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Evaluating the 1984 Rajneeshee Bioterror Attack Lessons Learned in Modern Times

THIS ATTACK INVOLVED THE DELIBERATE INTRODUCTION OF SALMONELLA CONTAMINANTS AT 10 SALAD BARS LOCALLY AND MUCH MORE

(I can't even believe this hostile takeover happened in the U.S.!)

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UPDATE: IT HAPPENED IN MICHIGAN 05-03-2016, SEE APPENDIX-A FOR DETAILS (NEAR THE END OF THIS POST, JUST BEFORE THE REFERENCE SECTION)

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PURPOSE: Review of this incident is meant to add value and enable us to draw inference, lessons learned, new questions, and apply the fact patterns and heuristics to new developments moving forward.

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BACKGROUND: The 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack was the deliberate food poisoning attack of 751 innocent U.S. citizens (in The Dalles, Oregon region). This was the result of an immigrant from Bombay India named Chandra Mohan Jain who settled in Oregon, (with 7000 of his followers) into a large section of land (480 acres) called "Big Muddy Ranch" in rural Wasco County in 1981. He renamed himself Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, he desired to take over the region, and coveted the neighboring city (Antelope). He therefore began systematically gained political control of Antelope, Oregon and succeeded. Running the City of Antelope was not enough, he decided to CHANGE THE NAME OF THE CITY by incorporating it with his ranch as a NEW CITY in Oregon called "Rajneeshpuram."

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THE M.O. OF THE BIOTERROR ATTACK: To seize further control of his region (Wasco County), the Rajneesh group sought election to two of the three seats on the Wasco County Circuit Court that were up for election in November 1984, and attempted to take over the local police department as well. Fearing they would not gain enough votes to capture the Judicial seats, the Rajneesh group decided to incapacitate voters in (the city called The Dalles), which was the largest population center in Wasco County, (they also brought thousands of homeless people transported to Rajneeshpuram and attempted to register them to vote to inflate the constituency of voters for the group's candidates).

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THE ATTACK VECTORS AND METHODS: The Rajneesh group created a medical laboratory in their territory, and the chosen biological agent was Salmonella enterica Typhimurium. They initially tested it in distant cities, then delivered the agent through glasses of water to two local County Commissioners and then on a larger scale at salad bars and in salad dressing at 10 restaurants, and on doorknobs and urinal handles in the county courthouse just before the election. His followers participated in this and other crimes, including an attempt to introduce pathogens into The Dalles' water system, and an aborted plan in 1985 to assassinate a United States Attorney.

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INVESTIGATION AND CHARGES: The exact matching Salmonella strain from the attack was found in the Rajneesh medical laboratory, and several were convicted. The investigation also revealed prior experimentation with poisons, chemicals and bacteria, and Dr. Skeels from the CDC described the scene at the Rajneesh laboratory as "a bacteriological freezer-dryer for large-scale production" of microbes. Investigators found a copy of The Anarchist Cookbook, and other literature on the manufacture and usage of explosives and military bio-warfare. Several were charged with attempting to murder Rajneesh's personal physician, first-degree assault for poisoning Judge William Hulse, second-degree assault for poisoning The Dalles Commissioner Raymond Matthews, and product tampering for the poisonings in The Dalles, as well as wiretapping and immigration offenses.

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ESCAPE ATTEMPT AND CONSEQUENSE: Rajneesh fled Oregon by plane on October 27, 1985, and was arrested when he landed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and charged with 35 counts of deliberate violations of immigration laws. After serving his sentence, he was deported and barred from entering the U.S. The ranch and area was dissolved and sold off to become what is now "Youth Life."

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LESSON LEARNED#1: (VIGILANTLY GUARD THE FOOD CHAIN AGAINST THE IMPACT OF TERRORISM)

=>PEOPLE: 751 were contaminated including a pregnant mother.

=>ECONOMY: The outbreak cost local restaurants hundreds of thousands of dollars and health officials shut down the salad bars of the affected establishments. Some residents feared further attacks and stayed at home Resulting in 9 of the 10 restaurants going out of business.

=>PRIVATE-SECTOR: Private-Sector food industry Businesses must be vigilant and urged to plan, prepare, and exercise awareness, take action to restrict access, quarantine suspected tainted goods, and try to video or photograph the perpetrators.

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LESSON LEARNED#2: (COVER-UP, DISINFORMATION, AND PROPIGANDA)

=>COVER-UP: They attempted to cover up the connections to their group, take further control of processes involved, and infiltrate legal system.

=>PROPIGANDA: Rajneeshee's followers took to the media calling anyone pointing the finger at Rajneeshee a racist and a hater, and paranoid Rajneeshee bashers. (sound familiar).

=>DISINFORMATION: Years later Rajneeshee followers had convinced themselves that he had done no wrong and Americans were to blame for the outcome, and continued to spread their version of the story (even though the Salmonella was clearly found in their lab and identified at the CDC as an exact match).

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LESSON LEARNED#3: (GROUP CHARACTERISTICS AND HEURISTIC)

A 1999 empirical analysis in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases published by the CDC described six motivational factors associated with bioterrorism, including: charismatic leadership, no outside constituency, apocalyptic ideology, loner or splinter group, sense of paranoia and grandiosity, and defensive aggression.

