Proposal Title: DEFUSE – Defusing the Threat of Bat-borne Coronaviruses (2018)
Proposal Identifier: HR001118S0017-PREEMPT-FP-019
Amounts Requested by EcoHealth Alliance:
Phase I $8,411,546
Phase II $5,797,699
Total: $14,209,245


The DEFUSE proposed project by EHA was rejected by DARPA, although “if funding became available”, certain components of particular interest could have gone ahead, subject to a clear contractual Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) risk mitigation plan that ‘includes a responsible communications plan’.


The Biological Technologies Office of DARPA reviewed the EcoHealth Alliance DEFUSE proposal and the Evaluation Reports and decided it was “selectable”. In doing so, two out of three reviewers considered the aim of preempting “zoonotic spillover through reduction of viral shedding in the bat caves” as of interest to DARPA. These reviewers assessed the EHA and Collaborators team and concluded that:

-They have plenty of prior experience.

-They have access to Yunnan caves where bats are infected with SARSr viruses.

-They have carried out past surveillance work

-They have developed geo-based risk maps of zoonotic hotspots

-Their proposed experimental work is logical and can validate molecular and evolutionary

-Their proposed preemption approaches can rapidly be validated using bat and “batenized” mouse models. However, the Biological Technologies Office did not recommend it be funded at that time because significant weaknesses were identified.

Rejection Letter – Findings p. 2/2

  1. The proposal is considered to potentially involve GoF/DURC research because they propose to synthesize spike glycoproteins which bind to human cell receptors and insert them into SARSr-CoV backbones to assess whether they can cause SARS-like disease.
  2. However the proposal does not mention or assess potential risks of Gain of Function (GoF) research.
  3. Nor does the proposal mention or assess Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) issues, and thus fails to present a DURC risk mitigation plan.
  4. The proposal hardly addresses or discusses ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI).
  5. The proposal fails to discuss problems with the proposed vaccine delivery systems caused by the known issues of variability in vaccine dosage.
  6. The proposal did not provide sufficient information about how EHA would use any data obtained and how they would model development or perform any necessary statistical analysis.
  7. The proposal did not explain clearly how EHA will take advantage of their previous work, nor how that previous work could be extended.
  8. The proposal failed to clearly assess how it would deploy and validate the “TA2 preemption methods” in the wild. This refers to carrying out experiments with effective immune boosting molecules and delivery techniques via FEA aerosolization mechanism at one test and. two control bat cave sites in Yunnan, China (PARC, EHA, WIV).
  9. The proposal does not address concerns about these vaccines not being able to protect against the wide variety of coronaviruses in bat caves which are constantly evolving due to insufficient epitope coverage.
  10. DRASTIC independently assesses that the tone of the proposal (see for instance the ‘our cave complex’) and the deep suggested involvement of some of the WIV parties (Shi Zheng Li employed half-time for 3 years – paid via the grant – and invited to DARPA headquarters at Arlington), may not have helped either – especially in the absence of any DURC risk mitigation program.

It is clear that the proposed DEFUSE project led by Peter Daszak could have put local communities at risk by failing to consider the following issues:

  • Gain of Function
  • Dual Use Research of Concern
  • Vaccine epitope coverage
  • Regulatory requirements
  • ELSI (ethical, legal, and social issues)
  • Data Usage

VERITAS: Sr. Advisor Reveals NJ Governor Phil Murphy Funneled $40 Million In Taxpayer Funds To Illegals

WASHINGTON– In a blockbuster report, Project Veritas revealed Wednesday that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy secretly funneled $40 million dollars in taxpayer funds to illegal immigrants and plans to give millions more.

Veritas, who earlier in the week released an undercover video of Wendy Martinez, Murphy’s senior advisor, revealing Murphy’s plans to issue vaccine mandates upon all New Jersey residents once re-elected, followed up the bombshell report with additional, previously unreleased video of Martinez revealing the exclusive details.

“It [money] was for the excluded workers – for the undocumented workers. I think it’s $40 million, something like that, and to designate that much at this point would be political suicide,” Martinez said of Murphy’s funneling funds to illegals.

“If he allocates that much to the illegals? So, he isn’t going to say anything right now?” the undercover Veritas reporter asks Martinez in the secretly recorded video.

“There’s been some money given already. It hasn’t been said,” Martinez replied. “What’s happening is they want more. I think that the forty million was what was already given.”

“But if he talks about it, then it’s gonna be suicide for him?” the reporter asks.

“If he does it right now, yes,” Martinez replies.

