". . . an attack by weaponized anthrax which could only have come from a U. S. government lab and was directed at specific senators at a time when they were being sceptical about the Patriot Act carries an unambiguous warning, a warning which was heeded. The lousy job at pretending to be Islamist terrorists was intentional. Americans were supposed to believe it was an Islamist attack; the specific senators were supposed to read the signs and see it as a specific attack from the Bush Administration with a warning of what might happen to them should the Patriot Act not be passed. The kind of people who would mount a lethal biowarfare attack against American civilians just to make a political point are not the kind of people you want to cross."
"Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?"
"Who Was Behind the Anthrax Attacks?" (my emphasis in red):
"As I have reported previously,
“Just before the anthrax letters became public knowledge but after they’d been mailed, military police headquarters at Quantico, Virginia, received a letter that accused an Arab scientist who once worked at the USAMRID facility, a biowarfare lab at Ft. Detrick, of being a terrorist about to unleash biological warfare against civilian targets in the U.S.
“The author of this anonymous missive claimed to have been one of the scientist’s former co-workers, and appeared to have a detailed knowledge of Assaad’s career and daily routine. When the anthrax letters were opened, the FBI paid a visit to Dr. Ayaad Assaad, a former Ft. Detrick employee, and questioned him extensively.
“The FBI cleared Assaad of any connection to the anthrax letters early on, but then seemed to have let this significant clue grow quite cold, failing to follow up on it until the winter of 2004, when they launched an investigation into the Quantico letter. It seems clear that whoever sent that letter had at least foreknowledge of the anthrax attacks, and discovering the writers’ identity could certainly lead us to the source of the attacks. Yet for years the FBI did nothing: instead, they chased Hatfill around, following him everywhere, blackening his name – and diverting attention away from the only hard evidence that has so far surfaced in this baffling case.”
As far as I know, the results of the Quantico investigation were never announced. The only media outlets to pay attention to this fascinating yet little known aspect of the anthrax mystery are Salon – some years ago – and the Hartford Courant, which ran a series of articles on the anthrax case and the attempted framing of Dr. Assaad.
Whoever tried to frame Dr. Assaad knows a thing or two about the real perpetrators, of that we can be sure. Yet the FBI has never showed the least amount of interest in this aspect of the case. Why not?
The mystery deepens when we learn the Obama administration threatened to veto an intelligence appropriations bill which contained an amendment mandating a reopening of the anthrax investigation by an independent (non-government) body of experts. What is this administration afraid of? Who or what are they protecting?
The answer, I believe, is to be found in the circumstances that led the authors of the Quantico letter to choose Dr. Assaad, in particular, as their chosen fall guy.
An Egyptian-born biologist who worked at USAMRID in the early 1990s, Assaad was the target of a hate campaign at his work site. The haters were USAMRID employees who targeted Assaad because he is Arab, and who went to great lengths to communicate that hatred: the Courant series gives a harrowing account. The Courant also reports on after hours visits by one member of this group to the secure facility where anthrax and other toxins are stored: a video clearly shows him gaining entry. In addition, there is considerable evidence of unauthorized experiments carried out by this group. The harassment of Dr. Assaad ended in a lawsuit, and the members of the “Camel Club” – as they called themselves – voluntarily left Ft. Detrick after the case was settled out of court.
Yet the harassment didn’t end, it only paused – until, years later, the Camel Club struck again, in the form of the Quantico letter, accusing Assaad of being the evil Arab mastermind behind the anthrax attacks. That this letter reached Quantico after the anthrax letters had been mailed, but before their existence was public knowledge, is the kind of mistake which should have caught up with the real perpetrators long before now."
"It's a small world, anthrax division" Links dead, but here is the paper from 2000: "Pharmacokinetics and Safety of an Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Aptamer (NX1838) Following Injection into the Vitreous Humor of Rhesus Monkeys" Note that the 'Author Affiliation' of Zack is listed as Gilead Sciences Inc..
"The Clash of The True Believers or (Dr. Philip M. Zack is a Catholic)" by Ed Lake. Good research, but of course Zack's religion does not preclude his membership in the Camel Club.
Things to ponder:
- the Camel Club had a very specific anti-Arab bias;
- the anthrax attack was a clear warning to senators who were considering not passing the Patriot Act, senators who quickly changed their minds after their anthrax warning (the passage of this horrible attack on civil liberties was in no way guaranteed, and seemed likely to fail before the anthrax attack);
- the Camel Club letter betrays knowledge of the anthrax attack before the attack was generally known;
- a possible member of the Camel Club is connected to Rumsfeld's profiteering off the anthrax scare.