A Career In
Microbiology Can Be Harmful To Your Health
DEATH TOLL MOUNTING AS CONNECTIONS TO DYNCORP,
HADRON, PROMIS SOFTWARE AND DISEASE RESEARCH
researchers have begun to investigate serious discussions by legitimate
scientists and academics on the possible necessity of reducing
the world's population by more than four billion people, no
stranger set of circumstances since Sept. 11 adds credibility
to this possibility than the suspicious deaths of world-class microbiologists.
The newest connections to DynCorp, Hadron and PROMIS
software are leads an amateur would not miss. How else would
any microbiologists threatening an ultra secret government
biological weapons program be identified than by secretly
scanning their databases to see what they were working on? --
THE HOWARD HUGHES
MEDICAL INSTITUTE -- ANOTHER LINK?
is another intriguing connection between three of five
American scientists that have died. Wiley, Schwartz, and
Benito Que worked for medical research facilities that
received grants from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).
HHMI funds a tremendous number of research programs at
schools, hospitals and research facilities, and has long been
alleged to be conducting "black ops" biomedical research for
intelligence organizations, including the
Long-time biowarfare investigator Patricia Dole,
Ph.D. reports that there is a history of people connected to
HHMI being murdered.
The original research noticed
the mysterious string of deaths starting in 2002, but since
then, other earlier deaths have been reported by
readers. The mystery grows with every passing day.
1953 - This is really strange
- Frank Olson 1953 - a chemist for the CIA, fell out a
window. His son investigated this case for 49 years and finally
had his father's body exumed and re-autopsied. At that
time, it was discovered that Frank Olson had been hit over the
head with a blunt instrument BEFORE he fell out the window:
He was killed by the CIA, and guess who was high up in the
government during that administration ? The same two guys
who just left office in 2008. Coincidental?
March 1982: Professor Keith
Bowden, 46 --Expertise: Computer programmer and scientist at
Essex University engaged in work for Marconi, who was hailed as an
expert on super computers and computer-controlled aircraft.
--Circumstance of Death: Fatal car crash when his vehicle went out of
control across a dual carriageway and plunged onto a disused railway
line. Police maintained he had been drinking but family and friends
all denied the allegation. --Coroner's verdict: Accident.
April 1983: Lt-Colonel
Anthony Godley, 49 --Expertise: Head of the Work Study Unit at
the Royal College of Military Science. --Circumstance of Death:
Disappeared mysteriously in April 1983 without explanation. Presumed
March 1985: Roger
Hill, 49 --Expertise: Radar designer and draughtsman with
Marconi. --Circumstance of Death: Died by a shotgun blast at home.
--Coroner's verdict: Suicide.
November 19, 1985: Jonathan
Wash, 29 --Expertise: Digital communications expert who had
worked at GEC and at British Telecom's secret research centre at
Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. --Circumstance of Death: Died as a result
of falling from a hotel room in Abidjan, West Africa, while working
for British Telecom. He had expressed fears that his life was in
danger. --Coroner's verdict: Open.
August 4, 1986: Vimal
Dajibhai, 24 --Expertise: Computer software engineer with
Marconi, responsible for testing computer control systems of Tigerfish
and Stingray torpedoes at Marconi Underwater Systems at Croxley Green,
Hertfordshire. --Circumstance of Death: Death by 74m (240ft.) fall
from Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol. Police report on the body
mentioned a needle-sized puncture wound on the left buttock, but this
was later dismissed as being a result of the fall. Dajibhai had been
looking forward to starting a new job in the City of London and
friends had confirmed that there was no reason for him to commit
suicide. At the time of his death he was in the last week of his work
with Marconi. --Coroner's verdict: Open.
October 1986: Arshad
Sharif, 26 --Expertise: Reported to have been working on
systems for the detection of submarines by satellite. --Circumstance
of Death: Died as a result of placing a ligature around his neck,
tying the other end to a tree and then driving off in his car with the
accelerator pedal jammed down. His unusual death was complicated by
several issues: Sharif lived near Vimal Dajibhai in Stanmore,
Middlesex, he committed suicide in Bristol and, inexplicably, had
spent the last night of his life in a rooming house. He had paid for
his accommodation in cash and was seen to have a bundle of
high-denomination banknotes in his possession. While the police were
told of the banknotes, no mention was made of them at the inquest and
they were never found. In addition, most of the other guests at the
rooming house worked at British Aerospace prior to working for Marconi,
Sharif had also worked at British Aerospace on guided weapons
technology. --Coroner's verdict: Suicide.
January 1987: Richard
Pugh, 37 --Expertise: MOD computer consultant and digital
communications expert. --Circumstance of Death: Found dead in his flat
in with his feet bound and a plastic bag over his head. Rope was tied
around his body, coiling four times around his neck. --Coroner's
January 12, 1987: Dr.
John Brittan, 52 --Expertise: Scientist formerly engaged in top
secret work at the Royal College of Military Science at Shrivenham,
Oxfordshire, and later deployed in a research department at the MOD.
--Circumstance of Death: Death by carbon monoxide poisoning in his own
garage, shortly after returning from a trip to the US in connection
with his work. --Coroner's verdict: Accident.
February 1987: David
Skeels, 43 --Expertise: Engineer with Marconi. --Circumstance
of Death: Found dead in his car with a hosepipe connected to the
exhaust. --Coroner's verdict: Open.
February 1987: Victor
Moore, 46 --Expertise: Design Engineer with Marconi Space and
Defence Systems. --Circumstance of Death: Died from an overdose.
--Coroner's verdict: Suicide.
February 22, 1987: Peter
Peapell, 46 --Expertise: Scientist at the Royal College of
Military Science. He had been working on testing titanium for it's
resistance to explosives and the use of computer analysis of signals
from metals. --Circumstance of Death: Found dead allegedly from carbon
monoxide poisoning, in his Oxfordshire garage. The circumstances of
his death raised some elements of doubt. His wife had found him on his
back with his head parallel to the rear car bumper and his mouth in
line with the exhaust pipe, with the car engine running. Police were
apparently baffled as to how he could have manoeuvred into the
position in which he was found. --Coroner's verdict: Open.
March 30, 1987: David
Sands, 37 --Expertise: Senior scientist working for Easams of
Camberley, Surrey, a sister company to Marconi. Dr. John Brittan had
also worked at Camberley. --Circumstance of Death: Fatal car crash
when he allegedly made a sudden U-turn on a dual carriageway while on
his way to work, crashing at high speed into a disused cafeteria. He
was found still wearing his seat belt and it was discovered that the
car had been carrying additional petrol cans. None of the 'normal'
reasons for a possible suicide could be found. --Coroner's verdict:
April 1987: George
Kountis (age unknown) --Expertise: Systems Analyst at Bristol
Polytechnic. --Circumstance of Death: Drowned the same day as Shani
Warren (see below) - as the result of a car accident, his upturned car
being found in the River Mersey, Liverpool. --Coroner's verdict:
Misadventure. (Kountis' sister called for a fresh inquest as she
thought 'things didn't add up.')
April 10, 1987: Shani
Warren, 26 --Expertise: Personal assistant in a company called
Micro Scope, which was taken over by GEC Marconi less than four weeks
after her death. --Circumstance of Death: Found drowned in 45cm.
(18in) of water, not far from the site of David Greenhalgh's death
fall. Warren died exactly one week after the death of Stuart Gooding
and serious injury to Greenhalgh. She was found gagged with a noose
around her neck. Her feet were also bound and her hands tied behind
her back. --Coroner's verdict: Open. (It was said that Warren had
gagged herself, tied her feet with rope, then tied her hands behind
her back and hobbled to the lake on stiletto heels to drown herself.)
April 10, 1987: Stuart
Gooding, 23 --Expertise: Postgraduate research student at the
Royal College of Military Science. --Circumstance of Death: Fatal car
crash while on holiday in Cyprus. The death occurred at the same time
as college personnel were carrying out exercises on Cyprus.
--Coroner's verdict: Accident.
April 24, 1987: Mark
Wisner, 24 --Expertise: Software engineer at the MOD.
--Circumstance of Death: Found dead on in a house shared with two
colleagues. He was found with a plastic sack around his head and
several feet of cling film around his face. The method of death was
almost identical to that of Richard Pugh some three months earlier.
--Coroner's verdict: Accident.
May 3, 1987: Michael
Baker, 22 --Expertise: Digital communications expert working on
a defence project at Plessey; part-time member of Signals Corps SAS.
--Circumstance of Death: Fatal accident owhen his car crashed through
a barrier near Poole in Dorset. --Coroner's verdict: Misadventure.
June 1987: Jennings, Frank, 60 --Expertise: Electronic Weapons
Engineer with Plessey. --Circumstance of Death: Found dead from a
heart attack. --No inquest.
January 1988: Russell
Smith, 23 --Expertise: Laboratory technician with the Atomic
Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, Oxfordshire. --Circumstance
of Death: Died as a result of a cliff fall at Boscastle in Cornwall.
--Coroner's verdict: Suicide.
March 25, 1988: Trevor
Knight, 52 --Expertise: Computer engineer with Marconi Space
and Defence Systems in Stanmore, Middlesex. --Circumstance of Death:
Found dead at his home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire at the wheel of his
car with a hosepipe connected to the exhaust. A St.Alban's coroner
said that Knight's woman friend, Miss Narmada Thanki (who also worked
with him at Marconi) had found three suicide notes left by him which
made clear his intentions. Miss Thanki had mentioned that Knight
disliked his work but she did not detect any depression that would
have driven him to suicide. --Coroner's verdict: Suicide.
August 1988: Alistair
Beckham, 50 --Expertise: Software engineer with Plessey Defence
Systems. --Circumstance of Death: Found dead after being electrocuted
in his garden shed with wires connected to his body. --Coroner's
August 22, 1988: Peter Ferry, 60
--Expertise: Retired Army Brigadier and an Assistant Marketing
Director with Marconi. --Circumstance of Death: Found on 22nd or 23rd
August 1988 electrocuted in his company flat with electrical leads in
his mouth. --Coroner's verdict: Open
September 1988: Andrew Hall,
33 --Expertise: Engineering Manager with British Aerospace.
--Circumstance of Death: Carbon monoxide poisoning in a car with a
hosepipe connected to the exhaust. --Coroner's verdict: Suicide. Above
list compiled by Raymond A. Robinson in 'The Alien Intent' (A Dire
(Note: link above is dead) http://web.archive.org/web/20030208080844/...scientists.html
1988: Stanley Irving Sigal, 35
--Expertise: Top AIDS researcher at Merck's. --Circumstance of Death:
In seat number 13B on Pan American Flight that was shot down over
Lockerbee Scotland. http://web.syr.edu/~vpaf103/victims.htm
A RUSSIAN, BRITISH INTELLIGENCE AND OLD
In 1989, Vladimir Pasechnik defected
from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) to Great Britain while on a
trip to Paris. He had been the top scientist in the FSU's
bioweapons program, which is heavily dependent upon DNA
sequencing. Pasechnik's death was reported in the New York
Times as having occurred on Nov. 23.
