Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Is anthrax the October surprise?

You can get anthrax from bullshit, and the FBI is now proving you can get bullshit from anthrax.  They have announced that the anthrax samples from the 2001 attacks were in fact not weaponized grade from a military biolab, but just garden-variety anthrax which could have been made by any careful expert with the proper equipment.  Douglas J. Beecher, a scientist in the FBI laboratory's Hazardous Materials Response Unit, and a man whom the FBI would not allow to be interviewed, wrote:

“A widely circulated misconception is that the spores were produced using additives and sophisticated engineering supposedly akin to military weapons production.”

Of course, it was the FBI itself which widely circulated this ‘misconception’.  Just how stupid do they think we are?  They could have, and did, determine the quality of anthrax at the time.  This 180 degree change of story, coupled with the obviously intentionally bungled investigation of the attacks (mostly centered on their persecution of patsy Steven Hatfill), simply confirms that they are protecting highly-placed interests in the American military.

The timing of this announcement is curious.  The anthrax attacks aren’t a live issue in American politics.  You have to wonder if they are preparing for another attack, and feel the need to preemptively clear the American military by cleaning up lingering pointers to the real culprit from the last set of attacks.