BAT-MAN IDENTITY REVEALED

“In 2014, the NIH approved a grant to EcoHealth Alliance designated for research into “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.”

Dr. Ross L. Riggs author’s note: The following is strictly the opinion of the author. No one affiliated with Dr. Riggs, SCI or its subsidiaries are represented by these remarks.

Over the past two weeks speculation has begun to emerge based on records which seem to indicate that in 2013 – 2014, the National Institute of Health (NIH) , specifically the infections disease research branch under the direction of Anthony Fauci, Director NIAD was working on research involving what has come to be known as COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. According to news reports, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stopped all research with this particular virus strain and all funding for the research was halted in 2014. Sources report that in 2015 under the administration of President Obama, a U.S. federal grant for $3.7 million dollars was submitted, administered and approved for research on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) under  Director Fauci. The award went to investigate the direct relationships of bats to COVID-19. The research facility was in Wuhan, China. Is this true?

Some believe this news clears up a deeper mystery as to the true identity of Batman. Was it really Bruce Wayne? Perhaps, it is not Batman but Director Fauci might be Bat – man.

Some place a great amount of faith in groups like SNOPES, USA Today’s FACT CHECK and others because they “get to the truth!” I won’t go into the lunacy of trusting a media outlet which makes its money on its ability to sensationaize news to ‘fact check’ other media outlets who make money to sensationalize news. But, to be fair, let us look at the headline presented by USA Today on May 4, 2020.

Fact check: Obama administration did not send $3.7 million to Wuhan lab

Matthew Brown and Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAY[i]

So, that settles it, right? The media reported it. Those in political circles who should know the truth verified it in political speak terms; but, FACT CHECK and these two writers at USA Today say, NOPE, did not happen. Well… that is stretching the blanket just a bit. Let us take time to read the article, or at last let me share the primary points, you can Google the entire article if you like.

“The claims that the Obama administration funded coronavirus research may be referring to a grant provided by the National Institutes of Health to EcoHealth Alliance, a research group that tracks emerging diseases. The grant is directly overseen by the NIH, and it continued under the Trump administration until it was recently rescinded.”

Okay, so there WAS a grant. We’ll see that it was $3.7 million of TAX PAYER $. But it went to EcoHealth Alliance so… WUHAN is off the hook and so is Fauci, NIH, and Obama. Not really. Keep reading.

“The EcoHealth Alliance is a nongovernmental research group that focuses on emerging diseases caused by human and animal interactions. The National Institutes of Health has consistently funded the organization for projects since at least 2002.” Every business owner needs a rich ‘uncle’.

“In 2014, the NIH approved a grant to EcoHealth Alliance designated for research into “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.” The project involved collaborating with researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology to study coronaviruses in bats and the risk of potential transfer to humans.”

SO…. there WAS a grant. It was for $3.7 million or so of U.S. citizens’ tax dollars. That is true.

The grant did focus on CORONAVIRUS and BATS. That is true.

The $$$ did go into the pockets of the research lab in WUHAN CHINA where the pandemic originated and was covered up by the Chinese government.  That is true.

The key is to CAREFULLY read the headline. It says,

             “Obama Administration did not send $3.7 Million to the Wuhan lab”

No, they didn’t. The Obama Administration authorized the NIH to send the money to EcoHealth Alliance who sent it to Wuhan, China! See… truth is all in how you bend it! I have this mental picture of Pilate dramatically washing his hands in front of the crowd seeking to crucify Christ.

Let’s continue the gist of the article:

“The original five-year grant (2014) was reapproved by the Trump administration in July 2019. In total, $3,378,896 in NIH funding was directed from the government to the project. The project, which was established “to understand what factors allow coronaviruses, including close relatives to SARS, to evolve and jump into the human population,” yielded 20 scientific reports on how zoonotic diseases may transfer from bats to humans.”

Okay, first I love ‘funding was directed from the government to the project’. It is not the government’s money. It is yours and mine. Uncle seems to forget sometimes.

Twenty reports for $3,378,896 is just under $169,000 for each report over a period that may go back to 2002. If so, that is almost one report per year! WOW! I hope they get a chance to rest!

At first I thought… I have no idea why President Trump renewed the grant. I am guessing because someone with the position and tenure of Director Fauci said, ‘we NEED this!’ and that Fauci probably said the same thing to President Obama. A CEO, a president, COO has to trust the experts around him;but, he also has to know how to ask questions. Not enough questions got asked and if they were asked, somebody did a heck of a snow job in answering them. What do you think, Director Fauci? But, wait… What exactly did President Trump approve in 2019? Let’s see.

