Wednesday, November 14, 2007

About those anthrax murders

Do you ever wonder about what happened with that huge anthrax investigation? Every so often I think about it. When I do, I know in my gut that something stinks.

OK, I’m not saying I know what really happened in the 2001 anthrax-in-the-mail attacks, or that I know all the reasons why the truth has been withheld from the American people. What I am saying is that the Bush administration is not telling us the truth -- it surely knows a lot more about who did it, and why, than it is saying.

Coming on the heels of the 9/11's terrifying hijackings/explosions, as it did, the spooky anthrax scare did much to exacerbate the months of national depression that followed. It helped allow the hungry Bush administration to gobble up power in ways that have since proven to be troublesome.

The numb panic following 9/11, plus the pivotal anthrax scare, gave us Bush's handy color-coded fear alert. It helped usher in the excesses of the Patriot Act. It also paved the way for the bumbling Homeland Security Department and a trillion-dollar war in Iraq.

But if you take away that perfectly timed anthrax scare, it’s easy to imagine that history would not have played out the same way. At least more questions would have been asked.

Do you ever think about just how bad it would get for the White House if what’s being covered up about that supposedly bogged down anthrax investigation ever gets leaked? It seems the national press stopped asking about it a long time ago.


1 comment:

Ed Lake said...

I've been tracking the investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks for six years on my web site at

People tend to think that if there has been no arrest, that means nothing is happening. But, in a criminal investigation, that is almost always untrue.

Do you know that a whole new science called "Microbial Forensics" was developed to help produce evidence which can be used in court in this case? Do you know that it took YEARS to get that science formalized? Do you know that now that it IS formalized, there's still a problem getting it recognized by the courts?

The Supreme Court set down rules for how to get a new science admitted in court. All the rules have been followed. But the reality is that if they were to make an arrest today, a judge could still dismiss the case because there is no precedent for using microbial forensics as evidence.

This is a VERY complicated case. It does no one any good to oversimplify it by saying that because there has been no arrest, nothing is happening.

Ed Lake