Part Two: Bugs Bombs & Bucks
By Ben C Vidgen.
“The most effective counter-offensive to threatened invasion by overpopulated Asiatic countries would be directed towards the destruction by biological or chemical means of tropical food crops and the dissemination of infectious disease” --- Noble Peace Prize Winner Sir Ian Macfarlane 1947 classified Australian government report, discovered in Dorling National Archives 1998, reported in The Age 10.2 2002.
“Thank you for that wonderful tribute to Henry Kissinger yesterday. Congratulations. As the most recent National Security Advisor of the United States, I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger” - U.S. National Security Adviser General James Jones February 8, 2009.
This plane crash attracted the attention of the media due, in part, to one of the passengers being Beverly Eckert, who after the death of her husband Sean Rooney on September 11th 2001, had “chosen to go to court rather than accept victims compensation” stating that a law suit unlike “other investigative avenues”, including congressional hearings and the 9/11 commission report on the destruction of the twin towers required all testimony be given under oath and had powers to compel evidence. Eckert made it clear to the media she spoke to she wanted to know “what went so wrong with our intelligence and security systems”.
Instead of getting entangled in the suspicion of citizen journalists concerning the cause of 3407 demise in Buffalo DEADLINE chose to address what the passenger manifesto of Flight 3407 could reveal about the growth and power of America’s US military Industrial complex.
In part one DEADLINE looked at the politics, ramifications and development of unmanned aerial technology that is linked to 3407 via passengers Steve Johnson, Jerome Krasuski, Darren Tolsma and Ernest West, they all being employees of Amherst Systems, a Buffalo based aviation electronic warfare technology firm. Amherst was identified as a political donor of Republican Senator Thomas Reynolds who had played a prominent role in backing the Northrop Grumman Amherst tender, worth $28 million, to supply Europe with state of the art electronic warfare technology. The deal was part of a package shaped by Obama’s advisers to make the US European allies take a more proactive role in Afghanistan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in return for access to the US cutting edge military technology worth in turn billions to US manufactures.*1
*1 Since going to print Americans, Ronald Richey, John Salman, Ricky Wilson, have been identified as fatalities on Turkish Airlines TK1951, which crashed in Amsterdam, less than two weeks after Flight 3407. The three Americans, plus Michael Hemmer (listed as critically injured), were employees of Boeing and were returning from Turkey, where they had been updating Turkey’s 737 air force electronic warfare planes, part of the NATO initiative Operation Peace Eagle.”
When investigating the degree to which America’s fate and fortune is tied to war one cannot help notice when examining, even briefly, the manifesto of flight 3407 , just how many of the victims of this February plane crash had a direct history of being employed by the military at one time in their careers. These include former veterans such as Douglas C Wielinski, Clay Yaber and the recently retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Fiore. In other cases the deceased connections were more fiscal, having been employees of Amherst Systems.
Further examination of the passenger list suggests the U.S. military remains a primary source of employment and wealth for many. For example another 3407 passenger, Kristin Safran of the firm Ark Specialty Services that provided regulatory and inspection service to US military in Iraq for bottled water. Another on the flight from New Jesery to Buffalo was John Roberts, a former army reserve officer who was the Vice President of Deloittes (an accounting and auditing firm) in the Mumbai office where real estate consultancy firm W.P. Carey, who employed a fellow passenger Johnathan Perry, ran a school for economic research. W.P. Carey’s curriculum included “the impact on terrorism in risk management.”
Terrorism, having being recognised as an area of expansion by a number of analyst firms has since 2001 increasingly moved into the area of intelligence analyst work that is normally associated with the CIA rather than the likes of Price Water House Cooper. While firms like Deloittes, beyond such niche growth area as risk management, have long had major links to the military in the less glamorous but no less important areas of auditing and number crunching. Dealing in billions of dollars their importance is of special significance when you consider that many of the US military clients including Deloittes co-client Schering Plough, New Jersey, have complex financial arrangements which, in many cases, reflect the sensitivity and national security ramifications of their work for the Pentagon. Schering Plough’s own links to Flight 3407 come second only to Amherst Systems and include the deaths of three employees, Jennifer Neil, Dawn Monachino and Dawn Mossop, (plus Mrs Mossop’s family members; her husband Donald, son Shawn and cousin Ferris Reid).
The Day of the Dead.
