Larry Wayne Harris
Former Aryan Nations member Larry Wayne Harris is a notorious braggart.
According to an article by Jeff Stein, "Harris
claimed he had worked for the CIA and several U.S. Army germ warfare laboratories.
The CIA and Army both denied it."
Larry Wayne Harris is not appropriate as either an "expert" on terrorism
and chemical/biological warfare, nor as a poster boy for claims that the U.S.
political right is behind the current wave of anthrax attacks and hoaxes.
That Harris is part of the Extreme Right" needs to be considered when
touting him as an expert. See, for example, the Media Watch column from this
week's issue of Columbus Alive! weekly: "Reviving
Mr. Anthrax: Why didn't the media expose its 'expert witness' as a fascist?" by
Mimi Morris and Michael Weber. They point out that: "there is no excuse
for giving this demagogue a platform, especially at such a volatile time. Harris advice
is dangerous when it is not simply loony."
Harris was never in possession of biological agents that posed a serious threat
for actual use in mass terrorism. That he dabbles in this field should scare
anyone. But it is not accurate to use him as an example of actual attempts by
persons in the Extreme Right to use anthrax as a weapon of mass destruction.
The James Ridgeway Village Voice article on Harris was misleading because
it reported his arrest charges that included allegations of threats to wipe
out a city with a toxin, but failed to report that those charges were almost
immediately dismissed. See the Ridgeway article at: http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0142/ridgeway.php.
The Ridgeway article on Harris failed to mention that in the original Harris
court case involving the bubonic plague, Harris was convicted only on the charge
of using phony credentials to obtain test samples. In his second arrest, he
apparently only had harmless veterinary grade anthrax.
Harris has ties to the Extreme Right through his former
Aryan Nations membership and his Christian
Identity beliefs. He also promoted his book Bacterological Warfare:
A Major Threat to North America, through Hard Right groups
such as the Patriot and militia movements, although several Patriot leaders
distanced themselves and their groups from Harris.
None of this should be read as suggesting that U.S. right-wing organizations
or individuals are not potential suspects.
Excerpts from Harris book:
Mr. Anthrax: Why didn't the media expose its "expert witness" as
a fascist? by Mimi Morris and Michael Weber.
Las Vegas Sun:
Interview with Larry
Wayne Harris by David E. Kaplan U.S. News & World Report September
arrest documents in PDF
documents dismissing most charges in PDF
Frontline program on biological terrorism with interview with Larry Wayne
Anthrax okay for home
use by Mimi Morris and Michael Weber The Progressive Populist
of Harris arrest by Hard Right supporter
botching the science behind the bioterror headlines by Gerry O'Sullivan
Afraid of Bugs: Assessing
our Attitudes Towards Biological and Chemical Terrorism A (lengthy) editorial
by Mark Pitcavage
on Harris and biological terrorism by Jeff Stein on Salon
CNN Interactive page
EXPECTS SITUATION TO WORSEN (Interview with Harris) By Mary Beth Lane
Friday, October 19, 2001
Right Views. (including Patriot & militia movement)
Right Views. (Extreme Right)
- Larry Wayne
- Chemical and
is behind these anthrax letters?
- More Resources: Links
to Right Wing Groups, Groups Opposing the Right, Studying the Right, Directories
- Terms & Concepts:
Use with Caution - Islamophobia & Arabophobia, Terrorism,
Fundamentalism, Neofascism, Clerical Fascism, Theocratic Islamic Fundamentalism,
Poverty Law Center overview of Right-Wing responses
League collection of responses. [See larger collection
of statements by date under heading: "What They are Saying: Internet
Responses to the Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks". Also NOTE ADL DISCLAIMER
that its site: "provides examples of commentary from a wide variety
of groups, from civil rights groups to extremist organizations. This includes
both the strongly positive and the strongly negative. The intent is to provide
a snapshot of responses to the tragedy, not to comment on or to categorize
the inherent nature of these groups."]
to Base 9/11/01 Page