Vaccine-Maker BioPort And
bin Laden - A Profitable Symbiosis?
By Ian Gurney

According to a story published by the Pakistan News Service on the 1st of December, documents referring to US anthrax vaccine-maker BioPort Inc. were found in the possession of the al-Qaeda in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The documents came from the US Department of Defence, but were not classified and contained highlighted items and stars scribbled across the top of one page. A BioPort spokeswoman Kim Brennen Root commented: "The discovery supports the notion that the al-Qaeda and the Taliban have been studying biological warfare and protecting against weapons of mass destruction. The document was a report on the environmental impact of renovations to our Lansing, Michigan plant, not a "how-to" manual on making the vaccine."
So, exactly what is BioPort Inc. and who runs the company? Well, BioPort is the only corporation in the United States with a license to make the Anthrax vaccine. Except that BioPort doesn't actually make the vaccine, BioPort simply bought the laboratory that does make the vaccine, Michigan Biologic Products Institute, from the State of Michigan in 1998. Less than a month after it took over the business from the state-owned Michigan Biologic Products Institute in September 1998, along with the actual Anthrax vaccine, BioPort acquired Michigan Biologic Products Institute's sole and exclusive customer for the vaccine, the US Department of Defence, and an exclusive $29 million contract with the Department of Defence to "manufacture, test, bottle and store the anthrax vaccine."
According to former Central Intelligence Agency military analyst Patrick Eddington, the estimated $60 million worth of anthrax vaccine Bioport is expected to produce for the Defence Department over the next five years could just be the beginning.
ìThe Pentagon has a $322 million, 10-year program to develop at least three, and perhaps as many as a dozen additional biological warfare vaccines,î Eddington told ABCNEWS. However, since acquiring Michigan Biologic Products Institute, BioPort has only delivered a small amount of the anthrax vaccine to the US Defence department. In fact, just 4% of the vaccine contracted for has so far been delivered because Federal Drug Administration (FDA) audits have uncovered suspicious record keeping as well as security and contamination problems at BioPort's North Lansing laboratory, causing the FDA to ban delivery of the product. Tim Watson of The Lansing State Journal says:
"BioPort finished renovating its North Lansing laboratories in 1999, but so far does not have FDA approval to sell vaccine made there."
Despite this ban, the US Government has given BioPort $126 million to keep the operation going. Given the situation that now exists in the US, it is likely that FDA concerns for the product will soon be set aside and the vaccine delivered, US administration officials having been told that it would take too long to set up a new vaccine manufacturing operation in the present circumstances.
So, now lets look at who owns and runs BioPort Corporation. Let's begin with Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr. former Head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former US ambassador to Great Britain. It seems that back when President George H. W. Bush was setting up Osama Bin Laden as a "freedom fighter" (Afghanistan's "freedom fighters" were credited with shooting down more than 270 Soviet aircraft using American made Stinger missiles in the 1980's) the good Admiral and his associates on the Joint Chiefs of Staff were, according to some reports, selling American made weapons-grade Anthrax to Saddam Hussein in the hopes that he would use it against Iran.
But that was then and this is now. Admiral Crowe is retired, he is also a wealthy person, far beyond what one might expect on even an Admiral's salary. In fact, Admiral Crowe sits on the Board of Directors and owns 13% of BioPort. According to ABC News reporter Howard L. Rosenberg: "Bioport Corp. was created solely to take over the assets of Michigan Biologic Products Institute by Admiral Crowe, his partners in a company called Intervac L.L.C. and a group of former managers of the Michigan- based institute."
It is Intervac that has the most interesting history. According to Croweís associate and spokesman, Jay Coupe, Crowe owns 22.5 percent of Intervac shares, though he hasnít ìinvested a pennyî in the venture.
Another 30 percent of Intervac shares are owned by Nancy El-Hibri, a mother and homemaker in suburban Maryland and the rest of the company is in the hands of "I&F Holdings," a company directed by Nancy El-Hibri's father-in-law, Ibrahim El-Hibri, a Venezuelan citizen, and her husband, Fuad El-Hibri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent. Fuad El-Hibri appears to be the real day-to-day director of Intervac and is listed by Dun & Bradstreet as the ìchief executiveî of Bioport.
According to Coupe, when Crowe returned from England in 1997, he was approached by Fuad El-Hibriís father, Ibrahim El-Hibri. The elder El- Hibri, whom the admiral had met a decade before, invited Crowe to serve on the board of Intervac.
So, it seems that Admiral Crowe and his fellow investors in BioPort are set to make a nice profit from the Anthrax scare, especially when market demand pushes the price of the product above the contracted price. And who are those fellow investors? Rumours, denied by BioPort, have suggested that one investor in the company is the Carlyle Group, one of America's most successful investment companies, well known for generating "extraordinary returns" for its customers through investments in the US defence industry.
Because the Carlyle Group remains privately held, it is not required to disclose details of its investments or business activities, it has, however, an impressive array of board members. Former President George Bush Sr. and former British Prime Minister John Major are directors of The Carlyle Group and, according to reports, until October this year another major investor with The Carlyle Group was (and you had better sit down before you read this) the Bin Laden family! The story behind the Carlyle Group and the links between George Bush Sr. and the bin Ladens is interesting to say the least.
Let's start at the beginning. In the 1970's, Salem Bin Laden, the eldest of Osama Bin Laden's 55 brothers and sisters, invested heavily in George H. W. Bush's first business venture, Arbusto Energy. Salem became Bush's business partner through James Bath, a close friend of the future American president. Salem appointed Bath as his representative in Houston, Texas. It was Bath who invested $50,000 in Bush's company Arbusto and also bought Houston Gulf Airport on behalf of Osama's elder brother.
Since then business links between Bush Sr. and the Bin Laden family have flourished, particularly since Bush Sr. joined the Carlyle Group. On September 27th. The Wall Street Journal reported that: "George H.W. Bush, the father of President Bush, works for the bin Laden family business in Saudi Arabia through the Carlyle Group, an international investment consulting firm. The senior Bush has met with the bin Laden family at least twice. Other top Republicans are also associated with the Carlyle Group, including former Secretary of State James A. Baker, and former Defence Secretary and deputy CIA Director Frank Carlucci."
Osama bin Laden has supposedly been "disowned" by his family, which runs the Saudi Bin Laden Group, a multi-billion dollar construction business in Saudi Arabia. However, Osama's sister-in-law, in a recent interview with America's ABC News, said that she believed that members of her family still supported bin Laden.
If the rumours are correct about the Carlyle Group's investment in BioPort, then it's quite possible the Bin Laden family is an investor in the only company able to make an Anthrax vaccine in the United States, and because their beloved Osama might have some of the stuff, the family will make a fortune.
In fact, the shortage of vaccine created by the FDA bans will make all the players extremely wealthy, as market forces drive the price of the vaccine up. A very cosy arrangement. The Bushes and Bin Ladens (and the occasional complicit Admiral) could all be making vast amounts of money off the fear and death of Americans. Is it any wonder then that documents relating to BioPort have been found in the possession of bin Laden's al-Qaeda network in Kabul? ___
Ian Gurney is the author of "The Cassandra Prophecy-Armageddon Approaches"

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