WASHINGTON - August 7, 2008 - The Department of Defense continued its controversial mandatory anthrax vaccinations program despite high ranking Bush regime officials acknowledging there were problems with the vaccine within months of the Bush regime taking office - well before the events of 9/11 and the October 2001 anthrax letters.
A 2001 memorandum from former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove to then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz indicates that the White House knew of problems relating to Gulf War Syndrome and the military's controversial anthrax vaccine.
Obtained earlier this year from a senior military official and referenced in today's New York Daily News, Rove wrote, "I do think we need to examine the issues of both Gulf War Syndrome and the anthrax vaccine and how they can be dealt with. They are political problems for us."
Along with the memo, Rove noted that he had attached "material on the anthrax vaccine problem," which had been forwarded to him by H. Ross Perot. He titled it "GULF WAR SYNDROME AND ANTHRAX."
The April 25, 2001 memo indicates how long and how far up in the Bush regime the anthrax vaccines - and Gulf War Syndrome - have been considered problematic.
A single contractor, Emergent BioSolutions, manufactures the Pentagon’s anthrax vaccine. It has been plagued with complaints from soldiers and soldiers' advocates, who assert that the vaccine causes myriad debilitating ailments.
The Department of Defense was forced to halt mandatory injections in 2004 after a judge ruled that the Food and Drug Administration had not approved the vaccine for its intended use. In 2006, the military resumed mandatory vaccinations after FDA approval, citing letters laced with anthrax in late 2001 as their reason.