Bio-Terror Scares (2010)

BIOTERRORBIBLE.COM: The following bio-terror scares occurred within the calendar year of 2010. While some of the following reports may have been legitimate cases, most if not all of them appear to be generated man-made scares with the overall goal of convincing American and the world that it is on the precipice of a major pandemic. The fact that these bio-terror scares exist in mass confirms that an upcoming bio-terror attack is in the cards and may be played in a last ditch effort to regain political, economic and militarial control of society.

Title: Investigation Launched Into “Black Death” Scare At UC-Irvine
January 6, 2010
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Abstract: An investigation has been launched by authorities into a series of suspicious envelopes containing white powder sent to University of California – Irvine.

Initial field tests done by the FBI showed that the powder was not a biological hazard – like anthrax – but a crime laboratory will perform further testing, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told NBC Los Angeles.

A total of three envelopes were discover, two on Monday and a third Tuesday morning, UC Irvine spokesman Tom Vasich said. Campus buildings were evacuated after the envelopes were found and HAZMAT was called to the scene.

The return address on the envelopes was Idaho and each contained the words “Black Death,” Vasich said. Any motive, including terrorism, has yet to be ruled out by UC Irvine police or the FBI.

The letters were received by two faculty members – Nancy Da Silva, a professor of chemical engineering and materials science and sociologist Cynthia Feliciano, a race and immigration expert. Both were quarantined briefly but neither showed any negative symptoms.

The OC Register reported that Feliciano stated on her Facebook page on Monday that she was, “quarantined after opening an envelope containing some white powder and the words ‘Black Death.’ Not a great start to the quarter” (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Anthrax Scare Leads To Evacuation Of Two Texas Schools
Date: April 7, 2010
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Abstract: Hundreds of students in two of Texas’ Garland district elementary schools had to be evacuated on Tuesday following the discovery of envelopes containing white powder that had been mailed to the schools’ offices.

FBI officials have said that the powder contained in the envelopes, which were discovered at Ethridge Elementary in Garland, Texas, and Armstrong Elementary in Sachse, Texas, was not harmful. The officials have also said that they do not believe that the envelopes were part of a prank meant to delay standardized testing currently occurring at the schools.

"I don’t believe that’s going to be the motive," FBI spokesman Mark White told

As a precaution, an office worker at Ethridge was taken to a hospital after she experienced itching and trouble breathing, officials said.

An alert was issued to the entire school district following the discovery of the Ethridge envelope. The second envelope was found by a police officer stationed at Armstrong. The officer did not open that envelope.

"He saw the specific return address and took it to his office and secured it," Reavis Wortham, a spokesman for the school district, told

A return address was written on both envelopes, which was found to be that of the Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Additionally, a piece of paper was contained in each envelope though officials have not revealed if anything was written on it.

An investigation into the letters has been launched by the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Anthrax Scare At Hawaii High School
Date: June 24, 2010
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Abstract: Classes at Waiakea High School, in Hilo, Hawaii, were disrupted this week after school officials found an envelope that contained a suspicious white powdery substance.

The Hilo police and fire departments were dispatched to the school and the building was cleared after the alarm, according to a report.

School principal Patricia Nekoba told that the envelope was discovered by school officials in the administration building.

Civil Defense Chief Wendell Hatada reported that no one was ever in any danger during the disruption. Hatada also told that the fire department tested the suspect material and that all tests have come back negative for anthrax or any other harmful substance.

In related news, officials with the Hawaii Civil Defense and the Federal Fire Department took part in the third Makaala Drill at the U.S postal service processing and distribution center near the airport, according to a HawaiiNewsNow news report.

Postal workers evacuated the building while Honolulu and Federal firefighters, wearing Hazmat suits, went through a mock decontamination process. Firefighters also underwent decontamination via a liquid wash, according to the report.

Doug Aton, Director of Oahu Civil Defense, said he was pleased with the drill.

