From a piece in the NYTimes today, Home Front Is Minefield for President
: "The lesson we're learning," one administration official said today, "is that you can bomb the wrong place in Afghanistan and not take much heat for it. But don't mess up at the post office."
Leave it to the White House to come away with exactly the wrong interpretation. But the facts are there, too -- most Americans are more concerned about the (relatively slight) risk of getting Anthrax than the rather significant risk that, if we screw up in Afghanistan, we might lose the current coalition against terrorism, Bin Laden, and any hope for "homeland security" for a long time to come....
The crimes they are a'changing.
This comes from the daily police log of The Union newspaper Grass Valley/Nevada City, CA. Surveillance cameras (and apparently not very effective ones) were stolen while mystery powders kept the cops hopping.
A few years back I remember seeing a news report asking whether adverse reactions to Anthrax vaccination during the Gulf War was responsible for Persian Gulf War Syndrome. How come no one is talking about this now?
If congress or the media start clambering for Anthrax Vaccinations, will anyone remember the adverse side effects suspected by many soldiers and scientists? Yes the FDA approved the Anthrax Vaccine, but there are still many questions about it's safety. The military is not unaware of the ongoing debate, but The FDA does not have an unblemished record.
This is all getting very X-Files... (scroll down to 1991)
Buy your Anthrax Box today!
Oh, like this is gonna help. PAFITH!
Time Inc. Fires Mailroom Staff
Time claims it's coincidental to the anthrax scare, they are just trying to cut costs. Like liability costs of having their own employees contract a deadly disease?
Two DC Postal Workers May have died of Anthrax
Whatever hit the Brentwood Post Office was particularly virulent.
US Right-Wing Cranks are behind the anthrax
the UK Independant 10/21/01 features this article
A message from the anthrax infected employee of the New York Post. I've never seen a newspaper cover like this before. Anyone have an reactions, thoughts?
Anthrax via e-mail? Don't panic, it's from SatireWire.
Phew, It's About Time!
I'm sure CBS was starting to feel a bit left out. First, American Media gets Anthrax, then NBC, then ABC, . . . Imagine how bad it would've looked if CBS didn't get a letter. Or if FOX got Anthrax before CBS. Or, god forbid, WB or UPN. Anthrax equals significance. If you get it sent to you, you must be important enough to be a threat: newsworthy
Then iron your mail
if you're that scared of getting Anthrax.
its been done before. It just doesn't do the job: "the cult attempted to release anthrax spores from its mid-rise Tokyo office building laboratory. At that time, police and media reported foul smells, brown steam, some pet deaths, and stains on cars and sidewalks." 2
. "Many view the cult Aum Shinrikyo as a group seeking to bring on the end of the world." and "an estimated $1.5 billion in assets" (thats more than Usama). me=alarmist, today.
29 Senate Staffers Test Positive for Anthrax
Looks like this one is a particularly virulent form that was sent to Sen. Daschle
USPS advice on the Anthrax treat.
You've read through the hype. Now read about what you really must know.
2000 WMD Terrorism Chronology.
A reminder that dozens of hoax anthrax letters are reported each year. There were even more in 1999
A child of an ABCNEWS employee has tested positive for cutaneous anthrax after visiting the network's New York office
, Senate Majority Leader Daschle's office receives an anthrax-positive letter
, and ninety Planned Parenthood clinics receive
the 'white powder' envelopes. This comes after the other anthrax letters sent to NBC and supermarket tabloid publishers... more and more, these anthrax outbreaks seem to point to a domestic origin: specifically right-wing radicals that traditionally target 'the media'
, 'liberals', and pro-choice organizations; and "right-wing extremists [that] are obsessed with biological warfare
". Will President Bush & Attorney General Ashcroft be as eager to hunt down the terrorists that harbor among their own political base?
A one year old article
about evidence of anthrax found in victims of a mysterious disease that has killed 10 Scottish heroin addicts. Does anyone know more about this?
What to do...
if you get a letter full of somethng nasty.
Anthrax scare at Capitol
Looks like package for Sen. Daschle may have tested positive for Anthrax
Anthrax (the band) offered a deal
Anthrax has been contacted by makers of the anti-biotic Cipro, a drug used to combat the deadly agent. The company, Bayer, inquired about possibly placing banner ads for their suddenly-in-demand pill at Anthrax's homepage, according to a report on the Rolling Stone website.
Wasn't Bayer in the courts a while back for alleged involvement in the Holocaust of WW2? Maybe they were really onto something with the 'Not tested on animals' disclaimer.
It's not about anthrax, but this piece
(by Hot Zone
author Richard Preston) from the New Yorker
a couple of years ago discusses smallpox, the reasons why we keep samples around instead of getting rid of it, how effective it would be if used as a biological weapon, how prepared we are, etc. etc. Also contains an interesting bit mentioning other threats of anthrax (and this was '99).
