by James Gordon Meek
In the immediate aftermath of the 2001 anthrax attacks, White House
officials repeatedly pressed FBI Director Robert Mueller to prove it was a
second-wave assault by Al Qaeda, but investigators ruled that out, the Daily
News has learned.
After the Oct. 5, 2001, death from anthrax exposure of Sun photo editor
Robert Stevens, Mueller was "beaten up" during President Bush's morning
intelligence briefings for not producing proof the killer spores were the
handiwork of terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden, according to a former
"They really wanted to blame somebody in the Middle East," the retired
senior FBI official told The News.
On October 15, 2001, President Bush said, "There may be some possible link"
to Bin Laden, adding, "I wouldn't put it past him." Vice President Cheney
also said Bin Laden's henchmen were trained "how to deploy and use these
kinds of substances, so you start to piece it all together."
But by then the FBI already knew anthrax spilling out of letters addressed
to media outlets and to a U.S. senator was a military strain of the
bioweapon. "Very quickly [Fort Detrick, Md., experts] told us this was not
something some guy in a cave could come up with," the ex-FBI official said.
"They couldn't go from box cutters one week to weapons-grade anthrax the
Enver Masud, "Deadly Deception,
Pretexts for War," The Wisdom Fund, August 4, 2008
[President Bush would echo what John McCain had to say, linking Iraq to
anthrax in his 2002 State of the Union address just a few months later. . .
. Joe Lieberman several days later on Meet the Press - there was a concerted
effort to try and link the anthrax in the public mind to Saddam Hussein and
to Iraq, specifically, and Islamic radicalism, more generally.--"Anthrax Mystery:
Questions Raised over Whether Government Is Framing Dead Army Scientist for
2001 Attacks," DemocracyNow!, August 4, 2008]
[There are three key reasons intense public scrutiny is critical. One is the
intriguing story of Bruce Ivins's background in vaccine research with the
Ames strain. Another is the well-documented use of the anthrax attacks to
advance the Bush agenda of war with Iraq. The third reason is the
less-explored relationship between the timing of the anthrax attacks and the
passage of the Patriot Act.--Bill Simpich, "The Anthrax Attacks: Sunlight Is the Best
Disinfectant," truthout.org, August 4, 2008]
[ABC News has made itself complicit in this fraud perpetrated on the public,
. . . At the time, and for years thereafter, many people were led to
believe that the perpetrators were Islamic extremists in service to a
hostile foreign power.--Sheldon Rampton, "The Anthrax
Cover-Up," counterpunch.org, August 6, 2008]
[Prosecutors could not place Mr Ivins in Princeton, New Jersey, where the
letters were posted and there was no match between Ivins's handwriting and
that found in the anthrax laden letters.--Guillaume Simard-Morissette, "Anthrax case against bio-weapons expert 'staggering for lack of
evidence'," Telegraph, August 7, 2008]
["On 9/11 Condoleezza Rice, then the US national security adviser, told Meyer
she was in "no doubt: it was an al-Qaida operation"
" . . . the anthrax scare had 'steamed up' policy makers in Bush's administration
and helped swing attitudes against Saddam"--Glenn Greenwald, "Anthrax case against bio-weapons expert 'staggering for lack
of evidence'," salon.com, November 27, 2009]