Tulsi Gabbard Hammers Mitt Romney for Calling Her a ‘Treasonous Liar’ for Facts on US-Funded Biolabs in Ukraine

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On the United States’ US Embassy website for Ukraine, the Department of Defense states clearly that it collaborates with partner countries, including Ukraine “to counter the threat of outbreaks (deliberate, accidental, or natural) of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases.”

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Biological Threat Reduction Program collaborates with partner countries to counter the threat of outbreaks (deliberate, accidental, or natural) of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases.  The program accomplishes its bio-threat reduction mission through development of a bio-risk management culture; international research partnerships; and partner capacity for enhanced bio-security, bio-safety, and bio-surveillance measures. The Biological Threat Reduction Program’s priorities in Ukraine are to consolidate and secure pathogens and toxins of security concern and to continue to ensure Ukraine can detect and report outbreaks caused by dangerous pathogens before they pose security or stability threats.

Moreover, according a Fact Sheet from the DOD’s Cooperative Threat Reduction Program – Biological Threat Reduction Program Activities in Ukraine, the US provides millions in funding to these facilities.

The United States, through BTRP, has invested approximately $200 million in Ukraine since 2005, supporting 46 Ukrainian laboratories, health facilities, and  diagnostic sites. BTRP has improved Ukraine’s biological safety, security and surveillance for both human and animal health.

Despite the fact that the Ukrainian and U.S. governments partnered in August 2005 to “prevent the proliferation of dangerous pathogens and related expertise and to minimize potential biological threats,” according to the treaty, “fact checkers” are attacking anyone who asks questions as “conspiracy theorists.”

For years, Russia has been accusing the US of developing bioweapons in Ukraine and in other countries surrounding Russia’s border. Also for years, the US has denied such claims and, in fact, flipped them, asserting that it is Russia who has a record of non-compliance with both the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention.

It is entirely true that we do not know who is doing what in regard to chemical and biological pathogenic research. However, given this country’s less than honest approach to all things virus-related, coupled with the funding of these places in Ukraine, asking questions is certainly warranted and does not make one “an agent of Putin.”

As the US admits above, the DoD does in fact collaborate with Ukraine in this regard. This does not at all mean that they are building or testing “bioweapons” as many assert. However, there is an admitted partnership, that even the fact checkers and the DoD themselves acknowledge.

“Rather, the U.S. Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction Program has provided technical support to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health since 2005 to improve public health laboratories, whose mission is analogous to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Andy Weber, member of the Arms Control Association board of directors and former assistant secretary for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs, told PolitiFact.

Adding to the desire for many independent journalists to ask question were the recent statements from the WHO and the US last week in regard to the danger of these “high threat pathogens” in the area.

Last week, the World Health Organization advised Ukraine to destroy ‘high-threat pathogens’ in Ukraine’s public health laboratories in order to prevent “any potential spills” that might infect the population during the Russian invasion, Reuters reports.

Then, on Tuesday, Tuesday, US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland acknowledged that Ukraine “has biological research facilities, which, in fact, we are now quite concerned Russian troops, Russian forces may be seeking to gain control of. So we are working with the Ukrainians on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces should they approach.”

On Sunday, CBS Face the Nation correspondent David Martin said a Pentagon official told him they’re concerned about the existence of such biolabs in Ukraine, stating, “The concern is that the Russians will seize one of these biomedical research facilities that Ukraine has….where they do research on deadly pathogens like botulism and anthrax, seize one of those facilities, weaponize the pathogen, and then blame it on Ukraine and the US, because the US has been providing support for some of the research being done in those facilities.”

So while there may not be US-funded “bioweapons” in Ukraine, as the fact checkers have debunked, we have established that there are “dangerous pathogens” in labs in which the US has “collaborated” with and sent millions of your taxpayer dollars for well over a decade.

We can completely dismiss the bioweapon claims as holding no merit whatsoever, yet even after doing so, the threat for dangerous pathogens exists and should be an issue of concern. This is why former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has been outspoken on the issue for the last week.

Because of this collaboration with Ukrainian biolabs, Gabbard — like Nuland and the WHO above — is worried about the potential for spills or releases and has called for securing them. After making these statements, Senator Mitt Romney falsely accused her of “parroting false Russian propaganda” before claiming that she is committing treason.

Part of the US law regarding treason, reads as follows: “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death.”

Given that someone who commits treason can be put to death, the idea of a Senator accusing a former Congresswoman of such an act is irresponsible at best, and deliberately egregious at worst.

This is why Gabbard is not standing for it. In a Tweet thread on Monday, Gabbard called out Romney for his dangerous accusations.

… you claim that securing these labs (or even calling for securing these labs) is treasonous and will lead to a loss of life, when the exact opposite is obviously true. The spread of pathogens is what will cause the loss of life, not the prevention of such spread.

Gabbard then challenged Romney to prove she was lying.

Senator Romney, please provide evidence that what I said is untrue and treasonous. If you cannot, you should do the honorable thing: apologize and resign from the Senate.

Sadly, Romney will likely not resign or apologize and despite the fact that Gabbard has not lied, she is still being tarred and feathered by the mainstream and their flock for daring to question the narrative.

As Ron Paul often says, “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”