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Anthrax and the Agency: Thinking the Unthinkable
By Wayne Madsen
April 8, 2002
Now that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has officially put the anthrax investigation on a back burner, it is time for Americans to think the unthinkable: that the FBI has never been keen to identify the perpetrator because that perpetrator may, in fact, be the U.S. Government itself. Evidence is mounting that the source of the anthrax was a top secret U.S. Army laboratory in Maryland and that the perpetrators involve high-level officials in the U.S. military and intelligence infrastructure.
Anthrax attack bug "identical" to army strain
19:00 09 May 02 NewScientist.com news service
The DNA sequence of the anthrax sent through the US mail in 2001 has been revealed and confirms suspicions that the bacteria originally came from a US military laboratory.
The data released uses codenames for the reference strains against which the attack strain was compared. But New Scientist can reveal that the two reference strains that appear identical to the attack strain most likely originated at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick (USAMRIID), Maryland.
The new work also shows that substantial genetic differences can emerge in two samples of an anthrax culture separated for only three years. This means the attacker's anthrax was not separated from its ancestors at USAMRIID for many generations.
The exercise, called Atlantic Storm
By John Mintz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 15, 2005; Page A12
The imaginary patients started stumbling into emergency rooms in Munich and Frankfurt, then Istanbul and Los Angeles, and within hours after the start of a war game yesterday, Western intelligence agencies concluded that there had been a choreographed attack on numerous cities by terrorists wielding smallpox pathogens.
By mid-afternoon, health experts realized that millions of people worldwide would soon die agonizing deaths. World leaders -- or at least people posing as them -- who were assembled at a mock Washington summit yesterday interrupted each other and waved their arms as they debated potential real-life choices. Perhaps the most important: Would wealthy nations that possess smallpox vaccine share it with their unprepared neighbors?
Bioterrorism War Game Shows Lack Of Readiness
Simulated smallpox terror attack draws in former US and European officials
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright (news - web sites) and former French health minister Bernard Kouchner were among the dignitaries playing the role of president of their respective countries in an exercise conducted here to explore how governments around the Atlantic would react to a biological terrorist attack in the region
Under the scenario, presidents and prime ministers of several countries were gathered for a summit in Washington Friday when they learned at 9:00 am that a total of 51 cases of smallpox had been reported in Germany, Turkey, Sweden and the Netherlands.
An unknown group called the "New Jihad" was scripted as claiming responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge for the West's oppression of Muslim countries.
Participants were asked to respond in real time as the toll mounted. After an hour, 240 cases had been detected in six countries. By the end of the morning, the count rose to 3,000 cases, including hundreds in the United States.