The Times obituary
indicated that the announcement of Pasechnik's death was made
in the United States by Dr. Christopher Davis of Virginia, who
stated that the cause of death was a stroke. Davis was the
member of British intelligence who de-briefed Dr. Pasechnik at
the time of his defection. Davis says he left the intelligence
service in 1996, but when asked why a former member of British
intelligence would be the person announcing the death of
Pasechnik to the US media, he replied that it had come about
during a conversation with a reporter he had had a long
relationship with. The reporter Davis named is not the author
of the Times' obituary, and Davis declined to say which branch
of British intelligence he served in. No reports of
Pasechnik's death appeared in Britain for more than a month,
until Dec. 29, when his obituary appeared in the London
Telegraph, which did not include a date of
Pasechnik spent the 10 years after his defection
working at the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research at
the UK Department of Health, Salisbury. On Feb. 20, 2000, it
was announced that, along with partner Caisey Harlingten,
Pasechnik had formed a company called Regma Biotechnologies
Ltd. Regma describes itself as "a new drug company working to
provide powerful alternatives to antibiotics." Like three
other microbiologists detailed in this article, Pasechnik was
heavily involved in DNA sequencing research. During the
anthrax panic of this past fall, Pasechnik offered his
services to the British government to help in any way
possible. Despite Regma having a public relations department
that has released many items to the press over the past two
years, the company has not announced the death of one of its
Date?: Dr. C. Bruton
--Expertise: He had just produced a paper on a new strain of CJD. He
was a CJD specialist who was killed before his work was announced to
the public. --Circumstance of Death: died in a car crash.
1994/95?: Dr. Jawad Al Aubaidi
--Expertise: Veterinary mycoplasma and had worked with various
mycoplasmas in the 1980s at Plum Island. --Circumstance of Death: He
was killed in his native Iraq while he was changing a flat tire and
hit by a truck. Source: Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
In 1994, Jose Trias met with a friend in
Houston, Texas and was planning to go public with his personal
knowledge of HHMI "front door" grants being diverted to "back
door" black ops bioresearch. The next day, Trias and his wife
were found dead in their Chevy Chase, Md. home. Chevy
Chase is where HHMI is headquartered. Police described the
killings as a professional hit.
age 46 - who formerly
worked at an HHMI-funded lab at Columbia University, was shot
to death on May 7, 1996 while sitting in his car outside his
home in La Jolla, Calif. Police also described this as a
--Expertise: A leading Alzheimer's researcher --Circumstance of Death:
He and his 13 year-old daughter were killed in La Jolla, California,
in what a Reuters report described as a "very professionally
done" shooting. He was dead behind the wheel of the car, the side
window had been shot out, and the door was open. His daughter appeared
to have tried to run away and she was shot dead, also.
Dec 25, 1997: Sidney
Harshman, 67 --Expertise: Professor of microbiology and
immunology. "He was the world's leading expert on staphylococcal
alpha toxins," according to Conrad Wagner, professor of
biochemistry at Vanderbilt and a close friend of Professor Harshman.
"He also deeply cared for other people and was always eager to
help his students and colleagues." --Circumstance of Death:
Complications of diabetes
July 10, 1998:
Elizabeth A. Rich, M.D., 46 --Expertise: An associate professor
with tenure in the pulmonary division of the Department of Medicine at
CWRU and University Hospitals of Cleveland. She was also a member of
the executive committee for the Center for AIDS Research and directed
the biosafety level 3 facility, a specialized laboratory for the
handling of HIV, virulent TB bacteria, and other infectious agents.
--Circumstance of Death: Killed in a traffic accident while visiting
family in Tennessee
September 1998: Jonathan
Mann, 51 --Expertise: Founding director of the World Health
Organisation's global Aids programme and founded Project SIDA in
Zaire, the most comprehensive Aids research effort in Africa at the
time, and in 1986 he joined the WHO to lead the global response
against Aids. He became director of WHO's global programme on Aids
which later became the UNAids programme. He then became director of
the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, which
was set up at Harvard School of Public Health in 1993. He caused
controversy earlier this year in the post when he accused the US
National Institutes of Health of violating human rights by failing to
act quickly on developing Aids vaccines. --Circumstance of Death: Died
in the Swissair Flight 111 crash in Canada.
March 2000: Larry
C. Ford --Expertise: Served as a consultant to both the CIA and
the chemical and biological-weapons program of the South African
Defense Forces, headed by Wouter Basson. His contributions to Basson's
program included lectures on converting ordinary items into lethal
biological weapons. He provided samples of virulent, designer strains
of cholera, anthrax, botulism, plague, and malaria, as well as a
bacteria he claimed had been mutated to be "pigment
specific" for the white minority government of South Africa. http://www.edwardhumes.com/articles/medicine.shtml
--Circumstance of Death: Died of a shotgun blast at his home in
Irvine, Orange County, California. His death was later ruled a
April 15, 2000: Walter W. Shervington, M.D.,
62 --Expertise: An extensive writer/ lecturer/ researcher about mental
health and AIDS in the African American community. --Circumstance of
Death: Died of cancer at Tulane Medical Hospital.
July 16, 2000: Mike
Thomas, 35 --Expertise: A microbiologist at the Crestwood
Medical Center in Huntsville. --Circumstance of Death: Died a few days
after examining a sample taken from a 12-year-old girl who was
diagnosed with meningitis and survived.
December 25, 2000: Linda
Reese, 52 --Expertise: Microbiologist working with victims of
meningitis. --Circumstance of Death: Died three days after she studied
a sample from Tricia Zailo, 19, a Fairfield, N.J., resident who was a
sophomore at Michigan State University. Tricia Zailo died Dec. 18, a
few days after she returned home for the holidays.
May 7 2001: Professor
Janusz Jeljaszewicz --Expertise: Expert in Staphylococci and
Staphylococcal Infections. His main scientific interests and
achievements were in the mechanism of action and biological properties
of staphylococcal toxins, and included the immunomodulatory properties
and experimental treatment of tumours by Propionibacterium.
On Halloween, 2001, following the plane
bombing of the World Trade Center, Vietnamese immigrant Kathy
Nguyen, a hospital
technician, inhaled anthrax and died in
. She had no known connection with the spores, and no bacteria were
found in any place where she had been during the previous week.
November 2001: Yaacov
Matzner, 54 --Expertise: Dean of the Hebrew University-Hadassah
Medical School in Jerusalem and chairman of the Israel Society of
Hematology and Blood Transfusions, was the son of Holocaust survivors.
One of the world's experts on blood diseases including familiar
Mediterranean fever (FMF), Matzner conducted research that led to a
genetic test for FMF. He was working on cloning the gene connected to
FMF and investigating the normal physiological function of amyloid A,
a protein often found in high levels in people with blood cancer.
--Circumstance of Death: Professors Yaacov Matzner and Amiram Eldor
were on their way back to Israel via Switzerland when their plane came
down in dense forest three kilometres short of the landing field.
November 2001: Professor
Amiram Eldor, 59 --Expertise: Head of the haematology
institute, Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital and worked for years at
Hadassah-University Hospital's haematology department but left for his
native Tel Aviv in 1993 to head the haematology institute at Ichilov
Hospital. He was an internationally known expert on blood clotting
especially in women who had repeated miscarriages and was a member of
a team that identified eight new anti-clotting agents in the saliva of
leeches. --Circumstance of Death: Professors Yaacov Matzner and Amiram
Eldor were on their way back to Israel via Switzerland when their
plane came down in dense forest three kilometres short of the landing
November 6, 2001: Jeffrey
Paris Wall, 41 --Expertise: He was a biomedical expert who held
a medical degree, and he also specialized in patent and intellectual
property. --Circumstance of Death: Mr. Walls body was found sprawled
next to a three-story parking structure near his office. He had
studied at the University of California, Los Angeles.
- November 24, 2001: Three more dead
microbiologists: A Swissair flight from Berlin to Zurich
crashes during its landing approach; 22 are killed and
nine survive. Among those killed are Dr.
Yaakov Matzner, 54,
dean of the Hebrew University school of medicine; Amiramp
Eldor, 59, head of the haematology department at
Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv and a world-recognized expert
in blood clotting; and Avishai Berkman, 50, director of
the Tel Aviv public health department and businessman.
these deaths, on Oct. 4, a commercial jetliner traveling from
Siberia was shot down over the
Black Sea by an "errant" Ukrainian
surface-to-air missile, killing all on board. The missile was
over 100 miles off-course. Despite early news stories
reporting it as a charter, the flight, Air Sibir 1812, was a
regularly scheduled flight.
According to several press
reports, including a Dec. 5 article by Barry Chamish and one
on Jan. 13 by Jim Rarey (both available at http://www.rense.com/), the
plane is believed by many in Israel to have had as many as
five passengers who were microbiologists. Both Israel and
Novosibirsk are homes for cutting-edge microbiological
research. Novosibirsk is known as the scientific capital of
Siberia, and home to over 50 research facilities and 13 full
universities for a population of only 2.5 million
At the time of the Black Sea crash, Israeli
journalists had been sounding the alarm that two Israeli
microbiologists had been recently murdered, allegedly by
terrorists. On Nov. 24 a Swissair flight from Berlin to Zurich
crashed on its landing approach. Of the 33 persons on board,
24 were killed, including the head of the hematology
department at Israel's Ichilov Hospital, as well as directors
of the Tel Aviv Public Health Department and Hebrew University
School of Medicine. They were the only Israelis on the flight.
The names of those killed, as reported in a subsequent Israeli
news story but not matched to their job titles, were Avishai
Berkman, Amiramp Eldor and Yaacov Matzner.
being microbiologists, six of the seven scientists who died
within weeks of each other died from "unnatural" causes. And
four of the seven were doing virtually identical research --
research that has global, political and financial
- November 6, 2001: Jeffry Paris
- Jeffrey Paris Wall's body
was found sprawled next to a three-story parking structure near
his office. Mr. Wall, 41, had studied at the University of
California, Los Angeles. He was a biomedical expert who held a
medical degree, and he also specialized in patent and
intellectual property. It had been alleged that Jeffrey Wall had
a connection to Biofem.
On Nov. 16, 2001, Don C. Wiley, 57, vanished, and his abandoned rental car was found on
Tenn. His body was found on
November 16, 2001: Dr. Don
Wiley, 57, disappears during a business trip to Memphis,
Tennessee. He had just bought tickets to take his son to
Graceland the following day. Police found his rental car on a
bridge outside Memphis. His body was later found in the
Mississippi River. Wiley was one of the world's leading
researchers of deadly viruses, including HIV and the Ebola
virus. He was an expert on the immune system's response to
Don C. Wiley
of the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute at Harvard University, was one of the most
prominent microbiologists in the world. He had won many of the
field's most prestigious awards, including the 1995 Albert
Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for work that could make
anti-viral vaccines a reality. He was heavily involved in
research on DNA sequencing. Wiley was last seen around
midnight on Nov. 15, leaving the St. Jude's Children's
Research Advisory dinner held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis,
Tenn. Associates attending the dinner said he showed no signs
of intoxication, and no one has admitted to drinking with
His rented Mitsubishi Galant was found about four
hours later, abandoned on a bridge across the Mississippi
River, headed towards Arkansas. Keys were in the ignition, the
gas tank full, and the hazard flashers had not been turned on.
