Let's take a closer look at this neurotoxin business.
In 2010, Alen J. Salerian, MD, published a paper, "President Kennedy's Death: A Poison Arrow-assisted Homicide" in Medical Hypotheses, a peer-reviewed journal.
On its website ( www.medical-hypotheses.com/content/aims ) we learn that "Medical Hypotheses ... exists ... to give novel, radical new ideas and speculations in medicine open-minded consideration, opening the field to radical hypotheses which would be rejected by most conventional journals."
Now there's a mission statement sure to appeal to students of deep politics -- including yours truly.
The abstract for Dr. Salerian's article reads as follows:
"A review of medical evidence demonstrates evidence of a neurotoxin-assisted homicide. The convergence of three independent actions, or the signature traits of neurotoxin-assisted homicide -- the emergence of neurological signs consistent with a neurotoxin-induced paralysis, the induction of a small neck would consistent with a flechette-transported neurotoxin entry wound, and the execution of a covverup to eliminate neurotoxin evidence, supports this hypothesis. This review suggests JFK's death had all the signature traits of a neurotoxin-assisted homocide."
( http://www.medical-h...0163-5/abstract )
The full text is available to subscribers for $31.50.
A review of the article published on a blog called "Nature's Poisons" was, on balance, clearly unfavorable. Its author, identified only as "Justin," early on reveals his acceptance of the SBT. ( http://naturespoison...a-poison-arrow/ )
In the review, "Justin" notes that,
"The CIA had programs (presumably at the time of the JFK assassination) in which it stored massive quantities of saxitoxin, a potent neurotoxin, and devices to deliver it. In a Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, there was an emphasis on unauthorized storage of toxic agents. During the meeting it was disclosed that the CIA had accumulated, at great expense, 11 grams of saxitoxin (see exhibits 2 and 3). There was also the discussion of a device to deliver poisoned darts:
CHAIRMAN. Have you brought with you some of those devices which would have enabled the CIA to use this poison (saxitoxin) for killing people?
COLBY. We have, indeed.
CHAIRMAN. Does this pistol fire the dart ?
COLBY. Yes, it does, Mr. Chairman. The round thing at the top is obviously the sight, the rest of it is what is practically a normal .45, although it is, a special. However, it works by electricity. There is a battery in the handle, and it fires a small dart.
CHAIRMAN. So that when it fires, it fires silently?
COLBY. Almost silently, yes.
CHAIRMAN. What range does it have?
COLBY. One hundred meters, I believe, about 100 yards, 100 meters."
So far, so good. But then "Justin" gets all dicey with us. I quote him at length:
"Saxitoxin is one of the most potent neurotoxins known. The estimated dose to kill a person if consumed orally, like with red-tide tainted shellfish is around 0.5 mg. The amount if given intravenously or intramuscularly is much less, around 0.05 mg. You can barely see that amount. So the accumulation of 11 grams – 11,000 mg – is enough kill more than 20,000 by oral administration or more than 200,000 if delivered intravenously. That’s actually quite scary.
"[Saxitoxin]] blocks sodium-channels and prevents the formation of action potentials in nerves and muscle fibers, leading to paralysis. Does it work instantly? I’ve never tried it myself, but I’m going to say no. Neurotoxins work very quickly, but instantly, so that President Kennedy could only clench his throat and do no more? Not likely.
"The likely scenario is the most obvious: he was shot in the upper back with the bullet exiting his throat. He grabbed the wound and was in an instant state of shock. Who wouldn’t be? No one there, save for one or two, knew this would, or even could, happen. Eight seconds ticked by before the fatal head wound. According to the author, this fatal head wound was to 'cover up' the death due to saxitoxin. Well, you’re not going to die by asphyxiation (respiratory paralysis), which is what happens with saxitoxin, in 8 seconds. And seriously, if you have the means to shoot someone in the head, would you really go through the trouble of poisoning them first? With some super-secret silent dart firing .45 or other device? Of course not. That would be a crazy idea. Just skip the middle-man and go with the sniper in the book depository."
We know "Justin" hasn't a clue regarding the scientific non-tenability of the SBT. So how trustworthy are the balance of his conclusions?
"Justin" then moves on to character assassination -- or is he being fair and accurate?
"The author of the paper is one Dr. Alen Salerian, a former psychiatrist to the stars. He was brilliant. He was eccentric. He wanted fame.
"[Dr. Salerian's] downfall started when Robert Hanssen was arrested for being an FBI double-agent for the Russians in 2001. It was one of the greatest security breaches in the FBI’s history. Dr. Salerian managed to offer his services to Hanssen’s defense attorney, and spoke at length with Hanssen, but wound up breaching doctor-patient confidentiality to the media on multiple occasions, revealing Hanssen’s secrets and sexual proclivities. His intent was to be the star of the show, despite his moral obligations. He lost his academic, pharmaceutical and hospital ties, but in the end he kept his medical license, was suspended for two years, and received a few fines.
"But most disturbingly he was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for illegally dispensing prescription drugs, including oxycodone, in 2013. He faced 144 counts, but was found unfit to stand trial, despite his own objections. And as far as I know, he is currently in a Federal Medical Center not far from where I live (read: prison mental hospital). Such a sad and bizarre end to what was once a prominent and influential medical doctor.
"His 'hypothesis' on the poison arrow assisted homicide of JFK never should have been published in the first place, given his prior track record with the Hanssen case. If you’re one for second chances, then sure, publish it. But for goodness sake, edit the damned thing. He references his figures incorrectly in the text, he writes that the “study” is in four parts, then proceeds to label them 'Part 1', 'Part 2,' and 'Part III' – mixing Arabic numerals with Roman – and ignoring Part 4. Or Part IV. Whatever."
So was Dr. Salerian taken out in retaliation for his work on Hanssen's behalf? If so, it wouldn't be the first time that a life and career were ruined for such a transgression.
Is "Justin" working knowingly with Dr. Salerian's tormentors -- if any?
"Justin" concludes: "In short, the [Salerian] 'paper' is a mess, but it is just a reminder that there is a conspiracy theory for everything. And even if it does have merit, it often gets lost in the crazy."
Note the "conspiracist" slam. But also note the rather thoughtful deep political analysis revealed in "Justin's" final sentence.
"Lost in the crazy."
"[Y]ou can't blame the innocent, they are always guiltless. All you can do is control them or eliminate them. Innocence is a kind of insanity." -- Graham Greene, The Quiet American
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a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. i think i too have known
autumn too long
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