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Anthrax drug brings $334 million to Pentagon advisor's biotech firm

(Los Angeles Times) Over the last decade, former Navy Secretary Richard J. Danzig, a prominent lawyer, presidential advisor and biowarfare consultant to the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, has urged the government to counter what he called a major threat to national security.
Terrorists, he warned, could easily engineer a devastating killer germ: a form of anthrax resistant to common antibiotics.
U.S. intelligence agencies have never established that any nation or terrorist group has made such a weapon, and biodefense scientists say doing so would be very difficult. Nevertheless, Danzig has energetically promoted the threat - and prodded the government to stockpile a new type of drug to defend against it.
Danzig did this while serving as a director of a biotech startup that won $334 million in federal contracts to supply just such a drug, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.
Community: When do we start to call it corruption? Donald Rumsfeld promoted government purchase of Tamiflu when he owned stock in the company that makes it. And Tamiflu might not even work. But who cares? The rich got richer, so all is well with their world.
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