Monday, August 4, 2014

A Career In Microbiology Can Be Harmful To Your Health - Important for all to READ!

Chris Mekern, my friend on Facebook asked me to read and distribute this disappearing Essay. One that he feels is of great importance and should be read by as many people as possible.

A Career In Microbiology Can Be Harmful To Your Health
(Revised - updated)

Michael Davidson, FTW staff writer
and Michael C. Ruppert

[Copyright 2002, From The Wilderness Publications,, All rights reserved.
May be recopied, distributed for non-profit purposes only; May not be posted on an Internet
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[ED. NOTE: As FTW has begun to investigate serious discussions by legitimate scientists
and academics on the possible necessity of reducing the world's population by more than
four billion people, no stranger set of circumstances since Sept. 11 adds credibility to this
possibility than the suspicious deaths of what may be as many as 14 world-class microbiologists.
Following on the heels of our two-part series on the coming world oil crisis, this
story by Michael Davidson, a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Journalism, is
one which takes on a unique significance. In our original story we incorrectly reported the
original date of disappearance of Don Wiley and two other microbiologists. These errors
have been corrected and we have updated the story to include new deaths that have occurred
since we published an earlier version on Feb. 14. The newest connections to
DynCorp, Hadron and PROMIS software are leads an amateur would not miss. How else
would any microbiologists threatening an ultra secret government biological weapons
program be identified than by secretly scanning their databases to see what they were
working on? -- MCR]

FTW -- Feb. 28, 2002 -- In the four-month period from Nov. 12 through Feb. 11, seven
world-class microbiologists in different parts of the world were reported dead. Six died of
"unnatural" causes, while the cause of the seventh's death is questionable. Also on Nov. 12,
DynCorp, a major government contractor for data processing, military operations and intelligence
work, was awarded a $322 million contract to develop, produce and store vaccines
for the Department of Defense. DynCorp and Hadron, both defense contractors connected
to classified research programs on communicable diseases, have also been linked to a
software program known as PROMIS, which may have helped identify and target the

In the six weeks prior to Nov. 12, two additional foreign microbiologists were reported
dead. Some believe there were as many as five more microbiologists killed during the period,
bringing the total as high as 14. These two to seven additional deaths, however, are
not the focus of this story. This same period also saw the deaths of three persons involved
in medical research or public health.

- On Nov. 12, Benito Que, 52, was found comatose in the street near the laboratory where
he worked at the University of Miami Medical School. He died on Dec. 6.
- On Nov. 16, Don C. Wiley, 57, vanished, and his abandoned rental car was found on the
Hernando de Soto Bridge outside Memphis, Tenn. His body was found on Dec. 20.
- On Nov. 23, Vladimir Pasechnik, 64, was found dead in Wiltshire, England, not far from
his home.
- On Dec. 10, Robert Schwartz, 57, was found murdered in his rural home in Loudoun
County, Va.
- On Dec, 11, Set Van Nguyen, 44, was found dead in the airlock entrance to a walk-in
refrigerator in the laboratory where he worked in Victoria State, Australia.
- On Feb. 8, Vladimir Korshunov, 56, was found dead on a Moscow street.
- And on Feb. 11, Ian Langford, 40, was found dead in his home in Norwich, England.

Prior to these deaths, on Oct. 4, a commercial jetliner traveling from Israel to Novosibirsk,
Siberia was shot down over the Black Sea by an "errant" Ukrainian surface-to-air missile,
killing all on board. The missile was over 100 miles off-course. Despite early news stories
reporting it as a charter, the flight, Air Sibir 1812, was a regularly scheduled flight.

According to several press reports, including a Dec. 5 article by Barry Chamish and one on
Jan. 13 by Jim Rarey (both available at, the plane is believed by many in
Israel to have had as many as five passengers who were microbiologists. Both Israel and
Novosibirsk are homes for cutting-edge microbiological research. Novosibirsk is known as
the scientific capital of Siberia, and home to over 50 research facilities and 13 full
universities for a population of only 2.5 million people.

