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Technological Hazard – Lab Error | Chemical Warfare Agent (Sarin): Dugway Proving Ground, Utah

Published Date: 2017-06-25 19:35:30
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Sarin, laboratory errors: DOD investigation report
Archive Number: 20170625.5127661

Date: Thu 22 Jun 2017
Source: Stars and Stripes [edited]

The same Army laboratory that mishandled anthrax in 2015 leading to a nationwide scare might also have lost a small amount of the chemical sarin, the Pentagon’s inspector general has found.

In a report released this month [June 2017], the inspector general for the Department of Defense found officials at the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah and a contractor that facility was using to care for chemicals did not properly inventory its sarin, a nerve agent that can be fatal to humans if they come into contact with it.

Dugway stored its sarin in a 2-container system. The sarin was stored in a primary container, which is then stored inside a secondary container. But officials only checked the secondary containers when doing inventory and did not check inside the primary container, so they did not know whether all the sarin was still in the containers, the inspector general found.

“Therefore, custodians cannot identify and account for leaks, evaporation, or theft that may have occurred,” the inspector general found. “Furthermore, Dugway officials did not immediately notify the chemical materials accountability officer of a 1.5-milliliter shortage of…sarin identified during a 19 Apr 2016 inventory nor did they properly document the results of that inventory,” the investigation found.

Dugway and its contractor also used different methods to seal the containers, the inspector general found.

“Dugway used stainless steel cylinders and ammunition cans sealed with tamper evident seals; and the contractor used resealable plastic containers sealed with tape, which provides no assurance that only authorized personnel had access,” the investigation found.

It would be difficult to tell whether sarin was removed from the facility or it evaporated, due to the amount that was reported missing and how it reacts with the environment, said Dan Kaszeta, a former Army chemical weapons specialist and now the managing director of Strongpoint Security, a chemical weapons consultancy based in the U.K.

“1.5 [milliliters] is actually rather a small amount,” Kaszeta said. “Yes, it could kill somebody, but sarin evaporates very quickly and also degrades very quickly.” It would not last long if it got out of one of the containment jars, he said.

That amount is small enough that it could be within the margin of error for measuring it, depending on what technique was used, Kaszeta said.

Bruce Anderson, a spokesman for the inspector general’s office, said the investigation recommended a new inventory of all the chemicals at Dugway be completed to establish a new system to better track dangerous substances.

“We found conditions that increased the risk that chemical agent operations are not conducted in a safe, secure and reliable manner,” Anderson said. “We believe that the Army should address the increased risk by quickly implementing corrective actions.”

Dugway is the same facility that was the source of a nationwide scare in 2015 after it was reported the facility had inadvertently shipped hundreds of samples of live anthrax to medical labs in all 50 states and 9 other countries when the samples were supposed to be inactive. The top officer at Dugway at the time, then-Colonel William King, was issued a career-ending reprimand following the incident.

[Byline: Tara Copp]

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[A milliliter is a very small amount and is likely due to evaporation. However, this is the same lab that shipped out live anthrax samples to diagnostic labs. Hence, there may be larger issues here than a tiny amount of chemical missing (which is likely due to evaporation). The larger issue here is the lack of uniformity in how the Army handles things, and how a contractor handles things.

It seems there should have been a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in place that specified some details such as:
-how often the levels of the chemicals should be checked, and was that to include primary and secondary containers?
-what the canisters were to be sealed with?
-how many people should be on an inspection team?
-what are the procedures in the event of an exposure?
-where this information was to be noted and how often?
-what kind of tape for resealing the containers should be used?
-what kind of training and how often should the training be performed and by whom?
-where is the documentation for that training kept?

There are likely other things the SOP should have contained, but from this article, it appears there was a lack of:
-specificity regarding training and inspection

One wonders whether these things were spelled out for a contractor or any other inspector of the containers?

This is the 2nd type of general failure at this facility the Inspector General has investigated. These issues all need correcting. The correction of these events is paramount to keeping people at the facility safe, as well as the safety of lab personnel who may receive samples (such as the anthrax samples), or the surrounding communities if a mishap were larger than a few milliliters of a evaporated chemical.

