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  • Second Skin" Could Protect Troops From Chemical, Biological Agents

    08/07/2016 11:12:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    popularmechanics ^ | Aug 4, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    awrence Livermore National Laboratory is working on using carbon nanotubes to create a barrier that would be impenetrable to chemical and biological agents, but still water-permeable. The result could make suits designed to protect against chemical and biological threats more comfortable—and effective—for long-term wear. ... Each of the tubes has a diameter of less than five nanometers. For reference, there are about 254,000,000 nanometers in a single inch. Less than five nanometers, it turns out, is the sweet spot that allows water to pass through the fabric while keeping out chemical agents, viruses, and most microscopic organisms. The result is...
  • Document: Saddam Ordered Biological And Radiation Test on Presidential Sites Attacked by US in 1998

    06/21/2006 2:17:48 PM PDT · by jveritas · 86 replies · 6,853+ views
    Document ISGP-2003-00300134 contains Top Secret And Personal letters that carry Saddam orders to do radiation and biological testing on the Presidential sites that were attacked by the US in December 1998. Beginning of translation of the first top secret and personal memo In the Name of God the Most Merciful The Most Compassionate Top Secret And Personal The Republic of Iraq The Presidential Secretariat Number: 537304/1 18/12/1998 ORDER Mr. President The Leader (God Protects Him) Order: Form committees from the Ministry of Health and the Military Industrialization Commission and The Atomic Energy Organization and The Special Security Service with its...
  • Aum cult sought Ebola in Zaire, Has More members in Russia than Japan

    10/31/2003 11:00:01 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 7 replies · 181+ views
    Snip -------------------------------------- In addition, naturally occurring outbreaks of disease can provide ammunition for use by biological weapons terrorists. For example, 40 members of the Aum cult are known to have traveled to Zaire during the most recent outbreak of Ebola. Although scientifically problematic, the successful culture of the hemorrhagic Ebola virus would constitute a formidable weapon in the hands of a group with a demonstrated willingness to use it. Snip -------------------------------------- Did Aum ever consider biological terrorism? Yes. According to the testimony of several cult members convicted in the 1995 attack, Aum had also experimented with biological warfare,...

    06/24/2010 9:41:51 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 8 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6-24-2010 | AJ
    Andy Stern wasn’t kidding when he publicly stated the most famous rallying cry of Communism:[1] Stern professed, “Workers of the World Unite? It’s not just a slogan anymore.” Snip SIGA Technologies, Inc. is a company specializing in the development of pharmaceutical agents to combat bio-warfare pathogens and it was announced on June 21, 2010 that Andy Stern is joining SIGA’s Board of Directors. But wait, it gets even better… SIGA is also a Federal contractor for the government. For a list of SIGA’s contracts with the Federal government, go to:…. SNIP Without question, Andy Stern’s new position at SIGA...
  • Spooks Dig For Secrets Of Saddam

    09/14/2002 8:35:54 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 183+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 9-15-2002 | Peter Beaumont/Ed Vulliamy
    Spooks dig for secrets of Saddam As Blair prepares to issue his dossier on Iraq's weapons, Peter Beaumont and Ed Vulliamy assess the quality of intelligence - and the difficulty of obtaining it Peter Beaumont in London and Ed Vulliamy in New York Sunday September 15, 2002 The Observer He is there at almost every official photo-opportunity with Saddam Hussein, a compact and wiry military officer, his khaki shirt rolled up to his elbows, a beret pulled across his brow. A heavy handlebar moustache hangs over a solid jaw, grey with a permanent five o'clock shadow. The recent prominence of...
  • Al Qaeda-Aligned Groups in Syria May Have Access to Biological Pathogens

