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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:26 PM

 

Anthrax alert system at risk as cost estimate hits $5.7 billion

Source: Washington Post

Anthrax alert system at risk as cost estimate hits $5.7 billion

By Carol Wolf, Published: June 18
Funding for BioWatch, an early warning system to detect deadly pathogens in 30 U.S. cities, may be in jeopardy after cost estimates surged to $5.7 billion, six times the initial assessment.
The Department of Homeland Security wants to open bidding before October on the next phase of the program, which monitors the air for pathogens such as anthrax and smallpox.
The five-year contract for as much as $3.1 billion would upgrade the system to automatically transmit collected data to laboratories, eliminating the present manual handling.

BioWatch has suffered cost overruns and delays since then-President George W. Bush, prompted by the post-Sept. 11, 2001, anthrax attacks, started it in 2003. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), chairman of the House subcommittee with jurisdiction over BioWatch, says he wants assurances that costs are under control and has asked the Government Accountability Office to analyze the proposed spending.

“The program could find itself in danger of being cut back or completely scrapped if law­makers determine that it’s becoming a major and costly acquisition failure,’’ Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, a partner with Monument Policy Group, a Washington-based consulting firm, said in a telephone interview. Herrera-Flanigan was staff director for the House Homeland Security Committee from 2005 through 2008.
Companies with investments at stake include Northrop Grumman, which has worked since at least 2009 to develop technology for BioWatch.

BioWatch was developed after it took more than two weeks to identify what was killing U.S. citizens during the anthrax attacks in 2001, said Leonard Cole, an adjunct professor at Rutgers University’s Newark branch, and author of the book, “The Anthrax Letters.’’ Letters laced with anthrax were sent through the mail and resulted in five deaths, including two postal workers and a newspaper photo editor. Another 17 people became ill. No one has been charged in the attacks, Chris Allen, a Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman, said by telephone.



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Say, didn't the strain of Anthrax come from a military installation lab? How about shutting that down and saving the whole 5.7 BILLION?
What a scam. Create the threat, use the threat, extract the money! Scam from start to finish.

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Response to Huey P. Long (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:38 PM

1. 5 billion for a fraud. A hoax. A con. Worse than a boondoggle, a LIE

 

A manufactured domestic threat!

Ah well...fuck it. Just waiting for the inevitable outcome at this point.

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Response to Huey P. Long (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:16 PM

2. If not a hoax at least pretty far down the scale

of how much damage and pretty high up the scale for cost prevention.

4 or 5 billion could be spent elsewhere with much greater bang for the buck.

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Response to The Green Manalishi (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 04:09 PM

3. The thing is, how about just closing the AMERICAN military boiweapons lab it came from?

 

FORT DIETRICH?? We aren't about to question the MIC though.

To hell with us.

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