Could ISIS attack the United States with Ebola? Does the Islamic State have the capability to carry out a bio-terror attack on America with an “Ebola bomb”? Or is ISIS simply a fabrication by the U.S. government, along with the Ebola virus?
Here are the top conspiracy theories involving Ebola and the Islamic State.
1. Former CIA/NSA Contractor: ‘ISIS Fabricated by U.S.; Ebola Used as Weapon’
In the above video, Steven D. Kelley, a former CIA and NSA contractor, claims that ISIS is a U.S. creation and the “staged executions” are meant to instigate fear and generate a response from the American public to authorize more military funding by the government.
He says that ISIS was created to generate public support for the United States to defy international boundaries, illegally enter Syria, and go after Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria.
Assad stands accused of crimes against humanity and of using chemical weapons against his own people during a still on-going civil war.
The United States was originally unable to get United Nations approval to enter Syria back when the Syrian civil war started in 2011 because Russia is a supporter of Assad.
Kelley further likens the ISIS scare tactic to the current Ebola epidemic, which he also claims was created and deployed by the U.S. government as a domestic terror weapon to scare Americans out of their critical thinking skills.
2. Ebola Bomb
Is ISIS capable of creating and discharging an “Ebola bomb” in the United States?
Some speculation surrounding this seemingly outlandish idea seems to suggest “yes.”
In August, a laptop owned by an ISIS member allegedly showed plans by the terrorist organization to develop and implement bio-chemical bombs, including the bubonic plague. The Independent reports:
The computer, shown to Foreign Policy reporters, was found to include the typical propaganda and instruction manuals, but the physics and chemistry student who owned the laptop also had a 19-page document on how to develop biological weapons, including the bubonic plague. It included instructions on how to test the weapons in mice.
The document also stated that bio-chemical weapons were best used in “small grenades with the virus, and throw them in closed areas like metros, soccer stadiums, or entertainment centers.”
The use of air conditioning ducts for dispersal was also mentioned.
With the current epidemic of Ebola and its high mortality rate, it’s not outlandish to think that ISIS may have moved beyond the idea of the bubonic plague to a more modern virus.
Bats are already known carriers of Ebola, and it has been suggested by the United Nations that these winged mammals may have been the primary contributors to the current crisis in West Africa.
As stated earlier, ISIS has taken note of the ability of viruses to serve as weapons of mass destruction.
Bat guano (feces) is full of Potassium Nitrate, a common ingredient in explosives. But whether the Potassium Nitrate extracted from Ebola-infected guano could be used to spread deadly viruses is yet unknown.
However, fertilizer bombs have been attempted by terrorists in the past. The most known of which was in 2010, when Times Square terror suspect Faisal Shahzad failed to detonate his fertilizer bomb.
4. Infected Militants
Besides the development and implementation of Ebola-laced explosives, could ISIS send over suicidal, Ebola-infected militants?
International Business Times, who picked up the story, claims that “Islamic State militants might be conspiring to deliberately infect jihadists with the deadly Ebola virus and send them to America in order to spread the disease in the U.S.”
This would incite further pandemonium in the United States, which is already suffering under public outcry over government negligence in the CDC’s dealing with Amber Jay Vinson.
5. The U.S. Deployed Ebola in Islamic State Territory to Kill Islamists
On the flip side of suicidal, Ebola-infected militants, some are suggesting that the recent report of Ebola symptoms appearing in Syria and other Islamic State held territory could be the doings of Uncle Sam himself.
The idea has been put forward by various conspiracy sites and stands in stark contrast to the majority of theories which put the hands of bio-chemical attacks in ISIS’ court.
However, even if this theory did hold true, the United States would never acknowledge it as purposefully deploying Ebola would be seen as a breach of a menagerie of international war treaties.