Alex ConstantinePROJECT ANTHRAX IVSun Feb 20, 2005 01:4188.8.131.52
PROJECT ANTHRAX IV
By Alex Constantine
"'Our family has been through a living hell, to almost see your
23-year-old son die...' exclaims Cheryl. 'The government is wrong, and
they need to take care of all these people that they've hurt.' The
Department of defense says they continue to believe that the vaccine is
Fuad El-Hibri arranged investments for well-heeled Saudi clients as a
broker at Citibank's Jeddah office. Tom Suber, a contributor to the
Rouge Forum, a grassroots Internet think-tank, reports that the broker
handled "the individual financial holdings of the bin Laden family group
and the larger $18 billion Carlyle Group."
The bin Ladens and Carlyle are "reputed to have had partnership
interests with Fuad El-Hibri's Porton International and Bioport
investments. These embarrassing partnerships are the result of complex
web of interlocking private corporate holdings and are publicly denied
by the El-Hibri family."1
Carlyle Management Group, of course, is America's eleventh leading
defense contractor, founded by Iran-contra's Frank Carlucci, James Baker
III and George H.W. Bush.
Ties to the bin Ladens and Carlyle constituted one "embarrassing" pact
with the devil. Another was El-Hibri's acquisition of the Center for
Applied Microbiology and Research (CAMR) at Porton Downs in the UK, a
government-held toxic stockpile-research laboratory privatized by
Margaret Thatcher. CAMR was launched under private ownership -
El-Hibri's - as Porton International in 1993.
Porton Downs was the English mirror-image of Ft. Detrick. Both military
laboratories conducted Auschwitz-style experiments on human subjects
during the Cold War. In 2002, Express reported that scientists of the
Ministry of Defense faced prosecution "over horrifying experiments on
service men and women during chemical and biological weapons tests."
Subjects were duped into volunteering, led to believe that the military
doctors were searching for an innocuous "cold cure." The guinea-pigs
said they were "impregnated with deadly chemical agents such as sarin
and mustard gas." Ronald Maddison, a volunteer airman, died after a
cloth treated with sarin was wrapped round his arm. Another subject said
he was coerced to participate "under threat of court martial. During
three nightmare weeks at the center, he said he was stripped to his
underpants and marched repeatedly into gas chambers where he was
impregnated with sarin, tabin and mustard gas."2
El-Hibri inherited a horror factory, and this it remained. By 1996,
Suber says, "the rape of the public resources of Great Britain was
virtually complete," speaking of the "conservative" agenda behind
privatization. The profit-lusting "interests of the Saudis and the
Carlyle Group began to look to the United States for more promising
Michigan Governor John Engler was urged by fellow Republicans to
privatize the state-owned vaccination lab - exactly as Thatcher had done
with CAMR. It was renamed the Michigan Biologics Products Institute.
"Governor Engler gave the most respectable and profitable agency in
Michigan government to Fuad El-Hibri without any individual investment
whatsoever," Suber writes. The new owners "incurred no individual
expense, made no investments, and did not owe any individual promissory
notes or obligations of any kind for their new lab purchase. Receipt of
a $180 million business for absolutely nothing. The next hand-out the
company received was an unsecured, interest-free loan of $18.7 million
as an advance payment from the Defense Department ..."3
All this fuss and expense over a vaccine that didn't even work against
inhalation anthrax ... it just made people sick.
But homeland defense was never the idea, as Houston attorney Linda Minor
noted after scanning BioPort's directors' page: "This group is obviously
an investment syndicate composed of numerous intelligence agency members
representing assorted countries..."4
Bio-economic terrorism is the CIA's kind of low-intensity conflict. Dr.
Edgar J. DaSilva, director of the Division of Life Sciences of the UN,
says the approach is predicated on "the undermining and destruction of
economic progress and stability" by "the development and use of
biological agents against economic targets such as crops, livestock and
Germs, bacilli and viruses have certain advantages over conventional
armaments - explosives and noxious gases have to be explained, but viral
agents are plausibly deniable: "Such warfare can always be carried out
under the pretexts that such traumatic occurrences are the result of
natural circumstances that lead to outbreaks of diseases and disasters
of either endemic or epidemic proportions."5 The Zimbabwe anthrax
outbreak, the West Nile Virus, conceived at SAIC-USAMRIID, for instance.
Add a trained provocateur - a biochemical warfare specialist from a
Rhodesian death squad with a parafascist history will do - a little
media manipulation, and the result is anthrax psychosis.
That's exactly what the collective response was called in Argentina when
a false alarm was tripped by a suspect piece of mail. "Anthrax
psychosis," an Argentine newspaper reported, spread in October 2001,
"when a travel brochure mailed from Miami to a Buenos Aires family
initially tested positive." The spores tested inactive the second time,
but "within hours, frantic citizens swamped police stations, hospitals
and all kinds of government offices throughout the country with about
1,000 pieces of suspicious mail, most of them posted from the United
States or Pakistan."6
The Ames strain did get around. The lethal dust was found in mail rooms
... in a Princeton borough ... in the Senate ... in Dan Rather's CBS
office ... in a Kabul factory ... in New York City Hall ... in a
diplomatic pouch to the US Consulate General in Yekaterinburg, Russia
... in the Supreme Court's basement mailroom ... in a letter mailed to
Kenya ... at the Bureau of Prisons headquarters in Washington ... at the
broadcaster's headquarters in 30 Rockefeller Plaza ... on and on.
And the FBI, by focusing on Hatfill, gave the false impression that the
perpetrator was a lone gunman. He had accomplices, ran with a death
squad in the United States as he did in Rhodesia.
The anthrax plot - as reconstructed by Leonard Horowitz, Robert Lederman
and other researchers - began with the meeting at the White House
regarding the fate of OraVax, attended by representatives of the
company, the administration, and DoD officials. It was agreed that the
company, facing bankruptcy, would receive a pass to inventory vaccines.
The idea was to allow OraVax to bail itself out with government
contracts, not murder.
But some of those attending this meeting were active in our American
Pinay Circle. One of them was William Patrick III, President and CEO of
Advanced Biosystems Inc. (ABS). Patrick ran the anthrax "weaponization"
program at the Ft. Detrick-SAIC lab where Hatfill worked. In 1999,
Patrick wrote a study, according to the Baltimore Sun, that discussed
"the danger of anthrax spores spreading through the air and the
requirements for decontamination after various kinds of attacks. The
author, William C. Patrick III, describes placing 2.5 grams of Bacillus
globigii, an anthrax simulant, in a standard business envelope -
slightly more than the estimated amount of anthrax in each of the
letters that killed five people last fall..."
Stephen Hatfill, we learn, "is a friend and protegé of Patrick, 75, a
bio-weapons legend who has himself experienced the dual status of expert
and possible suspect..."7
1) Tom Suber, "3500 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd," Rouge Forum, February
2) Alun Reesand Cyril Dixon, "Scandal of the British soldiers 'poisoned
in MoD tests,'" Express, November 7 , 2000.
2) Suber. Also see, The Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans
Affairs, and International Relations of the House Committee on
Government Reform June 30, 1999.
4) Linda Minor, e-mail exchange with author, November 8, 2004.
5) Wayne Madsen, "Combining biological and economic warfare," Online
Journal, May 3, 2003.
6) Juan Pérez Cabral, "Anthrax, Anti-Semitism and Anguish In Argentina,'
NOVEMBER 9, 2001..
7) Scott Shane, "Scientist theorized anthrax mail attack - FBI searched
apartment of expert linked to study," Baltimore Sun, June 27, 2002.
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