On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I was coincidentally asked to appear on Alex Jones Show and while I was planned to comment on something other than the attacks, the conversation couldn’t be avoided.

Jones, of course, was interested in my thoughts on what I have called the “final blow event” – I told him that I felt that it would be a biological attack on the United States.

While we have speculated on many different ways this would be carried out whether it would be through an aerosolized attack or even through mosquitoes – I was very surprised when I read today that the Pentagon reported that envelopes containing the biological poison, Ricin, arrived at the Pentagon, the office of the President and Senator Ted Cruz’ office.

At least two packages containing Ricin were intercepted on the way to the Pentagon.

The existence of the suspected packages was been confirmed by Department of Defense officials, who indicated that the packages never made it into the Pentagon itself. The packages were flagged in the mail delivery building, which is located next door to the Defense Department’s massive headquarters.

The FBI has been called in to lead the investigation into the packages, which were addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson.

The FBI released the following statement: “On Tuesday, October, 2, 2018, in coordination with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, FBI Special Agents took possession of two suspicious envelopes that had been screened at the Pentagon mail facility. Those envelopes are currently undergoing further testing. As this is ongoing, we will have no further comment”.

As the Washington, DC, area worked to determine the origin of the Ricin attack, news also broke that two individuals had been hospitalized after being exposed to a powdery substance in mail sent to Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s Houston campaign office.

Cruz’s office said they received a piece of mail addressed to Senator Cruz this morning. When the mail was opened, it contained the white powdery substance.

The 9th floor of the Phoenix Tower was evacuated after the package was found.

The Pentagon also reported that Ricin was detected in mail sent to President Donald Trump.

About a half-dozen letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to journalists and politicians beginning one week after the 9/11 attacks. Four letters with spores and threat messages eventually were recovered. All were postmarked Trenton, New Jersey, which meant that they had been processed at the postal distribution center in nearby Hamilton. Two letters were postmarked September 18, one addressed to Tom Brokaw at NBC-TV and another to the editor of the New York Post. The other two letters were stamped October 9 and addressed to Senators Thomas Daschle and Patrick Leahy.

As people became infected in September, October and November, local responses revealed gaps in preparedness for a biological attack. For example, the first confirmation of an anthrax case was on October 4th, more than two weeks after the initial letters were mailed.

Retrospective assessments later indicated that by then nine people had already contracted the disease. Their illness previously had been misidentified because of faulty diagnoses or erroneous laboratory tests.

In the end, at least 22 people had become infected, five of whom died.

Meanwhile, scores of buildings were belatedly found to be contaminated with spores that had leaked from the letters. At least 30,000 people who were deemed at risk required prophylactic antibiotics like Cipro.

Millions more were fearful, many of them anxious about opening their own mail.

Since the Anthrax attacks, the U.S. government has spent about $60 billion on bio-defense. A large portion of those dollars has gone to bio-defense research under the auspices of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

The NIAID budget for the fiscal year 2018 is $5.3 billion, up by 6.7 percent. The appropriation provides another $40 million to NIAID for Universal Influenza Vaccine Research, bringing the total budget for that research in FY 2018 to $100 million.

Now that this event has happened, it should prompt reflections on the current status of a biological or chemical attack threat to the United States.

One aspect of an assessment—the threat posed by biological weapons is especially challenging because of the unique character of these weapons. A prime distinction is the fact that exposure to minute quantities of a biological agent may go unnoticed, yet ultimately be the cause of disease and death.

If anyone is exposed to Ricin, there are ways to detect it. First, a potential clue would be that a large number of people who had been close to each other rapidly develop a fever, cough, and excess fluid in their lungs. At first it would come on as a sudden flu, then there would be sudden breathing problems shared by everyone within the vicinity of the exposure and eventually, it could lead to death.

Now, does anyone remember what happened on the Emirates plane that landed at JFK Airport?

It was flight 203 from Dubai it landed at JFK at approximately 9:11 am after declaring a medical emergency, prompting a huge response from police and paramedics.

Members from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention then screened the approximately 521 people on board the plane for symptoms, taking their temperatures on the tarmac. The CDC said approximately 100 passengers and crew complained of flu-like symptoms, including a cough and fever. A total of 19 people were sick – 10 were taken to Jamaica Hospital and nine refused medical attention.

The question on everyone’s mind was how did so many people become so violently ill so quickly? There had to be an incubation period for flu — and no one in close proximity to a flu patient would get the symptoms of a cough, fever and other side effects from a mere flu exposure.

