On January 27, 2012, the Egyptian daily Al-Wafd published an investigative article on the Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3), a U.S. Navy biomedical research laboratory located in the Al-'Abbassia area in Cairo. The article, titled "NAMRU – The Pentagon's Unit for Killing Egyptians in Al-'Abbassia," claims that NAMRU handles pathogens that could "exterminate the entire Egyptian nation," and that it conducts research aimed at manipulating the Egyptians' genes in order to alter them and cause deformities. The article also alleges that NAMRU is conducting experiments on Egyptian children; that it might be responsible for an increase in infertility, impotence, retardation, and disabilities among the people; and that the data it collects is used to design harmful foods, seeds, and drugs that are developed in America and then sold cheaply to the Egyptians. The daily states that the unit operates freely in
The following are excerpts from the article:
NAMRU Operates in Egypt Unsupervised
"'Your health is in the hands of the American Department of Defense.' This is revealed by the following [facts], gathered from documents of the Pentagon's research unit NAMRU-3, which is the largest American military research unit in the Middle East.
"[NAMRU] belongs to the American navy and has [headquarters] in the Al-'Abbasia neighborhood, in the heart of Cairo. The grounds are protected by walls and cameras, and no outsider is allowed to enter, no matter how important he may be. The unit, which began operating in Egypt six decades ago, commands all research pertaining to the Egyptians' health and food – from animal, agriculture, water, and air resources to epidemics and viruses. [NAMRU's] research and data is passed on to the Pentagon, which responds [by sending] medicines, pesticides, food products, and seeds [to Egypt], after these have been dangerously tampered with so as to harm the Egyptians' health.
"When one passes by NAMRU's large headquarters... [and sees] its iron- and concrete-reinforced gate, the stripped earth that surrounds it, and the security cameras and high walls that protect it, one cannot but suspect the great importance of what lies within this building, which contains dozens of rooms, occupies over an acre of land, and stands six stories high.
"The unit's researchers and American doctors enjoy diplomatic immunity. Some of them, in fact, belong to the CIA. They move freely about Egypt and [its] airport with diplomatic immunity, and cannot be investigated or searched, nor can the correspondence or reports they send to the Pentagon be monitored. This, despite the fact that the [Egyptian] Ministry of Health is obligated, according to the agreement Egypt signed with NAMRU, to monitor the activities of NAMRU's personnel in the country.
"NAMRU is short for Naval Medical Research Unit, which means it is the medical research unit of the [U.S.] Navy. It was established following World War II by the Department of Defense, under Navy supervision, and its declared purpose is to conduct medical research in the countries where American soldiers might be stationed, in order to protect them against the diseases and epidemics that exist in these countries. This declared purpose expanded to include aiding foreign countries in fighting bacteria, diseases, and epidemics.
"In 1942, the U.S. turned its sights on Egypt as the most important country in the Middle East, and it established NAMRU's research institute there, in collaboration with the Abbassia Fever Hospital. The institute grew into a large NAMRU unit, [established] in Al-'Abbassia in 1946, called NAMRU-3, which began [conducting] medical research in Egypt on epidemics and diseases. Its activities did not cease even during the period of tension between Egypt [and the U.S.] in 1967 and 1973..."
The Materials Handled at the NAMRU Institute Could Exterminate the Entire Egyptian Population
"Entering the NAMRU headquarters, you feel you have stepped into a horror film. The place is silent and shrouded in secrecy. Doctors and [other] employees [move about in] white robes, gloves, and caps, and sometimes also masks. The organisms they work with are a kind of bacterial biological weapon, which, if deployed, could exterminate the entire Egyptian nation, or any other nation. One of the most dangerous areas in this mysterious headquarters is located on the sixth floor: a lab that specializes in every kind of bacterium and virus recently discovered in Egypt, such as the avian flu and swine flu [viruses], and all the vaccines and antibodies associated with them. They obtain blood samples, both healthy and diseased, from Egyptian [citizens] and send them for analysis in Washington, in order to determine the precise genetic makeup and identify [suitable] drugs. They can also manipulate these Egyptian genes, alter their traits, and deform them by means of American medicines or vaccines that are sold dirt cheap to the poor Egyptian people, along with crop seeds and food products.
Al-Wafd article: "NAMRU – The Pentagon's Unit for Killing Egyptians in Al-'Abbassia"
"Since the establishment of the NAMRU unit in Egypt, dozens of new and mutated viral diseases have been discovered. This indicates that these pathogens are imported. No research or medical [institute] has infiltrated Egypt to a greater extent than NAMRU, which controls the secrets of the viruses that are used in [weapons of] mass destruction and biological weapons...
"The strange thing is that Ethiopia has decided to shut down the NAMRU unit in its territory, due to allegations and suspicions regarding its activity, and [following claims] that it is trying out new drugs on the Ethiopians in exchange for money and gifts, which has caused the spread of incurable diseases and epidemics. There are also suspicions that [NAMRU] spread the HIV virus, which causes AIDS. At the same time, NAMRU expanded its activity in Egypt. Its operations are approved by an agreement with the Health and Housing Ministry and with the 'Abbassia Fever Hospital.