If these things had been documented or tracked more closely if they were known issues, then it would be a clearer situation to understand if the tiny amount missing is from evaporation (which is likely) or from theft or mishandling. – Mod.TG

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See Also

Anthrax – USA (04): laboratory errors, GAO investigation report 20160929.4524933

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The Prevailing Winds of Congressional Bolshevism

Mass Hysteria and Murder

The map is not the terrain.

Students of the human psyche understand that people navigate this dangerous and confusing reality with the help of mental maps. These maps are constructed from memories, learned information, and a vast set of assumptions and beliefs.

No person is immune from the tyranny of the mental map. We all have one; indeed, we begin creating our maps from the minute we draw our first breath outside the womb.

But the map is not the terrain. Every cartographer, no matter how diligent, will miss some essential wrinkle of the landscape, will misinterpret some key geographic feature. The more errors and false assumptions in our map, the more in danger we are of running aground.

So when confronted by human behavior that seems irrational or insane, it pays to ask: What inner map could have led this person so wildly off course?

In 2014, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, two 12-year-old girls ambushed their friend in a wooded area and stabbed her 19 times. Subsequent interrogations by authorities revealed that the assailants were obsessed with a fictional character called the “Slender Man.”

The legend of the Slender Man began as harmless creative writing exercise on a horror fiction website in 2009, but quickly grew and spread throughout the Web into what can only be described as an insidious meme that some people began to actually believe.

From the outside, the attack seemed unprovoked and insane. But for the girls who meticulously plotted and attempted the murder of their friend, it made all too-much sense. Their inner map included — was dominated by — the belief that Slender Man was real and demanded their friend’s blood.

Their inner map was bright and clear, and led them to their inevitable and grisly destination.

Or consider: From 1400 to 1700 tens of thousands of accused witches (mostly women) were put to death in Europe and North America. The inner maps of the inquisitors were dominated by the Devil and his allies, dangers to the community that needed rooting out at any cost.

But their map was not the terrain; the witches they saw in their mind did not exist in reality, and so countless innocents perished in flames.

(Some modern scholars have posited that the Medieval witch craze can be partially explained through ergot poisoning. Ergot is a fungus that grows on rye and other grain crops and produces hallucinations and delusions when consumed. But that is a scapegoat, an attempt to find an outside cause for a horror that can only come from within.)

And now, in 2017, a gunman opened fire on Congressional Republicans at baseball practice in suburban Virginia. A mere glance at the attacker’s social media posts reveals much about James Hodgkinson’s inner map. As he saw the world, President Donald Trump is a tyrant, and his allies in Congress are intent on killing millions of people through their health care and environmental policies.

For Hodgkinson, Republicans were an existential threat to the planet itself. What could he be, then, if not a hero for eliminating this threat?

The pundits he watched and listened to; the publications he read and absorbed; the politicians he admired; all helped Hodgkinson draw this tragically inaccurate map, a map that showed Trump and Republicans as the source of all evil in the world.

In the days before his rampage, Hodgkinson’s preferred presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at The People’s Summit in Chicago, calling President Trump, “worst and most dangerous president in the history of our country.” In Central Park this summer, audiences have nightly witnessed Trump being massacred in effigy during a production of Julius Caesar to sate the blood lust of New York’s liberal elite.

Opponents of President Trump have labeled themselves #Resistance. Hillary Clinton herself and Democrat elected officials at every level of government have joined this “resistance.”

But what does “resistance” mean against a constitutionally-sanctioned, democratically-elected President? It must by definition mean extra-constitutional and undemocratic aims and methods, up to, and including, violence.

The leaders of the Left — politicians, pundits, the activists — did not pull the trigger that day in Virginia when a Congressman Scalise only narrowly escaped death. But they damn sure helped draw the map of the lunatic who did, the map that plotted Hodgkinson’s journey from Illinois to Alexandria and made him believe that Trump and Republicans are traitors and that assassination was necessary to save the country.