    10/18/2013 12:23:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 21 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 18, 2013 2:15 pm | Adam Kredo
    Experts: Biological pathogens, weaponized agents in al Qaeda’s hands a ‘clear and present danger’ U.S. Soldiers from the 457th Chemical Battalion sponge off their level A protective suits / AP Al Qaeda-aligned militants operating in Syria could already have access to “biological pathogens or weaponized agents,” according to terrorism and biological warfare experts studying the region.The possible acquisition by al Qaeda of these highly dangerous toxins has prompted bio-warfare experts to label the threat a “clear and present danger.”Extremist militants and other fighters tied to the terror group al Qaeda have continued to gain a foothold in key sections of...
  • Assad’s Suspected Biological Weapons More Lethal Than His Chemical Arsenal

    09/10/2013 2:22:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 10, 2013 - 4:23 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The debate surrounding a chemical attack in Syria last month shifted Monday to a proposal for the Assad regime to surrender its chemical weapons arsenal to avoid a U.S. military strike—but little has been said about its alleged possession of even-deadlier biological weapons. Syria has been suspected for decades of having an undeclared biological warfare (BW) program, although whether this includes actual stockpiles of munitions is unclear. Syria signed the 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), but has never ratified it. …
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • 300 Sacks Castor Beans Found In Iraq By U.S.Troops[per MSNBC]

    06/25/2003 9:14:47 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 115 replies · 431+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 25, 2003 | vanity
    I was watching TV this evening and started to flip cable channels when I saw a streaming on MSNBC on our forces finding castor beans. The following is a part of what their website said about it. NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski that within just the past week, U.S. investigators had found two shipping containers filled with millions of much more recent documents relating to chemical and biological weapons. One of the documents, from 2001, was titled “Document burial and U.N. activities in Iraq,” the sources said. It gave detailed instructions on how to hide materials and deceive U.N. weapons inspectors,...
  • Panetta: US sends forces to Jordan

    10/10/2012 9:35:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies ^ | 10/10/12 | LOLITA C. BALDOR and PAULINE JELINEK
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country's military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday. Speaking at a NATO conference of defense ministers in Brussels, Panetta said the U.S. has been working with Jordan to monitor chemical and biological weapons sites in Syria and also to help Jordan deal with refugees pouring over the border from Syria. The troops are also building a headquarters for themselves.
  • Report: Syria Moves Chemical Weapons to Borders

    07/24/2012 5:15:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Syria's rebels late Monday charged the regime has moved its chemical weapon stockpiles to airports and airbases on its borders with neighboring countries. “We in the joint command of the Free Syrian Army inside the country know very well the locations and positions of these weapons," Syria's largest rebel group said in a statement. “We also reveal that Assad has transferred some of these weapons and equipment for mixing chemical components to airports on the border,” it added. The move comes just one day after the embattled regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad warned it could use unconventional weapons if...
  • British used bioweapon in US war of independence

    08/19/2011 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies
    New Scientist Blog ^ | 19 August 2011 | Debora MacKenzie
    (Image: Everett Collection/Rex Features) A document has just gone on display at Mount Vernon, Virginia - the museum in the former home of George Washington, first US President. It is an order dated 1777 and signed by Washington himself to send troops that had not been vaccinated for smallpox - or survived it - to Philadelphia to be vaccinated. These troops were then to join up with the main army, where the disease was raging. It sounds like amazing foresight for its day. "Washington's careful handling of the smallpox epidemic at the beginning of the war was a significant...
  • Terrorists expected to hit Egypt hard in Iraq attack

    03/10/2003 11:13:25 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 75+ views ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2003
    A top Egyptian security official is warning he expects "a wave of Islamic terror attacks against the country, planned and prepared outside of Egypt," according to G2 Bulletin's intelligence sources. The terror threat in Egypt is being taken so seriously among western and Israeli intelligence agencies that they are actively considering the possibility of the fall of President Hosni Mubarak's regime and pondering what might become of Cairo's weapons of mass destruction in such an eventuality. During a special session of the People's Assembly, Egyptian Minister of the Interior Habib al-Adeli reportedly told legislators that his assessment is based on...
  • Obamalateral Disarmament

