Anthrax scares are coming from hate groups across the US
Dateline: Huntsville Alabama, Recent
Date: 11/15/2001 05:00 AM
1. Various of emergency services crews dealing with an anthrax threat at an abortion clinic
2. Woman inside clinic carefully opens an envelope
3. Vicky Saport flicking through brochure of Army of God
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vicky Saport, National Abortion Federation
5. Set up of Reverend Donald Spitz, "Army of God"
6. Various of Reverend watching TV
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Reverend Donald Spitz, "Army of God"
8. Various images of hate groups on the internet
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr Ken Alibek, Soviet Biological Warfare Programme
9. Various of the capitol
Authorities in the United States remain baffled by the anthrax attacks that began with the discovery of the first anthrax tainted letters a month ago.
The FBI and the police have little idea whether the culprits are foreign or US based.
But there are growing fears some American extremists groups are taking advantage of the situation to further their own aims.
This is one of the latest anthrax scares in Huntsville Alabama.
A letter containing white powder was sent to this abortion clinic, the message "This is anthrax."
Letters like this are bombarding clinics around America, some of them are signed by organisations called the Army of God, an underground violent hate group.
Reverend Spitz, is an Army of God activist.
He admits his group sent out the anthrax.
None so far have contained real anthrax, it looks like a hoax.
Still, he and other similar groups say they would use biological weapons if they could.
America's hate groups abound and they've been behind hundreds of false anthrax scares.
The fear is that some may have obtained the real substance.
In Washington the FBI still doesn't know.
Investigators in the United States are following up every possible lead, hoax or not.
The central question they want answered is this, how easy is to get hold of anthrax, and, crucially, can just anyone turn it into a weapon?
To do so requires access to scientific secrets that only a few people have.
For years Dr Ken Alibek ran the soviet biological warfare programme and says this type of knowledge is easily bought.