We now have a compelling argument for a gain of function exercise where Ricin may have been used; perhaps this needs to be investigated again by officials. Even though Ricin is not the most deadly poison in the world, it has been tagged as a category B
average security risk agent by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). It could be considered as a biological weapon since it is so easy to extract as a by-product in the preparation of castor oil and, what is more, it is extremely easy to purchase.

It follows that the two most likely methods of Ricin-poisoning would be the powdered form, having placed in food for food-poisoning or aerosolized or sprayed.

However, in both cases, the number of victims would be relatively small unless substantial amounts were used. Given the relative difficulty in propagating Ricin, it is not really suitable for use for a massive attack but it certainly remains a choice weapon for making groups sick or even murder.

Ricin is still considered to be a possible weapon of terror and assassination, however. Given the practical limitations of the toxin, some possible terrorist scenarios might be the inoculation of Ricin into a food or water supply or the dispersal of a Ricin aerosol in a confined indoor space. Such attacks don’t always kill but it can cause limited casualties enough to create broad panic and trigger major emergency responses.

Anyone could have mastered this attack on the Pentagon and Ted Cruz campaign office since recipes of Ricin can be found on the internet.

Ricin is found naturally in castor beans, and the toxin can be extracted from the pulp left over after the oil has been squeezed out.

The entire process can be done in a kitchen with everyday materials such as coffee filters, mason jars, and solvents found at hardware stores.

Michael P. Allswede, a toxicologist at the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told the New York Times in 2006 that a “speck of pure Ricin the size of a grain of salt is enough to kill if it is injected or swallowed.”

Pure Ricin is highly dangerous. But home-brewed Ricin might not be as pure—and therefore less harmful. Someone without technical training could make Ricin at home, but it’s much harder to effectively purify and concentrate Ricin without more knowledge. To purify Ricin, there are special, technically difficult processes that might not be readily available.

There has been some speculation that this Ricin attack was used to delay the investigation into Brett Kavanaugh or delay the vote for his confirmation – this is not the first time a biological terror attack was used to delay a voting process.

Back in 1984, the Rajneesh bio terror attack made headlines when more than 750 people were poisoned with Salmonella in The Dalles, Oregon. A leading group of followers of Osho, then known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had hoped to incapacitate the voting population of the city so that candidates who were members of the cult would win the 1984 Wasco County elections. The incident was the first bioterrorism attack in the United States, and the single largest bioterrorist attack in United States history. The attack is one of only two confirmed terrorist uses of biological weapons to harm humans in the United States.

There have been hundreds of bio-terror drills in America which have conditioned first responders, law enforcement and military for an upcoming bio-terror attack and subsequent pandemic. The fact that these bio-terror drills exist in mass confirms that bio-terror attack is in the cards and may be played in a last ditch effort to regain political, economic and military control of society.

Although there are numerous biological and chemical agents, roughly 90% of the bio-terror drills conducted were for response to an Anthrax or Smallpox attack.

This was particularly chosen for familiarity, and now we see that there are other methods of distributing a poison that is capable of killing a number of people and disabling many more.

Not only can this poison be made in regular household kitchens but it can also be made in labs in Universities, government facilities and hospitals.

Some 113 university, government, hospital and corporate laboratories engaged in research often with the potential to be used for germ warfare have refused to disclose their operations to the public as required by Federal rules, a nonprofit watchdog agency has charged.

Instead of shutting their operations down, however, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), of Bethesda, Md., the government agency tasked with oversight of these laboratories, allows them to continue to operate, a peculiar stance for an entity that describes itself as “the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation.”

They are lavishly funded by defense contractors as well.

If anyone was trying to delay the FBI’s investigation into the Kavanaugh decision by delivering this biological toxin they failed in their mission.

The process is supposed to wrap up tomorrow before the deadline of Friday – Agents had interviewed at least four key people as of Tuesday in its background investigation of Judge Kavanaugh.

The final report does not have to be made public.

So, now a mystery is before us. What will the decision be by the FBI? Will we know the results of their investigation and will Kavanaugh be confirmed or not confirmed?

Word is that more than likely he will be confirmed and then the question is whether or not all of the events we’re experiencing will trigger a national emergency where civil unrest breaks out over the decision.

Set your cell phones because the first cell phone Emergency notification test will happen at 2:18 eastern time.

Will it be a test that will go real time because of the tension facing our nation?

If so, it will be the text heard round the world.