Mailing anthrax, from US with love, again

Posted in Bioterrorism, War On Terror at 1:39 pm by George Smith

The US government bio-defense laboratories produced the best bioterrorist money could buy. That was Bruce Ivins, the anthrax mailer. Ivins brought on an incredible surge in spending to counter bioterrorism in this country. A huge nationwide infrastructure was built and augmented. I wrote about one of its keystone facilities here. Billions and billions of dollars […]


Computer Security for the 1 Percent: What The Prez said

Posted in Cyberterrorism at 3:23 pm by George Smith

“No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. So tonight, I urge this Congress to finally […]


Ricin Mama to plead not guilty

Posted in Bioterrorism, Ricin Kooks at 12:12 pm by George Smith

By reason of insanity or something. From the wire: A Texas woman has been charged with federal violations for allegedly sending ricin-laced letters to the president. Shannon Guess Richardson, a 35-year-old New Boston, Texas, resident, was named in a three-count indictment by a federal grand jury in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of […]


Bean Pounding: Buquet case delayed

Posted in Bioterrorism, Ricin Kooks at 2:07 pm by George Smith

The trial of accused ricin mailer Matthew Buquet has been pushed off until next year. The reason? Because there is only one lab in the country that does the forensic ricin determinations needed in the case, according to the judge. But is this really true? It’s an interesting story. From the wire: The federal trial […]


Bioterrorism rent-seekers (a series)

Posted in Bioterrorism, Ricin Kooks at 9:41 am by George Smith

The look of national bioterrorism defense entitlement spending in Omaha, Nebraska. The flush days may be ending. “Federal funding for the Special Pathogens and Biosecurity Laboratory at University of Nebraska’s Medical Center peaked at $1.2 million, has been sliced in half in recent years, and could get whacked again,” reads the Omaha World Herald caption […]


Bean Pounding: Welcome to the new weird

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Ricin Kooks, War On Terror, WhiteManistan at 10:03 am by George Smith

Welcome to the new weird. The fresh batch of ricin letters has uncovered a bean-pounder, or bean-pounders, even stranger than Tupelo, Mississippi’s accused ricin guru, guitarist and karate instructor J. Everett Dutschke. If you thought ricin mail was already bizarre, it just got a whole lot more so. I consider it a given you’re either […]


Bean Pounding: Angry WhiteManistan dude rants

Posted in Ricin Kooks, WhiteManistan at 9:11 am by George Smith

Three incidents with ricin-tainted mail between April and May constitute new and uncharted territory in the US. And in two of the instances ricin mail targeting the President has been intercepted. The first, from alleged castor bean pounder J. Everett Dutschke in Tupelo, Mississippi. And now from Shreveport, LA. This is a remarkable series of […]


The bioterror expert rent-seeker

Posted in Bioterrorism, Culture of Lickspittle at 3:12 pm by George Smith

The American bioterror defense effort is riddled with rent-seekers, individuals and businesses who spent the better part of the war on terror years inflating threats to increase spending in the field. Most recently DD blog covered the company Soligenix which promptly used the recent ricin case to go looking for funding in the mainstream press. […]


Industry of Fear

Posted in Bioterrorism, Culture of Lickspittle, Ricin Kooks at 2:38 pm by George Smith

On display in USA Today, a journalist ropes together a bunch of experts from the academy, all attached to bioterrorism studies departments that arose in the wake of 9/11. They express varying views on both sides of the line. None of them say anything I didn’t almost a decade ago, from the critical thinking side. […]


The ineffably strange history of ‘outsider’ music and accused American bioterrorists

Posted in Ricin Kooks at 10:24 am by George Smith

J. Everett Dutschke. No more outsider music, please. It is a genre that apparently holds some coincidental attraction in the very small recent coterie of accused white American bioterrorists. Bruce Ivins, the anthrax mailer, fancied himself a country music entertainer. Months after his death a friend of your host found Ivins’ vanity white label single […]

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