by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog
According to Gallup’s samplings and calculations, the actual number of Americans who had the Coronovirus-19 infection on April 3rd was certainly not the 239,279 which was reported, but instead was probably at least 730,000.
However, three neoconservatives — such as Matthew Pottinger, the top advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump regarding China policy — fed to the neoconservative Michael Bloomberg’s neoconservative Bloomberg News the headline story on April 1st that “China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says”, and they reported that, “China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials” (who were not identified by the billionaire Bloomberg’s propagandists for the U.S. Government against the Chinese Government).
Trump doesn’t want the rotten U.S. intelligence reports which falsely said that he had colluded with Russia to win the White House to be believed, but he does want the rotten U.S. intelligence reports which (we don’t know, true or false) say that China was intentionally undercounting its Coronovirus-19 cases to be believed. But how stupid does a member of the U.S. public have to be in order to believe a U.S. intelligence community which, prior to the liar George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, had told him that proving Saddam Hussein’s possession of WMD would be a “slam dunk” — in other words, that he would confirm exactly what the President wanted the American public to believe? America failed to execute for treason that intelligence official (who served the President by confirming his lies to the public) and the U.S. President who followed-up on this jiggered “intelligence” by then invading Iraq — a country which had never invaded nor threatened to invade the United States. That’s an international war-crime, but Americans protect their international war-criminals, instead of prosecute them. Equally appalling, Americans continue not to despise the CIA and the other lying intelligence agencies for repeatedly lying to the public.
But, then, the German investigative journalist who anonymously blogs as “Moon of Alabama” headlined on April 3rd “China Did Not Deceive Us — Counting Deaths During An Epidemic Is Really Difficult”, and he explained the several very important reasons why obtaining anything other than underestimates of infections and of deaths from a novel virus epidemic is literally impossible to do — any mere count will be an enormous under-estimate, and only an actual estimate can even possibly be approximately accurate.
Whereas Gallup now has informed its readers that in the United States, right now, the extent of this under-estimation is somewhere around two-thirds (i.e., that the figures which are being reported right now are around one-third of the actual totals), Americans are supposed to believe ‘our’ (actually, the U.S. Deep State’s, America’s billionaires’) intelligence agencies, when reporting about foreign countries that America’s billionaires want their Government to sanction, invade, or otherwise conquer, we’re not supposed to believe even U.S. sources such as Gallup when they are reporting that the U.S. Government’s official coronavirus-19 infection figures are systematically and unavoidably way underestimating (by two-thirds) the reality. We’re supposed to believe the U.S. Government, when it unavoidably undercounts a problem inside the U.S., and also to believe the U.S. Government when it intentionally lies to us (as it always does) about a country that America’s billionaires are craving to take over — such as happened regarding Iraq 2003, Syria 2011-now, Libya 2011, Yemen 2015-now, Iran now, Venezuela now, Iraq again, and many other countries. This is U.S. imperialism.
Americans are so accustomed to having been lied-to by our Government, so that it’s routine, and patriotism in this country is now assumed to consist of believing the lies that the Democratic Party puts out if one is a Democrat, and of the lies that the Republican Party puts out if one is a Republican. There are two alternate ‘realities’ that are considered acceptable (or “politically correct”) to Americans: Democratic Party lies, and Republican Party lies. And when both Parties are lying in the same direction — which always happens whenever it’s the neoconservative or pro-U.S.-imperialism direction, which are lies against a foreign country that America’s billionaires want to control — disbelief in such a lie is considered to be ‘unpatriotic’, or even treasonous. Any news which encourages disbelief in those lies is what ‘news’ media like the Washington Post or Fox ‘News’ label as “fake news.” It’s ‘news’ which doesn’t happen to fit that particular billionaire’s Party. Americans are supposed to be like two herds of sheep, both being marched toward the same ultimate abattoir of exploitation, through different paths and gates — different groups of lies, but to the same ultimate ends, the ends of the billionaires of both Parties. Even if Americans have, actually, no foreign enemies at all, the domestic enemies are real, and they are far more than enough, because those enemies are constantly victorious against the vast body of the American public, which they exploit by means of lies.
Instead of America’s ‘news’ media reporting that ALL counts of coronavirus-19 cases are far less than the authentic numbers, we get fed lies saying that counts of such cases can be approximately accurate, and that estimates of such cases cannot be approximately accurate. Such a “pot” has no justification, ever, for criticizing a foreign country’s Government for under-estimating the number of coronavirus-19 cases. Treating the American public as if they are fools might be accurate for many of us, but it is an insult to all of us, and any Government which does it should be despised by every American — and not merely by the ones who are fools.
