Why is the military shipping live anthrax to just about everywhere and everybody?

What is the rationale behind this action? What is it that they hope to achieve? This bizarre behavior from the military needs more explanation than the standard and official denials that they have been using for so long.

Live strains of anthrax were mailed again by the U.S. military to 51 facilities in 17 states. In addition to these states, the District of Columbia as well as the agency that provides security at the Pentagon were also mailed some of the virus, according to officials last Wednesday. Live anthrax was suspected to have been also sent to Canada, South Korea, and Australia. This has been going on for almost a decade now

According to Pentagon officials, confirmed shipments were only going to continue to rise. However, they also said that problem shouldn’t be turned into something it’s not; according to them, safeguards are in place to prevent a public outbreak of the deadly disease.

According to Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics:  “You have to accept that these numbers are in flux, and are changing constantly as we get more results.” “I wouldn’t obsess about the numbers at this point.”

From the samples collected from the ten states, nine tested positive, according to officials. All samples came from Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, where an army laboratory had thought they irradiated them sufficiently, then, believing they were dead, sent them to their destinations.

The bacteria was first identified on May 22 at a commercial laboratory whose name remains undisclosed. Civilian scientists began culturing the anthrax believing it was dead, and called for help from the CDC when they found that was not the case.

After the discovery, the pentagon and CDC have launched inquiries and reviews. There will also be an assessment by the Defense Department on why the irradiation and testing were not able to completely kill the bacteria nor verify their death.

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More on: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/06/03/51-organizations-sent-suspected-live-anthrax-by-military-lab-including-pentagon-agency/


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