SEATTLE, WA.... As formations of unmarked tanker aircraft continue to
criss-cross American skies on a mission authorities refuse to disclose,
environmental laboratory has identified an extremely toxic component
spray drifting over cities and countryside.
Several independent sources claim that samples of fallout from the lingering
smoke trails and have been independently tested and found to contain
ethylene dibromide (EDB). "We had the fuel sampled in August, 1997,"
contrails investigator who wishes to remain anonymous told this reporter.
"The lab immediately identified the sample my friend took in, however
the lab started receiving quite a few phone calls, they went cold!
didn't want much to do with us after that."
The lab in question - which shares its name with several subsidiaries
several separate laboratories - could not confirm the test, which would
remain confidential in any case. But in 1998, a US Air Force public
officer told residents of Las Vegas that their sudden upsurge of respiratory
ailments could have come from "routine" fuel-dumping by military aircraft
reducing weight for landing.
An extremely hazardous pesticide, EDB was banned by the US Environmental
Protection Agency in 1983. But in 1991, the composition of jet fuel
commercial and military jet aircraft in the U.S. was changed from JP4
somewhat less flammable JP8. A Department of Defence source says the
"has saved some lives" in air crashes. Ethylene dibromide is a key
The 1991 Chemical Hazards of the Workplace warns that repeated exposure
low levels of ethylene dibromide results in "general weakness, vomiting,
diarrhea, chest pains, coughing and shortness of breath, upper respiratory
tract irritation" and respiratory failure caused by swelling of the
glands in the lungs. "Deterioration of the heart, liver and kidneys,
hemorrhages in the respiratory tract," can also result from prolonged
contact with JP8.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's hazardous materials
list: "Ethylene dibromide is a carcinogen and must be handled with
caution." A seven-page summary of this pesticide's extreme toxicity
that EDB may also damage the reproductive system. According to the
"Exposure can irritate the lungs, repeated exposure may cause bronchitis,
development of cough, and shortness of breath. It will damage the liver
Mark Witten, a respiratory physiologist at the University of Arizona
Tucson where an official US Air Force study on JP8 was carried out,
Scientist in March, 1998 that crew chiefs "seem to have more colds,
bronchitis, more chronic coughs than the people not exposed to jet
EDB is 6.5-times heavier than air. Unlike normal contrails, the thick
streamers being sprayed from downward-pointing tailbooms over at least
states does not dissipate, but spreads into an overcast that refracts
purple color in sunlight and appears suddenly as an oily film in puddles
Hundreds of photographs and videotapes made by ground observers show
or larger formations of aircraft spreading a white mist that thickens
drifts toward the ground. More than 200 eye-witnesses - including police
officers, pilots, military and public health personnel - have provided
detailed accounts of aerial spraying in characteristic "X"s and east-to-west
grid patterns, followed by occluded skies - and acute auto-immune reactions
and respiratory infections throughout affected regions.
"I keeps coughing phlegm that tastes bad," 50 year old Mary Young of
Sallisaw, Oklahoma told me after an aircraft sprayed her home at rooftop
level one night last January with something that struck the windows
sand. "My eyes hurt, my joints hurt. I'm not catchin' my breath right.
can't get rid of this cold. I've had this bad headache - it's not just
headache. My eyeballs hurt so bad - way in the back - I just wish they
Severe headaches, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, joint pain and a
hacking cough "that never leaves" are being reported by countless Americans
jamming hospital Emergency Rooms from coast to coast. While December
January are traditionally bad months for asthma sufferers, patients,
and nurses across the U.S. report hospital wards filled to overflowing
bronchitis, pneumonia and acute asthma admissions at up to twice normal
Early last month, The News and Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina reported
that respiratory admissions to Durham regional hospital jumped from
usual 184 patients a day to 247. Ambulance drivers were told that the
hospital was not receiving any more patients.
In New York City, doctors are calling a flood of respiratory cases an
epidemic. "We have people double- and triple-parked in the ER on
stretchers," Dr. Elliot Friedman, associate director of emergency medicine
at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, told the New York Times
January 31. "And there have been times when upwards of 40 people have
admitted but are waiting for someone to be discharged," Friedman added.
"This high fever is not typical of other flus," Dr. Sigurd Ackerman,
president of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center told the 'Times shortly
after a TV cameraman panned up to frame lingering "X"-shaped contrails
Times-Square. Dr. Robert Saken, a partner in the Soho Pediatrics Group,
that newspaper, "It was surprising to me how sick they got and
Dr. Ilya Spigland, Montefiore hospital's director of virology, doesn't
the reason for the sudden epidemic of respiratory cases. It is, Spigland
told the New York Times, "very possible that the increase in respiratory
infections may not be due to the flu."
That same day in Lake Havasu, Arizona, headlines in Today's News Herald
announced: "Victims curse unnamed bug, but can't call it the 'flu'."
Lou Kallername told the Herald "that a nameless virus is bringing at
10 patients a day into her office and driving some into the hospital,
laboratory tests show only a few are suffering from Type A or other
identifiable strains of influenza."
The previous weekend, after San Francisco resident Curtis Schumann noticed
"sky grids in the making," and Melanie Zucker watched nine contrails
woven over Berkeley, local TV stations reported Bay area emergency
inundated with flu-like cases.
