Bio-terrorism – anthrax attacks following September 11.
By Dimitri Khalezov STAFF WRITER
(An excerpt from the book: “V for Vendetta and R for Reality. The “third” truth about 9/11, or Defending the US Government, which has only the first two…” by Dimitri A. Khalezov)
The anthrax attacks following 9/11 seem to be almost completely forgotten today. However, these anthrax attacks were an unalienable part of the actual 9/11 perpetration and not to mention them in this book at least briefly would be a lapse. At least for the sake of history this perpetration has to be remembered.
Brief information on this largely forgotten perpetration is this (from Wikipedia): The 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States, also known as “Amerithrax” from its FBI case name, occurred over the course of several weeks beginning on September 18, 2001.
Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two Democratic U.S. Senators, killing five people and infecting 17 others. The anthrax attacks came in two waves. The first set of anthrax letters had a Trenton, New Jersey postmark dated September 18, 2001, exactly one week after September 11, 2001 attacks. Five letters are believed to have been mailed at this time, to ABC News, CBS News, NBC News and the New York Post, all located in New York City; and to the National Enquirer at American Media, Inc. (AMI) in Boca Raton, Florida. Robert Stevens, the first person who died from the mailings, worked at a tabloid called The Sun, also published by AMI.
Only the New York Post and NBC News letters were actually found; the existence of the other three letters is inferred because individuals at ABC, CBS and AMI became infected with anthrax. Scientists examining the anthrax from the New York Post letter said it appeared as a coarse brown granular material. Two more anthrax letters, bearing the same Trenton postmark, were dated October 9, three weeks after the first mailing. The letters were addressed to two Democratic Senators, Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont. More potent than the first anthrax letters, the material in the Senate letters was a highly refined dry powder consisting of about one gram of nearly pure spores. Earlier reports described the material in the Senate letters as “weaponized” or “weapons grade” anthrax.
However, in September 2006, the Washington Post reported that the FBI no longer believes the anthrax was weaponized. The letters contained at least two grades of anthrax material; the coarse brown material sent in the media letters and the fine powder sent to the two U.S. Senators. The brown granular anthrax sent to media outlets in New York City caused only skin infections, cutaneous anthrax.
The anthrax sent to the Senators caused the more dangerous form of infection known as inhalation anthrax, as did the anthrax sent to AMI in Florida. Although the anthrax preparations were of different grades, all of the material derived from the same bacterial strain – known as the Ames strain.
Dozens of buildings were contaminated with anthrax as a result of the mailings. American Media, Inc. moved to a different building. The decontamination of the Brentwood postal facility took 26 months and cost US$130 million. The Hamilton, NJ postal facility remained closed until March 2005; its cleanup cost US$65 million. The United States Environmental Protection Agency spent US$41.7 million to clean up government buildings in Washington, D.C. One FBI document said the total damage exceeded US$1 billion. The crime remains unsolved.
The author of this book is neither a specialist in bacterial sciences, nor in actual bio-weapons – he has only basic knowledge due to the fact of him being a former Soviet military officer (as all commissioned Soviet military officers had to undergo some course on military medicine and on bacteriological weapons as a part of their intensive standard training) and his basic knowledge is only slightly enhanced by his personal acquaintance with person who actually is a specialist in anthrax and particularly in the weaponized anthrax powder.
That is why my personal expertise on such a subject is not accurate enough to any degree to claim any final conclusions. However, the author of this topic is indeed a good specialist in logic – which might be also helpful in understanding the complexities of the attacks, at least to a certain extent.
Thus it seems that with a small amount of effort and study we can still dig into the truth in connection with that now forgotten anthrax attack in the aftermath of the World Trade Center nuclear demolition.
Let us initially make a brief overview of biological weapons in general, otherwise it would be difficult to understand the dangers, either real or imaginary, of the actual anthrax itself and the potential motivations of those who put it to use following the attacks on both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Firstly, it shall be known that anthrax is not the most dangerous kind of bacteriological weapon. The first place apparently belongs to smallpox and the second – to plague. Why?
Plague (“Pasteurella pestis”, also called “Yersinia pestis”) has since ancient times been considered the most dangerous of all infectious deceases. Formerly known as “The Black Death” it could easily wipe entire populations. The most dangerous form of plague – pneumonic – causes lethality of 100%, despite any modern medical treatment.
Plague – especially the pneumonic variation – is highly contagious and rapidly spreads from localized infections into widespread epidemics. Moreover, you won’t need much of an actual plague culture to cause an epidemic outbreak – just one small vial is enough to deliver a deadly strike against the entire city and may be even enough of a lethal dose to wipe out an entire country. Considering that these days people often travel extensively by using high speed planes and super-fast trains, the dangers of the rapid spreading and population contamination of plague infection is considerably higher than that in ancient times – when most of the carriers who could bring “The Black Death” to another country would die on the way reaching it.
Any vaccination against plague is very dangerous itself, and is not always effective, and at best case it is valid for a maximum of one year. Plague microbes are also known to be amongst the most “toughest” microbiological agents known to modern science; as they can survive in dead body tissues for as long as 24 days – which greatly complicates disinfection procedures when it comes to this particular infection.
Indeed, plague absolutely rightfully enjoys the first place in the list of the most dangerous quarantine diseases.
Moreover, to obtain plague microbes is not a difficult task for a person with even a basic knowledge. Thus for the reasons of responsibility as a precautionary measure against idiots, I will omit here, where to obtain the plague culture in reality. Although rest assured serious persons who are determined to set themselves on bio-war path would know surely how to get a hold of it. Do not ever doubt that these extreme people would not encounter any difficulty whatsoever in obtaining the plague microbes.
That is exactly why, the first and the best choice of a real modern so-called “bio-terrorist” (if he only exists in This World), who does not possess any large facilities to develop bio-weapons within the framework of a secretive national program, would have to resort to the old good “Black Death”. Even if such a plague strike won’t kill the entire population (due to modern knowledge quick quarantine measures will be undertaken, along with certain prophylactic measures), still, depending on one’s luck, the rate of success of such a strike could be tremendous.
