Plum Island: The Truth Behind the ‘Area 51’ of the East Coast
-Friday, 17 March 2023, 11:29 AM
Source: Operation Disclosure Official | By Theodore Colon, Contributing Writer
Submitted on March 17, 2023
The Bio Terror of Plum Island
The island itself is off-limits and is patrolled around the clock (in case anyone thought they’d boat their way over), which only adds fuel to the fire conspiracy that is Plum Island. Even more fuel is added when it’s realized that this island is home to a testing and research facility that specializes in dangerous animal pathogens, but that’s not even the most interesting thing about this secure island.
Plum Island: The Truth behind the ‘Area 51’ Of the East Coast
Horrors that the terrified citizens near, Plum Island. Repeated requests to the current Administration under the Freedom of Information Act for lists of the exotic chemicals and biologics at use there, not to mention what they were being used for, have been turned down using the excuse of “national security.” Time has proven over and over again that this is the blanket used by culpable governments to hide their mistakes, especially those that cost lives and property. Eventually, time wears down the fabric of such coverings and the truth is revealed. Such, I’m sure, will be the case in this instance as well, even if that unveiling is years to come.
For years, plenty of wild rumors and conspiracy theories have swirled around an 840-acre (340-hectare) speck of land a mile-and-a-half off New York’s Long Island, home to a high-security federal research facility that Internet-fueled urban legends have made into the East Coast’s equivalent of Area 51. Some have speculated that animal-human hybrids and biological warfare weapons are being developed inside the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, opened by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the 1950s and under the control of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security since 2003.
“I’ve had questions about Nazi scientists, alien technology and genetically-modified monsters,” says John Verrico, a spokesman for Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate.
But inside the security fences and biocontainment area checkpoints (described in the unredacted parts of this 2007 government report), government researchers work to stave more tangible threats — foreign animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease and African swine fever, which have the potential to wreak havoc with the U.S. food supply if they ever spread across the nation’s farms.
A Super Prison for Deadly Animal Diseases
A 1971 New York Times article described the facility as a “Devil’s Island for the deadliest animal disease germs known to man,” and described the elaborate security measures. They included round-the-clock patrols along the island’s perimeter (intended to warn away boaters who might be attracted by the pristine beaches), buildings with airlocks to keep bacteria and viruses from escaping, and holding tanks to sterilize the waste water from mandatory showers taken by staffers before leaving at the end of the work day. In part because of the risk of a terrorist attack on the facility, in 2003 it was transferred to the Department of Homeland Security, even though agriculture researchers continue to work there, and additional measures such as door sensors and alarms were added.
What’s so interesting about Plum Island is that – in stark contrast to the actual Area 51 – those interested can read about the studies going in the facility. Therefore, it’s not entirely accurate that everything is ‘top secret.’ Additionally, the reason why outside visitors are not permitted is likely due to the fact that it is a laboratory and a research facility. It doesn’t take a scientist to determine that some of these things, should they be exposed to the outside world or an untrained person could be incredibly risky. This much is common sense; however, that doesn’t mean Plum Island doesn’t have some interesting secrets.
Plum Island is located near the northeast coast of Long Island in the state of New York. It has a rather vibrant, often controversial, history.
During the Spanish–American War, the spot was purchased by the government for the construction of Fort Terry. The Fort became the stomping ground of some rather sketchy- mad scientists – types. For years it was shrouded in mystery and people over the water, looking at its shores, began speculating on the things taking place there.
Then, Hitler decided to invade Poland and the Japanese thought it was a swell time to go to Hawaii. In World War II the place served as a campground for eggheads. Everyone Uncle Sam thought could streamline the war process and help the US come up with the next super weapon to stop the bloodshed over in the Pacific and Europe was roped into service; a great deal of them dragged into the corridors of Plum Island. Here they would play around with physics, chemistry and devise doomsday contraptions to drop on the Krauts’ head. After the peace treaty, that ended that bloody raucous, the Fort became a way-station for Nazi scientists hungering for a chance at the American dream. A meeting place between officials and Hitler’s cronies; pardons a plenty. In a way, this was one of the staging grounds for Operation Paperclip – a secret program of the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA) in which about 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians, were given asylum in the United States, between 1945 and 1959. In Plum Island and well as NASA, you could go into a conference room and scream “Hail Hitler!” and marvel at how many hands instinctually went up.
So, yeah, Plum Island after the war was full – brimming – with the type of folks how played with nerve gas and created the V-2 rocket.
After World War II, the Fort was deactivated and scrubbed clean. It stayed close for over 7 years until it was reactivated in 1952 as a center for the Army Chemical Corps. The island became one of the main animal disease investigation labs in the world after it was given a blank slate in 1954; the US was getting hammered – economically – by an outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease in cattle along the borders of Canada and Mexico. That year, the US Army gave the island to the Agriculture Department.
