The world leader in bioweapons is the good old US of A. The USAMRID facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland, holds all sorts of strains of diseases,
including bubonic and pneumonic plague, botulinum, ricin, and anthrax.
Remember the anthrax attacks that came the week after 9/11? The anthrax used in those came from Fort Detrick. Funnily enough, as soon as this was
announced they destroyed all their samples, which handily prevented genetic matching of the mailed anthrax with specific batches of the Ames strain
held at Detrick.
Stephen Hatfill was even briefly declared a "person of interest" by the FBI and he certainly had all the right qualifications. In one of those
bizarre coincidences that people like me read far
too much into, he was on loan to BOSS when anthrax infections started up in ANC camps.
Another of the Detrick scientists, whose name escapes me, died in mysterious circumstances a while after the attacks and while his body was in the
morgue, someone left a bomb there. That's bizarre coincidence number two.
Hatfill has since gone on to sue the USG for a multi-million dollar sum for being named a "person of interest" (not even a suspect! just a POI,
whatever that is) in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Anyone know of any other case
where someone got a massive pay-out for being named a suspect in a crime?
The US anthrax attacks had to have been planned and most of the preparation done before 9/11 - though not too long, as bioweapons have a shelf-life.
So it's fair to link the perpetrators to 9/11, particularly when you consider that the attacks, coming hard on the heels of 9/11 itself, and directed
partly at Democrat lawmakers, might have been designed to ensure the passage of the PATRIOT Act.
So given that
a) the US is the world bioweapons leader and
b) there is direct precedent for using biowarfare against "terrorists" and
c) as another poster pointed out, it only seems that Al-Qaeda people got it
...there's a good chance it's US biowarfare at work.
Plus, the Sun called it a weapon in the headline! It must be true!
I suppose there's an outside chance it might be rat poop. There was an outbreak in Algeria in
, after all. But just affecting AQ? Mmmmm.... no.