A “new” proposal by the Biden administration to create a health-focused federal company modeled after DARPA isn’t what it seems to be. Promoted as a solution to “end cancer,” this resuscitated “health DARPA” conceals a harmful agenda.
[April 28, 2020], President Biden was extensively praised in mainstream and health-care–focused media for his name to create a “new biomedical research agency” modeled after the U.S. navy’s “high-risk, high-reward” Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. As touted by the president, the company would search to develop “innovative” and “breakthrough” remedies for most cancers, Alzheimer’s illness and diabetes, with a name to “end cancer as we know it.”
Far from “ending cancer” in the way in which most Americans would possibly envision it, the proposed company would merge “national security” with “health security” in such a manner as to make use of each bodily and psychological well being “warning signs” to forestall outbreaks of illness or violence earlier than they happen. Such a system is a recipe for a technocratic “pre-crime” group with the potential to criminalize each psychological and bodily sickness in addition to “wrongthink.”
The Biden administration has requested Congress for $6.5 billion to fund the company, which might be largely guided by Biden’s not too long ago confirmed high science adviser, Eric Lander.
Lander, previously the pinnacle of the Silicon Valley-dominated Broad Institute, has been controversial for his ties to eugenicist and little one intercourse trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and his comparatively latest reward for James Watson, an overtly racist eugenicist. Despite that, Lander is about to be confirmed by the Senate and Congress and is reportedly considerably enthusiastic concerning the proposed new “health DARPA.”
This new company, set to be known as ARPA-H or HARPA, could be housed throughout the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and would increase the NIH price range to over $51 billion. Unlike different businesses at NIH, ARPA-H would differ in that the tasks it funds would not be peer reviewed previous to approval; as an alternative, hand-picked program managers would make all funding selections. Funding would additionally take the type of milestone-driven funds as an alternative of the extra conventional multiyear grants.
ARPA-H will seemingly closely fund and promote mRNA vaccines as one of many “breakthroughs” that can treatment most cancers. Some of the mRNA vaccine producers which have produced among the most generally used COVID-19 vaccines, such because the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, stated just last month that “cancer is the next problem to tackle with mRNA tech” post-COVID.
BioNTech has been developing mRNA gene therapies for most cancers for years and is collaborating with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create mRNA-based remedies for tuberculosis and HIV. Other “innovative” applied sciences that will likely be a spotlight of this company are much less well-known to the general public and arguably extra regarding.
The Long Road to ARPA-H
ARPA-H isn’t a brand new and unique Biden administration thought; there was a earlier try to create a “health DARPA” in the course of the Trump administration in late 2019. Biden started to advertise the thought throughout his presidential marketing campaign as early as June 2019, albeit utilizing a really completely different justification for the company than what had been pitched by its advocates to Trump.
In 2019, the identical basis and people at the moment backing Biden’s ARPA-H had urged then-President Trump to create “HARPA,” not for the principle objective of researching remedies for most cancers and Alzheimer’s, however to cease mass shootings earlier than they occur by way of the monitoring of Americans for “neuropsychiatric” warning indicators.
For the previous few years, one man has been the driving force behind HARPA — former vice chair of General Electric and former president of NBCUniversal, Robert Wright. Through the Suzanne Wright Foundation (named for his late spouse), Wright has spent years lobbying for an company that “would develop biomedical capabilities — detection tools, treatments, medical devices, cures, etc. — for the millions of Americans who are not benefiting from the current system.”
While he, like Biden, has cloaked the company’s precise objective by claiming will probably be primarily centered on treating most cancers, Wright’s 2019 proposal to his private buddy Donald Trump revealed its underlying ambitions.
As first proposed by Wright in 2019, the flagship program of HARPA could be SAFE HOME, quick for Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes.
SAFE HOME would suck up lots of personal knowledge from “Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo, and Google Home” and different shopper digital units, in addition to data from well being care suppliers to find out if a person is likely to be prone to commit a criminal offense. The knowledge could be analyzed by synthetic intelligence (AI) algorithms “for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence.”
