Think of O.J. Simpson. Think of Ken Lay. Think of
Kobe Bryant. Think of other rich criminals, criminals with so
much money they can evade justice. Rich criminals can hire lawyers
and accountants and doctors and even forensic experts to prove
they are innocent even when they are guilty. Think of Kobe Bryant's
victim. His money against her lack of it. In the end guilt or
innocence didn't matter, only his money mattered. Money wins so
Kobe wins, so there isn't even a trial. Now multiply his money
by a million. Now imagine a criminal with all the resources of
the federal government to protect him.
Imagine you were the anthrax terrorist but too powerful
for even the FBI to charge, too powerful to even investigate.
Imagine your coconspirators were too secret and protected for
law enforcement to even question. Imagine if, instead of hiring
forensic experts to try to introduce doubt into any case against
you, you could marshal all the scientists of the US germ warfare
programs, all the agents of the FBI, and assign them to pin your
crimes on someone else. Imagine that the FBI isn't allowed to
consider what enemy the targets had in common, that they can't
demand the CIA or the DOD tell them who might have produced the
anthrax, that they can't even ask who had the authority to order
it sent, and that they can't investigate the prime suspect. .
Imaging an anthrax terrorist so powerful he could
order the assassination of the scientists who had been instructed
to produce the anthrax and/or mail it. Imagine being an anthrax
terrorist so powerful you can kill the people you swore to protect,
so powerful you can get away with it. Imagine George Bush as the
And around and around the FBI goes, looking again
and again at labs that couldn't have made the anthrax, looking
at scientists without the access, expertise or information necessary
to produce it and all because the FBI is not allowed to look at
the classified labs that could have produced it, because the FBI
is not allowed to even know what or where these labs are or who
works in them, just as they are not allowed to focus on George
W. Bush, the one man in the world with the method, opportunity
and motive to order weaponized anthrax from deep in the US bioweapons
program sent to those 5 particular targets at that particular
"Frankly, I find it
puzzling," says Elisa D. Harris, who served as director of
nonproliferation issues at the National Security Council from
1993 until 2001, and is currently a resident scholar at the University
of Maryland. "Given what's been reported about the nature
and quality of the anthrax material in the Daschle and Leahy letters,
that the material itself almost certainly originated in the U.S.
biological weapons program, they ought to be able to narrow the
investigation to a fairly limited number of facilities. That
number is certainly less than 20."
"I think a number of us were surprised by some of the revelations"
of secret bioweapons programs, says Elisa D. Harris, the former
Clinton administration NSC official. Harris thinks it's possible
the FBI itself is not aware of all of the biodefense work being
contracted out by the U.S. government, because it is such a highly
secretive and compartmentalized program.
Harris says she was shocked to read in the New York Times last
September about biodefense research programs that she herself
had not known about, although she had served for eight years in
the White House as the point person for weapons of mass destruction
"I was only aware of one of those three programs," Harris
says. "I was never told by the Defense Department about the
other two. I was also not aware that since the early 1990s,
the U.S. Army has apparently been producing small quantities of
dry, very potent Ames strain anthrax."
This tells you what the source of the anthrax was:
still secret bioweapons programs, programs and people under control
of the president, programs and people that even a scientist who
worked in the White House, who was on the National Security Council
for 8 years, and who specialized in WMD, didn't know about. And
still the FBI circles around, investigating thousands of other
labs that could never have produced the weaponized anthrax used
in the attacks because they are not allowed to investigate the
few that could have.
If the FBI has a suspect there would
be traces in the person's home, office or car and tell-tale
antibodies in the blood.
A sweep of items belonging to Mohamed Atta -- a suspect in one
of the Sept. 11 hijackings who flew planes near the site of
the anthrax case -- and a screening of the other 18 suspected
hijackers' possessions, cars and hotel rooms turned up no evidence
that they came in contact with anthrax or other biochemical
agents, officials said.
There we go. "If the FBI has a suspect there would be
traces in the person's home, office or car and tell-tale antibodies
in the blood." As much as the Bush White House wanted
to pin the attacks on the hijackers, to implicate Iraq, as much
as they later wanted to use Hatfill as a patsy, there were no
traces in their homes, offices or cars.
Linger a Year After Anthrax Mailings
Thompson, a former governor with no scientific or medical
training, issued orders that all information to the public and
media come from his office, barring government scientists and
health experts from providing expert advice or information.
