Fact-finding mission regarding the anthrax-attacks

The following blog-entry is focused on the anthrax-attacks and tries to connect the dots. It will present some interesting, partly new, results, which could support deeper investigations by experts.

Project for the New American Century

This organization published September 2000 a paper, called “Rebuilding american defenses”, which described their aimed revolutionary changes in US policies, but “ (…) the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” (Link to wikipedia)

The “Neo-cons” had also published following attitude towards bioweapons: “And advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.” (Link to german wikipedia)

Anthrax-letters were sent to two Senators, who were in positions to block the Patriot Act. Senator Daschle, was the Majority Leader of the Senate. Senator Leahy was the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. (Link to abovetopsecret)

According to wikipedia, the former secretary of defense, Frank Carlucci, was affiliated with the Project for the New American Century. (Link to wikipedia)

Member of this organization were the acting secretary of defense during 9/11, Donald Rumsfeld, Vice-President, Dick Cheney, and Jeb Bush, the brother of George W. Bush, who was president during 9/11. (Link to wikipedia.org)

Who benefited from the attacks?

After 2001, the civilian biodefense funding increased drastically; in the 12 years after 9/11 (including the budget of 2012), the US-government has spent $66.91 billion in biodefense (Link to upmc-biosecurity)

BioPort

Just BioPort has in the U.S. license to produce Anthrax-Vaccine (Link to wikipedia). One stakeholder of Bioport was Admiral William Crowe, former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving under former secretary of defense Frank Carlucci. (Link to wikipedia.org)

“In 2002 BioPort launched a lobbying blitz, urging lawmakers to back a national immunization for civilians” and “went to Capitol Hill with a report predicting a deadly wave of anthrax attacks; due to the ease of engineering antibiotic-resistant strains.” (Link to classic-scientist)

According to the medicine-doctor and anthrax-expert Dr. Meryl Nass (Link to her Curriculum Vitae), the “FBI claims it investigated Bioport and others who had a financial motive for the letters attack, and ruled them out. However, FBI provides not a shred of evidence from such an investigation.” (Link to anthraxvaccine.blogspot)

Bayer

One profiteer of the attacks was the german company BAYER, which hold the patent for the anthrax medicine “CIPRO”. The patent was defended by the Bush-Administration shortly after the anthrax-attacks. “A generic drug from reputable suppliers costs only $10 a month in India, for example, while Bayer sells a month’s supply of Cipro in the US for $350. (…) An official close to the administration acknowledged the White House had “clearly made a political decision” to defend Bayer’s patent.” (Link to organicconsumers)

The governmental support for BAYER explains Jerry White from the Organic Consumer Association with the close ties of the Bush administration to the pharmaceutical industry. Especially former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld should have been one of two Bush cabinet members with strong ties to drug companies: “Rumsfeld led Searle, which changed into Pharmacia, from 1977 to 1985.”(Link to organicconsumers)

Pharmacia

Pharmacia is a drug giant and based in New Jersey. Don W. Schmitz serves as Secretary of Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc. (Link to investing.businessweek). It would be an interesting, but open question, whether Don W. Schmitz could be connected to Dietrich A. Schmitz, who was the brother of Hermann Schmitz (he was chief of IG Farben, from where BAYER was split up after the second world war, Link to wikipedia.org). Dietrich A. Schmitz was a naturalized American citizen, president of American I. G. and director of the bank for International Settlements. (see Link to online book “Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler”, Antony C. Sutton)

Since December 1997 on Pharmacias board of directors was Mr. Carlucci, who “has been a Managing Director of The Carlyle Group since 1989 and Chairman Emeritus since January 2003. He served as the Chairman of The Carlyle Group from 1993 to 2003.” (Link to investing.businessweek)

The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle – Group benefited from the “war on terror” according to Dan Briody from the “Red Herring magazine”. “On September 11, 2001 the Carlyle Group was ‘the eleventh largest’ recipient of U. S. Department of Defense contracts, according to GlobalSecurity.org. Among the Caryle’s Board of Directors on 9/11/01 were former U. S. President George H.W. Bush, former U.S. Secretary of State and former U. S. Secretary of the Treasury James Baker, and Osama bin Laden’s brother Shafiq of the billionaire bin Laden family, all of whom were coincidentally present for a Carlyle Group meeting at the Washington, DC Ritz-Carlton on September 10-11, 2001. (…) Dan Briody: ‘As the Caryle investors watched the World Trade towers go down, the group’s prospects went up.‘ [62]” (Link to 911review.com)

