MYSTERY WIRE — In the months after the September 11th attacks, Americans were on edge about anthrax and biochemical weapons. And although the U.S. government formally declared its opposition to using such weapons even in war, the U.S. military had developed, tested, and even deployed bio-chemical weapons in the past.
Some of that testing took place in Utah at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground. In 2006 George Knapp traveled to Dugway to tell the story of years of top secret testing.
Security at the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground was very tight since what was probably being stored there would be a terrorist dream weapon.
For decades, Dugway was the location of choice for military tests involving biochemical agents, anthrax, plague, and nerve gas to name a few.
Stories about anthrax at the Dugway Proving Ground made national news around the country in December 2001, but George Knapp reported about this possible connection a month earlier.
Knapp and photojournalist Matt Adams were even detained twice and were threatened with arrest while trying to get video of the Dugway facilities.
U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground executes efficient testing and support to enable our nation’s defenders to counter chemical, biological, radiological, and explosives (CBRE) hazards. Located 80 miles west-southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, and covering 800,000 acres, it was large enough and remote enough to allow for the full-scale testing of chemical and biological munitions and delivery systems. Dugway was the site of extensive, open-air biological and chemical testing in the 1950s and 1960s. Defensive chemical and biological equipment testing continues today within its facilities and laboratories.health.mil