Using plague as a bio-weapon will effectively disrupt a normal life for at least several weeks, if not for several months, and it will cause an unprecedented public panic. Such an outbreak would undoubtedly inflict extreme financial damage to all areas of society and in addition, it would kill considerable numbers of people – which, in the case of a moderate success, could be from thousands to tens of thousands, even to hundreds of thousands. In a scenario event of a successful spread of infections, with all the contributing factors aligned, this could easily rapidly see the numbers reach into the millions.
Another deadly disease – smallpox (“Poxvirus variolae” or “Variola vera”) is known to be responsible for estimated 300 – 500 million deaths in the 20th century alone, because it boasts the lethality rate of 35%, with further 30% lost their eyesight from amongst remaining 65% of survivors.
Besides this, it is widely believed that when used against native inhabitants of Americas, smallpox could achieve lethality rates of up to 95%, thus being largely responsible for the near total extermination of the native population since the colonization of America.
Despite the fact that traditionally smallpox occupies only the third place in regard to its deadliness among the most dangerous quarantine diseases (ceding the first two places to plague and to cholera), it is still considered to be the most deadly choice when it comes to its use as bio-weapons.
Firstly, there is no medical treatment against smallpox; it is entirely up to a patient if he survives or not, doctors can do nothing to help him.
The vaccination against smallpox is no longer practiced in the world – and even people, who belong to the older generation that were still lucky to get vaccinated in their young age, might lose their immunity to this disease due to their vaccinations being made a too long time ago.
The people are considered to be unprotected against smallpox today. Moreover, new achievements in genetic engineering allow bio-weapons developers to develop new highly virulent genetically modified strains of smallpox viruses, and to produce extremely deadly weaponized formulas that could be used for its effective delivery to enemy forces.
Considering that smallpox (especially genetically modified one) is highly contagious and absolutely incurable, with the rate of mortality close to 100%, and considering that it boasts a very long incubation period (12 days) – meaning that the earliest this deadly disease could be noticed is only on the 13th day after its deployment, smallpox would be the most probable choice of an inhumane government should it decide to deliver a deadly bio-strike against another state.
It shall be known, however, that smallpox, especially in its most virulent forms and strains, under no circumstances could be available to any individuals. Thus the possession (not to say the development) of smallpox viruses is too an improbable thing for terrorists – such an enterprise could only be undertaken as a part of a state sponsored bio-research program.
Based on the well-known effectiveness of these diseases, it shall be presumed that the most probable choice of a vicious individual (or a group of vicious individuals – such as the so-called “Al-Qaeda”) – will be plague. While the most probable choice of any vicious government will be smallpox – should any of them decide to deliver a deadly biological strike to the notorious “freedoms” and “liberties” of the United States of America. In any case even cholera would be a more likely choice for any bio-terrorist, than anthrax.
What is anthrax?
Anthrax is an acute disease, which occupies probably a 10th place or so in regard to its deadliness in the list of the most dangerous quarantine diseases.
It occurs in humans and animals and it is caused by the bacterium “Bacillus anthracis”. This particular bacterium is known to create long-living spores (encapsulated pieces of bacterium). These spores could remain in the revivable condition in the soil or in water for many decades and even for centuries (in the United States it is traditionally believed that anthrax spores could survive in the soil for only 10 years, while in the former USSR it was believed that they could survive in the soil for as long as thousands of years). They could survive in both – in air and in the absence of the air (meaning that they are anaerobes).
Moreover, these anthrax spores are quite resilient and could survive even 30-minutes boiling (in the US it is believed that could endure only 10-minutes boiling). They could endure in weak disinfectant solutions for up to 40 days and even when placed into strong disinfectant liquids they could survive for at least one hour.
It is relatively easy to grow anthrax culture outside any live body – thus making it seemingly good choice for bio-weapons developers (though it is a common misconception – this disease attracts attention of bio-weapons developers because of entirely different reason than just the simplicity of its growing).
Anthrax features lethality rate of 1-2% in its most common – cutaneous (“skin”) form if treated, and up to 20% if untreated, and much higher – up to 70-90% and in some instances even up to 100% – in its gastro-intestinal form. However, the gastro-intestinal form of anthrax occurs very rarely – primarily only in very poor countries with the total absence of basic sanitary conditions – where populations eat the meat of dead animals, that have not been cooked sufficiently or prepared properly in hygienic conditions.
The only form of anthrax that suits the requirements of bio-weapons developers is its pulmonary (a/k/a “pneumonic”, a/k/a “respiratory”) form (also historically known as “Woolsorter’s disease”) – caused by inhalation of its bacterium. The pulmonary form of anthrax boasts the much higher mortality rate – normally 100% of infected die in 24 hours. Practically no medical treatment can help those unlucky enough to develop the infection in its pulmonary form, only with a very rare exception.
However, anthrax very rarely occurs naturally in its inhalation form. Practically it ONLY so occurs among people of certain specific professions – such as those who work with wool for example. 95% of known cases of naturally occurring anthrax are cutaneuous.
Anthrax itself is not really highly contagious, and it is believed that one needs about 10 species of anthrax bacteria to touch his skin to be certain to contract the disease in its cutaneous from (moreover, it is believed that the anthrax bacteria is not able to penetrate undamaged human skin at all). One would need to inhale a minimum of 2500 spores in order to develop the deadly pulmonary form of this disease (while some specialists believe that a human being requires to inhale a minimum of 20.000 spores for this reason).
In addition, the anthrax disease can not be passed from one human being to another – meaning that a person, who has already contracted the disease, can not infect other people around him or her. To contract anthrax one needs to have a direct contact with its encapsulated bacterium and not with another person who is infected and who could spread around only “live” [meaning in a vegetative state] bacterium. Thus, unlike many other dangerous diseases, anthrax can not cause any epidemic.
Actually, it is exactly this unique feature of anthrax, and not any other feature of it, that has made this disease one of the main choices of bio-weapons developers. Sometimes it seems reasonable to kill many people, but without causing any uncontrollable outbreak of a dangerous infection. For such a case, anthrax-based bio-weapons might represent yet another option – besides well-known smallpox, plague, Q-fever, Ebola, glanders, tularemia, and others. Again, I would like to repeat myself – anthrax became a choice of the bio-weapons developers NOT because of an obvious simplicity of growing of its culture outside human body, but merely because this disease does not cause any secondary infections and thus is unable to cause any epidemics.