“As you can see by the response, it takes a lot of resources and a lot of man power so we want to make sure that we don’t tax the fire department and the police department, and the emergency medical department people,” Aton told HawaiiNewsNow. “We do this at least once every three years so it takes care of the changes in command, administration personnel and to make sure that we integrate our plan with theirs” (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: FBI Investigating Powder-Filled Letters In Texas
Date: August 9, 2010
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Abstract: Officials with the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors reported that they are investigating the the delivery of 13 suspicious letters containing white powder in north Texas.

The first of the letters were discovered on August 5, when six letters filled with white powder were delivered to locations across the north Texas metro area.

Five additional letters were received in the area on the morning of August 6, reports, with that number rising to a total of 13 letters received by the end of the day.

Letters were sent to a company in Arlington, to Raytheon in Garland, to an aerospace company in Grand Prairie, to a Raytheon plant on the property of Texas Instruments in Dallas and to Rocket Air Supply company in Arlington.

Suspicious letters were also discovered at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Richardson, the mail room at Microsoft’s offices in Irving, the Dallas Love Field Airport and Spenro Industrial Supply Company in Grand Prairie.

It was later discovered that that two letters were also found at a Raytheon office in the Boston area, reports.

Ramona Layne, a spokesperson with the Raytheon Company, issued a statement regarding the incidents.

“The safety and security of our employees is paramount,” Layne told “Raytheon contacted Dallas emergency services immediately upon discovery of unknown powder substance at two sites, North Dallas and Garland facilities. Employees at both sites are safe and were unharmed.”

The powder in all of the letters found tested as non-hazardous. Officials said, however, that the powder would be further tested.

Investigators reported that the powder found in some of the letters on Thursday was corn starch.

Investigators have not clarified whether the letters were all sent from one person or location, but said they are investigating the possibility, according to the report (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Mass. Co. Receives Anthrax Hoax Letters
Date: August 16, 2010
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Abstract: Raytheon last week joined a growing list of companies to receive threatening envelopes in the mail that contained a suspicious white powder and a note mentioning the terror group Al-Qaeda.

Although the Raytheon office is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, the two envelopes are believed to be connected to a series of 25 similar bioterror hoaxes that have occurred predominantly in North Texas over the last ten days, according to NECN. In the Dallas area cases, two Raytheon offices were targeted.

Other victims of the hoaxes include elementary schools, churches, mosques, and aeronautics and technology companies like Raytheon. In all of the cases, the white powder was tested by the FBI and found to be innocuous. In at least some of the cases, the powder was identified as cornstarch.

The envelopes have all had a postmark from North Texas, a similar return address and contained a single typed sentence. An FBI official told NECN that the letters, containing a single sentence, make no sense, but that they match up with over 200 letters that were sent to governor’s offices and U.S. embassies in 2008.

The FBI said that the letters mentioned the terror group Al-Qaeda, but noted that they were not well-articulated, so their meaning remains undetermined.

Postal officials say that since the 2001 anthrax scare, all mail is scanned for biohazards. Suspicious packages, however, still require precautions and cause disruptions (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Texas Anthrax Hoax Letters Rise To 30
Date: August 17, 2010
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Abstract: Whoever sent 30 letters containing a cryptic message and suspicious white powder to churches, mosques and businesses in three states since August 5 is believed to be the same person or persons who sent white powder to government buildings in 2008.

Officials from the FBI say their suspect has sent a total of more than 250 letters since December 2008, when he targeted U.S. embassies and governors’ offices, according to Time.

In recent weeks, 25 of the letters were sent to addresses in the Dallas area and a further five were sent to Lubbock and Austin, Texas, Chicago and Waltham, Mass. The FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service recently confirmed that the white powder inside the letters was harmless and that all of the letters shared postmarks from North Texas.

"The letters all have the same postmarks, the same content and similar return addresses that lead us to believe they are coming from the same person or persons," Special Agent Mark White told the Associated Press.

