Friday, March 03, 2006

Breaking: U.S. Bioweapon Attack Thwarted

Who was the wild-eyed, brown-skinned Islamic extremist who made his way to our country via the porous Mexican border? Just some imaginary guy created in a fear-induced coma provided courtesy of BushCo and their media minions. In reality, here is what I would call a real threat, not of the strawman variety.

Authorities found a large amount of castor bean plants, which can be used to make ricin, in the Phoenix apartment of 58-year-old Denys Ray Hughes in July.

Ricin is a poisonous protein that can be used as a biological weapon. As little as 500 micrograms of the protein, roughly the amount that fits on the head of a pin, is enough to kill an adult, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It was clear that we interrupted an individual that was infatuated and experimented with dangerous toxins and explosive weapons," said Tom Mangan, special agent and spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"And we interrupted him at an early stage," he said.


Mangan said they found formulas for producing ricin, six bottles of castor beans, and dimethyl sulfide, a solvent that can penetrate the skin and has been combined with ricin in other incidents.

Authorities also found 42 biological and chemical samples and an arsenal of weapons hidden behind the cabin's walls. The weaponry, wrapped in plastic and foil, included pistols, high-powered rifles, ammunition, and artillery shells, Mangan said.


This tale of terror spans several states including Arizona, Wisconsin and Kansas. I wonder if the talking heads will allow this story to invade their narrative of xenophobia aimed at Islam? I won't hold my breath. After all, if they were genuinely interested in exposing the real threats to our security, they would've had their aim set on the White House years ago.

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