December 14, 2001
The Turning Tide of History - File #1: The Emerging New Global Activism
I've decided to initiate yet another sort of compilation that will focus on actual steps and positive actions taken by people around the world, both in response to the gradual takeover of the world under dictatorial corporate rule and as a means to facilitate the empowerment of a new generation of activists who will help us gradually take back what is being stolen from us all. This will be mixed also with more eye-opening info to ponder and foster action.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
1. Hampshire College Condemns War in All-Community Vote
2. The Constitution is much more important than the Bush administration
3. This raging colossus: GREAT!!
4. Activism other than demanding a 9-11 inquiry is "putting make-up on a corpse"
5. GIVING VOICE for PEACE
6. Now We have The Facts - So Now What Do We Do
7. 100 Nobel Laureates Warn Our Planet!
8. Changing Course
9. The Anthrax Scare: Another Inside Job
"On 9/11/90, just before our destruction of Iraq began, President Bush Sr. told us that "Out of these troubled times, our objective "a new world order" can emerge a world quite different from the one we've known. A world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle. America and the world must support the rule of law "and we will." Whose objective? What 'law' did he mean? This was the first time most Americans heard about this."
Read whole article at http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/war/bushsr.htm
Recommended by Bill Derau <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A professor at the University of New Hampshire who has gone over foreign press reports every day since the bombing of Afghanistan started on October 7 has estimated that over 3700 civilians -- yes, 3700 -- have been killed. To see his report, check out http://www.democracynow.org
Latest estimates for the number of deaths on Sept 11: 3029 ...
Pentagon Denials and Civilian Death in Afghanistan
BUSH Abandons ABM | Congress : "This is Not a Monarchy"
From: "Boudewijn Wegerif" <email@example.com>
Subject: WHAT MATTERS-33
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001
HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE CONDEMNS WAR IN ALL-COMMUNITY VOTE
Amherst, MA - The students, faculty, and staff of Hampshire College have voted to condemn the ëWar on Terrorismí and propose alternative solutions. The vote, which was won by a margin of 693-121 (with 11 abstaining or ambiguous votes), is believed to be the first such decision by a college community in the United States. (A majority of the students, faculty, and staff participated in the vote.) "Our community has spoken," said Michael Sherrard, an organizer with Hampshire Students for a Peaceful Response, which sponsored the vote and authored the anti-war resolution. "We refuse to fall into silent support for an unjust war that kills innocents overseas, and threatens our safety and civil liberties at home." However, organizers were quick to defend the right to free expression of those who disagreed with the vote. Hampshire has a precedent for trend-setting political statements. In the early 70s, students voted for the impeachment of President Nixon. The college was also the first to decide to divest from apartheid South Africa. With this vote, organizers hope to make a similarly strong public statement, and build a movement that can similarly change the course of U.S. foreign policy.
Read the entire article at http://www.commondreams.org/news2001/1206-15.htm
"The Constitution is much more important than the Bush administration."
Transcript of Politically Incorrect for Thursday, December 6, 2001
Christopher Hitchens: I had to show my I.D. maybe five times to fly here. The people who got on the planes on the 11th didn't have to show their I.D. but once. And they didn't even disguise their I.D.s to get on the plane. Even though five of them were on the terrorism so-called "watch list." No one in our national security system, which is paid billions of dollars -- no one has offered to resign. And no one's been fired. And after that performance, they say, "Well, let's hurry past that, and why don't you give us supreme power now so we can do what we like?" It doesn't work for me. I think Ashcroft should be impeached, as a matter of fact. The Constitution is much more important than the Bush administration. It's much more important than --
[ Applause ]
Christopher: That's the first thing. The second thing is this -- the judge in Spain -- Judge Baltasar Garzon, one of the most distinguished judges in Europe, has just done what the FBI and the CIA can't do. He's arrested eight members of Al Qaeda. Suspected members. But they look pretty convincing to me. He's holding them. This is the guy who issued the warrant for Pinochet. He's not a soft-on-crime guy. (...) And he says, "I cannot deliver them. I can't extradite them." (...) "He can't extradite them from Spain to a Banana Republic tribunal that has secret evidence, that can convict people in secret, that doesn't allow them a lawyer and that can execute them without making an announcement."
From: "Mary Devlin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: This raging colossus: GREAT!!
