Entries by Judith Sanders

Bring Back the Cold War

If there ever was a time to long for, the days of the “Red Phone” and Reagan squaring off against Gorbachev, to borrow a slogan from the first Reagan campaign, “the time is now.” The world has certainly become a more dangerous place since the Soviet walls “came crumbling down” and the Cold War has […]

If you have trouble sleeping, don’t read this.

In the summer of 1991, after the first Gulf War, the first inspections of Iraqi WMD began. Amazingly, on the first biological weapons inspection, the Iraqi representatives, led by the infamous Dr. Taha, announced that they had, indeed, a program to develop biological weapons. Their rationale at the time was that they did it because […]

Our Best Defense May be Incompetence

Once upon a time, small tubes crossed oceans, borders, and customs floors in the pockets, briefcases, and luggage of respected and well intentioned scientists. What was in these tubes? Whatever dangerous viruses or bacteria the scientists were interested in studying. Worse, at times the tubes contained tissues or blood from animals or humans who died […]

Not much separates legitimate infectious disease and microbiology research from illegal & dangerous biological weapons development.

There are at least five (5) things that help weapons inspectors determine that someone has crossed the line into “black biology”: 1. Secrecy: If you’re doing legitimate research, it should be in the open, published, and open for review. If everything is in secret, you’ve crossed the line. 2. Size: If you need to study […]