So Tommy Thompson stopped all new information about
the anthrax attacks from being released. Once he took control the
"We needed information," John
Auerbach, executive director of the Boston Board of Health,
said recently. "Every kind of government report that we
needed was delayed. We were getting information from journalists,
for God's sake, not the CDC. There simply wasn't a good, accurate,
timely internal communication system."
"From the moment
one saw that it was highly concentrated Ames strain anthrax, the
first lead candidate should have been a U.S. laboratory with a
military contract," says MIT's Jonathan King. "Instead,
we heard no such public admission. Immediately they were talking
about Iraq and al-Qaida, when the largest such facilities are
in the U.S. That leads me to think two things: the U.S. government
is covering up the fact that the most likely source of the anthrax
was not al-Qaida, was not foreign terrorists, but was a home-grown
individual. And secondly, it was turned into part of the anti-terrorist
So, it was US government anthrax and the Bush administration
attempted to pin it on Iraq. But that was the main purpose of
the attacks, to give a justification for invading Iraq.
Inquiry Tried, but Failed, to Link Iraq to Anthrax Attack
Shortly after the first anthrax victim died in October,
the Bush administration began an intense effort to explore any
possible link between Iraq and the attacks and continued
to do so even after scientists determined that the lethal germ
was an American strain, scientists and government officials
"We looked for any shred of evidence that would bear on this,
or any foreign source," a senior intelligence official said
of an Iraq connection. "It's just not there." The
focus on Iraq was based on its record of developing a germ arsenal
and also on what some officials said was a
desire on the part of the administration to find a reason to attack
Iraq in the war on terrorism.
One discovery early in the inquiry seemed to undercut the foreign
thesis. The anthrax used in the first attack, in Florida, and
in subsequent attacks turned out to be the Ames strain, named
after its place of origin in Iowa. While investigators found that
this domestic variety of anthrax had been shipped to some laboratories
overseas, none could be traced to Baghdad.
Nevertheless, government officials continued
pushing the Iraq theory, scientists and officials involved in
the inquiry said.
They wanted to use the anthrax attack as a reason
to attack Iraq. Can you say "Operation Northwoods"?
And can you say "incubator babies"?
Even Israel got into the lying act. But no surprise
unfounded conspiracy theories. The evidence is overwhelming
that the FBI has consistently shied away from pursuing the anthrax
Alibek is President of Hadron Advanced Biosystems. On October
2, 2001, just two days before the first anthrax case was reported
in Boca Raton, Florida and a week and a half before the first
anthrax was sent through the mail to NBC News in New York, Advanced
Biosystems received an $800,000 grant from NIH to focus on very
specific defenses against anthrax. Hadron has long been
linked with the CIA.
So they got their grant BEFORE the anthrax attack,
just like they or the CIA knew it was coming.
Ross reported that
U.S. military and intelligence agencies have refused to provide
the FBI with a full listing of the secret facilities and employees
working on anthrax projects. Because of this stonewalling,
crucial evidence has been withheld. Professor Jeanne Guilleman
of MIT's Biological Weapons Studies Center told ABC, "We're
talking here about laboratories where, in fact, the material
that we know was in the Daschle letter and in the Leahy letter
could have been produced. And I think that's what the FBI is
still trying to find out." But the FBI
does not seem to want to pursue these important leads.
...the FBI does not seem to want to pursue these important leads....the
FBI does not seem to want to pursue these important leads...the
FBI does not seem to want to pursue these important leads...
William Capers Patrick III was part of
the original Fort Detrick anthrax development program, which
"officially" ended in 1972 when President Nixon signed,
along with the Soviet Union and United Kingdom, the Biological
Weapons Convention. Nixon had actually ordered the Pentagon
to stop producing biological weapons in 1969. It now seems likely
that the U.S. military and intelligence community failed to
follow Nixon's orders and, in fact, have consistently violated
a lawful treaty signed by the United States. Cuba certainly
accused the United States of using biological war weapons against
it during the 1970s. In his book, Biological Warfare in the
21st Century, Malcolm Dando refers to the U.S. bio-attacks against
the Caribbean island nation. The American covert campaign
targeted the tobacco crop using blue mold, the sugar cane crop
using cane smut, livestock using African swine fever, and the
Cuban population using a hemorrhagic strain of dengue fever.
The BBC reported that Battelle
Memorial Institute (a favorite Pentagon and CIA contractor
and for whom Alibek served as biological warfare program manager
in 1998) conducted a secret
biological warfare test in the Nevada desert using genetically-modified
anthrax early last September, right
before the terrorist attacks. The BBC reported
that Patrick's paper on sending anthrax through the mail was
also part of the classified contractor work on the deadly bacterial
Steven Block of Stanford University, an expert on biological
warfare, told The Dallas Morning News that, "The American
process for preparing anthrax is secret in its details, but
experts know that it produces an extremely pure powder. One
gram (a mere 28th of an ounce) contains a trillion spores .
