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  • 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,...
  • CANCER IN CANS: Pringles contain Toxin Acrylamide

    11/20/2011 6:58:35 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 80 replies · 1+ views
    CleanTV.com ^ | 11-20-11 | CleanTV
    More Videos: http://www.CleanTV.com Just when you thought it was safe to grab some munchies in the cupboard, a new study warns of cancer in cans and bags—in cans of Pringles and in bags of a myriad of other potato chips. This disturbing truth about an all-time favorite snack may be forcing food manufacturers to change their processing methods. But can the changes really make a difference? Researchers find that potato chips, among other processed foods, are loaded with the cancer causing chemical, acrylamide (uh-kril-uh-mahyd). The substance forms when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at very high temperatures. Some of the worst...
  • Georgia men charged with plotting to make ricin

    11/01/2011 7:22:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01 November 2011 | Colleen Jenkins
    Federal authorities on Tuesday arrested four Georgia men accused of plotting to buy explosives and produce a deadly biological toxin to attack fellow U.S. citizens and government officials. The Justice Department said the men were members of a fringe domestic militia group and had planned to manufacture ricin for use in their attacks. The men attended meetings starting in March where they discussed carrying out crimes, including murder, in order to undermine federal and state government, prosecutors said. The targets included local police, federal government buildings and employees of agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service. (snip) At a meeting...
  • Condi reveals the moment she thought President Bush had been lethally poisoned after 9/11

    11/01/2011 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Nov. 1, 2011 | Lydia Warren
    Condoleezza Rice has revealed the moment she thought that she and President George W. Bush had suffered deadly botulism poisoning. In her new book, the former secretary of state reveals that in the weeks following 9/11, there were scares over smallpox and radioactive attacks on Washington – and a potential poisonous toxin attack on the White House. She was on a trip to a summit meeting in China with Bush when former-Vice President Dick Cheney delivered the blow via a secure video conference line. In an interview with ABC News, Ms Rice explained: ‘The vice president came on the screen...
  • 4 charged with plot to produce ricin, buy explosives

    11/01/2011 3:21:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    cnn.com ^ | Nov. 1, 2011
    Four men from Georgia have been arrested and charged in an alleged plot to purchase explosives and to manufacture ricin, a biological toxin, with the intent to attack U.S. citizens, according to the Justice Department.
  • Qaeda Trying to Harness Toxin for Bombs, U.S. Officials Fear

    08/13/2011 1:29:05 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 12, 2011 | ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER
    American counterterrorism officials are increasingly concerned that the most dangerous regional arm of Al Qaeda is trying to produce the lethal poison ricin, to be packed around small explosives for attacks against the United States. For more than a year, according to classified intelligence reports, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen has been making efforts to acquire large quantities of castor beans, which are required to produce ricin, a white, powdery toxin that is so deadly that just a speck can kill if it is inhaled or reaches the bloodstream. Intelligence officials say they have collected evidence that Qaeda operatives are...
  • 16 Burning Questions About The Oil Spill That We Deserve To Have Answered

    06/17/2010 1:31:26 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 5 replies · 339+ views
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 6-17-2010 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    16 Burning Questions About The Oil Spill That We Deserve To Have Answered Published in June 17th, 2010 Posted by TMH in Politics Hat Tip: Glenn Beck From: Business Insider 1. What are those 17,000 National Guard troops actually doing? Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of more than 17,000 National Guard members along the Gulf coast to be used “as needed” by state governors. So what are all of these National Guard troops going to be doing exactly? Are the troops going to be used to stop the oil or to control the public? 2. Is appointing an Oil...
  • Lake in the Hills man charged with pufferfish toxin --had a $5 million life insurance policy(IL)..

    07/08/2008 2:29:36 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies · 1,226+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-7-08 | Jeff Long, Carolyn Starks
    Complete title too long for the form. Here's the total title: Lake in the Hills man charged with pufferfish toxin purchase had a $5 million life insurance policy on his wife, authorities say Federal prosecutors also say she was the intended target in 2005, when her husband sought a hit man A Lake in the Hills man arrested after ordering a deadly pufferfish toxin had a cache of weapons in his home and was named as the beneficiary of a $5 million life insurance policy on his wife, prosecutors said Monday. Federal prosecutors also said that the wife, Rebecca Bachner,...
  • CIA Finds No Evidence Hussein Sought to Arm Terrorists

    11/16/2003 4:14:23 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 52 replies · 528+ views
    The CIA's search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has found no evidence that former president Saddam Hussein tried to transfer chemical or biological technology or weapons to terrorists, according to a military and intelligence expert. Anthony Cordesman, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, provided new details about the weapons search and Iraqi insurgency in a report released Friday. It was based on briefings over the past two weeks in Iraq from David Kay, the CIA representative who is directing the search for unconventional weapons in Iraq; L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. civil administrator...
  • Protecting People From A Terrifying Toxin: Vaccine Stimulates Immune Response Against Ricin