Now EcoHealth says they only got two grants for about $600,000 from NIH as a fee for the collection and analysis of viral samples. That was broken down for USA Today by EcoHealth saying that “in 2014 about $133,000 was sent to the institute in Wuhan the first four years and $66,000 in the past year. In the second grant, approved in 2019, about $76,000 was budgeted for the Wuhan Institute though no money was sent before the grant’s termination.” (emphasis mine) I cannot tell by the way it reads if that is $133,00 was sent each year for four years plus $66,000 in 2019. That only adds up to about a half a million at the most, so where is the other $3.2 million?

If we sum up Brown’s and Hjelmgaard’s story, it seems to sound like President Trump reauthorized this $3.7 million dollar grant to the woohoo labs, but he really, apparently, only approved $76,000 which was never finalized and no money was spent.

EcoHealth Alliance has a vast number of corporate partners from the U.S. and worldwide including East China Normal University, King Saudi University, centers in Thailand, Malasia, and UCDavis in California. The list is extensive and I encourage you to checkout their website at ecohealthalliance.org/partners. Of course it includes in its whose-who, the CDC and NIH.

I have already shown that the title of the article is misrepresentative and, of course, as a writer, I know that the authors are often at the mercy of the editors who like to spruce up the headline for ‘grab points’. Still, it seems a trifle dishonest and absolutely misleading. The Obama Administration did authorize $3.7 million dollars of yours and my money to go for the purpose of finding out if bats prefer Corona, I mean, if bats can carry coronavirus and transfer it to humans. 

How many non-cave dwelling, non-ultra Goths in the U.S. spent any quality time with bats? How many us have them on the rotisserie grill for a mid-summer get together (not this year, though). I get it, though. One cave dwelling, bat breath belching bozo bites a sick bat and it spreads. The disease is awful, I’m not making fun of that. It is horrible and those responsible for bringing it to us deserve whatever justice permits. But, did the research teach us anything other than do not eat, nocturnal, upside-down hanging, radar directed, bug devouring flying rodents?

What did the tax-payers get for the investment?

            20 reports over maybe 18 years at right around $169,000 per report it better be A+ material here…

         We learned the answer to Question 1: Can bats transfer COVID 19 to humans. That is a BIG YES!!

Follow-up question: What about the grant being approved in 2014 and a moratorium on those grants in 2015, but it remained operational with Director Fauci apparently at the helm? Was this a way for him to continue his pet research after Homeland Security said, ‘no more’?

Question 3: There is such a disparity in how much money the grant awarded, how much EcoHealth says they got. So, where is the rest of the money? Maybe it is hidden in the bat cave!

Courtesy FriedmanArchives.com

There are more questions posed by the ‘Fact Check’ article than are answered. It seems to me, and this is just my personal opinion, but somebody ought to pick up the Bat Phone and have a sit down talk with Director Fauci. I am particularly concerned about whether or not there was a moratorium on such research and if NIH, under Fauci’s watch, circumvented federal mandates to keep the research going through the slight of hand only possible through government grants.

Perhaps the RIDDLER would pose a question like, ‘Who can control all the research on a possible source for a pandemic, control all the funding for the research, be in a position that would permit obfuscation of federal moratoriums while selling the need for the research to the highest levels of government and then prognosticate that within a few years the next president would face a pandemic from an unknown source?’

The media watch puppy, “Truth or Fiction” reports that it is absolutely true that Fauci predicted this pandemic in 2017. Here is the quote,

 January 11, 2017

“Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there is ‘no doubt’ Donald J. Trump will be confronted with a surprise infectious disease outbreak during his presidency.”[ii] It may have been a surprise to everyone else; but, I believe, Dr. Fauci knew exactly what was coming and maybe, just maybe, he even knew when. If so, that raises his culpability to the highest level. It is my hope that justice will prevail, if that is truly the case.


[i] https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/05/04/fact-check-obama-administration-did-not-send-3-7-m-wuhan-lab/3061490001/

[ii] https://www.truthorfiction.com/did-dr-fauci-predict-a-serious-pandemic-during-trumps-presidency-in-2017/

Reflecting Further

For me, the line in the sand of the Arabian deserts is drawn with two sticks. One stick is the expansion… of Iran’s nuclear capability…The second stick is… in the hands of a young American soldier in the desert with a wife and child back home in the States.

