MEDINT — Whisky of Mass Destruction

“In the post-Cold War environment, a unified, consistent approach to deterring, reducing and countering weapons of mass destruction is essential to maintaining our national security.”

Defence Threat Reduction Agency

September 12 2021 — In the aftermath of 9/11, the US Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) left no stone unturned in their search for weapons of mass destruction. A ‘suspicious’ distillery on the island of Islay, Scotland, caught their attention. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

RELATED POST: MEDINT — James Bond Has a Severe Chronic Alcohol Problem

Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides islands, off the west coast of Scotland.

Along with the neighboring island of Jura, it is known for its whisky. Numerous distilleries produce the island’s characteristically peaty single malts.

In the fall of 2003, a woman alerted the manager of the Bruichladdich distillery to the fact that one of its webcams was faulty.

These cameras had been installed by the company to show off its traditional distilling techniques.

The manager thanked her for for bringing the problem to his attention. The reply was a bit of a shock!

‘We really do enjoy looking at your distillery,” the woman wrote back.

This time, the email was signed with the initials DTRA.

The manager then asked why the US Defence Threat Reduction Agency could possibly care about his distillery.

The answer is the funniest thing he had ever heard.

The process of making whisky is very close to making weapons of mass destruction,” Ursula — the DTRA super-spy — explained to the baffled manager!

According to Ursula, the difference between these processes is no more than “just a tweak.”

In the end, the Bruichladdich distillery pleaded guilty…

“We are a sinister-looking bunch, so I can see how we might be mistaken for al-Qaeda. We produce 16,000 cases a year, a weapon of mass drunkenness.”

Touché!

“Although alcohol consumption in Scotland dropped in 2020, evidence from various surveys has shown those who were drinking heavily before the pandemic were more likely to increase their drinking during lockdown, thereby increasing their risk of harm.”

Public Health Minister Maree Todd

Whisky of Mass Destruction

The National Records of Scotland statistics show there were 1,190 alcohol-specific deaths registered in Scotland during 2020, 170 more than the previous year.

This is the highest number of alcohol-specific deaths registered since 2008.

Since the start of the outbreak, 8,103 people have died who have tested positive as at 27 August 2021. [Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland]

“There is strong and consistent evidence that James Bond has a chronic alcohol consumption problem at the ‘severe’ end of the spectrum. He should seek professional help and try to find other strategies for managing occupational stress.”

Medical Journal of Australia (December 2018)

Whisky in James Bond’s movies

James Bond loves Macallan Whisky, and particularly the 1962 bottle.

REFERENCES

James Bond Has a ‘Severe Chronic Alcohol Problem,’ According to Health Experts — Esquire

US spies monitor whisky plant — BBC (Sept. 27 2003)

Whisky of Mass Destruction – how the US spied on a tiny island distillery — The Scotsman

Alcohol deaths at highest level for a decade — BBC Scotland (Aug 17 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): daily data for Scotland

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MEDINT — Whisky of Mass Destruction

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