. . A trillion spores per gram is basically solid spore . .
. It appears from all reports so far that this was a powder
made with the so-called optimal U.S. recipe . . . That
means they either had to have information from the United States
or maybe they were the United States.
"The one person who was in a position to know about
the origin of the anthrax sent through the U.S. Postal Service
met with a very suspicious demise just a month after the attacks
first began. The reported "suicide" and then "accidental
death" of noted Harvard biophysics scientist and anthrax,
Ebola, AIDS, herpes, and influenza expert, Dr. Don C. Wiley,
on the Interstate 55 Hernando De Soto Bridge that links Memphis
to West Memphis, Arkansas, was probably a well-planned murder,
according to local law enforcement officials in Tennessee and
On November 15, Wiley's abandoned 2001 Mitsubishi Galant rental
car was strangely found in the wrong lane, west in the eastbound
lane of the bridge. The keys were still in the ignition, the
gas tank was full, the hub cap of the right front wheel was
missing, and there were yellow scrape marks on the driver's
side of the vehicle, indicating a possible sideswipe.
According to U.S. intelligence sources, Wiley may have been
the victim of an intelligence agency hit. That jibes with local
police comments that the FBI and "other" U.S. agencies
stepped in to prevent the local Memphis police from taking a
closer look into the case.
The South African media has been abuzz with details of that
nation's former biological warfare program and its links to
the CIA. The head of the South African program, Dr. Wouter Basson,
was reportedly offered a job with the CIA in the United States
after the fall of the apartheid regime. According to former
South African National Intelligence Agency deputy director Michael
Kennedy, when Basson refused the offer, the CIA allegedly
threatened to kill him. One of the South African's secret
projects involved sending anthrax through the mail. Among the
techniques that fell into the hands of the Americans was a method
by which anthrax spores were, with deadly effect, incorporated
on to the gummed flaps of envelopes.
Many of Dr. Wiley's family and friends doubt he would have committed
suicide. The fact that he was certainly in a position to know
about the origination of various viruses and bacteria -- which
could have led to the U.S. government -- would have made him
a prime target for a government seeking to cover up its illegal
work in biological warfare.
For those who disbelieve the possibility that the U.S. Government
is the number one suspect in the anthrax attacks, they are directed
to James Bamford's book on the National Security Agency, Body
of Secrets. The book reveals that in 1962,Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff Lyman Lemnitzer was planning, along with other
member of the Joint Chiefs, a virtual coup d'etat against the
administration of President Kennedy using acts of terrorism
carried out by the military but to be blamed on the Castro government
in Cuba. The secret pan, code-named Operation
Northwoods, entailed having U.S. military personnel
shoot innocent people on the streets of American cities, sink
boats carrying Cuban refugees to Florida, and conduct terrorist
bombings in Washington, DC, Miami and other cities. Innocent
people were to be framed for committing bombings and hijacking
So far, the Bush administration has refused to support a
full and independent Congressional investigation into the events
of September 11 [for all the good
that did] and the later events involving anthrax.
It seems it and the three-letter agencies the
administration is so fond of praising, and funding, know more
about the source of the anthrax attacks than they are admitting.
By Anthrax by Richard J. Ochs (revised June 9, 2002)
Suspect : The CIA:The CIA has cultures
of the Ames strain.
The Agency has been conducting
secret experiments with powdered germs since 1997 at Battelle
Memorial Institute in Ohio.Battelle received the Ames strain
from Fort Detrick in May of 2001. The CIA said it was trying
to develop defenses against anthrax, but did not explain why
it was doing what other defense labs were set up to do. As of
December 16, 2001, one FBI investigator said that the CIA's
anthrax project was the "best lead they have at this point."
Just as Oliver North ran an illegal and secret Iran-Contra
scam out of the White House, with then President Reagan and
CIA denying knowledge of it, so too could conspirators operate
secretly and illegally to intimidate the congressional opposition
now. Former President Nixon did this also with his Watergate
break-in, enemies list and domestic surveillance. There is evidence
that George H.W.Bush, former head of the CIA, made a secret
pre-election deal in 1980 with the Iranian hostage holders,
delaying their release until after the election to insure the
victory of Ronald Reagan. After all these dirty tricks, is
it too outrageous to think the President's men would stoop to
intimidating Congress with anthrax?
