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FTR #89 The Nazi Anthrax Scare of 1998

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In Feb­ru­ary of 1998, the report­ed attempt by a Nazi activist to bring mil­i­tary grade anthrax into Las Vegas gen­er­at­ed head­lines. Act­ing in con­junc­tion with a busi­ness­man named William Leav­itt, “for­mer” Aryan Nation mem­ber Lar­ry Har­ris was report­ed­ly trans­port­ing the dead­ly bio­log­i­cal weapon by auto­mo­bile. Even­tu­al­ly, it was deter­mined that Har­ris pos­sessed an anthrax vac­cine, and not weapons-grade anthrax. Nonethe­less, seri­ous ques­tions remain con­cern­ing the inci­dent. Har­ris had been con­vict­ed of order­ing bubon­ic plague bac­te­ria via the mail. He claimed at the time that he had worked for the CIA (a claim that has been rebuffed) and that he was work­ing with the bac­te­ria because he sought to pro­tect the U.S. against bio­log­i­cal weapons smug­gled into the Unit­ed States by Iraqi nation­als work­ing for Sad­dam Hus­sein. Har­ris has con­tin­ued to hold forth on the sub­ject of bio­log­i­cal weapons, claim­ing that he was work­ing to pro­tect the U.S. against an attack with bio­log­i­cal weapons. Crit­ics have claimed that his efforts are actu­al­ly a “how-to,” instruc­tion­al course on devel­op­ing, not neu­tral­iz­ing such weapons. Har­ris and Leav­itt were report­ed­ly seek­ing to obtain radar detec­tors, police scan­ners and oth­er devices that could hard­ly be used for “vac­cine pro­duc­tion.” Har­ris has warned that attempts by the gov­ern­ment and law enforce­ment to inter­fere with attempts to cre­ate a white-suprema­cist break­away state in the Pacif­ic North­west would be met with bio­log­i­cal ter­ror attacks on Amer­i­can cities. Sig­nif­i­cant­ly, Leav­itt owned a bio­log­i­cal lab­o­ra­to­ry in Frank­furt, Ger­many (experts on BW weapon­ry have not­ed that a lab­o­ra­to­ry used for vac­cine devel­op­ment can be read­i­ly uti­lized for bio­log­i­cal weapons pro­duc­tion.) Asser­tions by Ger­man author­i­ties that they could not find the lab­o­ra­to­ry should be viewed with great skep­ti­cism.


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