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2001-10-24

Anthrax Threat Spreads As Pentagon Develops New Bioweapons Strains As Part of Its So-Calledwar On Terrorism; a Continuing Discussion with Noam Chomsky

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Holy Cross Hospital is now treating five D.C. postal workers for possible inhalation anthrax. The hospital says twomore people with flu-like symptoms were admitted overnight. Two postal workers, Joseph Curseen and Thomas Morris,died of what officials say was inhalation anthrax on Monday.

Federal investigators still have no firm idea who is sending envelopes of the deadly microbe through the mail or whatis motivating the attacks, according to lawmakers, public health experts and law enforcement officials.

Meanwhile the Pentagon has approved the development of a genetically modified "super-anthrax" bacteria to test USdefenses against biological attack, overriding concerns that the research could violate a 1972 germ warfare treaty.

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  • Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A scholar and authorof more than thirty books, he is recognized around the world as one of the leading critics of US foreign policy. Hespoke last week at the Mass Institute of Technology.

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