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SECRETS OF 'DR. GERM'
New York Post ^ | 10/22/01 | BILL HOFFMANN

Posted on 10/22/2001 12:49:12 AM PDT by kattracks

Edited on 05/26/2004 5:01:43 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

October 22, 2001 -- A cunning woman scientist who heads Saddam Hussein's bio-terrorism team may be the mastermind behind the world's anthrax scare, a leading American germ warfare expert says.

Rihab Taha, 45, is so notorious that United Nations weapons inspectors have nicknamed her "Dr. Germ" for deadly experiments she conducted.


(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anthrax; bioterrorism; biowarfare; iraq; rihabtaha; taha; wmd

1 posted on 10/22/2001 12:49:12 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks; CheneyChick; vikingchick; WIMom; one_particular_harbour; kmiller1k; Victoria Delsoul...
bio ping
2 posted on 10/22/2001 1:06:44 AM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: kattracks
Warm up those nukes.
3 posted on 10/22/2001 1:11:03 AM PDT by Clinton's a rapist
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To: kattracks
Bump
4 posted on 10/22/2001 1:16:17 AM PDT by Exigence
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To: kattracks
Bump!
5 posted on 10/22/2001 1:24:37 AM PDT by Yellow Rose of Texas
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To: kattracks
There are going to be a lot of people in DC are going to be positively desperate to find their "Dr. Germ" working in a cabin in East Fishpack, Montana rather than in Salman Pak, Iraq.
6 posted on 10/22/2001 1:42:19 AM PDT by Fulbright
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To: kattracks
bump
7 posted on 10/22/2001 1:56:34 AM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: kattracks
Someone who develops a germ specifically targeting babies has no right to live, in my view. Now that the cuffs are off the CIA, Bush should order a bullet be put in the back of her head too.

Regards, Ivan

FreeBritannia.co.uk
8 posted on 10/22/2001 2:02:26 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: kattracks
>> a bio-weapons research plant at Fort Derek, Md<<

It's Fort Detrick.

9 posted on 10/22/2001 3:35:20 AM PDT by Jim Noble
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To: kattracks
BTTT
10 posted on 10/22/2001 4:03:55 AM PDT by vrwc54
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To: MadIvan
"Someone who develops a germ specifically targeting babies has no right to live"

Agreed!

NeverGore

11 posted on 10/22/2001 4:13:53 AM PDT by nevergore
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To: MadIvan
But remember, Scott Ritter says that Iraq has no weapons capability of any kind. (extreme sarcasm implied)
12 posted on 10/22/2001 6:56:26 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: ohioman
But remember, Scott Ritter says that Iraq has no weapons capability of any kind.

You can make chemical and biological weapons in absurdly small spaces. Did Mr. Ritter check every garden shed in Iraq before speaking out of his arse?

Regards, Ivan
13 posted on 10/22/2001 6:58:37 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: Sabertooth
U.N. inspectors believe Taha, who has a 5-year- old daughter, tests her poisons on human guinea pigs.

Over the years, Iraq has produced great quantities of liquid anthrax for deployment in missile warheads, U.N. inspectors say, and Iraqi agents are known to meet periodically with bin Laden operatives.

I think it's time to pay them a "visit."

14 posted on 10/22/2001 8:47:09 AM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: kattracks
This scientist is certainly a low-caliber individual.

I can only hope that the next thing that goes through her mind is something high-calibered.

15 posted on 10/22/2001 8:52:00 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: kattracks
A cunning woman scientist who heads Saddam Hussein's bio-terrorism team

Isn't this the smartest woman in the world?

Isn't this the woman who ran for senator in New York?

16 posted on 10/22/2001 8:52:45 AM PDT by eFudd
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To: Sabertooth
I remember reading about this woman when we were in the Gulf war and later when our team was not allowed into Saddam's places to check things out. It keeps coming back to her everytime. VERY Interesting for sure. Thanks so much for the ping.
17 posted on 10/22/2001 10:24:35 AM PDT by Snow Bunny
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To: kattracks
Rush is talking about this right now, in case there are some ditto heads out there.
18 posted on 10/22/2001 10:29:02 AM PDT by lelio
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for the flag, Sabe.

But when she returned to Iraq, Taha led a team that made germs causing victims' eyes to bleed and produced a bacteria that gave babies a deadly diarrhea.

U.N. inspectors believe Taha, who has a 5-year- old daughter, tests her poisons on human guinea pigs.

Kills babies? Why, she's a bloomin' feminist icon!

