Posted by: Lister | November 29, 2009

Anthrax attack

Greenwald:

What makes this particularly significant is that the anthrax attack is unresolved and uninvestigated. The FBI claimed last year that it had identified the sole perpetrator, Bruce Ivins, but because Ivins is dead, they never had the opportunity — or the obligation — to prove their accusations in any meaningful tribunal.

The case against Ivins is so riddled with logical and evidentiary holes that it has generated extreme doubts not merely from typical government skeptics but from the most mainstream, establishment-revering, and ideologically disparate sources. Just consider some of the outlets and individuals who have stated unequivocally that the FBI’s case against Ivinis is unpersausive and requires a meaningful investigation:

  • The Washington Post Editorial Page;
  • The New York Times Editorial Page;
  • The Wall St. Journal Editorial Page;
  • the science journal Nature;
  • Senators Pat Leahy, Arlen Specter and Charles Grassley;
  • physicist and Congressman Rush Holt, whose New Jersey district was where the anthrax letters were sent;
  • Dr. Alan Pearson, Director of the Biological and Chemical Weapons Control Program at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation;
  • and a vast array of scientific and legal experts in the field.

See original for links.

Here we have one of the most consequential political events of the last decade at least — a lethal biological terrorist attack aimed at key U.S. Senators and media figures, which even the FBI claims originated from a U.S. military lab. The then-British Ambassador to the U.S. is now testifying what has long been clear: that this episode played a huge role in enabling the attack on Iraq.

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