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How the War on Terror set the stage for the War on Virus

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The 20th anniversary of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks presents an opportune moment to revisit the investigative documentary film Anthrax War, released in 2009.

The film uses those germ attacks against the US Congress, media and the American people just weeks after 9/11, as a jumping-off point to probe the hidden world of biological weapons research.

We are reminded how anthrax not only sowed fear and terror among the general public about infection by invisible deadly germs, but how it also became a central justification behind the invasion of Iraq and the launch of the Global War on Terror.

Following the forensics of the highly weaponized anthrax used in the letters, the film takes viewers on a twisted trail that examines the secrets of military labs on four continents; the suspicious deaths of several prominent germ weapons scientists, including Bruce Ivins, the US Army scientist whom the FBI announced was the sole perpetrator of the anthrax attacks, just hours after he reportedly killed himself; and the development of a genetically-modified germ weapon to sterilize Blacks in apartheid South Africa.

Ultimately the film also reveals something even more frightening… how the anthrax attacks marked the beginning of a new international biological arms race, with the United States leading the way as it unleashed billions for secretive “biodefense” research – much of it on dangerous “gain of function” experiments to create genetically engineered weaponized germs.

More than a decade before the emergence of COVID -19, which some suspect may have escaped from a lab, the film sounded an urgent alarm that this kind of secretive and dangerous research needed to be brought under democratic control.

Anthrax War forces us to reexamine the anthrax letter attacks in a new light and reflect how they helped shape not only the past two decades of Endless War, but also the past 18 months of global pandemic.

The film screening will be followed by a live discussion.

Anthrax War trailer from Bob Coen on Vimeo.

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Anthrax Wars Movie and Symposium Agenda
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10/9/21
1:00:00 PM     Anthrax Wars Movie Live Stream
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Anthrax Wars Movie and Symposium Agenda
Online
10/10/21
12:00:00 PM     Anthrax Wars Movie Live Stream
2:00:00 PM 5:00:00 PM   Anthrax Wars Symposium Live Stream
5:00:00 PM     Anthrax Wars Movie Live Stream
       

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