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

Archive for May 16th, 2009

* a column from 2002; same story of FBI lethargy and ineptitude today

Posted by DXer on May 16, 2009

Nicholas Kristof wrote in the NYT (7-2-2002)

  • The F.B.I.’s lackadaisical ineptitude in pursuing the anthrax killer continues to threaten America’s national security by permitting him to strike again or, more likely, to flee to Iran or North Korea.
  • Almost everyone who has encountered the F.B.I. anthrax investigation is aghast at the bureau’s lethargy.
  • Astonishingly, the F.B.I. allowed the destruction of anthrax stocks at Iowa State University, losing what might have been valuable genetic clues.
  • Then it waited until December to open the intact anthrax envelope it found.
  • The F.B.I. didn’t obtain anthrax strains from various labs for comparison until March, and the testing is still not complete.
  • The bureau did not systematically polygraph scientists at two suspect labs, Fort Detrick, Md., and Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, until a month ago.


This is an old article, written in 2002. But what has changed?CC - front cover - small

For several years after 2002, the FBI focused on one Ft. Detrick scientist, only to pay him $5.8 million to settle his lawsuit in 2008. Then, just weeks later they said another Ft. Detrick scientist was the sole perpetrator, the only problem being that he had committed suicide eight days before. Of course this meant that the FBI has never had to prove its case.  

The FBI’s 2008 announcement that they were about to “close the case” brought forth a storm of protest from scientists, news media, and the U.S. Congress.

The most recent commenter before I prepared this post said the only hope of ever learning the truth was a fullscale Congressional investigation. I agree.

The FBI’s failure to solve the case is inexplicable … which is what led me to write CASE CLOSED, soon to be published.

read the entire Kristof article at …

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