Another 3407 passenger, Donald Macdonald, worked in pharmaceuticals as the quality control engineer for the Canadian pharmacy firm Pharmetics who sold vitamin supplied to the troops in Afghanistan. Pharmetics had recently purchased its Canadian plant off Schering Plough client Patheon. At the time Patheon had sold its Canadian and Puerto Rican interests to Pharmetics it was purchasing manufacturing plants in Cincinnati from drug manufacture Aventis (now Sanofi –Pasteur). The Patheon purchase of Aventis Cincinnati plant coincided with the murder of Phil Bates, gunned down in Cincinnati where he worked for Patheon as the newly acquired plant as a quality control engineer.
The only clue the Cincinnati police have in Bates homicide is a medallion, found at the scene of the murder, depicting the North American deity Kopelli a skeleton like image, holding an object alternatively described as blow pipe or a flute used in ceremonies to raise the dead. It has become associated with the Mexican festival the Day of the Dead, which is held on November 1st. Aventis is the US’s leading manufacture of government stock piles used as a vaccine for the Avian Influenza, recognised by pathogen experts as one of the most likely sources of a future world pandemic. (With a fatality count in excess of fifty million such an event would surely impress any death god).
As part of a UN initiative to combat the risk of a global pan epidemic the World Health Organisation, in February 2009, granted the license to manufactured “stockpiled” vaccines for H5N1, the avian influenza, “-for use in third world nations”, to Schering Plough. Critics, however, argue that vaccines will not only not stave off a pan epidemic but, as each year the virus mutates, stock piles of vaccines like Tami flu or Schering ploughs “third world” bird-flue vaccines are not only useless but potentially may, be themselves, the source of a lethal pathogen that in comparison has the ability to make ‘Black November *2’, (the influenza pan epidemic of 1918, which killed 18 million world wide), look like the common cold.
2* Black November was coined by Canterbury University academic Geoffrey W Rice who authored “Black November”: The 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand in 1988, Black November was re-released in 2005 at the request of pathogens experts world wide who thought the book (based on extensive archive research), might provide a better understanding of the affects of a global pan-epidemic, as the world’s first and (to date) only demographic study regarding the effects of a pan-epidemic (the 1918 Influenza) on an entire nation.
A graduate of Otago University, Robert Webster, a virologist and avian flu expert who now works at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, admits that “vaccines could be the problem”. Webster states vaccines, which he has credited as one source of a pan-epidemic, should be used “only in areas where the virus is out of control, and then only temporarily… because routinely administering the vaccine encourages the evolution to resistant strains...." In 2003 Webster’s fears where confirmed after a highly pathogenic virus (resistant to the so called H5N1 vaccine) was detected by researchers who believed the new pathogen had been caused by vaccine overdoses. Example: When Pharmetics, purchased the Patheon plant in Canada they also purchased Patheon’s plant in Puerto Rico which Pantheon blamed for their companies drop in stock prices due to this plants “underperformance.”
This ‘underperformance’ resulted in Schering Plough’s being fined $US580 million in 2002 after drugs it had manufactured in Puerto Rican where found to have “too little medicine or too much contamination”. However, this did not stop the very same drugs from reaching the market, as was uncovered in 2004 when the FBI arrested several executives, in New Jersey, employed by Schering Plough, Merck, Pfizer. The executives were charged as belonging to a black market ring that was selling expired or “outlawed” drugs, sourced from manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico to clients in the third world where such a move could take lives rather than save lives. (Caribbean Business, 27.6.2002. Medical Marketing and Media July 2002 Vol. 7 issue 7. - Economist, 3.8.2002 New York Times 10th September 2004).
Here Come The Generals.
Another passenger on 3407 with links to both the military industrial complex and the issue of biological pathogens was Mary Julia Abraham, 44, a retired first sergeant in the US Army Reserves 5th medical group, who worked for Health Care Provide Invacare. Principally known for wheel chairs, Invacare also specialises in “first line of defence” for airborne and blood borne pathogens. In January 2009 Invacare post quarter profit rose 150 % and its full year profits rose more than thirty times what they had been for the fiscal year ending 2008.
Until 2009 Invacare’s board of directors included recently retired, US Marine, General James Jones, who stepped down from Invacare to become National Security Adviser to Obama Barak. Prior to becoming part of the Obama administration Jones also sat on the board of directors for a number of firms including Boeing and Northrop Grumman.
Jones who in 2007 was made the President of the ‘US Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century is a proponent of “troop surges” in Afghanistan a plan which relies on the support of the US’s allies in NATO who, in turn, have been provided with access to the US military technology; a deal which is also good for America’s failing economy and its military manufactures.
