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by US correspondent Alex Bruce
Ukraine destroys samples of bubonic plague, anthrax, brucellosis, diphtheria, salmonella and leptospirosis, which confirms that the US and the Ukraine violated the convention on the prohibition of biological and toxic weapons – and particularly, the ban on gain-of-function research on February 24, the day Russia invaded.
As one wag put it, we don’t just have “the fog of war” right now, we have a battle royale for control of the narrative being fought with fog machines.
Neo-Lib Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland appeared to let the cat out of the bag on Tuesday, while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, replying to Senator Marco Rubio’s question, “Does Ukraine have chemical or biological weapons?”
VICTORIA NULAND: Ukraine has biological research facilities which, in fact, we’re now quite concerned Russian troops, Russian forces may be seeking to gain control of, so we are working with the Ukrainians on how we can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces should they approach.
MARCO RUBIO: I’m sure you’re aware that the Russian propaganda groups are already putting out there all kinds of information about how they have uncovered a plot by the Ukrainians to unleash biological weapons in the country, and with NATO’s coordination.
If there is a biological or chemical weapon incident or attack inside Ukraine, is there any doubt in your mind that 100% it would be the Russians behind it?
VICTORIA NULAND: There is no doubt in my mind, Senator. And in fact, it is a classic Russian technique to blame the other guy for what they are planning to do themselves.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald’s reaction to this was: “Really good cleanup by Rubio: interrupting Nuland’s bizarre confession, which he did not expect, and immediately directing her to say that if there’s a biological attack, it must be Russia. Why is she so concerned Russia would seize such a benign ‘biological research facility’?”
Some opine that Nuland’s admission was a CYA move, because she saw what happened with the massive discrediting of Fauci, DTRA, DARPA, EcoHealth Alliance and Peter Daszak. She wanted to preempt the Russians, who that same day announced that there were 30 Pentagon-financed biolabs operating in former Soviet republics bordering Russia.
The Russians concur with George Webb that the funding for these is through the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and that the operator is Black & Veatch, the same contractor that operates Fort Detrick and other high-security biolabs in the US.
George Webb says that he has confirmed with officers at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) that they have been working with Ukraine at 11 different biolabs and says he was given copies of the signed contracts, with the names of individuals involved, proving the existence of what was called “UPA” (Ukraine Program Aid), relating to a hemorrhagic fever bioweapon.
George described the a program in Ukraine as being comprised of 4,000 people, soldiers and sailors at facilities in each corner of Ukraine and he said the codenames given to these pathogens appeared to refer to batch numbers from sister facilities in Kazakhstan.
The Russian ministry of defense also claimed that Ukraine’s ministry of health had ordered the destruction of the pathogens in these labs on February 24th, the day of the Russian invasion, including samples of bubonic plague, anthrax, brucellosis, diphtheria, salmonella and leptospirosis, which confirms that the US and the Ukraine violated the convention on the prohibition of biological and toxic weapons – and particularly, the ban on gain-of-function research.
The US State Department, desperate to clean up Nuland’s mess tweeted that “The US is in full compliance with its obligations under the Biological Weapons Convention and does not develop or possess chemical and biological weapons anywhere.”
Russian Foreign Affairs Press Secretary Maria Zakarova had this to say about Nuland’s admission:
“There was a statement made by the Deputy Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland that will leave no doubt, will leave no opportunity for Washington to keep silent this time.
“Remember, how many years and their attempts, while spilling blood to find chemical and biological weapons, while, in fact occupying and killing people.
“They were looking in the wrong place. We have found, instead your own products. We have found your biological materiel. It was developed primarily for military purposes. As it turns out, it was all happening in Ukraine. What are you doing there? It’s a different continent. It has no borders with you. There are no bases of yours.
“What were they doing there under the guise of ‘scientific research’, your specialists, among others? On a regular basis, they were giving instructions to the Ukrainian side, as to the purposes of the studies involved.
“Now, considering that we have the evidence that cannot be refuted, we demand that you provide details. The world must know, what were you intending to do? To what end? Within which deadline? What was the amount of the so-called investments in the biological activities of Ukraine?
“The data, materials, documents, please provide them. Enough games.”
For his part, George Webb’s response to Nuland’s statement was that she was now his best witness for US DTRA biolabs in Ukraine. On Wednesday, he tweeted:
“As we have always said, Hunter is the Lee Harvey Oswald with Metabiota in the Ukrainian bioweapons game – the “clean” partner. Black & Veatch is the dark hand, and they patsied Hunter.
Ukraine Bio CounterAttack Coming? Kolo [Ihor Kolomoyskyi] had better get some stealth drones from Poland, otherwise, normal drones will be shot out of the sky by S-400/S-500.
“I am not saying this is an Obama smear because it’s true, but you are going to find Nuland and Strzok are behind the secret labs in the Donbas. The Russian military metadata activity points to Mariupol, not Odessa.
“The ‘conspiracy theory’ of US bioweapons labs in Ukraine is just another one that turned out to be true. Ho hum. Chalk up another US State Department lie.”
George’s tweets were accompanied by images claiming that in 2018, a company called Metabiota signed a $18.4 million federal contract in the Ukraine as a subcontactor of Black & Veatch and how Metabiota was funded by the CIA and by Hunter Biden’s investment firm with John Kerry’s stepson, Rosemont Seneca.
Naturally, Metabiota’s CEO, Nathan Wolfe has a profile on the World Economic Forum website and he can be seen here, at The Edge Billionaires’ Dinner cavorting with Bill Gates and a host of Big Tech and Ivy League luminaries. He can also be seen at multiple galas posing with Ghislaine Maxwell.