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001
Dear Ms. Bunting,
I read the above-referenced article courtesy of Jean Hudon of the Earth Rainbow Network, and, frankly, I was impressed.
Don't think that all Americans are like those whom you quoted in the article. I am American, as are all my friends here, and we, like you, are deeply concerned about the Bush administration and their outrageous policy. Many of us are vigorously taking action - including myself, who up until this time have been so apolitical that it's funny. I hadn't voted since Jimmy Carter, but in the 2000 election I made the effort to get out and vote, just to do my part in keeping Bush out of the White House. Now I'm sure my Senators and my Congressman think I'm a pest, as they get so many letters from me asking that they fight for the environment and for our civil liberties.
The thing is, though you may not be aware of it, there is a growing sense of alarm about what's going on among Americans - not only the California New Age-environmentalist faction, of which I am a part, but even among the far right wingers. In fact, the militia movement in the US is actively opposing what's going on. I don't like violence, or even preparing for it, so I never thought I'd find myself on the same side as the militias, but here I am - at least as far as this issue goes.
Courageous Congressional representatives and civil libertarians are actively fighting the Bush administration's agenda. Some are even crying out for impeachment. This gives Americans who don't accept the word of the government or the media without further research on their own, the hope that this country ISN'T going to fulfill all the negative prophecies for the millennium that I'm sure you're as sick of as I am.
I'm old enough to remember the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, and Irangate, and I can only hope that what's happening here will follow the same pattern before too many people are dead. Those who were brave enough to speak up about all of them initiated action that led to intricate investigations of all these matters - and let the world know that the people weren't going to let the government lie to them and manipulate them into accepting actions and policies that were against their best interests. I'm hoping that, with the assistance of courageous journalists like yourself, this one will follow the same path - though it should bring about more sweeping changes.
Perhaps you would like to give some attention to those who are taking action and protesting the Bush Administration's policy. This might awaken people who so far don't know about all the unrest and give them the courage to participate. Thank you very much for your work.
From: "Kiki Paquet" <email@example.com>
Subject: Activism other than demanding a 9-11 inquiry is "putting make-up on a corpse"
Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001
Please distribute widely.
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2001
I urge you to consider this.
Right now the world activist community is running from one springing leak to another while the powers that be keep punching new holes in the dam, be it attacks on the environment, new wars, civil liberties being stripped, human rights abuses, US domestic terror threats, etc.
Our scattered focus makes us relatively powerless. IF we could gather our strength and FOCUS LIKE A LASER BEAM on this issue of "was there US government collusion in 9-11?", we could create a ROAR of demand worldwide that could command a full investigation into the inner workings of a network that has manipulated foriegn governments, repressed people's of the world, strip mined the environment, etc. in the name of greed.
THIS IS THE ROOT! By DEMANDING an inquiry all other things can begin to heal. I believe that they like it when we are scattered in a million places arguing over this lake's clarity, or this country's human rights issue, or genetic engineering, or air pollution -- NEVER LOOKING AT THE ROOT that ships nearly ALL weapons to developing countries (World Bank stats), thereby retarding social progress in countries so they can have "stable" economic investments no matter how repressive those governments are, or manipulating elections to get more "business friendly" leaders in other nations (ones less concerned with environmental laws, labor laws, and less concerned with genetic engineered crops, etc.).
OUR ABILITY TO CHANGE THE WORLD IS RIGHT HERE IN OUR HANDS, AND HAS BEEN BUILT OVER THE LAST 2 DECADES. WE ONLY NEED TO SEE IT FOR WHAT IT'S GREATEST STRENGTH IS. The organizations built in the last 20 years over the environment, human rights, civil rights, animal rights, the election irregularities and the stolen 2000 election, etc. -- HAVE THE POTENTIAL OF CHANGING THE WORLD -- IF WE CAN COME TOGETHER. The internet, and international coordination of activists worldwide, our networks, and ability to move mass information freely through the world via the internet is A POWERFUL TOOL. BUT NOT, if we have ten thousand different issues flying to the media and government. WE MUST CREATE A DRUMBEAT THAT WILL FORCE THEM TO LOOK AT THE ROOT!!
