This very unusual article was passed on to me by Mr.K.L., a regular reader here, and I had to include it in this week's blog scheduling. In fact, when I read it, I immediately moved it into the "finals" pile without even putting it into the "semi-finals" pile, because its contents are so unusual. There is, it seems a new technology of rapid medical testing of all sorts, from a mere drop of blood.
The catch is, however, who's on the board of the company doing the testing:
Let's look at those people again:
"So who could argue with that story right? A bright young prodigy emerges from Silicon Valley, drops out of Stanford and ten years later develops a product that could disrupt the healthcare industry for the better. So what’s the catch? Well, as the Wall Street Journal itself noted later on in that very same article:
''Ms. Holmes declines to discuss Theranos’s future plans, though one may speculate. There could be military applications in the battlefield, especially given the numerous framed American flags across the Theranos office and the presence on its corporate board of retired Gens. Jim Mattis and Gary Roughead, former Defense Secretary Bill Perry and former Secretary of State George Shultz.
"It was this paragraph that raised a red flag for me back then, but I more or less brushed it off and forgot about the story. Until today, when I came across an article by Robert Wenzel titled, What is Henry Kissinger and Gang Up To Now? It was here that I realized there are far more shady members of the board that was initially reported. We can now add to the list:
- Henry Kissinger
- Richard Kovacevich- who served as the Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo & Company from 1998–2007 and Chairman of the Board from 2001-2009.
- William Perry- Former Secretary of Defense
- Riley P. Bechtel -Chairman of the Board and a Director of Bechtel Group, Inc
- Bill Frist- Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
- Samuel Nunn- Served as a United States Senator from Georgia for twenty-four years and as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee
The question is, why would such people be involved backing a new medical testing technology?
Well, as you can imagine, this article stimulated high octane speculations of all sorts. Suppose, for example, that this technology were integrated with genome sequencing technology such as to allow almost immediate determination of where an individual came from, i.e., what y-chromosomal and mitochondrial haplogroups one came from. If one were determined to track a certain segment of a population, or, for that matter, wanted to find out if "anyone else" was on this planet who looked like us, walked like us, talked like us, but wasn't, really, "us," then such a technology would be very useful to such a program. It would permit one to "look" without appearing to look. Similarly, such a technology could be very beneficial to covert bio-weapons projects, and a host of other things.
Couple this with an extraordinary data-mining and electronic surveillance operation, and one has a database capability that boggles the mind. And really, when you think about it, isn't it odd that the NSA located its data processing center in Utah, home of a religious group well-known for its genealogical fascinations and database?
See you on the flip side...