Wiley's body was found on Dec. 20, snagged on a tree along the
Mississippi River in Vidalia, La., 300 miles south of Memphis.
Until his body was found, Dr. Wiley's death was handled as a
missing person case, and police did no forensic
Early reports about Wiley's disappearance
made no mention of paint marks on his car or a missing hubcap,
which turned up in subsequent reports. The type of accident
needed to knock off the hubcaps (actually a complete wheel
cover) used on recent model Galants would have caused
noticeable damage to the sheet metal on either side of the
wheel, and probably the wheel itself. No damage to the car s
body or wheel has been reported.
Wiley's car was found
about a five-minute drive from the hotel where he was last
seen. There is a four-hour period in his evening that cannot
be accounted for. There is also no explanation as to why he
would have been headed into Arkansas late at night. Wiley was
staying at his father's home in Memphis.
de Soto Bridge carries Interstate 40 out of Memphis, across
the Mississippi River into Arkansas. The traffic on the bridge
was reduced to a single lane in each direction. This would
have caused westbound traffic out of Memphis to slow down and
travel in one lane. Anything in the other two closed lanes
would have been plainly obvious to every passing person. There
are no known witnesses to Wiley stopping his car on the
On Jan. 14, almost two months after his
disappearance, Shelby County Medical Examiner O.C. Smith
announced that his department had ruled Wiley s death to be
"accidental;" the result of massive injuries suffered in a
fall from the Hernando de Soto Bridge. Smith said there were
paint marks on Wiley's rental car similar to the paint used on
construction signs on the bridge, and that the car's right
front hubcap was missing. There has been no report as to which
construction signs Wiley hit. There is also no explanation as
to why this evidence did not move the Memphis police to
consider possibilities other than a "missing
Smith theorizes that Wiley pulled over to the
outermost lane of the bridge (that lane being closed at the
time) to inspect the damage to his car. Smith's subsequent
explanation for the fall requires several other things to have
· Wiley had to have had one of
the two or three seizures he has per year due to a rare
disorder known only to family and close friends, that seizure
being brought on by use of alcohol earlier that
· A passing truck creating a huge blast of
wind and/or roadway bounce due to heavy traffic; and,
Wiley had to be standing on the curb next to the guardrail
which, because of Wiley's 6-foot-3-inch height, would have
come only to his mid-thigh.
These conditions would have
put Wiley's center of gravity above the rail, and the seizure
would have caused him to lose his balance as the truck created
the bounce and blast of wind, thus causing him to fall off the
· On Nov. 23, 2001 Vladimir Pasechnik, 64, was
found dead in Wiltshire,
not far from his home.
November 21, 2001: World-class
microbiologist and high-profile Russian defector Dr. Vladimir
Pasechnik, 64, dies of a stroke. Pasechnik, who defected to
Britain in 1989, succeeded in producing an aerosolized plague
microbe that could survive outside the laboratory. He was
connected to Britain's spy agency and recently had started his
own company. "In the last few weeks of his life he had
put his research on anthrax at the disposal of the [British]
Government, in the light of the threat from bioterrorism.
He, played a huge role in Russian
biowarfare and helped to figure out how to modify cruise
missiles to deliver the agents of mass biological destruction.
--Background: founded Regma Biotechnologies company in
Britain, a laboratory at Porton Down, the country´s chem-bio
warfare defense establishment. Regma currently has a contract
with the U.S. Navy for "the diagnostic and therapeutic
treatment of anthrax". --Circumstance of Death: The
pathologist who did the autopsy, and who also happened to be
associated with Britain´s spy agency, concluded he died of a
stroke. Details of the postmortem were not revealed at an
inquest, in which the press was given no prior notice.
Colleagues who had worked with Pasechnik said he was in good
On Dec. 10, 2001, Robert Schwartz,
57, was found murdered in his rural home in Loudoun County,
microbiologist: "Dr. Robert Schwartz, 57, was stabbed and
slashed with what police believe was a sword in his farmhouse
in Leesberg, Va. His daughter, who identifies herself as a
pagan high priestess, and three of her fellow pagans have been
charged." [Globe and Mail, 5/4/02] All were part of what
they called a coven, and interested in magic, fantasy and
self-mutilation. The police have no motive as to why they
would have wanted to kill Schwartz, who was a single parent
and said to be very close to his children.
--Expertise: Schwartz was an expert in DNA sequencing and
pathogenic micro-organisms, founding member of the Virginia
Biotechnology Association, and the Executive Director of
Research and Development at Virginia´s Center for Innovative
Technology in Herndon.
SCIENCE IS MIGHTIER
THAN THE SWORD?
Co-workers became concerned when he
didn't show up at his office on Dec. 10. He was later found
dead at his home. Loudoun County Sheriff's officials said
Schwartz was stabbed on Dec. 8 with a sword, and had an "X"
cut into the back of his neck.
Clara, 19, and three others have been charged in the case. The
four are said to have a fascination with fantasy worlds,
witchcraft, and the occult. Kyle Hulbert, 18, who allegedly
committed the murder, has a history of mental illness, and is
reported by the Washington Post to have killed Schwartz to
prevent the murder of Clara. At the request of Clara
Schwartz's attorneys, on Feb. 13 Judge Pamela Grizzle ordered
all new evidence introduced about her role in the case to be
sealed. She also issued a temporary gag order covering the
entire case on police, prosecutors and defense attorneys.
· On Dec, 11, 2001 - Set Van Nguyen, 44, was found dead
in the airlock entrance to a walk-in refrigerator in the
laboratory where he worked in Victoria State, Australia.
- Dead microbiologist:
Nguyen Van Set, 44, dies in an airlock filled with
nitrogen in his lab in Geelong, Australia. The lab had
just been written up in the journal Nature for its work in
genetic manipulation and DNA sequencing. Scientists there
had created a virulent form of mousepox. "They
realized that if similar genetic manipulation was carried
out on smallpox, an unstoppable killer could be
Expertise: animal diseases facility
of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organization had just come to fame for discovering a virulent
strain of mousepox, which could be modified to affect smallpox.
--Circumstance of Death: died at work in Geelong, Australia, in
a laboratory accident. He entered an airlocked storage lab and
died from exposure to nitrogen.
BREATHE DEEPLY, AND
CARRY A BIG STICK
Set Van Nguyen was found dead
on Dec. 11 at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organization's animal diseases facility in Geelong,
Australia. He had worked there 15 years. According to an
article on http://www.rense.com/ by Ian
Gurney, in Jan. 20001 the magazine Nature published
information that two scientists at this facility, using
genetic manipulation and DNA sequencing, had created an
incredibly virulent form of mousepox, a cousin of smallpox.
The researchers were extremely concerned that if similar
manipulation could be done to smallpox, a terrifying weapon
could be unleashed.
According to Victoria Police,
Nguyen died after entering a refrigerated storage facility.
"He did not know the room was full of deadly gas which had
leaked from a liquid nitrogen cooling system. Unable to
breathe, Mr. Nguyen collapsed and died," is the official
Nitrogen is not a "deadly" gas, and is a part
of air. An extreme over-abundance of nitrogen in one's
immediate atmosphere would cause shortness of breath,
lightheadedness, and fatigue -- conditions a biologist would
certainly recognize. Additionally, a leak sufficient to fill
the room with nitrogen would set off alerts, and would be so
massive as to cause a complete loss of cooling, causing the
temperature to rise, which would also set off alerts these
systems are routinely equipped with.
January 2002: Two dead microbiologists: Ivan
Glebov and Alexi Brushlinski
Glebov and Alexi Brushlinski. Glebov died as the result of a
bandit attack and Brushlinski was killed in Moscow. Both were well
known around the world and members of the Russian Academy of
January 28, 2002: David W. Barry,
58 --Expertise: Scientist who co-discovered AZT, the antiviral drug
that is considered the first effective treatment for AIDS.
--Circumstance of Death: unknown
On Feb. 9, 2002 Vladimir Korshunov, 56, was found dead on a
- February 9, 2002: Dead microbiologist:
Victor Korshunov, 56, is bashed over the head and killed
at the entrance of his home in Moscow, Russia. He was the
head of the microbiology sub-faculty at the Russian State
Medical University and an expert in intestinal bacteria.
- FEBRUARY, BLOODY
On Feb. 9 the news publication
Pravda.ru reported that Victor Korshunov had been killed. At
the time, Korshunov was head of the microbiology sub-facility
at the Russian State Medical University. He was found dead in
the entrance to his home with a cranial injury. Pravda reports
that Korshunov had probably invented either a vaccine to
protect against biological weapons, or a weapon
And on Feb. 11, 2002 Ian Langford,
40, was found dead
in his home in Norwich,
- February 11, 2002: Dead microbiologist:
Dr. Ian Langford, 40, is found dead, partially naked and
wedged under a chair in his home in Norwich, England. When
found, his house was described as "blood-spattered
and apparently ransacked." He was one of Europe's
leading experts on environmental risk.
On Feb. 12 a newspaper in Norwich, England
reported the previous day's death of Ian Langford, a senior
researcher at the University of East Anglia. The story went on
to say that police "were not treating the death as
suspicious." The next day, Britain's The Times reported that
Langford was found wedged under a chair "at his
blood-spattered and apparently ransacked home."
February 12 story, from the Eastern Daily Press, reports that
clerks at a store near Langford's home claim he came in on a
daily basis to buy "a big bottle of vodka." Two of the store's
staff also claim Langford had come into the store a few days
earlier wearing "just a jumper and a pair of shoes." None of
the store's staff would give their name.
It is hard to
understand how a man can reach the highest levels of
achievement in a scientific field while drinking "a big bottle
of vodka" on a daily basis, and strolling around his hometown
nearly nude. A Feb. 14 follow-up story from the Eastern Daily
Press says police believe Langford died after suffering "one
or more falls." They say this would account for his head
injuries and large amount of blood found at the death
February 28, 2002: Two dead microbiologists in
San Francisco,Tanya Holzmayer, 46, is shot and killed by a
colleague, Guyang Huang, 38, who then apparently shot himself. February 28, 2002: Two dead microbiologists
in San Francisco: While taking delivery of a pizza, Tanya
Holzmayer, 46, is shot and killed by a colleague, Guyang
Huang, 38, who then apparently shot himself. Holzmayer moved
to the US from Russia in 1989. Her research focused on the
part of the human molecular structure that could be affected
best by medicine. Holzmayer was focusing on helping create new
drugs that interfere with replication of the virus that causes
AIDS. One year earlier, Holzmayer obeyed senior management
orders to fire Huang.
