The Future Of Entomological Warfare

MAYOR BRADLEY:

WHEN COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS FAIL TO LISTEN TO REASON, OR PUT PROFIT ABOVE COMMON SENSE, IT BECOMES NECESSARY FOR THE PEOPLE TO CREATE BY FORCE OR SUBVERSION THE MEANS TO ENLIGHTEN THEM.

. . . THE INVOLUNTARY AERIAL SPRAYING OF CARCINOGENIC POISONS UPON OUR HOMES IS THE LAST STRAW. WE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING. WE COULD PROBABLY MAKE OUR POINT, ALBEIT A MINOR ONE, BY ASSASSINATING A FEW SELECT COUNTY OFFICIALS, OR DO THE SAME TO UNIVERSITY ENTOMOLOGISTS WHO SUPPORT THE PRO-PESTICIDE POSTION [sic] . . . WE HAVE A BETTER IDEA.

WE DECIDED TO MAKE THE MEDFLY "PROBLEM" UNMANAGEABLE AND AERIAL SPRAYING POLITICALLY AND FINANCIALLY INTOLERABLE.

EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO WE IMPORTED EGGS AND LARVAE OF FERTILE MEDFLIES AND RELATED GENERA INTO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AND STARTED BREEDING THEM HERE . . .

THIS IS NO JOKE. WE STRONGLY URGE YOU AND OTHER OFFICIALS TO TAKE US VERY SERIOUSLY, OR THE MEDFLY "PROBLEM" OF 1990 WILL BECOME A NIGHTMARE. WE ESTIMATE THAT FOR EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND, IT WILL COST THE CITY AND COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES A MILLION OR MORE TO THWART OUR EFFORTS.

(signed)

BREEDERS

—Excerpt of the letter sent to the mayor of Los Angeles and other officials by a domestic terrorist group threatening to use insects to wreak havoc.

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