* Hunting the Anthrax Killer … National Geographic Channel … Sunday, July 26, 9:00pm
Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 22, 2009
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Hunting the Anthrax Killer
Sunday, July 26, 9:00pm
It is the worst biological attack in modern American history, and it occurs just three weeks after 9-11. An anonymous killer mails deadly anthrax to the media and members of Congress. When it is over, five people are dead, 17 others are sickened and many fear the worst: Al Qaeda has struck again. It takes the FBI seven years, but in 2008 it makes the dramatic announcement that its agents have found the anthrax mailer. The accused is not a terrorist, but a U.S. government scientist, Dr. Bruce E. Ivins. But Ivins can never be charged: he committed suicide just days before the FBI’s announcement. Now many of his colleagues insist the FBI has got it wrong. Ivins was not a killer, they say. Is Bruce Ivins a murderer, responsible for the deaths of five people? Or is he a scapegoat in a case that will never be solved?
See an introductory video at … http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/hunting-the-anthrax-killer-4437/Overview#tab-Videos/06982_00
LMW COMMENT …
I wrote CASE CLOSED and started this blog because I believe that the FBI’s announcement in August 2008 that Dr. Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks is an unsustainable conclusion, based on the facts which the FBI has cited and made known.
The people at National Geographic have taken a deep look at the case and those who follow this blog are anxiously awaiting their conclusions.
- Will the National Geographic special advance what we know about the anthrax case and the FBI’s investigation?
- Will it nourish the doubts and skepticism expressed by so many on this CASE CLOSED blog?
- Or will National Geographic conclude that the FBI has indeed solved the case?
- We’ll all find out on Sunday.
What does a novel have to do with the real anthrax case?
The readers and contributors to the CASE CLOSED blog do not believe the anthrax case will forever remain unsolved. Together …
- we are advocating for Congressman Rush Hold’s Anthrax Investigation Commission,
- we are framing questions for the NAS to consider in their upcoming review of the FBI’s anthrax science,
- and we take every opportunity to spread “reasonable doubt” about the FBI’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins.
As we move inexorably toward a refutation of the FBI’s assertion that Dr. Bruce Ivins is the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks, questions must arise:
- WHY … did the FBI put forward such an unsupportable conclusion?
- WHY … did the FBI fail to solve the case?
- WHO … stood to benefit from the FBI’s failure to solve the case?
- WHO … had the power to force the FBI to mount a monumental investigation directed away from the truth?
In writing CASE CLOSED, I drew on my author’s imagination to create fictional answers to these serious questions. But readers of my novel see something more than just fiction.
What I have written in CASE CLOSED may not be real, but it could be “true,” in the sense that much historical fiction is actually “truer” than the bare historical facts.
Reader comments about CASE CLOSED
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- Is it really fiction? … The author states loud and clear that this book is fiction. But, anyone who has witnessed the last eight years of American history sees great similarities in the underhanded way the last Administration dealt with issues and the way this “fictional” Administration worked. I never have given much credence to conspiracy theories but the investigation of the Anthrax attacks makes one stop and really think about it.
- Weinstein raises some very interesting and disturbing theories. If it was not meant to make one think about the real situation, the book would still be a great read. It is suspenseful and a real page turner. Please tell me it’s not true!
- An action/thriller that makes you think … The writing is sparse, driven by a plausible plot that allows the reader to think through the crime/mystery along with the protagonist. Despite the troubling reality of the subject matter, it is a thoroughly enjoyable and illuminating read.
- Responsible Americans who believe in holding our government accountable for its actions should read Case Closed to be more informed of the facts of the case, regardless of whether they come to agree with the author’s theory. More investigation is needed.