In Seattle - where a resident reports "I've lived here for 26 years
seeing this number of contrails at once" - pneumonia patient Lowell
told me that in the hospital where he was admitted in late January,
respiratory ward was overflowing with people, and they were having
respiratory patients in other wards." At that time, a resident of Spokane
listening to a police radio scanner told me he heard "many rescue calls
people with breathing difficulties."
In Palmyra, New Jersey, shortly after Lucrecia Moon watched unusual
lingering contrails from a McDonald's restaurant, a nurse reported
people ill." In Las Vegas, Nevada, TV news coverage told of area hospitals
being filled with people experiencing breathing problems.
After a resident of Lexington, Kentucky watched helicopters circling
city for several days, flying low overhead at 3 a.m., "the sky looked
giant checkerboard from the planes criss-crossing it, and the air still
the steel mill smell." According to this eye-witness, "Everyone here
sick. So far six counties have closed all the schools because all the
students were sick with 'flu-like symptoms'. I've been having
sore throat, and an annoying, hacking cough for the past four months
seems to get worse after I see these aircraft circling the area."
Similar "chem trails" sightings continue to be reported over Phoenix,
Arizona. The January 28, 1999 edition of Arizona Republic reported
incidence of bronchial problems in Phoenix this month is 237
hospitalizations vs. last year at 160 or so."
At the same time, hospitals in Portland, Oregon; Marietta, Georgia;
Chandler, Arizona, Bakersfield, Santa Cruz, Redding and Salinas, California
- and other cities across the nation - were jammed with bronchitis,
pneumonia and other acute respiratory cases after repeated spraying
cobweb-like fallout was reported in those regions.
"We're getting sprayed real heavily with the contrails," a south
Pennsylvania resident told this reporter. "It's just total saturation."
overfilled Pennsylvania hospitals were forced to divert respiratory
emergencies to other facilities with bed space, another south-central
Pennsylvania resident, Deborah Kammerer, looked out her window and
aircraft "flying and dispersing over the city. It was supposed to be
sunny day. It became more overcast as the day progressed. I observed
white trails widened out and settled down creating a haze over everything."
South Florida resident Karen Okenica told me she has watched on several
occasions as contrails "criss-crossed or ran parallel to each other.
did not dissipate but got thicker and stayed in the sky for quite a
Okenica says she became frightened after gazing through Nikon binoculars
noticing an all-white jet with "plumes" coming from the rear of the
In early December, local newspaper reported that Bethesda Memorial
Delray Community hospitals were full and could not accommodate any
The January 7 Philadelphia Daily News reported that "Emergency Room
patients overflowed into the hallways at West Jersey Hospital in Berlin,
New Jersey, and ambulance crews were temporarily diverted to other
institutions as a wave of respiratory illnesses swept the area." At
Northern Westchester County Hospital, "there was a 24 hour waiting
period to get in."
In Manitou, Michigan, Registered Nurse Kim Korte was driving north on
M52, when she noticed "stripes" in the sky. "It appeared as if someone
took white paint on their fingers and from north to south ran their
fingers through the sky. These contrails were evenly spaced and covered
the whole sky!" from east to west.
Within 24 hours, Korte became very weak and feverish. After her
boyfriend told her that "many in his family started coming down with
same complaints," the RN "started noticing alot of my patients and
their family members were coming down with these symptoms at the
same time." On checking with her colleagues, the former hospital
supervisor learned that other nurses and physicians were complaining
"of being extremely busy with respiratory diagnoses."
In Austin, Texas - where Richard Young reports that "The skies here
filled almost daily with trails crossing each other" - a school nurse
told a worried parent that she had seen over 100 sick children in a
Where is the mass media's reporting of this mass phenomenon? Indications
a concerted cover-up came on February 11, when a retired Southern Baptist
preacher named Everett Burton finally succeeded in reaching C-span.
voicing his opinion on the Clinton impeachment trial, this former minister
told Americans to get a copy of the Constitution and read it to realize
they have lost. Rev. Burton then advised viewers not to take his word
what was happening in the US - but to "just look up in the skies
planes regularly spray contrails across the skies, spraying people
making them ill." At this point, Rev. Burton was cut off. The screen
from C-span to the Tennessee state seal, remained silent for several
Americans are not alone in their anxious bewilderment and suffering.
England, after lingering contrails and cobweb-like fallout were reported
over London and Birmingham, the BBC reported on January 14 that
more than 8,000 people - mostly elderly - died from pneumonia and
other respiratory complications in the last week of December and the
first two weeks of January, 1999.
According to the BBC, in early January of this year, more than 97,100
in England and Wales were stricken with respiratory ailments in a single
week - almost double the usual rate. Ambulances in the Greater Manchester
and Mersey region were each dealing with more than 1,000 calls every
almost twice the norm. Norfolk and Norwich suffered such an unexpected
increase in deaths, a refrigerated semi-trailer capable of holding
was pressed into service as a temporary morgue. [see BBC photo]
As this story goes to press, fresh leads now point to a bacteria in
spray that targets the respiratory tract. Lab tests confirming this
development are expected to be in my hands shortly. Stay tuned.
My investigation continues.
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