On interesting person is Barry McDaniels, who is connected to the Carlyle Group. In 1998 he came to Stratesec to become its Chief Operating Officer, according to investigation of Kevin Ryan: “McDaniel was therefore in charge of the security operation at the WTC in terms of what he called a “completion contract,” to provide services “up to the day the buildings fell down.”(…) But McDaniel came to Stratesec directly from BDM International, where he had been Vice President for nine years. BDM was a major subsidiary of The Carlyle Group for most of that time. When Barry McDaniel started at BDM, the company began getting a large amount of government business “in an area the Navy called Black Projects,” or budgets that were kept secret.” (Link to 911review.com)

According to the website “nationmaster” Securacom went public on September 11, 1997: “AT IPO, it listed among its clients the World Trade Center, Dulles Airport, United Airlines and Los Alamos National Laboratory.” (Link to nationmaster)

Los Alamos National Laboratory

According to wikipedia… “Los Alamos National Laboratory (or LANL; previously known at various times as Project Y, Los Alamos Laboratory, and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory) is a United States Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory, managed and operated by Los Alamos National Security (LANS), located in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The laboratory is one of the largest science and technology institutions in the world, and conducts multidisciplinary research in fields such as national security, (…) medicine, nanotechnology (…).” (Link to wikipedia)

According to 911-research, Los Alamos “removed document posted on the Los Alamos National Laboratory website” describing aluminothermic material as “enhanced explosive” (Link to 911-research). In April 2009, a team of researches around Prof. Steven E. Jones, Prof. Niels Harrit and Dr. Kevin Ryan published a paper in “The Open Chemical Physics Journal”, were they examine active, explosive nano-thermitic material, which was found in the WTC-Dust from the 9/11. (Link to NielsHarrit)

According to Deborah Baker, on November 2001, Los Alamos Lab was “now conducting crucial biological detective work to solve the anthrax attacks wreaking havoc on the East Coast. Using increasingly sophisticated DNA detection technologies, scientists here are working to identify the deadly microbe’s biological fingerprints. (…) The lab maintains the world’s largest bank of genetic information on Bacillus anthracis, the organism that causes anthrax.(…) Until now, Los Alamos has not used actual bacteria in its studies.” (Link to Washingtonpost.com)

In the years prior to 2001, LANL performed studies, how to deactivate dirty spores by Ozone and published the study “Deactivation of Clumped and Dirty Spores of Bacillus globigii” on January, 2001. (Link to air-zone)

Cyclopss Com.

On February 2000 Cyclopss, Utah-based ozone technology developer Cyclopss Co.’s relocated its research and development arm to permanent facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Link to “connection”)

On October, 22, 2001 the company announced, that it developed a 22 cubic feet stainless steel chamber, which … “was commissioned by the nationally recognized laboratory in March of this year and uses a proprietary ozone gas process to kill biological pathogens on carts and equipment used in the lab in order to prevent biological cross contamination between sterility studies. The Ster-O-Zone Chamber was designed, constructed and tested at the Company’s R&D facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexiko. (…) The Cyclopss chamber, which was installed last week, has repeatedly demonstrated the capability to destroy a minimum of 99.9% of the Bacillus Subtilis spore within 30 minutes. Bacillus Subtilis is in the same genus as Bacillus Anthracis, the viral spore that causes Anthrax. (…).” (Link to thefreelibrary.com)

Who had access to Bacillus Subtillis?

This statement of Cyclopss could be a interesting hint, because according to Dr. Meryl Nass some anthrax in the attack-letters “… contained a Bacillus subtilis contaminant, and silicon to enhance dispersal. FBI has never found the Bacillus subtilis strain at USAMRIID, and it has never acknowledged finding silicon there, either. If the letters anthrax was made at USAMRIID, at least small amounts of both would be there.”  (Link to anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com)

The FBI was not able to find Bacillus subtilis strains neither in the workplace (at USMRIID) nor at home of the alleged key suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, Bruce Edwards Ivins, who should have thrown the letters in postal drop box – in Princeton, New Jersey (Link to wikipedia). The supervisor of Ivins and microbiologist, Dr. Henry S. Heine, asks, how Ivins should have dried the anthrax – without harming others. Heine explains, that “the spores in the anthrax letters were in a dry powder form that spread easily. (…) When you dry spores, they fly everywhere and you can’t see ’em. (…) Had Bruce made it during all those late nights in the hot suite, we would’ve been his first victims.” (Link to 911blogger).

