During the Bush Administration when American soldiers were being dosed with
experimental vaccines intended to protect them from both disease and potential
biological warfare in Desert Storm, Zoh was vocally speaking out on The Zoh
Show, way before anybody else, about the dangers of such vaccines and their
synergistic potentials for harm. After the oil refinery fires were put out and
Desert Storm was officially over, returning veterans began complaining of mysterious
symptoms reminiscent of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity,
and Zoh was one of the first to lend a sympathetic ear. Despite much ridicule
from fellow broadcasters at our own station who called the sick veterans cry-babies
wanting attention or money, Zoh scheduled repeated Gulf War Specials on her
program and interviewed numerous veterans, medical investigators and policy
makers to examine the mysterious Gulf War Syndrome.
Her pioneering diligence finally paid off in July 1996 when syndicated columnist
Jack Anderson, together with Jan Moller, wrote "Vindication on Gulf War
Illness" in which they recounted the CIA's final acknowledgement of the
veterans' exposure to chemical weapons. According to the Anderson column, agents
of the CIA were listening to a "Baltimore radio station" just by chance
and learned of a video showing the stockpiles of chemical weapons, produced
by Brian Martin of the 37th Engineering Battalion. "The Baltimore radio
station" from which the CIA they learned of their conclusive evidence by
"just dumb luck" was, of course, WCBM 680, Baltimore on The Zoh Show
when Zoh was interviewing Brian Martin on one of her Gulf War Syndrom Specials.
The CIA viewed Martin's tape and finally, after four years of denial, made an
official announcement, that yes, some of our troops HAD been exposed to chemical
The CIA claimed that it was just "dumb luck" that they had discovered
this information, but then went on to discover corroboration in a U.N. report
that was "gathering dust". It sounds to us more like a calculated
bit of damage control: admit a small piece of the truth while continuing to
obscure the larger pattern of events. In 1996 the CIA is congratulating itself
on its "luck" of discovering what former CIA Director, James Woolsey
was quoted one month prior to deployment saying we knew -- Iraq had a highly
developed chemical and biological warfare program with over one thousand tons
of poisonous chemical agents loadable into two types of missiles. Other U.S.
officials would know more specifically what type of chemical weapons Iraq possessed
since the U.S. was one of several countries that sold it to them. Throughout
1985-1989 under the Reagan/Bush Administrations the U.S. exported biological
and chemical warfare materials directly to Iraq and the Senate Committee on
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs was aware of these shipments.
The Jack Anderson column cited an emergency statement by the Pentagon on June
21, 1996 claiming they were "Sorting through vast numbers of documents,"
and "it was pain-staking detective work." No doubt their search was
made more difficult since the DOD had previously announced that it had "accidentally"
destroyed portions of N.B.C. logs, the field records of known combat encounters
with Nuclear, Biological and Chemical weapons.
According to the "dusty" U.N. report, materials that either survived
the allied bombings of inventoried weapons and/or were returned to the Muthanna
facility for destruction include the following: 13,000 155mm artillery shells
loaded with mustard gas (H); 6,200 rockets loaded with nerve agent; 800 nerve
agent aerial bombs; 28 SCUD warheads loaded with nerve agent Sarin (GB); 75
tons of nerve agent Sarin (GB); 60-70 tons of nerve agent Tabun (GA); 250 tons
of mustard gas; and stocks of thiodiglycol, a precursor of mustard gas. U.N.
inspectors concluded that the Muthanna plant could produce "two tons of
Sarin (GB) and five tons of mustard gas (H) daily."
Plagues Out Of The Middle Ages
Prior to the Gulf War deployment the U.S. Government knew Iraq was building
a chemical and biological arsenal, so how could it have been such a surprise
when the symptoms began showing up in the veterans. How could it be just "dumb
luck" that the CIA discovered proof of Iraq's chemical and biological weapons?
Saddam Hussein's stockpile sounded like something out of the Middle Ages. It
included the causative agents for: anthrax (bacillus anthracis); botulism (Clostridium
Botulinum), which Iraq admitted to having made 5,300 gallons, enough to kill
15 billion people; gas gangrene (Clostridium Perfringens), E Coli, Histoplasma
Capsulatum, and Brucella Melentensis which is contracted from infected animals
or consumption of their products. Iraq was also working on the causative agents
for of tetanus lock jaw (Clostridium tetani); conjunctivitis (bacillus subtilis);
brucella abortis, which causes contagious abortion in cattle and domestic animals;
francisella tularensis; bacillus megatillus; and bacillus cereus, an opportunistic
invader of immuno-compromised patients.
Iraq Goes to Boca Raton
According to computer security expert, Peter Kiwaja, the CIA was deeply involved
in the pre-war planning for chemical and biological warfare in the Gulf War.
On The Zoh Show on October 10, 1995 Kiwaja related how he was contracted to
supply a "computer based security system for PIT, Product Ingredient Technology,
of Ishan Barbouti International (IBI) in Boca Raton Florida." Ishan Barbouti,
who has since died of an alleged heart attack, was an Iraqi national who constructed
Libya's chemical and biological weapons plant, Pharma 150. According to Kiwaja,
the residential West Palm Beach PIT plant was conducting more than the above-board
food processing business -- hydrogen cyanide, otherwise known as Prussian Blue,
was also being developed there and tested for war theater gas masks. Kiwaja
took his discoveries to the CIA and U.S. Customs and was recruited under a code
name to find out as much as he could. "The Government told me that they
[Barbouti and his associates] were international terrorists," and yet,
"as I was proceeding with my rapid deployment team, which was comprised
of combat vets who were stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma," said
Kiwaja, "we began to encounter FBI counter intelligence and U.S. Intelligence
involved with the same people that I was reporting to [at] the CIA."