    02/08/2006 4:57:39 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 534+ views
    Science News Online ^ | 2-8-2006 | Ben Harder
    Protecting People from a Terrifying Toxin: Vaccine stimulates immune response against ricin Ben Harder In its first test in people, a vaccine against the toxin ricin appears safe and generates antibodies that are expected to be protective against the potential bioterrorism agent. Ricin comes from castor seeds and can cause lethal damage to the gut if swallowed or to the lungs if inhaled. Murderers and assassins have used it for centuries. The vaccine might be used to protect soldiers and first responders in advance of possible ricin exposure, says immunologist and study leader Ellen S. Vitetta of the University of...
  • Poisons may pass down generations

    06/07/2005 7:32:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 766+ views
    BBC News ^ | http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4605847.stm
    Poisons may pass down generations Chemicals can change the way genes work Toxic chemicals that poisoned your great-grandparents may also damage your health, US research suggests. A team from Washington State University has produced evidence that some inherited diseases may be caused by poisons polluting the womb. Research on rats indicates man-made environmental poisons may alter genetic activity, giving rise to diseases that pass down at least four generations. The research is published in the journal Science. Poisons may pass down generations Toxic chemicals that poisoned your great-grandparents may also damage your health, US research suggests. A team from Washington...
  • Natural toxin in algae (domoic acid -- neurotoxin) kills sea lions

    05/31/2005 8:48:15 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 10 replies · 405+ views
    UCLA Daily Bruin ^ | May 31, 2005 | DB News
    SANTA MONICA — Three dead sea lions washed ashore on several beaches Monday after getting sick from a natural toxin released by algae. That brings the total number of sea lions washing ashore in recent days to eight, though the previous five were still alive. Those animals, some of whom were pregnant, were being nursed back to health by the nonprofit group Whale Rescue Team after they were found ashore in Playa Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and Will Rogers State beaches in recent weeks. The dead sea lions washed up at Cabrillo and White Point beaches in San Pedro....
  • British Marine killed by scratch and superbug

    05/28/2005 3:30:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 1,117+ views
    Times Online ^ | 05.24.05 | Simon de Bruxelles
    A SUPERFIT Royal Marine collapsed and died within days of scratching his leg on a bush while on a training run — victim of a mutated superbug one doctor described as the worst she had ever seen. Richard Campbell-Smith, 18, fell victim to pneumonia caused by a rare strain of bacteria that produces a lethal toxin that kills white blood cells. A microbiologist who gave evidence at the inquest into his death yesterday said that she had come across two such cases since December but none in the previous 15 years. Marina Morgan, of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital,...
  • CBS Exclusive: Contaminated Money (with virus)

    02/08/2005 12:31:05 PM PST · by QQQQQ · 54 replies · 1,818+ views
    CBS via DrudgeReport ^ | Jan. 28, 2005 | CBS
    PHILADELPHIA (KYW) Money that has been contaminated with a virus; it’s a whole new possible direction for bioterrorism. It is a case that the FBI terrorism unit has taken over from state police that involves several cities, including Philadelphia. As CBS 3’s Tamsen Fadal reports, the unit is trying to determine whether or not a virus was actually placed over money to protect the interest of the Russian mob. In an exclusive investigation, CBS 3 has obtained documents detailing a bizarre criminal plot involving a virus, suspected drug money, and the Russian mob in Northeast Philadelphia. Earlier this month, Pennsylvania...
  • Mollusks Said Can Neutralize Toxin

    01/19/2005 12:00:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 872+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 19, 2005 | NA
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 5:50 a.m. ET DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- The war on terror could have an unlikely ally in a modest mollusk known as the quahog. Researchers who injected the clams with enough botulism toxin to kill 1,000 people found the shellfish somehow neutralized the enzyme, which is considered a potential bioterror agent. ``Botulism activity was cut in half by the blood of the quahog,'' Dr. Bal Ram Singh told The Standard Times of New Bedford in Wednesday's editions. ``So we think there is some sort of antidote in this blood. If we are able to...
  • One slip, and you’re dead…

    06/23/2004 11:47:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies · 498+ views
    Nature (free registration req'd) ^ | 6/24/04 | Laura Nelson
    The lethal toxins produced by cone snails are in hot demand for neuroscience research, and are being developed as potent drugs. Laura Nelson visits a would-be snail ‘farmer’, for whom milking time is fraught with danger. 24 June 2004 LAURA NELSON This article is from the news section of the journal Nature Marine cone snails are among the most venomous beasts on the planet. © Nature Jon-Paul Bingham fumbles around for a condom. Big Bertha is waiting. There’s an awkward pause. “It has to be the non-lubricated kind,” he says. Bingham rips open the packet and slips the prophylactic over...
  • Toxin Ricin Found in Wash. Man's Apartment

