FBI - Part 3
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Two Alumni Bureau Buddies have dutifully informed me of a couple errors I made in Articles 1-3 so we will address these first.
Having addressed those issues we’ll now return to finish up with the Bureau and then get on to the origins of 9/11 in this next article.
The next 9/11 will not involve flying planes into tall buildings. It will be more insidious and infinitely more effective. It will not even require suicide bombers.
A couple of years after 9/11, one regional office of the Bureau conducted a “what if” scenario, a sort of ‘war game’ as it were. I will not go into specifics, but it did take place in one of the top five largest American cities.
They were exploring alternate types of weapons of mass destruction, such as chemical and biological, to see what their impact would have on a major city and American society in general. Bioterrorism has been around since World War II and it’s not going away.
On or about 1 March 2003, approximately 3 weeks before the invasion of Iraq began, a convoy of 57 trucks left Baghdad for points east. Saddam shipped his biological and chemical weapons to Iran. This was confirmed by 3 well-placed Iranians. This episode will be addressed a later article.
The bioterrorist weapon of choice was anthrax. It happens to be a particularly, nasty and feisty bacteria. Its spores can remain dormant for centuries and then reactivate. It is also found in nature on every continent in the world, including Antarctica. It can be buried and still not die. There are approximately 89 strains.
Anthrax masquerades as a common cold or flu. Typical symptoms are flu-like: slight temperature, sore throat and headaches. Death can occur from 2 days to a month. The mortality rate runs from 45% to 97%, depending on strain and stage.
Since this is not a how-to manual, I will not explain how it can be created or how it can be delivered. The manufacture requires some expertise, the delivery none. You don’t even need suicide bombers.
Let’s remember that the U.S. Postal Service was attacked in September, 2001, beginning one week after 9/11. Five people died and 17 others were infected. The delivery system in this case was innocent-looking letters supposedly from grade school children.
The scenario is very simple. A container is placed in any large, enclosed area with many people. The container is opened and/or exploded. The spores enter the air. That’s it. It makes no difference whether it is ingested, inhaled or comes into contact with a skin wound. The end result is the same. Death.
In the FBI’s scenario approximately 5,000 died within the first week (simulated, not real). (9/11 had 2,936 fatalities) By the end of a month, the number escalated to approximately 50,000 and didn’t stop there. Depending on how many and how fast, the hospital system could break down and then society pretty much comes to a standstill. Nobody leaves their homes for fear of contamination, planes come to halt and the list goes on.
There is nothing more that needs to be said. This is only one scenario using one specific weapon. There are multiple scenarios and multiple weapons.
Let’s remember: the other side only has to be lucky once; we have to be lucky ALL of the time.
The next article we will begin at the beginning of the origins of 9/11, addressing the main players, who generated the idea long before bin Laden. We need to understand where it began before we can understand where we are going.
P.S. For those of you who want more than a snappy synopsis of the whys and wherefores of 9/11, I refer you to www.intelwire.com. It is managed by a good friend, John Berger. He is a certified terrorist consultant, who documents his colons and commas. If it's there, you can take it to the bank.
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