- FBI officials may be implicated in a conspiracy to impede
justice in the anthrax mailings case, if not treasonous dereliction of
duty, according to a growing number of scientists and consumer advocates.
After officials cited the likeliest origin of the powdered anthrax was
the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, or its Ohio-based supplier
and CIA-contractor, Battelle Memorial Instititue (BMI), FBI Director Robert
Mueller announced the bureau has no intention of investigating anyone with,
or formerly with, their chief suspect-BMI.
- Just weeks ago, major progress in the FBI's investigation
seemed forthcoming. The New York Times and Washington Post revealed that
BMI, Dugway's anthrax facility supplier and chief administrator had contracted
with the CIA (in project "Clear Vision") to produce, albeit illegally,
the 1 trillion spore-per- gram strain of anthrax under investigation. BMI,
while heading the U.S. military's "Joint Vaccine Acquisitions Program"
worth more than $1 billion in vaccine contracts, commissioned America's
top anthrax expert, William C. Patrick, III, to deliver a report on the
powdered anthrax's prospects for being spread through the mail.
- Thus, by mid-December, the public, including health scientists
urged to help federal officials identify suspects, realized that someone
with high level security clearance, a "black-op budget," access
to the BMI/Dugway anthrax labs, and vaccine sales incentive, most likely
took BMI's powdered anthrax, and prepared it for mailing from Trenton,
NJ; St. Petersburg, FL; Atlanta, GA; and Malaysia.
- For the first time since the 1975 Frank Church congressional
investigation of the CIA for illegally stockpiling anthrax and other biological
weapons, the public learned that the CIA had been violating the international
Geneva Accord moratorium on biological weapons development-a revelation
somewhat embarrassing to American diplomats engaged in the global "War
- The day before Christmas, an Op Ed piece in the Wall
Street Journal additionally implicated BMI, and potentially the FBI, along
with rogue elements within the CIA, in an international conspiracy to commit
and cover-up the anthrax mailings crime. BMI and Bioport, a Michigan-based
offshoot of Britain's leading biological weapons organization at Porton
Down, were previously reported to be collaborating on the manufacture and
supply of America's only anthrax vaccine. Dr. Robert C. Myers, Chief Operating
Officer of BioPort, told a Senate Appropriations Committee in 1996 that
he "was part of a team of organizations, led by Battelle Memorial
Institute . . . " The Journal writer Edward Jay Epstein cited the
testimony of U.S. Army bioweapons official David Franz concerning America's
reliance on British intelligence provided by Porton Down officials regarding
the development and use of the powdered Ames strain of anthrax. Thus, the
FBI's disregard of foreign suspects, especially Porton Down, with direct
links to Biopor
- More evidence of the FBI's intentional ineptitude came
from the Columbus Dispatch. Though the Washington Post reported that the
FBI was allegedly pursuing the possibility that financial gain was the
motive behind the anthrax mailings, and that "two laboratories"
were especially implicated, that is, BMI and Dugway, a contradictory announcement
was relayed the same day (Dec. 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.
- Currently then, the FBI has no intention of investigating
its chief suspect, despite the grave likelihood that the remaining mystery
will continue to exact massive economic and socio-political tolls.
- These proceedings have bewildered and even outraged many
scientists and public health professionals from whom the FBI requested
- "If Senator DeWine's statements accurately reflect
director Mueller's intention to disregard all of the most damning evidence
concerning Battelle and allied vaccine makers," aid Dr. Leonard Horowitz,
"then the American people should demand a new FBI director, and Congress
should demand the General Accounting Office investigate the bureau's misconduct."
- Dr. Horowitz, among a handful of infectious disease authorities
who openly criticized the CIA's illegal biological weapons program involving
anthrax in his national bestselling book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS &
Ebola-Nature, Accident or Intentional?, was the first to develop the theory
that BMI and the CIA may be acting on behalf of British profiteers in what
he says amounts to "military-industrial sabotage approaching American
economic genocide." His lengthy report on the case, initially submitted
to the FBI, is available from his publisher's website at http://www.tetrahedron.org/articles/anthrax/anthrax_espionage.html
- In defending the FBI's position, the Washington Post
reported that the bureau only learned of a BMI-administered CIA "defensive"
biowarfare contract involving the Ames-strain of anthrax in recent weeks.
"The CIA program was [allegedly] designed to develop defenses to a
vaccine-resistant strain of anthrax reportedly created by the former Soviet
Union," officials defended. CIA spokespersons expressed certainty
that "the anthrax used in the mailings did not come from their work."
- Taking the agency on its word, the powdered anthrax may
not have "come from their work," but their contractor's work,
that is, BMI.
- Critics claim this CIA defense is deceptive for at least
two other reasons: 1) the Soviet Union's most potent anthrax was only half
as concentrated as this new CIA/Battelle creation; and 2) it is an American/British-Ames,
Iowa-strain prototype, not a Soviet creation, and not resembling anything
available to Iraq or other countries favored by terrorists. This spoils
the excuse the powdered anthrax was produced for any form of "defense,"
- "Vaccines are developed to help guard against pre-existing
threats," said Ingri Cassel, director of the national Vaccination
Liberation association-a consumer education and advocacy group. "This
anthrax powder was illegally prepared, 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, which implies preventive
vaccinations against old Soviet threats, 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 used," Ms. Cassel reasoned.
- Many people are pondering the suspicious "Machiavellian-like"
targeting of the mass media and congressional Democrats (liberals) befitting
the phrase "the ends justifies the means." Multi-million dollar
vaccine contracts, fast-tracked drug approvals, and frenzied consumer and
legislative demand for costly, risky, and largely ineffective vaccines,
antibiotics, and other high-priced preventives are the most obvious results
of the anthrax mailings.
- Referring to the unprecedented silica-based, electro-statically
charged, dry powdered form of hyper-concentrated anthrax sent through the
mail to members of the media and Senators Daschle and Leahy, Dr. Horowitz
concluded, "It was the only form of anthrax that could be effectively
spread, as it was, through the U.S. mail with such far reaching effects.
Therefore, the primary suspects have been identified, their dubious histories
are well known, and their motives are clear. Any further effort to impede
this investigation places FBI director Mueller in the position of an 'enemy
national,' or a traitor to the American people he is sworn to protect."
- Note to journalists: For more information about Dr. Horowitz's
investigation, to schedule an interview, or for review copies of his books
Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola-Nature, Accident or Intentional? (1998)
and/or Death in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism and Toxic Warfare, (June,
2001) please call Elaine Zacky at 1-888-508-4787, visit, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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