By Alex Constantine
Parts I-V - ILLICIT HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION, WAR
PROFITEERING & STATE TERRORISM - SAIC, FORT DETRICK,
STEPHEN HATFILL, BIOPORT, ETC.
Part VI - VAXGEN'S DR. DONALD FRANCIS, CO-CREATOR OF
AIDS, THE THAI EXPERIMENTS & THE NEXT PHASE OF ANTHRAX
The towers fell. Fear of a tiny spore gripped the
Emergency measures in a jingoistic package, under
consideration in the House of Representatives, arrived
at the same time as the Ames strain, and the emergency
measures floated through Congress on a cloud of lethal
Right-wing propagandists stepped up to point out the
obvious culprit. Laurie Mylroie, a "conservative"
state propagandist, explained to CNN, "it takes a
highly sophisticated agency to produce anthrax in the
lethal form-. Not many parties can do that." Saddam
Hussein "continues his part of the war in the form of
terrorism. It is unlikely that that anthrax will
remain in letters. It is likely that it will be used -
in the subway of a city, or in the ventilation system
of a U.S. building. Saddam wants revenge against us.
He wants to do to the U.S. what we've done to Iraq."
This cover story didn't hold up under the tension of
scientific deduction, though. The true culprit - it
emerged after Dr. Barbara Rosenberg of the Federation
of American Scientists pestered the Bureau with facts
and public exposure - was an obscure, right-wing
biochemical warfare "counterterrorist." The serial
killer took his training at the NIH in Bethesda,
Maryland and other civilian-run, federal facilities,
also a two-year fellowship from the National Research
Council, the country's leading CBW defense lab. He
moved on to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute
of Infectious Diseases - USAMRIID - at Fort Detrick.
He experimented with biological responses to
filoviridae, the family of viruses that transmit
Ebola. In September 1999 - as the Jerry
Hauer-SAIC-Fort Detrick-USAMRIID West Nile Virus was
taking hold in New York - the terrorist began working
at the very same lab.
By March of 2002, it was clear that the FBI was
protecting him. Spokesmen for the Bureau were evasive
about the source of the anthrax but it gradually
emerged, by process of elimination and genetic
analysis, that the culprit worked at the SAIC facility
CounterPunch commented a month later on geographic
connections that bore directly on the case: "The South
African media [have] been abuzz with details of that
nation's former biological warfare program and its
links to the CIA. The South African Nazi Party.
But some of Hatfill's closest friends maintained his
innocence. Stan Bedlington, a veteran CIA agent, told
the Washington Post that he'd known Hatfill for
several years: "They were drinking buddies who'd both
been involved in anti-terrorism efforts long before
the World Trade Center crumbled. Now, suddenly, people
were saying that Hatfill could be responsible for the
country's first case of domestic bioterrorism, a
release of lethal anthrax through the mail that had
left five people dead and 17 others infected in the
fall of 2001."
Bedlington had fond memories of Hatfill, though he
hadn't seen him for some time. They'd met at a
Baltimore symposium on bioterrorism. Bedlington had
spent six years bent over a senior analyst desk at the
CIA's Counter-terrorism Center. Hatfill was a
virologist at the U.S. Army-SAIC Medical Research
Institute of Infectious Diseases, "where he'd begun
making a name for himself preaching the dangers of a
bioterror attack. Soon they ran into each other again
at Charley's Place in McLean, then a favorite hangout
for the U.S. intelligence community." Hatfill "showed
up there with men whom Bedlington recognized as
bodyguards for Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar bin
To respond to intrusive media, Hatfill's friend Pat
Clawson served as spokesman. Clawson was a radio
executive who worked with Iran-contra's Oliver North.
Clawson, reports the Baltimore Sun, was a "former CNN
reporter who has known Hatfill socially for six years,
said he and Hatfill are part of a group of friends who
visited a house in the Virginia mountains near
Shenandoah National Park in October for a weekend of
skeet-shooting and socializing. The visit, in the
middle of that month, came at the peak of anthrax
hysteria, Clawson said. He told Hatfill that a few
weeks earlier he had opened a vitriolic letter
addressed to Oliver North, whose radio program is
produced by Clawson's employer, Radio America. White
powder had spilled from the envelope, which Clawson
After Stephen J. Hatfill was named as the FBI's
leading suspect, the same ultracon media
opinion-shapers who had immediately blamed Saddam
Hussein now hustled to Hatfill's defense. Rupert
Murdoch's Evening Standard opined that his status as
"interesting" to federal inevestigators "inspired a
mini-industry of speculation that he may somehow be
implicated in last fall's deadly anthrax attacks.
[But] much of that speculation pretends to be
something more: certainty of his guilt, and certainty
that in every nook and cranny of his life must be
found some blot or scar or mark of the devil that
proves his guilt."4
Marks of the devil?:
Bloodhounds found him of some interest after
snuffling a letter inside of envelope put there by
Hatfill, preserved in a hermetically-sealed bag. The
hounds responded to him alone.
A return address on one of the anthrax-bearing
envelopes was Greendale, Rhodesia. Hatfill lived in
The neo-fascist Selous Scouts in Rhodesia spread
anthrax. Hatfill was a member of the Scouts at the
time of the contagion's spread.
Hatfill had no fit alibi for the days of the anthrax
Hatfill's PhD was forged. He was caught lying on his
He failed a CIA lie-detector test regarding his
activities in Rhodesia before the anthrax attacks. He
failed a lie detector test afterward concerning his
involvement in them.
Some of most damaging evidence was discovered in ponds
recently searched near his home. Items pulled from the
mud included a clear box with insert holes for rubber
gloves to protect someone working with toxic
materials. Also recovered were glass vials in plastic
wrap, and gloves.5
One wonders which expletive David Kay, the SAIC vice
president and Hatfill's boss, whispered to himself the
moment he heard that these items had been found - not
to mention a positive lab test for traces of anthrax
FBI technicians detected on these objects, later
changed to "inconclusive."6 But then, Kay was out of
the country, conducting a WMD "search" of his own.
1) Wayne Madsen, "Anthrax And The Agency - Thinking
The Unthinkable," CounterPunch.org, April 8, 2002.
2) David Tell, "The Hunting of Steven J. Hatfill: Why
are so many people eager to believe that this man is
the anthrax killer?' Evening Standard, vol. 8, no. 1,
September 16, 2002.
3) Scott Shane, "FBI defends anthrax inquiry,"
Baltimore Sun, August 13, 2002.
4) Marilyn W. Thompson, 'The Pursuit of Steven
Hatfill," Washington Post, September 14, 2003, p. W-6.
5) See, The Biovangelist web site.