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Who's kidding whom? I was ironing. Plum Island drill is irony.

Plum Island, NY hosts a Homeland Security drill today. Dangerous diseases are researched there.

Germs Gone Wild: How the Unchecked Development of Domestic Bio-Defense Threatens America Kenneth King (Author)
A shocking exposé of the reckless proliferation of bio-weapon research and the threat this poses to everyday Americans. ...

King experienced the menace of bio-defense research firsthand when local government and business leaders tried to lure a new facility to his hometown in Kentucky. Researching the safety claims, he not only found many of them to be completely false, but was also horrified by the lack of oversight and the recklessness with which these labs genetically modified pathogens like smallpox, Ebola, and influenza without a care for what happened to the public if there was ever a “leak.”

And yet the greed that drove the development of these labs has effectively counteracted any cautionary checks by the government and universities. All have been seduced by the economic gains and corporate stipends that come with compliance and turning a blind eye. But now, the reality of these labs and the germs they manipulate will finally be brought to light, as King examines the controversies surrounding plants from Maryland to Boston and Utah, to the Department of Homeland Security’s dubious National Bio-and-Agro-Facility (NBAF) project, and the precautions—or lack thereof—being taken to protect us all from a deadly pandemic.

American Anthrax: Fear, Crime, and the …

Editorial Reviews: “As a chronicle of the development of America’s largely unseen biodefense infrastructure, King’s book is intriguing; the author combines meticulous research and unshakable faith.” (Publishers Weekly )

“A superb guided tour of the demented world of twenty-first century bioweapons research in America, where dangerous new labs seem to pop up on every street corner, the lines between offense and defense blur, and people who question the wisdom and safety of it all are derided by their own government.” (Ed Hammond, former director of the Sunshine Project )

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Pegasus (December 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605982687

Author Biography: Kenneth King holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. King has taught writing at colleges and universities in Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois, clerked for the Hon. Eugene Siler, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and worked as a staff attorney for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund. He was on the faculty at Western Kentucky University before resigning to complete Germs Gone Wild.

HOW Germs Gone Wild CAME TO BE WRITTEN... [Kenneth King] had no notion that the anthrax had been linked to one of our own facilities, and that we were in the process of building huge new numbers of similar facilities.

Michael Carroll's Lab 257, which documented serious accidents and safety problems at NBAF's predecessor, the Animal Disease Center at Plum Island.

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