A newspaper report in Egypt, which is falling more and more under the influence of radical elements of the Muslim Brotherhood since the downfall of West-friendly President Hosni Mubarak, has blasted the United States for having a medical research facility in Cairo, calling it “The Pentagon’s Unit for Killing Egyptians in Al-‘Abbassia.”

The article, in the Egyptian daily Al-Wafd, alleges that the Naval Medical Research Unit Three handles pathogens that could “exterminate” Egyptians, does research aimed at manipulating genes to cause deformities and experiments on children, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors and reports on developments in media in the region.

There even are accusations that Israel could be behind the dastardly problems Egyptians claim are coming from the facilities.

According to MEMRI, the report claimed that the facility “commands all research pertaining to Egyptians’ health and food – from animal, agriculture, water, and air resources to epidemics and viruses,” and its information is transmitted to the Pentagon, which then sends “medicines, pesticides, food produces, and seeds, after these have been dangerously tampered with so as to harm the Egyptians’ health.”

The site actually was set up in the 1940s, and frequently has been honored for its work to improve the health of people in that part of the world.

Its website explains it monitors development of diseases and then develops strategies to mitigate the impact “in partnership with host nations and international and U.S. agencies…”

“NAMRU-3 works closely with the Egyptian Ministry of Health, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the organization says.

It has worked with Ghana, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Syria, Sudan and the republics of Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kyrgistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

“NAMRU-3 is playing an important role in the global response to the threat of avian influenza and pandemic influenza and is currently active in monitoring infectious disease trends among DoD personnel deployed to operational bases in Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Over the last 10 years, NAMRU-3 has conducted 69 disease outbreak investigations in 25 different countries,” it explains.

The newspaper report, however, characterized the institution in another way.

“Entering the NAMRU headquarters, you feel you have stepped into a horror film. The place is silent and shrouded in secrecy. Doctors and employees [work in] white robes, gloves, and caps, and sometimes also masks. The organisms they work with are a kind of bacterial biological weapon, which, if deployed, could exterminate the entire Egyptian nation, or any other nation.

“They obtain blood samples, both healthy and diseased, from Egyptian [citizens] and send them for analysis in Washington, in order to determine the precise genetic makeup and identify drugs. They can also manipulate these Egyptian genes, alter their traits, and deform them by means of American medicines or vaccines that are sold dirt cheap to the poor Egyptian people, along with crop seeds and food products,” MEMRI quoted the report saying.

The author said that dozens of “new and mutated viral disease have been discovered,” which means that “these pathogens are imported.”

The report said in nearby Ethiopia, where there is another connected research unit, “there are also suspicions that [it is involved with the] spread of HIV virus, which causes AIDS.”

“NAMRU sees the Egyptian children as an opportunity to test new medicines. In its reports, it notes that the Egyptian children have the best immune systems, even in comparison with soldiers in the American army. NAMRU monitors our children when they are still fetuses by stationing American doctors and researchers in health centers in the villages, so they can come into contact with pregnant mothers…,” the report alleged.

Opposition, however, has come from families, who “adamantly refuse to turn their children into lab rats.”

The newspaper report suggested that there remain unanswered questions “over whether American hands in NAMRU were behind the increase in infertility, mental retardation, and disability among Egyptians born in recent years … as well as [instances of] impotence.”

“All that is left is to imagine how dangerously simple it would be to use all this [information] against the Egyptian people, in accordance with America’s will, which has Israel standing forcefully behind it,” MEMRI quoted the report saying.

“NAMRU-3 controls the Egyptians’ health, for better or worse, and has in its possession all the Egyptian genetic specifications and compounds and their hereditary traits, alongside an arsenal of components for lethal biological weapons, which it can hand over to Israel or any country hostile to Egypt if it ever becomes angry with the Egyptian people, in order to utterly destroy them.

“All this begs the question: Where are our national research institutes, the over 300 centers working in the fields of medicine, agriculture, water, and energy? Where is the state budget to maintain this research? The developed countries dedicate 7-11% of [their] national income to scientific research, in order to protect the health and lives of their citizens, while Egypt allocates a mere 1% to research. Why did we start relying on the American satan for our health, food, and everything [else]?”

In a blog posting recently, Capt. Richard L. Haberberger Jr., the commander of the Navy’s research center in Silver Spring, Md., noted the 65th anniversary of the Cairo facility.

“NAMRU-3 is playing an important role in the global response to monitoring infectious disease trends among DoD personnel deployed to operational bases in Djibouti, Afghanistan, and Iraq. And the team also carries out public health activities aimed toward improving capacity building, disease surveillance and outbreak response assistance. The lab is supporting force health protection in the Horn of Africa; working closely with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and WHO; helping Djibouti with disease surveillance; responding to disease outbreak in Yemen; fighting malaria in Liberia, conducting joint research with Ghana, and studying diseases in the Republic of Georgia,” he wrote.

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