Expertise: a Russian who moved to the U.S. in 1989,
focused on the part of the human molecular structure that
could be affected best by medicine. --Circumstance of
Death: killed by fellow microbiologist Guyang (Matthew)
Huang, who shot her seven times when she opened the door
to a pizza delivery. Then he shot himself.
28, 2002 -- In the four-month period from Nov. 12
through Feb. 11, seven world-class microbiologists in
different parts of the world were reported dead. Six died of
"unnatural" causes, while the cause of the seventh's death is
questionable. Also on Nov. 12, DynCorp, a major government
contractor for data processing, military operations and
intelligence work, was awarded a $322 million contract to
develop, produce and store vaccines for the Department of
Defense. DynCorp and Hadron, both defense contractors
connected to classified research programs on communicable
diseases, have also been linked to a software program known as
PROMIS, which may have helped identify and target the
In the six weeks prior to Nov. 12, two
additional foreign microbiologists were reported dead. Some
believe there were as many as five more microbiologists killed
during the period, bringing the total as high as 14. These two
to seven additional deaths, however, are not the focus of this
story. This same period also saw the deaths of three persons
involved in medical research or public health.
- March 24, 2002: Dead microbiologist: David
- March 24, 2002: Dead microbiologist: David
Wynn-Williams, 55, is hit by a car while jogging near his home
in Cambridge, England. He was an astrobiologist with the
Antarctic Astrobiology Project and the NASA Ames Research
Center. He was studying the capability of microbes to adapt to
environmental extremes, including the bombardment of
ultraviolet rays and global warming.
- March 25, 2002: Dead microbiologist: Steven
- March 25, 2002: Dead microbiologist: Steven
Mostow, 63, dies when the airplane he was piloting crashes
near Denver, Colorado. He worked at the Colorado Health
Sciences Centre and was known as "Dr. Flu" for his
expertise in treating influenza, and expertise on bioterrorism.
Mostow was one of the country's leading infectious disease
- June 24, 2003: Dr. Leland
Rickman, a UC San
Diego expert on infectious diseases
- June 24, 2003: Dr. Leland Rickman, a UC San
Diego expert on infectious diseases and, since Sept. 11, 2001 a
consultant on bioterrorism. He was 47. Rickman died while on a
teaching assignment in Lesotho, a small country bordered on all
sides by South Africa. He had complained of a headache, but the
cause of death was not immediately known. The physician had been
working in Lesotho with Dr. Chris Mathews, director of the UC San
Diego Medical Center's Owen Clinic, teaching African medical
personnel about the prevention and treatment of AIDS.Rickman, the
incoming president of the Infectious Disease Assn. of California,
was a multidisciplinary professor and practitioner with expertise
in infectious diseases, internal medicine, epidemiology,
microbiology and antibiotic utilization
August 05, 2002: David R.
Knibbs, PhD., 49
--Expertise: Director of Electron Microscopy at Hartford Hospital and had a
doctorate in pathobiology from the University of Connecticut. He also served as
an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford. --Circumstance of
Death: He collapsed and died after an evening run (one of his joys in life).
Nov. 12, 2002: Benito
Que, 52 --Expertise: Expert in
infectious diseases and cellular biology at the Miami Medical School
--Circumstance of Death: Que left his laboratory after receiving a telephone
call. Shortly afterward he was found comatose in the parking lot of the Miami
Medical School. He died without regaining consciousness on December 6th. Police said he had
suffered a heart attack. His family insisted he had been in perfect health and
claimed four men attacked him. But, later, oddly, the family inquest returned a
verdict of death by natural causes.
Dr. Benito Que, 52,
was "an expert in infectious diseases and cellular
biology at the Miami Medical School. Police originally
suspected that he had been beaten on in a carjacking in
the medical school's parking lot. Strangely enough,
though, his body showed no signs of a beating.
The public relations office at the
University of Miami Medical School said only that Benito Que
was a cell biologist, involved in oncology research in the
hematology department. This research relies heavily on DNA
sequencing studies. The circumstances of his death raise more
questions than they answer.
Que had left his job at a
research laboratory at the University of Miami Medical School,
apparently heading for his Ford Explorer parked on NW 10th
Avenue. The Miami Herald, referring to the death as an
"incident," reported he had no wallet on him, and quoted Miami
police as saying his death may have been the result of a
mugging. Police made this statement while at the same time
saying there was a lack of visible trauma to Que's body. There
is firm belief among Que's friends and family that the PhD was
attacked by four men, at least one of whom had a baseball bat.
Que's death has now been officially ruled "natural," caused by
cardiac arrest. Both the Dade County medical examiner and the
Miami Police would not comment on the case, saying only that
it is closed.
Benito Que, 52, and Don Wiley, 57. Both
microbiologists had been engaged in DNA sequencing that could
provide "a genetic marker based on genetic
profiling." The research could play an important role in
developing weaponized pathogens to hit selected groups of
humans" identifying them by race.
April 2003: Carlo
Urbani, 46 --Expertise: A
dedicated and internationally respected Italian epidemiologist, who did work of
enduring value combating infectious illness around the world. --Circumstance of
Death: Died in Bangkok from SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) - the new
disease that he had helped to identify. Thanks to his prompt action, the
epidemic was contained in Vietnam. However, because of close daily contact with
SARS patients, he contracted the infection. On March 11, he was admitted to a
hospital in Bangkok and isolated. Less than three weeks later he died.
June 24, 2003: Dr. Leland Rickman of
--Expertise: An expert in infectious disease who helped the county prepare to
fight bioterrorism after Sept. 11. --Circumstance of Death: He was in the
African nation of Lesotho with Dr. Chris Mathews of UCSD, the director of the
university's Owen Clinic for AIDS patients. Dr. Rickman had complained of a
headache and had gone to lie down. When he didn't appear for dinner, Mathews
checked on him and found him dead. A cause has not yet been determined.
July 18, 2003: Dr. David
Kelly, age 49 - a British
biological weapons expert - Expertise:
Biological warfare weapons specialist, senior post at the Ministry of Defense,
an expert on DNA sequencing when he was head of microbiology at Porton Down and
worked with two American scientists, Benito Que, 52, and Don Wiley, 57. --Helped
Vladimir Pasechnik found Regma Biotechnologies, which has a contract with the
U.S. Navy for "the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of anthrax"
--Circumstance of Death: He was found dead after seemingly slashing his wrist in
a wooded area near his home at Southmoor, Oxfordshire.
- David Kelly, was a British biological
weapons expert, was said to have slashed his own wrists while
walking near his home. Kelly was the Ministry of Defence's chief
scientific officer and senior adviser to the proliferation and
arms control secretariat, and to the Foreign Office's
non-proliferation department. The senior adviser on biological
weapons to the UN biological weapons inspections teams(Unscom)
from 1994 to 1999, he was also, in the opinion of his peers,
pre-eminent in his field, not only in this country, but in the
to American Free Press
David Kelly—the biological
warfare weapons specialist at the heart of the continuing political
crisis for the British government—had links to three other top
microbiologists whose deaths have left unanswered questions.
The 59-year-old British scientist was
involved with ultra secret work at Israel’s Institute for Biological
Re search. Israeli sources claim Kelly met institute scientists
several times in London in the past two years.
Israel has not signed the Biological
Weapons and Toxins Convention, an international treaty ratified by
more than 140 countries. It forbids the development, possession and
use of offensive biological and chemical weapons.
The CIA, FBI and MI5 are now examining
Kelly’s connections. Their findings could form part of the British
government’s inquiry into the background of Kelly’s death, which
opened last week.
The intelligence investigation is
believed to have originated in Washington, where it emerged that Kelly
had contacts with two companies in the U.S. bio-defense industry.
One of the men he was in touch with was
a former Russian defector, Kamovtjan Alibekov. When he arrived in
America, he changed his name to Ken Alibek. He is now president of
Hadron Advanced Biosystems—a company specializing in medicines
against biological terrorist attacks. Kelly was himself considering
resigning from his senior post at the Ministry of Defense to work in
America. Before his death, he had been discreetly headhunted by two
companies. One was Hadron Advanced Biosystems, which has close ties to
Hadron describes itself as “a company
specializing in the development of technical solutions for the U.S.
intelligence community.” Hadron also has links to William Patrick,
who has five classified patents on the process of developing
weaponized anthrax. He is a biowarfare consultant to both the Pentagon
and the CIA.
The other company is Regma
Biotechnologies—one that Kelly helped its founder, Vladimir
Pasechnik, to set up in Britain, arranging for it to have a laboratory
at Porton Down, the country’s chem-bio warfare defense
Regma currently has a contract with the
U.S. Navy for “the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of
Kelly had told family friends he wanted
to go to America so that he could obtain the specialized treatment his
wife, Janice, requires. “He also felt that working in the U.S.
private sector would relieve him of the intense pressures which came
with his government work,” said a colleague in the Ministry of
The two American scientists he had
worked with were Benito Que, 52, and Don Wiley, 57. Both
microbiologists had been engaged in DNA sequencing that could provide
“a genetic marker based on genetic profiling.” The research could
play an important role in developing weaponized pathogens to hit
selected groups of humans—identifying them by race. Two years ago,
both men were found dead, in circumstances never fully explained.
In November 2001, Que left his
laboratory after receiving a telephone call. Shortly afterward he was
found comatose in the parking lot of the Miami Medical School. He died
without regaining consciousness.
Police said he had suffered a heart
attack. His family insisted he had been in perfect health and claimed
four men attacked him. But, later, oddly, the family inquest returned
a verdict of death by natural causes.
Many questions remain about Que’s
Who was the mystery caller who sent Que
hurrying from his lab hours before he was scheduled to leave? What
attempts did the police make to track the four mystery men—after
admitting Que was the “probable” victim of an attempt to steal his
car? What were his links to the U.S. Department of Defense? What
happened to his sensitive research into DNA sequencing? How close were
his connections to Kelly?
A few days after Que died, Wiley
disappeared off a bridge spanning the Mississippi River. He had just
left a banquet for fellow researchers in Memphis.
Weeks later, Wiley’s body was found
300 miles down river. As with Que, his family said he was in perfect
health. There was no autopsy. The local medical examiner returned a
verdict of accidental death. It was suggested he had a dizzy spell and
fell off the bridge.
Again, there remain many unanswered
questions concerning Wiley’s demise:
Why did Wiley park his car on the
bridge? Why did he leave the keys in the ignition and his lights on?
Why was Wiley’s car facing in the opposite direction from his
father’s house, which was only a short distance away? What happened
to his research into DNA sequencing? How close were his connections to
Kelly, himself an expert on DNA
sequencing when he was head of microbiology at Porton Down, had been
kept fully abreast of the two men’s research.