At the time of the Black Sea crash, Israeli journalists had been sounding the alarm that
two Israeli microbiologists had been recently murdered, allegedly by terrorists. On Nov. 24
a Crossair flight from Berlin to Zurich crashed on its landing approach. Of the 33 persons on
board, 24 were killed, including the head of the hematology department at Israel's Ichilov
Hospital, as well as directors of the Tel Aviv Public Health Department and Hebrew University
School of Medicine. They were the only Israelis on the flight. The names of those killed,
as reported in a subsequent Israeli news story but not matched to their job titles, were
Avishai Berkman, Amiramp Eldor and Yaacov Matzner.

Besides all being microbiologists, six of the seven scientists who died within weeks of each
other died from "unnatural" causes. And four of the seven were doing virtually identical research
-- research that has global, political and financial significance.

The public relations office at the University of Miami Medical School said only that Benito
Que was a cell biologist, involved in oncology research in the hematology department. This
research relies heavily on DNA sequencing studies. The circumstances of his death raise
more questions than they answer.

Que had left his job at a research laboratory at the University of Miami Medical School,
apparently heading for his Ford Explorer parked on NW 10th Avenue. The Miami Herald,
referring to the death as an "incident," reported he had no wallet on him, and quoted Miami
police as saying his death may have been the result of a mugging. Police made this statement
while at the same time saying there was a lack of visible trauma to Que's body. There
is firm belief among Que's friends and family that the PhD was attacked by four men, at
least one of whom had a baseball bat. Que's death has now been officially ruled "natural,"
caused by cardiac arrest. Both the Dade County medical examiner and the Miami Police
would not comment on the case, saying only that it is closed.


Don C. Wiley of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Harvard University, was one of the
most prominent microbiologists in the world. He had won many of the field's most prestigious
awards, including the 1995 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for work that
could make anti-viral vaccines a reality. He was heavily involved in research on DNA sequencing.
Wiley was last seen around midnight on Nov. 15, leaving the St. Jude's Children's
Research Advisory dinner held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. Associates attending
the dinner said he showed no signs of intoxication, and no one has admitted to drinking
with him.

His rented Mitsubishi Galant was found about four hours later, abandoned on a bridge
across the Mississippi River, headed towards Arkansas. Keys were in the ignition, the gas
tank full, and the hazard flashers had not been turned on. Wiley's body was found on Dec.
20, snagged on a tree along the Mississippi River in Vidalia, La., 300 miles south of
Memphis. Until his body was found, Dr. Wiley's death was handled as a missing person
case, and police did no forensic examinations.

Early reports about Wiley's disappearance made no mention of paint marks on his car or a
missing hubcap, which turned up in subsequent reports. The type of accident needed to
knock off the hubcaps (actually a complete wheel cover) used on recent model Galants
would have caused noticeable damage to the sheet metal on either side of the wheel, and
probably the wheel itself. No damage to the car s body or wheel has been reported.

Wiley's car was found about a five-minute drive from the hotel where he was last seen.
There is a four-hour period in his evening that cannot be accounted for. There is also no
explanation as to why he would have been headed into Arkansas late at night. Wiley was
staying at his father's home in Memphis.

The Hernando de Soto Bridge carries Interstate 40 out of Memphis, across the Mississippi
River into Arkansas. The traffic on the bridge was reduced to a single lane in each direction.
This would have caused westbound traffic out of Memphis to slow down and travel in one
lane. Anything in the other two closed lanes would have been plainly obvious to every
passing person. There are no known witnesses to Wiley stopping his car on the bridge.
On Jan. 14, almost two months after his disappearance, Shelby County Medical Examiner
O.C. Smith announced that his department had ruled Wiley s death to be "accidental;" the
result of massive injuries suffered in a fall from the Hernando de Soto Bridge. Smith said
there were paint marks on Wiley's rental car similar to the paint used on construction signs
on the bridge, and that the car's right front hubcap was missing. There has been no report
as to which construction signs Wiley hit. There is also no explanation as to why this evidence
did not move the Memphis police to consider possibilities other than a "missing person."
Smith theorizes that Wiley pulled over to the outermost lane of the bridge (that lane being
closed at the time) to inspect the damage to his car. Smith's subsequent explanation for the
fall requires several other things to have occurred simultaneously:

