This is a federal offense punishable by up to ve years in prison, provided the false statements are materially relevant and knowingly false July 20, 2021, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul who has grilled Fauci about his research funding in two separate hearings in 2021 announced he would ask the DOJ for a criminal referral, as hes convinced Fauci made false statements to Congress One smoking gun is a research article written by Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) scientists.
The paper acknowledges funding from the NIAID/NIH, and the research meets the Department of Health and Human Services denition of gain-of-function research According to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, The term gain-of- function is generally used to refer to changes resulting in the acquisition of new, or an enhancement of existing, biological phenotypes In a June 2021 essay, professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of The Lancets commission tasked with investigating COVIDs origin, described how the NIAID has funded gain-of-function research at the WIV, stating its common knowledge in the U.S. scientic community that NIH has supported genetic recombinant research on SARS-like viruses that many scientists describe as GOFROC [gain-of-function research of concern] 1 Fauci lied to Congress, an offense punishable by up to ve years in prison, provided the false statements are materially relevant and knowingly false. A new investigative documentary by the U.K.'s Channel 4 detailed some of the strongest evidence to date that the COVID19 pandemic may have started from a lab leak in Wuhan, China, Thacker writes. At the very least, the documentarys interviews with experts and review of documents made explicit how China has misled the world about its research with dangerous pathogens The documentary claried one other point: Anthony Fauci lied before Congress and the American public when he claimed during a congressional hearing that he has not funded gain-of-function research conducted by the Wuhan Institute of Virology President Biden has campaigned on honesty and decency.
The question now for President Biden is, What will you do with Fauci now that he has broken the law and violated the public trust by lying before Congress? Fauci Redenes Scientic Terms on the Fly In what appears to be an attempt to extricate himself from blame for the COVID pandemic, Fauci director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), an arm of the National Institutes for Health (NIH), since 1986 denied ever having funded gain-of-function research at the WIV or elsewhere when questioned by members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in May 2021. The term gain-of-function is generally used to refer to changes resulting in the acquisition of new, or an enhancement of existing, biological phenotypes. ~ National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity 2 3 4 According to Thacker, the evidence clearly refutes this. One smoking gun is a research article written by WIV scientists titled Discovery of a Rich Gene Pool of Bat SARS- Related Coronaviruses Provides New Insights Into the Origin of SARS Coronavirus. This research was funded by the NIH and meets the Department of Health and Human Services denition of gain-of-function research.
The Channel 4 documentary addressed this paper. When asked whether the NIH ever funded gain-of-function research at the WIV, David Relman, a research physician at Stanford University, replies, Yes. Indirectly, but yes. How do we know? The paper says, right on the front page, Supported by NIAID, NIH.
The clip featuring Relman is included below. As previously reported by the National Review, we know the WIV received NIAID/NIH funding to create novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses capable of infecting both human cells and lab animals. Chimeric viruses refers to articial man-made viruses, hybrid organisms created through the joining of two or more different organisms. This is precisely what gain-of-function research is all about. According to a 2016 report from the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, The term gain-of-function is generally used to refer to changes resulting in the acquisition of new, or an enhancement of existing, biological phenotypes. Fauci now wants to adopt a far narrower denition of gain-of-function research that takes into account the supposed intent behind the research, but that really doesnt make sense. Just because you dont set out with intent to harm doesnt mean your creation cant cause harm or might inadvertently cause harm. US Funding of Gain-of-Function Research Was Well-Established According to Thacker, Fauci certainly knew that the WIV he was helping to fund conducted gain-of-function studies, because it has been common knowledge. For example, a year before Fauci was queried by Congress, Newsweek reported that: 5 6,7 8 9 10 11 In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work.
The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million ..
The NIH research consisted of two parts.
The rst part began in 2014 and involved surveillance of bat coronaviruses The program funded Shi Zheng-Li, a virologist at the Wuhan lab to investigate and catalogue bat coronaviruses in the wild. This part of the project was completed in 2019. A second phase of the project, beginning that year, included gain-of-function research for the purpose of understanding how bat coronaviruses could mutate to attack humans.
The project was run by EcoHealth Alliance under the direction of President Peter Daszak NIH canceled the project April 24  Many scientists have criticized gain of function research, which involves manipulating viruses in the lab to explore their potential for infecting humans, because it creates a risk of starting a pandemic from accidental release. Around that same time, former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell told Politico that if the virus leaked from a Wuhan lab, the U.S. would shoulder some of the blame since it funded research at that lab through government grants from 2014 to 2019. Mid-January 2021, the U.S. State Department published a fact sheet accusing the Chinese government of being obsessively secretive about gain-of-function research at the WIV, and that it was collaborating with the Chinese military on secret projects.
The fact sheet has since been removed from the State Departments website, but was reported by a number of outlets at the time. Among them, Life Site News, which wrote: In a Fact Sheet posted online the Department of State (DOS) presented three distinct elements about the origin of the virus, which deserve greater 12 13 14 15 scrutiny The rst of the three issues needing further investigation, was the outbreak of illness inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
The DOS revealed it had reason to believe that several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019, before the rst identied case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses Additionally, the DOS noted that researchers in the WIV had been performing experiments on RaTG13, the bat coronavirus identied by the WIV in January 2020 as its closest sample to SARS-CoV-2 (96.2% similar) since at least 2016.
