Anthrax Attacks – We smell a rat!

Dear Readers,

Although we *should* breathe a collective sigh of relief that the notorious “Anthrax Terrorist” has finally been identified (forcing him to commit suicide of course); somehow a teensy bit of angst still remains.

So many questions… few answers (or, at least, so few plausible answers!)

Here is a brief review:

The 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States, also known as Amerithrax from its Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) case name, occurred over the course of several weeks beginning on September 18, 2001. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two Democratic U.S. Senators, killing five people and infecting 17 others. The primary suspect was not publicly identified until 2008.

In mid-2008, the FBI narrowed its focus to Bruce Edwards Ivins, a scientist who worked at the government’s biodefense labs at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. Ivins had been told about the impending prosecution and apparently committed suicide by overdosing on Tylenol with codeine as reported on August 1, 2008.[1][2]

On August 6, 2008, federal prosecutors declared Ivins to be the sole culprit of the crime.[3] Two days later, Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. Rush Holt called for hearings into the DOJ and FBI’s handling of the investigation[4]

Now – here are a few questions that remain unanswered:

1) Why did Whitehouse personnel start taking the anti-anthrax drug “Cipro” on Sept. 11th, a full week          before any of the Anthrax letters were discovered? See:

2) Why did the FBI imply the Anthrax attacks were probably related to the Sept. 11 “Terrorist” attacks involving Al-Queda & Iraq, when it quickly became clear that this Anthrax was an EXTREMELY SOPHISTICATED WEAPONIZED type, that came from US Army strains:

Anthrax attack bug “identical” to army strain report

On May 9, 2002, New Scientist published an article that reported:

‘The DNA sequence of the anthrax sent through the US mail in 2001 has been revealed and confirms suspicions that the bacteria originally came from a US military laboratory. The data released uses codenames for the reference strains against which the attack strain was compared. The two reference strains that appear identical to the attack strain most likely originated at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick (USAMRIID), Maryland. The new work also shows that substantial genetic differences can emerge in two samples of an anthrax culture separated for only three years. This means the attacker’s anthrax was not separated from its ancestors at USAMRIID for many generations.’ [46

See also:

3) Why did the FBI focus almost all there attention on Dr. Steven Hatfill, when the case against him was so weak that the Govt. ended up paying him a 5.8 million dollar settlement?

The Justice Department has named no suspects in the anthrax case. Although Attorney General John Ashcroft labeled Dr. Steven Hatfill a “person of interest” in a press conference, no charges were brought against him. Hatfill, a virologist, vehemently denied he had anything to do with the anthrax (bacteria) mailings and sued the FBI, the Justice Department, John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales, and others for violating his constitutional rights and for violating the Privacy Act. On June 27, 2008, the Department of Justice announced it would settle Hatfill’s case for $5.8 million. [47]

4) Why is the case all neatly “solved” when there is significant doubt that the “target” Bruce Ivins was capable of the crime?

On August 1, 2008 the Associated Press reported that Dr. Bruce E. Ivins, 62, who worked for the past 18 years at the government’s biodefense labs at Fort Detrick, had committed suicide. Ivins was a top U.S. biodefense researcher who worked at Ft. Detrick. It was widely reported the FBI was about to lay charges on him, however the evidence is largely circumstantial and the grand jury in Washington reported it was not ready to issue an indictment.[54][55] [56] Rep. Rush Holt, who represents the district where the anthrax letters were mailed, said circumstantial evidence was not enough and asked FBI Director Robert S. Mueller to appear before Congress to provide an account of the investigation.[57] Ivins’s death leaves unanswered two puzzles. Scientists familiar with germ warfare said there was no evidence that Dr. Ivins had the skills to turn anthrax into an inhalable powder. According to Dr. Alan Zelicoff who aided the F.B.I. investigation “I don’t think a vaccine specialist could do it…This is aerosol physics, not biology“. The other problem is the lack of a motive.[58]

Dr. W. Russell Byrne, a colleague who worked in the bacteriology division of the Fort Detrick research facility, said Ivins was “hounded” by FBI agents who raided his home twice, and he was hospitalized for depression earlier this month. According to Byrne and local police, Ivins was removed from his workplace out of fears that he might harm himself or others. “I think he was just psychologically exhausted by the whole process,” Byrne said. “There are people who you just know are ticking bombs,” Byrne said. “He was not one of them.”[59]

On August 6, 2008, federal prosecutors declared Ivins to be the sole culprit of the crime when Jeffrey Taylor, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia laid out the case against Ivins to the public. The main evidence is already in dispute. Taylor stated “The genetically unique parent material of the anthrax spores … was created and solely maintained by Dr. Ivins.” But other experts disagree, including biological warfare and anthrax expert, Dr. Meryl Nass, who stated: “Let me reiterate: No matter how good the microbial forensics may be, they can only, at best, link the anthrax to a particular strain and lab. They cannot link it to any individual.” At least 10 scientists had regular access to the laboratory and its anthrax stock, and possibly quite a few more, counting visitors from other institutions, and workers at laboratories in Ohio and New Mexico that had received anthrax samples from the flask.[4]

Doubts about FBI conclusions

In the days following the FBI’s statement that the bureau was confident that biodefense researcher Bruce E. Ivins acted alone doubts as to the conclusions were being raised by people with a broad range of political views and colleagues of Ivins. [60] Among evidence cited was that the FBI unable to find any anthrax spores at Ivins’ house or on his other belongings nor place him in the New Jersey mailbox where the anthrax was mailed from, [61] that he was one of 100 people who could have worked with the vial used in the attacks.[60] Richard Spertzel a former bio weapons inspector in Iraq wrote that the Anthrax used could not have come from the lab Ivins worked at.[62

5) Why the hell is the FBI not questioning Dr. Phillip Zack, WHO WAS CAUGHT ON TAPE MAKING AN UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY INTO THE ANTHRAX STORAGE AREA! Please read the full article here:

Dear Readers, doesn’t this all seem very very strange to you?

Do you think it is *possible* that our loving Government is lying to us?  Hhmmm???  I know, it is simply CRAZY to think that right?  I mean, they have never lied to us about terrorism before have they? Bwahhaha hah hah hah hah hahahah………..


One Response to “Anthrax Attacks – We smell a rat!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    By Ezra Levant on July 11, 2008 8:…

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