The use of ticks for biological warfare has been corroborated. #Bitten
James H. Oliver, Jr. is Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Biology Emeritus at Georgia Southern University and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Oliver is widely recognized as an international expert in medical entomology and acarology, especially the biology and cytogenetics of pathogen-transmitting ticks and parasitic mites.
"I am a biologist, so that's where I started working on ticks and mosquitoes—how to produce a lot of them. Drop them out of airplanes. Everything was very hush-hush, very secret. I'm still leery talking about it, because I think they might put me in jail because I'm delivering secrets. [Laughs.] It was a crazy time.
We would run all kinds of distribution tests on where these things go when you release them and what were the factors that would cause the migration. Can we drop them out of airplanes and how do we get the bugs to the enemy? That was the thing we did.
[My basic training was] 1954-1955. The army told me to go to Frederick, Maryland. It was a secret biological warfare facility and that intrigued me: studying ticks, mosquitoes, and the pathogens they transmitted.
We knew the Russians were involved in [human pathongenic] biological warfare. So I did that....."