    04/06/2010 4:51:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 1,115+ views ^ | April 6, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    National Security: Aiming at a world where nuclear weapons are obsolete, the administration's nuclear posture review leaves a world without American nuclear weapons and the backbone to use them. After his stunning bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto lamented that all that had been accomplished was to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. Under policies announced by the Obama administration, a devastating chemical or biological attack on this country might merely awaken our very own Hamlet and fill him with a terrible sense of angst. We have said before that rather...
  • President Obama Releases National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats

    12/10/2009 2:59:17 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 506+ views ^ | December 9, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 09, 2009 President Obama Releases National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats Today, President Obama released the National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats. This Strategy outlines the President’s vision for addressing the challenges from proliferation of biological weapons or their use by terrorists. It highlights the beneficial nature of advances in the life sciences and their importance in combating infectious diseases of natural, accidental, and deliberate origin. It also outlines how the risks associated with misuse and potential consequences of a...
  • South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Bioweapons Plot

    10/18/2009 10:51:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 655+ views
    SNIPPET: "Steven Cucuzzella, of North Charleston, pleaded guilty in federal court to sending a threat by mail to destroy the Naval Brig near Charleston. Another charge of threatening to kill former President George W. Bush was dismissed."
  • North Korea can unleash 13 types of biological agent, South Korea says

    10/05/2009 11:41:00 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 957+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/6/2009 | Richard Lloyd Parry in Pyongyang
    North Korea’s armed forces are capable of carrying out 13 kinds of viral and bacterial attack, the South Korean Government said yesterday in one of the most detailed assessments of the dictatorship’s biological weapons arsenal. In a submission to the South Korean National Assembly, the Defence Minister also said that the North had 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons, believed to include mustard gas, phosgene and sarin. Among its biological agents are cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus, typhoid fever and dysentery. Despite the alarming assessment, Kim Tae Young also said that his country’s armed forces had the capacity pre-emptively to destroy...
  • North Korea Tests Chemical and Biological Weapons on Children, Prisoners

    07/25/2009 10:00:17 PM PDT · by Flavius · 10 replies · 318+ views
    poligazette ^ | By: Michael van der Galien | July 24th, 2009 |
    Im was an officer in one of North Korea’s elite special forces. He fought for his government, even though it oppressed his people on a scale seldom seen before. Im’s superior had a 12-year old mentally challenged daughter. She was a good girl, but not very intelligent. She needed a lot of attention from her parents; a mother and a father she loved very much. There is no room for the mentally challenged in Kim Jong-Il’s North Korea, however. Im’s superior was told to hand his daughter over to the government. Because the officer knew what happens to such children...
  • Obama’s Nonsensical Excuse For Not Shutting Mex Border

    04/29/2009 6:00:42 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 64 replies · 1,987+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine Pres. Obama had been informed that terrorists were seeking to smuggle thousands of canisters of biological weapons into the United States from Mexico. Would he refuse to close the southern border because some canisters had already been smuggled in? I would certainly hope not. But at his press conference tonight, PBO employed similar logic to justify his refusal to close the Mexican border to prevent additional people infected with swine flu—walking if unwitting biological weapons you might say—from entering our country . . . . View video here.
  • Slew of Warnings on Nuclear, Biological Terrorism Prompt Worries of Fearmongering

    12/11/2008 7:01:47 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 761+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | December 3, 2008 | Alex Kingsbury
    After a series of dire new warnings about possible terrorist threats—capped by a government commission's report that terrorists are likely to stage a biological or nuclear attack somewhere in the world during the next five years—some experts are urging officials "to retire the fear card," as California Rep. Jane Harman puts it. Former Sen. Bob Graham (R) joins with Sen. Jim Talent and others of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism for a press conference. More News Farrell: Spread the Wealth for Our National Education Carmakers Return, Seeking $34 Billion Erbe: Auto Execs...
  • US will likely be attacked by 2013 by terrorists with nukes or biological weapons