Why Are American Gulf War Soldiers Sick?
Increasing numbers of Gulf War veterans are beginning to believe they were deliberately
sent into a chemical and biological war theatre without adequate protection.
Sterling Syms, Petty Officer First Class, U.S. Naval Reserve remembers, "There
was a high odor of ammonia in the air that burned your eyes.... The skin even
got burned after we got into our chemical clothing." Syms testified before
the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Subcommittee on Force Requirements
and Personnel, June 30, 1993, saying, "We have had men that were ordered
to shut up talking about it."
"I was in perfect health until the night when we were hit," testified
Nick Roberts, U.S. Navy Reserve, before a special hearing of the House Veterans
Affairs Committee, November 9, 1993. "After coming out of the bunker I
was exposed to something. My skin began to burn and sting, my lips were numb...
chemical detectors were sounding, radio transmissions were coming in: 'confirmed
gas attack- go to MOPP level 4' [the highest level for chemical protection]...
When I spoke with the decontamination leader... he advised me that his test
kit detected mustard gas and likewise."
But it is the physical effects AFTER the war that are most puzzling, especially
since they appear to be contagious. A Reuters news service report of October
21, 1994 cited Senator Donald Riegle's Senate Committee findings that "found
the disease spread from afflicted veterans to 78% of their wives, 25% of offspring
born before the war, and 65% born since." The physical complaints of the
affected Gulf War veterans include Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome,
Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, even widespread Alzheimer's Disease, Lou Gehrig's
Disease and other neurological illness, as well as an insipid climb in the number
of HIV diagnosed patients.
Could We Have Brought This On Ourselves With the Vaccines?
While officials are busy trying to deny the very existence of the Gulf War Syndrome,
some are wondering if the numerous vaccines administered to the troops before
deployment may have played a part. Some of our soldiers were too sick to deploy
as a result of the experimental vaccines which included botulinum toxoid and
anthrax among several undisclosed others. According to the veterans' testimonies,
one warfare antidote, Pyridostigmine Bromide, a nerve agent pretreatment, was
blamed for several battalions vomiting, chronic diarrhea, high fevers, rashes
and overall incapacitation, causing many to wonder if their weakened immune
systems are the resulting fall out of government-approved human experimentation,
Reverse Engineering The Biological Weapons
Aggressively pursuing the cause and the cure of the elusive Gulf War Syndrome
are Dr. Garth Nicholson, the David Bruton Jr. Chair in Cancer Research of The
University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and his wife, Nancy Nicholson,
President of the Rhodon Foundation for Biomedical Research in Houston, Texas.
By reverse engineering one of the biological weapons, the Nicholsons concluded
that the problem is Mycoplasma Fennantans Icongnitus which is capable of surviving
for many years as an active contagion in blood, air and soil meaning the potential
is there for millions of people to eventually become victims of Gulf War Syndrome.
The U.S. Government's conclusion, on the other hand, is that the muscle and
joint pain, bloating, memory loss, intermittent internal bleeding, lymph swelling,
organ dysfunction, miscarriages, depression, diarrhea, respiratory and gastrointestinal
illnesses, birth defects, still born births and the other symptoms attributed
to GWS are all psychiatric problems, the result of post traumatic stress.
The Nicholsons use a unique diagnostic test involving gene tracking and polymerse
chain reaction to detect the incidence of mycoplasma infections in the blood
leucocytes. They have had success treating the illness with the antibiotic Doxycycline
among several others and claim they were thanked off the record by President
and Mrs. Bush for helping treat their mysterious condition which was publicly
revealed to be Graves disease. In fact, many speculate that the Bushes were
exposed to some of the chemical fallout during their visit to the Gulf War theater
to support the troops.
No Holds Barred
Garth and Nancy Nicholson mince no words and in one of their interviews on The
Zoh Show on July 11, 1996 they postulated that the anthrax botulinum stock may
have been contaminated, accidentally or even purposefully, at Ft. Deitrich,
Maryland, statements which do not endear them to the U.S. government, of course,
and they have begun to notice signs of someone trying to keep them quiet. According
to the Nicholsons, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where they work has participated
in deliberate efforts to sabotage their research, eliminate and steal computerized
files, and attempt to destroy thousands of Gulf War veterans' blood samples.
Dr. Garth Nicholson related "repeated threats to shut done his laboratory"
and two efforts of saboteurs who "tried to destroy between 5,000 and 10,000
samples of Gulf War blood samples by unplugging the refrigeration unit."
Their mail has been intercepted both coming in and going out, and M.D. Anderson's
press officer, Jane Brust, and others have "really obstructed the flow
of information [and] blocked interviews," said Nancy Nicholson. Needless
to say, the Nicholsons are planning to leave M.D. Anderson soon to establish
a private lab since all their grievances were reported to the FBI with no reaction.
Now that admissions are finally being made on an official level that Gulf War
Syndrome is a valid physical ailment caused by some as yet unknown exposure
during the Gulf War, it is interesting to review some official sworn statements
made along the way of this investigation: Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel
and Readiness, Mr. Edwin Dom, on May 25, 1994, to the Senate Banking Committee:
"There were no confirmed detections of any chemicals or biological agents
at any time during the entire conflict."
General J. Shalikashvili, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, and William J.
Perry, Secretary of Defense told the same Senate Committee: "There is no
information, classified or unclassified, that indicates that chemical or biological
weapons were used in the Persian Gulf." One need only read the official
field log and personnel testimonies, NBC logs, foreign Government reports, or
the U.N. reports to comprehend the magnitude of these lies. It looks like when
you sign up to serve and defend our country, you are also signing up your body
for experimental use, and risking abandonment by those who put you in peril.
We hope those in a position to do something about it will soon concentrate all
their efforts on curing these brave soldiers instead of trying to convince them
it's all in their heads.