posted on Apr, 30 2006 @ 09:04 AM
'___' and BZ might not have been the only CBW agents that were possibly deployed by the US in Viet Nam in the mid-sixties.
I've recently managed to get my mitts on the minutes of the 58th meeting of the UK Biological Research Advisory Board (BRAB). This board was an
oversight committee for the UK's Biological Warfare research facility - Porton Down.
Following a visit to the US BW facilities, a Porton military scientist noted that, the US had recently (1965) issued a directive which changed its CBW
policy from the operational use of lethal CBW agents to incapacitating agents.
This was demonstrated by the fact that although the US CBW agent production plant at Pine Bluff had produced large quantities of Botulinum toxin, the
Quadripartite countries (US/UK/CAN/AUS) no longer considered it a candidate agent.
Instead, Pine Bluff turned to the large-scale production of Staphylococcal enterotoxin (SEB), an incapacitating agent.
A senior Ministry of Defence official informed the BRAB that "the directives which were issued periodically arose from changes in the emphasis
according to operations. At the present time the emphasis was on the type of operation being undertaken in Viet Nam
According to the Director of Porton Down, a US Major-General had informed him that the US definition of an incapacitating agent was "that it was
one causing not more than a 1 per cent kill
If SEB was used in a clandestine manner by the US in Viet Nam, it would have been very hard to prove.
After all, any illness caused by such a BW attack would have, quite likely, been put down to yet another outbreak of severe food poisoning in the