How could anthrax be turned into weapons?
The anthrax bacterium must first be prepared to cause the most dangerous inhalation form of the disease. (I guess it is clear that to use anthrax with an intention to cause an easily curable skin ulcer would be just simply a stupid idea.)
Thus the only combat-effective use of anthrax is in an aerosol form. Unfortunately, considering that the anthrax bacteria are unusually large and heavy, and it is even heavier in its encapsulated form, it simply can not exist as an airborne bio-agent. Even if you let such a thing to be blown by the wind, it will fall down like a stone – so your intended victims will have no chance to inhale the required 2500 pieces of the bacteria/per person.
Therefore the anthrax culture NEEDS to be “weaponized” – i.e. each particle of the powder that contains the anthrax encapsulated bacterium, has to be coated with some additional substance which will:
1) allow spores of anthrax to be “fluffy” and to be airborne for as long as possible, instead of simply falling down right away;
2) prevent anthrax spores from sticking to each other – and so creating a useless heavy mass that could not be airborne;
3) as much as possible, to prevent an electrostatic effect – thus increasing the number of the particles to be able to fly in the air without sticking to objects around;
4) such an additional coating has to be carefully calculated as not to decrease any virulent features of the encapsulated bacterium itself.
After 9/11 many venerable bio-weapons “experts” appeared on the scene to scare the simpletons with a notion that anthrax would be allegedly the first choice of so-called “bio-terrorists”.
These doctor-quacks went so far in their ridiculous claims (based on the alleged dangers of the terrorism primarily based on the anthrax disease) that even invented a new linguistic term – the so-called “bio-terrorism” which starting from 2001-2002 has found its way into modern English dictionaries. The most laughable was that this newly concocted term “bio-terrorism” has entered the dictionaries at about the same time the former term “ground zero” (in a sense the Civil Defense and nuclear science used to understand it) has departed from these dictionaries. In any case, the neologism “bio-terrorism” has appeared in an obvious connection with the infamous anthrax-letters, allegedly sent by the so-called “bio-terrorists” and this alleged action of the so-called “bio-terror” has been exploited by the “experts” and “linguists” alike in the most shameless manner.
Here is just an example of how these “experts” scare the gullible man in the street. I quote (from one Russian-language source):
“…the World Health Organization has calculated that after 3 days following the release of 50 kg of spores of anthrax pathogen by aerosolisation downwind on a 2 km wide span against a city of 500.000 inhabitants 125.000 of them (25%) would be affected with 95.000 deaths. Considering that acts of terror occur often, and considering that at least 5 countries are armed with the anthrax powder… etc.”
Are you afraid? Don’t be afraid. Try to understand that those shameless “experts” of WHO are fooling you, apparently using your supposed inability to implement elementary logic. But to fully appreciate how these “experts” are laughing at you, thinking of you as a simpleton, try to do the following. In the example above replace the word “kilogram” with the word “gram”. And “anthrax” – with “plague”. Correspondingly, “2 km wide span” (along with the tail-wind) – with “a single air-conditioner in a big supermarket”. Then the digit “25” would change itself to “95”, or, perhaps, to “100%”. While the lethality rate among those affected would be 100% as well, since pneumonic plague is absolutely incurable.
I would dare to claim that these so-called “experts” simply lie to the gullible public, because the first choice of any modern so-called “bio-terrorist” (if only there were any of them existing in reality) would be plague, and none of them, with any level of knowledge of the subject would ever be so misguided to knowingly choose anthrax as a weapon of choice.
It shall be understood first of all that while it seems that it is easy to grow the anthrax culture (it is indeed not so difficult), to grow the culture of the most dreadful “Pasteurella Pestis” is not difficult either. If someone had actually decided to go that far as to grow anthrax – why would they not just grow the plague, instead?
The “experts” who prefer to scare gullible simpletons do not want to answer this logical question. However, the advantage of using plague rather that anthrax is that old good plague could be simply used “as is” – without any additional “weaponization”: just pour contents of your vial into some water reservoir and the job is done (using some little ingenuity you can easily cause an outbreak of pneumonic plague as well).
The plague culture needs only a minor degree of “weaponization” primarily for when it is required to be adapted to some modern means of delivery – such as ballistic missile warheads or aviation bombs, and of course – in order to modify it with a view to long-term stockpiling. Yet when it comes to a purely “terrorist-style” approach, the newly grown home-made plague culture is ready to use.
Unfortunately, when it comes to anthrax, this is NOT the case. While it is relatively easy to grow the bacterium culture itself, it is extremely difficult to achieve that grade of “weaponization” that is required to turn that home-grown stuff into a weapon of mass destruction.
Of course, theoretically it is still possible that a certain lunatic – obsessed with some idiotic idea that he must kill descendants of Adam exclusively with the anthrax powder and with nothing else than this, might embark on a development of some weaponized anthrax powder in his garage or in his remote cave in Afghanistan, and after a few years of efforts he might come up with some kind of usable stuff (if only he himself won’t die first in the course of his crazy experiments).
However, it will be just stupid of us to presume that such a lunatic could really exist. No individual in sound mind would produce any weaponized anthrax powder. He simply does not need it. This is an axiom.
What is the basic difference between practical uses of the weaponized anthrax powder and that of, let’s say, smallpox?
The problem of anthrax as a disease is that it simply cannot pass from one infected individual to another. At the very most what one could attempt – is to disperse some quantities of the anthrax powder over the populated areas and to keep the fingers crossed. Only those who inhale over few thousands of its spores would be unlucky enough to have a chance to develop the inhalation form of this disease, and that’s all. The disease won’t spread any further and once the airborne powder eventually descends to the ground, a further effectiveness of such an attack will be equal to zero. There will be, of course, some isolated cases caused even by the powder as it descends, but it would be individual cases only – merely as an exception to a rule. Moreover, you have to use really huge quantities of the weaponized anthrax powder in order to achieve any significant casualties. Let’s say you decided to disperse hundreds of kilograms of it over a densely populated area (like a modern city) in order to kill a couple of hundreds of thousands of people. Then you will need a plane with some dispersal system to spread those hundreds of kilograms of powder form more or less evenly – because if you simply empty your sacks down the street from some high-rise building, you won’t achieve any significant result.
