The Anthrax Vaccine, Depleted Uranium, & Gulf War Syndrome (GWS)
Many questions surround the safety and health of the anthrax
vaccine, and this report will examine both this vaccine as well
as the mysterious illness that has afflicted many veterans of
the Gulf War in Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia known as Gulf War
Syndrome or GWS. The anthrax vaccine is an issue of special
concern to many because it has been mandated that all American
soldiers, as well as many civilian employees, receive the full
set of shots with the intention of making the troops temporarily
immune to the biological warfare version of the anthrax disease.
Many people see this vaccination program as yet another GWS in
the making and they have some valid reasons for thinking this.
Indeed, the more it is investigated, the more sordid the story
of the anthrax vaccine program becomes.
Is Battlefield Safety an Oxymoron?
The military and the civilian realm of American society have
very different interpretations of health and safety. The
military’s purpose is to fight wars and win and this inevitably involves
deaths on both side.
The US military has come a long way on safety issues during
peacetime training but still, when it comes to a war zone safety
is low on the General’s priority list because winning is the first priority and
causalities are figured into the equation; in combat, death is
not just an option it's a reality.
The Gulf War was a typical example of this philosophy at work.
The Iraqi theatre was a shooting combat zone and the goal of the
leadership, both in Saudi Arabia and in Washington D.C., was to
make the American and coalition soldiers survive long enough to
win the war, anything else was (theoretically) just a bonus.
This logic meant that the troops were exposed to hazards and
safety problems that wouldn’t
have been acceptable during peacetime or even during training.
Before and during the Gulf War untested
drugs were handed out like candy and everyone was shot-up with
unproven vaccines. Soldiers were exposed to depleted uranium
remnants and dust from tank shells and A-10 Warthog ground
attack aircraft strafing runs. Meanwhile, oil fires burning for
weeks left the air horrendously polluted with toxins too
numerous to count. Nasty local insects, rodents and reptiles
made life hazardous for everyone in the area at the moment and
afterwards through the unsafe use of chemical pesticides, even to
include wearing animal flea collars. Not to mention the diseases
endemic to the region and a local populace that doesn’t know what the word
means. Combine all
with the low level use of chemical weapons and even those same
munitions being demolished and thrown into the air! Is it really
that shocking that some people came back from the Gulf sick?
Indeed, the southern Iraqi people are experiencing very high
rates of birth defects and other illness, most likely from the
depleted uranium that is in the ground and air and will probably
remain so forever. In many ways Gulf War Syndrome is just
another tragic example of preventable friendly fire.
This is no excuse for the Veterans Administration (VA) and other
government agencies that have been slow to recognize
after-effects and health problems with Gulf War vets. This is
typical bureaucracy especially, prevalent in the military health
sector, as anyone who has had to deal with a VA hospital knows.
The problem is evidently compounded by the fact that all those
drugs that were handed out during the war weren’t
catalogued or recorded at all; either that or the records were
"lost"! Malpractice and concomitant lawsuits are, needless to
say, not an issue to military medical personnel. So what
were the pills and vaccinations for? Who knows, various
experimental drugs, quack and quick solutions, even nerve gas
antidotes as some have suggested - perhaps the atropine
injectors weren’t good enough?
More ‘Friendly’ Fire Courtesy of the Anthrax Vaccine?
Because of the past record of sloppy medical care, as well as the
substandard safety levels associated with the military, many
people see dangerous similarity between the latest anthrax
vaccine and Gulf War Syndrome problems. And the manufacturer of
the vaccine has certainly had more than its fair share of
production problems. BioPort Corp. Headed by Fuad El-Hibri,
originally from Lebanon, more than doubled the price it charges
to the government from $3.50 a dose to over $10 because they
claimed they would be bankrupt otherwise. The company bought a
vaccine production plant from the state of Michigan right before
declaring themselves to be nearly insolvent, leading to
speculation as to whether this is just poor financial planning
or an ignoble attempt to squeeze more cash out of the federal
government. Since BioPort is a private company it does not have
to release financial reports, but we do know that in seven years
they have managed to turn a $4.5 million investment into a $450
million dollar biotech company precisely because they are the
sole producer and supplier for the anthrax vaccine in the
country at a time when fear and panic about everything related
to terrorism and biological weapons, real or imagined, grips the public and policy-makers alike. 
The just-too-convenient appearance of this setup has not escaped
the attention of one intrepid reporter, Bob Evans of the Daily
Press (Newport News). His four part investigative series into
the anthrax vaccine program, BioPort, and the government has
revealed the hazards of the vaccine as well as likely corruption
between current and former government and military personnel to
support lucrative deals for the sole manufacturer.
But the U.S. government was not keen on letting a
foreign-owned company control its anthrax vaccine. The only
other bidder was also based overseas.
So Fuad El-Hibri played a trump card: A family friend, former
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. William Crowe, was
made a director.