The death of a third
microbiologist—Vladimir Pasechnik, 64—has left even more
Kelly had played a key role in
debriefing Pasechnik when he fled to Britain in 1989, bringing with
him details of Russian plans to use cruise missiles to spread smallpox
and plague, the Black Death of medieval times, which killed a third of
Europe’s population. Before the plans could be brought to
completion, the Soviet Union had collapsed. Pasechnik had warned Kelly
and his MI6 debriefers that the weapons could be used by terror
groups—using missiles obtained from China or North Korea.
Kelly, with government approval, had
helped Pasechnik create Regma Biotechnologies. Regma was allowed to
set up a laboratory in Porton Down.
Research there is classified as top
secret. However, in August 2002, the company obtained a contract with
the U.S. Navy for “the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of
On Nov. 16, 2001, Pasechnik was found
dead in bed—10 days after he and Wiley had met in Boston to discuss
the latest developments in DNA sequencing.
It was only a month later that
Christopher Davis, a former MI6 officer and a specialist in DNA
sequencing as a potential weapon, announced Pasechnik’s death.
Davis had retired from MI6 and settled
in Great Falls, Va. He confirmed to a reporter that Pasechnik was
dead—from a stroke—a month after the microbiologist had been
Details of the postmortem were not
revealed at an inquest, in which the press was given no prior notice.
Colleagues who had worked with Pasechnik said he was in good health.
Why was it left to Davis to announce
Pasechnik’s death? Who authorized the announcement? Did an MI6
pathologist conduct the autopsy, as one source close to the service
claims? Why did Pasechnik continue to visit Porton Down up to a week
before his death? Who authorized his security clearance to enter one
of the most restricted establishments in Britain?
Kelly’s links to the Institute of
Biological Research in the Tel Aviv suburb of Nes Zions are also
His connection to the secret biological
plant began in October 2001, shortly after a commercial flight en
route from Israel to Novosibirsk in Siberia was blown up over the
Black Sea by a Ukrainian surface-to-air missile.
All on board the flight were killed,
including five Russian microbiologists returning to their research
institute in Novosibirsk—a city known as the scientific capital of
Siberia. It has 50 facilities and 13 universities.
Many questions remain about the death of
these five scientists. Why did Mossad send a team to Ukraine to
investigate the crash? What became of their report after it was
submitted to the Israeli government? Why do the Ukrainian authorities
still insist they cannot reveal the name of the dead microbiologists?
Did Pasechnik know them—or, more importantly, did Kelly?
The Institute for Biological Research is
one of the most secret places in Israel. Only Dimona, the country’s
nuclear facility in the Negev desert, is surrounded by more secrecy.
Most of the institute’s 12 acres of facilities are underground.
Laboratories are only reached through airlocks.
There have been persistent reports that
the institute is also engaged in DNA sequencing research. One former
member of the Knesset, Dedi Zucker, caused a storm in the Israeli
Parliament when he claimed that the institute was “trying to create
an ethnic specific weapon” in which Arabs could be targeted by
MOSSAD (Israels Secret Service) Liquidates
310 Iraqi Scientists Mathaba.net 10-31-4 More than 310 Iraqi
scientists are thought to have perished at the hands of Israeli secret
agents in Iraq since fall of Baghdad to US troops in April 2003, a
seminar has found. The Iraqi ambassador in Cairo, Ahmad al-Iraqi,
accused Israel of sending to Iraq immediately after the US invasion 'a
commando unit' charged with the killing of Iraqi scientists.
"Israel has played a prominent role in liquidating Iraqi
scientists. The campaign is part of a Zionist plan to kill Arab and
Muslim scientists working in applied research which Israel sees as
threatening its interests," al-Iraqi said. http://mathaba.net/x.htm?http://mathaba.ne...x.shtml?x=80029
Oct 11, 2003: Michael
Perich, 46 --Expertise: LSU
professor who helped fight the spread of the West Nile virus. Perich worked with
the East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Control and Rodent Abatement District to
determine whether mosquitoes in the area carried West Nile. --Circumstance of
Death: Walker Police Chief Elton Burns said Sunday that Perich of 5227 River
Bend Blvd., Baton Rouge, crashed his Ford pickup truck about 4:30 a.m. Saturday,
while heading west on Interstate 12 in Livingston Parish. Perich's truck veered
right off the highway about 3 miles east of Walker, flipped and landed in
rainwater, Burns said. Perich, who was wearing his seat belt, drowned. The cause
of the crash is under investigation, Burns said. "Mike is one of the few
entomologists with the experience to go out and save lives today." ~ Robert
A. Wirtz, chief of entomology at the federal Centers for Disease Control and
November 20, 2003: Scientist Robert Leslie
Burghoff, 45 was killed by a hit and run driver that
jumped the curb and ploughed into him in the 1600 block of South
Braeswood, Texas. He was studying the virus plaguing cruise
ships. April 2004: Mohammed Munim al-Izmerly, a distinguished
Iraqi chemistry professor dies in American custody from a sudden
hit to the back of his head caused by blunt trauma. He
was killed by a mysterious white van in November of 2003 --Circumstance of
Death: Burghoff was walking on a sidewalk along the 1600 block of South
Braeswood when a white van jumped the curb and hit him at 1:35 p.m. Thursday,
police said. The van then sped away. Burghoff died an hour later at Memorial
At first it was
uncertain exactly how he died, that someone had hit him from
behind, possibly with a bar or a pistol. His battered corpse
turned up at Baghdad's morgue and the cause of death was
initially recorded as "brainstem compression". It was
discovered that US doctors had made a 20cm incision in his
December 18, 2003: Robert
Aranosia, 61 --Expertise:
Oakland County deputy medical examiner --Circumstance of Death: He was driving
south on I-75 when his pickup truck went off the freeway near a bridge over the
Kawkawlin River. The vehicle rolled over several times before landing in the
median. Aranosia was thrown from the vehicle and ended up on the shoulder of the
northbound lanes. January 6, 2004: Dr Richard Stevens, 54 --Expertise: A
haematologist. (Haematologists analyse the cellular composition of blood and
blood producing tissues eg bone marrow) --Circumstance of Death: Disappeared
after arriving for work on 21 July, 2003. A doctor whose disappearance sparked a
national manhunt, killed himself because he could not cope with the stress of a
secret affair, a coroner has ruled.
January 23 2004
As many of you are probably aware , there has recently been a rash of
mysterious deaths among microbiologists.
Within the past week two biosafety experts , both who had evidently
been involved with a lab upgrade at University Of Texas Medical
Branch, have died.
Dr. Robert Shope was 74 and was reported to have died from pulmonary
fibrosis. This disease can be caused by viruses or bacteria. In the
last two years, Dr Shope worked on a Defense Department project to
develop antidotes to viral agents that terrorists might use. Dr.
Shope was Co-Director of The
World Arbovirus Reference Center. They maintain a large collection of
viruses which are made available to researchers worldwide.
--Expertise: One of the world's top experts on viruses and infectious illnesses
who was the principal author of a highly publicized 1992 report by the National
Academy of Sciences warning of the possible emergence of new and unsettling
infectious illnesses. He had accumulated his own collection of virus samples
gathered from all over the world and worked on a Defense Department project to
develop antidotes to viral agents that terrorists might use. --Circumstance of
Death: The cause was complications of a lung transplant he received in December,
said his daughter Deborah Shope of Galveston. Dr. Shope had pulmonary fibrosis,
a disease of unknown origin that scars the lungs.
Dr. Michael Patrick Kiley died Jan. 24. 2004 He was 62. He was reported to have
died from a heart attack. He was the Chief Biosafety Officer for the
U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture.
Expertise: One of the world's leading microbiologists and an expert in
developing and overseeing multiple levels of biocontainment facilities. He was
at the forefront in the early studies of Lassa fever, the Ebola virus and mad
cow disease while at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga.
--Circumstance of Death: Died of massive heart attack. Coincidently, both Dr.
Shope and Dr. Kiley were working on the lab upgrade to BSL 4 at the UTMB
Galvaston lab for Homeland Security. The lab would have to be secure to house
some of the deadliest pathogens of tropical and emerging infectious disease as
well as bioweaponized ones.
Being a level 4 lab means that the lab
can now work with the most dangerous microbes known to man. Plum
Island is another lab seeking this same upgrade for the purpose of
I will let you readers draw your own conclusions. 74 is not a young
age at which to die and supposedly Michael Kiley died from a heart
attack. However, it does seem extremely coincidental that these two
scientists have died within such a short time of each other
March 13, 2004: Vadake Srinivasan --Expertise: Was
one of the most-accomplished and respected industrial biologists in academia,
and held two doctorate degrees. --Circumstance of Death: He died in a mysterious
single car accident in Baton Rouge, La. Crashed car into a guard rail and ruled
April 12, 2004: Ilsley
Ingram, 84 --Expertise: Director of the
Supraregional Haemophilia Reference Centre and the Supraregional Centre for the
Diagnosis of Bleeding Disorders at the St. Thomas Hospital in London.
--Circumstance of Death: unknown
May 5, 2004: William T.
--Expertise: NJ University Professor and Senior programmer analyst and adjunct
professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. --Circumstance of
Death: His dismembered body was found floating in three suitcases in the
May 14, 2004: Dr.
A Norwich Free Academy graduate, 56,
died after being beaten to death during an alleged robbery.
Mallove was well respected for his knowledge of cold fusion. He
had just published an open letter outlining the results of and
reasons for his last 15 years in the field of new energy
research. Dr. Mallove was convinced it was only a matter of
months before the world would actually see a free energy device.
May 25, 2004: Antonina Presnyakova
--Expertise: Former Soviet
biological weapons laboratory in Siberia --Circumstance of Death: Died after
accidentally sticking herself with a needle laced with Ebola.
Scientists and officials said the
accident had raised concerns about safety and secrecy at the
State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, known as
Vector, which in Soviet times specialized in turning deadly
viruses into biological weapons. Vector has been a leading
recipient of aid in an American programme.
June 22, 2004: Astronomer and physicist,
Austrian born Thomas Gold , age 84
over the years for a variety of bold theories that flout
conventional wisdom died of heart failure. Golds theory of the
deep hot biosphere holds important ramifications for the
possibility of life on other planets, including seemingly
inhospitable planets within our own solar system. He was
Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Cornell University and was
the founder (and for 20 years director) of Cornell Center for
Radiophysics and Space Research. He was also involved in air
He was a close colleague of Planetary
Society co-founder Carl Sagan. Gold was famous for his provocative,
controversial, and sometimes outrageous theories. Gold's theory of the deep hot
biosphere holds important ramifications for the possibility of life on other
planets, including seemingly inhospitable planets within our own solar system.
Gold sparked controversy in 1955 when he suggested that the Moon's surface is
covered with a fine rock powder. --Circumstance of Death: Died of heart failure.
June 24, 2004: Dr. Assefa
Tulu, 45 --Expertise: Dr.
