Wednesday, November 05, 2003
HoustonChronicle.com - Scientist asked boss to keep plague scare quiet>Butler, 62, faces 69 felony charges in connection with the incident, which sparked a bioterrorism scare earlier this year. Butler reported in January that vials of the bacteria responsible for the deadly bubonic plague were missing from a university lab. He later admitted he had accidentally destroyed them.
Butler is accused of smuggling plague bacteria from Tanzania and illegally transporting it within the country and overseas, lying to federal agents, and filing a false income tax return. Butler had listed his cargo as "laboratory samples," but prosecutors said the vials should have been declared.
And we worry about terrorists....