August 4, 2008
|By the time Bush and Cheney were making their ludicrous statements, the FBI knew the anthrax mailed to media outlets was a military strain. Osama and crew “couldn’t go from box cutters one week to weapons-grade anthrax the next,” an ex-FBI official told the Daily News.|
It was another example of sloppy work on the part of the neocons to blame Muslims and add fodder to their total war campaign. As the Daily News reported over the weekend, neocons in the Bush White House repeatedly put pressure on FBI Director Robert Mueller to “prove” the 2001 anthrax attacks was the work of Osama bin Laden and his cave dwelling terrorists, an impossible task at best due to the fact the anthrax used in the attacks was a weaponized strain produced by the U.S. military.
“After the Oct. 5, 2001, death from anthrax exposure of Sun photo editor Robert Stevens, Mueller was ‘beaten up’ during President Bush’s morning intelligence briefings for not producing proof the killer spores were the handiwork of terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden, according to a former aide,” James Gordon Meek writes for the New York Daily News. “They really wanted to blame somebody in the Middle East,” a retired senior FBI official told the newspaper.
Bush and Cheney lamely attempted to pin the attack on al-Qaeda and its lap dance loving jihadists. “There may be some possible link” to Bin Laden, Bush declared on October 15, 2001. Cheney said Osama’s cave dwellers were trained “how to deploy and use these kinds of substances, so you start to piece it all together.” Bush and Cheney did not bother to explain how distant terrorists, supposedly living in remote caves in one of the most backward regions on the planet, managed to get their hands on a bioweapon substance manufactured at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
By the time Bush and Cheney were making their ludicrous statements, the FBI knew the anthrax mailed to media outlets was a military strain. Osama and crew “couldn’t go from box cutters one week to weapons-grade anthrax the next,” an ex-FBI official told the Daily News.
As international law expert and former Bush Senior bioweapons advisor Francis A. Boyle told Alex Jones last year, the New York Times revealed that the anthrax used in the letters sent to Democrat senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy was highly sophisticated, produced by “special electro-static treatment… This is superweapons-grade anthrax that even the United States government, in its openly proclaimed programs, had never developed before. So it was obvious to me that this was from a U.S. government lab.” And yet Cheney and Bush expected the American people to believe it was cooked up by goat herders in Afghanistan.
As should expected, the Daily News — owned by neocon Mortimer Zucker, connected to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy — and the rest of the corporate media refuse to put two and two together. “After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Bush Administration tried to ram the USA PATRIOT Act through Congress,” Boyle told Jones. “Senators Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) were holding it up because they realized what this would lead to. The first draft of the PATRIOT Act would have suspended the writ of habeas corpus [which protects citizens from unlawful imprisonment and guarantees due process of law]. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, come these anthrax attacks.”
Now we are expected to believe the secrets of the anthrax attacks died with Dr. Bruce E. Ivins, the Army scientist who allegedly committed suicide after it was reported that he was likely to be charged in the attacks. FBI “investigators had an array of indirect evidence that they argue strongly implicates Dr. Ivins in the attacks,” reports the New York Times. “That evidence includes tracing the prestamped envelopes used in the attacks to stock sold in three Maryland post offices, including one in Frederick, frequented by Dr. Ivins, who had long rented a post office box there under an assumed name, the source said. The evidence also includes records of the scientist’s extensive after-hours use of his lab at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases around the time the letters were mailed, the source said.”
Now that Mr. Ivins is dead and cannot defend himself, “evidence” against him “might be made public as early as Wednesday, if the bureau could persuade a federal judge to unseal the evidence and if agents could brief survivors of the anthrax attacks and family members of those who died.” Implication of Ivins follows a settlement in June with Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, who was falsely accused of launching the attacks.
Even if the government successfully blames Ivins, this will not change the fact the attacks came at precisely the time the neocons were ramming their police state legislation through Congress and letter recipients Daschle and Leahy were acting as bulwarks against it. The FBI may facilitate the government’s attempt to pin the blame on a dead scientist and the corporate media may declare the case closed, but this will not put to rest troubling questions the corporate media will not touch with a ten foot pole.
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