- Note from Derrel Sims: This lengthy report is
given freely by Charles T. "Ted" Oliphant lll. No editing has
been done to the body of this work. Ted and I have discussed cattle and
human mutilations for several years now. When I am in the Bay Area, we
meet. This is a fascinating man. He is succinct and articulate. This is
an extraordinary work from which many others have "borrowed"
freely. Ted deserves tremendous credit.
- There is much more to this mutilation business
than meets the eye, or that has been found out by those who investigate
such matters. Perhaps this brilliant article will open some new areas of
investigation on the Medical/Scientific level by others who may have guilty
knowledge of such matters and who might come forth with more of the truth.
- Derrel Sims, CM.Ht., R.H.A.
Director of Physical Investigations
FIRST (Fund for Interactive Research & Space Technology)
P.O. Box 60944 Houston, Texas 77205
- Everything I claim will hold up in court, every
instance actually occurred. The witnesses are real and I was there when
it happened, I take 100% responsibility for every statement. This is a
true story and you can take that to the bank. I know for a fact that my
other source was physically involved in refeuling the flights. The last
seven years of my work have finally come together, in only the last three
weeks. I think it's important information that people have a right, and
a need to know.
- I would very much appreciate it if you did pass
it along to anybody you think will find it pertinent information. I can
give you specific references to every paragraph in my article. Every reference
is documented in a way you'd appreciate. I don't claim to explain "every"
cattle mutilation case, but I can explain some of "them".
- Thank you for the kind words Derrel, you are
one of the FEW people out there doing real research. You maintain my respect.
- Ted Oliphant III
- Dead Cows I've Known
by Ted Oliphant III
- Recently the British Secretary of Health
admitted that Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or "Mad Cow
Disease" may be a species jumper. This means that humans exposed to
animals with BSE, can also contract it. This announcement set off a panic,
with many countries (Most Notably France, Belgium, Germany and The United
States) announcing boycotts of all British beef. There was serious consideration
given to destroying all eleven million head of British cattle. But how
do you dispose of 11,000,000 dead cows?
- Some projections for the year 2010, suggest
that up to 200,000 people could be affected each year from Mad Cow Disease
related Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD). This is in Great Britain alone.
People don't die from Mad Cow Disease, but from CJD after BSE infection.
- What is Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease?
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease ("CJD")
is a rare, fatal brain disorder which causes a rapid, progressive dementia
and associated neuromuscular disturbances. The disease is often referred
to as a sub acute spongiform encephalopathy because it usually produces
microscopic vacuoles in neurons that appear "sponge-like". *
Under the microscope, you can see "holes" in brain tissue. CJD,
BSE and other Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies are now referred
to as "Prion" diseases, but there is still much debate in both
the medical and scientific communities.
- In addition to CJD, these suspected human
"Prion" diseases include Kuru, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker
disease and Fatal Familial Insomnia. Kuru was originally found only among
the Fore tribe in Papua, New Guinea and has been significantly reduced
since the cessation of the ritual handling and eating of the brains of
deceased relatives. Kuru is not eliminated, but only reduced to a nearly
normal level. The different names for these various prion diseases have
historical reasons, but they all are variations of CJD.
- Among the first symptoms of the human
prion diseases are visual disturbances and changes in skin sensation. There
are also psychological changes. The disease is characterized by progressive
problems with coordination which are typically followed by dementia. Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker
disease and fatal familial insomnia are predominantly hereditary disorders
with the former usually marked by progressive coordination and movement
problems and the latter evidenced by sleeping problems preceding dementia.
The suspected prion diseases occurring in animals consist of: Scrapie in
sheep and goats (The pre-cursor to BSE); Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy;
Chronic Wasting Disease of mule deer and elk; Feline Spongiform Encephalopathy
and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.
- On March 20, 1996, the British Government,
in a complete reversal of its previous position, stated that there was
a possible link between BSE and CJD. This new acknowledgment arose from
the identification of an apparently new strain of CJD which was discovered
in 10 people under the age of 42, including some teenagers. Additionally,
five of the people were associated with the meat and livestock industry.