By contrast, if you disperse (even in only a single spot of a city) only a hundred grams of the weaponized smallpox powder – you might kill the entire city (and several cities around as well).
Plague would be probably less effective in comparison with smallpox, but still – in the case of good luck (to you, not to the population) it could prove to be as deadly.
See the difference? Do you think that if so-called “bio-terrorists” decide to go on a bio-strike, they would not acquire basic knowledge first? Apparently they will, and that is exactly why they would definitely never ever use any anthrax powder as their weapon.
I guess now it is clear to every logical person that this notorious “weaponized” anthrax powder in reality is much closer to chemical weapons of mass destruction, than to bacteriological ones. A basic feature of bacteriological weapons is that you do not actually need much of its material to be effective in it’s impact.
All you need is to choose the right place where to infect the first group of your victims – the rest will be done by it’s natural course. Conversely in the case of chemical weapons it is not so – you obviously need more chemicals if you want to kill more people.
As it is probably known to some readers, who read books or articles on this topic, those few countries, which continue to develop anthrax as weapons, do not limit themselves to only research and some limited quantities of the actual material. They typically produce the weaponized anthrax powder on an industrial scale: a few kilograms and even a few hundred kilograms is simply not enough.
Even a few tons of it is still not enough.
Normally, these countries try to accumulate as much of this material, as their industrial capacities allow: for example, hundreds of tons, and this is understandable, because the anthrax powder, despite an obvious fact that it is a live culture that causes an infectious disease, logically belongs to a different group of weapons – similar to chemical weapons, if you compare it with the rest of bio-weapons agents.
Considering all of this, it is clear that no individual, and no group of individuals, and not even a small state would ever embark on the production of such weaponized anthrax.
Basically because anthrax is a very specific kind of bio-weapon type agent, that does not cause any secondary infections, and there is a direct relevance between the number of infected victims and quantities of weapon-material used against them; this then shows the relative difficulties and disadvantages to using the anthrax powder as a weapon.
Since there is a minimum requirement to the plant needed for this size of industrial scale needed for it’s production, and because this such industrial production will immediately attract attentions of foreign intelligence services, there are obviously then many other reasons, why the weaponized anthrax powder would be never a choice of any small or even a big terrorist organization, and even that of a small rogue state.
It is a sole privilege of big and developed countries to produce such anthrax-based bio-weapons. There must be not even a slightest doubt in this regard.
What countries produce anthrax as weapons?
It is known for sure that biological weapons in general (and anthrax-based weapons as its most possible part) are (or at least were) produced by:
The United States,
the former USSR (there is no data in regard to the post-Soviet republics, but it shall be presumed that Russia possibly does it as well),
the United Kingdom,
South African Republic,
possibly – Brazil,
may be – Argentina,
may be – Germany (at least Nazi Germany had definitely produced that thing);
may be – Italy,
and may be – Turkey.
I could easily miss a couple of potential producers, but generally – only those countries who crave for nuclear weapons + countries that consider themselves “great” could also resort to some production of chemical weapons and to that of the anthrax powder – as either a substitute of the nuclear weapons, or as an addition to them.
Not many countries in the world actually produce anthrax and even those who do – would never ever publicly reveal such a thing, since officially biological weapons are prohibited and most of those counties are signatories of this international treaty.
It shall be mentioned also that soon after those infamous 2001 Anthrax attacks the United States were greatly humiliated after some of their officials were forced to reveal that the United States have indeed continued to produce the anthrax weapons even after they publicly declared that they allegedly destroyed all stocks of their bacteriological weapons in 1969 and ceased any new research in relation to the bio-weapons.
The existence of the former Soviet anthrax weapons program was betrayed by a famous Soviet defector – Kenadjan Alibekov – who now lives in the United States under a new name “Kenneth Alibek”.
Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s rule actually did not make much secret out of its anthrax program – and it was well known not only that this country was indeed developing such a thing, but even the exact names of its main researches.
What about the rest of the countries – they keep the existence of their anthrax programs in a total secrecy – there is simply no proof that such and such country produces any weaponized anthrax powder. At the very most what those countries could publicly admit, is that they only produce some “vaccines” against anthrax.
1) So-called ‘terrorists” can not produce the weapon-grade anthrax powder because they have neither any real need, nor any industrial capacities to produce such a strange thing.
2) Even if the “terrorists” somehow managed to obtain some ready “weaponized” anthrax powder from a certain secret manufacturer (which is near impossible – considering a secrecy and elementary measures of precaution surrounding all anthrax enterprises) – they will not be able to use it anyway, because from all available kinds of bio-weapons the anthrax-based one is the least effective and requires not only huge volumes of the actual anthrax powder, but also corresponding means of its delivery and dispersal – which no terrorist organizations could have at their disposal.
3) Considering all of the above, we can conclude: anthrax is not a weapon of terrorists. It is the exclusive weapon of relatively rich governments.
Armed with this basic knowledge we at last could proceed to consider the actual 2001 Anthrax attacks in the United States in the aftermath of 9/11.
What could we see from these attacks?
To begin with, let’s take a close look at one letter that was enclosed in one of the envelopes – along which the actual anthrax powder. Thanks to the FBI, which this time made its photocopy publicly available, until now it is still widely available on the Internet. Here is it:
09 – 11 – 01
You can not stop us.
We have this anthrax.
You die now.
Are You afraid?
Death to America.
Death to Israel.
Allah is great.
What we could see from this note?
Firstly, it was designed to look like as if it was written by some Muslim.
Secondly – its real composer used block-letters in order to escape being identified by his handwriting. Thanks to this approach it was written carefully, so all capital letters intended to be capital ones are easily distinguishable from the rest of the letters – allowing us to make further conclusions.
