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FBI Tactical Report Describes Chinese Biologist Carrying Viable SARS, MERS Viruses at Detroit Airport in 2018

FBI Tactical Report Describes Chinese Biologist Carrying Viable SARS, MERS Viruses at Detroit Airport in 2018

China’s also waging a disinformation campaign as the revelations show that the nation’s official COVID-19 death toll figures don’t add up.

An FBI tactical intelligence report obtained by Yahoo News describes an incident in November 2018, which shows that the agency had significant concerns about the bio-security threat posed by China.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Detroit Metro Airport stopped a Chinese scientist carrying vials believed to contain the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) viruses.

“Inspection of the writing on the vials and the stated recipient led inspection personnel to believe the materials contained within the vials may be viable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) materials,” says an unclassified FBI tactical intelligence report obtained by Yahoo News.

The report, written by the Chemical and Biological Intelligence Unit of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD), does not give the name of the Chinese scientist carrying the suspected SARS and MERS samples, or the intended recipient in the U.S. But the FBI concluded that the incident, and two other cases cited in the report, were part of an alarming pattern.

“The Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate assesses foreign scientific researchers who transport undeclared and undocumented biological materials into the United States in their personal carry-on and/or checked luggage almost certainly present a US biosecurity risk,” reads the report. “The WMDD makes this assessment with high confidence based on liaison reporting with direct access.”

The discovery should have sent up a wide array of big red flags. The International Air Transport Association does not permit passengers or crew to carry infectious samples as baggage. Then, there are numerous import permits for biological materials that were neglected.

The Yahoo News article also describes two other cases from May 2018 and September 2019, in which different Chinese nationals tried to enter the U.S. with undeclared flu strains and suspected E. coli. The thrust of the piece was the FBI’s concern about the degree of biosecurity risk posted in general, while the incidents presented focused on China.

The FBI does not state precisely what sort of biosecurity risk these cases could present, but Raina MacIntyre, a professor of global biosecurity at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said the FBI appears to be concerned with dual-use research that would be used for bioterrorism. And if the illicit samples cited in the report were being brought into the U.S., she says, the traffic is likely to be both ways.

“How do you know what they’re bringing in and out unless you have a comprehensive surveillance point?” she asked. “If it’s going one way, it’s going the other way. You’d be very naive to assume otherwise.”

This revelation is disturbing, especially when paired with China’s disinformation campaigns that seek to sow discord about the United States’ handling of the crisis and deflect attention from its involvement with the pandemic. Russia, too, is participating in the campaign.

Kremlin-aligned websites aimed at Western audiences have trafficked in conspiracy theories to spread fear in Europe and political division in the United States, the officials said, noting that Russia’s diplomats and state-run news media have arguably been more restrained.

China has been more overtly aggressive. It has used a network of government-linked social media accounts to spread discredited, and sometimes contradictory, theories. And China has adopted Russia’s playbook for more covert operations, mimicking Kremlin disinformation campaigns and even using and amplifying some of the same conspiracy sites.

The propaganda campaigns show how both countries turned to a typical authoritarian tactic of spreading propaganda to undermine their shared adversary, the United States, rather than addressing public criticism of their own problems.

New numbers indicate the Chinese government is working hard to deflect the magnitude of its mismanagement.

Radio Free Asia reported that funeral homes told families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 that they will try to “complete cremations before the traditional grave-tending festival of Qing Ming on April 5, which would indicate a 12-day process beginning on Mach 23. Such an estimate would mean that 42,000 urns would be given out during that time.”

Another online estimate is based on the cremation capacity of funeral homes in Wuhan, which runs 84 furnaces with a capacity over a 24-hour period of 1,560 urns. That estimate puts the number of estimated deaths in Wuhan at 46,800.

Another resident of the Hubei province – where Wuhan is the capital – told RFA that the majority of people there believe more than 40,000 people died before and during the lockdown. That’s tens of thousands more than the government has claimed.


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The Friendly Grizzly | March 31, 2020 at 7:42 am

The discovery should have sent up a wide array of big red flags.

But, didn’t. I am sure, though, that the fibbies were observing, like they observe jjihadis.

We in the West forget recent history at our peril. Russia is not an ally or friend and neither is China. This globalist notion of all nations being the same and equal is wrong. The idea that all forms of government are equal and interchangeable can prove fatal.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Whitewall. | March 31, 2020 at 10:06 am

    HEAR HEAR!!!!!

    Only the Greedy, Carpet Bagger Globalists push that
    Crap that all “kultures” are equal……

Remind me once again what our federal agency, the FIB, is good for?

I mean other than spying on American citizens for political purposes.

So they caught people smuggling live viruses and did not arrest them?

How many of these incidents go undetected?

and yet I get called a right wing whacko tRump supporter (funny how detesting one candidate a little less than the other leads to being called a blind supporter but I digress…) for saying since last week of December this was a PLANNED attack.
the trade “war” got escalated to a legit bio war IMO, the sudden travel of millions of citizens from wuhan area in november then this suddenly being caught in December has a stick to it anti-trump people purposely ignore.

    lichau in reply to dmacleo. | March 31, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I will admit to owning a couple stylish tin foil hats which I wear on occasion.
    IF you believe numbers (and that is one HUGE If) COVID/Wuflu is pretty much over in China and life is back to normal. Meanwhile, we are heading to 1932.
    Where did I put those hats?

    dang cataracts (not yet to point where surgery is option) stick should say STINK.
    man wish we could edit comments…if mod sees this could they fix my post and delete this please?

ScottTheEngineer | March 31, 2020 at 10:59 am

The one thing I’ve learned here is that March should officially be renamed to Mach. Much cooler and with the high winds it’s more fitting.

The world really needs to treat China harshly. One of these days if we don’t the incompetent Chinese are going to unleash a virus that kills millions or billions of people.

    Hey, OZ. I wholly agree that “The world really needs to treat China harshly”. My problem is–what does that mean?

    A couple of tut-tuts in the United Nothing? A nuclear bomb over Beijing?

    I am all in for the principle, but the implementation evades me.

    A good start would be putting in prison all the politicians that have got rich dealing with China.

      TheOldZombie in reply to lichau. | March 31, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      Harshly means things like economic sanctions, preventing companies from setting up factories in China, preventing China from buying factories in other countries, putting pressure on China to reform, preventing them from sending students to our colleges, and other stuff like that.

      Basically we should go at them the same way we went at the USSR during the Cold War.

        alaskabob in reply to TheOldZombie. | March 31, 2020 at 2:45 pm

        Unless… this was intentional and then it’s an NBC weapon. I rewatched “Chernobyl” where there was inept but not intentional destruction of the reactor with dire consequences. There are two parts to that… the accident and the cover-up. The former is still uncertain but the later absolute with Wuhan. Was the cover-up intentional or planned? I would guess CIA/MI6 might have an idea but we will never know fully.

        As I posted before (elsewhere)… this is a great scenario for China to tip the balance their way in the world as they have a far larger expendible population than the West. Suppose Japan had destroyed only the tank farm at Pearl Harbor and not attacked the fleet?

        “Basically we should go at them the same way we went at the USSR during the Cold War.”

        Exactly OZ, exactly.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to TheOldZombie. | April 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    It won’t be incompetence. It will be intentional.

Chinese Biological Experiments With Coronavirus To Infect Humans Exposed In 2015 By Italian State Media

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found errors in all 29 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications that were subject to the review. That’s a 100% failure rate. Not sure what the hell’s going on at the FBI but apparently law enforcement is not high on the list.