    12/02/2008 9:25:25 AM PST · by FutureRocketMan · 54 replies · 2,788+ views
    Associated Press via ^ | 12/02/08 | Associated Press
    "WASHINGTON — The United States can expect a terrorist attack using nuclear or more likely biological weapons before 2013, reports a bipartisan commission in a study being briefed Tuesday to Vice President-elect Joe Biden. It suggests the Obama administration bolster efforts to counter and prepare for germ warfare by terrorists. "Our margin of safety is shrinking, not growing," states the report, obtained by The Associated Press. It is scheduled to be publicly released Wednesday. Click here for the report. The commission is also encouraging the new White House to appoint one official on the National Security Council to exclusively coordinate...
  • Suspect in Pearl killing dies

    11/11/2007 11:57:59 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 101 replies · 2,485+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | November 12, 2007
    Excerpt - Washington - A Pakistani businessman suspected of playing a role in the 2002 brutal killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl died earlier this year, shortly after being interrogated by US and Pakistani intelligence, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Pearl, a Karachi-based correspondent for the Journal, was kidnapped on January 23 2002, and killed execution-style shortly after. The newspaper said Karachi businessman Saud Memon became a key suspect in the case because he owned a nursery where Pearl had been held captive. Citing an unnamed senior US law enforcement official, the report said Memon was interrogated by...
  • Russian Scientist May Have Tried to Smuggle Out Biological Weapons Material (Typhus)

    09/14/2007 8:52:51 AM PDT · by shirtlesszacefron · 3 replies · 395+ views
    Security agents are investigating a Russian scientist for allegedly trying to smuggle out of Russia materials that could be used in building a biological or bacteriological weapon, the scientist and his co-workers said Friday. Oleg Mediannikov is the latest in a growing number of academics and scientists who have been targeted by Russia's main security agency, the Federal Security Service, for allegedly misusing classified information, revealing state secrets or, in some cases, espionage. Mediannikov, a biologist at Moscow's Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, told The Associated Press that he was traveling to France in December to bring vials of...
  • New UN group launched to curb biological weapons threat

    08/21/2007 5:59:55 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 373+ views
    UN News ^ | August 20, 2007 | Staff
    The United Nations inaugurated a new unit today to further bolster its efforts to reduce the threat to the international community posed by weapons of mass destruction. The Implementation Support Unit (ISU) – which will help States Parties in their efforts to bolster implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention – was launched today in Geneva as part of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. The decision to form the ISU was taken in December 2006 at the Sixth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention, and is a landmark since the Unit is the first institutional support mechanism created to...
  • Selling the threat of bioterrorism (LA Times investigates Alibek)

    07/01/2007 8:58:07 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 671 replies · 13,449+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/1/07 | David Willman
    WASHINGTON — In the fall of 1992, Kanatjan Alibekov defected from Russia to the United States, bringing detailed, and chilling, descriptions of his role in making biological weapons for the former Soviet Union. ----------- Officials still value his seminal depictions of the Soviet program. But recent events have propelled questions about Alibek's reliability: No biological weapon of mass destruction has been found in Iraq. His most sensational research findings, with U.S. colleagues, have not withstood peer review by scientific specialists. His promotion of nonprescription pills — sold in his name over the Internet and claiming to bolster the immune system...
  • Higher disease rates attributed to influx of illegals (May 2005: Tuberculosis)

