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  • Vaccine Dangers

    The news team found risks had been concealed from people asked to take the smallpox vaccines. They also expose the military's refusal to admit its vaccines are harming some soldiers; soldiers who are often dismissed and treated like "malingerers." They focused on the case of Rachael Lacy. The military denied her death was from the vaccines it administered but the news team found her death certificate showed otherwise. They also looked at the case of NBC War Correspondent David Bloom who died after his vaccinations. His case was not reported or investigated as a possible vaccine adverse event. They also looked at a Journal of the American Medical Association claiming there had been "no" deaths after smallpox vaccinations.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

    During the Cold War, the Soviet Union developed the world's largest biological weapons program. Today, the Russian funding for the program has been cut, but the altered diseases and the scientists with the deadly expertise still remain in Russia and the Soviet empire's former republics. Twelve years ago, the United States began paying millions of dollars to employ Russian ex-scientists to protect the hazardous materials. This investigation shows that the United States funded program is not entirely successful; many labs remain in dangerous states of neglect and Russia still refuses to admit entry to its military controlled biological labs.
  • Hidden Casualties: Mark Benjamin's reporting on sick, injured and wounded U.S. troops

    After revealing that hundreds of National Guard and Reserve Soldiers in medical hold at Fort Stewart, Ga., were being kept in hot cement barracks, UPI further investigates the issue of sick, injured and wounded U.S troops. The investigation reveals that conditions similar to Fort Stewart also prevail in Fort Knox. Further, the report includes a detailed account linking a number of U.S non-combat illnesses and deaths in Iraq and elsewhere to possible side effects of anthrax and smallpox vaccines. Also, after the death of NBC reporter David Bloom from a blood clot in Iraq, Benjamin started tracking other cases in which soldiers there and in the U.S had become sick or died from blood clots after getting their vaccines.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Lewis Simons and Lynn Johnson travel around the world to give weapons of mass destruction a human face. They visit with survivors of Hiroshima, bio-weapon scientists from Russia and government officials in Iran. The piece attempts to quantify and qualify the threat of a biological, chemical or nuclear attack on the United States but the authors conclude it's practically impossible.
  • Clear and present danger

    The Washington Post Magazine describes the disastrous epidemics that can ensue, if smallpox is ever used as a biological weapon. The story reveals that smallpox is known as a highly contageous ancient scourge, which "has killed countless millions." The article focuses on the expert knowledge of Ken Alibek, former second-in-command manager of Biopreparat, the Soviet Union's vast biological weapons program. "Bioterrrism experts now believe the smallox virus exists in clandestine biowarfare laboratories in at least three, and possibly more, countries," the magazine reports. The article depicts the symptoms of the deadly disease, and warns about the unbelievable speed that infection can spread with.
  • The Germ Front

    The American Prospect looks at the threat of biological weapons. "Our public-health system would buckle under a massive epidemic," is one of the main findings, based on a report of the General Accounting Office. The story follows the history of bioterrorism through the centuries, and depicts major developments in the field during the Cold War and in recent decades. The reporter finds that the threat of biological weapons is indisputably growing.
  • Smallpox

    "A six-month investigation by 60 Minutes determined that the smallpox virus, which caused devastating epidemics throughout history and was finally eradicated after a massive worldwide campaign, has returned as a threat. The Soviet Union turned smallpox into a weapon, and after the collapse of the USSR, the 20-ton stock of the virus was no longer secure. We determined, based on confidential intelligence sources, that Iraq has acquired some of that stock by purchasing or getting it from a rogue Russian scientist."
  • A Plague on all Your Houses

    Westword looks at tests being done in Denver to prepare for a biological weapons attack. Also examines the possibility the U.S. may be overpreparing, spending too much money to prevent bioterrorism.
  • Killer Pox in the Congo

    Discover Magazine reports that "The last documented case of smallpox occurred in 1977. Now a deadly kin of the virus is spreading out of the forest and into villages....This was not smallpox but monkeypox, a disease first identified in 1958, when it was found spreading among Asian and African monkeys that had been captured for laboratory research....Monkeypox did not easily spread from person to person....(But) new outbreaks of the disease indicate that it could be breaking free of its natural confines and spreading from person to person ... it could become a major threat...."
  • The Demon in the Freezer

    Smallpox was supposedly eradicated 20 years ago. Only the United States and Russia are supposed to still store the virus, but most people feel many other countries have stockpiled it for use as a biological weapon. One case of smallpox would constitute a medical emergency, since the virus is extremely contagious, there is little available vaccine, and most people now have no immunity to the virus.