The Department of Justice’s pre-crime approach known as DEEP was activated simply months earlier than Trump left workplace; it was additionally justified as a solution to “stop mass shootings before they happen.” Soon after Biden’s inauguration, the brand new administration started utilizing data from social media to make pre-crime arrests as a part of its method towards combating “domestic terror.”
Given the historical past of Silicon Valley firms collaborating with the federal government on matters of warrantless surveillance, it seems that points of SAFE HOME could already be covertly lively beneath Biden, solely ready for the formalization of ARPA-H/HARPA to be legitimized as public coverage.
The national-security purposes of Robert Wright’s HARPA are additionally illustrated by the person who was its lead scientific adviser — former head of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office Geoffrey Ling. Not solely is Ling the principle scientific adviser of HARPA, however the original proposal by Wright would have Ling each personally design HARPA and lead it as soon as it was established.
A Plan to Merge Biology, Engineering and Computer Science
Ling’s work at DARPA could be summarized by BTO’s said mission, which is to work towards merging “biology, engineering and computer science to harness the power of natural systems for national security.” BTO-favored applied sciences are additionally poised to be the mainstays of HARPA, which plans to specifically use “advancements in biotechnology, supercomputing, big data and artificial intelligence” to perform its objectives.
The direct DARPA connection to HARPA underscores that the agenda behind this coming company dates again to the failed Bio-Surveillance mission of DARPA’s Total Information Awareness program, which was launched after the occasions of September 11, 2001.
TIA’s Bio-Surveillance project sought to develop the “necessary information technologies and resulting prototype capable of detecting the covert release of a biological pathogen automatically, and significantly earlier than traditional approaches,” undertaking this “by monitoring nontraditional data sources” together with “prediagnostic medical data” and “behavioral indicators.”
While nominally centered on “bioterrorist attacks,” TIA’s Bio-Surveillance mission additionally sought to amass early detection capabilities for “normal” illness outbreaks. Bio-Surveillance and associated DARPA tasks on the time, resembling LifeLog, sought to reap knowledge by way of the mass use of some kind of wearable or handheld expertise.
These DARPA packages have been finally shut down as a result of controversy over claims they’d be used to profile home dissidents and remove privateness for all Americans within the US.
That DARPA’s previous complete surveillance dragnet is coming again to life beneath a supposedly separate health-focused company, and one which emulates its organizational mannequin no much less, confirms that many TIA-related packages have been merely distanced from the Department of Defense when formally shut down.
By separating the navy from the general public picture of such applied sciences and packages, it made them extra palatable to the lots, regardless of the navy remaining closely concerned behind the scenes.
As Unlimited Hangout has not too long ago reported, main points of TIA have been merely privatized, giving rise to firms resembling Facebook and Palantir, which resulted in such DARPA tasks being extensively used and accepted. Now, beneath the guise of the proposed ARPA-H, DARPA’s unique TIA would primarily be making a comeback for all intents and functions as its personal spin-off.
Silicon Valley, the Military and the Wearable ‘Revolution’
This most up-to-date effort to create ARPA-H/HARPA combines effectively with the coordinated push of Silicon Valley firms into the sector of well being care, particularly Silicon Valley firms that double as contractors to U.S. intelligence and/or the navy (e.g., Microsoft, Google and Amazon).
During the COVID-19 disaster, this pattern towards Silicon Valley dominance of the health-care sector has accelerated significantly attributable to a top-down push towards digitalization with telemedicine, distant monitoring and the like.
One fascinating instance is Amazon, which launched a wearable final yr that purports to not solely use biometrics to watch individuals’s bodily well being and health, however to trace their emotional state as effectively. The earlier yr, Amazon acquired the web pharmacy PillPack, and it isn’t laborious to think about a situation by which knowledge from Amazon’s Halo wellness band is used to supply remedy suggestions which can be then equipped by Amazon-owned PillPack.
