FOIA Docs Reveal US Military Developing Genetic Extinction Weapon to Eradicate Entire Species
Washington, D.C. – A secretive US military technology agency, known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is investing $100m into “gene drive” research in an effort to procure genetic extinction technologies according to emails released under freedom of information rules.
The documents reveal that DARPA has become the world’s leading source of funding for genetic extinction technology. This information comes as a panel of experts with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meet to debate whether to impose a moratorium on gene research after several southern countries expressed fear of a potential military application.
UN diplomats confirmed to The Guardian that the release of the emails would worsen the “bad name” of gene drives in some circles.
“Many countries [will] have concerns when this technology comes from DARPA, a US military science agency,” one said.
According to the report in The Guardian:
Interest in the technology among US army bureaus has shot up since a secret report by the elite Jason group of military scientists last year “received considerable attention among various agencies of the US government”, according to an email by Gerald Joyce, who co-chaired a Jason study group in June.
A second Jason report was commissioned in 2017 assessing “potential threats this technology might pose in the hands of an adversary, technical obstacles that must be overcome to develop gene drive technology and employ it ‘in the wild’,” Joyce wrote.
The paper would not be publicly disclosed but “widely circulated within the US intelligence and broader national security community”, his email said.
Interestingly, just a little over a month ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin made, what seemed at the time, an outlandish claim that some shadowy entity – possibly with ties to the United States – had been collecting biological tissues