19 posted on 10/22/2001 7:53:56 PM PDT by mrustow
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To: kattracks; amom; Yellow Rose of Texas; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Dr. Germ, Iraq, bin Laden research links for the discussion:

Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs - U.S. Government White Paper, released February 13, 1998

The New York Times -February 26, 1998 - How Iraq's Biological Weapons Program Came to Light

Sharing Efforts in Weapons? (bin Laden and Iraq) By David Phinney 8/98

[Re: Impeachment Eve bombing] Wall Street Journal 12/28/98 Scott Ritter ".Operation Desert Fox, the 70-hour aerial assault on Iraq, was a masterpiece of precision bombing… But Desert Fox also highlighted the reality that smart bombs cannot make up for failed policies. In fact, the military strike has achieved the opposite of its intended effect. Rather than supporting the work of the weapons inspectors of the United Nations Special Commission (Unscom) by degrading Saddam Hussein's ability to build long-range ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction, the bombing has most likely destroyed any chance Unscom had to do its job effectively..Based upon my intimate knowledge of the Iraqi prohibited weapons programs and the means Baghdad has used to conceal them from the Unscom inspectors, this limited strike accomplished nothing in terms of degrading Iraq's ability to continue hiding and safeguarding its weapons of mass destruction. Likewise, the industrial base for weapons manufacturing appears to have been affected minimally at best..."

The Guardian 10/19/00 Julian Borger in Washington “…..Investigators in Yemen yesterday uncovered evidence suggesting the bomb attack on the warship USS Cole had been a meticulously organised conspiracy, which a leading US terrorism expert said may have been the first joint operation between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein…”

Middle East Newsline 10/18/00 “… International inspectors have found and destroyed a system ordered by Iraq for its secret nuclear weapons program. The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report that despite the eviction of United Nations weapons inspectors in December 1998 the agency has managed to foil Iraqi plans to build nuclear weapons. The IAEA said that in May the agency found a filament-winding machine ordered by Iraq that had arrived in Jordan. The agency said the system was part of Baghdad's clandestine uranium enrichment program. The machine and its spare parts were destroyed, the agency said..”

Reuters 11/2/00 Tabassum Zakaria “…Iraq has designed a crude nuclear bomb and has the equipment to build it but lacks the necessary uranium or other fissile material, a former Iraqi nuclear physicist who defected said on Thursday. "I would say (a bomb of) a few kilotons can be done in Iraq now," said Khidhir Hamza, who once headed Iraq's nuclear weapons design program. The bomb would probably be too bulky to be fired on a missile, but could be transported by an airplane and dropped on a target, he said...”

Times of London 12/23/00 "... SADDAM HUSSEIN has ordered his scientists to resume work on a programme aimed at making a nuclear bomb, a defector warned yesterday. The Iraqi dictator, whose efforts to make atomic weapons were thwarted by United Nations inspectors after the Gulf war in 1991, revived the plans two years ago, the defector said. Scientists who had previously worked on the weapons programme were made to return to their duties in August 1998, four months before Saddam expelled the inspectors.... According to Salman Yassin Zweir, a design engineer who was employed by the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission for 13 years, the instruction came in a document marked "top secret" which identified a research centre on Al-Jadriya Street, Baghdad, as the headqarters of the new operation. .....Zweir was arrested and tortured after refusing to go back to the programme. He escaped to Jordan, where he spoke for the first time last week after being reunited with his wife, who was also tortured, and their two sons, aged seven and six...."

worldnetdaily.com 2/3/01 Reuters “…..Iraq produced the Brucella bacteria as part of its weapons programme, although Baghdad denied it and United Nations reports have never mentioned it, a former UN biological weapons inspector said yesterday. "They did have scientists who specialized in Brucella, and they did have media imported that ... would be suitable for growing Brucella," said Rod Barton, a former biological weapons inspector with the UN Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM)..”

20 posted on 10/22/2001 9:00:34 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl; FrogMom; FrogDad
AG: thanks for the heads up.

FM and FD interesting eh?

21 posted on 10/22/2001 9:43:40 PM PDT by amom
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To: amom
A Brief Chronology of the Iraqi Biological Warfare Program from Washingtoninstitute.org
22 posted on 10/22/2001 10:05:44 PM PDT by amom
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To: amom
Great catch, amom!!! Hugs!
23 posted on 10/22/2001 10:20:11 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: amom
Some gal

"...Since the Gulf War, Taha, a British-trained biologist, has made a career of thwarting U.N. officials at every turn. She is, says one of them, "a consummate liar." First she claimed that her program had been strictly defensive, and then that all Iraq's biological agents had been destroyed. When inspectors uncovered caches of germ agents, she blandly claimed that only a few small quantities had survived. "Iraq has said that it destroyed stockpiles of biological weapons after the war," says Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon. "We have absolutely no confirmation that that has happened. We assume that they do have some stockpiles of biological weapons." In addition to thousands of gallons of anthrax and botulinum and smaller quantities of other poisons, some "weaponized" germs are unaccounted for: artillery shells, missile warheads and bombs filled with toxins..."