The Activist Kit I offer freely to anyone is a tool that empowers individuals to MOVE BEYOND THE HAMPSTER WHEEL OF "ACTIVIST ONLY TALKING TO OTHER ACTIVISTS, AND AROUND AND AROUND" and empowers them to move the 8 disturbing reports around 9-11 (all sourced to mainstream media articles) out to world media, world government, Congress, US Governors, etc. etc. to DEMAND inquiry.
If we cannot focus on this, all our various issues are only noise. We must FOCUS. And THIS IS THE ISSUE OF OUR TIME! Why?
Most activists are aware the CIA has been manipulating governments, elections, and supporting human rights abuses in other countries. HOWEVER, THEY STEPPED ACROSS THE LINE IF THEY HAD A PART IN 9-11. Because, Americans (I'm sad to say) were very acquiesent about the CIA doing their dirty deeds in other countries, BUT THEY WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE WHEN THEY BEGIN TO LEARN THEY MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE NY WTC TERROR ON INNOCENT AMERICANS.
SECONDLY, some minor underling "got a little greedy" when he made the stock short profits off American and United Airlines the week before 9-11. This exposes a soft underbelly of a beast that normally is impregnable to investigation. PROBLEM is the US media is not looking into it (which is bizarre because they had a media orgasm over the insider stock trading discovery on 9-12 and 9-13 when they thought it was Arab terrorists). Of course now we know it leads to AB BRown Trust, an investment firm that has been close to CIA ops for some time, chaired up until a couple years ago by AB Krongard (now the 3 man at the CIA). In this light Bush's dubious recent act of "sealing presidential records from scrutiny" for the first time in US history, becomes so suspicious it almost rattles you apart to try and deny just how suspicious it is.
So, to recap of why we should be moving on this now:
1) Americans will FINALLY be repulsed by CIA ops if they find they were connected to 9-11
2) The greedy underling opened up the soft belly when he did the stock shorts, there lies a thread to unravel the dark armor (if pursued).
3) If people that were willing to kill 5,000 of their own are in positions of power, how much compassionate civil rights, human rights, or environmental rights legislation will really pass? Enough to keep us scampering and busy all the time, yes, but enough to really change anything in any significant way? No way!
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT, THE ACTIVIST KITS are powerful tools, IF WE CAN FOCUS THE WORLD ACTIVIST COMMUNITY WORLDWIDE TO CIRCULATE THESE KITS AND EXPAND THEM WITH OTHER CONTACT LISTS WE CAN "GET AROUND" THE PROPAGANDA MEDIA OF THE U.S. AND GET AMERICANS AND OTHERS WORLDWIDE TO DEMAND INQUIRY INTO 9-11. And in doing so perform the most healing and meaningful act we can for the future of our country and our planet.
Bush is now preparing Americans for invasion of Iraq, Somalia, and many other countries including North Korea (Nightline). Things can get out of hand very fast. The wider the war, the less Americans and the media will have the appetite for inquiry. A few more anthrax letters carefully placed, or another major terrorist strike "allowed" to happen will put Americans into a goose stepping mode that could have horrible results.
Help me get the Activist Kit out, and URGE every group to make the DEMAND FOR INQUIRY THEIR PRIORITY IN COMING MONTHS!
Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Send Kit" in subject line to get free kit
WHY DID MAINSTREAM MEDIA "VOW TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE INSIDER TRADING THAT PROFITED OFF THE 9-11 HORROR," AND THEN SUDDENLY . . . DROPPED THE STORY?
The 8 DISTURBING FACTS:
- The Bush Administration forced the FBI to back off of the Bin Laden investigation months before 9-11. [BBC transcript BUSH - BIN LADEN HIDDEN AGENDA!!!] http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/events/newsnight/newsid_1645000/16455 27.stm
- The CIA station chief in Dubai met with Bin Laden 7 weeks before 9-11, and at a time when Bin Laden was supposedly "wanted" by the CIA (German Trans.) http://www.orf.at/orfon/011031-44569/index.html (US Wash Times Article: http://www.washtimes.com Report: bin Laden treated at US hospital Elizabeth Bryant UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Published 10/31/2001)
- INSIDER TRADING PROFITS off of 9-11 were frenzied over by the US media when they thought it was Arab terrorists . . . but then the story mysteriously died. Until the UK Independent reveals that it leads to a firm chaired by the 3rd highest man in the CIA (and stranger still is that $2.5 million of the "winnings" are still unclaimed (see below for URLs to entire story). http://globalresearch.ca/articles/RUP110A.html
Info confirmed by Independent Newspaper in UK
- ABC News.com's May/2001 story resurfaces about how the US Joint Chiefs of Staff have in the past ACTUALLY DESIGNED a plan to commit domestic terror on Americans to whip them into a war hysteria, to support war efforts by the government.
