Some experts worry about focus on bioweapons research

Instead of focusing on research that could benefit the public, The National Institute of Health has since 9/11 focused a disproportionate amount of its efforts - and funding - on bioweapons research, several authorities told the Atlantic Free Press.

The NIH has reordered its priorities, but has done so "catastrophically," Richard Ebright, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University told the Free Press. He said the NIH is emphasizing bioweapons research over non-bioweapons research. The policy change began under the most recent Bush Administration and has stayed the same under the Obama Administration.

“The negative impact has been most severe in bacteriology, in which NIH research priorities have been catastrophically re-ordered---with research on bacterial bioweapons receiving more support than research on the top five bacterial causes of death combined---and in which non-bioweapons research has suffered catastrophic losses in resources and personnel,” Ebright told the Free Press.

Ebright told the Free Press that more than 400 U.S. institutions are engaged in bioweapons research, and that . Your browser may not support display of this image.

Francis Boyle, who drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989 and is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign, told the Free Press that President Bush “turned the NIH into a front organization for biowarfare work,” and “Obama is simply continuing the Bush policies” and is “now even exporting biowarfare capabilities to Third World Countries.”

But Boyle told the Free Press that universities are not turning down research proposals -- such as a study involving the gassing of pigs with biowarfare agents conducted at his university -- because there is so money involved that are compelled to take on the work, "no matter how reprehensible they might read.”

“I am sure similar type biowarfare contracts that are clearly anti-human, anti-ethical, illegal and criminal on their face alone have been approved all over (at) American universities by now," he told the Free Press. "Money talks. Ethics walks.”