William Thomas
posted February 15,1999

SEATTLE, WA.... As formations of unmarked tanker aircraft continue to crises-cross American skies on a mission authorities refuse to disclose, an environmental laboratory has identified an extremely toxic component of the spray drifting over cities and countryside.

ENS has learned that samples of oily fallout collected by farmers, truck drivers and pilots in Maryland and Pennsylvania were tested by Aqua-Tech Environmental of Marion, Ohio in September, 1997 and found to contain ethylene dibromide (EDB). An extremely hazardous pesticide, EDB was banned by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1983.

But in 1991, the composition of jet fuel used by commercial and military jet aircraft in the U.S. was changed from JP4 to somewhat less flammable JP8. A Department of Defense source says the move "has saved some lives" in air crashes. Ethylene fibroid is a key component of JP8.

The 1991 Chemical Hazards of the Workplace warns that repeated exposure to low levels of ethylene fibroid results in "general weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, chest pains, coughing and shortness of breath, upper respiratory tract irritation" and respiratory failure caused by swelling of the lymph glands in the lungs. "Deterioration of the heart, liver and kidneys, and hemorrhages in the respiratory tract," can also result from prolonged contact with JP8.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's hazardous materials list: "Ethylene fibroid is a carcinogen and must be handled with extreme caution." A seven-page summary of this pesticide's extreme toxicity notes that EDB may also damage the reproductive system. According to the EPA, "Exposure can irritate the lungs, repeated exposure may cause bronchitis, development of cough, and shortness of breath. It will damage the liver and kidneys". Mark Written, a respiratory physiologist at the University of Arizona in
Tucson where an official US Air Force study on JP8 was carried out, told Scientist in March, 1998 that crew chiefs "seem to have more colds, more bronchitis, more chronic coughs than the people not exposed to jet fuel."

EDB is 6.5-times heavier than air. Unlike normal contrails, the thick white streamers being sprayed from downward-pointing tail booms over at least 39 states does not dissipate, but spreads into an overcast that refracts a purple color in sunlight and appears suddenly as an oily film in puddles and ponds.

Hundreds of photographs and videotapes made by ground observers show pairs or larger formations of aircraft spreading a white mist that thickens and drifts toward the ground. More than 200 eye-witnesses - including police officers, pilots, military and public health personnel - have provided detailed accounts of aerial spraying in characteristic "X"s and east-to-west grid patterns, followed by occluded skies - and acute auto-immune reactions and respiratory infections throughout affected regions.

"I keeps coughing phlegm that tastes bad," 50 year old Mary Young of Sallisaw, Oklahoma told ENS after an aircraft sprayed her home at rooftop level one night last January with something that struck the windows like
sand. "My eyes hurt, my joints hurt. I'm not catching' my breath right. I can't get rid of this cold. I've had this bad headache - it's not just a headache. My eyeballs hurt so bad - way in the back - I just wish they would fall out."

Severe headaches, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, joint pain and a dry hacking cough "that never leaves" are being reported by countless Americans jamming hospital Emergency Rooms from

coast to coast. While December and January are traditionally bad months for asthma sufferers, patients, doctors and nurses across the U.S. report hospital wards filled to overflowing with bronchitis, pneumonia and acute asthma admissions at up to twice normal
winter rates.

Early last month, The News and Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina reported that respiratory admissions to Durham regional hospital jumped from the usual 184 patients a day to 247. Ambulance drivers were told that the hospital was not receiving any more patients.

In New York City, doctors are calling a flood of respiratory cases an epidemic. "We have people double- and triple-parked in the ER on stretchers," Dr. Elliot Friedman, associate director of emergency medicine
at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, told the New York Times on January 31. "And there have been times when upwards of 40 people have been admitted but are waiting for someone to be discharged," Friedman added.

"This high fever is not typical of other flues," Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, the president of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center told the 'Times shortly after a TV cameraman panned up to frame lingering "X"-shaped contrails over Times-Square. Dr. Robert Saken, a partner in the Soho Pediatrics Group, told
that newspaper,  "It was surprising to me how sick they got and how quickly it happened."Dr. Ilya Spigland, Montefiore hospital's director of virology, doesn't know the reason for the sudden epidemic of respiratory cases. It is, Spigland told the New York Times, "very possible that the increase in respiratory infections may not be due to the flu." 

That same day in Lake Havasu, California, headlines in Today's News Herald announced: "Victims curse unnamed bug, but can't call it the 'flu'." MD Mary Lou Callername told the Herald "that a nameless virus is bringing at least 10 patients a day into her office and driving some into the hospital, but laboratory tests show only a few are suffering from Type A or other identifiable strains of influenza."

The previous weekend, after San Francisco resident Curtis Schumann noticed "sky grids in the making," and Melanie Zucker watched nine contrails being woven over Berkeley, local TV stations reported Bay area emergency rooms inundated with flu-like cases.

In Seattle - where a resident reports "I've lived here for 26 years never seeing this number of contrails at once" - pneumonia patient Lowell Barger told ENS that in the hospital where he was admitted in late January, "their
respiratory ward was overflowing with people, and they were having to put respiratory patients in other wards." At that time, a resident of Spokane listening to a police radio scanner told ENS he heard "many rescue calls for
people with breathing difficulties."