Scientists advising the British Government decided that the most likely
explanation for this unusual outbreak was the consumption of beef from
diseased cattle before 1989, when regulations were adopted for the disposal
of potentially infectious cattle offal, including brains, and the use of
sheep entrails as feed ceased.*
- On November 10, 1997, Professor John
Pattison, Chairman of the British Government's Spongiform Encephalopathy
Advisory Board announced on BBC TV's Panorama program; that the National
Blood Supply could be contaminated with a "New" human strain
of mad cow disease. "It's still impossible to say with any accuracy
but there could be quite significant numbers of people incubating new variant
CJD, raising the possibility that these people could be donating infected
blood to the national stocks," he said.
- At the present time, the only proven
manner for contracting CJD from an infected person has been through iatrogenic
transmission, an unintended consequence of a medical procedure using tainted
human matter or surgical instruments. Iatrogenic transmission of CJD has
occurred in cases involving corneal transplants, implantation of electrodes
in the brain, dura matter grafts, contaminated surgical instruments and
the injection of natural human growth hormone derived from cadaveric pituitaries.
Thus, one may become infected with CJD from direct contamination with infected
- There are new, strict guidelines for
the handling of suspected BSE, CJD and Kuru infected tissues. Once a brain
biopsy is completed, surgical instruments, scalpels and the like, are disposed
of because sterilization will not kill the Prions, or proteins. This raises
the question of how many times before the new guidelines were instituted,
were contaminated surgical instruments used from patient to patient? Prions
can not be killed, because they are not living beings. Heat sterilization
does reduce the infectivity by several orders of magnitude, but the reduction
is NOT total.
- BSE & CJD have the potential to become
Doomsday Diseases, they are very hard to detect and there is no cure or
treatment. Neither is it known how many different places it could pop up:
blood supplies, food supplies etc.
- How did this happen & where did it
- The main suspicion traces the un-natural
practice of feeding vegetarian animals "Rendered" food made of
contaminated animals who are found dead. Rendered foods come from "Rendering
plants" like the Avon plant in Geraldine, Alabama. There are hundreds
of these plants throughout the United States and the world. The problem
is the feeding of infectious material, but not only to vegetarian animals.
This practice was also lethal for several wild cats in British zoos, and
the mink populations in the United States.
- What goes on at a rendering plant?
- Rendering plants act as an animal disposal
unit for dead livestock. Instead of burning and disposing of dead animals,
they are converted to animal feeds. I visited the Avon plant in 1993 and
witnessed this process, where nothing is wasted. Area farmers and ranchers
are invited to drop off any dead farm animal. The animals are crushed up
in large mulchers and poured into enormous high pressure vats where they
are cooked into multi-animal stew. The stew is further processed until
it is packaged and sold to area farmers as livestock feed. I've witnessed
pigs, goats, cows and horses brought to rendering plants. The animals were
in various conditions. Some had been dead for over 24 hours, yet were still
rendered into livestock feed. None of these animals are checked for disease
or illness before they enter the food chain. Shockingly, many cows that
been found "mutilated", ( missing various glands, tissue and
organs) were brought to these rendering factories and processed into food
for their still living relatives. I was shocked, but unlike Great Britain
which has had protections against such practices since 1989, there are
no such guidelines here in the United States.
- What is the prospect for Mad Cow Disease
to appear in the United States?
- That is THE question several of us are
asking, what does our government know and what aren't they telling us?
The first case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease appeared in the 1890's, was
finally identified in 1920 and first considered contagious during the identification
and study of Kuru in the 1950's though it was, at that time, thought to
be fully contained. However the identification of contaminated surgical
instruments as a transport mechanism raises a bigger question...how many
surgeries used contaminated scalpels?
