- According to an October 1998 Discover magazine article
entitled "Filthy Lucre," the FBI was fully aware of the fact
that counting/sorting machines were capable of cross-contaminating items
made of paper.  The entire article was devoted to the scientific study
of money including a historical, and anthropological view. Of course the
article focused on the cross-contamination of currency at the federal reserve's
counting/sorting machines, but even a fool should be able to understand
that there can't be a tremendous difference between those machines and
the ones at the post office that do pretty much the same thing.
- Apparently the Japanese are light years ahead of our
FBI, according to this article anyway, they have been well aware of the
fact that currency is an effective vector for bacteria, as evidenced by
the fact that Japanese citizens can go to what is referred to in Japan
as a "clean ATM", and have their currency, the Yen, pressed for
1/10th of a second at 392 degrees in order to sterilize them.  Hitachi
manufactures this clean ATM, and according to the article, it is quite
popular and has been for many years in Japan.
- In 1997, [Four years before 9-11] Tom Jourdan, chief
of the Materials and Devices unit at the FBI lab in Washington D.C. found
that ninety percent of the dollar bills his unit tested came back positive
for the presence of cocaine hydrochloride. Jourdan stated that it was his
belief that, "mechanical currency counters are homogenizing money
one contaminated bill brushed through the counting machine at the bank
can contaminate the entire stack."  In other words the FBI conducted
a study that revealed that mechanical counters were cross-contaminating
money, and they knew back in 1997 that one contaminated dollar bill could
contaminate an entire stack of bills. How hard is it to infer that the
same would prove true with envelopes at the United States Post Office?
- The answer of course is that it wouldn't be difficult
at all the same mechanics are at work with the mechanical counters/sorters
and the vector, paper, is essentially the same. Admittedly currency is
a better vector with its cotton/linen composition, but at the microscopic
level, standard envelope paper is very porous and can carry anthrax spores
quite efficiently as evidenced by the fact that several Americans died
as a result of inhaling spores that had become impregnated into envelopes
at the Post Office. 
- The FBI will never critique this article, but if they
were to try, they'd probably lie and suggest that cocaine hydrochloride
particulate is smaller than anthrax spores and for this reason they didn't
think that anthrax would so efficiently cross-contaminate envelopes at
the Post Office. The fact is, weaponized anthrax spores, like those mailed
to Senator Tom Daschle are generally between 1/25,000th and 10/25,000th
of an inch in diameter.
- Photographic microscopy in the article, "Filthy
Lucre," clearly revealed that the cocaine particulate photographed
within the weave of the cotton/linen dollar was some seven times larger
than 10/25,000th of an inch in diameter, yet couldn't be seen without the
use of a microscope. The fact is; the FBI knew in 1997 that anthrax and
other bacterial agents could not only contaminate money and remain viable
on its surface for some time, but that it could also "cross-contaminate"
other bills. There is no doubt whatsoever that they knew the same would
prove true at the Post Office, but like everything else around us today,
the FBI lied about it and attempted to fool the American public.
- If the FBI were truly interested in finding and apprehending
the "Anthrax Killer," they'd be investigating Philip Zack, who
once worked at Fort Detrick Maryland and was caught red handed diverting
anthrax spores several years prior to 9-11 and later writing an anonymous
letter attempting to implicate or frame a scientist by the name of Dr.
Ayaad Assaad.  Instead the FBI focused its investigation on one Steven
J. Hatfill and employed the media to conduct an orchestrated smear campaign
on Hatfill's character in order to convict him in the court of public opinion.
 When their smear campaign fell apart for lack of evidence, the FBI
then dropped its investigation and the media has subsequently remained
silent, with nary a word about anyone else possibly being connected to
the case, despite the overwhelming evidence implicating Philip Zack.
- Below are some other interesting facts associated with
pathogens and currency/paper:
- Discover magazine documented a study that was conducted
on two $20 bills, one $1 bill, and a quarter. All were wiped across a Petrie
dish containing an agar base, and all produced positive results within
24 hours. The following types of bacteria were identified in the Discover
magazine study. Staphylococci, micrococci, diptheroids, and propriobacteria.
- The article Filthy Lucre then cited a study conducted
in 1972 by the Journal of the American Medical Association , This study
cultured two hundred dollar bills and coins and found Staphylococcus Aureus,
a pathogenic bacteria on 13% of coins, and 42% of bills tested.
- In 1997, another study was conducted by another journal,
Infections in Medicine. This study concluded that 3% of all coins, and
11% of all the bills they tested were positive for bacteria.
- In 1998, a study conducted by the University of California
at San Francisco revealed that out of a hundred and thirteen examples of
"real life," cash they cultured, most of the bills grew "harmless
bacteria" but 18% of coins, and 7% of bills manifested pathogenic
bacteria, including E-Coli, and Staph Aureus. Shirley Lowe, a microbiologist
credited with conducting the study on behalf of the University stated that
"half the money," she obtained from a doughnut shop grew Staphylococcus
Aureus. Lowe stated, "Anything that can get on hands can get on money."
- The article Filthy Lucre also revealed that a study conducted
at the Houston Advanced Research Center in Texas found that 70-80% of all
currency had trace amounts of cocaine hydrochloride on them. In older bills
that had been in circulation for some time, 90% manifested trace amounts
of cocaine. 
- The Journal of Forensic Sciences conducted a study in
May 1998 that concluded that more than 93% of all bills tested had trace
amounts of cocaine hydrochloride present.
- What does all this mean? What it means to this writer
is that the FBI's claim of ignorance was a complete lie and that their
focus on the innocent Steven J. Hatfill suggests a willful attempt to ignore
the far more compromised Philip Zack, who should be under investigation
at this very moment for several murders and engaging in terrorism against
his own nation, thus committing treason during a time of war.
- Curt Maynard works for himself and resides in Louisiana
with his wife and three children. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
-  Discover magazine, October. 1998. p. 78.
-  Ibid.
-  Ibid. p. 84.
-  The FBI reported that the anthrax in the letter mailed
to Senator Tom Daschle was between 1 and 10/25,000th of an inch in diameter.
-  This frame job fell completely apart, but details
of the case can be read in an otherwise worthless book entitled Amerithrax
by Robert Graysmith, a book that carefully excluded [intentionally?] any
and all mention of Philip Zack.
-  The FBI attempted to do the same thing to Richard
Jewell, by ignoring evidence that would have exonerated him in the Olympic
Park bombing. Fortunately for Jewell, he was able to prove his innocence
and prove that the FBI attempted to frame him.
-  Discover magazine, October. 1998. p. 78.
-  Month, unspecified.
-  Discover magazine, October. 1998. p. 82.