=>Additionally we can add a source of solidarity, foreign militarization and dictation or perpetual influence, camouflaged social relationships, enticements, punishments or other enforcement mechanisms, and many other factors.

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LESSON LEARNED#4: (MECHANISM OF ILLEGAL ALIEN SUBVERSION)

=>INSIDIOUSNESS: The process was insidious, and the way to catch this phenomenon is to draw a series of demarcations around a development "no-go-lines," and watch how many times the group crosses the lines, who, and to what degree, and by what overt and covert mechanisms.

=>LOCALS: FAILURE OF INITIATIVE (They failed in their ability to assess and initiate investigative processes related to suspicious activity independently, they failed to act, plan and create a strategy intended to resolve or improve the situation, they almost failed to act or take charge before it was too late.

=>HOSTILE TAKE-OVER: Illegal Aliens grew their numbers to 7000 and got over 200 locals to help them in a small area. They slowly infiltrated and subverted the local government, excluded the other locals, and undermined the established institutions (including renaming the city), manipulating the law, massive wiretapped and bugging, harmed officials, conducted massive numbers of fraudulently marriages in an attempt to gain citizenship and leverage the resultant rights and further access control and legal structures.

=>INFLUENCING AN ELECTION: (SEE ABOVE ATTACK VECTORS) We have observed here that illegal aliens will do what it takes to "capture the flag," enough said.

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QUESTIONS:

1. Who is plotting what biological attack against us Domestically or Abroad?

2. Who is plotting what kind of hostile take-over in our cities right now?

3. What heuristic or pattern do we see from this 1984 hostile takeover that matches patterns we see in small cities across the U.S. right now?

4. Who do we know that has violated immigration laws and should be arrested right now (e.g. sanctuary cities)?

5. Will pro-immigrant radicals attempt to infiltrate our legal system, get licenses, get married, as well as register illegal aliens to vote during this election period?

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IMPRESSION:

I'm glad there were no fatalities in this case, and yet it has "all been done before," and there have been fatalities in other cases. It is a guarantee that this trend will happen again and again (because foreigners known the strategy, and will attempt to seize control of a region, and grow their numbers through criminal activities, cover-up their ambitions, and influence our legal system and officials to look the other way every chance they get). I know dual purpose materials and biological agents are controlled, but this condition just generates more and more questions for me, for instance:

1. Will over-worked and under-paid restaurant owners and workers be aware enough, and/or care enough to protect the public from this kind of attack? ...will it be an inside job.

2. Can we now recognize the pattern and prevent it in the future?

3. Will we succeed in our INITIATIVE next time or fail once again due to complacency, capitulation and misplaced solidarity with foreigners?

4. DID WE LEARN THESE LESSONS OR SHALL WE WATCH THEM UNFOLD AGAIN VIA THE 35 TERRORIST COMPOUNDS THROUGHOUT THE U.S., IN SANTUARY CITIES AND OTHER LOCATIONS BEING DOMINATED BY ILLEGAL ALIENS, AND IN GROUPS WHO DESIRE TO INSTILL FEAR, UNDERMINE OUR ECONOMY, CHANGE OUR CULTURE AND WAY OF LIFE, AND MANIPULATE OUR LEGAL SYSTEM?

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FBI and Ann Arbor Police Apprehend Food Contamination Suspect:

https://www.fbi.gov/detroit/press-releases/2016/fbi-and-ann-arbor-police-apprehend-food-contamination-suspect

FBI Detroit May 03, 2016

DPG, Special Agent in Charge, FBI-Detroit Division, announced that the individual who was suspected of contaminating food at open food bars in several Ann Arbor grocery stores has been identified and taken into custody today through a joint investigation by the Ann Arbor Police Department and the FBI. Tips from the public directly led to this individual being identified.

The suspect has admitted to using a potentially hazardous material to contaminate food in several Ann Arbor-area grocery stores. Our joint investigation leads us to believe that this individual sprayed a liquid mixture of hand cleaner, water, and Tomcat mice poison on produce in the following three grocery stores:

=>Whole Foods Market at 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor

=>Meijer at 3145 Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Ann Arbor

=>Plum Market at 375 North Maple Road in Ann Arbor

The suspect stated that he sprayed produce in these stores within the last two weeks. The suspect visited several other grocery stores in the Ann Arbor area in the last few months and the investigation is ongoing in order to determine if any other stores were victimized by the suspect. Investigators are currently coordinating with state of Michigan and Washtenaw County Health Officials to determine the extent of any contamination and the threat to the public.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Department of Agriculture, and the Washtenaw County Health Department are leading the public health response to the incident. These agencies have disseminated an advisory to inform the public on how to respond to the incident.

The FBI and the Ann Arbor Police want to thank the media for bringing attention to this matter, and the public for their assistance in offering tips and leads, which led to swift resolution in this case.

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---------------------------FURTHER RELEVANT READING-----------------------------

CDC BIOTERRORISM AGENTS AND DISEASE LIST:

http://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/agentlist.asp

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