The glaring coincidence of the anthrax attacks with the passage
of the Patriot Act can only be ignored as an elephant is ignored
at a tea party. It is believable that this coincidence was overlooked
in the fall of 2001 due to all the confusion, including letters
to other places. In historical hindsight, the connection is
obvious. It can be ignored now only as Germans ignored the
death camps - the brazenness of the crime was unbelievable.
Moreover, to admit the crime's existence requires a courageous
Dr. Rosenberg, who is chairwoman of
an arms control panel at the Federation of American Scientists,
a private group in Washington, has argued repeatedly that states,
not individuals, tend to have the wherewithal to make advanced
Dr. Rosenberg contends that the Ames
strain probably did not originate in 1980 or 1981, as is often
asserted, but arose decades earlier and was used in the secret
American program to make biological weapons.
"All the available information," she
said, "is consistent with a U.S. government lab as the
source, either of the anthrax itself or of the recipe for the
U.S. weaponization process." Dr. Rosenberg contended that
the anthrax used in the attacks either originated in the weapons
program itself or was made by someone who had learned the recipe.
There was only one week between Sept 11
and Sept 18, when the first two letters (and probably another
letter, never found, to AMI) were postmarked. This suggests
that the anthrax was already in hand, and the attack largely
planned, before Sept 11.
...the anthrax was already in hand, and the attack largely planned,
before Sept 11...the anthrax was already in hand, and the attack
largely planned, before Sept 11...the anthrax
was already in hand, and the attack largely planned, before Sept
A classified report dated February, 1999
discusses responses to an anthrax attack through the mail. The
report, precipitated by a series of false anthrax mailings,
was written by William Patrick, inventor of the US weaponization
process, under a CIA contract to SAIC. The report describes
what the US military could do and what a terrorist might be
able to achieve. According to the NY Times (12 Dec. 01) the
report predicted about 2.5g of anthrax per envelope (the Daschle
letter contained 2g) and assumed a poorer quality of anthrax
than that found in the Daschle letter. If the perpetrator had
access to the materials and information necessary for the attack,
he must have had security clearance or other means for accessing
classified information, and may therefore have seen the report
and used it as a model for the attack.
The perpetrator was probably ready before Sept. 11 and simply
took advantage of the likelihood that Sept. 11 would throw suspicion
on Muslim terrorists. Was the perpetrator trying to push
the US toward some retaliatory military action?
Like using the anthrax attack as a justification
for the invasion of Iraq?
The perpetrator successfully covered
every personal trace when he prepared and mailed the letters,
which suggests that he had forensic training or experience.
Like maybe a CIA agent?
Even if the perpetrator did not make
the anthrax himself, just filling the letters with it was
a dangerous operation. The perpetrator therefore must have
received the anthrax vaccine recently (it requires a yearly
booster shot). The vaccine is in short supply and is not generally
accessible, and vaccination records are undoubtedly available.
The perpetrator also appears to have special expertise in evading
contamination while handling weaponized anthrax.
Secret or questionable biodefense
projects tend to be given to the CIA, DOE or other agencies
and contractors instead of to DOD, in order to maintain deniability
(for example, only DOD programs have been reported by the US
in the annual information exchange about biodefense activities,
under the Biological Weapons Convention). Many contractor
scientists work in government labs. A CIA spokesman says that
CIA scientists work with other government agencies and contractors
on the biodefense program.
And The Agency - Thinking The Unthinkable
the FBI has never been keen to identify the perpetrator
because that perpetrator may, in fact, be the U.S. Government
itself. Evidence is mounting
that the source of the anthrax was a top secret U.S. Army laboratory
in Maryland and that the perpetrators involve high-level officials
in the U.S. military and intelligence infrastructure.
Forget unfounded conspiracy theories.
The evidence is overwhelming
that the FBI has consistently shied away from pursuing the anthrax
"There are really only a few places weapons-grade anthrax
could have come from, including Dugway [Army Proving Grounds
in Utah], Fort Detrick, and other labs contracted by the military,"
said David Fidler, a University of Indiana law professor
who has written about the legal implications of biological terrorism.
"In a way, you have one arm of the executive
branch investigating another. And the FBI doesn't have the built-in
competencies to conduct an investigation alone which is based
on public health principles and science."
But here the FBI has hit a particularly baffling roadblock.