    04/12/2004 11:58:28 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 120 replies · 348+ views
    LV SUN ^ | April 12, 2004 | AP staff
    Toxin Ricin Found in Wash. Man's Apartment ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE (AP) - A 37-year-old man is in FBI custody for allegedly possessing the deadly toxin ricin. Robert M. Alberg of Kirkland, Wash., was arrested at his apartment Friday for investigation of one count of possession of a biological agent or toxin. "It is enough that it could cause concern that it could harm someone - could kill someone," FBI spokeswoman Roberta Burroughs told KING-TV on Monday. Agents said they believe Alberg was making the ricin in his apartment but won't disclose how much was found. They also would not say...
  • Search for Senate Ricin Source Widens

    02/07/2004 9:37:59 AM PST · by pttttt · 7 replies · 215+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 6, 2004 | Curt Anderson
    Yahoo! News   Sat, Feb 07, 2004 Search for Senate Ricin Source Widens Fri Feb 6, 3:29 PM ET By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Searches of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's offices in Tennessee have uncovered no ricin or other evidence that might explain how the poison wound up in his Capitol Hill mailroom, officials said Friday. The senator's six offices in Tennessee reopened Thursday after being closed for two days while the FBI (news - web sites) and other investigators checked the mail and searched for other evidence. Nothing was found, said a federal law enforcement...
  • Media's Focus After Interim Report Surprises Top Arms Inspector

    10/05/2003 2:08:39 PM PDT · by Chummy · 7 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Information Service ^ | October 5, 2003 | John D. Banusiewicz
    Media's Focus After Interim Report Surprises Top Arms Inspector By John D. Banusiewicz American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2003 – The man leading the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq expressed surprise here today that media reports focused mainly on what his team has yet to find and not on what it has turned up so far after his Oct. 2 interim report to Congress. David Kay, chief U.S. arms inspector, told host Tony Snow on the "Fox News Sunday" that while his team indeed has yet to find illicit weapons, "I'm sort of amazed that...
  • Botulinum 'is WMD' [State Department: Lethal bio-toxin 'kills people']

    10/04/2003 7:23:33 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 41 replies · 827+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Oct. 4, 2003
     OPERATION: IRAQI FREEDOMBotulinum 'is WMD' State Department spokesman: Lethal bio-toxin 'kills people, it kills people in large quantities' Posted: October 4, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com The vial of botulinum bacteria discovered in Iraq by U.S. arms inspectors – which experts call the most poisonous substance known to man – is "a weapon of mass destruction," the State Department's top spokesman announced yesterday. "Botulinum kills people, it kills people in large quantities. Botulinum is a weapon of mass destruction, yes," said State spokesman Richard Boucher," according to an Agence France-Presse report. "Anything that destroys on a massive scale is a weapon...
  • 7 more cases of mystery illness (soldiers in Iraq)

    07/30/2003 5:34:12 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 90 replies · 395+ views
    Lake Sun Leader ^ | Marsha Paxson
    7 more cases of mystery illness Military trying to identify malady that killed lake area soldier By Marsha Paxson Lake Sun LAKE OF THE OZARKS -- Seven more soldiers in Iraq have contracted the same puzzling illness that has killed two soldiers, including one from the lake area. The latest cases bring the number of affected troops to 19. All have been evacuated to the same Landstuhl, Germany, hospital where Spec. Josh Neusche, 20, of Montreal was treated before he died July 12. It is believed Neusche contracted the illness, first thought to be pneumonia, while conducting cleanup operations with...
  • Mystery Illness Kills Missouri Soldier

    07/26/2003 10:22:20 AM PDT · by SpeakLittle_ThinkMuch · 64 replies · 633+ views
    Missouri News-Leader ^ | 7/16/03 | Eric Eckert
    Mystery illness kills Missouri soldierJosh Neusche died Saturday; his family waits for answers.By Eric EckertNews-Leader Staff July 16, 2003   Montreal, Mo. — Seventeen-year-old Jacob Neusche spent Tuesday morning packing up his big brother's belongings — books, a high school letterman's jacket and a Class A uniform.  "That's what Josh will be buried in," the teenager said, referring to the uniform.   Missouri National Guard Spc. Josh Neusche, 20, died Saturday at the Homburg Hospital in Germany from a mysterious illness. A member of the 203rd Engineer Battalion, he is the only Missouri National Guardsman on the Department of Defense's...
  • Sen. Boxer - Probe sought after study reports toxin in lettuce

