CASE CLOSED … what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks?

* Frank Rich: linking Iraq and anthrax (4-26-09)

Posted by DXer on April 26, 2009

Frank Rich writes in the NYT (4-26-09) …

  • Maj. Paul Burney, a United States Army psychiatrist assigned to interrogations in Guantánamo Bay that summer of 2002, told Army investigators: “A large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between Al Qaeda and Iraq and we were not being successful.”
  • As higher-ups got more “frustrated” at the inability to prove this connection, the major said, “there was more and more pressure to resort to measures” that might produce that intelligence.
  • In other words, the ticking time bomb was not another potential Qaeda attack on America but the Bush administration’s ticking timetable for selling a war in Iraq; it wanted to pressure Congress to pass a war resolution before the 2002 midterm elections.
  • But there were no links between 9/11 and Iraq, and the White House knew it.


Frank Rich is so right. President Obama might prefer not “looking back,” but he really has no choice. As constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley has stated so clearly and often, to be a nation of laws we must enforce the law.

The laws that were broken, purposely and knowingly, by the Bush administration are not trivial matters. Bush and Cheney and their cabal broke laws in order to convince the American people to support an invasion of Iraq which Bush and Cheney had long before determined as their war of choice.

Linking Saddam and Al- Qaeda was one part of the Bush/Cheney strategy. Linking Saddam and anthrax was another part of the infuriating pattern of lies that led us to Iraq and all of the horrific consequences that then flowed.


read Rich’s entire column at …


One Response to “* Frank Rich: linking Iraq and anthrax (4-26-09)”

  1. DXer said

    Let’s see if we can address the very first issue that Lew asked in April 2009.

    Lew writes: “As constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley has stated so clearly and often, to be a nation of laws we must enforce the law.”

    Professor Turley is “anthrax weapons suspect” Ali Al-TImimi and is seeking the disclosure of documents in the case US v. Ali Al-TImimi. A decision by the federal district court is expected.

    Wasn’t it the FBI’s lead anthrax expert at USAMRIID who linked Iraq and anthrax?

    Wasn’t one of the vials from Flask 1029 made into a powder by the FBI’s expert given Bruce Ivins who was told falsely that it was from Iraq?

    USAMRIID today produced an “Information Paper” explaining production of gamma-irradiation sterilized dried Ames anthrax spores pre-9/11
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 26, 2014

    In a January 2002 memo, John Ezzel writes:

    “The procedure above is all the [sic] has been found to date. All the B. anthracis dried spores were destroyed over a year ago due to lack of quality assurance documentation. Two vials were retained, one of which was used to compare to the spores from the Senator Daschle and Senator Leahy letters and the second has remained unopened, at the request of the FBI, for future analysis.”

    So 98 vials were (reported) destroyed. 2 were retained. And Ivins was given it by JE (apparently) with a false label – it was I-1.

    The Agar medium used for spore production is provided.

    What is the contemporary evidence that the 98 vials were destroyed rather than put to some unknown use?

    Was the sample that Dr. Ivins says he was told was from Iraq — but wasn’t — actually from the dried aerosol project that had been launched at USAMRIID unbeknownst to Dr. Ivins? Who brought it to him? Where did it come from?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 14, 2011

    GAO: Did Patricia Fellows Ever Find the Missing “National Security” Sample That Dr. Ivins Was (Apparently Falsely) Told Was From Iraq Before Moving On To SRI That Summer? Was There An Emailed Response(s) To Dr. Ivins’ Question? Her Deposition Should Not Be Shredded.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 14, 2011

    GAO: Why are the so-called “Iraq sample” and Battelle discussed under the heading about IVINS’ knowledge of reported proposals to start conducting animal challenges at USAMRIID with dried Ames anthrax powder? What consulting did the DARPA-funded researchers at GMU’s Center for Biodefense who came to share a suite with Ali Al-Timimi do for Battelle in 1999? What work with virulent Ames did SRI in Frederick, MD do for those researchers?
    Posted on December 14, 2011

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