Thirdly – this letter is purported to be connected to the WTC/Pentagon attack – since on its top it features the relevant digits: “09 – 11 – 01”, while the letter itself was prepared and sent much later than on the actual date September 11, 2001. Let’s analyze it step by step.
It shall be understood, first of all, that no Muslim who is educated enough to know Latin letters would ever write “great” when it comes to describe the quality of The Most High.
He will always write “Allah is Great” – both words beginning from capital letters. It will be done automatically. Actually, in the Arabic alphabet capital letters do not exist, but all Muslims know perfectly well that in the rest of alphabets (such as Latin and Cyrillic) where capital letters are being used to write names and even positions of important officials (such as the President or the Prime Minister), all references to The God must start with only capital letters without any exception.
No Muslim could ever write “Allah is great” – especially when he writes his letter carefully, observing the capitalization in the rest of its words.
Note that the author of this letter in its 4th line wrote even middle word “You” starting from a capital letter – while he could easily write it “you” with a low-case “y” and there would not be any mistake still. It would be strange of us to expect that such an evil guy who is actually trying to slaughter his recipient will additionally stress his alleged respect to his nearly dead victim by even writing “You” with the capital letter, and in the same time was so disrespectful to The Most High as to write one of His qualities starting from the lower-case “g”.
You can be pretty sure that it simply impossible that such a careful “Muslim” managed to afford such an unforgivable error – as to write “great” when it comes to the Lord God with a low-case letter.
This seemingly “minor” error is indeed the first and foremost indication that this letter was written by a non-Muslim, who, besides of all, did not know anything about the Islamic traditions at all.
09 – 11 – 01
This is next
Take Penacilin Now
Death To America
Death To Israel
Allah is great
This is the second letter (sent to Tom Brokaw from NBC). You can see that it contains exactly the same error: while the first word in the phrase “Allah is great” was written with a clearly distinguishable Capital letter, the second word was not. Even words “Penacilin” and “Now” are started with capital letters in the second note, but not the word “great”.
No one should be duped by the intentional misspelling of the word “Penacilin” that was apparently purported to “reveal” those “brutal”, but “uneducated Muslims”. Those who know that anthrax is being typically treated with penicillin, and those, capable of even obtaining the actual anthrax material, know for sure how to properly spell the name of that well-known antibiotic. However, even if to imagine that those “uneducated Muslim specialists in the anthrax powder” did not know how to properly spell the word “penicillin”, we still have to presume that they know for sure that the word “Great” should have been written with a capital letter here…
The secondary consideration is this: actually, “Allah” is nothing else than “God” in Arabic.
Due to this fact the majority of educated Muslims when they refer to The Most High while speaking with non-Muslims, especially in English, prefer to use the word “God” rather than “Allah” – because in this case they speak in English, and not in Arabic.
To use an Arabic word in an otherwise English sentence intended for English speakers would be nothing but an example of bad form which no educated Muslim could afford. If this letter were written by some educated Muslim – he would apparently write “God is Great” (observing capitalization); if this letter were written by some less-educated Muslim – he would probably write “Allah Akbar” (observing capitalization too) – because it would be really strange to mix one English and one Arabic word in the same phrase; if this letter were written by some uneducated Muslim – he would simply write it in Arabic, rather than in English. It is very improbable that any Muslim could ever write “Allah is Great” and it is absolutely impossible that any Muslim would write “Allah is great” – without observing the capitalization in the second word.
I guess it is clear.
If the anthrax letters were intended for a plain slaughter of “infidels”, then there would be no reason to write anything at all – especially about anthrax itself.
Such a mentioning of “anthrax” does nothing else than only increases chances of victims to survive – instead of raking their brains over diagnosis, doctors would promptly respond with appropriate antibiotics or may be even with appropriate vaccinations.
So to mention that it was particularly “anthrax” was apparently not a clever idea at all.
If this letter was intended as a kind of blackmail – “we have this anthrax” (meaning “we have MORE of this anthrax”) – then it is a different story; but in this case it would be reasonable to sign this letter – let’s say “Osama bin Laden”, or: “Islamic Jihad”, or: “Al-Qaeda”, or at least something.
However, the letter (and the rest of the “anthrax letters” as well) was strangely anonymous.
Apparently, from the very beginning it was not intended to be ascribed to any “Al-Qaeda” – at least for the “patricians” (the “plebeians” could think whatever they want – nobody cares about their opinions anyway).
Here we came a little bit closer to the potential motives. The “patricians” – at least those with elementary knowledge – knew very well that no “Al-Qaeda” and no other similar organization might have any production of the weapon-grade anthrax powder.
However, there was some other rogue organization, which was proven to have that stuff – namely the Iraqi Government under Saddam Hussein.
All “patricians” knew for sure that Saddam Hussein had an industrial production of this kind of “weaponized” anthrax powder, and even those of them who did not know it yet, would be supplied by the US military (or other) intelligence service with its exact findings in this regard.
I think it is the right time to make some preliminary conclusions: these anthrax letters were intended for the following reason: to link the actual 9/11 perpetration (where “mini-nukes” supposedly belonging to Saddam Hussein were allegedly used to demolish the Twin Towers + a supersonic cruise missile with an unexploded half-megaton thermo-nuclear warhead used to strike the Pentagon was also supposedly a property of the Iraqi dictator) – to yet another weapons of mass destruction: this “weaponized” anthrax powder, known to be produced by the same Iraqi dictator.
All these notorious “anthrax letters” seem to be nothing else than a part of the 9/11 “exclusive cover-up”, intended exclusively to support the second confidential “truth” for the “patricians”: that it was evil Saddam Hussein, armed with the various weapons of mass destruction who dared to attack the “freedom” of the American people, and who now, at last, had to be defeated and deprived of any of such weapons, before he could repeat his daring strike against the notorious American “freedom”. It was simply a part of a larger plan to convince American- (and also foreign-) high-ranking politicians that the war with Iraq was really necessary.
Who were the intended recipients of these “anthrax letters”?