- The National Security Archive has a PDF version of the Operation Northwoods plan, which author James Bamford says "may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government." It can be found at http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/
- Strangely Anthrax is sent to (not the President, or Republicans) but to the top Democrat and to the media. A foreign terrorist would probably want to "divide" the country, not unite the opposition and the media in the war effort. - New Science Journal says Anthrax sent to Daschle is NOT Russian or Iraqi, but likely US military strain.
- San Francisco Chronicle reports, the anthrax strain produced in US University is destroyed on ok of FBI - they had studied this for years, some at university question the timing of the destruction of those anthrax spores . . . right now of all times (?)
- Bush Admin. declares they will "seal the records of presidents beginning with Father Bush/Reagans (an act never before done in US presidential history)." AND What bizarre timing. In the midst of a war and an economic disaster -- they find the time and "the desire" to seal the records of the Reagan/Bush admin, just as info is surfacing about Bush/Bin Laden connections from years back. (Details in Scripps-Howard News Service, appearing in Chico, CA paper on 11/5/2001)
"It is not a stretch to wonder if this White House is up to something that it doesn't want known 12 years from now or anytime thereafter.
- A quote from the piece carried by Scripps Howard News Service. Re: Bush's sealing of presidential records for the first time in U.S. history
Egypt warned US of attack 12 days before September 11
Sent by From: "Jill Rakusen" <email@example.com>
GIVING VOICE for PEACE
WHAT IS IT?
Giving Voice for Peace came into being following September 11th. It was already in embryonic form, as an initiative in response to the Bradford riots this summer, by a number of people in Yorkshire who have been using Giving Voice as a tool to promote change. GVforP, based on the principles of Giving Voice (GV), as developed by Jill Rakusen over the last 12 years, is a non-profit-making venture dedicated to the promotion of peace through the strategic use of song. Currently, it exists entirely through the support of volunteers.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE? There are many ways, eg by:-
It demonstrates what is possible - for ANYONE - not just in relation to music - Awesome (participant - Sheffield Giving Voice, September 11 2001)
It gave me an opening. To see that there is love: it is there - that theres something to yearn for. Youve got to know its there, otherwise you cant yearn for it. It gave me exactly what I needed for dealing with this new world situation. Wonderful. Beautiful (participant - Manchester Giving Voice, September 29)
It made me realize my responsibility for what happens in the world. At first I found this uncomfortable and a bit challenging. But then I started to rise to the challenge - and as I began to do this, all my family relationships immediately started to change. Its helped me so much! (participant - Huddersfield Giving Voice, October)
THE TAPES are being distributed as widely as possible. They are not being sold, rather donations are invited (guideline donation of between £3 & £10), to facilitate a rolling programme of printing and distribution. Cheques payable to GIVING VOICE FOR PEACE.
SO FAR, there are people involved in GVforP in Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Huddersfield and London. Tapes have been distributed to many parts of the UK, Egypt, Eire, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Poland, USA and Zimbabwe. If you would like to help in any way, or be part of the GVforP network, please contact:-
Margaret Munyard 22 Norwood Avenue Shipley BD18 2AU. UK. firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jill Rakusen 2 St Marys Square, Honley, Holmfirth HD9 6BA. UK. email@example.com
From: "Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Now We have The Facts - So Now What Do We Do
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001
As the holiday season approaches, more and more people are aware of environmental abuses, social atrocities, and deaths due to chemical hazards than ever before. Combine this awareness with the worldwide fears of terrorist attack following the September 11th tragedies, and you have a population filled with fear and apprehension who are being told by their leaders to go on with their lives.
What to do with all this disturbing news may be as important as the news itself. People everywhere are asking the same questions including, "How can I protect myself and my family," and "How can I change the direction this world is taking?"
I explore these issues in this week's Healing Our World commentary, "Now We have The Facts - So Now What Do We Do" on the Environment News Service at http://www.ens-news.com/ens/dec2001/2001L-12-07g.html. I also give links to resources that will tell you how to give gifts this holiday season that will help others and not continue the endless treadmill of consumerism.
