Military Bioweapons Lab Shut Down After Failed Safety Inspection; All Research Halted Indefinitely

“All research at a Fort Detrick laboratory that handles high-level disease-causing material, such as Ebola, is on hold indefinitely after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the organization failed to meet biosafety standards.”

—Heather Mongilio, “Fort Detrick lab shut down after failed safety inspection; all research halted indefinitely.” The Frederick News-Post. August 2, 2019.

Nightmare fuel: consider the possibility that weaponized smallpox is in several government labs around the world. Take a look through the history of smallpox and think through the implications of a weaponized version being introduced into a population with zero immunity, no vaccine stock and modern transportation methods for transmission.

Knife Missiles

“Designated the Hellfire R9X, the missile has no explosive warhead—instead, its payload is more than 100 pounds of metal, including long blades that deploy from the body of the missile just before impact.

‘To the targeted person, it is as if a speeding anvil fell from the sky,’ according to the WSJ. Some officials referred to the weapon as ‘the flying Ginsu,’ because the blades can cut through concrete, sheet metal, and other materials surrounding a target.”

—Sean Gallagher, “Drones used missiles with knife warhead to take out single terrorist targets.” Ars Technica. May 9, 2019.

Coming soon to a law enforcement department near you. Thanks, Iain M. Banks (no. 6); I feel safer already!