The Nerve Gas Incident At JFK

A few days ago a story came across the wire from the NY Post saying that nerve gas was discovered at the JFK airport.  The story read:

The highly lethal nerve agent VX — used in weapons of mass destruction — appears to have been discovered in a mail facility at JFK Airport where two US customs agents were sickened this morning, a law-enforcement source said.

Both victims suffered respiratory distress and were taken for emergency treatment after being overcome while inside the US Postal Service facility on North Boundary Road at 9:40 a.m., the source said.

Initial testing after the incident revealed the presence of “chemical-grade weapons and nerve gas,” and subsequent testing produced a positive reading for VX, the source said.

Then they changed the very same story to read:

Authorities believe the substance that sickened two customs agents at JFK Airport this morning was ordinary nail polish remover, a law-enforcement source told The Post.

The incident, which forced the evacuation of two buildings near the airport’s perimeter, does not appear to be terror-related, the source said.

It was unclear why several tests at the scene produced consistent results indicating the presence of the highly lethal nerve agent VX, which kills through skin contact or inhalation and is used in weapons of mass destruction.

“The FBI responded to John F. Kennedy airport earlier today following reports of two sick employees. The FBI screened and tested the employees and the package they opened. The package in question was determined to be beauty supplies and nothing further. The scene has been cleared by FBI personnel,” said FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald in a statement.

They didn’t print the story as an update, they overwrote the existing story and story title.  Very strange behavior for a media outlet.

ABC did the exact same thing.  Here’s Zero Hedge referencing an ABC report:

The highly lethal nerve agent VX — used in weapons of mass destruction — appears to have been discovered in a mail facility at JFK Airport and sickened two US customs agents this morning, a law-enforcement source said.

Both victims suffered respiratory distress and were taken for emergency treatment after being overcome while inside the US Postal Service facility on North Boundary Road at 9:40 a.m., the source said.

Initial testing after the incident revealed the presence of “chemical-grade weapons and nerve gas,” and subsequent testing produced a positive reading for VX, the source said.

VX is a synthetic substance that is the most potent of all known nerve agents and can cause death through skin contact or inhalation.

The scene of the incident is a giant facility that processes overseas mail bound for the eastern United States.

The building and a US Customs facility about a quarter-mile away have both been quarantined, but airport operations so far remain unaffected.

This ABC report does not show up in Google searches today for the VX incident.  Here’s how that same story looks on ABC’s website now:

NEW YORK (WABC) – Two customs agents at JFK Airport were sickened Sunday after opening a package at a postal processing facility.

Field tests showed an initial finding of nerve gas, but the FBI tested the substance in “an abundance of caution”.

Despite the alarming first test, officials cautioned that false positives do happen. By late afternoon, experts confirmed that the substance was definitely not nerve gas.

ABC News has learned that the substance was some kind of nail polish remover. The nail polish remover was apparently being shipped from Long Island to Australia when it was opened and inspected at the airport. Some of the bottles had cracked in shipping, and when the workers opened the box, the fumes overwhelmed them.

It is not clear why the remover made the workers feel sick, and the passengers were not affected in any way. The incident happened in a remote part of the airport, and did not make a dent in the flight schedule.

This is very unusual behavior for news agencies.  Their reports are like historical records. Typically they either issue an appending update, or they write a new story on the subject.  Seeing one news agency do this is odd, but this happened to ALL of the major media outlets that were reporting on this incident.  Every last one of them.

The fact that all of these articles are now scrubbed from Google searches is the icing on the cake here. If you do a Google news search for “Nerve Agent Discovered at JFK Airport” it comes up empty, you get squat from the mainstream.  That phrase was the primary story title that was circulated around the web for this incident.  That means that every major media outlet changed their story titles AND Google’s systems cleared the old titles out of its web cache.

It’s also interesting to note that the article on the NY Post and ABC’s website were identical when they were initially released.  What’s that all about?  They didn’t credit a newswire for that report.  I believe this story turned up all over the place simultaneously.  Very strange indeed.

 

  • Tom

    My guess it was a deliberate misinformation press release, perhaps clearing the way for Obama to declare martial law. Just the sort of good crisis they wouldn’t want to go to waste. Amazing they changed the story to nail polish remover. No doubt, many in the Obama Administration were ready to ‘rock and roll’.