* Baltimore Sun/Frontline … if Ivins was not the person who sent the anthrax, then that killer is still on the loose … and we are left with an FBI that not only failed to solve such a huge case, but overstated and maybe lied about what it did accomplish.
Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 10, 2011
“The Anthrax Files’ premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday October 11, 2011.
David Zurawik writes in The Baltimore Sun (10/9/11) …
- Nobody does investigative journalism on TV like Public Television’s “Frontline”
- And Tuesday night at 9, the venerable series revisits Ft. Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, and the case of anthrax researcher Bruce Ivins who killed himself in 2008 as the FBI zeroed in on him as its prime suspect in the case of deadly envelopes of anthrax sent through the mail.
- According to this hard-edged report done in partnership with McClatchy Newspapers and Propublica, the FBI did more than zero in.
- Under tremendous pressure to solve the case that started in 2001 with anthrax mailed to U.S. senators and network anchors, the agency squeezed Ivins hard — using every trick in the book to get a confession out of him even as he insisted on his innocence to the end.
- Ivins was a troubled guy with some distinctive kinks, the report acknowledges, but …
even FBI consultants in the case now admit
that the agency overstated its evidence
and never found a smoking gun to prove the researcher’s guilt.
- In fact, evidence was revealed last summer that shows…
Ivins did not have the equipment needed
to make the powdery kind of anthrax sent through the mail.
- That didn’t stop the FBI then — or now — in acting like it found its man.
- “The Anthrax Files” suggests that anyone with the psychological issues Ivins had might have cracked under the weight of the FBI invading his privacy, exposing his secrets and ultimately getting him kicked out of the community of researchers that he called home at Ft. Detrick.
- This is a chilling report, because if Ivins was not the person who sent the anthrax, then that killer is still on the loose …
and we are left with an FBI that not only failed to solve such a huge case,
but overstated and maybe lied about what it did accomplish.
LMW COMMENT …
I have long held that the FBI’s publicly presented case against Dr. Ivins is clearly bogus: no evidence, no witnesses, an impossible timeline, science that proves innocence instead of guilt. So what really happened? And why doesn’t the FBI offer America a credible story?
As regular readers of this blog well know, I can imagine only 3 possible “actual” scenarios …
- The FBI has more evidence against Dr. Ivins but is, for some undisclosed reason, withholding that evidence … POSSIBLE BUT NOT SO LIKELY
- The FBI, despite the most expensive and extensive investigation in its history, has not solved the case and has no idea who prepared and mailed the anthrax letters that killed 5 Americans in 2001 … EVEN LESS LIKELY
- The FBI knows who did it (not Dr. Ivins) but is covering up the actual perpetrators, for undisclosed reasons …THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO