Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract The use of biological agents as weapons to disrupt established structures, such as governments and especially larger urban populations, has been prevalent throughout history.
Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world's hidden wonders. Like us on FacebookTumblror follow us on Twitter atlasobscura. Quickly and furtively, she squirted the solution into the salsa bucket and poured a little into the salad dressing.
The largest bioterrorist attack in United States history had begun. The origins of this brazen contamination go back towhen Indian mystic Baghwan Shree Rajneesh also known as Osho began a new spiritual movement in Mumbai. Rajneeshee's teachings were an odd mix of capitalism, meditation, ethnic and dirty jokes, and open sexuality, earning him the title of "sex guru.
Advertisement But pressures from Indian authorities were mounting, and Rajneeshee wanted to establish a utopia. With the help of his right-hand woman Ma Anand Sheela, and her wealthy husband Marc Harris Silverman, the group purchased a 64,acre ranch in Oregon, renamed it Rajneeshpuram, and set about building their utopia.
Some 7, followers moved onto the ranch, where they all wore red, worked on the communal farms and helped build the community. Rajneeshpuram grew to include a 4,foot airstrip, a fire department, restaurants, a public transport system using buses, and a sewage reclamation plant.
It even had its own zip code: Naturally the influx of the red-clad cultists made the locals nervous.
It didn't help that the Rajneeshees had set up a "Peace Force" that walked around the commune carrying Uzis and drove a Jeep with a.
Fights began to break out between the Rajneeshees and locals. A hunting magazine declared "an open season on the central eastern Rajneesh, known locally as the Red Rats or Red Vermin.
With tensions high, the Rajneeshees were denied permits to build their city on a mountain.
This is when the fight got very dirty indeed. Led by Ma Anand Sheela, who called herself Queen and carried a magnum, the Rajneeshees attempted to take over the Wasco county government.
When bussing in homeless people to vote the Rajneeshee members into state government positions failed—the government wouldn't let them vote—a new plan was hatched. Advertisement Over the course of two months, the group contaminated 10 salad bars in the area with salmonella in an attempt to suppress the vote.
Using a plastic bag filled with a brown liquid they nicknamed "salsa," the poured the salmonella filled slurry directly into salad dressings, splashed it on produce, put it in water, and generally got it everywhere they could. No one died, but had the Rajneeshees gone with their original plan of using Salmonella typhi, or typhoid fever, it surely would have resulted in numerous fatalities.
Despite causing widespread sickness, the plot didn't work. Locals suspected it was an attack of some sort and turned out in force to vote against the Rajneeshee candidates. But there was no concrete proof of malicious poisoning. The contamination was originally attributed to poor worker hygiene.
It wasn't until one year later, when Osho himself had fled the commune and blamed Sheela and her "gang of fascists" for the attacks that the government investigated.
What they found in the commune was a fully fledged bioterrorism lab containing salmonella cultures and literature on the manufacture and usage of explosives and military biowarfare.According to a study based on the Global Terrorism Database, in , 37 of 65 terrorist attacks in the United States were tied to right wing extremism, 11 attacks were tied to left wing extremism and 7 attacks were tied to Islamic extremism.
Bioterrorism in the United States Essay - Various forms of evil plague this planet. From armed robbers to suicide bombers to money launderers we have an issue with crime and terrorism, both on domestic and international levels.
Jan 09, · The largest bioterrorist attack in United States history had begun. The origins of this brazen contamination go back to , when Indian mystic Baghwan Shree Rajneesh (also known as Osho) began a. This incident was the first known bioterrorist attack in the United States in the 20th century.
It was also the single largest bioterrorism attack on U.S. soil.
 In June , the religious group Aum Shinrikyo released anthrax in Tokyo. Dec 20, · Bioterrorism Essays (Examples) there has been an escalation in the cases of bioterrorist attacks.
However, this has not always been the case and many people were in denial of the possibility of anyone using such measures to cause harm. Words: Length: 8 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: United States' Strategy for.
Bioterrorism is the intentional use of micro-organisms to bring about ill effects or death to humans, livestock, or crops. The use of micro-organisms to cause disease is a growing concern for public health officials and agricultural bodies.