Border Agents Stopped a Chinese Biologist Carrying Viable SARS, MERS Viruses at Detroit Airport in 2018


So now we hear about this. I am starting to get a feeling of xenophobia. Maybe just send all students back home to their motherland for a starter.

Samples of the suspected SARS virus and influenza were found in Chinese scientists’ luggage arriving in the U.S., according to an unclassified FBI tactical intelligence report obtained by Yahoo News.

In November 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Detroit Metro Airport stopped a Chinese biologist who was carrying three vials labeled “Antibodies” in his luggage.  The biologist said a colleague in China “had asked him to deliver the vials to a researcher at a U.S. institute. After examining the vials, however, customs agents came to an alarming conclusion,” Yahoo reported.

“Inspection of the writing on the vials and the stated recipient led inspection personnel to believe the materials contained within the vials may be viable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) materials,” the report said.

The report, written by the Chemical and Biological Intelligence Unit of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD), does not give the name of the Chinese scientist carrying the suspected SARS and MERS samples, or the intended recipient in the U.S. But the FBI concluded that the incident, and two other cases cited in the report, were part of an alarming pattern.

“The Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate assesses foreign scientific researchers who transport undeclared and undocumented biological materials into the United States in their personal carry-on and/or checked luggage almost certainly present a US biosecurity risk,” reads the report. “The WMDD makes this assessment with high confidence based on liaison reporting with direct access.”

The report, which came out more than two months before the World Health Organization learned of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan that turned out to be COVID-19, appears to be part of a larger FBI concern about China’s involvement with scientific research in the U.S. While the report refers broadly to foreign researchers, all three cases cited involve Chinese nationals.


Update to my favorite topic.Masks. Now they think we should make our own.

CDC is weighing advising Americans to wear face masks outdoors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering whether to update its guidelines on the new coronavirus to advise Americans to wear homemade masks outside of the home — not so much to protect the people wearing the mask but as another tool to limit the spread of COVID-19, The Washington Post reports.

Other than that, all is swell in the swamp.

17 Responses to “Border Agents Stopped a Chinese Biologist Carrying Viable SARS, MERS Viruses at Detroit Airport in 2018”

  1. Steve Dennis Says:

    That is a little scary and it gives us a little clue that we might not be being told what the origin of this virus was. There is no doubt in my mind that one guy eating a bat in China is not the reason the whole world is in lock down. And the Congress must have known this when they were attacking Trump as a racist for wanting to stop travel to and from China.


  2. Terri D. Says:

    I still can’t click on “Like” but I am here!


  3. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    A couple years ago, I was at the range waiting behind a guy talking to the guy at the register.
    Range employee asks customer, “How did they do?”.
    “For guys who never shot before, they did well.”.
    I chimed in asking if he was teaching a couple of teenagers.
    No, Chinese students. Young men. Military age.
    I asked both if it ever occurred to them that these guys were PLA posing as students.
    “Would that make sense?”, I asked.
    You should have seen the look on their faces.

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  4. Bill Heffner Says:

    Please tell me that my country does not have a “Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.” The “Homeland” thing is bad enough. I cringe every time I hear that term, which was mouthed endlessly by Adolph Hitler. Now I have to deal with “Directorates,” which come direct from the Soviet Union and Aldous Huxley?

    Does our government ever listen to itself?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bill Heffner Says:

      And, if this story comes from the Federal Bureau of Ineptitude, it has about a 3% chance of being true. Trump was in Russia with Russian hookers peeing on his bed, right? And the guy in Michigan was a bagged as a terrorist turned out to be bootlegging cell phones. FBI agents have to be led home at night after work.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Shelter in place was one that rang a bell with me……


  5. Mustang Says:

    The time to stand up to Chinese dirty tricks across a very wide spectrum of issues was around 1990. We were so busy trying to prove that the “new America” was such an improvement over the “old America” that we unstrapped common sense (what we had of it at the time) and let fall to the ground. What has transpired since then appears to be the likely result of our own stupidity. Our government has been asleep at the wheel for a very long time. Maybe this “pandemic” will serve as a wakeup call. Or not.

    Several years ago, Tom Clancy (who, before he was a big-named author, was a real estate agent in Maryland) wrote a book where Middle Eastern terrorists captured the ebola virus, placed it in numerous aerosol cans disguised as coffee thermoses, and had them taken to various parts of the USA: airports, train stations, civic centers, and so forth. Scary proposition. I thought back then, great fiction … but why give Moslems ideas like this? From your post today, it looks as though someone in China read Clancy’s book.

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  6. Linda Says:

    wow, didn’t see this one coming, sigh.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. hocuspocus13 Says:

    After this is all over and done with I do believe the USA will go through an economic boom like never before seen

    The USA must become independent from China manufacturing

    Here we are in America getting our medicine “Made in China” when it’s China who is making us sick


    Liked by 3 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      No one wanted to listen to us tin foil hatters… for any number of years we have been warning…… I do think if we can get this behind us we will boom along unless the Dems see an opening to go Postal with socialism

      Liked by 1 person

      • hocuspocus13 Says:

        Keep an eye on the Kennedy Arts Center who by the way just received $25 million from the relief package

        After President Trump signed the bill into law Ms Rutter the head of the center began to lay off the employees

        There’s been an audio of Rutter leaked to OAN

        Rutter told her employees to count on April 3 to be their last paycheck and to collect unemployment

        So where’s the $25 million going?

        More leaked audio to come…

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  8. peter3nj Says:

    Meanwhile Cuomo puts out a plea for medical personnel to come to NYC to help…

    Liked by 1 person

  9. kidme37 Says:

    Well, that turns it up a notch eh?

    Also – people are still flying all over the place from all over the place.,-63.39/2

    I haven’t verified this – but there is also this. Rings true to my simple mind.

    Liked by 2 people

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