Companies resembling Amazon, Palantir and Google are set to be intimately concerned in ARPA-H’s actions. In explicit, Google, which launched numerous health-tech initiatives in 2020, is about to have a significant function on this new company attributable to its long-standing ties to the Obama administration when Biden was vice chairman and to President Biden’s high science adviser, Eric Lander.
As talked about, Lander is poised to play a significant function in ARPA-H/HARPA if and when it materializes. Before changing into the highest scientist within the nation, Lander was president and founding director of the Broad Institute.
While marketed as a partnership between MIT and Harvard, the Broad Institute is heavily influenced by Silicon Valley, with two former Google executives on its board, a accomplice of Silicon Valley enterprise capital agency Greylock Partners, and the previous CEO of IBM, in addition to a few of its top endowments coming from distinguished tech executives.
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who was intimately involved with Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and who’s near the Democratic Party basically, chairs the Broad Institute as of this April . In March 2021, Schmidt gave the institute $150 million to “connect biology and machine learning for understanding programs of life.”
During his time on the Broad Institute board, Schmidt also chaired the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, a gaggle of principally Silicon Valley, intelligence and navy operatives who have now charted the direction of the U.S. authorities’s insurance policies on rising tech and AI. Schmidt was also pitched as potential head of a tech-industry activity drive by the Biden administration.
Government and Public and Private Agencies Team Up
Earlier, in January , the Broad Institute announced that its health-research platform, Terra, which was constructed with Google subsidiary Verily, would accomplice with Microsoft. As a consequence, Terra now permits Google and Microsoft to access an unlimited trove of genomic knowledge that’s poured into the platform by teachers and analysis establishments from around the globe.
In addition, final September , Google teamed up with the Department of Defense as a part of a brand new AI-driven “predictive health” program that additionally has hyperlinks to the US intelligence group. While initially centered on predicting most cancers instances, this initiative clearly plans to develop to predicting the onset of different illnesses earlier than signs seem, together with COVID-19.
As noted by Unlimited Hangout on the time, one of many ulterior motives for this system, from Google’s perspective, was for Google to realize entry to “the largest repository of disease- and cancer-related medical data in the world,” which is held by the Defense Health Agency. Having unique entry to this knowledge is a large boon for Google in its effort to develop and develop its rising suite of AI health-care merchandise.
The navy is at the moment getting used to pilot COVID-19-related biometric wearables for “returning to work safely.” Last December , it was announced that Hill Air Force Base in Utah would make biometric wearables a compulsory a part of the uniform for some squadrons. For instance, the airmen of the Air Force’s 649th Munitions Squadron should now put on a wise watch made by Garmin and a wise ring made by Oura as a part of their uniform.
According to the Air Force, these units detect biometric indicators which can be then analyzed for 165 completely different biomarkers by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency/Philips Healthcare AI algorithm that “attempts to recognize an infection or virus around 48 hours before the onset of symptoms.”
The improvement of that algorithm started well before the COVID-19 crisis and is a latest iteration of a sequence of navy analysis tasks that seem to have begun under the 2007 DARPA Predicting Health and Disease (PHD) project.
While of curiosity to the navy, these wearables are primarily meant for mass use — a giant step towards the infrastructure wanted for the resurrection of a biosurveillance program to be run by the national-security state.
Starting first with the navy is sensible from the national-security equipment’s perspective, as the power to watch biometric knowledge, together with feelings, has apparent attraction for these managing the not too long ago expanded “insider threat” packages in the military and the Department of Homeland Security.
One indicator of the push for mass use is that the identical Oura good ring being utilized by the Air Force was additionally not too long ago utilized by the NBA to forestall COVID-19 outbreaks amongst basketball gamers.
Prior to COVID-19, it was promoted for shopper use by members of the British Royal family and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for bettering sleep. As not too long ago as final Monday [April 26, 2021], Oura’s CEO, Harpeet Rai, mentioned that the whole way forward for wearable well being tech will quickly be “proactive rather than reactive” as a result of it’s going to concentrate on predicting illness based mostly on biometric knowledge obtained from wearables in actual time.