Crowe put no money into BioPort but got about 10 percent of
the stock, government records show. El Hibri says Crowe
immediately advised him to apply for U.S. citizenship.
The production side seems corrupt, possibly inept too, and
neither aspect is likely to endear anyone
to their cause
that's not on the payroll. Besides that, a major problem is the actual safety of the
vaccine. Government officials claim it has been safe and FDA
approved for nearly 30 years but that only applies to
veterinarians who work with animals. Those people are at risk
for a very simple and fairly benign version of anthrax, not a modified
or potentially more virulent biological warfare version. Nor has
this vaccination been proven to be effective against airborne
anthrax viruses as would be encountered in combat.
There are no systematic long-term studies of the health of those
who've taken the drug. Most studies that the Pentagon cites as
support for the vaccines s safety involve monitoring that lasted
days to a few months.
 And in fact,
federal judge ruled last year  that the drug had never
been adequately licensed for protection against anthrax use in
Like all medications this vaccination needs to be tested in an
environment similar to what it is intended to protect against.
Ideally one would need a sample of that enemy biological warfare agent
that some people continue to claim as a dire threat to every
human on the planet and especially the military. Obviously that
is not likely, but we must also realize that even if we tested
the vaccine for a specific pathogen when the next war arrives
the disease may well have mutated either on its own or with the
help of an aggressive regime.
In the meantime people are
dying from adverse reactions to this vaccine that is of very
questionable value to begin with. As more research goes into it,
the signs and symptoms begin to form a pattern
evidence of the same adverse side effect after a vaccination is
one of the most telling signs of a systematic problem with a
drug or vaccine, as opposed to a coincidental relationship.”
 Autoimmune problems seem to be a consistent element in
deadly reactions to the anthrax vaccine. In some people the
vaccine is altering the immune system and tricking it into
attacking healthy parts of the body.
years covered by the hospitalization report obtained by the
Daily Press, dozens of sick veterans who'd received the shot
went to Capitol Hill, complaining of various health problems.
Some got the shot for the 1991 Persian Gulf War, in which the
vaccine had its first widespread use. Others were members of
the military forced to take the shots under a mandatory
program that began in 1998.
Their complaints had common themes: Fatigue. Chronic pain in
joints and other symptoms of arthritis. Tingling in their
feet, arms and hands. Mental lapses. Often, more than one of
the symptoms were present, making diagnoses difficult.
Sympathetic doctors testified that
these complaints were indicative of autoimmune problems, in
which the body's natural protective mechanisms go haywire and
start attacking healthy cells and tissue. The doctors said
that could result if the vaccine overstimulated the vets'
immune systems. 
Another element that should be included is that of a chemical
called squalene that has been added to many troubled vaccines
and may be a link between the anthrax, and other vaccines, and
Gulf War Syndrome.
The common factor for the 275,000 British and US veterans who
are ill appears to be a substance called squalene, allegedly
used in injections to add to their potency.
Squalene is classed as an adjuvant - a chemical which is added
to a vaccine to make it more combative. It is a naturally
occurring substance in the human body but injecting it is
illegal, and past scientific research in rats and mice has
found that it causes auto-immune disease. Consequently,
squalene in the form of a vaccine is unlicensed for human or
Ultimately the whole concept of a vaccine actually protecting
soldiers against a biological warfare agent, one that can be
modified to defeat defenses at any time, is ridiculous.
Vaccinating a veterinarian who might possibly pick up anthrax
from sick sheep is one thing but to go and claim that the entire
military force needs the exact same shot, actually six shots
over a period of time, that’s simply specious reasoning. I would like to see this vaccine in a
full-blown scientific testing scenario with a test and a control
group preferably humans too. Then analyze it within a real-world
environment against a modern, bio-war version of airborne
anthrax. Afterwards write up an official report and have it
reviewed and published by a respected scientific journal. Once
BioPort cleans up its act and gains a shred of respectability
maybe those on the receiving end of the needle would have less
to worry about.
Killing courtesy of Lariam?
issue in the news headlines has to do
with another drug being used in the military.
This time it's not to prevent anthrax infections
but to prevent malaria. The drug's brand name is Lariam, or generically known as mefloquine. Some
of the informal terms associated with its use
include being 'wigged out' and going 'psycho'.