- Wiley had to have had one of the two or three seizures he has per year due to a rare disorder
known only to family and close friends, that seizure being brought on by use of alcohol
earlier that evening;
- A passing truck creating a huge blast of wind and/or roadway bounce due to heavy traf -
fic; and,
- Wiley had to be standing on the curb next to the guardrail which, because of Wiley's 6-
foot-3-inch height, would have come only to his mid-thigh.

These conditions would have put Wiley's center of gravity above the rail, and the seizure
would have caused him to lose his balance as the truck created the bounce and blast of
wind, thus causing him to fall off the bridge.


Robert M. Schwartz was a founding member of the Virginia Biotechnology Association, and
the Executive Director of Research and Development at Virginia's Center for Innovative
Technology. He was extremely well respected in biophysics, and regarded as an authority
on DNA sequencing.

Co-workers became concerned when he didn't show up at his office on Dec. 10. He was
later found dead at his home. Loudoun County Sheriff's officials said Schwartz was stabbed
on Dec. 8 with a sword, and had an "X" cut into the back of his neck.

Schwartz's daughter Clara, 19, and three others have been charged in the case. The four
are said to have a fascination with fantasy worlds, witchcraft, and the occult. Kyle Hulbert,
18, who allegedly committed the murder, has a history of mental illness, and is reported by
the Washington Post to have killed Schwartz to prevent the murder of Clara. At the request
of Clara Schwartz's attorneys, on Feb. 13 Judge Pamela Grizzle ordered all new evidence
introduced about her role in the case to be sealed. She also issued a temporary gag order
covering the entire case on police, prosecutors and defense attorneys.


Set Van Nguyen was found dead on Dec. 11 at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organization's animal diseases facility in Geelong, Australia. He had worked there
15 years. According to an article on by Ian Gurney, in Jan. 2001 the magazine
Nature published information that two scientists at this facility, using genetic manipulation
and DNA sequencing, had created an incredibly virulent form of mousepox, a cousin
of smallpox. The researchers were extremely concerned that if similar manipulation could
be done to smallpox, a terrifying weapon could be unleashed.

According to Victoria Police, Nguyen died after entering a refrigerated storage facility. "He
did not know the room was full of deadly gas which had leaked from a liquid nitrogen cooling
system. Unable to breathe, Mr. Nguyen collapsed and died," is the official report.

Nitrogen is not a "deadly" gas, and is a part of air. An extreme over-abundance of nitrogen
in one's immediate atmosphere would cause shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and fatigue
-- conditions a biologist would certainly recognize. Additionally, a leak sufficient to fill
the room with nitrogen would set off alerts, and would be so massive as to cause a complete
loss of cooling, causing the temperature to rise, which would also set off alerts these
systems are routinely equipped with.


In 1989, Vladimir Pasechnik defected from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) to Great Britain
while on a trip to Paris. He had been the top scientist in the FSU's bioweapons program,
which is heavily dependent upon DNA sequencing. Pasechnik's death was reported in the
New York Times as having occurred on Nov. 23.

