The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Anthrax attacks:
PR for more anthrax research?

Dec 17, 2001

On December 13, FBI agents questioned an independent researcher who has been pushing the government to look at its own military anthrax researchers as the most likely suspects in the recent anthrax mail attacks. “They wanted to know whether I had ideas about who did it,” said Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, a molecular biologist at the State University of New York and chairwoman of a biological weapons panel at the Federation of American Scientists.

Rosenberg told the FBI she thought the anthrax terrorist’s motive might have been to stir up public fear and thus highlight the importance of building up defenses against germ attack. That is, to get more government money appropriated for germ warfare research.

It’s an idea – and it may turn out not to be true. But this respected researcher suspects it might be, the FBI takes her seriously and editors of leading newspapers all over the country print her suspicions. At the least, it shows they find it credible that someone working in a government program would kill innocent people to get more money for the program.

Why not? The people who are responsible for these programs know that their weapons will kill thousands, even millions of people very quickly. To people like that, what do a few lives more or less mean?