A lawmaker who wants the Pentagon to investigate whether military biological weapons experiments with ticks cause Lyme disease insists he is not spreading conspiracy theories. "Why wouldn't we want to know?" Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told Task & Purpose. "Let the IG [inspector general's office] decide that -- and put this to bed forever -- if indeed it's a fable, if it's untrue." Smith authored an amendment to the House version of the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Pentagon to investigate whether the military released infected ticks onto an unsuspecting American public "by accident or experiment design." But experts say they are skeptical of any link between U.S. military bioweapons research and the outbreak of Lyme disease. Read more on Military.com.
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