The Times obituary indicated that the announcement of Pasechnik's death was made in the
United States by Dr. Christopher Davis of Virginia, who stated that the cause of death was a
stroke. Davis was the member of British intelligence who de-briefed Dr. Pasechnik at the
time of his defection. Davis says he left the intelligence service in 1996, but when asked
why a former member of British intelligence would be the person announcing the death of
Pasechnik to the US media, he replied that it had come about during a conversation with a
reporter he had had a long relationship with. The reporter Davis named is not the author of
the Times' obituary, and Davis declined to say which branch of British intelligence he served
in. No reports of Pasechnik's death appeared in Britain for more than a month, until Dec.
29, when his obituary appeared in the London Telegraph, which did not include a date of

Pasechnik spent the 10 years after his defection working at the Centre for Applied
Microbiology and Research at the UK Department of Health, Salisbury. On Feb. 20, 2000, it
was announced that, along with partner Caisey Harlingten, Pasechnik had formed a company
called Regma Biotechnologies Ltd. Regma describes itself as "a new drug company working
to provide powerful alternatives to antibiotics." Like three other microbiologists detailed
in this article, Pasechnik was heavily involved in DNA sequencing research. During the
anthrax panic of this past fall, Pasechnik offered his services to the British government to
help in any way possible. Despite Regma having a public relations department that has released
many items to the press over the past two years, the company has not announced
the death of one of its two founders.


On Feb. 9 the news publication reported that Victor Korshunov had been killed.
At the time, Korshunov was head of the microbiology sub-facility at the Russian State
Medical University. He was found dead in the entrance to his home with a cranial injury.
Pravda reports that Korshunov had probably invented either a vaccine to protect against
biological weapons, or a weapon itself.

On Feb. 12 a newspaper in Norwich, England reported the previous day's death of Ian
Langford, a senior researcher at the University of East Anglia. The story went on to say that
police "were not treating the death as suspicious." The next day, Britain's The Times reported
that Langford was found wedged under a chair "at his blood-spattered and apparently
ransacked home."

The February 12 story, from the Eastern Daily Press, reports that clerks at a store near
Langford's home claim he came in on a daily basis to buy "a big bottle of vodka." Two of the
store's staff also claim Langford had come into the store a few days earlier wearing "just a
jumper and a pair of shoes." None of the store's staff would give their name.

It is hard to understand how a man can reach the highest levels of achievement in a
scientific field while drinking "a big bottle of vodka" on a daily basis, and strolling around
his hometown nearly nude. A Feb. 14 follow-up story from the Eastern Daily Press says police
believe Langford died after suffering "one or more falls." They say this would account
for his head injuries and large amount of blood found at the death scene.


There is another intriguing connection between three of the five American scientists that
have died. Wiley, Schwartz, and Benito Que worked for medical research facilities that received
grants from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). HHMI funds a tremendous
number of research programs at schools, hospitals and research facilities, and has long
been alleged to be conducting "black ops" biomedical research for intelligence organizations,
including the CIA.

Long-time biowarfare investigator Patricia Doyle, Ph.D. reports that there is a history of
people connected to HHMI being murdered. In 1994, Jose Trias met with a friend in
Houston, Texas and was planning to go public with his personal knowledge of HHMI "front
door" grants being diverted to "back door" black ops bioresearch. The next day, Trias and
his wife were found dead in their Chevy Chase, Md. home. Chevy Chase is where HHMI is
headquartered. Police described the killings as a professional hit. Tsunao Saitoh, who
formerly worked at an HHMI-funded lab at Columbia University, was shot to death on May
7, 1996 while sitting in his car outside his home in La Jolla, Calif. Police also described this
as a professional hit.


Early-October saw reports that British scientists were planning to exhume the bodies of 10
London victims of the 1918 type-A flu epidemic known as the Spanish Flu. An October 7
report In The Independent, UK said that victims of the Spanish Flu had been victims of "the
world's most deadly virus." British scientists, according to the story, hope to uncover the
genetic makeup of the virus, making it easier to combat.

Professor John Oxford of London's Queen Mary's School of Medicine, the British government's
flu adviser, acknowledges that the exhumations and subsequent studies will have to
be done with extreme caution so the virus is not unleashed to cause another epidemic. The
uncovering of a pathogen's genetic structure is the exact work Pasechnik was doing at
Regma. Pasechnik died six weeks after the planned exhumations were announced. The
need to exhume the bodies assumes no Type-A flu virus sample exists in any lab anywhere
in the world.