George suggests that from 2008 to 2017, Black & Veatch and the DTRA signed contracts, estimated at $215.6 million on construction and operation of biolabs in Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Thailand, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Armenia and that under the program in Georgia and Ukraine, Black & Veatch subcontractor, Metabiota signed $18.4 million federal contract.
George notes that prior to 1998, DTRA was referred to as Defense Special Weapons Agency, which more accurately reflected the department’s real assignment. He also notes that Black & Veatch share office space in the same Kyiv building with their subcontractor, Metabiota.
So, these biolabs in Ukraine connect to the State Department, the DoD, Peter Strzok, the fake impeachments, the Iran deal – and the role of Hunter Biden in all of this.
KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has slammed a Federal Government Bill which will control how much cash people are allowed to spend as being a danger to the Australian freedoms; a danger which he thinks is greater than the danger to our lives through a terrorism event being carried out in Australia; which the bill sells as being able to reduce.
The Federal Government snuck through and tabled The Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019 on Friday afternoon of the last parliamentary sitting while the House had risen and all Members and their staff were returning home.
The bill carries a punishment of significant fines and jail time of up to two years if a person is caught spending or accepting a cash payment over $10,000. If passed, the bill will come into effect from 1 January 2020.
“The danger here to our freedom is greater than the danger to our lives through terrorism,’’ Mr Katter said.
“Clearly there are a thousand reasons why people like to hide a little bit of wealth; and have access to cash.”
Mr Katter quoted George Orwell in his dystopian novel ‘1984’ saying “Big Brother is watching” and that a person’s right to privacy with some of their wealth is one of the most important rights that Australians have.
“I’m told that for every 10 people in China there is one camera watching. Now whether that’s accurate or not, in most police cases that have caught my interest, I notice that the first thing they go to is the security cameras and people have no idea to what degree they are being watched on a daily basis.”
The Federal Government’s key selling point of the bill is better control of the ‘black economy’; arguing that it will reduce money laundering and the purchasing of weapons on the black market, but Mr Katter warned that an increase in going digital will result in an increase in cyber-hacking and that the bill’s passing will open the flood gates on further restriction of freedoms.
“The Government promotes the bill as a measure to combat funded international and homegrown terrorism yet with the ever-rising digital theft and threat of international cyber hacking I wouldn’t be trusting my bank account or the authorities to protect it, nor should they be controlling it.
“The Government will argue that this is the one and only initiative that they will implement to eliminate the black economy however, once the bill is introduced and passed, they will have the flexibility to dictate many more amendments to the law. It will give the police the power to control your cash over $10,000.
“Once the legislation is in place, they have opened the doors to regulate and change as they see fit.
“The assumption that our cash transactions are due to unsavoury activity allows for the prosecution of the potentially innocent, it has always been innocent until proven guilty?
“I’m sure the Government and policing authorities’ intentions are good but the only people allowed to have guns in our society are the people in uniforms.
“So we have lost the right to protect ourselves and now our right to privacy has been taken away with this bill. Are the Government and authorities going to act responsibly? Yes, most of the time. All the time? No.
“All I see here is the undermining of the great principles of Magna Carta in the rule of law. Through insidious increments, ‘The means that is argued justifies the end’.”
There were explosive scenes at the banking royal commission on November 27, during its final days as an audience member accused it of “concealing fraud”.
ASIC a toothless tiger when it comes to the Commonwealth Bank
The banking royal commission was hijacked this afternoon by an outburst from an angry audience member who accused it of fraud.
The man interrupted senior counsel assisting the commission Rowena Orr QC, who was questioning Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) chair James Shipton.
Royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne QC repeatedly asked the man to stand down without success, and appeared to be thoroughly unimpressed during the tirade.
The man, who had been seated in the public gallery, ranted against alleged corruption within the banking and financial services industries.
Although his words were difficult to hear over the commission’s webcast, he was clearly heard accusing the commission of being “corrupt” and “concealing fraud”.
“Why are you concealing the greatest fraud in this country which is variable interest rate loans?” he said.
Security eventually escorted the individual from the courtroom.
In typical Rowena “Shock and Orr” style, the QC continued on completely unfazed, immediately firing off her next question.
Earlier today, Mr Shipton admitted ASIC should take criminal action against the bigger financial institutions more often, and said the organisation had failed to act against the Commonwealth Bank’s mishandling of consumer credit insurance and National Australia Bank’s home loan fraud.
“Today these matters would be handled very differently,” Mr Shipton said.
“I used the word mistake deliberately because mistake, in effect, constitutes a misguided decision.”
He said ASIC had only just started to take action against CBA in October — more than two years after the bank owned up to the insurance mis-selling.
Mr Shipton, who has been in the top job since February this year, said ASIC had focused on fixing the problem with customers instead of taking action against the bank.
“In some cases I clearly am of the view that we should have tried to and work towards running both remediation program and the enforcement investigation at the same time, in parallel,” he said.
But Mr Shipton insisted ASIC would be pursuing more legal action in the future when faced with banking misconduct.
“I want to make it crystal clear we will be undertaking more court-based actions,” he said.
“We will be more adventurous, as it were, in pushing points of law.
“We will be taking more — let’s call it risks, because we now have, through my direct engagement with the government, more funding to do exactly that.”
The commission also heard CommBank was concerned about being seen as “paying off” ASIC after the bank was let off the hook with a $300,000 community donation — which the regulator agreed with — instead of a fine over misleading CommInsure ads which were found to have breached the law.
“It was a mistake not to act quicker, swifter and earlier,” Mr Shipton said in response.
Ms Orr’s trademark, dogged questioning was on show yet again today, as she repeatedly insisted Mr Shipton answer her questions thoroughly during a number of tense exchanges with the witness.
The inquiry has ended without the Commissioner calling for extra time to examine more than the 27 distressed farmers it heard, out of more than 10,000 submissions it received.