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Envelope tests positive for anthrax in the Bahamas
| Monday 22nd October 2001
Posted on 10/21/2001 11:38:34 PM PDT by grimalkin
An envelope containing white powder in a Nassau post office has initially tested positive for anthrax.
This is the first discovery of anthrax in the Caribbean, officials say.
The letter was destined for a Bahamas address and had a local stamp, claims Police Commissioner Paul Farquharson.
Investigators are naming the recipient or whether the envelope had a return address. Lab tests at a Nassau hospital indicate the presence of anthrax spores, says Chief Medical Officer Marceline Dahl-Regis.
Officials are now waiting for the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm it the bacterium.
None of the 10 employees in the area has shown symptoms of anthrax and nasal swabs have tested negative.
The letter was discovered when a worker unloading mail noticed the envelope was leaking white powder, police said.
In the United States, ten people have been diagnosed with anthrax.
Most were linked to contaminated letters sent to US media outlets and politicians.
Kenya and Argentina have also received anthrax-contaminated letters sent from the United States.
TOPICS: Anthrax Scare; Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 200110; 20011021; amerithrax; anthrax; argentina; bahamas; bcw; blackmail; brazil; caribbean; iran; isolatedincidents; kenya; powder; threats; whitepowder; wmd
posted on 10/21/2001 11:38:34 PM PDT
"Everybody wants to get in on the act."
posted on 10/21/2001 11:43:29 PM PDT
If they send the 'thrax everywhere, to seemingly random locations, EVERY SINGLE hoax will have to be taken seriously.
posted on 10/22/2001 12:03:18 AM PDT
You know, I had a disturbing thought. What if all this anthrax B.S. is merely a distraction? Currently, at least in the cities that Anthrax has been found, resources such as the police and health department are pretty devoted to the anthrax hubbub. Could this be a harbinger of a more sinister plot??
I'm not paranoid, but the gears in my head certainly are turning....
Be safe, be sane, be aware.
posted on 10/22/2001 12:04:59 AM PDT
John Huang2 said in a reply to something I posted that the anthrax letter that landed in the New York Times Rio office was postmarked September 8. That will destroy the "domestic nutter" theories that may be out there regarding the media attacks.
posted on 10/22/2001 1:51:48 AM PDT
Overnight Freeper BUMP!
I wish that what you are thinking could be considered paranoia...however, I suspect you are thinking along the lines of many others, that the worst may be yet to come and that someone has been messing with our heads to put us off center for the real "drop." Hope we are all wrong but something tells me it ain't over.
posted on 10/22/2001 2:16:04 AM PDT
I am chasing up the story about Arq Ltd who are in Bath UK who set up website for Sudi-binladin-group which was put up 11/9/2000 and expired 11/9/2001. Philip Lumsden the man named as responsible appears to have disappered.
I got onto Companies House where details of all UK companoies are held. As @ GMT 10.30 site is saying "Major security alert at Companies House this will affect delivery and service. Cannot get the details I require. Nothing on breaking news anywhere about such a scare.
PurVirgo is right I think, this anthrax is a diversion tying up public resources and deflecting from main project.
The New York Times also said its office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, received a letter postmarked in New York City that showed traces of anthrax in preliminary tests, but Brazilian authorities on Saturday called it a false alarm.
It turned out to be a false-positive.
The Times, citing Brazilian authorities, said that preliminary tests suggested spores consistent with anthrax were found on the letter. But a laboratory working for the government later said two tests had turned up nothing.
"There is no anthrax bacillus detected after two basic tests of bacteriology and culture," said Paulo Buss, president of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil's leading biochemical and research laboratory.
He said the laboratory had tested 60 suspicious letters and found no evidence of anthrax
Heres the link to the AP story:here
To: unending thunder
...this anthrax is a diversion tying up public resources and deflecting from main project.
If you want to see something that will really curl your hair, take a look at this thread from the past couple of nights. Al Qa'eda threatened to make the mothers of America weep for their children...how thinly veiled a threat is that?
Large candy purchases investigated by FBI
A short primer on viral disease transmission
Forewarned is forearmed.
posted on 10/22/2001 6:25:56 AM PDT
What the heck did the Bahamas ever do to the Arabs?
anthrax with a local stamp and freeper cruise in nassau last week? could we have a fringe amonst us? HMMMMMMMM!!!!
posted on 10/22/2001 8:18:06 AM PDT
if my memory is correct, a crop duster was also reported missing from grand bahama a few weeks ago.. does anyone know what became of that report?
did they ever find that plane?
I just thought it a coincidence that both a crop duster plane was missing from and an anthrax letter was discovered at-both the same location.
GREAT! I was there on Friday.
I will have to say that the security seemed really tight. No non cruise ship passengers allowed past a checkpoint to the harbor area.
A lot of Customs and Police officers in sight and checking passports, cruise ship ID's and drivers licenses etc.
posted on 10/22/2001 9:45:43 AM PDT
FWIW- just a little reminder that the PRC are now active in the Bahamas. Easy access for terrorists if they want to go in through the shipping ports. Perhaps the main stash is there?
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posted on 10/24/2001 6:58:57 PM PDT
Bahamas & Guyanese politician Abdul Kadir [see JFK airport/Chickenfarm Plot, Shi’a muslims, Iran] :
Evidence tied Kadir to accused Iranian terrorist -FBI investigator says in JFK bomb plot case
By Stabroek staff | February 8, 2010 in Local News
SNIPPET [snatched from a post by Freeper Cindy, IIRC] : An FBI officer has sworn in an affidavit that former PNCR parliamentarian Abdul Kadir, indicted over a conspiracy to
blow up the JFK airport in 2007, had links to Iranian Moshen Rabbani who was charged in Argentina for masterminding a deadly attack on a Jewish centre.
SNIPPET: Rabbani-who was a cultural attaché at the Iranian embassy in Argentina in 1994- is being sought for allegedly
masterminding the 1994 car-bombing that killed 85 people and injured hundreds more at the Jewish Mutual Association of
The FBI agent said that Kadir- whose only contact with the US was back in 1996 when he was intransit on his way to and from The Bahamas- is linked to the plot through telephone conversations and surveillance.
The officer argued that the search by the Guyanese lawmen and those in Trinidad, who had examined his luggage after he was arrested in that country on his way to Iran through Venezuela, were all done in accordance with the laws of the two countries.
SNIPPET: Kadir and Defreitas along with Kareem Ibrahim, an imam from Trinidad and another Guyanese Abdel Nur have been
charged with conspiring to blow up JFK airport, tanks storing aviation fuel and underground fuel pipelines in 2007
posted on 04/13/2015 5:29:40 AM PDT
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