- The incubation period for BSE and CJD
can range from six months to beyond 40 years. However, the incubation time
can be very much longer. That means that if you ingested contaminated meat
prior to becoming a vegetarian, you can still get sick many years down
- This isn't the first time animal parts
introduced into the food chain, caused illness and death. Thyrotoxicosis
(New England Journal of Medicine, Hedburg CW, Fishbein DB et all 316: 993-8,
1987) occurred when bovine thyroid glands were combined with hamburger
meat and distributed throughout many communities. This caused over 100,000
people to get sick. Finally the Center for Disease Control (CDC) investigated
and concluded that large doses of bovine thyroid hormone in hamburger meat,
was the culprit. Here's what happened. For years the US Government bought
every bovine thyroid gland it could get it's hands on for research. As
a result, every meat packing plant in America was removing the thyroids
and selling them to Uncle Sam for top dollar. Then all of the sudden, our
government stopped buying them. Meat packing plants and butchers starting
grinding up the glands and mixing them with our hamburger. That practice
has, for the most part, been stopped thanks to the CDC.
- The U.S. Army, The National Institute
of Health (NIH) & Rocky Mountain Labs.
- Quietly and secretly, The United States
Army and the Center For Disease Control have worked together, off &
on, for years. A perfect example of this clandestine cooperation was the
outbreak and containment of Ebola Reston. You can learn more about this
in an excellent book "The Hot Zone". The Army & The CDC entered
the Reston monkey houses, took care of business and were gone before anybody
knew what happened. They showed up in civilian clothes, and un-marked vans.
All of this was done right under the noses of television camera crews who
were looking around, but never saw them because the Army & CDC hid
their vehicles behind buildings! Currently another organization, The National
Institute of Health (NIH) has been tasked with tracking and studying something
even more frightening: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathies and other Transmissible
Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). Much of the research has been conducted
at Rocky Mountain Labs. Originally it was thought that a foreign power
might be trying to contaminate the American food supply. Instead they discovered
a new variation of TSEs. But TSEs are no new biological evolution, in fact
they are much older than the primates.
- The funding for this research is hidden
in the NIH's black budget for the study of AIDS. Neither AIDS or BSE are
viruses, rather they are the consequences of immune systems that have been
thwarted. The research has been kept quiet to prevent an outbreak of panic.
But the cats out of the bag, all of us are in the same boat. Every American
who's ever eaten meet has potentially been exposed to our new, common threat:
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies.
- Over the last ten years, law enforcement
in dozens of States have been trying to track and identify unmarked helicopters
sighted where area livestock have been discovered dead under suspicious
circumstances. The helicopters are seen before and after these cows are
found in pastures, missing certain organs. The same things are always taken.
Bovine jaws are stripped to the bone, reproductive organs removed, entire
tongues, digestive tracks and rectums are "cored" out. There
is little to no blood at the scene. Many tissue samples taken by police
investigators and analyzed at veterinary labs, show signs of exposure to
heat, three hundred degrees or more. The tissue is cooked and the incisions
are cauterized by the heat. This prevents blood and other fluids from leeching
onto the ground. Everything taken has to do with input, output and reproduction.
In recent mutilation cases, Alabama 1993 & 1994, California 1996 and
Florida 1997; pharmaceuticals have been found in bovine blood. They are:
Barbiturates, Anti-coagulants, Synthetic Amphetamines, Aluminum-Titanium-Oxygen-Silicon
flakes, and Antimony (Antimony: A brittle lustrous white metallic element
occurring in nature, free or combined, used chiefly in alloys and in compounds
in medicine. Webster's). According to recent police reports, some investigating
officers have claimed that the concentrations of drugs found are not of
veterinary nature, that the are pharmaceutical concentrations found would
be more associated with humans. Among those law enforcement agents who
have thoroughly investigated these bovine excision sites, there is a consensus
that some kind of medical testing going on. The additional presence of
helicopters on scene, before and after cattle are found dead missing specific
organs, leads both victimized farmers and investigating officers to conclude
that there is a connection. But why use human drugs on cows? Use your imagination.
- Every organ taken from affected livestock
has to do with input, output and reproduction. Where entire jaws have been
excised in large, oval excisions, the bone is exposed and is perfectly
clean. The wounds have been cauterized and there is no presence of blood.