Tulu joined the health department in 1997 and served for five years as the
county's lone epidemiologist. He was charged with tracking the health of the
county, including the spread of diseases, such as syphilis, AIDS and measles. He
also designed a system for detecting a bioterrorism attack involving viruses or
bacterial agents. Tulu often coordinated efforts to address major health
concerns in Dallas County, such as the West Nile virus outbreaks of the past few
years, and worked with the media to inform the public. --Circumstance of Death:
Dallas County's chief epidemiologist, was found at his desk, died of a stroke.
June 29, 2004: John Mullen, 67 --Expertise: A
nuclear research scientist with McDonnell Douglas. --Circumstance of Death: Died
from a huge dose of poisonous arsenic. (Note: McDonnell Douglas did not exist in
2004. It merged with Boeing in 1997.) July 1, 2004: Edward Hoffman, 62
--Expertise: Aside from his role as a professor, Hoffman held leadership
positions within the UCLA medical community. Worked to develop the first human
PET scanner in 1973 at Washington University in St. Louis. --Circumstance of
July 2, 2004: Larry
Bustard, 53 --Expertise: A
Sandia scientist who helped develop a foam spray to clean up congressional
buildings and media sites during the anthrax scare in 2001. Worked at Sandia
National Laboratories in Albuquerque. His team came up with a new technology
used against biological and chemical agents. --Circumstance of Death: unknown
July 3, 2004: Dr Paul
Norman, 52, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, was killed when the
single-engine Cessna 206 he was piloting crashed in Devon. He
was married with a 14-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter.
He was the chief scientist for chemical and biological defence
at the Ministry of Defences laboratory at Porton Down,
Wiltshire. He traveled the world lecturing on the subject of weapons of mass
destruction. --Circumstance of Death: Died when the Cessna 206 crashed shortly
after taking off from Dunkeswell Airfield on Sunday. A father and daughter also
died at the scene, and 44-year-old parachute instructor and Royal Marine Major
Mike Wills later died in the hospital. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wiltshire/3860995.stm
The crash site was examined by officials from the Air
Accidents Investigation Branch and the wreckage of the aircraft
was removed from the site to the AAIB base at Farnborough.
July 6, 2004: Stephen
Tabet, 42 --Expertise:
An associate professor and epidemiologist at the University of Washington. A
world-renowned HIV doctor and researcher who worked with HIV patients in a
vaccine clinical trial for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. --Circumstance of
Death: Died of an unknown illness
July 21, 2004: Dr Bassem
al-Mudares' mutilated body was found in the city of
Samarra, Iraq*. He was a phD chemist and had been tortured
before being killed.
July 21, 2004:
Dr. John Badwey 54 --Expertise: Scientist and accidental politician when he
opposed disposal of sewage waste program of exposing humans to sludge.
Biochemist at Harvard Medical School specializing in infectious diseases.
--Circumstance of Death: Suddenly developed pneumonia like symptoms then died in
July 29, 2004: 67-year-old John
Mullen, a nuclear research scientist with McDonnell
Douglas dies from a huge dose of poisonous arsenic. Police
investigating will not say how Mullen was exposed to the arsenic
or where it came from. At the time of his death he was doing
contract work for Boeing.
August 12, 2004: Professor
John Clark, head of the science lab which created Dolly
the sheep, was found hanging in his holiday home. Prof Clark led
the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, one of the worlds leading
animal biotechnology research centres. He played a crucial role
in creating the transgenic sheep that earned the institute
worldwide fame. Prof Clark also founded three spin-out firms
from Roslin - PPL Therapeutics, Rosgen and Roslin BioMed. -Circumstance of Death: He was found
hanging in his holiday home.
September 5, 2004: Mohammed
Toki Hussein al-Talakani Iraqi nuclear scientist* was
shot dead in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad. He was a practising
nuclear physicist since 1984.
--Circumstance of Death: He was shot dead in
Mahmudiya, south of
October 13, 2004: Matthew
Allison, 32 --Expertise:
(please help provide information - thank you MJH) Fatal explosion of a car
parked at an Osceola County, Fla., Wal-Mart store was no accident, Local 6 News
has learned. Found inside a burned car. Witnesses said the man left the store at
about 11 p.m. and entered his Ford Taurus car when it exploded. Investigators
said they found a Duraflame log and propane canisters on the front passenger's
November 2, 2004: John R. La Montagne
Head of US Infectious Diseases unit under Tommie Thompson. Was NIAID Deputy
Director. --Circumstance of Death: Died while in Mexico, no cause stated.
December 21, 2004: Taleb
Ibrahim al-Daher Iraqi nuclear scientist was shot dead
north of Baghdad by unknown gunmen. He was on his way to work at
Diyala University when armed men opened fire on his car as it
was crossing a bridge in Baqouba, 57 km northeast of Baghdad.
The vehicle swerved off the bridge and fell into the Khrisan
river. Al-Daher, who was a professor at the local university,
was removed from the submerged car and rushed to Baqouba
hospital where he was pronounced dead.
December 29, 2004: Tom Thorne and Beth
Williams --Expertise: Two wild life scientists, Husband-and-wife
wildlife veterinarians who were nationally prominent experts on
chronic wasting disease and brucellosis --Circumstance of Death: They
were killed in a snowy-weather crash on U.S. 287 in northern Colorado.
Squad seeks tips
in death of researcher
January 7, 2005: Korean Jeong
H. Im, retired research assistant professor at the
University of Missouri - Columbia and primarily a protein
chemist, died of multiple stab wounds to the chest before
firefighters found in his body in the trunk of a burning
car on the third level of the Maryland Avenue Garage. MUPD
with the assistance of the Columbia Police Department and
Columbia Fire Department are conducting a death
investigation of the incident. A person of interest
described as a male 6 62 wearing some type of mask
possible a painters mask or drywall type mask was seen in
the area of the Maryland Avenue Garage.
By MIKE WELLS of the Tribune’s staff
Published Sunday, January 9, 2005
A retired research assistant professor at the University of
Missouri-Columbia died of multiple stab wounds before firefighters
found in his body in the trunk of a burning car Friday.
Boone County Medical Examiner Valerie Rao said after an autopsy that
Jeong H. Im, 72, of Columbia was stabbed several times, but she
declined to elaborate.
MU police yesterday named Im as the victim. His body was found in
the trunk of his burning white, 1995 Honda inside the Maryland Avenue
parking garage, MU police Capt. Brian Weimer said.
The case was under investigation by the Mid-Missouri Major Case
Squad. No arrests had been made by last night.
Weimer spoke to reporters at a news conference yesterday in Jesse
Hall but declined to discuss details such as whether a murder weapon
was recovered or the cause of the fire.
Rao also was cautious about discussing the investigation. Regarding
questions on the estimated time of death, the number of wounds, the
type of weapon or the fire, she said, "We don’t want to release
any of that information because it’s so crucial to what the police
Police yesterday hadn’t ruled out robbery as a motive.
"All possibilities are being looked at right now," Weimer
Im was primarily a protein chemist. Mark McIntosh, chairman of the
MU department of molecular microbiology and immunology, said he
doubted the crime could have been the act of an angry student.
"He’s a 72-year-old and pretty much keeps to himself, and so
I can’t imagine that it was anything more than some random
act," he said.
Police were trying to find an unknown person who used a campus
emergency phone to report the fire, Weimer said. Police want that
person to contact them again.
Weimer also asked the public for help in identifying a man - 6 feet
to 6 feet, 2 inches tall - who was seen in the garage area wearing
some type of mask, possibly a drywall or painter’s mask.
That individual is a "person of interest," Weimer said,
and not a suspect.
"There could be a valid reason for someone like this to be in
the garage," he said.
At about 6 p.m. Friday, MU Police Chief Jack Watring activated the
major case squad. It’s the first homicide investigation on the
campus in nearly 16 years. The request drew in 28 squad members from
various law enforcement agencies, including the Columbia Police
Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Im’s wife, Tesuk Im, declined comment yesterday when contacted at
her Columbia home.
The parking garage serves employees of MU and University of
Missouri Health Care as well as employees of and visitors to the
Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center.
Weimer said investigators were still trying to determine the
timeframe for the crime. Anyone who was in or near the garage from
early morning to afternoon Friday has been asked to call MU police at
882-7203 or CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.
"By all means, let us sort it out," he said.
"Please, give us a call and let us know what you saw."
Tribune reporter Megan Means contributed to this report.
January 24, 2005: Roger L.
Blair, 54 --Expertise: He worked for the Kennedy Space center as a
micro-biologist and most recently for Wuesthoff Medical Center as a Medical
Laboratory Technician. --Circumstance of Death: Died suddenly
April 5, 2005: Barbara Kalow,
45 --Expertise: A FEDERAL government veterinary scientist and was a researcher
before being hired by the feds in 1992 as a meat inspector. She then moved to
veterinary biologics and was promoted to the science branch to advise on animal
health issues. --Circumstance of Death: She died of asphyxiation after being
smothered by a pillow in her hotel room while on vacation in Arizona.
May 5, 2004: William T.
McGuire, 39 --Expertise: NJ
University Professor and Senior programmer analyst and adjunct professor at the
New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. --Circumstance of Death: His
dismembered body was found floating in three suitcases in the Chesapeake Bay.
April 18, 2005: Douglas
Passaro, 43 --Expertise: He was an associate professor of epidemiology at
the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and had been an
outbreak investigator with the Epidemic Intelligence Service for the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention before completing an Infectious Diseases
Fellowship at Stanford University in 2001. --Circumstance of Death: Died
suddenly at his Oak Park home.
May 8, 2005: David Banks,
55 --Expertise: He was the principal scientist with Biosecurity Australia and
was involved in containing pest and disease threats. His primary mission was
protecting livestock and plants in the country, and keeping diseases from
crossing into Australia. He was an expert in the propagation of diseases by
insect vectors, among other things. --Circumstance of Death: He died along with
15 other people when the commuter plane he was traveling in went down in
May 20, 2005: Robert J. Lull,
64 --Expertise: A prominent physician at San Francisco General Hospital who once
headed the San Francisco Medical Society. Lull focused on improvements in
diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer. Lull was a highly revered expert in
the field of nuclear medicine, a specialty that performs diagnostic screens such
as bone scans for cancer patients. Last year, Lull lectured in San Francisco
about the threat of nuclear terrorism. --Circumstance of Death: He was found
stabbed to death inside the doorway of his Diamond Heights home.
June 7, 2005: Leonid
Strachunsky (age unknown) --Expertise: World Health
Organization expert and director of the Anti-Microbe Therapy
Research Institute who specialized in creating microbes
resistant to biological weapons, to the hepatitis outbreak.
--Circumstance of Death: He was found dead in his hotel room in
Moscow, where he came from Smolensk en route to the United
States. He had been hit on the head with a champagne bottle, and
some of his possessions were missing.
