Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Domestic Biological Warfare at DC Anti-war demonstration?
ONE WEEK after the massive anti-war protest the federal government announces the presence of the lethal Tularemia bacteria in the Mall area where a crowd estimated to be up to 300,000 people congregated. Health officials said they believed the levels were too low to be a threat. I find this to be very suspicious. Once again the federal government acts suspiciously late. This type of conduct also happened in New Orleans. This could be a ploy to discourage anti-Bush protesters from attending future demonstrations or if this was the real thing it could be the first of many bold right wing intiatives to silence the opposition. Either way it is definitely cause for concern. It took a week to act in New Orleans and a week to even mention the existence of a problem in Washington. Is the slow reponse diliberate? The initial stage of the disease displays the presence of pneumonia. Other symptoms include chills and high fever. If people who attended the demonstration come down with pneumonia then we will know this could have been an example of domestic biological warfare. Inexplicably several liberal or progressive senators and congress members received anthrax through the mail shortly after 9/11. If we don't see any evidence of pneumonia among the people who attended the rally that could mean that this hoax was designed to scare people into not attending any future Anti-Bush demonstrations. The Bush administration has used fear tactics before. The color warnings which were supposed to indicate the possibility of domestic terrorist attacks were highly suspect. According to federal health officials "Tularemia is not spread from person to person. It can be contracted by direct contact with the bacteria that cause it -- by swallowing them or, if they have been suspended in air, through inhalation."SPLOID - Here is a brief history (from the Journal of the American Medical Association) of tularemia and how it is stockpiled as a bioweapon by the U.S. military: Tularemia's epidemic potential became apparent in the 1930s and 1940s, when large waterborne outbreaks occurred in Europe and the Soviet Union and epizootic-associated cases occurred in the United States.