The jaw is an important area, particularly because enzymes produced in
human saliva glands can kill viruses and bacteria. Though it's not the
case in animals, we wonder why similar things are taken? The digestive
track also acts as a filter, that absorbs, collects and stores traces of
any chemical or toxin introduced. The rectum is a similar filter, as are
ears. They store traces of toxins and chemicals like a library. This is
true in humans and animals. So far there are no known cases of inherited
BSE, but the reproductive system may be a good place to find look for clues
on how TSEs pass to the next generation.
- In 1993, I got a call from a man who
told me that if I went to a certain place on a certain evening, I would
see several helicopters land and refuel. He was right. Well after dark,
two Chinook helicopters (The large twin rotor type) landed in the field
behind some trees and carrying black plastic fuel bladders. Minutes later
several smaller scout helicopters landed nearby, shut down and crews from
the Chinooks walked over with large hoses and refueled each of a half dozen
helicopters. The whole operation took less than 30 minutes and the Chinook
helicopters took off and headed across the border where we tracked them
to their home base, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Now we knew who they were
but we couldn't figure out why they refueled on Sand Mountain. The next
morning a reporter, Steven Smith from the Rainsville Weekly Post, called
the Public Affairs Officer, Captain William Gibbons of the 101st Airborne
and asked if they might've been in our area the previous evening. "We
have no aircraft in your area, it wasn't us" said the captain. It
certainly was. So we knew then that some kind of secret operation was being
conducted, but we didn't know what it was. We still don't, but when you
look at each piece of evidence and try to use them as puzzle pieces, these
so called "cattle mutilations" might be associated with government
studies of epidemiology. With BSE & CJD and many other diseases being
so devastating, is it possible than many alleged cases of "cattle
mutilations" are actually evidence of our tax dollars at work?
- The Evidence Suppression Team from Maxwell
Air Force Base, Alabama; & The F.A.A. Investigation of un-marked helicopters
over Sand Mountain.
- The 101st Airborne Division is not suspected
of being directly involved in the cattle mutilations that occurred between
Oct. 1992 through May of 1993. But is seems possible they may have refueled
the other witnessed un-marked helicopters that we eventually traced to
Maxwell Air Force Base. The 101st's inability to tell the truth about where
they had been, seems to be a constant in Federal Government employee behavior:
You don't tell the truth unless somebody holds a gun to your head.
- When un-marked helicopters were witnessed
by local farmers and law enforcement officers, Albertville Police's Chief
of Detectives Tommy Cole called in the Federal Aviation Administration
to investigate. Detective Cole had lost a cow to the phantom surgeons and
his wife had seen an un-marked helicopter over their pasture January 8th,
1993; the day before they discovered one of their Black Angus steers mutilated.
An FAA investigator came to Albertville and Cole took him for a ride in
his police car. The FAA investigator was skeptical until an un-marked helicopter
flew near them. The FAA investigator couldn't believe his own eyes and
pulled out a hand held radio and hailed the helicopter. The helicopter
pilot didn't respond and ignored demands that he identify himself. This
infuriated the FAA investigator who had now reversed his skepticism. He
was able to trace the helicopter to Maxwell Air Force Base in Southern
Alabama. When he launched an inquiry at the base, he was immediately told
to drop it and never talk about again. A week later Chief Detective Cole
received a call after midnight, it was the FAA investigator. It seems that
while out in a boat on nearby Lake Guntersville, he and his family had
witnessed a large triangle shaped craft flying maneuvers above them. I
wonder if he ever reported that to his superiors?
- There's something very wrong at the Barton
Ranch in Red Bluff, California.
- Bill & Jean Barton have been cattle
ranchers all their lives. Jean's family has owned the same 1,600 acre cattle
ranch in Northern California for over a hundred years. They have always
been cattle ranchers, they have lived simple, normal lives most of that
time. Then, something terrible happened on Oct. 16, 1995. Something that
would change their lives forever. of their cows were found dead on their
land near Eagle Lake. It was found missing teats from the udder, it's jaw
had been stripped and an ear was missing. Then it happened again, and again
and again. By the time the first year had passed, the Barton's had lost
four head of livestock. Then, exactly one year from the first grizzly discovery,
it happened again. On Oct. 16, 1996 a cow was found missing it's entire
udder, it's rectum had been cut out and it's jaw was also missing.