‘News’-reports such as “China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says” are unsourced (or extremely unreliably sourced) hate-mongering for the purposes of America’s domestic elite, and this elite are themselves the real problem that’s displayed by such dubious ‘news’-reports. And even if China has been more careful than the U.S. Government is to do the counting accurately, the truth (in any country) is a large multiple of whatever this count is. Therefore, ‘news’-reports that are like this, are simply displaying a ‘news’-medium which is untrustworthy — no actual news, at all. They are stenographic reporting of what some highly political liars are asserting, and a granting of entirely unearned credence to it.
The U.S. Government, which has repeatedly been proven to have lied in order to spread hate against a target it seeks to conquer or at least destroy, routinely pontificates against merely alleged lies from such targets. America’s credibility, and that of its mainstream ‘news’-media, is, by now, utterly gone, except amongst the willingly self-deluded (such as any paying subscribers to Bloomberg ‘news’ or to any other mainstream U.S. ‘news’ medium).
Whereas other countries’ Governments might be routinely lying, America’s Government does routinely lie. Only news-reports which recognize and acknowledge this fact whenever reporting what this Government says, might be trustworthy. The others aren’t, not even possibly.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
Regarding the US Army Intel Unit report, here’s a more complete report (leaked to ABC News)
If this was true, that at the end of November the US Army Intel knew there was a virus outbreak, they did it themselves.
There was no outbreak in November. There was one human with a mysterious pneumonia.
There was 1 sick man in late November with a serious lung issue, yet the US Bioweapons Intel unit in the Army was sending briefings around the US government (though not to the President, last to know?).
No person-to-person, no groups of people infected. Just 1 patient in one hospital. The famous Wet Market man.
Look at the December efforts to find out if this was SARS or a variant of some other virus. This is after the report from the US Army. A few cases in various Wuhan hospitals. A strange pneumonia. Not SARS. Not MERS. Not H1N1. Not regular flu.
The genome was produced by China in the first week in January. A novel coronavirus.
If anything, this news report is added suspicion that the US planted this virus to start an epidemic, hoping it would spread through China, cripple them forever as an economy and create social unrest, taking down Xi and stopping the BRI, at the least. Then they would move in (like in the USSR) rescue the Chinese from Communist Rule, and win the day!
Desperate, now, to discredit the Chinese Wuhan effort, they are exposing the origins of the epidemic most likely came from them.
We don’t know for certain. We do know the virus was active in the US from at least Sept-Oct as doctors and patients who survived say they were tested for flu and other viruses, but nothing showed a match.
It will be very interesting to see these patients when anti-body tests are made on them to see if it was COVID-19.
Every time the US officials open their mouths to demonize and accuse China, they point more suspicion toward themselves.
This is also the likely reason that the US military is flat out refusing to deploy its nbc countermeasures. They would have to admit that they have these capabilities openly, and through their own testing and treatment operations would be collecting verifiable evidence against themselves.
Blowback on a backfire?
a blog note under today’s Video i watch many mostly listen, & read the posts under, says now the 4th USN carrier is ‘carrying’ the COVID-19 among the crew. Can’t recall the name.
Coronavirus Lockdown Lifted After 76 Days In Wuhan, China | NBC News
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Miles long car lineup near food bank Ft. Lauderdale:
“…they are exposing the origins of the epidemic most likely came from them.”
Yes. The Boomerang Bug. And that`s not a dig at Boomers (as fashionable as that might be these days) or Bugs.
What the US Government and it’s intelligence agencies are doing is known as applying Bismarckian tactics, ie. blaming somebody else for what they themselves are doing. These tactics are also applied for wartime scenarios, when innocents are proclaimed aggressors and aggressors are proclaimed innocents and victims. Iraq and Libya are perfect examples. We now have the corona virus, whose origins and motives need to be ascertained.
The perfect number of infections doesn’t matter, what matters is when there was enough information for the U.S. to take action.
The WHO situation reports are quite concise and reading the first 3 are good enough … https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports
That China first reported a new type of pneumonia on 12/31 is well known. The Republicans bang the pots and fume, ‘the Chinese lied and said it was not transmissible from human to human’. No, they said there was no evidence, that was unknown, but they reported it to WHO because they suspected it might be contagious. If it wasn’t there would be no reason to report it at all.
By Jan 24, the WHO declared human to human transmission, 5,000 estimated infections, rated the risk of a global pandemic as ‘high’, and recommended temperature screening for international travel. This was the alarm bell. The Republicans want to finesse this and say they were against a travel ban, that’s not WHO’s job. WHO is citing the risk. Japan and S.Korea were well under way in taking this seriously and have a combined death toll of 300. Republicans have the gall to say that WHO didn’t call it a pandemic until March. If you wait for a pandemic declaration, it’s too late.
