New York Times reports U.S. violations of biological weapons treaty.

(September 4, 2001)

According to a front page story in the New York Times, the United States is currently pursuing research that violates a 1972 treaty prohibiting development of weapons that spread disease. Programs being carried out under the aegis of the CIA appear to be in violation of treaty agreements because they seek to develop particularly virulent strands of anthrax. Justifications for the current work emphasize the need to mimic weapons that might be used in terrorist attacks. The Times article reminds one of the arguments made for BW in the 1950’s, and particularly the Baldwin Report’s rationale for the establishment of the Special Operations Division at Detrick where Frank Olson was employed. Then as now the most tightly guarded secret BW projects were handled by the CIA.

Read the Times article.