The bureau's investigators
are not confident that other government agencies, such as the
CIA and the Department of Defense, have let them in on the full
range of bio-defense work they have commissioned. And
this lack of full disclosure may not just be a matter of stonewalling,
one former FBI investigator suggested. Rather, FBI investigators
may not have the top level security clearances that would allow
CIA or Pentagon officials to disclose all they know. The result
is an almost comical impasse of mutual distrust and bureaucratic
red tape. If the FBI can't investigate the U.S. bio-defense
establishment, who can?
is stonewalling the US anthrax investigation?
Top Democratic Party leaders are aware that they were targeted
for assassination by a former special forces operative with
close ties to the military and intelligence apparatus, a man
whose identity is known but who for some reason cannot be arrested.
They are told that the FBI is deliberately stalling the probe,
while the Bush administration pretends that it has no suspects
and little information about the attacks. Yet the leaders of
the official political opposition say nothing publicly about
what amounts to an attempted political coup d'état, and
a compliant media sustains the cover-up.
The Daschle sample contains a special
form of silica used in the US process. It does not contain bentonite
(used by the Iraqis). A "coating" on the spores in
the letter sample, indicative of the secret US process, has
been observed. The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in
Washington, DC has studied the sample using an energy dispersive
X-ray specroscope, which can detect the presence of extremely
tiny quantities of chemicals; traces of several chemicals have
been found (but not reported, presumably for security reasons).
Additive use could shift theory in anthrax
case, FBI's interest in Hatfill seems to have dropped off
By Scott Shane
Originally published November 28, 2003
Adding fuel to a debate that has simmered among scientists since
the 2001 anthrax attacks, an article published today in Science
magazine says that the deadly spores mailed to two U.S. senators
contained sophisticated additives to make the powder float more
freely in the air. If confirmed, such a technical innovation
might be an important clue in the seemingly stalled FBI investigation,
narrowing the field of potential suspects to people with access
to such additives and expertise in using them.
The Science article, by free-lance writer Gary Matsumoto, addresses
scientists' analysis of the tiny quantity of powder retrieved
from letters addressed to Democratic Sens. Tom Daschle of South
Dakota and Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont.
Matsumoto suggests that
the spores were treated with two additives: silica, commonly added
to industrial products to prevent clumping; and polymerized glass,
a more exotic substance used to bind the silica to the spores.
Oh, great! Now they are telling what the additives
are? So real terrorists can make it??
Matsumoto writes that U.S. intelligence
officials briefing experts from other NATO countries told them
that the anthrax powder contained polymerized glass, which "leaves
a thin glassy coating that helps bind the silica to particle
But as the Science article notes, other
scientists advising the FBI have concluded that the anthrax
powder contained no additives. In a briefing on Capitol Hill
late last year, Matsumoto writes, FBI scientist Dwight Adams
suggested that the element silicon was naturally present in
the spores and that no silica was added.
So now they are lying. They have to deny additives
or it's clearly from DOD or the CIA.
A similar dispute continues
over experiments at the Army's Dugway Proving Ground to try to
reproduce the powder in the letters using various kinds of equipment.
The goal was to "reverse-engineer" the mailed anthrax
to try to figure out how it was made.
This is like hiring a coconspirator in a crime to
prove perpetrator wasn't involved.
Government sources familiar with the
work told The Sun in April that the Dugway researchers felt
they had succeeded in reproducing the powder and concluded that
it was made with relatively inexpensive equipment and limited
expertise.Others familiar with the work, including former United
Nations bioweapons inspector Richard O. Spertzel, said the powder
made at Dugway did not float as freely as the powder mailed
to the senators.
So Dugway is spending their
time trying to prove it didn't come from them and could be made
without an advanced lab. And all they proved is that it takes an
advanced lab to figure it out.
FBI at crucial stage in finding source
of anthrax attack
By Peter Franceschina
Posted March 11 2004
"There is also the disturbing fact that British government
sources have stated they had classified information indicating
that American authorities had chosen to assassinate the anthrax
attacker rather than bring him to trial," Schuler wrote.
Him? There were lots of scientists in this field that turned
up dead after the anthrax attacks. Were they killed as part of
a coverup? Or because they didn't provide their superiors with
information on how flawed this plan was? Or killed to prevent
them from implicating their superiors, from doing the "I
was just following orders."
No one but the White House at the highest level
could order the FBI to not pursue the real culprits and by doing
so they prove they were involved. The very existence of a coverup
proves there is something that needs covering up, proves that
George Bush and the White House were involved and thus use the
mechanisms of the federal government to conceal their crimes,
the crimes of capital treason and murder.
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