According to another leading anthrax-expert Prof. Hugh-Jones (Link to his homepage), the presence of Bacillus Subtilis in the letters would suggest “that somebody grew anthrax using equipment contaminated during earlier b. subtilis experiments. (…) This was not an incidental finding (…) The FBI had what I would call an institutional fingerprint. Whoever had that strain of (bacteria) has to answer to the investigators. (Link to globalsecuritynewswire.org)

In March 2007, a high-ranking FBI official confirmed, that the contaminant “may be the most resolving signature found in the evidence to date,” according to a now-public memo from the investigation. (Link to globalsecuritynewswire.org) … but according to journalist Greg Gordon, the FBI did the decision “to stop hunting for bacillus subtilis”:

 

Dr. Meryl Nass writes in her blog, that it is a “very suspicious omission”, that “since FBI knew that identifying the origin of the B. subtilis contaminant was crucial to solving the case, but failed to make the needed efforts to do so.” (Link to anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com)

Another interesting statements comes from a researcher from Los Alamos Laboratory, Dr. Majidi. As the source for the silica in the anthrax, he said: “Well, the water in New Mexico has ten times more silicant in it then the water in some other states.” (Link to anthraxinvestigation.com) Should this mean, that the Anthrax could have been produced in New Mexico?

It would be interesting, what kind of Bacterias Los Alamos Laboratory had in their inventory in this time. According to Dr. Meryle Nass, the FBI refused to identify potential labs: “FBI says that only a small number of labs had Ames anthrax, including only 3 foreign labs. (…) By failing to identify all labs with access to Ames, the FBI managed to exclude potential domestic and foreign perpetrators.” (Link to anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com)

Cyclopss Completes First Phase of PHARMACIA Decontamination System

On October, 29, 2001, Cyclopss Corporation announced, “that it has entered into a system development contract with the New Jersey based pharmaceutical company PHARMACIA (formerly Pharmacia Company). The contract calls for Cyclopss to utilize a proprietary ozone technology to develop a new process for decontamination, disinfection and aseptic maintenance in the manufacturing and packaging of certain PHARMACIA’S products.(…) Management further stated, that while the development of both of these products was underway long before the current Anthrax threat, they may prove to be very timely and effective weapons in the war against Bioterrorism. (…) The chamber has recently demonstrated the ability to effectively destroy these spores on mail that may have been cross contaminated from postal equipment that has come in contact with Anthrax laden letters.” (Link to thefreelibrary.com)

On November, 5, 2001, Cyclopss announced, that the United States Navy is using their new decontamination technology in Navy facilities in San Diego, California and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Link to thefreelibrary.com)

History of Pharmacia Co.

In the year 1985 the company G.D. Searle & Company was bought by Monsanto. In the year 2000, Monsanto merged with Pharmacia and Upjohn, and ceases to exist. The new company was called Pharmacia Corporation. In 2002, Pharmacia spinned off its Monsanto subsidiary into a new company, the “new Monsanto.” (Link to wikipedia.org)

One best-seller of G.D. Searle & Company was Aspartarme, which is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages. Around 1965 it was discovered by researchers. (Link to wikipedia)

There is a controversy about the safety of Aspartame. It was not approved in dry foods until 1981. On July 15, 1981 the new FDA commissioner Dr. Arthur Hayes Jr. overruled past decisions of FDA and the recommendation of the “Public Board of Inquiry (PBOI)”, which was against approving aspartame, citing unanswered questions about cancer in laboratory rats. The background could have been, that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of G.D. Searle & Company and, in the same time, in the transition team of Ronald Reagan, who was sworn in January 21, 1981. So in April 1981 Richard Schweiker, Secretary of Health and Human Services, appointed Hayes to lead FDA (Link to FDA.gov). “In November 1983, a little more than a year after approving aspartame Hayes left the FDA and joined public-relations firm Burson-Marsteller, Searle’s public relations agency at the time, as a senior medical adviser.” (Linkto wikipedia.org). This success contributed surely to the bonus pay-out for Donald Rumsfeld of at least 12 Million Dollars (Link to wikipedia.org) as 1985 Monsanto bought SEARL.

The medical doctor and neuropathologist Dr. John Olney published in the year 1996 the study “Increasing brain tumor rates: is there a link to aspartame?”. He got on 60 Minutes, where Michael Friedman, as FDA representative, got on as well and “defended Monsanto by saying aspartame did not cause brain tumors.”  (Link to healingnaturallybybee.com)

According to wikipedia “The Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a US-based multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world’s leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed as “Roundup”. Monsanto is also the leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed; it provides the technology in 90% of the genetically engineered seeds used in the US market.” (Link to wikipedia.org)

There is a controversy about the safety of genetically engineered seeds. Nevertheless “In 1992 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled, against the recommendations of their own staff scientists, that GE foods are “substantially equivalent” to traditional foods.” (Linkto nofamass.org)

