WASHINGTON, D.C.— The full House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) which directs the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Defense to investigate the “possible involvement of DOD biowarfare labs in the weaponization of Lyme disease in ticks and other insects” from 1950-1975.
According to Smith, he was “inspired to write the amendment”—now part of the House-passed 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)—by “a number of books and articles suggesting that significant research had been done at U.S. government facilities including Fort Detrick, Maryland and Plum Island, New York to turn ticks and other insects into bioweapons.”
110 Monmouth County teenagers—potential future law enforcement officers–completed the 27th Annual Monmouth County Sheriff Youth Week last Friday during a graduation ceremony at the Police Academy in Freehold.
MMM asked Smith to comment on the Epstein indictment and the TVPA’s impact on prosecuting human trafficking.
“Nearly 20 years ago, I wrote the Trafficking Victims Protection Act which is being used in the Epstein prosecution, to give law enforcement better tools to prosecute, convict and jail human traffickers—and to help rescue and protect victims, who are mostly women and children,” said Smith who also authored four subsequent laws reauthorizing, strengthening and expanding America’s anti-human trafficking programs.
Sea Bright: The Monmouth County #DWI Task Force will conduct a checkpoint from 9p Fri – 1a Sat on Ocean Ave. Task force members & officers from the Sea Bright PD will pull vehicles from the NB lanes into the Sea Bright Boro parking lot to determine the driver’s sobriety. #mcponjpic.twitter.com/qWhYt2kkw2
In a letter dated July 9 to Veronica Allende, Director of the Division of Criminal Justice in the AG’s Office, Golden promised to provide the information demanded in Allende’s letter of July 8 and enlisted the support of ICE to also provide information to the Attorney General’s Office.
Golden touted the success of Monmouth County’s 287 (g) agreement with ICE, which he said has been in place since 2010 and is only instituted at the jail: