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the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Anthrax in the Mail:
Made in a U.S. Military Lab

Dec 17, 2001

Several scientists at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah recently revealed that they have been making weaponized anthrax for years. Furthermore, they told reporters that the anthrax they make at Dugway is genetically identical to the anthrax mailed to Senators Daschle and Leahy, and before them, to a newspaper editor in Florida. In addition, the method of grinding the anthrax into fine particles and its very high concentration also links the mailed anthrax to the sophisticated weaponized anthrax at Dugway.

Following these revelations, a spokesperson for Dugway admitted that the U.S. Army has, in truth, been producing significant amounts of weaponized anthrax for almost a decade. It was the first time the Army has ever admitted this.

Of course, the army claims that it was doing so in order to carry out research into how to defend against weaponized anthrax. And it says that it can account for all the anthrax it produced–as though anthrax once produced doesn’t keep reproducing.

If the Army had been carrying out defensive research for a decade, it would have known immediately how to respond to the envelopes that were sent. It would have known that Cipro is NOT the best antidote to take, despite its manufacturer’s claims. It would have known that postal machines would have released anthrax spores through the pores of the envelope’s paper. It would have realized that very tiny amounts are enough to kill someone. And it would have organized an immediate response which would have prevented most of the deaths that occurred.

But it didn’t do those things.

This is not a surprise. It simply confirms that the aim of the government’s biological weapons research is not defensive, but offensive. It is studying how to kill civilian populations.

Certainly, the person who sent those six envelopes was a depraved human being–just as the program which produces anthrax is depraved.

But whoever it turns out to be that sent those envelopes, the fact is the U.S. military program to develop biological weapons is implicated in the deaths of the six people who succumbed to anthrax.