White did not elaborate on the contents of the message, but said it was typed, one line long and mentioned the terror group Al-Qaeda.

"Nobody understands what they’re trying to say," White said, according to the AP. "The message itself is unclear. But by taking that extra step and putting that white powdery substance in there, yes it’s considered a threat."

There is now a reward of up to $100,000 for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Anthrax Scare In Spokane Causes Legal Furor
Date: August 18, 2010
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Abstract: An anthrax scare that closed the Spokane, Wash., City Hall may have caused a city council meeting being held there to be illegal under state law.

The city council of Spokane, Wash., met on Monday after the city hall was closed to the public due to an anthrax scare. Spokane City Council meetings must be open to the public, according to state law, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports.

Police and firefighters were called to Spokane City Hall after an employee found a white powdery substance in a package of office supplies in the city’s planning department. City employees in the area, including the mayor and city administrator, were told to stay away until the all clear was given.

Others were told to keep working, but the public were asked to leave and kept out of the building, ostensibly to control traffic flow, according to the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

Firefighters entered the building in hazmat suits and tested the material, which turned out to be 93 percent cornstarch, Battalion Chief Bob Green of the Spokane Fire Department told the Spokane Spokesman-Review. Cornstarch is often used to prevent envelopes from sticking together. he said.

City spokeswoman Marlene Feist sent out a news release five minutes before the meeting was scheduled to begin. It stated that the meeting would go on despite the closure. The meeting ended around the same time firefighters gave the all clear, about an hour later.

City Councilman Steve Corker told the Spokesman-Review that he was advised by the city’s legal staff that the meeting could continue as long as the vote on routine items was postponed until the council’s evening session.

“We weren’t sure if people were allowed in or not,” Assistant City Attorney Mike Piccolo told the Spokesman-Review, claiming it was unclear how responders were dealing with the situation right before the meeting began.

Feist noted that the city cable station carried the meeting live and that there was no public testimony scheduled.

Greg Overstreet, a private lawyer and former open government ombudsman in the state attorney general’s office., told the Statesman-Review that state law only prohibits public attendance during an executive session or in cases of disorderly conduct. Even if no votes are held, the meetings are required to be open.

“It would be a terrible precedent if local governments could lock the doors and tell people to just watch it on TV,” Overstreet told the Spokane Spokesman-Review (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Powder Filled Envelope Delivered To Penn. Home
Date: August 19, 2010
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Abstract: Officials with the FBI said that they are investigating a suspicious package delivered to a Blue Mountain Lake Estates home in Stroud Township, Penn.

Stroud Area Regional Police were dispatched to 22 Witness Tree Circle shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday after an envelope containing white powder was opened by a woman at the home, police told

A one-block area was cordoned off by police and officials. The area volunteer fire department were on scene along with the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management. A special infectious disease room was also prepared at Pocono Medical Center, officials said.

Scranton Postal Inspector Dave Conklin told that the material was tested using a mobile spectrometer with a built-in database of hazardous substances.

Bruce Henry, deputy director of the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management, told that the material has been declared non-hazardous. He did not, however, specify exactly what the substance was.

According to Henry this was the first “white powder” incident he has responded to in the past four or five years. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, his department fielded approximately 83 calls in a matter of a few weeks.

“Anyone who spilled Coffee-mate in the office, we were called in,” Henry told

Henry said it was not known what the substance was, but the response followed the county’s standard operating procedure. The substance has been sent away for further testing (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Norwegian Embassy In Israel Receives Anthrax Hoax Letter
Date: September 24, 2010
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Abstract: The Norwegian Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, received a suspicious envelope containing an unidentified white powder and a threatening letter.

According to, this is the fifth embassy in Tel Aviv where such an incident has occurred in the last two weeks. The Turkish embassy received a similar envelope earlier this week. Last week, suspicious envelopes were sent to the U.S., Swiss and Spanish embassies in Tel Aviv.