It was several mass-media outlets and two Democratic Senators – Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
Let’s take a closer look at the recipients. Firstly, it is notable that both targeted Senators were Democrats – i.e. belonged to the then opposition party, contrary to the Bush Administration which was Republican.
Apparently, some Senators from among the opposition must have been made to believe the “patrician concoction” of the FBI and the Bush Administration too.
To send them the deadly anthrax powder was actually tough means to “convince” them (just try to imagine yourself in their shoes – imagine your shock and indignation when someone reports you that your secretary has died because she had opened your letter and doctors could, unfortunately, do nothing to save her life).
Moreover, the two targeted Senators used to hold prominent positions in the Senate, which apparently made these two being the best choice: Senator Daschle was no one else than the Senate Majority Leader and Senator Leahy was no one else than its Judiciary Committee Chairman.
As you could see the choice of “cowardly” Saddam Hussein could not have been any better: “he” had chosen the exactly right people to send them “his” anthrax.
Several media outlets were apparently added to “Saddam’s” mailing-list just to enhance an overall picture – and, in addition, to make sure that “too liberal” media would not make inappropriate noises when the “patricians” would eventually go on their war with the alleged “evil”.
Though, even with the targeted media outlets and the particular victims cowardly “Saddam Hussein” managed to implement an apparent “selective” approach. As appears from the abovementioned Wikipedia article describing the Anthrax attacks, the very first person who died after contracting the deadly disease was a certain not unknown Robert Stevens, a photo editor who worked for “The Sun” tabloid.
Robert Stevens. Undated photograph released by Maureen Stevens, the wife of the deceased.
Most probably “Saddam Hussein” hated Stevens personally for this particular picture showing a certain drunken girl Jenna that bears a strange surname “Bush”:
Strangely, the next media target of cowardly “Saddam Hussein” was the New York Post. It received a nice envelope obviously inscribed by the very same hand that disregarded Muslim traditions by writing “Allah is great” in the abovementioned example:
Perhaps coincidentally, it so happened that before receiving the deadly message from the cowardly “Muslim” dictator the New York Post has published even more articles describing boozing Bush’s daughters than did The Sun tabloid. As suggested in the article named “Targets!” published here: http://www.newsgarden.org/columns/anthrax/anthraxtargets.shtml if you search the New York Post’s web site for the name of Bush’s daughters, you will get the following results (I quote):
BOOZING BUSH TWIN NEARLY IN THE CLEAR
Deborah Orin; New York Post; Sep 7, 2001; pg. 015
BUSH TWINS’ BOOZE SERVER OFF THE HOOK
AP; New York Post; Jun 24, 2001; pg. 012
BUSTED BUSH BABES MAKE DIFFERENT BOOZE PLEAS
MARILYN RAUBER Post Correspondent; New York Post; Jun 9, 2001; pg. 002
REIN IN THESE BUSH LEAGUERS
LINDA STASI; New York Post; Jun 3, 2001; pg. 002
DOUBLE SHOT: BUSH TWINS BOTH NAILED
Jordan Smith in Austin, Texas and Deborah Orin in Washington; New York Post; Jun 1, 2001; pg. 005
JENNA COMES ‘CLEAN’: BEER-BUST BUSH KID FACES GARBAGE DUTY
Clemente Lisi; New York Post; May 17, 2001; pg. 003
DELAY IN JENNA’S BREW-HAHA
Post Wire Services; New York Post; May 3, 2001; pg. 026
W’S FATHERLY ADVICE: DON’T YOU DARE MISTREAT MY DAUGHTERS
Deborah Orin Bureau Chief; New York Post; Jan 19, 2001; pg. 008W.’S
Abstract: [Bush]’s warning came a day after The Post revealed that Comedy Central is doing a hasty retreat from plans to paint the Bush twins as “hot and sexy” and maybe lesbians in a new sitcom satirizing the first family.
Exactly as stated in the abovementioned article, the next target in the mailing list of the “cowardly” dictator was Tom Brokaw from NBC.
NBC anchor Tom Brokaw.
“…Brokaw had scheduled the broadcast of an interview with Clinton for September 18 on the NBC Nightly News. When the White House got wind of it they called NBC to rant and complain. The interview was still broadcast and that very evening an anthrax letter to Tom Brokaw hit the mail-stream.
On the same day last week that “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw sat down to interview former President Clinton, executives for the program received unexpected phone calls from senior communications staffers at the White House, expressing disappointment about the decision to spotlight Bush’s predecessor.
While not asking the network to refrain from running the interview, they expressed the feeling that the Sept. 18 interview with Clinton would not be helpful to the current war on terrorism. Neither NBC nor the White House would comment on the phone calls, but sources familiar with the calls confirmed that they happened.
I can’t resist mentioning here some “coincidences” of the anthrax attacks (again I quote from the abovementioned article):
· The anthrax attacks were concurrent with the debate of Bush’s Patriot Act by Congress and the media.
· The Senators who received anthrax letters were trying to amend the Patriot Act to protect civil liberties and the innocent.
· Two Senate democratic leaders received anthrax letters mailed the same day that Senator Feingold blocked an attempt to rush the bill through without discussion or amendments.
· Senator Leahy received an anthrax threat after he expressed reservations about the Bill. As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he managed the debate on the Bill.
· Senate Majority Leader Daschle received the first Senate anthrax letter as he led the opposition to the original version of the Bill.
· After receiving the anthrax letter, Daschle switched from supporting a 2 year limit on the Bill, later defending a 4-year sunset clause as the “appropriate balance.”
· No Republican received an anthrax letter.
· The House and Senate buildings were closed and not reopened until after the Patriot Act was passed.
· The Supreme Court was shut down with an anthrax scare the day after the constitutionally-challenged Patriot Act was signed by President Bush.
Technical aspects of the “anthrax attacks”.
It is well-known that there were two different waves of the “anthrax letters” with at least two distinctly different qualities of the actual anthrax material.
As you probably remember from the beginning of this Chapter the scientists who examined the material from the New York Post letter said it appeared to be a coarse brown granular material (only the letters to the New York Post and to NBC news were actually discovered – the rest of the anthrax letters were not found – they were only suspected because some people contracted anthrax).