- The Barton's had never seen anything
like this before, not in a lifetime of raising cattle. But the nightmare
wasn't, isn't over. By the end 1996, the Barton's had lost seven more head
under the exact same circumstances. This brought the head-count to eleven.
In March 2, 1997 I received a call from Jean Barton asking me to come investigate
suspicious cattle death number 14. When I and another Investigator, Stan
Musselman, arrived at the ranch, Jean took us to the crime scene. This
cow had been dead for three days, It was in a state of typical decomposition.
That's the problem when you own such a large ranch, you can't police it.
It might be two days before you discover something wrong. It turned into
a recipe for certain disaster, and the circumstances and logistics, ensured
the Barton's continual victimization.
- There was blow fly larvae under the cows
left front shoulder. There was the attendant smell of rotting flesh. I
had learned early on, to stand up-wind of bovine carcasses. I learned that
important lesson fast, when I first examined similar cases in Alabama in
1992 & 1993. If you don't stand up-wind, you'll get sick quick. This
cow looked identical to what I'd witnessed, over and over, thirty five
times before on Alabama ranches. Under the right front shoulder, there
was an eight inch diameter circle of flesh and udder missing. The udder
was missing. Their was an enormous gaping hole where the rectum and vagina
had been. It measured over ten inches across. Where the udder had once
been, there was an even larger incision which lead halfway down the right
rear leg. The leg muscle had been removed all the way to the bone. Then
I saw something I'd seen once before.
- Along the edges of the incision I could
see a swirling, stepped and notched cut made by something similar to pinking
shears. Again there was no blood on the incisions where hide, muscle and
organs had been extricated. Deja-Vu, I might as well have been back in
Alabama. The same damn thing, over and over and over again. "What
the hell is going on?" Stanley and I asked each other. The animal
was "too far gone" to order an autopsy, or If we had known sooner,
within hours of the animal's death, we could have learned more. What else
had been "done" to this poor animal? The Barton's used to make
a simple, honest living. Now, with the substantial economic loss they've
sustained, they aren't even allowed that "luxury". These ranchers
cannot afford this, it's killing their cattle, their business and most
importantly, them. Surely they deserve better, but who will help them end
their agony? Who will answer the question of what's happening to their
cows? They deserve an answer, just like the ranchers who have found themselves
in a similar predicament, over the last 34 years. What makes the Barton
cases so unusual, is their sheer number. I have never heard of anyone being
victimized 15 times in two years. There's something very wrong at the Barton
Ranch, but what? There's a number of reason's why it's safe for me to make
the following statement..."If you've had fifteen mutilations on your
ranch, in two years, you've got a problem".
- What might that reason be? Are devil
worshippers performing surgery on your animals in time for their monthly
celebrations? Or are aliens visiting you for snack food? Is this the work
of coyotes? Or is it your tax dollars are work? If it isn't the devil worshippers,
and if it isn't the aliens, and the coyotes have an alibi , what does that
leave us with? I'm a student of Arthur Conan Doyle, and his alter-ego Sherlock
Holmes. I must conclude, as they did, that after you have ruled everything
else out, what you are left with MUST be the answer. My personal choice
has to be "Your tax dollars at work". But why are they at work
on the Barton Ranch? What's the attraction? By August of 1997, The Barton's
ranch had fallen prey to the same phantom surgeons for the fifteenth time.
Fifteen mutilations on the same ranch? Why? There's something very wrong
at the Barton ranch, but what?
- In the United States, something strange
is happening at the Mexican Border.
- All of the sudden truck-loads of un-healthy
looking cows are being shipped into America. Forty-thousand a month. Where
are they coming from?, is Mexico producing nearly a half million cattle
a year for export? Or are they coming from somewhere else? Nobody seems
to know, but it makes me nervous.
- I don't pretend to know the solution
to either the bovine excision cases nor the appearance of the mystery helicopters.
I don't know where the "Mexican" cattle are really coming from.
