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by not jeff gannon
21 Feb 2006
impeach and execute bush
Part XXIV(E): PROJECT ANTHRAX -
SAIC, STEPHEN HATFILL & BIO-ECONOMIC
STATE TERRORISM, cont'd
By Alex Constantine
"You simply don't develop a new hyper-weaponized strain of anthrax powder
for military defense, and then commission the top U.S. anthrax expert to
report on this new weapon's capability and lethality from mailed delivery,
unless that's how you foresee it being used." - Ingri Cassel, director of
the National Vaccination Liberation Association
The "conservatives" in the 911 loop seem to derive a childlike pleasure from
their weaponized anthrax stockpiles.
A "new and highly lethal strain" was produced in advance of 911, a nameless
Pentagon general told the New York Times in September 2001. He mentioned
something called Operation Jefferson.1
What was "Operation Jefferson?"
Before the anthrax mailings, William Patrick went to work at the Battelle
Memorial Institute (BMI). Patrick holds five classified patents in the
manufacture of weapons-grade anthrax. BMI - a contractual partner of BioPort
- hired him to conduct a risk-assessment study involving the dissemination
of anthrax powder through the mail system.2 BMI is located in West
Jefferson, Ohio. The work was done at the BL-3 Anthrax Lab.3
Battelle had exclusive control of the Ames strain, a fact the press has not
clarified. It's true that Dugway Proving Ground had an anthrax program of
its own, as reported, but Battelle directed that program as well. This
narrows it down quite a bit... The FBI was drawn straight to William Patrick
III - also Stephen Hatfill's "mentor" at Ft. Detrick - and Ken Alibeck, a
BMI consultant with a background in CBW research for the Soviets.4
One independent Internet news site reports that the FBI investigated "the
possibility that financial gain was the motive behind the anthrax mailings."
Two federal laboratories were searched, BMI and Dugway, but "a contradictory
announcement was relayed the same day (December 21, 2001) by Ohio Senator
Mike DeWine. Based on an ABC News report concerning a BMI employee who had
been under FBI investigation for an anthrax threat, FBI Director Robert
Mueller had, according to The Dispatch, assured Senator DeWine that the
bureau was not investigating, nor intending to investigate, anyone with, or
formerly with, BMI."5
Case closed. The FBI's stalling perplexed reporters assigned to the story.
George Monbiot wrote in the Guardian in May 2002: "Last week, I phoned the
FBI. Why, I asked, when the evidence was so abundant, did the trail appear
to have gone cold? The investigation is continuing,' the spokesman replied.
Has it gone cold because it has led you to a government office?' I asked.
He put down the phone." Had the FBI spokesman remained on the line, there
were any number of related outrages he might have explained: "The army's
development of weaponised anthrax [the processed Ames strain], for example,
directly contravenes both the biological weapons convention and domestic
law. So does its plan to test live microbes in aerosol chambers' at the
Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, also in Maryland. So does its
development of a genetically modified fungus for attacking coca crops in
Colombia, and GM bacteria for destroying materials belonging to enemy
forces. These, as the research group Project Sunshine has discovered, appear
to be just a tiny sample of the illegal offensive biological research
programmes which the US government has secretly funded..."6
Somw of the government's anthrax has been weaponized, kills effectively but
is otherwise useless. It is also illegal. Ingri Cassel, director of the
National Vaccination Liberation Association, points out that vaccines "are
developed to help guard against pre-existing threats." Ames was processed
illegally, "apparently for offensive military uses, sabotage, and even
terrorism. You simply don't develop a new hyper-weaponized strain of anthrax
powder for military defense ... and then commission the top U.S. anthrax
expert [William C. Patrick, III] to report on this new weapon's capability
and lethality from mailed delivery, unless that's how you foresee it being
Once the anthrax was weaponized - milled and capable of airborne
transmission - BMI ran a classified test in the Nevada desert. This was in
early September 2001. It was reported that Patrick's study on mailing
anthrax was instrumental in the test.
Was Stephen Hatfill recruited for the next phase of "testing?" This appears
to be the case and explains the FBI's capricious explanations to the press:
"Operation Jefferson" is a federally-sactioned covert operation that would
have never come to light had it not been for the doggedness of independent
journalists and the scientific community.
Wayne Madsen points to past bio-warfare studies: "In 1957, at the Dugway
Proving Grounds in Utah, the Q-Fever toxin was discharged by an airborne
F-100A plane. If a more potent dose had been used, the Army concluded 99 per
cent of the humans in the area would have been infected. In the 1960s,
conscientious objecting Seventh Day Adventists, serving in non-combat
positions in the Army, were exposed to airborne tularemia..."8
The West Nile outbreak and the anthrax mailings began with the 1998 BioVax
meeting held in the Truman Room of the White House, attended by SAIC's Jerry
Hauer and William Patrick. Another participant at the meeting was William
Cohen, who, as a Republican Senator, signed off on the heavily-spun
Cheney-Hamilton Iran-contra report. In 2004, he was elected to the American
International Group's (AIG) Board of Directors.
