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FTR #642 Update on the Anthrax Attacks, AIDS and Biological Warfare

MP3: 30-Minute Segment
RealAudio NB: This RealAudio stream contains both FTRs 642 and 643 in sequence. Each is a 30 minute broadcast.

Introduction: With disclosure of the suicide of Dr. Bruce Ivins, discussion of the 2001 anthrax attacks returned to journalistic center stage. Eclipsed by other events in the intervening years, the anthrax attacks have now been ascribed to the actions of a single–and dead–individual. (Dr. Ivins had been employed at Fort Detrick, the military’s top biological warfare research center.) After highlighting the death of the late, unfortunate Dr. Ivins, the program examines evidentiary tributaries leading from those anthrax attacks in the direction of residual South African fascist elements. In the months before Dr. Ivins death, the FBI disclosed that no fewer than it was investigating no fewer than four professionals employed at Fort Detrick. After discussion of the anthrax attacks, the program focuses on a genetic susceptibility to HIV infection prevalent among people of African descent, reviewing in that context disturbing indications that AIDS was deliberately created.

Program Highlights Include: Discussion of possible links between the anthrax attacks of 2001 and the milieu of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Bank al-Taqwa; a possible precedent for the anthrax attacks established by the Baader-Meinhof gang in Germany; review of the Baader-Meinhof’s relationship with Nazi banker and ideological heir Francois Genoud; the relationship between Ft. Detrick researcher Stephen Hatfill and the pro-Apartheid forces in South Africa; the initial focus of the anthrax investigation on Hatfill; discussion of the late Dr. Larry Ford and his relationship with both the CIA and apartheid regime of South Africa and its biological warfare program; review of the influence on Dr. Ford of the Nazi tract The Turner Diaries; review of Turner Diaries author William Pierce’s foreshadowing of the attacks of 9/11 and the anthrax attacks; discussion of the hereditary immunity to HIV infection carried by some pure-bred Northern Europeans or “Aryans”;

1. The program begins with reportage about the death of a scientist at Fort Detrick, for a long time the military’s top biological warfare research center. The alleged perpetrator of the anthrax attacks, Dr. Bruce Ivins took his own life. It is Mr. Emory’s view that it is unlikely that Ivins was the sole author of the event. Read more about the anthrax attacks.

“After four years pursuing one former Army scientist on a costly false trail, F.B.I. agents investigating the deadly anthrax letters of 2001 finally zeroed in last year on a different suspect: another Army scientist from the same biodefense research center at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.

Over the last 18 months, even as the government battled a lawsuit filed by the first scientist, Steven J. Hatfill, investigators built a case against the second one, Bruce E. Ivins, a highly respected microbiologist who had worked for many years to design a better anthrax vaccine.

Last weekend, after learning that federal prosecutors were preparing to indict him on murder charges, Dr. Ivins, a 62-year-old father of two, took an overdose of Tylenol with codeine. He died in a Frederick hospital on Tuesday, leaving behind a grieving family and uncertainty about whether the anthrax mystery had finally been solved. . . .”

“Scientist’s Suicide is Linked to Anthrax Inquiry” by Scott Shane and Eric Lichtblau; New York Times; 8/2/08; pp. A1-A10.

2. Previously, another Ft. Detrick scientist was the primary focal point of the investigation. Although Dr. Steven Hatfill is no longer regarded as a prime suspect, he has an interesting and possibly significant link to residual pro-apartheid elements in South Africa. This connection is discussed at greater length below.

“Having been named a “person of interest” in the investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the former Army scientist Steven J. Hatfill has tried for six years to clear his name, both inside court and out.

Now the disclosure that a former colleague died this week, apparently by suicide, just as investigators prepared to seek his indictment in the case has provided the clearest indication yet that Dr. Hatfill may finally achieve his goal.

The Justice Department, which has not publicly exonerated Dr. Hatfill, would not comment about the case on Friday. But all indications are that investigators have lost interest in him. . . .”

“A Onetime ‘Person of Interest’ Moves a Step Closer to Public Exoneration” by Charlie Savage; New York Times; 8/2/08; p. A11.