    06/01/2007 11:10:37 AM PDT · by Species8472 · 31 replies · 1,107+ views
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | May 13, 2005 | Angela Gonzales and Mike Sunnucks
    Arizona hospitals and doctors are worried about the resurgence of some serious infectious diseases, and some believe illegal immigrants are the cause. A rise in diseases such as whooping cough, tuberculosis, malaria, measles and even leprosy are creating public health concerns and could hit hospitals and health care systems already financially burdened by indigent illegals flooding emergency rooms and urgent care centers. The resurgence also is fueling conservative calls for tougher border security and could cause problems for Arizona industries that rely on migrant workers for jobs in food services, construction, tourism and agriculture. The Maricopa County Health Department reported...
  • Traveller with drug-resistant TB purposely landed in Canada (Anonymous Liar Puts Hundreds at Risk)

    05/30/2007 10:35:22 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 135 replies · 3,587+ views
    cbcnews ^ | Last Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 | 11:47 AM ET | ap
    'This is insane to me that I have an armed guard outside my door when I've co-operated with everything other than the whole solitary-confinement-in-Italy.'— Man with drug resistant TB says he returned to U.S. despite risks to get treatment A man with a form of tuberculosis so dangerous he is under the first U.S. government-ordered quarantine since 1963 told a newspaper he took one trans-Atlantic flight for his wedding and honeymoon and another because he feared for his life. Hundreds of health authorities around the world including Canada are now scrambling to track down passengers who were seated near the...
  • Ex-insider: Cuba has bioweapons

    02/28/2007 3:28:02 PM PST · by T. Buzzard Trueblood · 12 replies · 526+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Wed, Feb. 28, 2007 | Frances Robles
    Ex-insider: Cuba has bioweaponsA former top Cuban military official said Cuba is manufacturing biological weapons. BY FRANCES ROBLES The former chief of Cuba's military medical services is calling for international weapons inspections of a secret underground lab near Havana, where he says the government is creating biological warfare agents like the plague, botulism and yellow fever. Roberto Ortega, a former army colonel who ran the military's medical services from 1984 to 1994, defected in 2003 and now lives in South Florida. After living here quietly for four years, this week Ortega went on the Spanish-language media circuit to denounce...
  • 'Dr. Germ' had bio-weapon program just before war

    07/08/2006 7:41:18 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 19 replies · 1,068+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | July 8, 2006 | Not Cited
    The U.S. Army has released a Saddam-regime document revealing the infamous "Dr. Germ" prepared an analysis as late as 2002 of how to employ biological weapons using aircraft. The document is part of a collection held by the Foreign Military Studies Office, a research and analysis center under the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command. The material is made available to the public though a website. The analysis by Dr. Germ, Rehab Rasheed Taha, shows how far the Iraqi regime had advanced on its application of the weapon of mass destruction, notes blogger Ed Morrissey The document – which begins:...
  • Dr. Germ Analyzes Aircraft BW Attack Requirements In 2002

    07/07/2006 12:01:49 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 13 replies · 753+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 7-07-06 | Captain
    For those who continue to reject evidence of Saddam Hussein's pursuit of WMD programs, the document released yesterday by the FMSO DocEx project makes it a much more difficult proposition. Document CMPC-2003-004346 reveals that Dr. Rehab Rasheed Taha, otherwise known as Dr. Germ, prepared an analysis in 2002 of how to spread biological weapons material using an aircraft as the medium, and how far they had advanced on the application:
  • Palestinians: Chemical warfare if Israel invades Gaza

    06/27/2006 2:48:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 116 replies · 2,966+ views
    WND ^ | June 26, 2006 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – If Israel launches a ground assault in the Gaza Strip, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group will attack Israelis with chemical and biological weapons the group has developed, according to a pamphlet distributed yesterday by the Brigades. But sources in the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, speaking on condition of anonymity, said while the group is attempting to acquire biological and chemical agents, their current capabilities in the field still are mostly primitive. "With the help of Allah, we are pleased to say that we succeeded in developing over 20 different types of biological and chemical weapons, this...
  • Most (trucking) Test Takers Have Middle Eastern Names

    02/14/2006 4:49:36 PM PST · by GnuHere · 29 replies · 1,366+ views
  • FBI Investigates West Plains (MO) Trucking School

