Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Anthrax Accident?

by JASmius


The Pentagon revealed Wednesday that "live anthrax" was shipped, apparently by accident, from a lab in Utah to as many as nine states over the course of a year.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren assured "there is no known risk to the general public" and said an investigation is under way. But precautions are being taken for potentially exposed workers in labs where the samples were sent. A U.S. official told Fox News that four people in three companies are being treated for "post-exposure" and being prescribed prophylaxis....

The material in question was prepared at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, as part of what was described as a "routine" research process. It was then sent out to Defense Department and commercial labs in nine states between March 2014 and March 2015 -- and the shipments were supposed to include only inactive, or dead, anthrax when they were transferred.

"These were supposed to be dead spores anthrax, called AG-1," a defense official said.

But a private lab in Maryland, on May 22, informed the CDC that they thought the samples contained live anthrax. The CDC then informed the Defense Department. According to the Associated Press, the government has confirmed the Maryland lab got live spores, and it is suspected the others did as well, though not yet confirmed.

When asked how many of the states that were sent anthrax received live samples, the defense official said that “out of an abundance of caution, it is safe to assume it’s all live." [emphases added]

I will reiterate: I am not a conspiracist.  Conspiracies are the least efficient way of accomplishing anything.  Too many people have to keep quiet, and keeping quiet is not in human nature.  And this instance would come across like something out of a comic book, and not the Marvel/DC superhero/supervillain variety, either.

But y'all also know I can't help asking questions.  "Apparently by accident"?  If Fox News is qualifying the Regime's claim, that suggests that they think the claim is as fantastical as it sounds to me.  Dugway Proving Ground sent out live anthrax samples to government and private labs all over the country for over a year and didn't realize it?  I know, I know, "never underestimate the power of human stupidity"; stupid mistakes are more likely than honest mistakes; yata yata yata.  But DPG doesn't have protocols and safeguards in place to prevent just such mistakes?  What is called "quality control" in manufacturing?  Really?  Seriously?

If I were a conspiracist, I would suspect that this was either a dry run or actual attempt by the Obama Regime to artificially seed an anthrax outbreak ("...there is no known [i.e. admitted] risk to the general public...."), since their like attempt with ebola last fall didn't take, and if the latter, it failed, and now they're trying to hide it in plain sight by claiming it was an accident; or perhaps it's a feint, a distraction from something or things else.  Once one starts speculating down that road, the possibilities can be endless.

If I were a conspiracist.  Which I'm not.

But Occam's Razor just doesn't seem to indicate an accident.  Maybe once or twice, but nine different States over an entire year?  Is there an explanation apart from an implausible series of accidents that would not be conspiratorial?  I'm all ears.

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