Passenger removed from plane, stripped, and washed.
Further loss of rights??? Knee jerk reaction??? How much must we give up in the name of security???
Iraq 'behind US anthrax outbreaks'
First story I have seen ascribing responsibility.........maybe we should ask the same Pakistani immigrant student
at New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn who, according to MSNBC, shot his mouth off on September 6 about the coming World Trade Center attack.
5 more Anthrax cases in Fla.
Five more people in South Florida have been found to be exposed to anthrax, according to officials of American Media, the company where three other people had been exposed to the disease.
• Anthrax Test Positive in Nevada.
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced today that a second letter sent from Trenton, N.J., contained the anthrax that infected an NBC employee
FBI did not test..or..Notify City Hall
The FBI has done a lousy job on everything connected with recent events. Why are they so crummy?
NBC employee in New York tests positive for anthrax.
Not much yet, still an un-clickable "breaking news" link at the top of msnbc.com
anthrax home page
Have you heard that the lead singer for the band Anthrax is angry that Anthrax
is the cause of the death at the National Enquirer office. He also says he is taking antibiotics as a precaution that he doesn't die an ironic death from Anthrax. He is also thinking of changing his band's name to Bubonic Plague or Skin Eating Disease.
Anthrax intern cleared.
The dark-skinned guy with the weird name (who sent a "threatening" e-mail when he left The Sun and "disappeared to Sudan") turned out to be Basque/Jewish and a student at FAU. However, the FBI was kind enough to arrest him in the middle of a job interview. Though cleared in an hour, he's afraid the 'terrorist' label will stick.
Kylie Minogue's anthrax link?
You'll have to scroll down to the 'KYLIE SHIPS PLATINUM' piece, but police are investigating an envelope sent to EMI in London. The envelope contained soil as well as a note claiming the soil was tainted with either anthrax or foot and mouth disease.
Doctors Say Third Anthrax Case Unlikely. [The] case rang alarm bells because [the patient] told hospital officials he worked in a building in Fairfax, Virginia, that he believed was affiliated with American Media Inc, the company where the two other men infected with anthrax worked in Boca Raton, Florida. One of those victims, a photo editor for a supermarket tabloid, died on Friday.
case becomes criminal investigation as Law Enforcement intensifies its searche for a Summer Intern who worked in the office.
He is said
to be from the Middle East. Hopefully unrelated, but evidence is mounting... i.e. - employees received a strange letter before the WTC attack containing a white powdery substance and a "Cheap" Star of David charm...
Defense Department's Anthrax Site.
Wierd. Wierd. Wierd. Click on FLASH version.
Second Anthrax case detected in Florida...
In the past 100 years, 20 cases of Anthrax
have been reported--with two of them in the past week, in Florida.
is reporting health officials have found Anthrax within the office building where the two men worked.
Anthrax case in Florida poses many questions.
Widely represented by our nations media as a natural occurrance, the fact is Anthrax deaths are extremely rare through contact with animals. A friend who is knowledgeable about anthrax is sure this is military grade
anthrax. Certainly, Stevens was an elderly man, but put this with - "Atta and other Middle Eastern men are believed to have visited an airfield in Belle Glade, about 40 miles from Lantana"
, and you get a pretty good story. Anthrax can take up to seven weeks to begin it's nasty death process, will more cases come to light, or will the CDC whisk them away? Paranoia, maybe, but still a cause for vaccinations just to be completely safe. I'm sure our government won't want to "startle" anyone by initiating vaccinations, but we could easily reduce the (legitimate) threat of the BIG THREE (Smallpox, the Plague and Anthrax) to nearly zero.
Our leaders all have access to gas masks and are most likely being given the shots as we speak. What happens to the rest of us?
Case of Anthrax Diagnosed in Florida: A 63-year-old man has been hospitalized with pulmonary anthrax, Florida Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan said Thursday. Anthrax has been developed by some countries as a possible biological weapon, but Brogan said there was no indication the illness was related to bioterrorism.
If Al Qaeda hadn't been looking into renting those crop dusters out that way, I might be feel better about his assessment.
Black Death Decoded:
the BBC is reporting that scientists have decoded the genetic structure of the bacterium responsible for the plague. More information is available here
. Meanwhile Harvard is working on an anthrax antidote
"Bioterrorism: An Even More Devastating Threat"
Here's a link to an article that appears in today's Washington Post. It details an "easier" way to eliminate "80 percent of people infected by inhaled spores". The print version includes a map with the best flight plan and release point to effect the best results. Is this Responsible Journalism? Is it necessary to publish this sort of weakness in America's country's defenses? I don't disagree that Bioterrorism is a threat to be concerned about, just the presentation & the flip attitude of how easy it will be to pull this off. Or do we need this kind of "the-sky-is-going-to-fall" reporting to shock us into action?
Germ Warfare against Canadian Politicians.
Letters allegedly containing Anthrax were sent to MPs in Canada