DARPA WANTS INSECTS TO SPREAD GENETICALLY MODIFIED VIRUSES… TO ‘SAVE CROPS’ | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

DARPA WANTS INSECTS TO SPREAD GENETICALLY MODIFIED VIRUSES… TO ‘SAVE CROPS’

A US military program dubbed ‘Insect Allies’ could be used as a biological weapon, a group of European scientists warns. The Pentagon’s research arm claims they are intended to defend crops, but doesn’t deny ‘dual-use’ potential.
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and the University of Freiburg in Germany, as well as the University of Montpellier, France, have published a critique of the program, dubbed “Insect Allies,” in the October 5 edition of Science.

They argue that “the knowledge to be gained from this program appears very limited in its capacity to enhance US agriculture or respond to national emergencies” and therefore the program “may be widely perceived as an effort to develop biological agents for hostile purposes and their means of delivery,” which would mean a breach of the Biological Weapons Convention.

Speaking to Gizmodo on Thursday, Dr. Blake Bextine, program manager of Insect Allies, said that DARPA was “not producing biological weapons, and we reject the hypothetical scenario,” though they “accept and agree with concerns about potential dual use of technology.”

However, Bextine’s two-page response, released by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency later in the day, did not contain the forceful denial of bioweapons charges. Instead, Bextine argued the program was intended to “respond rapidly to threats to the food supply” and that it was subject to government regulation and transparency rules.

Nothing could possibly go wrong, Bextine firmly emphasized, simply because “every performer in the program is required to include at least three independent kill switches in their systems to shut down functionality of the technology.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dr. Bextine, a word, please; that phrase "nothing could possibly go wrong" has been used innumerable times, when life-threatening scenarios hit, and did their worst, despite the best of precautions being taken.

What is the three independent kill switches go "mammary glands vertical", at the same precise moment?

Do you, or your colleagues have a contingency plan for THAT?!?

I would believe, sir, that the short, and duly embarrassed answer for that would be, "UH...no!"

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