US lawmakers and military experts warn of the risks posed by DNA testing services, claiming that advanced weapons can use this information to “target” individuals.
“There are weapons that are in development, and they are being developed, and they are designed to target specific people,” Representative Jason Crowe, a Democrat who represents parts of Colorado, said Friday. For Washington Examiner.
“That’s what this is, where you can actually take someone’s DNA… their medical file, and you can target a biological weapon that kills that person or takes them off the battlefield or renders them inoperable,” he reportedly explained on the Aspen Security Forum.
Crowe, a former Army Ranger first elected in 2018, expects that US adversaries will get their hands on information provided by companies like 23andMe.
“People will very quickly spit into a cup and send it to 23andMe and get really interesting data about their background – and guess what? And according to the article, their DNA is now owned by a private company.
“So we have to have an open and public discussion… about what it looks like to protect your healthcare information, your DNA information and your data? Because that data will be bought and collected by our adversaries to develop these systems.”
Senator Joni Earnest of Iowa, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, has warned of enemies of the United States who are deliberately spreading disease and harming agriculture, which in turn is causing food scarcity.
According to The Examiner, “If we look at food security and what our adversaries can do with biological weapons targeting our animal agriculture, in our agricultural sector … highly pathogenic avian influenza, African swine fever,” Ernst said.
“All of this stuff has been traded around the world, but if it’s being targeted by an adversary, we know it leads to food insecurity,” she added. “Food insecurity causes many other situations of insecurity around the world.”
Army General Richard Clarke, commander of US Special Operations Command, has reportedly spoken horribly about the Kremlin nerve agent use For trying to kill Sergei Skripal.
Russia is ready to use these against political opponents. They are willing to use it on their own territory, but then to enter and use the territory of a NATO ally in the UK … And as we go into the future, we must be prepared for that. [those] possibilities,” he said.
“And I don’t think we talk about it as much as we should and are looking for ways to keep fighting.”
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