Strangely enough, in the two letters to the Democrat Senators, mailed from the same area three weeks later there was a distinctly different kind of the anthrax powder – the “fluffy” one, which was acknowledged by many experts to be weapon-grade, since it was coated accordingly – to allow it to be used in an aerosol form.
Moreover, the quality of the “weaponization” was exceedingly high – it was noticed by the experts that the powder was almost devoid of any electrostatic effect, in addition to the rest of its highest qualities.
However, the actual strain of the anthrax bacterium found in both grades of the material was exactly the same. It was the native American strain named “Ames” first extracted from a deceased cow’s body by the United States’ own scientists in 1981 in Texas.
Since finding this particular strain to be especially virulent, it was considered to be nothing else than the new “golden standard” or “Base Template” for all anthrax variants and exactly against this particular strain the American scientists develop their vaccines.
This is however just officially speaking.
Unofficially – after allegedly destroying in 1969 all its previous stocks of the anthrax weapons – that time based on a less virulent strain of this disease known as “Vollum 1B”, the American bio-weapons manufacturers have secretly embarked on a mass-scale production of weapon-grade anthrax, but this time based on the newly discovered virulent strain named “Ames”. The US’ own bio-warmongers were greatly humiliated after the FBI’s findings following the 2001 Anthrax attacks forced them into various revelations.
Particularly – into admitting that even after 1969, when they declared to the world that the United States allegedly put an end to its biological warfare program – they secretly continued to develop even more dangerous stuff than before, thus effectively equalizing themselves with the rest of the bio-warmongers – those from the former USSR, WWII-time Japanese, Nazi Germany and, of course, with their beloved Saddam Hussein, Hafiz Assad, Mohamar Ghaddafi and Kim Il Sung.
What could be concluded from this particular finding, that both – the “crude” and the “weaponized” grades of the anthrax powder mailed as the part of the 9/11 affair belong to the very same Ames strain?
First of all, it shall be presumed that this anthrax operation was not actually well-calculated and it was performed too hastily.
Why? Firstly, it shall be known that unlike nuclear weapons, which usually represent the very pride of any nation and are officially considered as the primary means of any modern full-scale warfare – on both strategic and tactical levels, the bio-weapons represent exactly the contrary – the shame of any nation.
Any nation that is unmasked as being a bio-weapons seeker will be traditionally put to the greatest shame. I guess it is clear to everybody why – from all possible means of fighting war, the bacteriological weapons are probably the most disgusting.
And particularly disgusting is the fact that these weapons are being conceived, developed, tested (often on human beings) and eventually deployed by medical doctors – who according to the common concept have their primary duty to save lives of human beings to the best of their abilities, instead of killing them on a mass-scale.
The general attitude of the public – including even that of the highest military generals, and even that of the most shameless secret agents from both – intelligence and counter-intelligence apparatuses – towards bacteriological weapons is clearly negative.
The developers of the bio-weapons are traditionally treated as contemptible guys – very similar to executioners, if not worse.
The bio-warmongers themselves, partly because of the high levels of secrecy surrounding their bio-weapons enterprises, partly because they know that nearly 100% of military and civilian officials look at them with disgust, also prefer to stand aside and not to mingle with the rest of the warmongers.
Considering all of this, we could probably imagine, that when some guys decided to go on a limited bio-strike against certain US targets – such as the selected media outlets and the Democrat Senators, they simply could not afford to involve any good specialists in either secret operations or in any other field, while some serious specialists were obviously required to make such an action to look at least plausible, if not to say “beautiful”.
Normally, only a very limited number of people are involved in the development of the biological weapons, and these kind of people while they could be really good specialists in mass slaughter of bipeds, are not necessarily good specialists in planning of secretive operations such as sending anthrax letters.
The problem of the anthrax letters operation was that it was not performed by appropriate specialists. It was performed by specialists in bio-weapons, but not by specialists in secret operations or in political intrigue. I think it is very obvious.
Most probably, it was first decided by certain politicians (or by their spin-doctors) to mail the anthrax powder with an intention to “confidentially” blame it on “evil” Saddam Hussein. Then some highly-trusted bio-weapons specialist was summoned to ask his opinion, and, after he answered positively, he himself was appointed to perform the entire operation.
This matter was too sensitive and too dangerous to allow any extraneous persons to be involved.
Firstly – a person, who prepared the actual letters, must wear individual means of protection (such as a gas-mask and an anti-plague suit, at least, if not a full “lunar-looking” haz-mat suit). Plus, he must perform a very thorough disinfection of the sealed envelops outwardly (otherwise he must wear his haz-mat suit while dropping the letters).
Secondly – this person had himself to be vaccinated against anthrax. Otherwise it would be simply too dangerous to work with this particular stuff even if wearing the haz-mat suit.
Thirdly – this person must perform a thorough disinfection of premises where he has prepared these letters after finishing the job.
Just try to imagine that all of this could only be performed by an appropriate specialist who knew for sure what to do.
Such an operation could not have been entrusted to any FBI or CIA agent, because of its purely biological hazard. On the other hand – it would not be reasonable to create any large group to perform such an operation – let’s say to mix some secret agents together with bio-weapons experts into one gang. The entire operation was simply too dangerous and too sensitive to allow such a group to be created.
An operation of this scale – especially considering that this particular operation was extremely dirty in every sense – could have been entrusted to only one, maximum – to two persons, and both of them must have been from a bio-weapons enterprise, not from the FBI or from the CIA. That is exactly why this operation was planned not so well, and its performance was unprofessional to such an extent that the anthrax letters’ sender even managed to make those unforgivable stylistic mistakes as described above.
What the sender of the anthrax powder managed to prove to us?
First, he proved that he had access to the very source of the American bio-weapons production.
This is obvious because he demonstrated that he could obtain both varieties of anthrax material – the raw (not “weaponized” yet) biomass and the weapon-grade powder of the same strain of the anthrax bacterium.
