By William Thomas with Erminia Cassani
April 21, 1999
VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada, April 21, 1999 (ENS) - As unmarked tanker-type aircraft continue spraying sky-obscuring chemtrails over regions of the U.S. and Canada, this writer and American journalist Erminia Cassani have obtained laboratory tests of fully-documented samples of aerial fallout. The samples were tested by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) licensed facility.
The two samples were taken from aluminum-sided structures in separate states nearly a year apart after their respective owners went outside in the wake of low-flying aircraft to find dwellings and outbuildings splattered with a brown, gel-like substance.
Trained in the health sciences, Cassani carefully took samples from the second incident which occurred at 2:00 pm on November 17, 1998. The samples were taken from property directly under the flight approach path to Thomasville airport, an old airport once used for commercial flights but now used only for small planes. However, the woman whose house and property the sample substance fell upon, observed that military aircraft have recently been using this airport for "test runs" circling the immediate area and returning to the Thomasville airfield. This facility is located a 45 minutes drive from the Harrisburg International Airport in Pennsylvania.
Noting nearby military hangars filled with big helicopters, Cassani videotaped a house splattered on all sides, as well as the driveway. The reporter also interviewed a man living near the main runway who claimed that a similar goo had hit his house the previous October.
Cassani became ill with flu-like symptoms and was sick for four days after obtaining the sample. When a marine biologist at a nearby university started working with the gel material, he too immediately developed upper respiratory symptoms. The woman whose house had been struck also caught the"flu." Two weeks before Christmas 1998 she suffered a heart attack.
Coliform tests by the state Department of Health were negative. But when the university Ph.D. biologist turned his microscope to high power, he found the glass slide teeming with a protozoan life form he said was "very resilient to very cold temperatures."
The laboratory staff who eventually received our sample for a complete analysis had never seen cell cultures bloom so fast. Cell cultures normally take several days to grow; ours flowered into brilliant colors within 48 hours of being placed in petri dishes.
Exclaiming that, "It was all over the plate," the biologist who examined our first sample wanted to know where we had obtained this "bio-hazard" material.
No markers for jet fuel were evident. But the TNT and fuel-eating Pseudomonas fluorescens found in our sky sample is listed in 163 Pentagon patents for bioremediation.
Sometimes employed against oil spills, Pseudomonas fluorescens can consume jet fuel as a primary food source. This bacteria can cause upper respiratory illness and serious blood infections in humans.
Unlike P. flourescens, the streptomyces present in our sample is rarely found in outdoor samples. Used to make several antibiotics, this fungus can cause severe infections in humans.
Also isolated in our sample was a fluorescent-type of bacteria found in distant coral reefs, which can be used as a "marker" in lab tests.
Another bacillus contained a "restriction enzyme" used in research laboratories to "restrict" or cut DNA material for transfer to other organisms. A computer search for this usually benign bacteria turned up Streptomyces and P. flourescens on the same reference page - as well as the American Type Tissue Culture Corporation. U.S. Senate documents show that this Maryland company made at least 72 shipments of germ warfare cultures to Saddam Hussein's scientists between October 1984 and October 1993.
Our second sample was obtained from the U.S. eastern seaboard after Cassani tracked down a woman whose house, barn, cars, lawn and driveway were covered by a similar brown gel on January 17, 1998. This homeowner noticed planes making "tic-tac-toe clouds" and "weird designs" in the sky before the goo fell - possibly from clogged spray nozzles.
She had been at church while neighbors watched a large aircraft circling so low it rattled windows and almost hit a barn, before climbing toward a disused commercial airfield recently renovated for military flights. When the homeowner took a scraping into the local lab, she was told of similar incidents in the vicinity.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) dismissed the substance - which resisted power-washing and months of weathering - as "corn meal."
But despite being stored for a year at room temperature, our EPA registered lab found this second batch of dried-out gel teeming with the same bacilli present in our more recent sample.
Streptomyces was again found, as well as a bacteria capable of causing a painful ear infection.
