Scott Shane writes in the NYT (9/16/10) …
- The investigative arm of Congress will conduct its own review of the FBI’s scientific work in concluding that Bruce E. Ivins, an Army scientist, mailed the anthrax letters that killed five people in 2001.
- Colleagues of Dr. Ivins, who killed himself in 2008, have questioned the bureau’s finding.
- The review, to be conducted by the Government Accountability Office, will begin after an anthrax study by the National Academy of Sciences is completed this year.
- At the F.B.I.’s request, an academy panel has been looking at the genetic and chemical analysis of the powder and other work on the case by the F.B.I. and its consultants.
LMW NOTE … the NAS is prohibited by its mandate from the FBI, which is funding the $900,000 study, from drawing any conclusions as to the guilt or innocence of any particular individual.
- Representative Rush Holt, Democrat of New Jersey, who has long sought an independent review of the work, praised the G.A.O.’s decision.
LMW COMMENT …
Congressman Holt seems to be the only person in a position of authority who has not caved in to the FBI’s refusal to explain its phony case against Dr. Ivins. One man keeping open our hope of ever finding out what really happened.
As I have stated many times, the FBI’s purported case against Ivins, based on the statements the FBI has made and the information it has permitted to dribble out, is so weak as to be laughable, except that an unsolved terrorist attack is no laughing matter.
In my view, the FBI has either failed to solve the case or is covering up the true perpetrators, and I’m not sure which is worse. Only by charging a dead man who could not defend himself has the FBI managed to divert attention from the truth. If what the FBI insists is its case against Ivins had ever come to trial, they would have been laughed out of court.
My novel CASE CLOSED presents a fictional scenario to explain the anthrax mailings and the FBI’s subsequent investigation.
Many readers, including one highly placed in the US Intelligence Community, find my story quite plausible. Some even say that CASE CLOSED seems less fictional than the FBI’s unbelievable tale.
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