Anthrax, Greed, and Deceit (Part I of II)
16 August 2001
aking a Killing: the Dark and Ongoing
Story of BioPort and the Anthrax Vaccine
The anthrax was released
by a US insider as part of a covert plan to restrict civil
liberties, increase pharmaceutical
profits and fulfil military and political objectives. -Dr.
Leonard G. Horowitz
Throughout out all of the past year, since the first anthrax
attack, one story has been notably absent from the mainstream
press -and it is a biggie...perhaps the biggest of all in
terms of its importance to a real investigation (unlike the
one now being conducted).
It is also a story that should be
pushed front and center onto the public stage along with
Enron, WorldCom and the
rest of the "glowing examples" of corporate greed
and extortion from the public.
It is the story of BioPort,
a modest-sized maker of vaccines in Lansing, Michigan that
is owned in large part by the Carlyle
Group. As you may (or should) know, the Carlyle Group is
the 11th largest "defense contractor" in the US
-at least that is how it prefers to be billed. It is a haven
for ex-government power mongers like George H. Bush, James
Baker III, and Frank Carlucci, who use their connections
in Washington to channel billions of dollars into their own
coffers in the name of "government contracts."
it really amounts to is a slick money laundering operation:
the Group's contacts in the Pentagon (right now their best
friend is Donald Rumsfeld) steal money from the tax payer
and funnel it into Caryle's various operations and call it
a "contract." Case in point: when the Carlyle cartel
helped take over the Lansing lab, within three weeks, they
had been handed a government contract in which the price
per dose of vaccine was tripled over what it had been the
day before BioPort took over. If that ain't theft, then the
Pope ain't Polish!
But, fortunately for the public, since
last fall, more and more info on BioPort has shown up on
the web -despite the
company's extreme secretiveness (they bar any employee from
speaking to anyone outside about anything to do with the
company). Below is a timeline mapping out the BioPort story,
supplemented by links to the most reliable articles on the
subject. In this format, the reality of the whole slime bag
operation out to jump out and hit you between the eyes.
1998: A small government-owned lab in Michigan engaged in
developing an anthrax vaccine is bought for $24.8
million by a secretive group of "investors" calling
themselves BioPort. BioPort investors include George Bush
Sr, James Baker III, and Frank Carlucci under the name of
the Carlyle Group. It also includes Adm. William J. Crowe
Jr., former chair of the joint chiefs of staff under Reagan
who also served as US ambassador to Britain under President
Clinton. According to Maj. Glenn MacDonald USAR, Crowe was
one of the thugs back in the Reagan dark ages who sold Saddam
Hussein anthrax warfare technology in the hopes Iraq would
unleash the disease on Iran.
Another major BioPort stockholder
is ex-Prime Minister of the UK John Major. We bet Tony Blair
knows all about it -if
indeed he isn't a silent stock partner. And then there's
Fuad El-Hibril, a man who is close to the bin Laden family
and who in the past has expressed sympathy for OBL. El-Hibril
became BioPort's CEO. El-Hibri was based in England in the
1990s, where he operated a vaccine manufacturing company
called Porton Products International of Porton Down, in the
UK. One of the anthrax strains originating from Ft. Detrick
and related to the isolates used in the anthrax attacks is
called the Porton strain for the Porton lab. In a chart in
Timothy Read's article in Science, one of the possible routes
shown for the anthrax that ended up in the attacks was via
Two weeks later: (Still Sept. 1998): BioPort
lands exclusive Departmentartment of Defense contract worth
$45 million to
produce an anthrax vaccine. The DOD agrees to pay three times
the cost of the original contract, upping payment for vaccine
from $3.50 a dose to $10 a dose.
November, 1998: Crowe and Bush, Sr. travel to Saudi Arabia
where they meet with members of the bin Laden family.
from 1997 through Oct. 2001: BioPort repeatedly fails to
pass FDA inspections. These inspections were described
by one critic as "an unmitigated disaster," revealing
contamination, inadequate record-keeping and unapproved procedures.
Several vaccine batches failed sterility tests and were quarantined
(by the way, the Bush administration later gave BioPort permission
to administer vaccines from these contaminated batches to
the American public -see below). The company had to subcontract
Hollister-Stier Laboratories in Spokane, Wash., to fill the
vaccine vials when its own procedures kept failing. Yet though
Hollister-Stier has been the second hand supplier of the
vaccine now for many months and has passed its FDA inspections,
the DOD continued to pump millions into keeping BIOPORT artificially
resuscitated. So quality in this man's government is not
only NOT rewarded, it is exploited to keep the evil-and-or-inept
March 1999: A statement on anthrax vaccine
presented to Congress reveals the outrageous history of BioPort,
of negative reactions to the vaccine, and that at least 50
different types of adverse reactions associated with the
vaccine. The report also reveals (a finding also reported
in European medical journals, including the "Lancet")
that the ONLY population of veterans engaged in the Gulf
War action who were not afflicted by any cases of Gulf War
Syndrome were the French -who were also the ONLY population
of GW soldiers who did not receive the vaccine. Now has anyone
ever investigated THAT smoking gun? Yeah, right, and the
Pope's a Fiji Islander.