I don't know that America faces a threat from BSE, but I do feel that these
questions deserve our attention. President Ronald Reagan once hypothesized:
"What if one day we all found that we faced a common threat from outer
space, wouldn't we all put aside our differences and work together?".
President Reagan wasn't so far off, today we DO face a common threat, soon
we'll realize that we all have something in common: possible exposure to
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and a host of other disease like
we've never seen before.
- If you have any information, pertinent
speculations, criticisms or a rebuttal to this draft, please contact me.
I would like to correct any mistakes before the final manuscript is published
in book form..
- *Courtesy of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
- Ted Oliphant III email: email@example.com
(510) 486 0611
- The author is eternally grateful to the
following researchers & investigators for their many contributions,
critiques and research presented in this article. They are:
- Ed Gehrman, The Sonoma County Free Press,
Sonoma County, California Roland Heynkes, A Molecular Biologist working
in Aachen, Germany. Sgt. Ron Ogletree, Post Commander, Alabama State Troopers,
Gadsden AL. Tommy Cole, Chief of Detectives, Albertville Police, Albertville,Alabama
Officers Ken Mote & Mike Rice, Albertville Police. Corey Dobson, Ranger,
Bucks Pocket State Park, Buck's Pocket, Alabama. Carey & Teri Baker.
Rainsville Weekly Post, Rainsville, Alabama. Steven Smith, Rainsville Weekly
Post, Rainsville, Alabama. Mayor Boyd Graben, Fyffe, Alabama. Chief Junior
Garmany, Fyffe Police Department, Fyffe, Alabama. Chief Fred Works, Fyffe
- Mad Cow Mutilations, Part
Copyright ©1997, Ted Oliphant III
- In my fist article "Mad Cow Mutilations"
I discussed the link between reported un-marked helicopters and the discovery
of dead cows missing certain organs, muscles and tissues. In the first
three days after first posting that article, I received 26 email inquiries
requesting information on how I made the connection between Transmissible
Spongiform Encephalopathies and these so called "cattle mutilations".
- In response I will now explain how the
information came to me and how I connected it with the law enforcement
investigations I carried out as a police officer in North East Alabama,
in 1992 and 1993.
- For the last seven years I have had a
very good source of information, his name is Phil. Strangely, he's been
able to tell me what would happen next, who was in trouble and he shared
prolific insights into the situations I'd placed myself. It's a combination
of his personal track-record and the recent information he's given me,
that initiated my conclusions stated in the previous article. It was Phil's
idea that I research Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and their
connection to the investigations I carried out as a police officer in 1992
- When I checked out his statements, I
found they fit in with several left over puzzle pieces from the official
investigations carried out by myself, The Alabama State Troopers and The
Albertville Police Department. Additionally, a second witness was able
to prove his direct involvement with the covert refueling of helicopters
on Sand Mountain in 1993. It was that information coupled with Phil's identical
information that allowed our investigative team to track some of the mystery
helicopters back to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
- I should state for the record that there
is no proof the Air Force was involved, other than the fact that they allowed
the helicopters to operate out of Maxwell. There is no indication that
the Air Force knew what the helicopters were doing. There is no evidence
to the contrary, either. I have to say the same about the Chinook helicopters
from the 101st Airborne, though they did refuel the helicopters and later
lied about, there's no proof they knew who they were refueling, or why.
And again, there's no evidence to the contrary. I won't go into more detail
because I have to protect the identity of the second witness. I also have
to protect the identity of Phil, because he told me recently that if his
full name was used, he'd deny ever knowing me. That was coming from a friend,
he told me to expect "a lot of heat" over my articles. We'll
see what happens, now on with facts, just the facts.
- Peripheral Circulatory Shutdown of
ailing livestock and their identification by means of Thermographic Infra-red
- In 1993, Phil told me that some of the
helicopters we were seeing, were equipped with thermographic Infra-red
scanners. These scanners allow pilots to see in the dark and fog. Every
living or moving thing produces a heat signature, whether it's the exhaust
from an automobile or a farmer hiding in the woods with a high powered
rifle, they can bee seen easily via infra-red scanners. I know the technology
exists because when I was in the Air Force, the B-52 bombers where I was
stationed, had similar units called FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-red) in
pods that extended from below the fuselage. It allowed our pilots to fly
in bad weather and at night. Here's how and why this technology is used
in the bovine excisions cases. Again the information comes from Phil, the
conclusions are mine.