Yes, the news of the harm being done to our Earth is disturbing and we can choose to turn it off. But there is danger in that course of action. Franz Kafka told us of the consequences of looking away when he said, "You can hold yourself back from the suffering of the world: this is something you are free to do ... but perhaps precisely this holding back is the only suffering you might be able to avoid."
I wish you peace and the start of a new year filled with wide awake engagement, compassion for yourself and others, joy, laughter, and love.
Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001
Subject: Warning - From the World's Best Minds
From: Art b Rosenblum <email@example.com>
Some of you might have seen this before but it is so concise and so important that I would not want any of you to miss it.
This document is clear and needs to be sent to every news media on our planet.
Aquarian Research Foundation,
100 Nobel Laureates Warn Our Planet!
Friday, December 07, 2001
From the Best Minds in the World
OSLO, Norway - December 7, 2001 (OTVNewswire)-- At the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium here yesterday celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nobel prize, 100 Nobel laureates have issued a brief but dire warning of the profound dangers facing the world. Their statement predicts that our security depends on immediate environmental and social reform. The following is the text of their statement:
The most profound danger to world peace in the coming years will stem not from the irrational acts of states or individuals but from the legitimate demands of the world's dispossessed. Of these poor and disenfranchised, the majority live a marginal existence in equatorial climates. Global warming, not of their making but originating with the wealthy few, will affect their fragile ecologies most. Their situation will be desperate and manifestly unjust.
It cannot be expected, therefore, that in all cases they will be content to await the beneficence of the rich. If then we permit the devastating power of modern weaponry to spread through this combustible human landscape, we invite a conflagration that can engulf both rich and poor. The only hope for the future lies in co-operative international action, legitimized by democracy.
It is time to turn our backs on the unilateral search for security, in which we seek to shelter behind walls. Instead, we must persist in the quest for united action to counter both global warming and a weaponized world.
These twin goals will constitute vital components of stability as we move toward the wider degree of social justice that alone gives hope of peace.
Some of the needed legal instruments are already at hand, such as the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Convention on Climate Change, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaties and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. As concerned citizens, we urge all governments to commit to these goals that constitute steps on the way to replacement of war by law.
To survive in the world we have transformed, we must learn to think in a new way. As never before, the future of each depends on the good of all.
CLIP -- See all the signatories at http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/1207-01.htm
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001
Subject: Changing Course
Government is legitimized only by the Authority of Individuals acting Collectively. It has no natural birthright. Political power is inherent in each of us and, therefore, it is WE who must act in Unity to co-create Balance among us for true Peace and Harmony on Earth.
By widespread acquiescence or suppression of the masses of people, governments have been largely controlled by Minority Special Interest Elements within various imposed governmental systems that uphold the Old Paradigm of superior-inferior classes. Even the popularly elected "representative" form fails the test of Equal Empowerment of All.
Recorded history is replete with abuses of power by unequal systems of Top-Down government. The Right to Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness has been lost to untold millions of disempowered people around the world, and prophecy suggests there is worse trouble ahead unless serious alteration is undertaken.
When any political system fails to uphold the Equal Rights of All, it is the Right of the People therein to Peacefully Alter it for Balance. It has become quite apparent we must "EMPOWER ALL PEOPLE EQUALLY & DIRECTLY IN PUBLIC POLICY-MAKING, LOCAL TO GLOBAL".
Are you willing to discuss specific constitutional provisions and possible actions to institute change? Please respond and I'll get back to you.
THE ANTHRAX SCARE: ANOTHER INSIDER JOB
Sent by Alan Moore <Bflyspirit@aol.com>
"Terror Anthrax Linked to Type Made by U.S."
By WILLIAM J. BROAD,
The high quality, the adviser said, lends credence to the idea that someone with links to military laboratories or their contractors might be behind the attacks. "It's frightening to think that one of our own scientists could have done something like this," he said. "But it's definitely possible."
Irradiation of US mail is in the pipeline (December 3 2001)
In order to create a system that would allow the mailing of items like seeds, film, drugs, food, etc., a complex series of loopholes would have to be created, which could then be used to circumvent this expensive (and dangerous) "Anthrax Defense System".
