Assassination has historically been a messy business, both literally and metaphorically, with some of the most notorious assassinations, such as that of President John F. Kennedy, still leaving many unanswered questions decades after the event. So if a silent, insidious, undetectable method of assassination became available which would arouse no suspicion and which would appear to be totally attributable to natural causes, it would be a very attractive proposition to those wishing to quietly despatch a long-term political threat.
Enter weaponized cancer.
When a cluster of people in an organization start to develop cancer as though it was a contagious disease, is it time to start asking questions? Particularly if those individuals are all members of a Left-wing government with radical political agendas?
The late President Hugo Chavez Frias, who died from cancer earlier this year, made a series of speeches before his death in which he noted that an “epidemic” of cancer seemed to have run rife among Latin American presidents, and called this 'a strange and alarming phenomenon'. He implied that this odd cluster of illness could have been caused by the CIA's use of bio-weapons. Of course, the response from Washington was far from favourable, and Victoria Nuland, US State Department official spokesperson, said that Chavez’ words were “horrific and reprehensible.”
Yet the evidence appeared to be convincing: Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, diagnosed with colon cancer; Brazilian President Ignacio Lula da Silva, treated for throat cancer; Fernando Lugo diagnosed with lymphoma, cancer of the immune system; Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, afflicted with thyroid cancer; Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, struck with lymphoma, and Juan Manuel Santos was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Despite the vehement denial of any involvement from the US government, Chavez gained support from other political leaders, including, Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov suggested that it was unlikely to be coincidence that six left-wing leaders would contract cancer at around the same time, and Venezuela’s acting President Nicolas Maduro, claimed that Chavez had been the victim of a scientific attack by the US government, long-time enemy of the leftist Venezualan regime.
Cuba's president, Fidel Castro, was equally outspoken voicing his suspicions of CIA involvement in the cancer epidemic, possibly because it was believed that he himself had been the victim of several bio weapon-type assassination attempts. He advised Chavez to take care and gave the following words of warning: "These people [the Americans] have developed technology. Take care what you eat, what they give you to eat… a little needle and they inject you with I don’t know what".
The American Cancer Society states that 'Cancer is a complex group of diseases with many possible causes'. So is it really possible to induce it with an injection, or a poison?
The truth is that America's production of cancer-causing biological warfare agents has been well-documented, with evidence of their development by scientists going back to the 1930s, and the now de-classified records available for public viewing.
Ironically, the some of the victims of those early scientific experiments were also Latin Americans. These were conducted by Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads, a scientist with the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Investigations in San Juan and a known racist with anti-Latin-American sentiments. The 13 Puerto Rican subjects of Rhoads' experiments received injections containing cancer-causing biological agents, which were created as part of a highly classified joint operation between the CIA and the US Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), and known as MKNAOMI. It is known that the assassinations of Fidel Castro and Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba were planned by the sinister and secret MKNAOMI project.
A disturbing letter, written by Rhoads and obtained by the head of the Puerto Rican Nationalist party, Pedro Albizu Campos , illustrated not only Rhoads' vile racist beliefs but also the efficacy of the deadly injections in causing cancer: " What the island [Puerto Rico] needs is not public health work but a tidal wave or something to totally exterminate the population. It might then be liveable. I have done my best to further the process of extermination by killing off 8 and transplanting cancer into several more".
Despite the damning evidence contained in the letter, Albizu's complaints were ignored by the League of Nations and nothing was done to stop Rhoads continuing his reign of bio-terror. In fact, undoubtedly as revenge for his accusations, Alibizu himself later suffered at Rhoads' hands when, after being arrested for his nationalist sympathies, he was subjected to radiation experimentation and imprisoned.
Rhoads headed military chemical and biological weapons programs at Fort Detrick, the Dugway Proving Ground and Deseret Test Center in Utah. When, in 1972, The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, sanctioned by the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, effectively banned the use and possession of biological weapons, a spin-off project was created in conjunction with The National Cancer Institute, ostensibly under the guise of searching for a cure for cancer. The secret Viral Cancer Project actually resulted in the successful production of 60,000 liters of oncogenic and immunosuppressive viruses and researched military applications for the cancer-causing biological agents.
So, how were these deadly agents used to secretly assassinate political targets? It is reported that the deadly arsenal of bio-weapons included botulinum toxins, which can cause deadly food poisoning. Cancer-causing viruses could be transmitted via aerosols, or 'species jumping' oncogenic viruses which could insidiously be passed on from animal species to humans without detection. Victims could also be affected via injection, inhalation, ingestion of contaminated food or toothpaste, and even contaminated clothing contacting skin, which is thought to be the method used to cause the aggressive cancer occurring in President Chavez's pelvic region.
Evidence of these methods and their deployment in the assassination of key figures is almost unquestionable due to the overwhelming amount of documentation confirming their existence, and the inexplicable clusters of malignancies in key political figures, though General Jose Ornella, the head of the Venezuelan Presidential Guard, said it may be fifty years before details of US involvement in Chavez’s death is disclosed in declassified documents. The individual identities of the assassins, or how they transmitted the deadly agents, is almost irrelevant; it is the government which is ultimately culpable and should admit its involvement in these very anomalous deaths or incidents of cancerous disease.
The question which should be asked is how far this problem extends globally, beyond Latin America, and whether it could be, or has been, used on a far larger scale to control much larger targets - even whole populations - which are seen as potential threats.
If the suspicions voiced by these victims and observers are true, then the United States is essentially controlled by a secret bureaucracy armed with exotic weapons and not in any way legally accountable to anybody.