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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Biological agent shuts Indonesian embassy in Oz

Australia's first real domestic terrorism incident might be homegrown:
An envelope containing a biological agent has been sent to the Indonesian embassy in Canberra in an apparent reprisal for Schapelle Corby's jailing in Bali.

The biological agent sent contained a bacteria, Prime Minister John Howard said tonight.

Mr Howard said he had been told the substance was a bacteria belonging to the bacillus group. "It's still being tested ... it's not an innocent white powder, it's some kind of biological agent," Mr Howard told the Nine Network.
SMH: Biological agent shuts Indonesian embassy

Note: The Corby link is just a theory at this stage.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 6/01/2005 09:43:00 pm

14 Comments:

Blogger Ackers1 said...

How tedious.Australians showing their true colours and original too!

6/01/2005 10:32:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Ah, that wouldn't be anthrax would it?

6/01/2005 10:33:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Could be - thought it took a while to identify different bacillus species under laboratory conditions.

6/01/2005 10:35:00 pm  
Blogger Capitalist said...

Now this post just proves how you people are nothing and your opinions are nothing. I guess you are not au fait with staff at Auckland's US Embassy. But then you are not friendy with Brash either are you. This happens all the time in Auckland. It is just not reported to nothings like you.

6/01/2005 10:54:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

How Ruthless Herr Capitalist.

6/01/2005 11:00:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

There is no US Embassy in Auckland.

There is however a Consulate in the Citibank building, with a charming Indian guard from Armourguard at the front door.

Thankyou for your charming comment. Do stop by again sometime.

6/01/2005 11:12:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

There are a number of tests that can confirm various biologicals in minutes to hours. A number of these kits were developed after 9/11 and the US anthrax cases. These will provide a basis to work from until full lab testing is available. I'd be suprised if the Australians didn't have access to this equipment.

6/02/2005 12:45:00 am  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

They do Bernard. They shipped one over to the Indonesian Embassy. The courier was promptly arrested and given 20 years for having a drug lab kit.

6/02/2005 08:58:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Silent Running has an interesting take on this. Possible conspiracy by the anti Australian/American elements within Indonesia. Most interesting aspect is the apparent need for considerable technical skill to render a bacteria culture postable. He seems to imply that Indons have such skill but he average Ocker does not. Might be right there.

6/02/2005 09:50:00 am  
Blogger Philu said...

well, well, so the first bio-attack on australia wasn't done by wild-eyed islamic or commie terrorists but by good old-fashioned reactionary racist rightwing aussies, eh?...cor!

phil(whoar.co.nz)

6/02/2005 01:29:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Anthrax can be found in the wild, the trick to militarising it is to produce powder in the right size so that it can be inhaled. The particles have to be within a precise range to ensure that they get and stay in the lungs. I believe it takes a reasonable amount of technical nouse to achieve this. The thing about the US anthrax attacks was that the particles were manufactured to a size that had the added 'benefit' of allowing particles to pass through the envelopes when they were being processed - thats how the postal workers were infected. That showed that there was some advanced knowledge that went into those attacks.

6/02/2005 02:22:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Yeah, those right wing extremists hate it when some-one innocent (as far as they know) gets locked up for 20 years when similar offenses in Indonesia have had shorter jail time.

Now, if the person had been arrested by the US customs, it surely would have been about 20 left wing zealots fire bombing all US Embassies.

If it had been a trained seal locked up for carrying 4Kg of hash then the Greens would have been writing graffiti on the Sydney Opera House, and using a fertiliser bomb to blow up a Nike store.

If it had been a left wing blogger, they would have just made sweeping generalisations without a shred of evidence.

Hey, the font you used appears to be the same as the one on the foot and mouth hoax letter....very suspicious.

6/02/2005 09:54:00 pm  
Blogger Philu said...

c'mon zen, get a grip..as others have pointed out, if corby was a fat balding chippie nobody would give a toss..

cor..you're really buying into the hype, eh?

phil(whoar.co.nz)

6/03/2005 06:40:00 pm  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Well, Phil, she's not a a fat balding chippie, is she? She might have got a lighter sentence if she was.

6/03/2005 07:03:00 pm  

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