- SANDPOINT, ID -- Patrick
Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has called for
an investigation into the possibility that recent West Nile Virus outbreaks
were initiated by bioterrorists. Suspects include Iraqi terrorists who
apparently received their initial stocks of the West Nile Virus from the
United States, according to public health officials, as recorded in the
- Among experts providing Congressional testimony in support
of Sen. Leahy's thesis is, Dr. Leonard Horowitz, a Harvard graduate and
independent investigator whose thirteenth book, Death in the Air: Globalism,
Terrorism and Toxic Warfare, predated the 9-11 attacks by three months.
The book focuses on the West Nile Virus as part of a biological weapons
arsenal shipped to Iraq during the 1980s.
- Dr. Horowitz testified before the Government Reform Committee
on Capitol Hill on April 18 of this year regarding evidence he compiled
showing that vaccine makers for the West Nile Virus and anthrax were suspects
in the outbreaks and mailings. Supportive evidence includes records from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, submitted
to Congress, showing that a pharmaceutical industry and bioweapons supplier
- the American Type Culture Collection in Maryland - shipped Iraqi laboratories
more than nineteen shipments of anthrax and two containers of the West
Nile Virus, during the 1980s. Dr. Horowitz believes that the recent outbreaks
and anthrax mailings, including the ones to Senators Leahy and Majority
Leader Tom Dashle, are part of a "fear-rousing bioterrorist agenda"
solely benefiting a consortium of mostly foreign-owned vaccine, drug, and
chemical companies historically linked to such activities.
- "An excellent example," Dr. Horowitz said,
"is the Michigan-based Bioport company. This infamous producer of
America's anthrax vaccine, vigorously sanctioned in the past by Congress
and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their untrustworthyness,
is directed by a wealthy Saudi industrialist with purported ties to the
bin Laden family or their investments." Bioport's operating plans
were discovered by American forces when they took control of an Osama bin
Laden encampment in Afghanistan.
- News reports about West Nile Virus (WNV) spreading across
America have also missed obvious links to the global biological weapons
trade. Dr. Horowitz, who urgently alerted the FBI concerning what he viewed
was a "developing anthrax mailings scam" a week before it was
announced in the press, shared views supportive to Senator Leahy's during
an nationally televised interview on FOX News last month (See August 23rd
segment at http://www.healingcelebrations.com/wes). During a meeting with
Senator Daschle's staff on April 17, and again the following day before
the Government Reform Committee chaired by Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), Dr.
Horowitz alerted officials regarding a possible profit motive for recent
epidemics, outbreaks, and anthrax attacks. His written testimony
- (Available at: http://www.tetrahedron.org/articles/vaccine_awareness/antecendent
s_epidemic_autism.html ) reflected on Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson's unprecedented half-billion dollars worth
of anthrax and smallpox vaccine purchases, made shortly after the anthrax
mailings. Dr. Horowitz noted with suspicion that these exact purchases
fulfilled the request made by the chief anthrax vaccine developer at Bioport,
Dr. Robert C. Myers, as entered into the Congressional Record in 1999.
The mailings, he believes, provided the perfect "wag-the-dog"
impetus for the government expenditures.
- Senator Leahy referred to an October 1999 issue of The
New Yorker that disclosed that the West Nile Virus arrived in New York
(other reports specify Rockefeller University labs) closely following the
germ,s isolation in 1937. It was shipped to New York by virologists working
in northwest Uganda - precisely where the Ebola virus, known to be the
world's best biological weapon, is believed to have originated.
- This area of central Africa is also known as the "heart
of the African AIDS belt." Classified government documents unearthed
by Dr. Horowitz during a three year investigation, along with eyewitness
testimonies published by the doctor, evidence this area,s use in American
military medical experiments from the 1950s through the 1970s. This research,
he believes, is linked to the origin of HIV/AIDS according to a scientific
report published in May 2001, in the esteemed journal of Medical Hypothesis.
The paper summarized the evidence compiled by Dr. Horowitz for his national
best-selling book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola"Nature, Accident
or Intentional? (Tetrahedron, 1998; 888-508-4787).
- The man-made origin of AIDS theory was recently investigated,
and rebuked, by the Congress, investigating arm, the U.S. General Accounting
Office (GAO). Dr. Horowitz was among a handful of experts interviewed by
GAO officials during their inquiry into the possibility that HIV, or its
precursor, was constructed by biological weapons contractors during a "Special
Virus Cancer Program" beginning in the 1960s. Their brief report of
expert testimonies, including his, dramatically differed from his recorded
statements. He plans to file a legal complaint later this year.
- Likewise concerned about the official suppression of
truth in this area, Senator Leahy's office released excerpts from previous
news and congressional committee reports saying public health officials
had too hastily downplayed the possibility the spreading West Nile virus,
like the anthrax mailings, might be the work of bioterrorists. The Judiciary
Committee Chairman countered by saying, "In the times in which we
live, questions about our vulnerabilities are unavoidable, and finding
all the answers we can is more important than ever." Leahy concluded,
"I have no way of knowing what the answers are, but some legitimate
questions have been asked, especially before September 11 last year, and
no doubt they are being asked anew by the agencies that are working on
- In The New Yorker article Sen. Leahy referred to, a book
by an alleged Iraqi defector, was discussed. The author suggested Saddam
Hussein might have developed the ATCC supplied West Nile Virus to use as
a biological weapon against the United States. The article also cited the
work of a Russian defector and anthrax expert, Dr. Ken Alibek, who independent
investigators, including Dr. Horowitz, have urged the FBI to interrogate
regarding his possible complicity in the anthrax mailings.
- Besides being a contractor for the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA), the Battelle Memorial Institute, and Hadron Advanced Biosystems
- a bioweapons defense contractor, Dr. Alibekov (his real name) does sophisticated
anthrax work. All three entities maintain close industry ties to Bioport,
and according to national news reports, the CIA and Battelle have been
under suspicion in the anthrax mailings. Dr. Alibek, now President of Hadron,
oversees millions of dollars in bioweapons defense and pharmaceutical industry
contracts, including an $800,000 federal grant to develop anthrax protection
technology. The grant was awarded at the precise time the anthrax letters
were being mailed to Senators Leahy and Daschle. Both Democratic majority
leaders are staunch critics of the pharmaceutical and defense industries.
- Among the committee investigations Leahy criticized was
that issued by the Republican minority staff of the Senate Government Affairs
Committee in July 2000. It said "law enforcement, public health, and
intelligence officials have investigated the possibility that West Nile
virus resulted from a bioterrorist attack but believe that this is very
- "Very unlikely? Hogwash!" Dr. Horowitz returned.
"This possibility best explains the mountain of advancing evidence
in both the anthrax mailings and sudden emergence of the West Nile Virus."
The award winning public health authority believes Senator Leahy,s concerns
are extremely valid and politically urgent. "I applaud the senator
for working to protect the public,s health, not lull legislators and people
to sleep with baseless assertions that deflect critical analysis away from
where it should be - on the military - pharmaceutical complex that supplied
Saddam Hussein with his bioweapons."
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