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by Jon Ryter
Shortly after the Daschle letter was mailed from Trenton, New Jersey I advanced
what I believed was a logical theory: the spores, I said, would likely be found
to have come from the military's biological and chemical warfare labs at the
Dugaway Proving Ground military research facility in Utah, Fort Detrick, Maryland,
or from microbial storage sites at either Louisiana State University or Northern
As it turns out, genetic fingerprinting verified that the anthrax
spores mail to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and
Senator Daniel Leahy are identical to the stockpile of anthrax spores
stored by the U.S. Army at Fort Detrick. This, of
course, now suggests
 that someone with clearance to get into very secure areas of Fort
Detrick or one of the four American storage sites
or one in England (Porton Downs) very likely stole the anthrax which
has now killed a half dozen people and infected
some 3,000 others, or:
 that the CIA or some other covert Ops organization planned to use
a little anthrax "experimentally" in the field and
"lost" their "sample" that ultimately ended up in the wrong hands.
The news has both an upside and a downside.
The upside is that if the anthrax spores were stolen from an American
lab by an American-grown domestic Islamic terrorist [or one wanting
to blame American Muslims for spreading
anthrax], then we know their supply of anthrax was very likely
limited to what was sent from Trenton, New Jersey, and it
is also very likely that it cannot be replicated. That means we do
not have to worry about a second wave of anthrax
letters. The downside is, if that supposition is true, then the
authorities are looking for a domestic terrorist' one who
works either for the military or one of two American universities'
and has access to very secure areas within those
Even worse is another, even more horrible, contemplation, The
government admitted last week that among the
research programs conducted by the U.S. Army over the past couple of
decades was a secret anthrax "program"
undertaken by the CIA. Federal authorities believe the anthrax spores
that ended up sent to Capitol Hill may well have
come from the anthrax spores were in the hands of the Central
If this speculation proves accurate,
and it turns out that the inventory of anthrax spores that should
have been under lock and key in Langley has
mysteriously vanished, it is a safe assumption that when the spooks
from Langley were busy recruiting Muslim
militants from 1982 to 1989 for their key Islamic asset, Osama bin
Laden (who was converting them into martyrs
fighting the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan during their decade
long war), some overzealous spook may have
provided the al Qadea or the Taliban with the "ultimate" weapon'
anthrax, believing that bin Laden would use it against
the Soviets' and the CIA would
get to judge the affect of battlefield anthrax on the Soviets ...
and, they could safely gauge the backlash affect the wind
played on its disbursement since, to the CIA, the Afghan "freedom
fighters" were expendable since most wanted to
become martyrs anyway.
FBI investigators have quietly been looking at two anthrax storage
facilities: Porton Downs in England (where they have
little knowledge of the security measures the British use to protect
the anthrax spores stored there), and Dugaway in
Because the labs at Dugaway processed their anthrax spores into the
fine powder that is easily suspended in midair'
and is easily inhaled. Just like the Daschle sample. Add the Fort
Detrick, Maryland genetic fingerprint, and it is an
almost certainty that the anthrax spores that have killed and maimed
Americans was created by Americans.
While the scientists are still planning to test the remaining known
anthrax spore storage facilities in Suffield, England, a
research facility in Canada, the anthrax stored at the University of
New Mexico in Albuquerque, and that in the
possession of a research contractor for the government working at the
Battlefield Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.
Across the western world, there are 91 facilities in which
battlefield grade anthrax spores are stored.
And, while the scientists also want to test "nature" samples (i.e.,
ground samples from ranches where anthrax was
found in cattle), the simple reality is, the two most logical choices are:
 someone stole the anthrax spores from one of the facilities in
the United States, England or Canada where they
were stored, or
 the CIA turned anthrax spores over to the al Qaeda during the Afghan-Soviet
War hoping that bin Laden or Mullah Omar, the Taliban head, would use it on
the Soviets and they could gauge how effective air-released spores would be
not only on the enemy but on the troops who released it.
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