The laboratory also has a published record of conducting gain-of-function research to engineer chimeric viruses. Such research, gain-of-function research, is a kind which improves the ability of a pathogen to cause disease. Additional Reports Citing Gain-of-Function Research March 6, 2021, the editorial board of The Washington Post published an article calling for an independent investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2. In that article, the board pointed out that: a senior researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Shi Zhengli, was working on gain-of-function experiments, which involve modifying viral genomes to give them new properties, including the ability to infect lung cells of laboratory mice that had been genetically modied to respond as human respiratory cells would.
The board also noted that Shi was working with bat coronaviruses that were genetically very similar to the one that caused the pandemic. A few months later, in a June 22, 2021, essay, professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of The Lancets commission tasked with investigating COVIDs origin, also described how the NIAID has funded gain-of-function research at the WIV: 16 17 It is in fact common knowledge in the U.S. scientic community that NIH has indeed supported genetic recombinant research on SARS-like viruses that many scientists describe as GOFROC [gain-of-function research of concern].
The peer-reviewed scientic literature reports the results of such NIH- supported recombinant genetic research on SARS-like viruses. More specically, it is clear that the NIH co-funded research at the WIV that deserves scrutiny under the hypothesis of a laboratory-related release of the virus. Faucis COVID-19 Treachery Someone who has taken a particular interest in Faucis potential role in this pandemic is Dr. Peter Breggin, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former consultant for the National Institute of Mental Health. In October 2020, he published the report Dr. Faucis COVID- 19 Treachery, detailing Faucis ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its military. Breggin is convinced Fauci has been the major force behind research activities that enabled the CCP to manufacture lethal SARS coronaviruses, which in turn led to the release whether accidental or not of SARS-CoV-2 from the WIV. He claims Fauci has helped the CCP obtain valuable U.S. patents, and that he, in collaboration with the CCP and the WHO, initially suppressed the truth about the origins and dangers of the pandemic, thereby enabling the spread of the virus from China to the rest of the world. Fauci has, and continues to, shield the CCP and himself, Breggin says, by denying the origin of SARS-CoV-2 and delaying and thwarting worldwide attempts to deal rationally with the pandemic. In the executive summary of the report, Breggin documents 15 questionable activities that Fauci has been engaged in, starting with the fact that he funded dangerous gain-of- function research on bat coronaviruses, both by individual Chinese researchers and the 18 WIV in collaboration with American researchers. This research, Breggin says, allowed the CCP and its military to create their own bioweapons, including SARS-CoV-2. Will Fauci Be Held Accountable? According to Thacker, its obvious Fauci broke the law and misled Congress. He adds: This is not my personal opinion; I was required to know and enforce the relevant provisions of the law during the three years I ran investigations in the Senate. On two occasions I had to consult with Senate Legal Counsel and then warn people about lying to Congress Fauci lied while testifying before Congress. Fauci lied to the American people. Several lines of evidence make this clear. But catching Fauci lying and breaking the law does little good, because the Department of Justice prosecutes people for lying to Congress, and the Department of Justice is run by the Biden administration. So what is President Biden going to do about this? During an appearance on the Hannity Show, July 20, 2021, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul who has grilled Fauci about his research funding in two separate hearings this year announced he would indeed ask the DOJ for a criminal referral. Paul specically asked the DOJ to investigate whether Fauci violated 18 U.S. Code 1001 which makes it a federal crime to make any materially false, ctitious or fraudulent statement or representation as part of any investigation or review" conducted by Congress or any other statute. Time will tell if it amounts to anything. Gain-of-Function Research Is the Real Threat Regardless of what happens to Fauci, at the end of the day, the key issue that needs to be addressed is whether we should allow research that involves making pathogens more dangerous to humans at all, regardless of what the intent behind it might be, or the specic technology used. 19 20 21 Lab leaks have occurred on multiple occasions, so its really only a matter of time before something far more devastating than SARS-CoV-2 gets out. World leaders need to realize that funding gain-of-function research is the real threat here, and take action accordingly to forestall another pandemic. As long as researchers are allowed to mutate and create synthetic pathogens, theyre creating the very risk they claim theyre trying to prevent. Sources and References Disinformation Chronicle August 31, 2021 Channel 4, Did Covid Leak from a Lab in China? August 22, 2021 National Review May 11, 2021 PLOS Pathogens November 30, 2017 DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006698 PHE.gov US Government Gain of Function Deliberative Process and Research Funding Pause October 17, 2014 US DHHS Framework for Guiding Funding Decisions about Proposed Research Involving Enhanced Potential Pandemic Pathogens 2017 National Review May 13, 2021 National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity May 2016 Newsweek April 28, 2020 NIH Project Information 1R01AI110964-0 NIH Project Information 2R01AI110964-06 Politico April 30, 2021 Life Site News January 18, 2021 Washington Post March 6, 2021 (Archived) Project Syndicate June 22, 2021 Dr. Faucis COVID-19 Treachery October 19, 2020 (PDF) Wave3.com July 21, 2021 18 US Code 1001 - Statements or entries generally 1, 3, 10, 19 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 .
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