Reports indicated that the some of the letters have contained threats against a number of high ranking officials and have contained the Nazi swastika, according to

Officials said the envelope and its contents were sent by the Israeli police to a biological lab for testing and identification, So far, no injuries have been reported. In the previous Tel Aviv cases, the white powder was deemed to be harmless.

Anti-Turkish sentiment has been on the rise in Israel and ties have deteriorated between the two countries after the government in Ankara launched criticism of Israel over the deadly 22 day offensive on Gaza that ended in January 2009. This was further aggravated when Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists during a May 31 raid.

Letters containing a white powder have been considered a potential deadly threat since five people were killed in the U.S. when anthrax spores were mailed to news media offices and U.S. senators in the weeks following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Spate Of Anthrax Hoax Letters In Alabama
Date: October 19, 2010
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Abstract: Five cities in Alabama recently witnessed anthrax scares when the offices of several Republican congressmen received envelopes in the mail containing a suspicious white powder.

Representative Joseph Bonner of Alabama’s first congressional district received powder laced envelopes at both his Foley and Mobile offices, according to A spokesman for Bonner said that both envelopes contained small bags of powder that were not opened.

Bonner was in his Mobile office when the letter arrived and was quarantined while the substance inside was tested. Officials have determined that the bags did not contain anthrax, but they have yet to say what they were actually filled with.

U.S. Representative Mike Rogers and Senator Jeff Sessions each received envelopes containing white powder at their offices in east Montgomery, reports. Senator Richard Shelby also received one of the powder filled bags at his office in downtown Birmingham.

Officials from the FBI have said that the letters most likely originated from the same source. The U.S. Postal Inspectors have since offered a $100,000 reward for information concerning the attacks.

Although there have been no reported injuries or illnesses related to the anthrax hoaxes, five people who came into contact with the substance in the envelope have been treated with antibiotics as a precaution (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: NAACP Receives Anthrax Hoax Letter
Date: October 19, 2010
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Abstract: A suspicious powder that was sent to the Washington, D.C., office of the NAACP on October 18 has turned out to be nothing more than harmless tea.

The powder’s arrival had prompted the NAACP’s evacuation from the premises. NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary Sheldon told the Washington Post that the powder arrived in a business-size envelope addressed to the organization’s Washington office. The envelope did not have a return address and contained typewritten note and a plastic bag that held a powder.

The NAACP's employees were immediately evacuated and law enforcement was called to the scene. After examining the powder, they determined it was simply tea. It was not reported as to whether anyone was treated for injuries relating to the case.

This incident occurred within a week of a string of white powder incidents in Alabama, where four Republican congressmen received envelopes containing suspicious powder. In all of the cases, the powder turned out to be innocuous.

The Alabama cases are believed to be related to one another. Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have commented that the letters most likely originated from the same source. The U.S. Postal Inspectors have since offered a $100,000 reward for information concerning the attacks (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Anthrax Scare At Oklahoma City Charity Headquarters
Date: October 27, 2010
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Abstract: White powder fell out of an envelope at the Feed the Children headquarters in Oklahoma City last week, prompting fears of anthrax.

Tests on the substance determined that it was nonhazardous and that it may have been corn starch, according to Oklahoma City Deputy Fire Chief Cecil Clay, reports.

The powder fell onto the hands, shirt and pants of one employee. Security officers at the charity turned off the air conditioner, secured the mail room and called the police immediately after the powder was discovered, according to

There have been many suspected powder and other bioterror threats since the 2001 anthrax attacks that occurred shortly after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. In response, the U.S. Postal Service started a new Biological Detection System with units in 270 postal distribution and processing center. This system can screen the air around the sorting machines for potentially dangerous biological substances, reports.

