Attention contrail watchers: there might be a new threat streaking across America’s skies. Last week, the Washington State Department of Agriculture began spraying a controversial bacterial agent into the skies over the Seattle, Washington area. Washington state officials claim that the bacteria, known as Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki, or Btk, is being deployed in response to a troublesome gypsy moth population that has been harming crops and other plant life in the region.
Btk is a naturally occurring bacteria strain found in the gut flora of insects as well as on dead or decaying organic matter. However, the strain that will be sprayed over Seattle’s skies is a genetically modified (GMO) version of the bacteria that was specifically developed for the Washington operation and whose effects on human populations of such a large scale are unknown.
Lauren Jenks, director of the Washington State Office of Environmental Public Health Sciences, claims that the untested genetically modified toxin is nearly harmless. "We had our toxicologists look at the entire ingredients for the Btk agent that we'll be spraying and we have concluded that it is very low risk, very low health concern for the general population," Jenks told Seattle news station KOMO. Nevertheless, state health officials have recommended that area residents remain inside for at least a half an hour after spraying. Officials have posted a spraying schedule on the Washington State Department of Agriculture website, although the notice states that spraying times are “subject to change quickly.”
Many area residents are concerned with the spraying operation, and rightfully so. The effects of Btk on humans are largely untested, and studies have shown that Btk can remain in the human body for long periods of time. Chemtrail watchdog groups around the world are hailing the Washington Btk operation as proof of government-run human experimentation. While they might need more proof before their claims can be substantiated, the U.S. Government is known to have tested bacterial agents on unknowing citizens in the past, such as during the infamous Operation Sea Spray.
This clandestine bioweapons test saw the U.S. Navy release large amounts of a supposedly benign bacteria into the air off the coast of California in September 1950. The claimed intent of this test was to track the spread of bacterial agents to help prepare for potential biochemical terrorist attacks. Within days of the Navy releasing the bacteria, several area residents fell ill and one died from an infection caused by the bioweapon test. The Navy kept the details of this test a secret for over twenty years, finally disclosing them to the public in 1976.
Time will tell if the Btk bacteria is effective against Seattle's gypsy moth population and if the resident's health fears were justified.