First HAARP closed down (temporarily) and now Plum Island is closed. Oh, to be a conspiracist and not have to rely on rationality when reading the news…
The stories about Plum Island, an unremarkable 3-mile strip off the coast of Long Island that has long played home to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, are the stuff of comic books and horror movies.
Now, the government is spending more than $1 billion to move the lab, which studies swine flu, foot-and-mouth disease, and other livestock ailments, from New York to Manhattan, Kan.—and the talk is starting again.
For those who oppose the relocation, news of the funding represented the inevitability that one of the world’s largest “germ labs,” as they describe it, will be located in their community, in the heart of cattle and agricultural land.
Bill Dorsett, of the group No NBAF in Kansas, said Monday that the funding was not necessarily a surprise, but it was a “disappointment.” He said he and other opponents still contend research on deadly animal pathogens should remain in isolation, preferably on an island off the mainland—like the one the lab sat upon for roughly 60 years.
Plum Island is a 3×1 mile island off the coast of Long Island New York. It is owned by the U.S. government as it was bought because of it’s strategic location. It housed former Fort Terry. In 1954 the USDA established the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) as a secure location to do research on animal pathogens. Access to the island was restricted. In 2003, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took over the Island and facilities. Secret biological tests were done at this facility making it a natural for suspicion. My first intro to Plum Island was in reference to the Montauk Monster. This strange hairless carcass washed onto Montauk shores and it was speculated that it was an island escapee. It wasn’t – it was a raccoon that spent too long, dead, floating in the ocean.
The lab move is worrisome to activists. This location is not ideal (what location IS though) and Kansas is JUST a bit prone to tornadoes.