    02/07/2006 8:20:02 AM PST · by gopheraj · 27 replies · 2,413+ views
    KOLR10 News ^ | Feb. 6, 2006 | not stated
    The West Plains school superintendent confirmed Monday the Federal Bureau of Investigations served search warrants last week on a truck driving school. School officials say they were told the agents were looking into allegations of improper issuance of drivers licenses. West Plains R-7 superintendent Karla Eslinger confirmed the agents were at the school Thursday to seize documents related to the South Central Career Center AVTS Truck Training program. One of the agents identified himself as being with the anti terrorism unit of the F.B.I.
  • Iraq Official: Saddam Moved WMD to Syria

    01/26/2006 11:56:46 AM PST · by French_for_Bush · 138 replies · 9,408+ views
    <p>The former number two official in Saddam Hussein's Iraqi air force claims the former Iraqi dictator moved weapons of mass destruction from Iraq to Syria in the months preceding the current Iraq war.</p>
  • Officials Stockpile Vaccine, Drugs Against Avian Flu

    10/07/2005 3:39:56 AM PDT · by fifthvirginia · 78 replies · 2,032+ views
    American Forces Press Service | 06 OCT 05 | Jim Garamone
    Health officials estimate the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 killed 50 million people worldwide -- more than died in World War I. Now President Bush is concerned that a strain of avian flu that has killed millions of birds in Asia could mutate and cross over to humans. "I am concerned about what an avian flu outbreak could mean for the United States and the world," Bush said during an Oct. 4 news conference. "I have thought through the scenarios of what an avian flu outbreak could mean." The Department of Defense is preparing in case the worst happens. DoD...
  • Al-Qaeda uses internet to train terrorists in Iraq: report

    08/07/2005 3:16:32 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 19 replies · 705+ views
    The Hindu ^ | Aug. 7, 2005 | PTI
    Washington, Aug. 7 (PTI): Al-Qaeda suicide bombers and ambush units in Iraq routinely use the internet for training and tactical support, relying on the technology's anonymity and flexibility to operate with near impunity, a media report said today. With the help of laptops and DVDs, young terrorists in secret hideouts and at neighbourhood Internet cafes are now using the medium extensively for training, communication and planning through countless new locations, the report said. Al-Qaeda and its offshoots are also building a massive and dynamic online library of training materials -- some supported by experts who answer questions on message boards...
  • NY Times: Qaeda Letters Are Said to Show Pre-9/11 Anthrax Plans! [5/21/2005]

    05/21/2005 12:52:15 AM PDT · by Southack · 129 replies · 5,626+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/21/2005 | ERIC LIPTON
    Qaeda Letters Are Said to Show Pre-9/11 Anthrax Plans WASHINGTON, May 20 -Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan began to assemble the equipment necessary to build a rudimentary biological weapons laboratory before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, letters released by the Defense Department show.... The letters are among the documents recovered in late 2001 after the invasion of Afghanistan that United States intelligence officials have frequently cited as evidence that Al Qaeda was working to develop biological weapons.The letters...detail a visit by an unnamed Qaeda scientist to a laboratory at an unspecified location where he was shown "a special confidential room"...
  • The friend we betrayed - (in defense of Ahmad Chalabi; good piece by Max Boot)

    04/08/2005 4:59:34 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 467+ views
    In 1987, after he was exonerated of corruption charges, former Secretary of Labor Raymond Donovan issued the classic plea of the wronged man: "Which office do I go to get my reputation back?" Whichever office it is, Ahmad Chalabi may want to apply there as well. The leader of the Iraqi National Congress has been the most unfairly maligned man on the planet in recent years. If you believe what you read, Chalabi is a con man, a crook and, depending on which day of the week it is, either an American or Iranian stooge. The most damning charge is...
  • In citing Sudan dangers, Bolton went beyond CIA