Matthew Urquijo – the manager of NJ Forward – was also caught by a Project Veritas’ undercover journalist admitting that he anticipates the governor providing more taxpayer money to illegals. The democrats in the state, he said, are focusing heavily on winning seats in the state legislature so they are able to ram through their radical agendas with little pushback.

“I think there’s definitely going to be more aid. Especially [because] this will be his second term,” Urquijo said. The goal is to win even more seats in the legislature so that we can like, just push, push through.“

PROJECT VERITAS: Leaked DHS Email Shows Biden Admin Proposal to Expedite Asylum Requests Following Afghanistan Crisis

WASHINGTON- A leaked email obtained exclusively by Project Veritas from the Department of Homeland Security documents efforts by the Biden administration to hasten asylum requests amid the growing Afghanistan crisis.

“The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice (DOJ) are proposing changes to the current regulations relating to certain protection claims raised by individuals subject to expedited removal who are found to have a credible fear of expedition and torture,” the email, written by USCIS director Ur M. Jaddou states.

“These proposed changes are designed to accelerate the adjudication process for individuals in expedited removal proceedings who are seeking asylum, witholding of removal or protection under the Convention Against Torture,” the email continues. They are also designed to reduce the significant backlog in asylum claims pending with DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.”

The explosive developments came Wednesday as Joe Biden defended his administration’s execution of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, saying that he doesn’t think the crisis represented a failure on his administration’s part.

“I don’t think it was a failure,” Biden said in an interview with ABC News.

“When you had the government of Afghanistan, the leader of that government getting into a plane and taking off and going to another country,” he added. “When you saw the significant collapse of the Afghan troops we had trained, that was — you know I’m not — that’s what happened. That’s simply what happened.”

Republicans and Democrats alike have criticized Biden’s handling of the Afghan crisis.

A bipartisan letter drafted by 47 senators and sent to the White House on Monday called out Biden on the possible impact of his recent decision on endangered Afghan women.

“We strongly urge you to create a humanitarian parole category specifically for women leaders, activists, human rights defenders, judges, parliamentarians, journalists, and members of the Female Tactical Platoon of the Afghan Special Security Forces and to streamline the paperwork process to facilitate referrals to allow for fast, humane, and efficient relocation to the United States,” the letter stated.

Sen. Tom Carper, (D)-Del., said in a statement that the withdrawal of U.S. troops “should have been carefully planned to prevent violence and instability.”

“We must act swiftly to protect Americans and our Afghan allies and partners on the ground,” he said. “We cannot abandon those who fought by our side who now face mortal danger from the Taliban’s takeover. We have a moral obligation to act immediately to protect their lives and a national security imperative to ensure that Afghan soil does not again become a source of terrorist attacks on our allies and our homeland.”

TWITTER BUSTED: Project Veritas catches social media giant admitting to sharing Trump’s private messages

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — James O’Keefe on Wednesday announced on Conservative radio show host Michael Savage’s daytime show ( that his undercover organization, Project Veritas, had captured a high ranking engineer at Twitter admitting to sharing President Donald Trump’s private messages with the Department of Justice, which has been engaged in an ongoing investigation into the president’s relationship with Russia for nearly a year.

A video posted to the Project Veritas website ( reportedly shows an unsuspecting senior network security engineer at Twitter, Clay Haynes, admitting to sharing the president’s private messages, unbeknownst to Trump.

“We’re more than happy to help the DOJ with their little investigation” in the video, which was secretly recorded on January 3.

Speaking with an undercover journalist during a sit-down luncheon at a San Fransico cafe, Haynes seemingly let his guard down, blissfully unaware that the conversation was being recorded.

After being prompted by the incognito reporter for further details on what info was up for grabs, Haynes replied, “Basically, giving them every single tweet that he’s posted. Even the ones he’s deleted, any direct messages, any mentions.”

When pressed for a reason as to why he would want to violate the president’s privacy, Haynes replied, “He’s dangerous, I don’t like him and he’s a terrible human being and I want to get rid of him.”

“I don’t like being part of the machine that is contributing to America’s downfall,” Haynes continued, before describing himself as a “bleeding-heart Liberal”.

“I think it comes with the territory,” he added.

In response to the controversy, Twitter issued a public statement on Thursday, claiming that Haynes was speaking only for himself and does not represent the views of the company as a whole.

“Twitter only responds to valid legal requests, and does not share any user information with law enforcement without such a request,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

“We deplore the deceptive and underhanded tactics by which this footage was obtained and selectively edited to fit a pre-determined narrative. Twitter is committed to enforcing our rules without bias and empowering every voice on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules.”

Under California law, the methods used to obtain the video are considered legal because the conversation took place in a public location with no expectation of privacy.

Calls for comment to The White House were not immediately returned.