Recently I posted a blog about a Bully… In it I wrote:

 If there are any U.S. veterans or current military personnel out there not completely livid with the actions of this Congress to limit our military’s right to defend itself and our Commander in Chief’s right to exercise that military to protect others and America’s interests,  I have got to hear from you… I look across the Middle East and I have to ask myself, who has allowed this 3rd world upstart of a country to gain such bully status? Although it is the second largest country in the Middle East, it is barely larger in square miles than our single state of Alaska!…

Iran has permitted the likes of the Taliban, ISIS, and al Qaeda while building a nuclear capability allied with North Korea, Russia and China.  

Here is where we find ourselves on 10 January 2020… Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that ballistic missile attacks targeting U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq Wednesday morning were “a slap in the face” to the United States.

IRAN – the BULLY in the neighborhood… Why? Because we are allowing it. The ruling Ayatollah and those loyal to him are killing their own people, jailing those who object and it is morally wrong for those in Congress to hamper the legitimate efforts of our military and its Commander in Chief to do everything it can to protect the lives of American soldiers who are in harm’s way, American citizens and private individuals in Iraq and those in Iran who choose to stand against the ruling regime. The Ayatollah has vowed to pursue nuclear weapons with the only goal of striking against America and Israel. At what point will our Congress wake up rather than be ‘woke’?

And I put in this plea:  Remember the name of each and every Representative and Senator who has voted to keep our military from being able to defend themselves when you go next to the ballot box.

I’ve been giving a great bit of thought to things even as the circus of impeachment continues and members of Congress are so far out of touch with America and its people, it is scary. There is another side of the Iran issue I think needs to be considered. Here are my ruminations on that subject.

So far I have considered the American side of the coin. We, (the royal we including most Western nations), own a good piece of the blame for allowing Iran to be the bully, to have the military, to threaten with nuclear weaponry… Certainly, other western countries can point their finger at America and say it is our fault, and they are partially correct. We have had the most capability to put a stop to it during past administrations and we haven’t. Still, there is enough blame to go around.

HOWEVER, a very large part of the blame (for lack of a better term) lies with the Iranian people. How long are they going to put up with these bullies in black robes? There is a point that lies vaguely out in the cosmos somewhere. It is the place where people either fix what is wrong or they refuse to right the wrongs of the government over them choosing to ignore the abuses of that government. Their non-action, or ineffective action, becomes collusion. No longer can they maintain innocent bystander status, if there even is such a thing in today’s world.

The Christian who is also a patriot to his country walks a fine line. His first allegiance is to Christ, everything else is second. Some Christians take the words of Jesus, “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s” to mark the dichotomy between the two and it is an appropriate line. Others turn to Paul’s remarks in Romans, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same…” They then declare that any action taken against even an evil or oppressive government is wrong and we are to bide our time and let God deal with it.

How do we follow that thinking when faced with demonic rulers such as Adolph Hitler and the bullies we see currently in Iran? To be very open, I don’t know. Remember, when Paul wrote, Romans were killing Christians for sport. The Roman lions were the unbeatable opponent. Allow me to take a line from the United States’ Declaration of Independence.

“…all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.”

The point is made here that people are more likely to continue to permit suffering rather than get rid of the familiar as long as the suffering is tolerable, (more likely that it is on someone else’s front porch and not my own). How much stronger is the desire to not go against the authorities when the authorities claim divine position and to go against them is to assure oneself of hell? This is particularly true when the religion being so used has been inculcated into their very DNA since they were born.

I must choose how to correctly interpret what Paul’s words meant to the people of his day and how that applies to people today. After much soul-searching and prayerful consideration, I determined that if I must err, if it is an error, I choose to stand on the side of protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. When any person, organization, political body, government or military does evil against any person, particularly those most vulnerable, the weak, infirm, the widows and orphans, the children, then I must stand between them and that evil. I believe the weight of the biblical evidence supports such action. I pray and thank God that He continues to have mercy upon me when such decisions must be rendered. I encourage anyone who might read this to determine for yourself where you stand. There will be no time to contemplate it when the time comes. The following poem by Martin Niemoller says it best. It’s titled, First They Came for the Jews.

