known? Though the answer to this question has frequently been written off as mere “incompetence” in mainstream media circles, it is worth entertaining the possibility that a