May 22, 2006 Dr. Lee Jong Wook - age 61 -
Dr. Lee Jong Wook, 61, World Public Health Leader, Dies
Dr. Lee Jong Wook, who led the World Health Organization as its director
general as it struggled to cope with the spread of SARS,
flu and other public health menaces, died yesterday in Geneva, where he
was to attend the organization's annual meeting. He was 61.
Spain's minister of health, Elena Salgado, announced Dr.
Lee's death minutes before he was to have spoken to representatives of the
agency's 192 member countries at the opening session of its weeklong meeting,
known as the World Health Assembly. The organization, based in Geneva, is
overseen by the United
Dr. Lee suddenly fell ill on Saturday at a luncheon sponsored
by the Chinese delegation, an official who was present said. He suffered a
stroke and doctors performed emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his
brain, the organization said.
Over the last 23 years, Dr. Lee had worked his way up the
organization's ladder to become director general, its sixth, in July 2003, and
the first South Korean to head a major international agency.
His term was to expire in 2008. Dr. Anders Nordstrom, an
assistant director, will serve as interim director general.
The United Nations secretary general, Kofi
Annan, said Dr. Lee had been "a strong voice for the right of every
man, woman and child to health prevention and care, and advocated on behalf of
the very poorest people."
Dr. Barry Bloom, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health,
who worked with Dr. Lee on tuberculosis,
said that Dr. Lee "may not have been smooth or highly articulate, but he
was enormously effective in getting his goals accomplished."
A number of other public health experts, however, said
yesterday that Dr. Lee's tenure had not been as successful as they had hoped.
On taking office, he championed an AIDS
treatment program known as "3 by 5." It promised to make
antiretroviral therapy accessible to three million people by the end of 2005,
most of them in poor countries. The effort fell short of its goal by about a
But Dr. William H. Foege, an international expert in public
health, said the failure to achieve the "3 by 5" goal was
"insignificant compared to the courage of promoting a vision of what the
world should be doing."
Dr. Lee later urged governments and private organizations to
make anti-H.I.V. drugs universally accessible by 2010. He also encouraged health
ministers to explore the role of social factors like illiteracy, poverty, and
unemployment in engendering poor health, Dr. Foege said.
Dr. Lee directed programs to rid many countries of polio
and had hoped to eradicate it. That goal, too, has proved elusive, largely
because the disease spread from Nigeria to 23 other countries after officials in
the northern province of Kano temporarily banned polio immunizations.
The World Health Organization was also saddled with low
morale during Dr. Lee's term. Many of its 8,000 staff members participated in a
one-day strike earlier this year, the first in the organization's 53-year
history. But on Monday more than 1,000 staff members jammed a hall in Geneva to
pay tribute to him, an organization spokeswoman said.
Dr. Lee had strenuously campaigned to become director
general, defeating Dr. Peter Piot, the executive director of the United Nations
AIDS program, on a seventh ballot by the organization's executive board. A
number of health experts had complained that Dr. Lee acted more like a
politician than a scientist. But he said in an interview in 2003 that "you
can't make it to this position without being a politician."
Dr. Lee took over in the wake of the SARS epidemic
and moved into the forefront of efforts to thwart the spread of the A(H5N1)
avian influenza virus,
pressing governments to develop emergency plans should national pandemics ensue.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Dr. Lee was 5 years old when he, his
mother and two brothers had to march 250 miles in 60 days through a bitterly
cold winter to be reunited with his father during the Korean War. "The
first thing he did was take us to a bakery for cookies," Dr. Lee said in an
interview in 2003. "I cried."
His father and one brother went into politics, but Dr. Lee
said that his mother pushed him toward medicine as a way to earn a steady
living. After receiving a medical degree from Seoul National University, he
dropped out and enrolled at the University of Hawaii to study public health, out
of a belief, he said, that he could do more good that way.
He earned a master's degree in public health but never
finished his preventive medicine residency, choosing instead to take his first
job with W.H.O. in 1983 working in the field on leprosy in Fiji.
Dr. Lee is survived by his wife, Reiko, and one son, Tad.
Dennis Lee and Stanley Meyers drove together in Stanley's
water powered car from California to New York using about 28 gallons of Water.
Stan was subsequently conscripted to work for the Pentagon and then was
murdered by poison when he hoisted a toast to success powering Army Tanks with
the hydrogen in water.
8-1-08 - Bruce E. Ivins - Dead Army vaccine scientist
eyed in anthrax probe (They say that he committed suicide?)
WASHINGTON - An Army scientist committed suicide before federal prosecutors
could charge him with mailing anthrax-laced letters in the weeks following the
Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Authorities said Friday the letters may have been part of a warped plan to test
his vaccine for the deadly poison.
The scientist, Bruce E. Ivins, worked at the
Army's biological warfare labs at Ft. Detrick, Md.,
for 18 years until his death on Tuesday. He had a
long history of homicidal threats, according to
papers recently filed in local court by a social
The developments marked an
unexpected turn in an episode that rattled a nation
shaken only a few weeks earlier by the terror
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Letters containing
anthrax powder turned up at congressional offices,
newsrooms and elsewhere, killing five and sending
numerous victims to hospitals with anthrax
Ivins' attorney asserted the scientist's
innocence and said he had been cooperating with
investigators for more than a year. "We are saddened
by his death, and disappointed that we will not have
the opportunity to defend his good name and
reputation in a court of law," said Paul F. Kemp.
For years, the only known suspect in the
investigation dubbed "Amerithrax" had been
Steven Hatfill, a colleague of Ivins, who has
since been exonerated.
Ivins had worked for more than a decade to
develop an anthrax vaccine that was effective even
in cases where different strains of anthrax were
mixed, which made vaccines ineffective, according to
federal documents reviewed by the AP. In his
research, he complained about the limitations of
testing anthrax drugs on animals.
Several U.S. officials, all of whom discussed
the ongoing investigation on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorized to speak to the
media, said prosecutors were closing in on the
62-year-old Ivins for the
2001 anthrax attacks.
Authorities had been investigating whether the
anthrax was released to test new drugs. They were
planning an indictment that would have sought the
death penalty for the attacks, officials said.
Justice Department released a brief statement
Friday afternoon saying, "substantial progress has
been made in the investigation by bringing to bear
new and sophisticated scientific tools." The
statement did not identify Ivins. It said
investigative documents remain sealed but the
department expects to release more information soon.
Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to
close the investigation, officials said, meaning
authorities are still not certain whether
Ivins acted alone or had help. One official close to
the case said that decision was expected within
days. If the case is closed soon, one official said,
that will indicate that Ivins was the lone suspect.
White House press secretary Dana Perino said
President Bush was aware there were "about to
be developments" in the case but did not elaborate.
Ivins died Tuesday at Frederick Memorial
Hospital in Maryland. Tom Ivins, a brother of the
scientist, told The Associated Press that his other
brother, Charles, had told him that Bruce committed
suicide and Tylenol might have been involved. The
Los Angeles Times, which first reported that Ivins
was under suspicion, said the scientist had taken a
massive dose of a prescription Tylenol mixed with
Kemp said his client's death was the result of
the government's "relentless pressure of accusation
Friends, colleagues and court documents paint
a picture of a brilliant scientist with a troubled
side. Maryland court documents show he recently
received psychiatric treatment and he was ordered to
stay away from a woman he was accused of stalking
and threatening to kill.
Social worker Jean C. Duley filed handwritten
court documents last week saying she was preparing
to testify before a grand jury. She said the
FBI was involved and that Ivins would be
charged with five capital murders.
"Client has a history dating to his graduate
days of homicidal threats, plans and actions towards
therapists," Duley said, adding that his
psychiatrist had described him as homicidal and
Police said they removed Ivins from his job
recently because of fears he had become a danger to
himself or others.
Ivins, who received three degrees including a
Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, co-authored
numerous anthrax studies, including one published in
July that described efforts to treat mice
deliberately exposed to anthrax. The scientists
complained of the limited supply of monkeys
available for testing and said testing on animals is
insufficient to demonstrate how humans would respond
The Fort Detrick laboratory and its
specialized scientists for years have been at the
center of the FBI's investigation of the anthrax
mailings. In late June, the government exonerated
Hatfill, whose name has for years had been
associated with the attacks. Then-Attorney
General John Ashcroft called him a "person of
interest" in 2002.
The government recently paid Hatfill $5.82
million to settle a lawsuit contending he was
falsely accused. Hatfill's lawyer,
Connolly, said he would not discuss the case
until the FBI has time to speak with the family
members of victims of the anthrax attacks.
Unusual behavior by Ivins was noted at
Detrick in the six months following the
anthrax mailings, when he conducted unauthorized
testing for anthrax spores outside containment areas
at the infectious disease research unit where he
worked, according to an internal report. But the
focus long stayed on Hatfill.
Investigators had been watching Ivins for some
time. His brother, Tom Ivins, said federal agents
questioned the scientist about a year and a half
ago. Neighbors said FBI agents in cars with tinted
windows conducted surveillance on his home. A
colleague, Henry S. Heine, said that over the past
year, he and others on their team have testified
before a federal grand jury in Washington that has
been investigating the anthrax mailings.
In occasional letters to the local newspaper,
Ivins discussed his strong religious faith. He
played keyboard and helped clean up after masses at
St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in
Frederick, where a dozen parishioners gathered after
morning Mass to pray for him Friday.
The Rev. Richard Murphy called Ivins "a quiet
man. He was always very helpful and pleasant."
Five people died and 17 were sickened by
anthrax powder in letters that were mailed to
lawmakers' Capitol Hill offices, TV networks in
York, and tabloid newspaper offices in
Florida. Two postal workers in a Washington
mail facility, a
York hospital worker, a Florida photo editor
and an elderly Connecticut woman were killed.
Associated Press writers Dave Dishneau and
Chrissie Thompson from
Frederick, Md. and AP researchers Susan James
and Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this
A US-based Iranian doctor working to
discover an antitoxin therapy of biological
weapons has purportedly died a "suspicious
One of the leading bioweapon researchers and a
regular keynote speaker at international
conferences, Dr. Nasser Talebzadeh Ordoubadi
died on Saturday in what his doctors described
as a "suspicious death".
Media reports have linked Dr. Talebzadeh
Ordoubadi's mysterious death to his notable
accomplishments in discovering an antitoxin
treatment for bioweapons.
The use of biological and chemical weapons --
which is considered illegal under The Hague
convention on rules of warfare -- is feared by
many experts more than the use of nuclear
Biological weapons can kill, incapacitate, or
seriously impede an individual as well as
entire cities or places where they are used.
While there are antibiotic and penicillin
treatments for different types of bioweapons,
some of them such as Botulism and Ricin still
remain without any antitoxin or vaccine to
cure those subjected to the poisonous weapon.
According to Tabnak, Dr. Talebzadeh's
achievements in finding a cure to bioweapons
had made him the target of various accusations
from the government of the United States --
one of the possessors of biological weapons --
In 2000, the Iranian doctor was sentenced to
35 months in prison on charges of health care
and mail fraud under the new HIPAA regulations
(Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996).
