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August 04, 2008

DOJ plans to close anthrax probe

The Department of Justice says it may close its probe into the anthrax attacks of 2001. The announcement comes after the apparent suicide of Dr. Bruce Ivins, a man who was posthumously named as the FBI's top suspect.

Wrapping up the inquiry now would be premature to say the least. It's worth noting that the government agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement to compensate the FBI's previous prime suspect for its unsupported accusations against him.

It appears that multiple highly-placed sources misled ABC New about the chemical composition of the anthrax. ABC reported that the anthrax contained an additive found only in Iraqi-made bioweapons. This claim was used as evidence to link that attacks to Saddam Hussein, and ultimately to bolster the bogus WMD pretext for the invasion of Iraq.

In fact, the anthrax samples never tested positive for the additive, bentonite. The tests were conducted at Fort Detrick, where Dr. Ivins worked as a bioweapons specialist.

The fact that four highly placed but separate sources told ABC the same falsehood about bentonite is worrisome to say the least. We don't know who did the tests, or who talked to the news. We can only assume that those in a position to know this highly sensitive were closely connected with the lab at Fort Detrick and possibly with Ivins himself.

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Yes, it's very worrisome. It reminds me of a case I followed in the media some years ago. The main prosecution witness couldn't tell the same story twice in a row. As a result a purported bad guy was acquitted.

Each time the witness was confronted with inconsistencies in her testimony, she would acknowledge her misstatements and then say, "Ok. This time I'm going to tell you the real truth. I swear to God!" After the third or fourth time the jury did bother listening anymore.

I stopped my uncritical listening to the FBI a long time ago.

Re : "The fact that four highly placed but separate sources told ABC the same falsehood about bentonite is worrisome to say the least. We don't know who did the tests, or who talked to the news.."-
Well, it'd probably help to know which one of Cheney's "extended staff" were working with the experts at Ft. Detrick, I suppose... ^..^

The case was thoroughly reviewed by JaneBob McPaleWhite; a homeskooling graduate, attendee of Abekah Colege and Lube, and holder of an honorary JD from the George w. Bush Liberry. Why arn't you skepticks satisfied?

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