    04/29/2003 9:25:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 193+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 4/29/03 | Joelle Tessler
    <p>U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Monday called on the federal government to investigate perchlorate contamination in produce following the release of a study that found elevated levels of the toxic rocket fuel component in some winter lettuce grown in the United States.</p>
  • Positive test for terror toxins in Iraq

    04/06/2003 9:53:02 AM PDT · by kimmie7 · 40 replies · 431+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 04-04-03 | By Preston Mendenhall
    SARGAT, Iraq, April 4 — Preliminary tests conducted by MSNBC.com indicate that the deadly toxins ricin and botulinum were present on two items found at a camp in a remote mountain region of northern Iraq allegedly used as a terrorist training center by Islamic militants with ties to the al-Qaida terrorist network. The field tests used by MSNBC.com are only a first step in the evidentiary process and are typically followed by more precise laboratory testing that MSNBC.com has not conducted. U.S. intelligence agents were conducting their own tests in the same area and had not yet released their results,...
  • Botuisillium toxin and ricin found in Northern Iraq!!!

    04/04/2003 5:11:07 PM PST · by repub32 · 30 replies · 229+ views
    Oreilly show
    Oreilly just this on FOX!!!!!!!!
  • FBI Warns That Terrorists Could Make Simple, Deadly Chemical Weapon

    03/27/2003 1:33:38 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 37 replies · 3,316+ views
    AP -TampaBayOnline ^ | March26, 2003 | Curt Anderson
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI is warning police that terrorists could construct a simple but deadly chemical weapon out of materials readily available. "Little or no training is required to assemble and deploy such a device due to its simplicity," the FBI said Wednesday in its weekly intelligence bulletin to about 18,000 law enforcement agencies. The bulletin provides no details of a specific threat or possible location of an attack. It does say that terrorists could take advantage of building ventilation systems, air intakes or enclosed areas to disperse toxic chemical gas. Law enforcement officials previously have warned that al-Qaida...
  • Study says modified anthrax might fight cancer

    01/13/2003 7:48:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 155+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 1/13/03 | Seth Borenstein - Knight Ridder
    <p>WASHINGTON - Anthrax, the bioterrorism agent that killed five people in 2001 and has frightened millions more, may be an effective cancer killer, according to new research from the National Institutes of Health.</p> <p>Genetically engineered anthrax protein -- designed to activate only on contact with a chemical on the surface of malignant tumors -- dramatically reduced and even eradicated cancers in tests on hundreds of mice, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. Thanks to the genetic engineering, the anthrax did not poison the mice.</p>
  • FBI Issues Nationwide Warning On Ricin Toxin

    01/10/2003 5:26:04 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 301+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 1-11-2003 | Andrew Buncombe
    FBI issues nationwide warning on ricin toxin By Andrew Buncombe in Washington 11 January 2003 The FBI yesterday issued a nationwide alert about ricin days after the arrest in London of seven men allegedly connected with an Algerian extremist group and the discovery of a small amount of the poison in their flat. The Bureau contacted 17,000 law-enforcement officials, and provided advice and information on how to handle ricin and warning how the deadly toxin might be used in a terror attack. "Use of ricin toxin as a weapon would be most effective in an assassination by injection or as...
  • Police Search For Missing Terror Toxin

    01/08/2003 8:04:16 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 235+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-8-2003 | Damian Carrington
    Police search for missing terror toxin Updated 14:44 08 January 03 NewScientist.com news service British police are searching for a batch of ricin, the highly poisonous plant toxin, following the discovery of traces in a London flat. They are also seeking three men, in addition to the six Algerians already being questioned. Anti-Terrorist Branch police officers raided a one-bedroom apartment on Sunday morning, after receiving a tip-off, reportedly from the French intelligence service. They discovered castor oil beans, from which ricin is made, and some equipment. Tests at the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratories at Porton Down confirmed traces...
  • UT Southwestern Researchers Develop Vaccine Against Deadly Bioterrorism Toxin Ricin

    09/10/2002 4:29:18 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 242+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9-9-2002 | University Of Texas
    Date: Posted 9/9/2002 UT Southwestern Researchers Develop Vaccine Against Deadly Bioterrorism Toxin Ricin DALLAS – Sept. 4, 2002 – UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers have developed a vaccine in mice against the deadly toxin ricin. Ricin has been used as a biological weapon in many parts of the world. "Ricin is not only dangerous, but it is also cheap and easy to make," said Dr. Ellen Vitetta, director of the Cancer Immunobiology Center at UT Southwestern and senior author of the study to be published in the Sept. 10 issue of the journal Vaccine. Large stockpiles of ricin...