No matter how one wants to spin it, WHO fed w/Chinese data gave the alarm bell on Jan 24.
The Chinese announced human-to-human transmission Jan. 20. When they had hard scientific proof.
However, think about this: it’s a virus. The world knew there was a virus causing pneumonia that was deadly.
Who wouldn’t think on the safe side that it was transmitted from humans to humans. What else would it be? We know these influenza pneumonias go from humans to humans. Why would anyone think otherwise?
It was winter, cold, close quarters in the Chinese city. What else would it be, just off the top of your head, take a wild guess?
Of course, the medical and scientific people must have proof. It takes weeks to see this pass through people.
The Chinese experts were all over this for weeks. They came up with the proof. Announced it Jan.20 from their top expert, Zhong Nanshan on CCTV.
One of America’s biggest problems with its COVID-19 statistics is the CDC’s approach to the filing of death certificates. If COVID-19 is present in a patient with COPD, the physician is to file the certificate with COVID-19 as the cause of death. This suggests that the number of pandemic deaths recorded in the United States may be far lower than it appears.
But then again, if you make the current pandemic look too mild, how will government create the fear necessary to fulfill their agenda?
This is the truth for sure. I do not trust the Chinese government and their stats, and unfortunately I don’t trust the US government either. In a country of 330 million people with 300 million guns there isn’t any leadership or organized resistance to this hard assault on our liberties and the Republic itself.
To understand what is happening one only needs to listen…
WTO director on CNN today said, to overcome this corona crisis, the world has to come together, and have free movement of financials in order to help the individual countries, especially the emerging market countries who will be hit the hardest.
Open up your countries, so we can by up everything with our money. Soon everything state owned will be put on sale. But who’s got the most money to spend? The US just printed 2,2 trillion, China has 1,3 trillion saved….
Maybe. Just maybe, Trump iz b***ing bcs China didn’t give the US enough heads up what their economic game plan is…
But go ahead, keep the fruitless discussions about the origins of the virus.
Bad news for fanboys of Eastern countries: Japan expects rise of corona infections, Abe politely asks Japanese to follow distancing rules
More bad news for Eastern fanboys: Philippines’ Durante threatens to shoot anybody breaking police hours/distancing rules. Will these be counted as corona deaths?
Good news for Western fanboys: 93% of Germans have a positive stance towards social distancing. Like a fellow poster said: Swiss/Germans have been practicing social distancing for the past 500 years.
So. Who is handling the pandemic better? Rethorical question. My goal was to silence the East-good West-bad groupthink that is firmly ingrained in here.
Bad news for Pro-Western fanboys like yourself:
Doctors in Germany will soon have to decide on life and death
As Europe’s COVID-19 death toll nears 50,000, British PM Johnson admitted to hospital
I’m not a Western fanboi. I’m only leveling the plainfield. Inciting ppl to escape the groupthink.
As for the socialist website, I trust them like I trust CNN, they got their own agenda.
But to use Putin’s judo moves: if Germany is to have a shortage of respirators, I assume you being a adherent socialist and all, will gracefully chip in with your own money to buy some. Right?
Is it the CIA Factbook or some equally trustworthy publication that you’re citing about Durante in the Philippines? Last time I checked, the name of their president was Duterte. Western apologists are impressive, but for all the wrong reasons.
This article is very good. Sadly, this state of affairs for the US government has been the case for quite a long time now. They seem to have given up on even pretending to be honest, or decent, since just about the Cheney – Powell – Bush go around.
Honestly, when I look at them, I am reminded quite strongly of a drug addict who believes that if nobody ever sees him sober they won’t know that he’s high (due to never having seen him differently). They lie about everything all the time (including lying about whatever lies they have already told). Who knows, maybe that is just the way they breathe.
One more concept the American Task Force has surfaced:
The Chinese data lacked “Asymptomatic Carriers” of the virus, Dr. Birx indicated several days at the briefings.
Peter Navarro adds that the Chinese cost 5 weeks before the US knew there was human-to-human transmission. He’s the premier Sinophobe in the White House. And he’s full of it.
The cluster for study of transmission in Wuhan until Jan 8th was 21 persons. The Chinese scientists had no connections to prove human-to-human transmission in the first two weeks. By the time Jan 19th, they had a large enough group and they had tracked down the transmissions; they had 62 persons with the virus. They announced to the world the next day that they had proved human-to-human transmission.
Now look at the US data. They have been collecting it for the Task Force for 5 weeks.
There is no data on pre-symptomatic transmission or asymptomatic transmission. Where is it? Why doesn’t the US have the data?
Oh, they need tests (anti-body tests) and they don’t have tests nor the testing controls to collect the data.
It’s a tough business, taming an epidemic and collecting scientific data. The first order of business is to mitigate the epidemic spread and to save lives. Data is secondary.