Statement to Congress: Gulf War vets page:
February 17, 2000:
Congressional report recommends terminating anthrax vaccine
program due to BoPort's mismanagement and
July 2000: Two Congressional hearings are
held on BioPort, including one conducted by the House Armed
It is revealed that the company has engaged in Enron-style
bookkeeping, manipulating earnings projections while having
money funneled to them from the Pentagon against recommendations.
2000: The Hartford Courant reveals that BioPort has failed
to track deadly reactions in people receiving
its anthrax vaccine, including deaths. Approximately 1,200
servicemen and women have had severe reactions, with some
deaths traceable to the vaccine. US Rep. Christopher Shays
of Ct. accuses BioPort of indifference to the dangers of
its product: "Good men and women willing to serve and
die for their country are being made needlessly ill."
2001: FDA gives BioPort the go-ahead to use quarantined lots
of anthrax vaccine on the public in the event of an
attack -in essence, giving the company permission to dump
potentially dangerous vaccines that had failed to pass inspections
on Americans, and pocketing otherwise lost profits. Petition
started to demand BioPort destroy these potentially lethal
August 2001: White house starts passing out
Cipro to staff. Recipients reportedly include Cheney and
September 2001: Associated Press suggests that
Battelle Memorial Institute in West Jefferson, Ohio is engaged
Jefferson," a secret project in which "a new and
highly lethal strain of anthrax" was being developed
at its labs. Around this same time, Battelle hired an anthrax
expert, William C. Patrick III, to determine the ways, means,
and results of mailing powdered anthrax through the post.
Battelle is reputed to have a "working relationship" with
BioPort. Battelle and Bioport , who have a "working
relationship" are considered the real "chief suspects" by
September 2001: The first anthrax attack occurs,
striking down a man in Florida.
October 2001: BioPort fails yet another
October 2001: Bush sends national guard to "protect" BioPort
round the clock -while failing to deploy any troops to protect
nuclear power plants or other facilities engaged in biological
October 2001: Donald Rumsfeld pushes to
get BioPort approved over FDA objections...he's an expert,
of course. He forced
the approval of aspartame while CEO of Searle over FDA objections,
a move that ultimately made billions for the corporation.
Today, complaints of health problems related to aspartame
account for more than half of all health-related adverse
product complaints made to the FDA.
Falsification of aspartame results Rumsfeld and Conlon's
role in the deception
December 2001: Manuals from BioPort
are discovered in an Al Queda hideout in Afghanistan -the
report disappears from
mainstream news within 24 hours.
January 2002: Bush administration
gives BioPort green light to start shipping anthrax vaccine.
2002: Pentagon announces that the vaccine has been declared
safe by the Institute of Medicine. However, this
is the same "Institute" that was investigated by
the Department of Health and Human Services for serious conflict
of interest when it cranked out another vaccine "study
for hire" during the Reagan years -this one on the safety
of the pertussis/rubella vaccines. Now here we are in another
corporate rightwing administration and the Institute is back
to its old modus operandi. Several members of the committee
that slapped together the report the Bush folks wanted to
see on anthrax have (and I quote from the study intro: "worked
for, or are currently receiving funding from, pharmaceutical
companies that make vaccines other than the anthrax vaccine".
We are supposed to believe that because they aren't right
this minute working for BioPort or on anthrax vaccine that
there is no conflict of interest here. But anyone who knows
anything at all about the ongoing vaccine controversy knows
that the vaccine industry itself -not just a specific vaccine-
is under fire. In the committee's findings, they specifically
say, not once but a few times that the anthrax vaccine does
not cause any more reactions that ANY OTHER TYPE OF VACCINE.
In other words, the bogus study amounts to free validation/advertising
for ANY OTHER TYPE OF VACCINE.
It should also be noted here
that the anthrax vaccine flap is not the first time that
a vaccine "crisis" was
created for political reasons with disastrous results:
case of "chilling deja vu"? An anatomy
of the swine flu scare. Gerald Ford was up for reelection
and failing in the polls when he called for ALL Americans
to be vaccinated with a similarly dubious vaccine that ended
up killing and disabling thousands.
August 2002: After forensic
biologist Timothy Read reveals that the anthrax isolated
from the terror attack victim can
be differentiated from other known strains by dozens of genetic
markers, the Justice Department suddenly makes a show of
rounding up suspects, especially focusing on Stephen J. Hatfill
who was associated with Fort Detrick. Why? Because Hatfill
filled the emergency bill nicely: he is big and tough and
faintly menacing looking, not to mention almost swarthy -makes
good press. Also, he didn't even work with anthrax -he was
a virologist. So the administration knows the charges are
unlikely to stick for long. But the flurry of press and apparent
activity will, they hope, take the heat off until an exit
strategy can be devised for the real perpetrators.
can't wait for the next act.
EXCELLENT article by American
Free Press about BioPort -published BEFORE the attacks. Great
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