Witches. Slender Man. Trump as Russian agent. All delusions, with one big difference — the last is currently believed by millions of enraged liberals, including virtually everyone in the media, Democratic leadership and their allies in the Deep State.

Pray for our President.

[Byline Matt Patterson]

22 June 2017
The American Spectator (edited)

For Real – An Accurate Symbolic Representation

Rats! What DC is doing to curb its growing rodent problem

“The Department of Health takes rodents very seriously and hears the concerns of residents loud and clear.”

Politicized Choices: Some things that are not that surprising…

Robert Mueller Adopts Stalinist Tactics

See Also – The Moscow Purge Trials (1936-38): Selected Links & Bibliography

We may be thankful to Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School, for reminding us of the delicious irony of an investigation which began with “reports” of collusion with the Russians by Team Trump and charges of Russian hacking of our elections, now reverting to the tactics of Russia’s most murderous tyrant, Josef Stalin. As Dershowitz writes in the Washington Examiner:

Special counsel Robert Mueller was commissioned to investigate not only crime but the entire Russian “matter.” That is an ominous development that endangers the civil liberties of all Americans.

Federal prosecutors generally begin by identifying specific crimes that may have been committed — in this case, violation of federal statutes. But no one has yet identified the specific statute or statutes that constrain Mueller’s investigation of the Russian matter. It is not a violation of any federal law for a campaign to have collaborated with a foreign government to help elect their candidate…

One does not have to go back to the Soviet Union and Lavrentiy Beria’s infamous boast to Stalin, “Show me the man and I will show you the crime,” in order to be concerned about the expansion of elastic criminal statutes. There are enough examples of abuse in our own history.

From McCarthyism to the failed prosecutions of Sen. Ted Stevens, Rep. Thomas DeLay, Gov. Rick Perry and others, we have seen vague criminal statutes stretched in an effort to criminalize political differences.

Indeed, now we here reports that Mueller’s investigation will range anywhere from Jared Kutchner’s finances to perhaps any unpaid parking tickets Sean Spicer may have. To paraphrase the boast of head of Stalin’s secret police,  show Mueller the man, and he will find a crime, just as Mueller’s best friend, James Comey, found with Martha Stewart.

There too we see a vindictive prosecutor in search of a crime and it doesn’t have to be the original charge, if there is an original charge. As the Daily Caller reported:

FBI Director James Comey declined to recommend criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified material Tuesday. But back in 2004, he led what legal observers call a “petty and vindictive” prosecution against interior design icon Martha Stewart for a lesser offense.

Stewart served a five-month prison sentence in 2004 at the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia, also known as “Camp Cupcake,” for lying to federal investigators about possible insider trading. In the years since the case, there is a consensus in the legal community that Comey’s prosecution was overzealous and vindictive.

The Cato Institute’s Gene Healy condemned Comey’s actions as temperamental and political in a 2004 column. Healy argued that Stewart’s indictment was largely possible because the sheer volume of federal laws makes it possible to indict almost any individual on some basis — reasonable or unreasonable. Quoting former Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Healy wrote prosecutors “will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted.” His Cato colleague Alan Reynolds argued Comey prosecuted Stewart for “having misled people by denying having committed a crime with which she was not charged.”

We saw this Stalinesque persecution in the case of Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff. Libby was convicted, again of lying to the FBI, because he misremembered events under relentless questioning. He was charged long after prosecutors knew it was Richard Armitage who leaked the name of CIA desk jockey Valerie Plame to the press. Instead of dropping the investigation at that point, prosecutors persisted, knowing they had to find a crime committed by someone somewhere to justify their existence.

Libby was charged with obstruction of an investigation into the “outing” of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. As Investor’s Business Daily noted:

Remember the alleged outing of the already known CIA officer and desk jockey Valerie Plame? We were told then that the Vanity Fair cover girl’s 15 minutes of fame jeopardized our national security even if everybody already knew who she was.

“Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, went to jail because his memory of events and who said what to whom regarding Plame differed from the recollections of others, particularly news reporters.

