There is no guarantee at all that this lab will not be used for weapons research. Until now, OHSU has sidestepped questions regarding classified and/or military research. They have refused to state that there will be no such research there should they win the bsl-4 grant. However, even if OHSU were to say at a public meeting, or on their website, that there will be no classified research or military research at the proposed labs, it is important to keep in mind that such statements are not binding. |
At the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, officials are quietly retreating from a pledge made in 2001 that their BSL4 facility will not conduct classified work and will be "wide open and above board". That standard, which UTMB used in public meetings and on its website, has been downgraded to apply only to its "current plans". Future work, outside researchers granted access to its labs, and new laboratory spaces are under no such transparency commitment. In otherwords, UTMB has made their original pledge meaningless.
The nobioterrorlab.org website provides information and news about the OHSU plan to build these dangerous biolabs, it's poor track record at its existing facilities and links and articles to understand the broader context of the U.S. bioterror agenda.