“Since 2001 Postal Inspectors have responded to over 38,000 (suspected bioterror) incidents,” Peter Rendina, assistant inspector of the Washington Division of the Postal Inspection Service, said, according to, “Most of the time the substances/items were caused by customers wrapping food products incorrectly or forgetting their briefcase or backpack in the Post Office lobby.”

Weekly training is administered to postal employees, which includes security and safety related to reporting and detecting suspicious mail (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Anthrax Hoax Near Georgia Capitol
Date: November 5, 2010
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Abstract: A white powder feared to be anthrax that was discovered in an envelope sent to a state office building near the Georgia Capitol has been confirmed to not be hazardous.

The envelope was sent on Tuesday to the James H. Sloppy Floyd Building, reports. Upon discovery, authorities evacuated part of the complex. Four people who were exposed to the substance who had minor complaints were later treated..

Authorities at the scene said that the powder did not appear to be related to a chemical or biological threat.

As there was not enough of the substance for an immediate identification, the sample was sent to the FBI crime lab for analysis, reports. Gordy Wright, a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol, said that the investigation of the package will continue.

According to a recent Medill National Security Journalism Initiative report, there have been over 38,000 hazardous postal-related situations since the 2001 anthrax attacks. Even if the powder is a hoax and is comprised of flour or talcum powder, postal inspectors investigate the issue. Those who send the misleading package are subject to prison time or fines. Since 2001, 300 postal inspectors have been trained as hazard specialists.

“Historically, it’s been the Postal Inspectors’ mission to protect postal services, its employees and to secure the nation’s mail,” Peter Rendina, assistant inspector of the Washington Division of the Postal Inspection Service, said, reports. “We’re continuing to do what’s needed” (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: White Powder Scare In New York
Date: November 11, 2010
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Abstract: A white powder sent to the corporate office of the firm that operates and owns New York Sports Clubs in Greenburgh, New York, was not a biological weapon, according to police.

The powder was sent in a suspicious envelope from somewhere in New York state, according to

The first floor of the office building of Town Sports International, located at 399 Executive Blvd., was forced to evacuate on Tuesday morning after receiving the envelope.

The address on the white, business-sized envelope did not indicate a particular recipient, police Capt. Christopher McNerney told He said that the suspicious envelope was mailed from outside of Westchester County and did not offer additional details pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

The envelope came into contact with four employees after its 10 a.m. delivery, including a woman who touched the unknown white powdery substance on the folding ridge line of the letter, reports. Afterward, the woman reported itching and skin irritation.

The evacuation included over 70 people from the first floor of the building while a mobile decontamination station was set up to treat the postal worker and the four employees, reports.

The evacuation and decontamination included a team effort of multiple local and federal departments throughout Greenburgh and Westchester County (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).

Title: Anthrax Scare At Florida Police Station
Date: November 11, 2010
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Abstract: The police department in Clermont, Florida, was evacuated at 2 p.m. on November 9 after a man carrying an envelope of white powder entered the building.

Although the powder turned out to be a substance that was used to keep the two sides of envelopes from sticking together, it managed to disrupt the department for at least an hour, according to

According to Clermont Captain John Johnson, the man, Kenneth Harrison, had just come from the post office after checking his mail. Before pulling his retirement check out of the envelope, Harrison noticed that there was powder falling from it.

“It was just something I saw that seemed important enough to report,” Harrison, a Minneola, Florida, resident, said, according to

After noticing the powder, Harrison immediately placed the envelope into a plastic bag and drove it to the police department out of caution. Johnson told that once the envelope came into the department, the entire area had to be considered contaminated.

The Clermont Fire Department was called to the scene immediately and, at that point, all of the calls coming to the department were routed to the nearby Lake County Sherriff’s Department. Officers on patrol were told not to return to the department and the streets nearby were closed off.

Fire personnel followed standard protocol in dealing with the situation and personnel were seen in full hazmat gear walking in and around the building. The city’s Special Operations Unit was fully utilized (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).