Yes, Virginia, this is a witch hunt. Robert Mueller III was appointed special counsel after his friend, the vindictive James Comey, committed a federal crime by leaking a memo which was a government record to the press. Mueller has picked staff and prosecutors as if he were stocking Hillary Clinton’s Department of Justice. He has picked a bevy of Clinton donors, an attorney who worked for the Clinton Foundation, a former Watergate assistant prosecutor, and even a senior adviser to Eric Holder. Objective professionals all (snarkiness intended ).

Mueller is in fact colluding with Comey to enact revenge on President Trump for Comey’s firing, something which even Comey said Trump was constitutionally entitled to do. There is no evidence of collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice. It is not obstruction of justice for a President to exercise his legal and constitutional authority.

The facts and the lack of an actual crime will not stop Robert Mueller. Just show him the man, or woman, and he will show you the crime.

[Byline Daniel John Sobieski]

23 June 2017
American Thinker (edited)

Notice any similarities?

The show trials that took place in Stalin’s USSR had a very specific purpose for Stalin. The show trials were not held in secret but were, as their title suggests, in the open with foreign journalists invited and were there to prove to those in the USSR who were interested that ‘enemies of the state’ still existed despite the ‘Red Terror’ and that state leaders such as Stalin were at risk. There is little doubt that those who faced a show trial were going to be found guilty and they served the main purpose of Stalin – to get rid of anyone who might be a potential rival to him as leader.

The excuse, if one was needed, that sparked off the purges and the show trials was the murder of Seigei Kirov. He was the Bolshevik Party’s leader in Leningrad and many believed that he would succeed Stalin on his death. However, Kirov faced several huge problems – he was popular with the people (more popular than Stalin?), good looking and very good at his job. Such a man brought Stalin’s paranoia or jealousy to the surface. It could be the case that Stalin felt threatened by the young man in Leningrad but they always went on summer holiday together which indicates the opposite. However, Kirov was someone who was willing to stand up to Stalin and argue against what he wanted even in public. He may have been, in the mind of Stalin, a party functionary but he was his own independent thinker and not someone who agreed with Stalin simply because it was Stalin. Kirov was also a man who was not scared to voice his beliefs in public.

(Edited excerpt)  Read more…

[Citation: C N Trueman, “The Show Trials in the USSR”]

The History Learning Site, 25 May 2015.  Accessed on 23 June 2017.


And by the way, it was the movie that caused the Benghazi attack. Right?

Funds for rewarding irresponsibility: Planned Parenthood

Where progressive health care is considered killing children instead controlling their births. Welcome to the daily psychopathic episodes of America’s Sociopath Theater.

Indoctrination is malfeasance of education.


ISIS Punishes Disobedient Families In Mosul By Killing Their Children…

Like a plague …

Those nuisance robocalls will just keep on coming and going…. Maybe there is a reason to all this madness.

Report: 1.4 Million Illegal Aliens Working Under Stolen Social Security Numbers

“Cases of employment identity theft can cause significant burden to innocent taxpayers, including the incorrect computation of taxes based on income that does not belong to them,” ~ J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Thank your politicians for all their collaboration in making this happen.

Oh don’t forget, “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s inside it.”

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The Dirty Secret of How Income Taxes Really Work

Stirring up crap and embracing the aroma

Do you really want to go there? Let your senses be aroused by the latest media dump.

There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.’

When the Bolsheviks in Russia were outsiders, they vigorously opposed censorship and the secret police, they advocated self-determination for ethnic minorities, and so forth; but as soon as they came into power themselves, they imposed a tighter censorship and created a more ruthless secret police than any that had existed under the tsars, and they oppressed ethnic minorities at least as much as the tsars had done. In the United States, a couple of decades ago when leftists were a minority in our universities, leftist professors were vigorous proponents of academic freedom, but today, in those universities where leftists have become dominant, they have shown themselves ready to take away from everyone else’s academic freedom. (This is “political correctness.”) The same will happen with leftists and technology: They will use it to oppress everyone else if they ever get it under their own control.  ~Theodore John Kaczynski