Even though they have had four months to get their act together, the US is lacking crucial technology, vital test kits and machines, a system of controlled testing, and the resulting data.
So they demonize China to cover for their failures.
Today, Dr. Birx had to answer why for three weeks the Abbott Labs machines which are widely distributed throughout all labs in the USA and produce results of positive or negative in 15 minutes have not been used to clear all medical personnel. Three weeks crucially wasted, endangering the medical workers (doctors and nurses) all of whom should be tested. Last week she had urged all university labs to do their testing. She has received no data. The category is empty.
But they blame China for the catastrophic mess they have made of this epidemic in the US.
The hypocrisy is sickening.
One state senator from Minnesota has something to say https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQsuqp0jA30&feature=em-uploademail
Absolutely right. I nearly always agree with u and Auslander.
Consider the tale of 1 country facing a new disease, that they know nearly nothing about (just like the US, they were studying Coronaviruses, which would have been very irresponsible for then not to study while knowing another hostile power was not only studying them but also collecting genetic material from them and the Russian. / sarc on “Of course for peaceful purposes only” /sarc off) but they knew nothing about its effects and how it affected humans infected, and their response while flying blind so to speak.
And the tale of the other, which having been provided the data needed about the new disease have done a dismal performance while potentially even having more data on the disease considering all circumstantial evidence point to them as the source due to means, motives, intent, abilities and capabilities and even the cui bono, were it not for the blowback due to hubris.
And yet country A is to blame for not providing country B with the data that they claim to need in order to fight the disease. But where is country B data since they publicly identified their so called “1st case”.
Now, the truth is that they actually are guilty of what they accuse China of doing; namely, not reporting nor testing for the new disease that emerge on their shores in August/ September, nor providing any data to the WHO or the rest of the world about this new disease. They are the ones who are guilty.
More dodgy news?
Wonder what makes all this up?
The Anglo American-controlled media specializes in smear campaigns disguised as (snicker) fair and balanced journalism.
Here are some examples of this Anglo America Free Press in action:
U.S. Will Cover-up Its Own Coronavirus Death Toll
Boris Johnson Fights for Life… Russian Media Got it Right
A good analysis from CounterPunch tackling current propaganda it’s all China’s fault:
We just blame China, we just hate them so much……..but not racist at all.
A haplotype is a group of genes within an organism that was inherited together from a single parent. There have been 5 separate haplotypes identified around the world in Covid19. The only country where these 5 haplotypes are present is the USA.
This means that the virus marker can prove where the virus came from. China/Japan are saying the US.
Late last year at Fort Detrick they released an official statement “Research is currently on hold,” because the center did not have “sufficient systems in place to decontaminate wastewater” from its highest-security labs. Which means there was a leak.
Was this ground zero………….And is this why the US is the Corona capital of the world?
@DoomSterns, I read long ago in other Truther sites about your claim that 5 new strains of Cov19 have been reported, each infecting a different country, and only U$ has all 5 strains – a phenomenon which, if true, would point to Uncle $cam as Grandfather of all 5. But where can I find Links to reliable Lab Data? Reliable scientific publications?
@Dr NG Maroundas
Go to global research and search for Larry romanoff, (I think). He has written extensively providing footnotes and videos. Feb- March timeline should be the document. Sorry, don’t have the time to look for that information for u. He doesn’t have more than 10 documents about the coronavirus anyway. Should be easy to pick out.
I was going to suggest this Global Research article as a starting point……….
@ Dr Maroundas (sorry got your name wrong last time)
Here is the link
here is the link to Larry romanoff document
Many, many thanks to you two, DoomStern and Ponder! That Global Research article points to respectable Chinese and Japanese scientists who spell out clearly the US origin of these 5 novel varieties of Corona flu virus, and the genetic relation b.tween them. Uncle $cam is indeed their Godfather; which explains why tests in the U$A are now finding more positives than in any other country. The more they test for it in the U$A the more positives they find; positives who are perfectly healthy because those “novel” viruses are only novel in China — in the U$A they have been around for quite a while and most of the people who were infected by these novel virus strains in previous years simply recovered without fuss.
Dr.Gupta at Oxford has been testing in a proper scientific manner in England — testing healthy people not just those with flu — and she is reaching the same conclusion: this “novel” virus (novel in China) has been around in England “for at least 2 months” because so many healthy people are carrying the antibody.
”Even if Americans have, actually, no foreign enemies at all /…/”
Statement false: Nussiminen is one foreign enemy of the US. Might there be more of my ilk? Judging by US ”defence” spending — yes, quite likely.
If all those “leaked intelligence reports” were actually leaked intelligence reports (rather than propaganda), then of course the publishers would be treated like Julian Assange.