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.
Martin Niemöller

The Nazis imposed identification of the Jews

Will there be a time when the people of Iran have heard enough lies and seen enough abuse, felt the crush of unbridled power to that undefinable point and take a stand to demand there be revolution? In a bold move recently, rather than face a possible showdown with the IRGC, (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), Ayatollah Khamenei played a slick card trick. He has moved to declare those who were killed by Iranian forces in the street riots over the past few weeks as martyrs. What does that mean? It means the families of those killed are set financially for life. They have an honored status now in Iran. What better way to quell a rebellion than buying off those responsible for it.

Israel apparently has decided to allow the U.S. to take the lead in actions against Iran. Strategists suggest that as long as the U.S. is pushing back against Iran, Israel will be able to allow the U.S. to take the lead and perhaps ease the threat against itself for a short time. Still others believe it is only a matter of time until Tehran acts against Israel again.

Courtesy STRATFOR

SUMMARY

“So, now what?” In the movie, Big Jake, (you knew it was coming, right?), John Wayne is an absentee father now reconnected with two of his sons to retrieve a kidnapped grandson. Events make the sons believe their father stole the $1M meant as ransom and when they challenge him, he towers over them, hands on his hips and defiantly says, “So, now what?” The sons had a choice to make. Do they challenge or cower?

Does the United States wait for Israel to act? Do we wait and encourage the Iranian people to act? To think that U.S. resources are not currently in place creating incentives for insurrection is to be going about with one’s head in the sand. Will government changes at the top in Moscow make a difference?

Iran has threatened just this week that if the Western countries open the Iranian nuclear file before the U.N. Security Council, they will leave the non-proliferation agreement… Whoopi! As if anyone believed they were following it anyway!

For me, the line in the sand of the Arabian deserts is drawn with two sticks. One stick is the expansion and development of Iran’s nuclear capability. If they approach weaponization, all deals are off and the Iranian people need to know they are in a time crunch for acting in their own best interests. When that line is crossed, there is no doubt there will be collateral damage. Notice, I did not say of innocent bystanders because, at some point, inaction becomes collusion. If nothing else, they should remove themselves from harm’s way for their children’s sake if not their own. The children, sadly, will be at risk because of their parents’ choices.

The second stick is best visualized in the hands of a young American soldier in the desert with a wife and child back home in the States. When he and his brothers are fired upon, the green flag is down, the gate is up and America responds for as many furlongs as it takes.

In every smallest detail, we pray. We pray for peace in the region. We pray for the safety of our troops. We pray for the salvation of every individual in Iran and beyond and we pray for divine guidance for our leaders, particularly for wisdom for our Commander in Chief.

I thank God that He has allowed me to be a citizen of this great nation which I have sworn to defend. I thank Him all the more that He sought me out to be a citizen of His heavenly kingdom and may I never do, say or write anything to tarnish His Name.

“I solemnly swear… I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States… against all enemies foreign and domestic…that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…so help me God.

Union of the State

There is a place for debate and even open criticism under the First Amendment. However, unruly crowds that destroy property and create a public menace does more to aide and abet our nation’s enemies than it does to strengthen the power of the republic to represent all the people.

While traveling through the Southern USA, in an area a comedian once dubbed as  (imitating a televangelist voice) The Gold Buckle of the Bible Belt, I stopped for lunch at a small specialty shop. The town was the site of the meeting of the First Provincial Congress  August 25-27, 1774 (1) for discussion of what steps to take next afirst-provincial-congressgainst the oppression by the English. It is also a place that was important to the efforts of George Washington’s Continental Army and vital to General Burnside’s Union advance. Today it is  a unique tourist destination.(1)

The proprietor of this small establishment was, to my pleasant surprise, a Bosnian; a fact which opened the door to continuing our conversation because of this director’s long relationship with many dear young men and some others in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was the day after President Trump’s interview with Bill O’Reilly when the President affirmed that he would work with Russian President Putin to defeat ISIS. The gentleman asked me if I felt President Trump’s statement was appropriate. When oreilly-trump-interviewconfronted with O’Reilly’s retort that Putin is a killer, the President said “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers … You think our country’s so innocent?”(1)  This business owner, a naturalized citizen, felt it was absolutely inappropriate for the President of the United States to say such a thing.