His jail sentence, which prompted him to
change his name to Noah McKay, came after
years of government attempts to level various
accusations against him.
The charges, which were never substantiated,
proven or confirmed,
"money laundering, funding Middle Eastern
terrorists, and connections to the Russian
mafia in Seattle".
While serving in the federal prison camp in
Sheridan, Oregon, he told one of his lawyers
"my life is in danger and I should change my
name and request transfer to another prison."
Early-October saw reports that British
scientists were planning to exhume the bodies of 10 London
victims of the 1918 type-A flu epidemic known as the Spanish
Flu. An October 7 report In The Independent, UK said that
victims of the Spanish Flu had been victims of "the world's
most deadly virus." British scientists, according to the
story, hope to uncover the genetic makeup of the virus, making
it easier to combat.
Professor John Oxford of London's
Queen Mary's School of Medicine, the British government's flu
adviser, acknowledges that the exhumations and subsequent
studies will have to be done with extreme caution so the virus
is not unleashed to cause another epidemic. The uncovering of
a pathogen's genetic structure is the exact work Pasechnik was
doing at Regma. Pasechnik died six weeks after the planned
exhumations were announced. The need to exhume the bodies
assumes no Type-A flu virus sample exists in any lab anywhere
in the world.
A piece on MSNBC that aired
September 6 makes the British exhumation plans seem odd. The
story refers to an article that was to be published the
following day in the weekly magazine Science, reporting the
1918 flu virus had recently been RNA sequenced. Researchers
had traced down and obtained virus samples from archived lung
tissue of WWI soldiers, and from an Inuit woman who had been
buried in the Alaskan permafrost.
HELP WANTED, SPIES, AND A LINK TO
Almost immediately at the outset of the
anthrax scare, the Bush administration contracted with Bayer
Pharmaceuticals for millions of doses of Cipro, an antibiotic
to treat anthrax. This was done despite many in the medical
community stating that there were several cheaper, better
alternatives to Cipro, which has never been shown to be
effective against inhaled anthrax. The Center for Disease
Control's (CDC) own website states a preference for the
antibiotic doxycycline over Cipro for inhalation anthrax. CDC
expresses concerns that widespread Cipro use could cause other
bacteria to become immune to antibiotics.
announced Jan. 21 that the director of the CDC, Jeffrey
Koplan, is resigning effective March 31. Six days earlier it
was announced that Surgeon General David Satcher is also
resigning. And there is currently no director for the National
Institutes of Health -- NIH is being run by an acting
director. The recent resignations leave the three most
significant medical positions in the federal government
After three months of
conflicting reports it is now official that the anthrax that
has killed several Americans since October 5 is from US
military sources connected to CIA research. The FBI has stated
that only 10 people could have had access, yet at the same
time they are reporting astounding security breaches at the
biowarfare facility at Fort Detrick, Md. -- breaches such as
unauthorized nighttime experiments and lab specimens gone
The militarized anthrax used by the US was
developed by William C. Patrick III, who holds five classified
patents on the process. He has worked at both Fort Detrick,
and the Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. Patrick is now a
private biowarfare consultant to the military and CIA. Patrick
developed the process by which anthrax spores could be
concentrated at the level of one trillion spores per gram. No
other country has been able to get concentrations above 500
billion per gram. The anthrax that was sent around the eastern
US last fall was concentrated at one trillion spores per gram,
according to a Jan. 31 report by Barbara Hatch Rosenberg of
the Federation of American Scientists.
In recent years
Patrick has worked with Kanatjan Alibekov. Now known by the
Americanized "Ken Alibek", he defected to the US in 1992.
Before defecting, Alibek was the no. 2 man in the FSU's
biowarfare program. His boss was Vladimir
Currently, Ken Alibek is President of Hadron
Advanced Biosystems, a subsidiary of Alexandria, Va.-based
Hadron, Inc. Hadron describes itself as a company specializing
in the development of technical solutions for the intelligence
community. As chief scientist at Hadron, Alibek gave extensive
testimony to the House Armed Services Committee about
biological weapons on Oct. 20, 1999, and again on May 23,
2000. Hadron announced on Dec. 20 that as of that date, the
company had received $12 million in funding for medical
biodefense research from the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency, the US Army Medical Research and Materiel
Command, and the NIH. Hadron said it was working in the field
of non-specific immunity.
In the 1980s Hadron was
founded and headed by Dr. Earl Brian, a medical doctor and
crony of Ronald Reagan and an associate of former Attorney
General Edwin Meese. Brian was convicted in the 1980s on fraud
charges. Both Hadron and Brian have been closely associated in
court documents and numerous credible reports, confirmed since
Sept. 11, with the theft of enhanced PROMIS software from its
owner, the INSLAW Corporation. PROMIS is a highly
sophisticated computer program capable of integrating a wide
variety of databases. The software has reportedly been mated
in recent years with artificial intelligence. PROMIS has long
been known to have been modified by intelligence agencies with
a back door that allows for surreptitious retrieval of stored
data. [For more information on what PROMIS can do and its
history, please use the search engine at http://www.copvcia.com/.]
this unique capability, and Hadron s prior connections to
PROMIS, it is a possibility that the software, by tapping into
databases used by each of the victims, could have identified
any lines of research that threatened to compromise a larger,
and as yet unidentified, more sinister covert
The DNA sequencing work by several of the
microbiologists discussed earlier is aimed at developing drugs
that will fight pathogens based on the pathogen's genetic
profile. The work is also aimed at eventually developing drugs
that will work in cooperation with a person's genetic makeup.
Theoretically, a drug could be developed for one specific
person. That being the case, it's obvious that one could go
down the ladder, and a drug could be developed to effectively
treat a much broader class of people sharing a genetic marker.
The entire process can also be turned around to develop a
pathogen that will affect a broad class of people sharing a
genetic marker. A broad class of people sharing a genetic
marker could be a group such as a race, or people with brown
An Oct. 17 story in USA Today reported that the US
government wanted to order 300 million doses of smallpox
vaccine. Apparently, that wish has been granted. On Nov. 28 a
British vaccine maker, Acambis, announced that it had received
a $428 million contract to provide 155 million doses of
smallpox vaccine to the US Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS). This was Acambis' second contract. The company
is already in the process of producing 54 million doses. The
US government has 15.4 million doses stockpiled, and HHS plans
to dilute them five to one. The two contracts and the dilution
program will bring the total HHS stockpile to 286 million
Smallpox was officially declared eradicated by
the World Health Organization in 1977, after treating the last
known case in Merca, Somalia.
MEHPA -- MEDICAL FASCISM
meeting of the Center for Law and the Public Health (CLPH) was
convened on Oct. 5. This group is run jointly by Georgetown
University Law School and Johns Hopkins Medical School, and
was founded under the auspices of the Center for Disease
Control (CDC). CLPH was formed one month prior to the 2000
Presidential election. The purpose of the October meeting was
to draft legislation to respond to the then current
After working only 18 days, on
Nov. 23 CLPH released a 40-page document called the Model
Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA). This was a "model" law
that HHS is suggesting be enacted by the 50 states to handle
future public health emergencies such as bioterrorism. A
revised version was released on Dec. 21 containing more
specific definitions of "public health emergency" as it
pertains to bioterrorism and biologic agents, and includes
language for those states that want to use the act for
chemical, nuclear or natural disasters.
the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS),
after declaring a "public health emergency", and without
consulting with public health authorities, law enforcement,
the legislature or courts, a state governor using MEHPA, or
anyone he/she decides to empower, can among many
· Require any individual to be vaccinated.
Refusal constitutes a crime and will result in
· Require any individual to undergo specific
medical treatment. Refusal constitutes a crime and will result
· Seize any property, including real estate,
food, medicine, fuel or clothing, an official thinks necessary
to handle the emergency.
· Seize and destroy any property
alleged to be hazardous. There will be no compensation or
· Draft you or your business into state
· Impose rationing, price controls, quotas and
· Suspend any state law,
regulation or rule that is thought to interfere with handling
the declared emergency.
When the federal government
wanted the states to enact the 55 mph speed limit, they
coerced the states using the threat of withholding federal
monies. The same tactic will likely be used with MEHPA. As of
this writing the law has been passed in Kentucky. According to
AAPS, it has been introduced in the legislatures of Arizona,
California, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New
Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. It is expected
to be introduced shortly in Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii,
Maine, and Wisconsin. MEHPA is being evaluated by the
executive branches in North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South
Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC.
research the microbiologists were doing could have developed
methods of treating diseases like anthrax and smallpox without
conventional antibiotics or vaccines. Pharmaceutical contracts
to deal with these diseases will total hundreds of millions,
if not billions, of dollars. If epidemics could be treated in
non-traditional ways, MEHPA might not be necessary.
Considering the government's actions nullifying many civil
liberties since last September, MEHPA seems to be a law
looking for an excuse to be enacted. Maybe the microbiologists
were in the way of some peoples' or business'
We also know that DNA sequencing research can
be used to develop pathogens that target specific genetically
related groups. One company, DynCorp, handles data processing
for many federal agencies, including the CDC, the Department
of Agriculture, several branches of the Department of Justice,
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the NIH. On Nov. 12
DynCorp announced that its subsidiary, DynPort Vaccine, had
been awarded a $322 million contract to develop, produce,
test, and store FDA licensed vaccines for use by the Defense
Department. It would be incredibly easy for DynCorp to hide
information pertaining to the exact make-up, safety, efficacy
and purpose of the drugs and vaccines the US government has
Reasons to suspect DynCorp of criminal
behavior are not hard to find. Investigative reporter Kelly O
Meara of Insight Magazine, in a story dated February 4,
disclosed a massive US military investigation of how DynCorp
employees in Bosnia had engaged in a widespread sex slave
ring, trading children as young as eight and videotaping
forced sexual encounters. She reviewed government documents
and interviewed Army investigators looking into the activities
which had spread throughout DynCorp s contract operations to
service helicopters and warehouse supplies for the US
military. Videos and other evidence of the crimes are in the
Army s possession. And in a February 23rd story, veteran
journalist Al Giordano of http://www.narconews.com/
reported that a class action suit had been filed in
Washington, D.C. by more than 10,000 Ecuadorian farmers and a
labor union against DynCorp for its rampant spraying of
herbicides which have destroyed food crops, weakened the
ecosystem and caused more than 1,100 documented cases of
DynCorp s current Chairman, Paul Lombardi
responded to the suit by sending intimidating letters in an
unsuccessful attempt to force the plaintiffs to
DynCorp has also been directly linked to the
development and use of PROMIS software by its founder Bill
Hamilton of Inslaw. DynCorp s former Chairman, current board
member and the lead investor in Capricorn Holdings, is Herbert
Pug Winokur. Winokur was, until recently, Chairman of the
Enron Finance Committee. He claimed ignorance as to the
fraudulent financial activities of Enron s board even though
he was charged with their oversight.