A piece on MSNBC that aired September 6 makes the British exhumation plans seem odd.
The story refers to an article that was to be published the following day in the weekly magazine
Science, reporting the 1918 flu virus had recently been RNA sequenced. Researchers
had traced down and obtained virus samples from archived lung tissue of WWI soldiers, and
from an Inuit woman who had been buried in the Alaskan permafrost.


Almost immediately at the outset of the anthrax scare, the Bush administration contracted
with Bayer Pharmaceuticals for millions of doses of Cipro, an antibiotic to treat anthrax.
This was done despite many in the medical community stating that there were several
cheaper, better alternatives to Cipro, which has never been shown to be effective against
inhaled anthrax. The Center for Disease Control's (CDC) own website states a preference
for the antibiotic doxycycline over Cipro for inhalation anthrax. CDC expresses concerns
that widespread Cipro use could cause other bacteria to become immune to antibiotics.

It was announced Jan. 21 that the director of the CDC, Jeffrey Koplan, is resigning effective
March 31. Six days earlier it was announced that Surgeon General David Satcher is also
resigning. And there is currently no director for the National Institutes of Health -- NIH is
being run by an acting director. The recent resignations leave the three most significant
medical positions in the federal government simultaneously vacant.

After three months of conflicting reports it is now official that the anthrax that has killed
several Americans since October 5 is from US military sources connected to CIA research.
The FBI has stated that only 10 people could have had access, yet at the same time they
are reporting astounding security breaches at the biowarfare facility at Fort Detrick, Md. --
breaches such as unauthorized nighttime experiments and lab specimens gone missing.

The militarized anthrax used by the US was developed by William C. Patrick III, who holds
five classified patents on the process. He has worked at both Fort Detrick, and the Dugway
Proving Grounds in Utah. Patrick is now a private biowarfare consultant to the military and
CIA. Patrick developed the process by which anthrax spores could be concentrated at the
level of one trillion spores per gram. No other country has been able to get concentrations
above 500 billion per gram. The anthrax that was sent around the eastern US last fall was
concentrated at one trillion spores per gram, according to a Jan. 31 report by Barbara
Hatch Rosenberg of the Federation of American Scientists.

In recent years Patrick has worked with Kanatjan Alibekov. Now known by the
Americanized "Ken Alibek", he defected to the US in 1992. Before defecting, Alibek was the
no. 2 man in the FSU's biowarfare program. His boss was Vladimir Pasechnik.

Currently, Ken Alibek is President of Hadron Advanced Biosystems, a subsidiary of
Alexandria, Va.-based Hadron, Inc. Hadron describes itself as a company specializing in the
development of technical solutions for the intelligence community. As chief scientist at
Hadron, Alibek gave extensive testimony to the House Armed Services Committee about
biological weapons on Oct. 20, 1999, and again on May 23, 2000. Hadron announced on
Dec. 20 that as of that date, the company had received $12 million in funding for medical
biodefense research from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the US Army
Medical Research and Materiel Command, and the NIH. Hadron said it was working in the
field of non-specific immunity.

In the 1980s Hadron was founded and headed by Dr. Earl Brian, a medical doctor and
crony of Ronald Reagan and an associate of former Attorney General Edwin Meese. Brian
was convicted in the 1980s on fraud charges. Both Hadron and Brian have been closely associated
in court documents and numerous credible reports, confirmed since Sept. 11, with
the theft of enhanced PROMIS software from its owner, the INSLAW Corporation. PROMIS
is a highly sophisticated computer program capable of integrating a wide variety of databases.
The software has reportedly been mated in recent years with artificial intelligence.

PROMIS has long been known to have been modified by intelligence agencies with a back
door that allows for surreptitious retrieval of stored data. [For more information on what
PROMIS can do and its history, please use the search engine at]
Given this unique capability, and Hadron s prior connections to PROMIS, it is a possibility
that the software, by tapping into databases used by each of the victims, could have
identified any lines of research that threatened to compromise a larger, and as yet unidentified,
more sinister covert operation.


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