Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene gave a House floor speech where she said U.S. funding of ‘biolabs’ in Ukraine could ‘lead to deaths’ and introduced legislation to ‘stop taxpayer funding for bioweapons.’
‘No government should be creating bioweapons. That’s evil and wrong,’ she said.
The Georgia Republican, who has also introduced the ‘Fire Fauci Act,’ called for blocking bioweapons research at a time when the Kremlin has been amplifying claims about U.S. funded ‘biolabs’ in Ukraine amid its ongoing attacks on its neighbor.
The Pentagon says it has invested $200 million in Ukraine since 2005 through its Biological Threat Reduction Program. The relationship began as part of a U.S. effort to lock down unsecured biological materials after the fall of the Soviet Union, and has extended to viruses and diseases that affect animals and people.
But Russia has used the information to accuse the U.S. and Ukraine of planning to use biological weapons – something the Biden Administration could be a signal of a planned ‘false flag’ operation.
Marjorie Taylor Greene said she is introducing legislation to ‘stop taxpayer funding for bioweapons’
The Biden administration this week blasted Russian ‘disinformation’ after Russia’s ambassador to the UN claimed the US was backing an effort to use bats and birds to spread bioweapons.
‘When we’re talking about biolabs, we do know for a fact that the U.S. has funded the contracts, not only to take over the labs, reconstruct them, but also build them. And this goes through grants, through private companies, at millions and millions of dollars,’ Green said in her speech, which was flagged by Mediaite.
‘Now, what if these biolabs are handling very dangerous pathogens that may lead to the deaths in people in the areas? There are reports of possibly deadly pathogens escaping these biolabs in places like Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan. That is responsible for killing people, what if that’s true?’ she asked.
She called them ‘worthy questions.’
‘And so for that reason, because it’s become such an issue, and because it upsets so many people that I talk to constantly, I have introduced a bill to stop taxpayer funding for bioweapons,’ she said. “Because no government should be creating bioweapons,” she said. “That’s evil and wrong.”
Postings about the ‘biolabs’ appeared online just before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and proliferated afterward, as Russia sought to justify an invasion it also claimed was required to ‘deNazify’ the country
The Pentagon says it has invested $200 million in Ukraine since 2005 through its Biological Threat Reduction Program – an offshoot of the Nunn-Lugar program enacted after the end of the Cold War
The Russians have put out information about the labs for years in what has been called a disinformation campaign, in statements tracked by EU vs. Disinfo
An armed man passes near a destroyed car near a building damaged by shelling in Kyiv as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, Kyiv, Ukraine, 18 March 2022
President Joe Biden announced a new $800 million package of military aid to Ukraine this week
Legislative text had not yet been received, according to the House website, although its formal title is ‘To amend the Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction Act to prevent the proliferation of biological weapons under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, and for other purposes.’
Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Thursday that ‘Moscow may be setting the stage to use a chemical weapon and then falsely blame Ukraine to justify escalating attacks on the Ukrainian people,’ and accused Russia of ‘manufacturing events.’
Greene’s push comes days after former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard tore into Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), after he called her own marks on the subject ‘treasonous.’
‘Number one is they are accusing me of saying that somehow there are bio weapons labs in Ukraine. I said no such thing at any point,’ Gabbard pushed back.
She had posted a video Sunday about ‘dangerous pathogens’ that cold escape if the labs are breached.
It all came with Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine as a backdrop, with Russian President Vladimir Putin pushing a series of narratives to justify it, including casting it as an effort to ‘deNazify’ the country and protect Russia from U.S.-provided weapons in Ukraine.
‘Tulsi Gabbard is parroting false Russian propaganda. Her treasonous lies may well cost lives,’ tweeted Romney after her Sunday video got traction online.
Greene’s legislation isn’t likely to go anywhere in the Democratic-controlled House, where her other legislative proposals have also gone nowhere, although she has been able to build her profile and raise funds through her fights against