From 1995 until June 1999, Dr. Michael Friedman served as Deputy Commissioner for Operations for the Food and Drug Administration, and was Acting Commissioner and Lead Deputy Commissioner from 1997 to 1998 (Link to reuters.com). In this time fell the “Pusztai affair”: On June 22, 1998 “protein scientist Arpad Pusztai went public with research he was conducting with genetically modified potatoes. In a short interview he reported that rats fed potatoes engineered to express a plant lectin had stunted growth and a repressed immune system. This resulted in a media frenzy and Pusztai was suspended.” (Link to wikipedia.org) There could have been political pressure on Rowett Institute Director Philip James. In this Institute Pusztai was conducting his study. “According to Rowell professor Robert Orskov, who was working at Rowett at the time, heard that Clinton rang Blair who then rang James to tell him to put a lid on Pusztai. (…) James denied receiving any phone calls from Government or Cabinet.” (Link to wikipedia.org)

This affair remembers on the aggressive campaign surrounding the early retirement of Prof. Steven Jones at BYU-university: “Further, we understand from press releases that Dick Cheney’s office or the White House approached BYU leaders, and this resulted in Cheney’s coming to BYU to give a commencement address just three months after my “early retirement” from BYU, in April 2007.” (Link to 911blogger.com).

According to Monsanto in the years 2008, 2009 and early 2010, “a firm called Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS) provided Monsanto ’s security group with reports about activities or groups that could pose a risk to the company, its personnel or its global operations.” (Linkto monsanto.com). According to wikipedia, TIS “is owned by The Prince Group, a private company led by Erik Prince.” (Link to wikipedia). In 2005 Joseph E. Schmitz “resigned as Defense Department Inspector General on September 9, 2005 in order to take a position with the Prince Group, a holding company for Blackwater Worldwide (…).(Link to wikipedia.org)

Dr. Michael Friedman and Anthrax

According to “insidedefense”, Friedman as FDA’s lead deputy commissioner paved the way for a disputed Anthrax vaccine program in the military. “On March 4, 1997, Dr. Stephen Joseph, then assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, wrote to FDA to ascertain whether the Defense Department could use the approved vaccine to prevent inhaled anthrax, delivered by a weapon, despite the lack of specificity on the label.” Friedman responded on March 13, 1997 with a letter that laments the limitations in research data but ultimately accedes to DOD’s interpretation. “While there is a paucity of data regarding the effectiveness of anthrax vaccine for prevention of inhalation anthrax, the current package insert does not preclude this use,”.

Then “Defense Secretary William Cohen approved the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program on Dec. 15, 1997, and launched it on May 18, 1998, citing an increased threat of biological warfare from terrorists and rogue nations. Since then, more than 400,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have received one or more anthrax shots, part of a six-injection regime over 18 months, with annual boosters after that. By about 2005, the entire military is to have received the vaccine. But the program has spawned a growing rebellion among service members who have heard reports about how the vaccine manufacturer, BioPort, and its predecessor organizations have failed FDA inspections of their Lansing, Michigan, production facilities. And although the Defense Department says there have been fewer than 100 cases of significant side effects since the vaccine program started, program critics say serious adverse reactions are more common than that.” (Link to insidedefense.com).

Just three weeks after the anthrax-attacks, on 30th of October 2001 the president of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Alan F. Holmer, declared: Former head of the FDA, Michael Friedman, M.D., will lead the pharmaceutical industry’s initiative to protect public health as PhRMA’s Chief Medical Officer for Biomedical Preparedness. “America’s pharmaceutical companies are committed to doing everything they can to protect the public health in the face of bioterrorism, (…) Dr. Friedman is uniquely qualified to coordinate our efforts to meet the nation’s needs.” (Link to newsrx.com)

Dr. Friedman and Pharmacia

“From July 1999 until September 2001, he was a senior vice president of Searle, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company. From July 1999 on Dr. Michael Friedman was senior vice president of Clinical Affairs at Searle&Monsanto. From September 2001 until April 2003, Dr. Friedman held the position of Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Medical and Public Policy, for Pharmacia Corporation.” (Link to reuters.com) Around 2003 Friedman left Pharmacia.

Dr. Friedman & “City of Hope”

Dr. Friedman serves as the president and CEO of City of Hope, a leading cancer research and treatment facility in California. According to “PRWatch” Dr. Friedman is “on the Board of Directors of the Rite Aid Corporation, the same cigarette purveyor that allied with the American Heart Association to “fight heart disease in women.” (Link to prwatch.org) Following video-clip wonders, how somebody can fight cancer and “selling tobacco at the same time.” (Link to youtube)

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