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February 15, 2004
Heaping More Dirt On Plum I.

By JOHN RATHER
FOR seven years, Michael Christopher Carroll, a lawyer from Bellmore, researched the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, the former Department of Agriculture laboratory situated on 840-acre Plum Island, less than two miles off the tip of Long Island's North Fork. Now, after hundreds of hours spent poring over government documents and interviewing scientists, workers, government officials, journalists and others involved with or knowledgeable about the island laboratory, Mr. Carroll has turned his findings into ''Lab 257,'' published by William Morrow and scheduled to appear in bookstores on Tuesday. Mr. Carroll argues that the laboratory, which was taken over by the Department of Homeland Security in June, is a biological time bomb with an appalling safety record, a tempting target known to terrorists and a grave but little-recognized threat to the largest population center in the United States.
Mr. Carroll also writes that his research suggests that the laboratory could be linked to the outbreak of Lyme disease and West Nile virus in the United States. But he offers no smoking gun, just the argument that a leaky laboratory studying the world's most dangerous animal diseases would seem a plausible source of new or foreign ailments in nearby human populations, especially when the transmitters of the disease are ticks or mosquitoes, which feed indiscriminately on animals or humans.
Told of some of Mr. Carroll's conclusions last week, government officials, including a former laboratory director, said the author was vastly off the mark and had written what appeared to be a book of science fiction.
''Mr. Carroll is a Baron Munchausen, or else he has been talking to him,'' said Roger G. Breeze, who was the laboratory director from 1987 to 1995 and is now leaving a post as an associate administrator in the Agricultural Research Service. ''You don't sell many books by concluding that federal officials are doing a really good job,'' he said.
Despite this and other denials and disavowals, Mr. Carroll's 289-page book seems unlikely to bolster Plum Island's reputation on the East End, where the jobs provided by the lab have long been balanced by questions about the safety of operations there. The book arrives as the Department of Homeland Security continues to develop the 50-year-old laboratory's new focus of protecting against agricultural terrorism. The Agriculture Department remains on the island as a tenant.
The book also raises wider concerns. Mr. Carroll writes that in 2002 American forces in Afghanistan found a dossier of information about the Plum Island laboratory in the Kabul residence of Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, a Western-educated nuclear physicist and former chairman of the Pakistan Nuclear Energy Commission who has been identified by American officials as an associate of Osama bin Laden.
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  • Mr. Carroll argues that outbreaks of the Dutch duck plague virus that devastated duck farms on eastern Long Island in the 1960's, Lyme disease in 1975, West Nile virus in 1999 and the mysterious 1999 disease that killed most of the lobsters in Long Island Sound all occurred too suspiciously close to Plum Island to dismiss the possibility of a laboratory link. ''Every investigation is about connecting the dots,'' Mr. Carroll said. ''There are a lot of people who don't want to believe that there are these striking coincidences and at the very least these facts deserve some serious investigation.''
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  • "The Army later handed over control of the facility to the USDA.Carroll noted the biological weapons being developed were not for use against humans, but rather against the human food supply, hence the classification as an animal disease lab."Plum Island and Lab 257, as it was designed by the army, was not specifically geared towards germ warfare against people, but against food," Carroll stated. "It was designed to destroy any animal that could be deemed a food animal. ... thinking at the time was that even better than germ warfare against people, germ warfare against food would also starve civilian populations as well, which would force them into submission."However, germs are pesky critters, and Carroll believes the facility dubbed "the safest lab in the world" was in fact a series of problems kept hidden."http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/books/04/02/lab.257/
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  • Someofthecommonsymptomsoflate-stage(tertiary) Lyme disease and other tick-borne co-infections: • Profound fatigue• Chills, sweats and skin flushes• Night sweats• Migrating arthralgias• Muscle pains/twitching• Sleep disturbances• Severe headaches• Shifting neurologic pains • Tremors, shakiness• Numbness, tingling sensations, pain often shifting and unusual in type • Cranial nerve disturbance (Facial numbness, pain, tingling, paralysis, optic neuritis, trouble swallowing, distortion of smell or taste) many of these symptoms overlap with CFS/ME...??????????
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