Public Citizen and the Center for Food Safety have released a report on dangerous changes in food (the formation of unique radiolytic compounds) caused by the lower levels of irradiation" [now in use on foods in the US]
Question: If one of our own agents or scientists is suspected of perpetrating the Anthrax scare, why are we proposing to spend billions of more dollars on a faulty remedy?
Government eyes its own for anthrax (December 2, 2001)
The FBI investigates federal laboratories and contractors as possible sources for the pathogen used in the attacks.
NEW YORK TIMES
The FBI has expanded its investigation of the anthrax attacks to include the laboratories of the government and its contractors as a possible source of anthrax that has infected and killed five people, say scientists and law enforcement officials.
While theories about the culprit have focused mainly on domestic loners and foreign states or terrorists, law enforcement officials are now examining the possibility that the criminal may be a knowledgeable insider.
Asked if the FBI was investigating U.S. military and nonmilitary laboratories that held the anthrax strain used in the attacks and individuals associated with such centers, a law enforcement official replied, "Certainly."
Separately, a private expert in biological weapons, Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, has recently published a paper contending that a government insider, or someone in contact with an insider, is behind the lethal attacks.
Though not an expert on criminal profiling, Rosenberg, a molecular biologist at the State University of New York, has testified on biological weapons before Congress, advised Bill Clinton when he was president and addressed international arms control meetings, including one a few days ago in Geneva.
Law enforcement officials said Rosenberg's assertion might turn out to be well founded, though they emphasized that the investigation was still broad-based.
One official close to the federal investigation called the Rosenberg theory "the most likely hypothesis." Referring to her paper, the official said, "I might not have put it so strongly, but it's definitely reasonable."
Other analysts, including some scientists and experts in germ weapons, expressed more skepticism that it was an insider, contending that the skills and knowledge needed to produce the type of anthrax in this attack were widely available.
The paper laying out Rosenberg's thesis was distributed on Thursday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, an arms control group.
Rosenberg, who conducts research at State University of New York and is chairwoman of an arms control panel at the Federation of American Scientists, a private group in Washington, D.C., has argued repeatedly that states, not individuals, have the wherewithal to make advanced biological weapons.
US Expert Believed Behind Anthrax Attacks
GERMANY: November 29, 2001
BERLIN - The anthrax attacks in the United States were probably the work of a member of a U.S. biological warfare programme, the magazine of environment pressure group Greenpeace Germany reported yesterday.
The magazine said its article was based on information from a U.S. delegation source at the United Nations biological weapons conference in Geneva that began last week. The attacks have killed five people.
"The U.S. delegation believe it is an inside job... Their members also have more information than has been made public," Kirsten Brodde, a reporter for the magazine, told Reuters. The magazine said: "It seems the attacker...wanted to force through an increase in the budget for U.S. research on biological weapons." It speculated that the attacker, who used anthrax-laced mail, had probably wanted to cause panic rather than kill anyone.
U.S. investigators have still not determined who was behind the attacks, but Attorney General John Ashcroft has signalled the authorities were inclined to believe they had a domestic source. The attacks occurred in the aftermath of the September 11 suicide plane attacks on New York and Washington and prompted initial accusations by President George W. Bush that Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden may been responsible.
Asked about the magazine article, an FBI spokesman reiterated that investigators were pursuing a number of leads but no arrests appeared imminent. A spokesman for the U.S. delegation in Geneva said he did not have any information about the article. The magazine is linked to the environmental lobby group and shares its offices, but it said it was financially and editorially independent.
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
Germ-Warfare Tests Gone Awry in Spotlight
Researchers look at a time when the Army sprayed what it thought was harmless on San Francisco and other cities. (...) The Army kept the biological-warfare tests secret until word of them was leaked to the press in the 1970s. Between 1949 and 1969, when President Nixon ordered the Pentagon's biological weapons destroyed, open-air tests of biological agents were conducted 239 times, according to the Army's testimony in 1977 before the Senate's subcommittee on health. In 80 of those experiments, the Army said it used live bacteria that its researchers at the time thought were harmless, such as the Serratia that was showered on San Francisco. In the others, it used inert chemicals to simulate bacteria. Several medical experts have since claimed that an untold number of people may have gotten sick as a result of the germ tests. These researchers say even benign agents can mutate into unpredictable pathogens once exposed to the elements. CLIP
ALL THIS NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED AND EXPOSED
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