The Afghanistan plan is the brain child of yet another hawk and adviser to Obama, the long term Washington insider, Zbigniew Brezinski, who in the 80’s, during the US Cold war with the Soviet Union, was credited with America’s decision to fuel an Islamic insurgency in Afghanistan. Brezinski stated he saw Afghanistan as a means by which Russia could be “drawn into their own Vietnam.” Yet if Brezinski new policy seems to reflect a change of heart, consider the Pentagon Papers, the US military’s own official history of the Vietnam war. Leaked to the public in the seventies, the Pentagon Papers showed how major military contractors, rather than wanting to win the war in Vietnam, quickly saw a drawn out conflict as a means more in line with their own economic objectives, even if it resulted in high US casualties and went against public sentiments.
Similar benefits to the military industrial complex can be seen following 9/11 where the War on Terrorism saw military contractors receive an economic stimulus package worth more than six hundred billion; forty two billion dollars of that directed specifically at biological warfare research.
The Sunshine Project, a San Francisco based non profit organisation, maintains the major beneficiary in such economic stimulus packages include Abbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, DuPont Central Research, Monsanto, Pfizer Inc, and Merck and Schering-Plough (who merged with Merck less than a month ago). The funding has been authorised under the umbrella of “fighting the war on terrorism”, yet critics suggest that profits, rather than any real risk of biological terrorism. lies behind the Pharmaceutical corporation’s interest in this field. Examples of this profit before public safety attitude include the 2001 anthrax attacks in America in October 2001, when a number of firms (including Schering Plough) were forced to drop their prices in relation to drugs sold to public facilities to combat Anthrax when America was hit by an Anthrax scare in October 2001. However, no such pressure was applied to private sales, and stock options into anthrax related medicine soared as the pharmaceutical giants cashed in on public alarm fuelled by media hype.
The Twelfth Monkey.
There is also another issue. Is bioterrorism research making the world safer or is enhanced research into this field simply enhancing the risks? In 2003 public protest in Newark New Jersey followed the decision to oppose the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases decision to selected Boston University to build a Bio-Safety Level (BSL) 4 lab built to store the world’s most dangerous biological agents as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s bio-defence effort.
The publics concern seems to have been well placed, for in 2005 three dead mice infected with bubonic plague disappeared from a BSL3 lab at New Jersey University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ). After wards the FBI issued a statement saying there was no reason to be alarmed yet the credibility of that statement must be seen in the light that three researchers, in a BSL3 lab at the Boston University(BU), fell ill after being exposed to tularaemia, a potential biological weapon. The infections occurred between May and September 2004, but BU and city officials decided not to inform the public and waited a week, after approval of the proposed BSL4 lab by the City Zoning Commission had been granted.
In 2008 the frozen remains of two further bubonic plague infected mice again went missing from UMDNJ with staff waiting several months to report the incident to federal and state authorities, who again stated there was no reason for public alarm. Boston University and UMDNJ along side Schering Plough along pharmaceutical research firm and institutes like Kintex Hauptmanwoodward can all identified as key recipients of Department of Defence funding. Kintex, Schering Plough and Hauptman-Woodward can also be identified as financial supporters of the Niagara Medical Campus Buffolo.
Hauptman-Woodward, gained prominence recently after they were appointed to head a project on how viruses mutate and transfer between animals and humans. Hauptman-Woodward former chairman is Donald Hess, the cofounder of Amherst Systems (purchased in 1999 by defence giant Northrop Grumman) who died in a plane crash in November 2008, just three months before his employees Jerome Krasuski, Darren Tolsma Steve Johnston and Ernest West died on Flight 3407. The three million dollars in federal funding required for Hauptman-Woodward species jumping research can be identified as having come from the 2008 Department of Defence Appropriations Bill. Hess also served on the board of Kinex Pharmaceutical, whose vice president Dr Allen Barnett is the former vice president of Schering-Plough and, like Hess, a member of the board of the University of Buffalo’s Niagara Medical Campus.
All lab facilities involved in the missing plague cases in Newark and Buffalo have another common link in that they were all designed by CUH2A whose client list includes US Bio Warfare military contractors Abbot Merck, Pfizer, Schering Plough, plus the New Jersey Economic Development Authority who lobbied pharmeseutical firms to set up their hazardous bio research in heavily populated areas.
In July 2004 CUH2A (a New Jersey based facility that provides scientific research and planning services for architecture, science and technology) announced that an agreement it had signed with Bechtel National Inc. to design laboratory facilities that will consolidate especially dangerous pathogens in secure repositories “located in countries” outside Russia that were part of former Soviet Union in Georgia and Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, where it has been alleged that Islamic terrorist groups have gone on regular “shopping trips” for nuclear and biological products. Ironically Kazakhstan, which sits on the border of Afghanistan and Turkey, is not a signatory of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), which outlaws the research of biological agents for offensive military purposes.
