Vol. 22, No. 5,514 - The American Reporter - September 7, 2016

by Joe Shea
American Reporter Correspondent
Bradenton, Fla.
May 2, 2009
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BRADENTON, Fla., May 2, 2009 -- About six months before the H1N1 'swine flu' virus broke out, an immigrant from Bangladesh began selling food on the streets of Mexico City. Shortly before his own death, the food vendor was visited by his brother, who became ill and returned to Bangladesh.

I believe these two events may have been symbolic of an attempt by Islamic extremists to assassinate the President of the United States. There is no evidence either of these men was actually involved in such a threat; they are symbolic in the sense that any Islamic extremist might have deliberately operated in a similar way - except with malicious intent.

About two months ago, warned by an inner voice of a coming "biological terrorism" event, I read of a missing disease samples from the U.S. Army's Fort Detrick biological disease stocks with alarm as I learned on almost the same day that an outbreak of swine flu was occurring in Mexico.

Ostensibly, the missing virus at Fort Detrick was equine encephalitis; when it went missing is shrouded in uncertainty (interestingly, an outbreak of the related equine encephalosis has killed 150 horses in Israel, the ProMED-mail infectious disease surveillance mailing list reported Friday).

But can we feel certain the only missing samples were of the disease of horses? Scientists who studied the new swine flu said it was a deadly concoction of North American and European swine flu, Asian bird flu, and human flu, and said very early in the crisis that the virus had never been seen in swine. or anywhere else.

Only thias past Thursday did the chief of virology at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta tell a reporter for a Science magazine online site that the disease had "probably not" originated in Mexico, in the person of a 5-year-old who lived a few miles from a huge pig farm, but in Asia, where its genetic antecedents appeared in abundance.

Ironically again, this threatened pandemic comes not long after al-Qaeda indicated in a message that it was exploring biological warfare as a new front in the War against Freedom it has waged for decades now. Had they recruited two Muslims from Bangladesh - with one of the world's poorest and largest Muslim populations - and carefully planned a biological attack on President Barack Obama? Here's how such an attack might work.

First, the terrorists would have to obtain samples of the swine flu and other viruses. Then they would have to recruit a "martyr" or two for their cause. Finally, they would have to get them into Mexico - surely not the most difficult port of entry in the world - and position their agents in the capital, and then select their targets. "Where" is not the most important question: that would be "Who?"

A world-renowned expert on Aztec art, sculpture and archaeology, Felipe Solis, met President Barack Obama at a gala dinner in Mexico City on April 16 and died shortly after. Mexican and U.S. sources have differed on the date and cause; the White House says Solis' death was unrelated to swine flu, but a major Mexican newspaper, La Reforma, said he died of "flu-like symptoms" te day after he met the President. That version was discussed in a New York Times story and then contradicted by White House officials.

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They would have to identify someone like Felipe Solis, a world-famed archaeologist who was curator of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, a stop on the President's tour, who was likely or known to be someone who would escort Mr. Obama on his historic visit. Solis met the President on April 16 at a gala dinner at the museum. "For a while," wrote Stephen Foley of Britain's Independent, the President's doctors feared that he may have come closer than anyone in the country to contracting the virus."

The President's forthcoming visit was announced on March 18, about 12 days before anyone in the U.S. saw a sample of the virus, and began a month later, on April 16, 3 days after the Mexican government notified the CDC by email that an outbreak of an "unexplained respiratory illness" was silently spreading across Mexico. The disease was first spotted in the United States in San Diego by a CDC border biosurveillance team and was tested in a U.S. Navy lab on March 30.

That sample took until April 14 to reach the CDC, after stopping in several states for interim testing after the Naval Health Center was unable to identify it. The CDC didn't receive word of the outbreak in Mexico, it says, until the Mexican Health Ministry sent the April 13 email to Atlanta. The CDC notified Mexico of its findings on April 23, six days after President Obama met with Solis, An aide with the President, the White House confirmed Friday, acquired the H1N1 virus on the President's trip and once back home, inadvertently infected his wife and child. Meanwhile, the brother of the Bangladesh immigrant "grew ill and returned home," the Times said. So what are the odds that two people close to the President - an aide and a tour guide - would grow ill from a virus that has apparently infected, according to official and unofficial statistics, just 2,500 people in a nation of 190 million, killing only 26 of them (so far as is known today), including the tour guide? Those are long, long odds, and the assertion that tour guide died of H1N1 was contradicted by the Times the day after it first reported the Reforma story.

The White House, in fact, has been leading the way in debunking any such concoction. It also denied the Mexican and American Spanish-language news reports that said he came home sick from Mexico with a little cold or something. "The President's health was never in danger," prss secretary Robert Gibbs assured us, and he told us that Felipe Solis had died not the next day but a week later of causes unrelated to the swine flu. Meanwhile, the media identified a 5-year-old, now healthy and fit, as the "index case," or first victim, and that was a very cute story and very cute boy. But was it true?.

Or did an "triple assorted" Asian flu never seen before in swine turn up in a remote Mexican village, La Gloria, because it was next to a giant Smithfield Farms hog pen - which hasn't seen any pf the virus in their animals? Or did it turn up in a Muslim terrorist who camped outside the National Palace, identified his targets, and infected them successfully before he died of swine flu? When his brother turned up back in Bangladesh, what became of him?

The retired Russian spy who was poisoned in London last year, and another former Russian spy who recently died of poisoning, point up the consequences of poison in the form of public scrutiny; they were large. That scrutiny has largely escaped the origins of H1N1. Perhaps it is more fortunate than anyone knows that the President frequently uses hand sanitizers.

I don't think H1N1 appeared by magic in a 5-year-old who quickly recovered,, only to kill several dozen young, healthy adults. I think it traveled to Mexico City on a deliberate course towards the most powerful man in the world, and I think that on the day the world first heard of it - last Saturday, when he was golfing - he was still in recovery. After all, you can't tell the American people our popular new President has a deadly disease acquired in Mexico, because the entire world would panic at once.

But you can tell me.

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