3. Although moving toward exoneration, Hatfill’s involvement with the Afrikaner Resistance Movement raises some troubling questions. In FTR#’s 419, 456, Mr. Emory noted the possibility that fascist elements, including another scientist involved with biological warfare research and the South African apartheid movement might figure in the investigation. Involved with the CIA, the South African apartheid regime’s biological warfare and assassination program (Project Coast), as well as the post-apartheid “underground Broederbond,” Dr. Larry Ford took his own life after he was fingered for an unsuccessful attempt at murdering a colleague. (The Broederbond was the fascist organization at the epicenter of the apartheid regime, and it was modeled after and allied with the NSDAP–the German Nazi Party under Hitler. Like the NSDAP, it went underground after the fall of the apartheid regime.) Read more about Dr. Ford, his activities, his background and the Broederbond.

As discussed in FTR#’s 419, 456, Ford took his political reference points from The Turner Diaries, the Nazi novel authored by Dr. William Luther Pierce, the now-deceased former head of the National Alliance. In a radio broadcast delivered years before the 9/11 attacks, Pierce advised New Yorkers who lived in buildings the size of the World Trade Center to start wearing “hard hats”, warned that “Osama bin Laden was coming” and predicted that the United States would be hit with biological warfare attacks. This is discussed in FTR#456.

Was there a connection between Hatfill and the late Dr. Ford? Did the CIA’s involvement with the South African apartheid regime and Project Coast afford fascist elements the opportunity to utilize Ft. Detrick anthrax stock for their own purposes?

” . . . Shortly after 9/11, the United States was beset with a second round of terrorist attacks in the form of anthrax-laden letters sent to Senator Tom Daschle and various representatives of the media. According to one account, several top level CIA and FBI officials suspected that domestic extremists were responsible for the anthrax attacks Perhaps the chief reason for this suspicion was that several years earlier, Larry Wayne Harris, a microbiologist by training and reputed extreme right sympathizer, had previously been arrested for possessing what authorities believed was the anthrax agent. The FBI’s investigation this time focused on Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, who once worked as a research scientist at the U.S. Army Medical Reserch Institute of Infectious Disease at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Hatfill had spent considerable time in South Africa, and was affiliated with the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB). However, after a thorough investigation, the FBI eventually cleared Hatfill of any connection to the anthrax attacks. . . .”

The Enemy of My Enemy; by George Michael; Copyright 2006 by the University Press of Kansas; ISBN 0-7006-1444-3; p. 111.

4. Other evidentiary tributaries leading from the 2001 anthrax attacks toward Nazi and fascist elements include a possible link between the Bank al-Taqwa milieu and a Swiss front organization for a former Soviet biological warfare front, and a possible precedent/template for sending anthrax through the mail as a terror weapon. In FTR#403, we examined a gambit by the Baader-Meinhof gang to send anthrax-laden letters through the mail. (Baader-Meinhof–also known as the Red Army Faction were among the proteges of the late Francois Genoud, a key Nazi spy and heir to the political last will and testament and collected literary works of Adolf Hitler, Martin Bormann and Joseph Goebbels. Although he died in 1996, Genoud’s name crops up in connection with the 9/11 attacks and the Bank al-Taqwa milieu. For more about Genoud and his links to Baader-Meinhoff, see–among other programs–FTR#453. For more about Genoud and the 9/11 attacks, see–among other programs–FTR#’s 456, 498, 499.) Did the proposed Baader-Meinhof anthrax mail-attacks serve as inspiration for the 2001 anthrax attacks in the U.S.?

“ . . . In the 1980’s, the German far-left Baader-Meinhof terrorist gang threatened to spread anthrax bacteria through the mail in West Germany, but the threat was never carried out. . . . ”

(In the Name of Osama bin Laden; by Roland Jacquard; Copyright 2002 [SC]; Duke University Press; ISBN 0-8223-2991-3; p. 153.)