Another wearable tied to the navy that’s creeping into mass use is the BioButton and its predecessor the BioSticker. Produced by the corporate BioIntelliSense, the modern new BioButton is marketed as a wearable system that’s “a scalable and cost-effective solution for COVID-19 symptom monitoring at school, home and work.” BioIntelliSense received $2.8 million from the Pentagon final December to develop the BioButton and BioSticker wearables for COVID-19.
BioIntelliSense, cofounded and led by former Microsoft HealthVault developer James Mault, now has its wearable sensors being rolled out for widespread use on some school campuses and at some U.S. hospitals. In a few of these cases, the corporate’s wearables are getting used to specifically monitor the unintended effects of the COVID-19 vaccine versus signs of COVID-19 itself.
BioIntelliSense is at the moment working a examine, partnered with Philips Healthcare and the University of Colorado, on the usage of its wearables for early COVID-19 detection, which is completely funded by the US military.
While the usage of these wearables is at the moment “encouraged but optional” at these pilot places, might there come a time when they’re mandated in a office or by a authorities? It wouldn’t be unprecedented, as several countries have already required overseas arrivals to be monitored by way of use of a wearable throughout a compulsory quarantine interval. Saint Lucia is currently using BioButton for this objective.
Singapore, which seeks to be among the many first “smart nations” on the planet, has given every single one of its residents a wearable known as a “TraceTogether token” for its contact-tracing program. Either the wearable token or the HintTogether smartphone app is necessary for all workplaces, buying malls, resorts, colleges, well being care amenities, grocery shops and hair salons. Those with out entry to a smartphone are anticipated to make use of the “free” government-issued wearable token.
The Era of Digital Dictatorships Is Nearly Here
Making necessary wearables the brand new regular not only for COVID-19 prevention, however for monitoring well being basically, would institutionalize quarantining individuals who haven’t any signs of an sickness however solely an opaque algorithm’s dedication that important indicators point out “abnormal” exercise.
Given that no AI is 100% correct and that AI is simply pretty much as good as the information it’s educated on, such a system could be assured to make common errors: The query is what number of.
One AI algorithm getting used to “predict COVID-19 outbreaks” in Israel and a few U.S. states is marketed by Diagnostic Robotics; the (seemingly inflated) accuracy charge the corporate gives for its product is only 73 %. That means, by the corporate’s personal admission, their AI is incorrect 27 % of the time. Probably, it’s even much less correct, because the 73 % determine has by no means been independently verified.
Adoption of those applied sciences has benefited from the COVID-19 disaster, as supporters are seizing the chance to speed up their introduction. As a consequence, their use will quickly change into ubiquitous if this advancing agenda continues unimpeded.
Though this push for wearables is clear now, indicators of this agenda have been seen a number of years in the past. In 2018, as an example, insurer John Hancock announced that it will substitute its life insurance coverage choices with “interactive policies” that contain people having their well being monitored by business well being wearables.
Insurance Companies Push for ‘Fitness’ Wearables
Prior to that announcement, John Hancock and different insurers resembling Aetna, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare offered various rewards for policyholders who wore a health wearable and shared that knowledge with their insurance coverage firm.
In one other pre-COVID instance, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article in August 2019 that claimed that wearables “encourage healthy behaviors and empower individuals to participate in their health.” The authors of the article, who’re affiliated with Harvard, additional claimed that “incentivizing use of these devices [wearables] by integrating them in insurance policies” could also be an “attractive” coverage method.
The use of wearables for policyholders has since been closely promoted by the insurance industry, each previous to and after COVID-19, and a few speculate that well being insurers might quickly mandate their use in sure instances or as a broader coverage.
These biometric “fitness” units — resembling Amazon’s Halo — can monitor greater than your bodily important indicators, nevertheless, as they will additionally monitor your emotional state. ARPA-H/HARPA’s flagship SAFE HOME program reveals that the power to watch ideas and emotions is an already present objective of these in search of to determine this new company.
