Skip to comments.SECRETS OF 'DR. GERM'
Posted on 10/22/2001 12:49:12 AM PDT by kattracksEdited 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.
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It's Fort Detrick.
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."
I can only hope that the next thing that goes through her mind is something high-calibered.
Isn't this the smartest woman in the world?
Isn't this the woman who ran for senator in New York?
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!
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)..
FM and FD interesting eh?
"...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..."
-- she is married to the Minister of Oil, Amir Rashid Ubaydi, who helps direct Iraqi relations with UNSCOM.
Iraq didn't wake up and find anthrax or smallpox. They bought it or found it in one of the former Soviet states.
"...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.
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?
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?
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.
Got a report here that Saddam has eliminated her:
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".