In Palmyra, New Jersey, shortly after Lucrecia Moon watched unusual lingering contrails from a McDonald's restaurant, a nurse reported "many people ill." In Las Vegas, Nevada, TV news coverage told of area hospitals
being filled with people experiencing breathing problems.

After a resident of Lexington, Kentucky watched helicopters circling the city for several days, flying low overhead at 3 a.m., "the sky looked like a giant checkerboard from the planes criss-crossing it, and the air still had the steel mill smell. "According to this eye-witness, "Everyone here is sick. So far six counties have closed all the schools because all the students were sick with 'flu-like symptoms'.  I've been having headaches, a
sore throat, and an annoying, hacking cough for the past four months and it seems to get worse after I see these aircraft circling the area."

Similar "chem. trails" sightings continue to be reported over Phoenix, Arizona. The January 28, 1999 edition of Arizona Republic reported that "The incidence of bronchial problems in Phoenix this month is 237
hospitalizations vs. last year at 160 or so."

At the same time, hospitals in Portland, Oregon; Marietta, Georgia;  Chandler, Arizona, Bakersfield, Santa Cruz, Redding and Salinas, California - and other cities across the nation - were jammed with bronchitis,
pneumonia and other acute respiratory cases after repeated spraying and cobweb-like fallout was reported in those regions. 

"We're getting sprayed real heavily with the contrails," a south Pennsylvania resident told ENS. "It's just total saturation." As overfilled Pennsylvania hospitals were forced to divert respiratory emergencies to other facilities with bed space, another south-central Pennsylvania resident, Deborah Kammerer, looked out her window and watched aircraft "flying and dispersing over the city. It was supposed to be a clear sunny day. It became more overcast as the day progressed. I observed how the white trails widened out and settled down creating a haze over everything."

South Florida resident Karen Okenica told ENS she has watched on several occasions as contrails "criss-crossed or ran parallel to each other. They did not dissipate but got thicker and stayed in the sky for quite a while." Okenica says she became frightened after gazing through Nikon binoculars and
noticing an all-white jet with "plumes" coming from the rear of the plane. In early December, local newspaper reported that Bethesda Memorial and Delray Community hospitals were full and could not accommodate any more patients.

The January 7 Philadelphia Daily News reported that "Emergency Room  patients overflowed into the hallways at West Jersey Hospital in Berlin,  New Jersey, and ambulance crews were temporarily diverted to other 
institutions as a wave of respiratory illnesses swept the area." At  Northern Westchester County Hospital, "there was a 24 hour waiting  period to get in."

In Manitou, Michigan, Registered Nurse Kim Korte was driving north on  M52, when she noticed "stripes" in the sky. "It appeared as if someone  took white paint on their fingers and from north to south ran their fingers 
through the sky. These contrails were evenly spaced and covered the  whole sky!" from east to west.

Within 24 hours, Korte became very weak and feverish. After her  boyfriend told her that "many in his family started coming down with the  same complaints," the RN "started noticing a lot of my patients and 
their family members were coming down with these symptoms at the  same time." On checking with her colleagues, the former hospital  supervisor learned that other nurses and physicians were complaining 
"of being extremely busy with respiratory diagnoses." 

In Austin, Texas - where Richard Young reports that "The skies here are  filled almost daily with trails crossing each other" - a school nurse  told a worried parent that she had seen over 100 sick children in a single day.

Where is the mass media's reporting of this mass phenomenon? Indications of a concerted cover-up came on February 11, when a retired Southern Baptist preacher named Everett Burton finally succeeded in reaching C-span. After voicing his opinion on the Clinton impeachment trial, this former minister told Americans to get a copy of the Constitution and read it to realize what they have lost. Rev. Burton then advised viewers not to take his word for what was happening in the US -  but to "just look up in the skies as the planes regularly spray contrails across the skies, spraying people and making them ill." At this point, Rev. Burton was cut off. The screen flipped from C-span to the Tennessee state seal, remained silent for several minutes.

Americans are not alone in their anxious bewilderment and suffering. In  England, after lingering contrails and cobweb-like fallout were reported  over London and Birmingham, the BBC reported on January 14 that 
more than 8,000 people - mostly elderly - died from pneumonia and  other respiratory complications in the last week of December and the  first two weeks of January, 1999. 

According to the BBC, in early January of this year, more than 97,100 people in England and Wales were stricken with respiratory ailments in a single week - almost double the usual rate. Ambulances in the Greater Manchester and Jersey region were each dealing with more than 1,000 calls every day - almost twice the norm. Norfolk and Norwich suffered such an unexpected increase in deaths, a refrigerated semi-trailer capable of holding 36 bodies was pressed into service a temporary morgue. "It's  time we take our country back "like then Presidential Candidate Pat Buchanan expressed throughout his brief presidential bid in 1996, before he was cleverly derailed by Republican Insiders.  Write or email your Senators and Congressmen and ask them to do an investigation immediately and release why these serious obtrusive incidents, which threaten the nations health, are taking place.  Email other Senators and Congressmen out of your state. You can get all the emails for the US Congress  from   If you want to here a live interview with Will Thomas with Art Bell about these incidents go to