Secondly, he proved to us that it was no one else’s, but the American product – based on the typically American strain, known as the most virulent one available to the American researchers. I guess, it is clear that no other country – such as Iraq or Israel, for example, would ever base their anthrax weapons on such American strain, because it is the very strain that Americans develop vaccine against, while the main purpose of any biological weapons is to strike an enemy who is unable to defend himself appropriately – by either a vaccination, or by antibiotics.
Anthrax weapons based on this particular Ames strain could only be the American ones. This is an axiom.
Third, the actual performer of these anthrax attacks proved to us that he himself was not quite sure what to do first – which is just a proof that this impromptu operation was not planned at all and no serious planner from any secret service was involved.
This bio-weapon expert upon receiving an order was apparently acting at his own discretion – he was the chief planner and the sole executioner of this unprecedented operation.
For this reason he afforded so many unforgivable mistakes:
1) He did not think that the Ames strain would be soon identified as the American strain.
2) He did not think that sending different grades of the same strain would be the hardest proof that the anthrax powder was definitely a domestic product.
He simply didn’t think it through hard enough to cover himself completely.
He probably thought only about how to properly disinfect the premises after preparing those letters with idiotic contents.
I guess all of it is pretty clear. While it was certainly the operation ordered by some America’s own officials, none of the US secret services were involved in its planning or execution and it is very obvious.
Finally: why there were at least two different grades of the anthrax material mailed? I think it is quite easy to answer.
Since the planner and the executioner of this unprecedented operation was the bio-weapons expert alone, nobody could advise him how to do his job, because nobody except him understood about the biological stuff involved and its actual dangers.
That is why the executioner probably thought first that to mail the “weaponized” anthrax powder to his fellow citizens would be too cruel. Thus he decided to mail first a less dangerous material – the raw biomass.
However, later he (or those who ordered the job or both) evaluated the results and realized that it would not be possible to blame such a thing on Saddam Hussein as being a part of his alleged WMD (weapons of mass destruction) program – because the raw anthrax culture is apparently not a weapon. That is why they decided to repeat the attack – using definitely the weapon-grade anthrax product – and mailed this new stuff to the two Democrat Senators.
This time it began to look really dangerous, because the second product was obviously the high-quality weaponized one.
Inevitably the ensuing investigation SHOULD quickly establish the true origins of both of these products, as well as the fact that the local American strain of anthrax has been used in both cases – but the perpetrators probably did not even think about this prospect, because it is obvious that this operation was conducted by the amateurs, not by the professionals.
Another indication that none of the US secret services were involved in the anthrax attacks was the fact that the FBI (unlike in the case with the WTC demolition and the Pentagon attack where it was engaged in the most shameless cover-up from the very beginning) initially proceeded with its inquiry in regard to the anthrax attacks quite efficiently – quickly establishing many facts being not favorable to the US Government at all.
This probably is the best proof that the FBI itself was involved in neither planning, nor in the execution of the anthrax attacks. The attacks were obviously conceived in a very narrow circle within the US Government and the secrecy over this matter was so tight that they did not even dare to inform the FBI to the effect that it should direct its investigative activities towards some other group than the United States’ own bio-weapons manufacturers.
As a result of such an attitude of the scared US officials the FBI promptly established that it was nothing else than an inside job.
Since then, as it could be sincerely expected, the scared US officials had no choice than to “secretly” inform the FBI of their involvement and the investigation has quickly arrived to the dead end.
The crime remains officially “unsolved”. But unofficially it is very clear who ordered this crime.
Some update to this information has come on 3rd of August 2008 – when I have nearly completed this book. It appeared that the FBI did not really stop its investigative activities in pursuit of the real perpetrators of the 9/11 anthrax attacks. It was publicly reported that a certain Dr. Bruce E. Ivins, a bio-weapons researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, died on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, reportedly by a suicidal drug overdose just as the Department of Justice was about to charge him with the 2001 anthrax attacks.
It does not mean, of course, that this guy is really physically “dead”– it may as well mean that he was simply given a new identity and re-settled within the frames of the notorious “witness protection program” – like an infamous nuclear bomber Timothy McVeigh or “famous” Barbara Olson who appears to be the only passenger of the cruise missile used in the Pentagon strike. But it definitely means that from now on you can be sure that this heinous crime will remain unsolved forever.
And an additional confirmation to this sad fact came 2 years later when an infamous book by the former US President George W. Bush “Decision Points” was published in the late 2010.
In an endnote* to the Chapter 6 (“War Footing”) Mr. Bush claims: “…* In 2010, after an exhaustive investigation, the Justice Department and FBI concluded that Dr. Bruce Ivins, a U.S. government scientist who committed suicide in 2008, had executed the anthrax attack alone…”
Yes, unfortunately, as Kerry Lynn Cassidy from “Project Camelot” puts it: “The Lone Gunman theory is an American favorite piece of misdirection to make sure the true conspiracy never sees the light of day…”
Anyhow, the realization of the fact that the 9/11 anthrax attacks (allegedly carried out by a “lone bio-gunman”) were based primarily on the American-made anthrax culture and therefore could not have been blamed on late Saddam Hussein did not prompt any high-ranking US official to object the ridiculous war against the innocent Iraqis under an official pretext of searching for the alleged “weapons of mass destruction”.
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Mr. Dimitri A. Khalezov, a former Soviet citizen, a former commissioned officer of the so-called “military unit 46179”, otherwise known as “the Special Control Service” of the 12th Chief Directorate of the Defense Ministry of the USSR. The Special Control Service, also known as the Soviet atomic (later “nuclear”) intelligence was a secret military unit responsible for detecting of nuclear explosions (including underground nuclear tests) of various adversaries of the former USSR as well as responsible for controlling of observance of various international treaties related to nuclear testing and to peaceful nuclear explosions. After September the 11th Khalezov undertook some extensive 9/11 research and proved that the Twin Towers of World Trade Center as well as its building 7 were demolished by three underground thermo-nuclear explosions – which earned the very name “ground zero” to the demolition site. Moreover, he testifies that he knew about the in-built so-called “emergency nuclear demolitions scheme” of the Twin Towers as long ago as back in the ‘80s – while being a serviceman in the Soviet Special Control Service.
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