    05/06/2005 6:49:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 424+ views News (Boston Globe) ^ | 29 April 2005 | Farah Stockman
    In November of 2001, John Bolton announced at a biological weapons treaty conference that the United States was ''concerned about Sudan's growing interest" in biological weapons, and suggested Sudan was among five nations believed to be pursuing germ warfare. But Bolton's claim, made two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, went beyond what the CIA was publicly asserting in reports to Congress -- merely that Sudan ''may be interested" in biological weapons. Later CIA documents dropped Sudan from the list of nations believed to be interested in biological weapons, and the State Department apparently never repeated Bolton's claim. Bolton's...
  • Fearing Saddam, anthrax scientist kept her secret - and chanced war

    03/28/2005 11:11:20 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 63 replies · 3,189+ views
    WKRC ^ | 3/28/04
    Fearing Saddam, anthrax scientist kept her secret - and chanced warLAST UPDATE: 3/28/2005 12:36:24 PM In early 2003, as war fever built in Washington, an Iraqi scientist faced a fateful choice. Rihab Rashid Taha could try to lower the heat by finally telling U.N. inspectors what happened to Iraq's "missing" anthrax. Or she could remain silent, rather than risk Saddam Hussein's wrath. The microbiologist's dilemma, she has told U.S. interrogators, was that her team 12 years earlier had destroyed the lethal bacteria by dumping it practically at the gates of one of Saddam's main palaces, and the feared Iraqi...
  • Soviet Army used 'rat weapon' during WWII

    02/05/2005 5:36:05 PM PST · by Ellesu · 23 replies · 1,259+ views
    Rats spread the disease in German troops very quickly. The effect was astonishing: Tulameria, or rabbit fever is reputed to be a record-breaking infection. Humans will most likely conquer the disease in the near future: scientists have recently decoded the genome of Francisella tularensis microbe. Only ten of these bacteria are enough to cause an extremely dangerous disease. Western specialists believe that the microbe can be used as a very effective biological weapon, for it possesses an inhalational capacity. The microbe was discovered in 1911 during an outburst of rabbit fever, when the disease killed a large number ground squirrels...
  • Super microbe's life code cracked (The complete DNA sequence for one of the Possible Bioweapon)

    01/16/2005 2:47:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 679+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 10 January, 2005 | Paul Rincon
    Experts have deciphered the complete DNA sequence for one of the most infectious germs known to science. The Francisella tularensis bacterium is a candidate bioterror weapon, as it takes just 10 microbes to bring on disease in humans. The genome sequencing work is already speeding up the search for a vaccine against the potentially deadly bug. An international team, including UK Ministry of Defence scientists, report their findings in Nature Genetics. "There aren't any [other pathogens] I can think of that are more infectious," said co-author Professor Richard Titball, of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down,...
  • zot to the zot regarding why saddam did not use his zot against the US or zot

    12/15/2004 8:17:26 PM PST · by bazookamanda · 253 replies · 4,077+ views
    Zot enthusiast, zotted zotfully.
    I have been writing to numerous people ever since September 11, 2001. That event changed me. Before September 11, 2001 I assumed our government knew what it was doing in the world and I never questioned anything it did, but after September 11, 2001 i started to think ,why would anybody hate us so much as to try to kill as many Americans as possible. My quest for the truth lead me to one very sobering conclusion.........our policies, even before our independence in 1776, has gradually created a world in which we do not realize what people around the world...
  • What really happened to Iraq's biological weapons?