While no credible examples of thefts in Kazakhstan by Islamic militants has to date been cited it can be established that in the post Cold War world, all around the world seal colonies have been dying in the tens of thousands from a disease that first appeared in Kazakhstan in 2000, then Sweden and then the UK, where the mystery pathogen was finally identified as an airborne strain of canine distemper. In total 50,000 seals have to date died of the virus and it is still not known how and when it jumped species. What is certain is the Kazakhstan seal plague is certainly not the work of Osama Bin Laden.
However, canine distemper is one of the diseases known to have been adapted for bio-warfare by the former Soviet Union on Maly Zhemchuzny Island on the Caspian sea, in territory belonging to Kazakhstan. Today a senior offical for the New Zealand Ministry of Health, zoonotic expert
Alexander Kouzminov, a former “bio-spy” for the Soviet Union, confirms in his book,”Biological Espionage”, that live pathogens were and are released on an unsuspecting public who are used as defacto lab chimps by defence bio-warfare researchers on both sides of the former Iron Curtain.
The lack of concern regarding missing samples from the Newark and Buffalo labs, and their potential to cause an outbreak on the scale of the seal distemper pathogen, must be considered in the light that on February 10th 09, research into infectious diseases was suspended at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick (designed by CUH2A) until an accurate inventory of all its deadly biological agents has been completed. The suspension being a direct result of the pathogens used in the October 2001 Anthrax attacks, that were later traced first by the Federation of American Scientist and then by the FBI, then the US Army’s own auditors to Fort Detrick’s high security laboratories. Today no one has been charged for the October attacks, which left 27 people dead, while the Federation of American Scientist has called the FBI current prime suspect, a former Fort Detrick scientist who recently committed suicide, a politically convenient scapegoat.
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Art Mirrors Life & Fiction Becomes Fact.
The FBI’s apparent lack of interest in the missing Newark Buffalo plague mice should be in recalled when viewing the fate of Dr. Steven Kurtz, a Professor of Visual Studies in Massachusetts. In May 2004 Kurt called authorities after his wife Hope died of heart failure. At the time Kurtz was preparing an art project about genetically modified agriculture for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Responding to his phone call the police discovered Kurtz’s “art” materials and became so suspicious they alerted the FBI. Kurtz was subsequently detained for 22 hours on suspicion of bioterrorism, and an army of agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Homeland Security, Department of Defence, ATF, and numerous other law enforcement agencies raided his home, seizing personal and professional belongings. Despite samples of his art materials proving to be non lethal, Kurtz was never the less subpoenaed and hauled before a federal grand jury. who promptly refused to charge Kurtz with bioterrorism. Kurtz was then indicted by the FBI on two counts of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud for his Critical Art Ensemble, which had won him several numerous awards and public acclaim including the prestigious 2007 Andy Warhol Foundation Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Grant.
In weird twist of fate the spokes man in the prosecution case against Kurt was FBI agent Paul Moskal, (now a consultant for News 4), who confirmed to News 4 that he was meant to have been on Flight 3407 but missed the doomed flight. To date no reason for Moskal missing the flight has been given despite Deadline emailing Moskal directly.
By itself the manifesto of Flight 3407 paints a picture of an America that has become a country which cannot survive with out death shadowing life for its economy has become co-dependent on the fortunes of industries are ruled by a sociopath level of greed. Corporations who display a complete lack of ethics and have an extensive history of criminal proceedings, unsafe labs, and a repeated record of selling for profit tainted, potentially lethal drugs to millions in the 1/3 world. None of the above is speculation. How can it be when it simply drawing attention to hard documented facts as they can be established a matter of public record.
In the same vein bio warfare research takes place in the name of the War On Terrorism, public safety, and national security. Yet the avalanche of lethal virus’s which have gone missing, been stolen or contaminated, or shown to be the cause of actual outbreaks and fatalities after being released from defence funded labs, highlights how, instead of having made the world safer, bio-defence labs represent the most probable source of any future pandemic, accidental or otherwise.
Americas military research is clearly not, as the Pentagon claims, undertaken for a purely defensive nature. And the issue, coupled with the rapid proliferation of unmanned weapons technology, will surely spark a new arms race between rival nations and insurgency forces. This will result in drawing the human race into a new moral low. To quote Albert Einstein, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones”.
How can the profits of war be justified if all they can buy is four horses and an Apocalypse?