Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2015. Pretty exciting, right? Please do your part today. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2015.

Your Donation: $
Friday, February 20, 1998 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Iraqi Artist Layla Al-Attar
1998-02-20

Chemical Weapons in the U.S.

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

As the U.S. threatens to bomb Iraq over suspected weapons capabilities, here at home two men were charged yesterday with possessing a dangerous biological weapon believed to be anthrax. The suspects included a central Ohio man who was given probation after pleading guilty to illegally obtaining bubonic plague bacteria through the mail.

The F.B.I. said they arrested the men as they were possibly about to test the agent in some way at a medical center in suburban Las Vegas. The men were identified as 46-year-old Larry Wayne Harris and 47-year-old William Leavitt.

An F.B.I source said that the suspects were members of the Aryan Nation, a white supremacist group, who allegedly planned to release a "dangerous bacterial substance in New York City’s subways. An F.B.I spokesperson said that a number of cities may have been discussed.

If the men had carried out their plan, it would not have been the first time that bacteria had been unleashed in New York City’s subways. In 1966, the United states army conducted a biological warfare experiment over a 6-day period and used as its subjects unsuspecting New York City commuters.

Guest:

  • Dr. Leonard Cole, author of ??Clouds of Secrecy and ??The Eleventh Plague, professor of political science at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Specialist in biological and chemical warfare policy.
  • Dr. Michio Kaku, author of ??Hyperspace professor of physics at City College, host of Pacifica Radio’s national program Explorations.

Tape:

  • Rudolph Mills, a survivor of World War II experiments with poison mustard gas. He was the first to testify in 1994 Senate hearings probing the history of US chemical experimentation and investigating the possibility that Gulf soldiers might have been some sort of guinea pigs.

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.