This was the largest biological attack in U.S. history that no one knows about
If you ever wondered what the founder of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington (neé Stassinopoulos) was like, this might help. With her boyfriend, an English columnist, Bernard Levin, she joined the Rajneesh movement inspired by Indian mystic Osho. About Osho, Arianna said, “He is the conduit along which the vital force of the universe flows.” After leaving the cult, the duo joined the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness led by John-Roger Hinkins. Arianna was ordained as a minister in the new-age cult but later lied about her ties to it.
It is the Rajneesh, however, who were terrorists.
The Rajneesh were led by “sex guru” Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, an admirer of Hitler, and onetime owner of the world’s largest fleet of Rolls Royces. In the mid-1980s, the Rajneesh was involved in the first-ever bioterrorism attack on US soil, poisoning over 700 Oregonians on voting day in order to control the local vote in the cult’s district. The Rajneesh was arrested along with top aides and many were deported.
In the 1980s, the Rajneesh movement took root on a remote eastern Oregon ranch. It collapsed in about 1986 amid the attempted murders and deportations. The Rajneesh followers believed that killing Oregonians – not happy with this cult in their midst – was the only way to save their religious utopia.
Some of the leading members of the Rajneeshpuram Oregon commune tried to influence politicians by stalking them and when that didn’t work, they tried to poison everyone.
They put poison on doorknobs and food in the community so the residents would be too sick to vote. They wanted to swing the election their way.
When that failed, they deployed salmonella to infect salad staples in restaurants and shops, poisoning several hundred people who fortunately survived.
The left likes to say the movement was right wing because they liked an extreme form of so-called free market Capitalism, but it was the Democrat Party they were interested in.
The cultists took over the local Democratic Party (they had the money to make donations). They shipped 3,000 homeless people in to sign up to vote and promised them transportation home if they didn’t like the cult. They failed to make good on that promise.
“Telephoned threats kept a group of Rajneeshees from attending a Democratic Party fund-raising event, a Democrat party precinct member said.
Swami Prem Siddah, one of four Rajneeshees who serve as precinct representatives for the Democrats in Rajneeshpuram and the nearby city of Rajneesh, said he received threatening phone calls. One of the callers warned that if the Rajneeshees persisted in their plan to take about 40 street people to the fundraiser they would ‘end up with your blood spread all over the place.'”
On one occasion, some Rajneesh leaders decided to torch the Wasco County Planning Department.
Read more at Oregon Live.