"In 1976, the name NAMRU was heard frequently among the Egyptians, when there was an outbreak of meningitis in Egypt and NAMRU offered to cooperate with the 'Abbassia Hospital. However, [NAMRU's] studies on [the victims of this disease] in Egypt were shrouded in mystery. Eight hundred and fifty-seven people were infected by the disease, and 50 died following NAMRU's intervention, after receiving the drug Dexametazon. It was said that the drug did not produce the hoped-for effects."
American Doctors and Researchers Tried to Use Egyptian Children as Lab Rats
"NAMRU again caused an uproar in 2006, which [later] subsided with suspicious rapidity. An American NAMRU delegation visited the headquarters in Al-'Abbasia, and several days later, avian flu was discovered [in Egypt]. The Egyptian doctors were able to eliminate [the disease] almost completely within six months, but then Maher Abaza was appointed minister of agriculture and decided, for no [apparent] reason, to suspend Egypt's involvement in handling the virus, in exchange for a contract with NAMRU-3. Later, the Egyptians were surprised to discover a mutant [form of] the virus that is untreatable. This mutant virus appeared after NAMRU received [blood] samples from the Egyptian patients, which were sent to the U.S....
"NAMRU sees the Egyptian children as an opportunity to test new medicines. In its reports, it notes that the Egyptian children have the best immune systems, even in comparison with soldiers in the American army. NAMRU monitors our children when they are still fetuses by stationing American doctors and researchers in health centers in the [country's] villages, so they can come into contact with pregnant mothers, and the information [these doctors and researchers collect] is linked into NAMRU's network of databanks. [NAMRU] caused a stir when its doctors tried to conduct an experimental study on children in Al-Bahira, claiming they wished to develop a serum from diarrhea for a new vaccination. [As part of this effort,] gifts and money were handed out to the [children's] families in Farshut, Umm Al-Laban, Kum Al-Qanatir, and other villages in central Abu Homs, but the families adamantly refused to turn their children into lab rats...
"This scandal stirred up a storm in parliament... Also, Dr. Farag Al-Dib, head of the Abu Homs Health Bureau, was discharged from his post after opposing experimentation on innocent children between one and three years of age."
American Hands Are Behind Infertility, Mental Retardation, and Disabilities Among Children
"This incident raised questions, which remained unanswered, over whether American hands in NAMRU were behind the increase in infertility, mental retardation, and disability among Egyptians born in recent years... as well as [instances of] impotence. [This, considering] the dangerous genetic information that NAMRU has collected on the Egyptians, especially patients in the Al-'Abbasia Hospital, and its ability to disrupt [the Egyptians'] natural genes and immune systems; [and also considering the fact] that it sends [Egypt] medicines, seeds, and fodder for animals, and is involved in all experiments [conducted in Egypt] in the fields of agriculture, livestock, water, food, etc...
"NAMRU's fields of research are far removed from Egyptian oversight. In addition to research on AIDS, foot and mouth disease, hemophilia, avian flu, Rift Valley fever, Chikungunya fever – caused by mosquitoes – tuberculosis, Lumpyskin disease, and others, it is also responsible for the vaccinations against these diseases, [including] the vaccination of animals and birds, as well as for researching [the diseases] and methods of eliminating them. All that is left is to imagine how dangerously simple it would be to use all this [information] against the Egyptian people, in accordance with America's will, which has Israel standing forcefully behind it."
NAMRU Has Lethal Biological Weapons that Might Be Handed Over to Egypt's Enemies
"Likewise, NAMRU-3 controls the Egyptians' health, for better or worse, and has in its possession all the Egyptian genetic specifications and compounds and their hereditary traits, alongside an arsenal of components for lethal biological weapons, which it can hand over to Israel or any country hostile to Egypt if it ever becomes angry with the Egyptian people, in order to utterly destroy them. NAMRU-3 also semi-directly controls [Egypt's] sources of national income, in that it grants Egyptian animal and agricultural products [a permit], something like a clean bill of health, in order for them to [be sold] in the world markets, in case disease or an epidemic is discovered among the [Egyptian] livestock or crops. The latest example [of this control is NAMRU's] reports on the appearance and disappearance of avian flu and swine flu, and the report from last July stating that Egyptian produce was not contaminated by the E. coli bacteria... Had [NAMRU] published a different report, the world markets would be closed to us. And so on.
"All this begs the question: Where are our national research institutes, the over 300 centers working in the fields of medicine, agriculture, water, and energy? Where is the state budget to maintain this research? The developed countries dedicate 7-11% of [their] national income to scientific research, in order to protect the health and lives of their citizens, while Egypt allocates a mere 1% to research. Why did we start relying on the American satan for our health, food, and everything [else]?...
"If you ask an Egyptian about his health, he can say to you in all sincerity, 'Ask America.'"
 According to its website, NAMRU-3's mission is "to study, monitor, and detect emerging and re-emerging disease threats of military and public health importance; develop mitigation strategies against these threats in partnership with host nations and international and U. S. agencies... [and] play a key role in enhancing the health, safety and readiness of Defense Department personnel assigned to Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia in both peacetime and contingency missions." www.med.navy.mil/sites/namru3/Pages/faq.aspx, accessed January 30, 2012.
 Al-Wafd (Egypt), January 27, 2011.