By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only



This week, the United States Department of agriculture
continued its ongoing investigation of yours truly by
sending two special agents from the Inspector General's
office to my New Jersey home.

How would you like to be investigated for terrorism by a
powerful government agency? Two of my daughters were very
upset and had trouble sleeping the night before.

I felt that witnesses were essential, so I invited Karen
Mahaboir, a reporter with the Bergen Record, Northern New
Jersey's largest newspaper, to sit in on the meeting. I also
invited my dad.

During the interrogation, my daughter Lizzy snapped a
photograph of special agent William Squires. Lizzy captured
a tiny piece of my profile in the far left of the photo. The
reporter is sitting on the couch.

Unfortunately, Lizzy did not get a full photo of Agent Irena
Tutco. Agent Tutco was by far the prettier of the two

Agent Squires was not happy that his likeness was captured
on film. He was also not happy that a member of the press
was present, and commented that this had never happened to
him before. I replied that this was a new experience for me
too--the first time that I was being investigated for
terrorism. The reporter was allowed to remain, and she took
very good notes.

I was informed that a complaint had been filed against me. I
asked for a copy of that complaint, but my request was
turned down. The Sixth Amendment of the Bill of Rights in
America's Constitution guarantees that a citizen has the
unalienable right to know his accuser, but that right seems
not to be applicable during "payback time."

I told agents Squires and Tutco that my first book "MILK-The
Deadly Poison" incriminated Monsanto, the company that now
sells the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. I
gave them each a copy of a recent column that I wrote about
George Bush's "Monsanto" cabinet. Their boss, USDA Secretary
Ann Veneman, once worked closely with Monsanto. So, too, did
Attorney General John Ashcroft and Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas once
served as Monsanto's attorney. Will I survive such a power

After writing the above column, many of you warned me that I
would soon be deeply mired in stinky bovine excrement. Such
warnings seem to have come to pass.

I asked Special Agent Squire if it was against the law for
one to say that he or she would bring Mad Cow Disease or
Foot and Mouth Disease from England to America.

I was informed that an individual could be charged with a
crime if his or her action satisfied four criteria:

1) made the threat 2) intended to carry out the threat 3) be
aware that such a threat was a violation of the law (I asked
Agent Squire what law prevented someone from making such a
threat, but he was unable to cite a statute) 4) acted upon
that threat

I told the two investigators that I was going to visit
Scotland in July of 2002, and that I would tiptoe through
the tulips and bring Hoof and Mouth back to America and
spread it around. I then asked them to immediately arrest
me, hoping that the publicity would help to sell my new
book. They declined to do so.

Well, friends, I'm still a free man, and I am certain that
USDA continues to probe for ghosts in my closet and yours. I
feel safe knowing that USDA's $40 million dollar bio-
terrorism budget is being wisely spent to protect your
family and mine.


What will it take for USDA to investigate FDA? What will it
take to review the key study leading to approval of
Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone? FDA
refuses to release that study, despite the fact that
Inspector General Richard Kusserow promised in 1992 that the
study would be released in its entirety.

The study was authored by Richard, Odaglia, and Deslex. Most
people who know the issues recognize that study as one
lasting for 90 days on 360 laboratory rats.

In fact, the study lasted for 180 days. FDA approved the
hormone for America's food supply because they found no
biological effects on lab animals.

After day 90, every animal treated with Monsanto's hormone
got cancer.

If you eat pizza or ice cream, you ingest that same hormone.

Investigate that, agents Squires and Tutco!

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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