There is only a single anthrax vaccine licensed in the U.S.; the vaccine is manufactured by BioPort Corporation, located in Lansing, Michigan.That license is worth a lot of money to BioPort. It means that they and they alone are responsible for vaccinating US military and government personnel, and for stockpiling huge quantities of vaccine in case of a public outbreak. The contract is reportedly worth USD$?
BioPort's vaccine is called Biothrax .
Here's a little timeline of Jerome Hauer's recent life:
1993 - IBM Manager, Hazardous Materials Response and Crisis Management and Fire Safety. Also ran emergency management programs for the State of Indiana.
1996 to 2000 : Director of the newly-created Office of Emergency Management. In 1996, Giuliani shifted responsibility for the city's emergency preparedness from the Police Department to the new agency headed by Hauer.
1999: New $13 million Office of Emergency Management (OEM) crisis center HQ opened on the 23rd floor at 7 World Trade Center. Critics of the move cite WTC truck bomb attack in 1993.
Circa 2001 : national security advisor with the National Institute of Health, and managing director with Kroll Associates (the firm in charge of security for the World Trade Center complex).
August 2001 : Jerome Hauer arranges a new job for John O'Neill, the resigning chief of the FBI Terror Task Force - as head of security at the World Trade Center. O'Neill died in the Twin Towers on September 11th.
September 11, 2001: From Wikipedia:Reports indicate that the OEM crisis center at the World Trade Center was not being used on 9-11 by the usual personnel. The center had been temporarily relocated to Pier 92 on Manhattan’s West Side, due to a FEMA drill which was supposed to begin on the day after 9-11, according to statements made by Mayor Giuliani.
May 5, 2002 - present : Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP)
Jim White (who blogs here) is even more suspicious of Spertzel following the FBI doc release:
I want to know the truth here. If RMR-1029 is purified spores with a high technology coating and was produced at Dugway, then Dugway and Battelle have a lot to answer for whether Ivins sent the attack material or not.This is from another informed poster at Greenwald's blog, CargoCult:
Spertzel has been a tool for the neocons for years and has been one of the leading dissemblers for the case for the invasion of Iraq. I don't trust him for a second. It is entirely possible that he is intentionally deflecting attention from Dugway.
In addition, the FBI claimed in 2005 that the anthrax was not silica-coated, which is contradicted in their current report.I found this from 2005:
They come right out and say it, despite what Ed Lake has been preaching for years about it. This is a pretty critical point, isn't it?
However, why didn't they send samples out to others to do the typing of whatever it was they claim they found in Ivin's flask? Let alone the fact that noone was being investigated at Fort Detrick on 9/18 or 10/9, so how can they be so sure of what was and what was not in the flask at that time?
And what is their theory for how Bruce Ivins managed to prepare silica-coated absolutely pure, highly weaponized anthrax, even if he had the strain?
Finally, have they tested the strains at Dugway and Battelle in order to see how they compare to the letters?... Dugway and Battelle are not even being investigated. This is nothing but a coverup, I'm afraid.
Hauer is critical of Secretary Simonson for not filling the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) with millions of vaccines in short order. Hauer then leaves HHS to take a very clear stance in support of BioPort’s discredited anthrax vaccine, in apparent opposition to VaxGen’s “next generation” anthrax vaccine.Bioport is nowadays the primary manufacturer of the Defense Department's anthrax vaccine, having won the contract from VaxGen in ??. Jerome Hauer, the former head of HHS's [Health and Human Services] biodefense program, is now on the Board of Emergent Biosolutions, which is Bioport's parent company.
VaxGen has recently announced delays in the production of their anthrax vaccine. They will deliver 75 million doses to the U.S. Government’s SNS later than expected – by the fourth quarter of 2006. Right when this is announced Hauer jumps to VaxGen’s competitor BioPort. Hauer is supporting a vaccine that is certain to cause injury and even death if deployed to tens of millions of people.
The controversial nature of BioPort’s anthrax vaccine was surely a key factor in their loss of a $280 million government contract to VaxGen. The safety and efficacy of the VaxGen vaccine is not yet publicly known.
According to Insight Magazine, the CEO of BioPort, Fuad El-Hibri, is friends with the Bin Laden family.3 The Carlyle Group has never disclosed whether or not they own a stake in BioPort.4 Both before and after 9/11, the Bin Laden family owned a stake in Carlyle.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Shafiq bin Laden – Osama bin Laden’s brother – was meeting with George Herbert Walker Bush in Washington D.C.’s Ritz Carlton Hotel on official Carlyle business.
He is also a consultant for several other biodefense firms, including SAIC, Batelle, CSC-DynCorp, Hollis-Eden, and one of the nation’s most powerful private investigative and security firms Kroll Inc., among others.
Kroll were in charge of security of the World Trade Center on 9-11.
Jerome Hauer appeared on CBS news with Dan Rather on 9/11 and immediately blamed the attacks of the day on Osama bin Laden. He said that the twin towers had "collapsed" because of the "intense heat of the fires". He also reportedly advised the occupants of the White House that same day to protect themselves against anthrax by taking Cipro.
in 2004 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracted with Vaxgen Inc. to supply up to 75 million doses of a recombinant anthrax vaccine, for $877 million. To be acceptable to HHS, this vaccine was to be protective against anthrax in three doses or less. On December 19, 2006, HHS voided the contract, because of stability problems with the vaccine, and a failure to start a Phase 2 clinical trial on time.http://911review.org/Sept11Wiki/Vaccinations,Forced.shtml
Sorry for the quality of this post, it's just a draft I will try to tidy when I can. Too much going on.