A short time later, a person with years of counter-terrorism experience asked me the exact same question. The attitude, it seems, on both sides of the aisle, is incredulity at the President’s remarks. Once again, I think that we will find that the President is crazy like a fox.  Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War, is often attributed to the following statement which is more accurately  credited to Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo (2) that expresses well what the President’s strategy may entail:  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  Make no mistake, he has a strategy. michael-corleoneIf he pushes back against Putin, then the term Cold War will be newly named after the Disney movie featuring Anna, Elsa and Olaf… Frozen.  Information on what Russia is planning would become much more difficult to get than it will be as pseudo-allies. President Trump knows that what information he gets will be filtered and sanitized… even manipulated; but, it won’t be locked down completely. Not so dissimilar to President Roosevelt’s take on Josef Stalin.

It is true that, in many respects, such a strategy carries an ends justifies the means qualifier. It is not unlike the U.S. working closely with Saudi Arabia whose regime is a lessor degree of diabolical than Putin. Is it an issue of ethics versus political reality? When does a national leader have the option to compromise national ethics (if such a thing exists)? If national ethics do exist and if it is possible; then, is the use of that option a matter of presidential authority or is it his right to do so? The difference being that, the first can be reviewed and over-ridden by Congress. The latter is sacrosanct. Of course, then, if such a national code of ethics does exist, the question becomes “Who defines it?”. For now, we’ll leave those questions for another discussion. The question now before us is: “To what degree do we, the people, have a duty to support our president?”

As Director and President of Security Consulting Investigations, LLC,  I am stating unequivocally that, even though we certainly will disagree with our President on tactics for terrorist interdiction and strategies for developing and maintaining necessary intelligence information, SCI will support and defend the Office of the President of the United States of America and we will do everything within our capabilities to support our President. We do believe that any Secret Service agent who openly proclaims that he or she will defy the requirements of their job and refuse to protect the president with their life should be immediately dismissed and lose all opportunities for work within the federal government. Also, any other agency, state, local or private shall have the right to, and be encouraged to, refuse to consider that person for employment for their flagrant disregard of their job responsibilities.

Security Consulting Investigations, LLC is proud to be a private  business registered in Ohio. We are licensed through the Ohio Department of Public Safety/Homeland Security with offices also in Los Angeles, California and Washington, D.C. We are thankful for the international work we have had to build security protocols and to learn from others who have survived decades of combating terrorism on their home front. From those diverse sources, Dr. Riggs wrote his most recent work, ‘Stretching the Thin Blue Line: Policing America in a Time of Heightened Threat, due out form Motivational Press soon!

We are thankful for being in a country where we can explain to prospective clients that we are a faith-based business and everything we do is bathed in prayer. Our country is an exceptional place to live, work and raise a family. SCI has many international resources but even so, we are Americans and proud of it. Even as Security Consulting Investigations, LLC supports the Office of President of the United States of America and the person who occupies that office, we do not blindly follow; but we do respect and give deference to both the office and the person.  If a change of the person who sits in the Oval Office is necessary, the place to do so is at the ballot box every four years, unless Congress takes action to impeach.  It is true that, as President Thomas Jefferson declared, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”(4)tree-of-liberty Jefferson was correct; but, he was not declaring the right to remove a president by assassination or violent overthrow when there are peaceful and effective means available. There is a place for debate and even open criticism under the First Amendment. However, unruly crowds that destroy property and create a public menace does more to aide and abet our nation’s enemies than it does to strengthen the power of the republic to represent all the people.

Those who want to chant that Mr. Trump is not their president are as free to leave this country as are all the Hollywood loud-mouths that declared that, if he won they would renounce their citizenship and leave the United States. As far as SCI is aware, not one single U-Haul has been backed up to any of the multi-million dollar homes in Beverly Hills and elsewhere to help those fulfill their promise to relocate. We encourage those who have no true plan or methodology to improve the conditions for which they demand a response, other than to scream vile slogans and disrupt the public peace, to grow-up, accept the legal transition of power, and get involved with your congressman to work to improve conditions for which you have a heart. Then, if you remain dissatisfied, help to seek a qualified candidate for the 2020 election. Until then, respect the Office of the President and pray for President Trump. He has one of the most difficult jobs in the world and he needs our prayerful support.

May God bless America and may America bless God.

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Endnotes

(1)         http://www.carolana.com/NC/Revolution/nc_revolution_government_1775.html(2) https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/02/07/bill-oreilly-seems-fine-with-trumps-excusing-putin/?utm_term=.1801a0930799                            (3)         Character Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part II (1974)                                          (4)          http://tjrs.monticello.org/letter/100