Three other molds in this second sample included a "black yeast" stockpiled by the U.S. Army as a "bioremediation organism" that thrives on TNT and petroleum spills. This black yeast can also cause a nasty upper respiratory infection - as Cassani discovered when her left lung became painfully infected with black mold that could have come from the sample she handled.
We decided to withhold the name of our testing facility after an environmental lab in Ohio was besieged by calls from a militia organization claiming that a jet fuel additive identified by Aqua Tech Environmental Inc. was part of a conspiracy to cull the population.
Larry Harris brought the controversial sample to Aqua Tech for analysis. A registered microbiologist who once worked on top U.S. biowarfare projects, Harris says that a lab technician immediately identified his sample as JP-8 aviation fuel similar to dozens of samples being brought in by sick pilots and ground crew.
But after the harassing phone calls began, another chemtrails investigator who was with Harris when he submitted the fuel sample to Aqua Tech told ENS that the "lab went cold" and would no longer confer with them.
A copy of Aqua Tech's report on Harris' sample has been obtained by this reporter. Submitted on September 17, 1997 and labeled "Jet Fuel," lab report number MEL 97-1140 identifies more than 15 toxic petroleum products - including toulene and styrene, as well as traces of the banned pesticide ethylene dibromide (EDB). Currently used as a JP-8 jet fuel additive, EDB was banned by the EPA in the late 1970s as a known carcinogen capable of causing severe upper respiratory reactions at repeated low-level exposures.
Harris charges that Aqua Tech altered its test results to "almost undetectable amounts" of EDB in order to fend off crackpots, protect government contracts and discredit his investigation.
Aqua Tech insists its report is accurate.
Despite efforts to protect her identity, our own friendly biologist turned edgy and cold after finding few references to our toxic samples in medical books or Internet databanks. When Cassani suggested that this lack of information seemed strange, the microbiologist laughed uneasily and said, "Well, the whole thing is strange, the samples, where they came from. So I'm not surprised."
Similar encounters with a gel clinging tenaciously to porches, pick-up trucks and patrol cars have been reported across the USA - from Arizona's remote Mogollon rim to Aptos and Fresno, California and North Seattle, Washington.
The most publicized incident occurred in August, 1994, when gelatinous globs began raining on Oakville, Washington about 80 miles southeast of Seattle.
After local residents became sick with vertigo, lethargy and severe shortness of breath, a lab technician found human white blood cells in the sky goo. At the Washington State Department of Health, registered microbiologist Mike McDowell also discovered the sample swarming with Pseudomona flourescens and Enterobacter cloacae.
Serratia marcescens was found in yet another gel sample obtained in Idaho in late March, 1999. Often causing upper respiratory infections resulting in pneumonia, Serratia marcescens was sprayed into the New York subway system in 1953, and over Dorset, England from early 1966 to 1971 by the military in both countries. Serratia marcescens was supposedly withdrawn as a biological warfare stimulant in the 1970s when this infectious agent was eemed too hazardous for use on friendly "test populations."
E. coli, Serratia marcescens, and Bacillus glogigii were sprayed over UK population centers to stimulate biowarfare attacks in the 1960s and 1970s, the London Telegraph reported in May of 1998. All three agents can cause disease in humans including pneumonia and chest infections. According to recent admissions by the British Defense Ministry, a Canberra jet bomber was modified with spray tanks to "act as a spray aircraft for research into defence against biological warfare."
Microscopic examination of spider web-like fallout obtained in Sallisaw, Oklahoma in October, 1997 also turned up enterobacteria, which can cause gastrointestinal illness.
Despite these findings, microbiologists caution that the Oakville, Idahoand Sallisaw samples could have been contaminated by "background" bacteria present in the soil.
Experimental lab material found in our samples remains unexplained. As outbreaks of staph, recurrent pneumonia and meningitis continue to be reported in hospitals by newspapers across the USA, Cassani and I note that staph-related organisms turning up in test samples of airborne spray can cause pneumonia and meningitis.
Our investigation continues.
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