AIG is part owner of Kroll Associates, the infamous private security firm.
Kroll - run by former CIA, FBI, British secret service, Scotland Yard and
British Special Air Service agents - was once known as the CIA of Wall
Street because the firm did everything from corporate espionage to the
training of foreign armies. A Kroll partner provides counter-terrorism
instruction in Saudi Arabia.
Cohen is also a member of the Center for Strategic and International
Studies, the Cold War propaganda mill and ultraconservative academic base
of Ray Cline, John Hamre, Admiral Crowe, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Kenneth
Langone, Henry Kissinger and others central to 911 and subsequent
profiteering through privatization.
Another attendee "of interest" at the 1998 Truman Room conference was Thomas
Monath, former chief of the virology division at the SAIC-USAMIID facility
at Ft. Detrick, and VP/chief scientific officer at BioVax, since renamed
Monath was a friend of Stephen Hatfill's. He was introduced to Rudolph
Giuliani by Jerry Hauer, SAIC scientist and president of Rockefeller
University - the friuts of this relationship were the aerial spraying of
malathion, resmethrin or sumithrin in the New York City area.9 Nevertheless,
the mosquito-borne disease has spread across the country.
The anthrax scourge also recurs from time to time. An increasingly feasible
theory for the origin of Gulf War Syndrome is military experimentation with
anthrax vaccines. Were the following incidents "tests" of anthrax delivery
systems by the "counter-terrorists" at SAIC-Ft. Detrick? ...
A) Exposure at a children's hospital blamed on an "accidental" shipment of
live spores from the Southern Research Institute in Frederick, Maryland.
BioPort director David Franz comes from SRI (a leading producer of depleted
Researchers Exposed To Anthrax
June 7, 2004
A possible shipping mistake in late May resulted in at least half a dozen
researchers at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute being exposed
to live anthrax.
Some of the researchers, working on an anthrax vaccine, handled the live
anthrax bacterium and others were present at the time. So far, none have
shown any signs of illness. Seven of the workers are taking the antibiotic
Cipro as a precautionary measure, the Oakland Tribune reported.
State health officials said there is no risk to other staff or residents
living in the area.
The researchers believed they were handling a dead sample of the anthrax
bacterium. However, according to hospital officials, the researchers were
mistakenly sent live anthrax by the supplier, Southern Research Institute of
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the
B) Anthrax-Contaminated Heroin
Anthrax clue to heroin deaths
Times of London
May 18 2000
By Helen Rumbelow, medical reporter
ANTHRAX, a virulent disease used as a biological weapon, could be
responsible for a spate of deaths among heroin addicts in Scotland, it was
Ten heroin users in Glasgow and one in Aberdeen have died of a mysterious
illness in the past three weeks, which led scientists, who had heard of a
similar death in Oslo, to send the victims' blood samples to Porton Down,
the biological defence laboratory.
Two of the five tested so far have shown low levels of antibodies to
anthrax, suggesting that the addicts were exposed to the disease through a
contaminated heroin supply.
Although the results are not conclusive, experts are carrying out tests on
the others who died and on nine more heroin addicts who have come down with
the illness. One survivor still has the black scab that is typical of
localised anthrax infection.
David Goldberg, deputy director of the Scottish Centre for Infection and
Environmental Health in Glasgow, said that tests were also being made for
anthrax spores on heroin batches seized by police in the city. Meanwhile
users were being advised to smoke the drug rather than inject it, and
especially not to inject into the muscle.
He believes that the weak results in the anthrax test may be because all the
victims were treated with antibiotics before their samples were taken.
[TO BE CONTINUED]
1.) Nick Papadimitriou, "Anthrax Attacks Linked to CIA and Drug Industry?"
Institute of Science in Society (UK), February 14, 2002.
3) Bob Fitrakis, "Battelle Exposed In Anthrax Biochemical Connspiracy,"
FreePress.org, January 14, 2002.
5) Anon., "FBI Implicated in Anthrax Mailings Cover-up."
6) George Monbiot, "Riddle of the spores: Why has the FBI investigation into
the anthrax attacks stalled?" Guardian, May 21, 2002.
7) Ingri Cassel, "Public Health Expert Says Solving The Anthrax Mailing
Mystery May Be Easy: FBI Doesn't Seem Interested," NVLA press release, Nov.
8) Wayne Madsen, "Thinking The Unthinkable," CounterPunch.org, April 8,
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