According to World Economic Forum luminary and historian Yuval Noah Harari, the transition to “digital dictatorships” may have a “big watershed” moment as soon as governments “start monitoring and surveying what is happening inside your body and inside your brain.”
He says that the mass adoption of such expertise would make human beings “hackable animals,” whereas those that abstain from having this expertise on or of their our bodies would change into a part of a brand new “useless” class. Harari has additionally asserted that biometric wearables will sometime be utilized by governments to focus on people who’ve the “wrong” emotional reactions to authorities leaders.
Unsurprisingly, considered one of Harari’s greatest followers, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, has not too long ago led his firm into the event of a comprehensive biometric and “neural” wearable based mostly on expertise from a “neural interface” start-up that Facebook acquired in 2019.
Per Facebook, the wearable “will integrate with AR [augmented reality], VR [virtual reality], and human neural signals” and is about to change into commercially accessible quickly. Facebook additionally notably owns the VR firm Oculus Rift, whose founder, Palmer Luckey, now runs the U.S. navy AI contractor Anduril.
As recently reported, Facebook was formed in its early days to be a private-sector substitute for DARPA’s controversial LifeLog program, which sought to each “humanize” AI and construct profiles on home dissidents and terror suspects. LifeLog was additionally promoted by DARPA as “supporting medical research and the early detection of an emerging pandemic.”
It seems that present tendencies and occasions present that DARPA’s decadeslong effort to merge “health security” and “national security” have now superior additional than ever earlier than.
This could partially be as a result of Bill Gates, who has wielded important affect over well being coverage globally within the final yr, is a long-time advocate of fusing well being safety and nationwide safety to thwart each pandemics and “bioterrorists” earlier than they will strike, as could be heard in his 2017 speech delivered at that yr’s Munich Security Conference.
That similar yr, Gates also publicly urged the U.S. navy to “focus more training on preparing to fight a global pandemic or bioterror attack.”
In the merging of “national security” and “health security,” any resolution or mandate promulgated as a public well being measure may very well be justified as vital for “national security,” a lot in the identical manner that the mass abuses and conflict crimes that occurred in the course of the post-9/11 “war on terror” have been equally justified by “national security” with little to no oversight.
Yet, on this case, as an alternative of solely shedding our civil liberties and management over our exterior lives, we stand to lose sovereignty over our particular person our bodies.
The NIH, which might home this new ARPA-H/HARPA, has spent hundreds of millions of dollars experimenting with the usage of wearables since 2015, not just for detecting illness signs but in addition for monitoring people’ diets and unlawful drug consumption.
Biden performed a key half in that mission, often known as the Precision Medicine initiative, and separately highlighted the usage of wearables in most cancers sufferers as a part of the Obama administration’s associated Cancer Moonshot program.
A Plan to Record, Mark and Manipulate Your Brain
The third Obama-era well being analysis mission was the NIH’s BRAIN initiative, which was launched, amongst different issues, to “develop tools to record, mark and manipulate precisely defined neurons in the living brain” which can be decided to be linked to an “abnormal” operate or a neurological illness.
These initiatives befell at a time when Eric Lander was the cochair of Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology whereas nonetheless main the Broad Institute. It is hardly a coincidence that Eric Lander is now Biden’s high science adviser, elevated to a brand new cabinet-level place and set to information the course of ARPA-H/HARPA.
Thus, Biden’s newly introduced company, if accepted by Congress, would combine these previous Obama-era initiatives with Orwellian purposes beneath one roof, however with even much less oversight than earlier than. It would additionally search to develop and mainstream the makes use of of those applied sciences and doubtlessly transfer towards creating insurance policies that will mandate their use.
If ARPA-H/HARPA is accepted by Congress and finally established, will probably be used to resurrect harmful and long-standing agendas of the national-security state and its Silicon Valley contractors, making a “digital dictatorship” that threatens human freedom, human society and doubtlessly the very definition of what it means to be human.
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