That would definitely be bad enough if it
happened to anyone but when it happens to battle-hardened
soldiers that are armed and trained to kill, well, I don't have to
do the math for you on that one.
very serious side-effects that are officially
acknowledged to include:
label warns of psychosis, hallucinations,
delusions, paranoia, aggression, tremors,
confusion, abnormal dreams and rare reports of
suicide. It also says mental problems can last
long after taking it. The Walter Reed Army
Institute of Research developed Lariam in the
1970s after troops in Vietnam contracted malaria
despite taking chloroquine -- then the standard
several soldiers returned from intensive duty in
Afghanistan to Ft. Bragg then killed themselves
and their wives, which is why Lariam has been
under focus because those soldiers were all
influenced by the use of that very drug. Whether Lariam
caused them to start killing people they weren't
under orders to kill is still open for debate,
but the primary issue I'm trying to highlight is
that, once again, the government has a
substantial interest in NOT admitting fault in
the case of a bad drug being used on its
"The Army does
not want (the truth) released," said Tony
Deibler, deputy director of U.S. embassy security
in Kabul and a security expert for 26 years with
the U.S. diplomatic staff. "If we (the
government) admit this, we are opening ourselves
up to a multi, multi, multi-billion dollar
lawsuit. I love my country, but this is what
drives that train."
news service has put more effort into researching
this issue than about any other news service.
This, and the above quotes, are from
Fort Bragg study faces scrutiny.
UPI has interviewed
a number of soldiers who say Lariam has given
them long-term mental problems since the U.S.
military began widely using the drug on over 20,000
troops deployed to Somalia in the early 1990s. U.S.
Army officials told UPI they never saw evidence
of any problems with the drug there.
"There is so
much darkness in your brain and so much violence.
And you know what you are capable of," said
G. Mayes, a member of the Army reserves who was
called up in 1993. Mayes said that while she
suffered no mental problems before then, the
Lariam the Army gave her brought on
hallucinations, confusion, depression, paranoia,
suicidal thoughts and even thoughts of homicide
that she struggles with to this day.
"You know that
no one around you is safe. You do whatever you
can to maintain the appearance of normalcy. It is
all in your eyes and in your head. You know that
if somebody pulls the right stunt, you are just
going to snap their little neck and leave them
Brain shrink linked to Gulf War syndrome,
by Roxanne Khamsi, New Scientist, May 1,2007.
Smallpox shot infects soldier's toddler
son, Boy critically ill; mom also stricken,
by Jeremy Manier, Chicago Tribune, March 17,
Anthrax Vaccine Contract Voided, Thwarting
by Renae Merle, Washington Post, December 20,
Mandatory Anthrax Shots to Return,
by Christopher Lee, Washington Post, October 17, 2006.
How a company cashed in on anthrax, The
vaccine maker's frequent cries for help brought it millions of
additional tax dollars - even when it could not deliver a
product that troops could use, By Bob
Evans, Daily Press, Virginia,
December 7, 2005.
'I'd known that kid ... That wasn't him'
Bill Noel's mental health declined rapidly after his second
anthrax shot, leaving him spaced out, angry and paranoid. He
died after setting himself on fire,
By Bob Evans, Daily Press, Virginia, December 5, 2005.
Deadly side-effects renew criticism of anthrax vaccine,
Kansas City Star July 28, 2005.
US in U-turn over Gulf war syndrome, New Scientist
November 3, 2004.
Bacteria link to Gulf war illness discounted,
Washington Times July 20, 2004.
Gulf war veterans have fertility problems,
New Scientist July 14, 2004.
Drug cocktail blamed for Gulf War Sickness, Ananova July 12, 2004.
Gulf War estimates of chemical agent exposure flawed,
AFP June 1, 2004.
are just victims of wanting to serve our country." Lives
ruined, by the anthrax vaccine?
Mystery pneumonia toll may be much higher,
Benjamin, UPI, September 16, 2003.
Father of dead soldier claims Army coverup,
by Mark Benjamin UPI
/ Washington Times, August 8, 2003.
somebody breaks this story wide open, we are going to have a lot
more deaths. I am afraid we are going to lose a lot because of
Warning of toxic aftermath from uranium munitions
Anthony Cardinale 07/22/03.
An Incomplete Picture, by Bob Evans, Newport News Daily
Press, December, 2005.
How A Company Cashed In On Anthrax, by Bob Evans, Newport
News Daily Press, December, 2005.
Illegal vaccine link to Gulf war syndrome, by Paul Brown, environment correspondent for The Guardian, July
Anthrax Symptoms & Response, from the CDC
AnthraxVaccine.org, a website critical of the mandatory
anthrax vaccination program, operated by Dr. Meryl Nass.
Killing Kids? - A connected Holology
report from the Dep't of Research
is the official
FDA warnings and indications label for the anthrax vaccine
that is, unfortunately, rarely available to read for those
receiving the shot.
analysis of the syndrome
General Accounting Office (GAO) study on changes in the
anthrax vaccine production process, dated 2001. Lists problems
and violations found at the BioPort vaccine manufacturing
Link government site on GWS
Vaccine Resource Directory, a helpful website with
news and links.
Unproven Force Protection, a Congressional study of
the anthrax vaccination program, dated 2000,
Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) web site is a
cooperative “safety surveillance program” between the CDC and
the FDA allowing the public to submit information on adverse
reactions and side effects to vaccines.