5. For The Record has featured a massive analysis of the links between the Bank al-Taqwa, Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 attacks. As mentioned above, there is an evidentiary tributary linking the Bank al-Taqwa milieu and Interplastica/Biopreparat–a front for former Soviet biological weapons activities. (Read more about Bank al-Taqwa.) From FTR#356:

“ . . . Beginning in 1973, Biopreparat produced and stockpiled hundreds of tons of anthrax and dozens of tons of plague and smallpox. Documents obtained in Switzerland by this reporter show that the Banca del Gottardo in Lugano has been tightly involved in deals between Russian weapons firms and Interplastica, a company which beginning in the 1960’s specialized in trade with the countries of the East Bloc to pierce western embargoes. Interplastica is registered in Morbio Inferiore near Lugano, in the canton of Tessin in southern Switzerland. Among the deals, documents show that the Banca del Gottardo financed a contract between Biopreparat and Interplastica in 1993. . . .Beghjet Pacolli . . .ran Interplastica. Pacolli, who was born in Kosovo, supports militant Muslim groups. . . .Through the Fund for Reconstruction of Kosovo (FORK), in Lugano, he finances the Kosovo Liberation Army or UCK, (known in the West as KLA) described by Robert Gelbard, who was America’s special envoy to Bosnia as ‘Islamic terrorists’ . . . .On Wednesday, November 6, the U.S. announced that it was adding to its blacklist of banks and individuals believed connected to the Bin Laden network the Al Taqwa bank, with operations in Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein and the Bahamas, and its chief executive Youssef Nada and board members Mohamed Mansour and Albert Huber. Mohamed Mansour is on the board of the Bosnian Institute in Zurich. So is Pacolli. Pier Felici Barchi, Nada’s lawyer, and Claudio Generali, president of the Banca del Gottardo, serve together on boards of a capital management foundation in Liechtenstein and several enterprises in Switzerland. They are both leaders of the Liberal Radical Party, which rules in Switzerland and which, till now, has afforded the bank political protection from intrusive investigations by authorities. The U.S. should put an end to that. . . .”

(“Swiss Bank Handled Sale from Russian Bioweapons Company” by Lucy Komisar; Earth Times News Service; November 2001.)

6. It appears that Hatfill and the late Dr. Ivins was not the only Ft. Detrick professional under investigation in connection with the anthrax attacks.

“The FBI has narrowed its focus to “about four” suspects in the 6 1/2-year investigation of the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, and at least three of those suspects are linked to the Army’s bioweapons research facility at Fort Detrick in Maryland, FOX News has learned.

Among the pool of suspects are three scientists — a former deputy commander, a leading anthrax scientist and a microbiologist — linked to the research facility, known as USAMRIID. . . .”

“FBI Focusing on ‘About Four’ Suspects in 2001 Anthrax Attacks” by Catherine Herridge and Ian McCaleb; FOXNews.com; 3/28/2008.

7. The program concludes with information about a hereditary susceptibility to HIV infection among people of African extraction. It should be noted that, as discussed in FTR#606, there is a hereditary resistance to HIV infection present only in some pure bred Northern Europeans or “Aryans.” FTR#606 explores the possibility that this may not be accidental but, rather, the result of deliberate genetic engineering built on boiler plate research done by the Third Reich. For more about AIDS as a product of biological warfare research, see–among other programs–FTR#’s 16, 19, as well as AFA#16.

“An international team of AIDS scientists has discovered that a gene variant common in blacks protects against certain types of malaria but increases susceptibility to HIV infection by 40 percent.

Researchers, keen to find some biological clues to explain why people of African descent are bearing a disproportionate share of the world’s AIDS cases, suspect this subtle genetic trait – found in 60 percent of American blacks and 90 percent of Africans – might partly explain the difference.

Ten percent of the world’s population lives in sub-Saharan Africa, but that region accounts for 70 percent of the men, women and children living with HIV infection. In the United States, African Americans make up 12 percent of the population but account for half of newly diagnosed HIV infections. . . .”

“Newfound Genetic Clue to HIV Rate Among Blacks” by Sabin Russell; San Francisco Chronicle; 7/17/08; p. A1.


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