- When a cow is in trouble, sick or dying,
the first thing it experiences is peripheral circulatory shutdown. The
peripheral, or outside circulation begins to shut down, this causes an
immediate temperature reduction of the affected animals outside skin, or
hide. When a helicopter flies low and slow over area pastures and has the
infra-red scanner operating, it will notice a cow with a lower thermographic
reading than the others in the herd. Find the cold cow, and you've identified
a cow in trouble.
- Somebody wants to know why that cow is
in trouble. Since the cow will probably die anyway, it's a good choice
for sample extraction. It's also a good way to narrow down farms that might
be affected by disease. This answers the question everybody always asks
me: "Why wouldn't the government just go around and buy cows at the
livestock sale, it would be cheaper than using helicopters. They could
raise their own cattle on their own land and nobody would know about".
That was always a hard question to answer, until now.
- There's no need to sample animals that
don't appear to be at risk. If you are performing true epidemiology, you
would go state to state and look for sick cows. You can't do that at a
livestock sale, unless you marked the animals and came back and bought
them after they were transported to the sales-lot. Even then, you'd have
no assurance the cow you'd marked would be offered up for sale. Furthermore,
time is of the essence, an ailing cow might not ever make it to the sale.
True epidemiology requires scanning as many cows as you could, in as many
different areas. You'd have to do this over the entire continental U.S.
to make accurate studies and samplings.
- The vast majority of the cows (female
o.k.?) that I found missing organs and tissues, had calved (given birth)
within 2-3 weeks before being found dead. That's significant when we remember
that BSE and CJD can also be hereditary diseases. In a couple of cases
we investigated, the animal's blood had been thoroughly drained (exsanguinated)
and there was no blood on the animals or on the ground. Early on in the
scientific study of CJD & BSE, it was determined that body fluids were
highly volatile and the scientists would drain the blood entirely after
sedating the animal. A curare like drug immediately immobilized the animals
and the animal would die of blood loss. This may explain why no veterinarian
or laboratory was ever able to tell farmers or police, the animal's cause
of death. That was always a big mystery.
- Now I believe some of the animals I examined,
actually died of shock from blood loss. A curare-like drug is necessary
to immediately incapacitate the animal, this prevents any struggle so the
work can be carried out quickly. You don't want to stick around a long
time and get caught by an irate farmer with a high powered rifle, that's
why helicopters are the perfect vehicle to get in and out, fast. Because
these cows identified through lower temperature signatures will probably
die soon anyway, it's less of a moral issue for the teams performing the
- Phil tells me that there are three different
groups studying Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies. There is the
public group, associated with Nobel Prize winner Stanley Prusiner. The
second group is private and headed by a man who's name I will hold onto
for the moment. The third is the government group, funded by a black budget.
The groups don't share information, so each is trying to figure out what
the other is doing.
- By the 1960's, 112 different strains
of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies had been identified. I don't
have an information on how many have been identified today. I don't know
if the strains identified here in the U.S. are more, or less dangerous
than those still threatening Great Britain.
- I don't pretend to explain every bovine
excision case that's occurred across the country, I can only speak to those
cases where I was directly involved in on-site investigations, working
as a police officer.
- In 90% of the cases we investigated,
helicopters were reported seen over the affected pastures the day before
or after suspicious livestock deaths occurred. Because of the foreign substances
found at the scene and in the bloodstream's of the animals, we (farmers
and cops alike) suspected at that time their was some kind of medical testing
being performed. With the new information I've been handed recently, described
in this and my previous article, I am even more convinced that we were
on the right track. That is the covert surveillance and study of Transmissible
Spongiform Encephalopathies across America. Now that's this information
has been put into the public's hands, the debate can begin.