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Terrorism: The Forgotten Bio Attack.


It is often never talked about but it is one the most underestimated attacks on US soil ever and there’s a dangerous lesson to learn.

The 1984 Rajneeshee bio attack was the piosoning of 751 people in Oregon, United States, through the deliberate contamination of salad bars  at ten local restaurants with Salmonella. A leading group of followers of Rajneesh (later known as Osho) had hoped to incapacitate the voting population of the city so that their own candidates would win the 1984 Wasco elections. The incident was the first and single largest bio attack in United States history. The attack is one of only two confirmed terrorist uses of bio weapons to harm humans since 1945

Having previously gained political control of Antelope in Oregan, Rajneesh’s followers based in nearby Rajnesshpuram, Oregon, sought election to two of the three seats on the Wasco County Circuit Court that were up for election in November 1984. Fearing they would not gain enough votes, Rajneeshpuram officials decided to incapacitate voters in The Dalles, the largest population center in Wasco County. The chosen biological agent was Salmonella Typhimurium, which was first delivered through glasses of water to two County Commissioners and then, on a larger scale, at salad bars and in salad dressing at a fast food joint.

751 people contracted Salmonella as a result of the attack; 45 of whom were hospitalized. There were no fatalities. Although an initial investigation by the OPHD and the CDC did not rule out deliberate contamination, the actual source of the contamination was only discovered a year later. A sample of bacteria matching the contaminant that had sickened the town residents was found in a Rajneeshpuram medical laboratory. Two leading Rajneeshpuram officials were indicted and served 29 months in a minimum-security prison.

What is so dangerous about this event is this group was only a small group but managed to cause a lot of harm to people and to create their own Bio weapon out of a basic bacteria. Also strikes out is how this small group managed to take over the town of Antelope and indeed invaded the town and all this happened in America but yet did not send shock waves around the world.

About Jordan Dean-Rennie

I am a Scottish born New Zealander currently studying to become a Designer and live in Edinburgh,Scotland. I enjoy being creative and playing games :). Nationality: Scottish/New Zealand Nicknames: JoJo,Gordie,Jordie, Jordiecakes

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