    10/08/2004 11:15:20 AM PDT · by Razorism · 27 replies · 1,044+ views
    WMD Consulting Group ^ | 2002 | WMD Consulting Group
    Iraq made almost 20,000 liters of botulinum toxin, much of which was placed into munitions and missile warheads. ...Botulinum toxin: Botulinum toxin is the most poisonous substance known - the average man would only have to inhale about 70 billionths of a gram for it to be fatal. Eighty percent of victims die within 1-3 days of being infected.... A person with botulism would exhibit weakness, dizziness and disinterest within the first few days after exposure,...Abrupt respiratory failure is usually the cause of death...Iraq declared that it produced 8445 liters of anthrax, and inspectors determined that at least three times...
  • Mobile biological weapons laboratories in Irag ignored or covered up

    10/07/2004 11:41:54 PM PDT · by Razorism · 2 replies · 335+ views ^ | OCTOBER 6,2004 | Aaron Klein
    Is this one of Saddam's mobile bio-weapons labs? A trailer found by the U.S. in Northern Iraq last year likely was used by Saddam Hussein's regime as a mobile biological weapons laboratory, and not to fill hydrogen balloons as some in Britain and the U.S. have charged, a view supported by exclusive photos
  • Exclusive: Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties

    10/04/2004 7:14:43 AM PDT · by Quilla · 289 replies · 22,034+ views
    CNSNews ^ | October 4, 2004 | Scott Wheeler
    Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by , show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans. They demonstrate that Saddam's government possessed mustard gas and anthrax, both considered weapons of mass destruction, in the summer of 2000, during the period in which United Nations weapons inspectors were not present in Iraq. And the papers show that Iraq trained dozens of terrorists inside its borders. One of the Iraqi memos contains an order from Saddam for his intelligence service to support...

    10/04/2004 10:08:32 AM PDT · by CT CONSERVATIVE · 136 replies · 7,191+ views
    National review ^ | October 4, 2004 | Jim Geraghty
    CNS News is a nice little right-of-center web-based wire service operating in Alexandria, Virginia. They seem like pretty solid reporters, and not likely to bite on, say, memos that are supposed to be from an Air National Guard office from 1972 that were created on Microsoft Word. So it's kind of surprising to see this report: Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by, show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans. They demonstrate that Saddam's government possessed mustard gas and...
  • Iraqi Nuclear Scientist: Saddam Hid Biological and Chemical WMD (TV Interview)

    09/26/2004 2:36:04 AM PDT · by chemical_boy · 4 replies · 944+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 8/10/2004
    Iraqi Nuclear Scientist: Saddam Hid Biological and Chemical WMD Iraqi nuclear scientist Hussein Isma'il Al-Bahdli spoke about Saddam's nuclear and WMD program on Al-Fayhaa, the new Iraqi channel broadcasting from the UAE. The following are excerpts: Interviewer: Was there a real reason for the fears of the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? Al-Bahdli: Certainly, because had Saddam's program continued according to plan, he would have achieved this weapon and it is impossible that he would have kept this kind of weapon only for defensive purposes. Interviewer: In a nutshell, how much time did Iraq need, before the Gulf War, to...
  • FBI anthrax probe revisits former Detrick researcher

    05/16/2004 7:53:37 PM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 46 replies · 629+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 5/16/2004, 6:32 p.m. ET | DAVID DISHNEAU
    <p>HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The FBI, revisiting an old lead in the anthrax investigation, recently interviewed a former Fort Detrick researcher and his co-workers about his whereabouts when the letters were mailed, he and his lawyer said Sunday.</p> <p>Ayaad Assaad, who now works for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, said the agents also quizzed him Tuesday about his knowledge of producing finely powdered anthrax like that used in the letters.</p>
  • Experts Say U.S. Never Spoke to Source of Tip On Bioweapons

    03/05/2004 2:59:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 169+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 5, 2004 | Walter Pincus
    Information From Iraqi Relayed By Foreign Agency, CIA Notes The Bush administration's prewar assertion that Saddam Hussein had a fleet of mobile labs that could produce bioweapons rested largely on information from an Iraqi defector working with another government who was never interviewed by U.S. intelligence officers, according to current and former senior intelligence officials and congressional experts who have studied classified documents. In his presentation before the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said "firsthand descriptions" of the mobile bioweapons fleet had come from an Iraqi chemical engineer who had defected and...