The center comprises 70 buildings most of them dilapidated. It stands on 840 acres (3.4 km2).
Plum Island is self-sufficient. It has its own fire department, power plant, water treatment plant, and security forces.
Animals seen on the island are instantly killed by the military and trained sharpshooters; snipers on alert and ready to prevent the possible transmission of diseases into the island’s carefully maintained livestock… and vice-versa.
Plum Island has experienced a couple of accidental outbreaks and pathogen faux-pass of its own.
1978, an unknown disease was released into animals outside the center. The creatures were quickly eradicated, but to this day, no one is entirely certain if any actually made it past the island’s borders. Reports of what actually happened have been classified by the Intelligence Department.
This facility has seen some fairly serious diseases and, as far as the world knows, has managed to keep them all contained. The need for the research facility arose due to outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease that targeted Canadian and Mexican cows, and it continued to research additional animal-bourne illnesses and diseases. According to longisland.com, a close call happened in 1978, when an outbreak of this same disease happened in one of the labs but was able to be contained to Plum Island. Following this outbreak, 200 animals on the island needed to be destroyed, and, following that, they were kept in laboratory cells as opposed to outdoors in pens – further prompting the general public to question the events that go on inside.
Other diseases that have been studied on the island are:
- African Swine Fever
Two incidents in 2004 of foot and mouth disease being released in the center became national news. Foot and mouth disease, was eradicated in the US as of 1929… the only known cases of the disease can be found in the stocks of Plum Island. In response to this incident, New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Congressman Tim Bishop wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security:
“We urge you to immediately investigate these alarming breaches at the highest levels, and to keep us apprised of all developments.”
The Montauk Monster is said to be an escape from the Plum Island facility. Some even link the creature to the Chupacabra and a widespread theory proposes that those creatures are in fact genetic monstrosities created in a lab. The Island has a reputation for generating mutants and monsters and just about every creepy crawler out there.
The first time the island allowed news media to step into their buildings was in 1992. It was a by the book, “don’t stray off the path,” sponsored by the Men In Black in order to calm the frazzled nerves of the Long Island native across the bay.
Speculation of what actually occurs there is widespread. No one really knows and each time a document hits the press it’s so redacted that it might as well be a black page with non-sequitur phrases. Classified reports, now made public by the Freedom Of Information Act, detail some – not all – of the ultra-secret weapons projects conducted in the labs during the Cold War… and even those make little to no sense.
In 2000, activists prevented the center from expanding its providence to include diseases that affect humans. Since then, particularly in 2002, Congress has tried to slip that caveat into law past weary activists. Every-so-often tagging it to a bill no one really gives much notice to.
Found at Fort Terry, was built around 1911. The main and original goal of the building was to store weapons. To stockpile mines, explosives, and the materials needed for cable tanks and torpedos.
Fort Terry underwent dozens of facelifts throughout the years. World War II barracks. Scientist processing plant. Food and supply depot.
When the Army Chemical Corps, in 1952, acquired the place, it became the go-to facility for anti-animal biological warfare research. A secret lab devoted to animal testing and studies. “The goal was to create diseases that would attack an enemy’s livestock, hence weaken its supply and food chain”.
In 1954 the facility was passed over to the Agriculture Department, but with the red menace growing in strength, the experiments didn’t cease. Nope… they just intensified.
he building is a 164,000-square-foot (15,200 m2) T-shaped white structure. It is found on Plum Island’s northwest plateau on a 10-acre spot where it clings by a sharp cliff. To one side of it is the site of the old Plum Island Lighthouse.
A more modern bio-warfare facility that was built in 1954, right around the time of the Army to the Department of Agriculture transfer.
Building 101 became the site for much of the research and testing of bio-weapons. In it, scientists played with dozens of pathogens and vectors.
The program was finally canceled in 1969 by President Richard Nixon.
101 and 257 -‘are constantly sprayed with chemicals due to materials once employed in them.
Scheduled for Shutdown in 2023
Although the Plum Island facility and its 400-person workforce have been an important part of the nation’s defenses against animal diseases for decades, it’s scheduled to shut down by approximately 2023. It gradually will be replaced by the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a $1.25 billion project under construction in Manhattan, Kansas. That facility will be larger than Plum Island and be able to conduct more studies simultaneously. It also will have added layers of security to enable it to function as a level 4 laboratory, meaning that it will be able to study animal diseases that have the potential to be transmitted to humans. It will be the first large-animal facility capable of such research, Verrico says. Advances in security measures will make it unnecessary for it to be located offshore.
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