Sunday, September 18, 2005

Keep the FBI's Feet to the Fire on Anthrax Attacks

It’s hard to understand the silence that has fallen on the investigation into the terrorism scare triggered by the anthrax attacks shortly after 9/11. I’m not at all a conspiracy buff, but this case is just filled with coincidences that have caused much speculation that the anthrax letters were a follow-up terrorist attack carried out by Islamic terrorists tied to the 19 Muslims directly involved in 9/11. There is no new public information I know of, however, the following report (excerpts) in Friday’s Washington Post reawakened my interest:

“Four years after the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, one of the most exhaustive investigations in FBI history has yielded no arrests and is showing signs of growing cold as officials have sharply reduced the number of agents on the case…..

FBI officials said yesterday that investigators are still working diligently to find whoever was responsible for the anthrax-bacteria-laced mailings, which killed five people, sickened 17 others and led to the temporary shutdown of the House, Senate and Supreme Court buildings and numerous postal facilities. They said they are getting assistance from forensics experts and scientific researchers from law enforcement agencies, the intelligence community, university laboratories and private corporations…..

The report will include the names of various people deemed to be "persons of interest" over the years, as well as updates on the scientific tests. Authorities long ago narrowed down the type of anthrax to a strain called Ames but have been unable to identify the lab of origin. Much attention has focused on the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, housed at Fort Detrick in the Frederick area.” Washington Post, 9/16/05

The first anthrax-tainted letters were apparently mailed exactly a week after 9/11. The recipients were major media figures, two U.S. Senators, and an editor at a Florida tabloid (the Sun) that had published articles critical of Osama bin Laden. The targets chosen ensured that the attacks would get maximum media coverage. Notes accompanying three of the letters were dated 9/11/01 and were signed "Allah is great."

The letters were postmarked from Trenton, New Jersey. Mohammed Atta is known to have traveled to New Jersey on multiple occasions to meet with other Al Qaeda operatives based there. The 9/11 Commission documented, after a foreign air trip, an auto trip by Atta to Virginia that fits the time frame. All of his other long trips were by air. This time he may have needed to deliver something requiring privacy and security.

One hallmark of major Al Qaeda operations has been that a major series of attacks is often followed by another attack as in this summer's London bombings and failed follow-up and the foiled follow-up to the Madrid bombings in Spain.

At least 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers had Florida connections, and we know Mohammed Atta was within three miles of the American Media building. We know he was within a mile of Bob Stevens' house, the AMI photo-editor who was the first victim.
Several of the hijackers rented an apartment from a real estate agent who is the wife of the Sun’s editor, Mike Irish. The Sun is published by AMI.

I have only mentioned a few of the many, many coincidences that tie the 9/11 hijackers to the anthrax attacks, yet the public posture of the FBI is that these attacks were carried out by one US citizen, and most of their investigative resources have been directed, unsuccessfully, to proving that. We accepted the ridiculous “single bullet” theory once because the alternative had unthinkable consequences. Are we being fed another “single bullet” theory for similar reasons?

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At 9:17 AM, Anonymous steve said...

Whatever the origin, we should count our blessings the toll wasn't much higher.


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