http://www.time.com/time/magazine/1997/dom/971201/world.germ_warfare_.html

24 posted on 10/22/2001 10:22:02 PM PDT by amom
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To: kattracks
bump
25 posted on 10/22/2001 10:22:14 PM PDT by FReethesheeples
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To: kattracks
The more I read about these people the more I find similarities to the Hitler Administration.
26 posted on 10/22/2001 10:26:26 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: amom
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Military Balance in teh Middle East XIV
Weapons of Mass Destruction
http://www.csis.org/mideast/reports/mbmeXIVWMD31599.pdf
27 posted on 10/22/2001 10:42:59 PM PDT by amom
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To: amom
-- Dr. Rihab Taha is the leading official in charge of Iraq's biological weapons program. She has overseen Iraqi efforts to develop anthrax and Botulinum toxin and directed testing on animal subjects. Taha is also politically wellconnected

-- she is married to the Minister of Oil, Amir Rashid Ubaydi, who helps direct Iraqi relations with UNSCOM.

http://www.csis.org/mideast/reports/mbmeXIVWMD31599.pdf

28 posted on 10/22/2001 10:58:04 PM PDT by amom
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To: amom
Keep digging. She had the one thing the Russians didn't. Access to one of the best incubators for bugs. People.

Iraq didn't wake up and find anthrax or smallpox. They bought it or found it in one of the former Soviet states.

29 posted on 10/22/2001 11:02:15 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: amom
what sweeties

"...Iraq today carried out a threat to freeze its oil exports under UN control, taking 2.3 million barrels of oil off the market in order to protest the UN Security Council's renewal for one month, rather than the standard six months, of the "oil-for-food" program under which the country exports oil in exchange for humanitarian assistance...Iraqi Oil Minister Amir Rashid Muhammad al-Ubaydi said yesterday, however, that exports will resume only if the UN renews the existing program for six months. ..."

June of this year.
http://www.unfoundation.org/unwire/2001/06/04/index.asp

30 posted on 10/22/2001 11:09:47 PM PDT by amom
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To: nunya bidness
Thanks for the info. Nice to see you.
31 posted on 10/22/2001 11:12:42 PM PDT by amom
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To: Alamo-Girl
Thanks for all the data in post 20!
32 posted on 10/23/2001 3:16:55 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: nunya bidness
Iraq didn't wake up and find anthrax or smallpox. They bought it or found it in one of the former Soviet states.

Maybe they got anthrax from that source too, but didn't the Commerce Department approve sales of anthrax to them in the 1980's, and didn't that outfit then in Rockville and now in Virginia send anthrax to them?

33 posted on 10/23/2001 3:36:44 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
You're welcome! And ... bump!
34 posted on 10/23/2001 10:19:41 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: amom
"We have absolutely no confirmation that [stockpile destruction] has happened. We assume that they do have some stockpiles of biological weapons."

Gosh. Scott Ritter says everything was destroyed, aside from that "final 10 percent" which was the internal Iraqui inventory documentation that would have allowed him to confirm the destruction. No, they wouldn't let him see that.

Not to worry, though. Ritter is confident that he had complete access to everything in Iraq, because he "even got into Saddam Hussein's bathroom."

What is wrong with this picture?

35 posted on 10/23/2001 11:05:48 AM PDT by angkor
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To: aristeides
American Type Culture did sell to anyone who had "official" letterhead any of a host of bacteria and viruses. Clinton's anti-terror bill should have squashed this practice.

However, the development of improved strains would accelerate if the strains came from Russia with built in advances.

Also the most effective way to create more virulent strains in a small amount of time is to use humans instead of green monkeys.

The soviets developed a strain of Marburg called Varient U named after Nikolai Ustinov, a Soviet scientist, who accidently injected himself with Marburg. After he crashed and died his autopsy showed that the Marburg had become more powerful and more stable.

So it's no stretch to assume that if the Iraqis have the means to test on people that they could develop bacteria and viruses that the Soviets only dreamed of.

36 posted on 10/23/2001 1:54:17 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: nunya bidness
A bump for not forgetting this stuff....
37 posted on 03/23/2002 5:17:28 AM PST by backhoe
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To: Travis McGee; Shermy; Lion's Cub; Mitchell
fyi
38 posted on 08/26/2002 10:07:12 PM PDT by piasa
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To: piasa
bump.
39 posted on 08/27/2002 11:46:30 AM PDT by Shermy
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To: backhoe
A bump for not forgetting this stuff....

Right on!

Got a report here that Saddam has eliminated her:

Iraqi bio-scientist breaks silence

see bottom of the article:

There were rumours her estranged husband was in trouble for daring to argue with Saddam Hussein that Iraq should come clean with the UN.

A few days ago, I received a call. A Kurdish newspaper was reporting that Dr Taha had been murdered. The report alleged it was to stop her confessing what she knew to inspectors.

An Iraqi official denied this, calling the report "shameless propaganda".

40 posted on 02/09/2003 4:28:14 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Nuke Saddam ( Bush is thinking about it ) and then what about Germany and France?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Wow! Thanks for the info & link; I'll resend it in the next email.
41 posted on 02/09/2003 4:42:42 PM PST by backhoe (Has that "Clinton Legacy" made you feel safer yet?)
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To: Sabertooth
bump
42 posted on 03/12/2003 1:20:15 PM PST by GOPJ
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