Dead Silence: Fear and Terror on the Anthrax Trail
July 16, 2009 8:02 PM   Subscribe

Anthrax War - On the 6th Anniversary of the death of Dr. David Kelly, a provocative film (and book) about the 2001 Anthrax Attacks examines Kelly's role in the hidden world of germ weapons research. Youtube parts: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Anthrax War goes on to reveal how the 2001 Anthrax Attacks have spawned a $50 billion dollar “Bio-defense” boom in which biological weapons research is now being conducted, with little oversight, by corporations and private labs – the new “Bio-Terrorism Industrial Complex”.

The film underscores how fear of terrorism combined with the lure of extraordinary profits may be leading to a global germ war arms race that could be hurtling the planet toward catastrophe.
Anthrax War recently aired on CBC's documentary series, The Passionate Eye and will be broadcast on the ARTE network and other broadcasters in Europe and SBS in Australia in the coming months.

(This issue, previously at MetaFilter.)
posted by acro (4 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

I just read the 3rd [Wikipedia] link.

"Waaah! Tinfoil hat Waaah!" knee jerk crowd: over to you.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 9:17 PM on July 16, 2009

Yeah, funny how these guys keep committing "suicide".
posted by rokusan at 9:28 PM on July 16, 2009

Man at first I saw this and I was hoping it was some crazy 80's metal band game or something.

Then it was all like, real. Ruined it, imo.
posted by TomMelee at 5:18 AM on July 17, 2009

This is really much broader than the Kelly investigation.

26 seconds in on part 5 the former head of bioweapons research in South Africa says that they were asked to take on additional research in female sterilization by "..another country who had a population explosion problem." He then goes on to detail the method.

I'm guessing he was referring to Israel, if so I wasn't aware of that particular shocker (assuming it even took place)

The film also argues that the Thatcher/Reagan governments knew about this, and condoned it as a useful division of labour arrangement, for which Kelly seems to have acted as a sort of coordinator.

What makes me laugh is how, after these schmucks have spent their entire working lives developing undetectable killing methods, they tend to end up crudely smashed over the head with a brick, or thrown out a window, or both, in the case of one poor chap.
posted by fingerbang at 5:55 AM on July 18, 2009

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