Friday, August 1, 2008

Another Can Of Worms

Glenn Greenwald is all over this anthrax story. As well as slamming ABC News for telling lies in the wake of the attacks and never acknowledging their errors, he dishes up this quote from Dr Bruce Ivins (pic above) to his local paper:
Rabbi Morris Kosman is entirely correct in summarily rejecting the demands of the Frederick Imam for a "dialogue."

By blood and faith, Jews are God's chosen, and have no need for "dialogue" with any gentile. End of "dialogue."
Given that Ivins was a pracitising Catholic, this letters seems to expose him as a likely Christian Zionist. And it will be interesting how the media deal with that, given that Ivins had no other apparent motive for the attacks.

The DoJ have confirmed they were about to charge Ivins (but are not saying more till they have talked with families of those who died in the attacks). So if Ivins didn't do it, he was probably being framed (which might be enough reason to go mad and suicide).

Despite a fair bit of reading I never even heard Ivin's name before in all this - Zack and another member of the Camel Club got attention because they quit, which looked suspicious. All the more reason it will be interesting to see what DoJ dish up: if they think Ivins did it, there's no reason not to publish all details of the case, right?

Meanwhile, the rabbit hole just keeps getting deeper. One of the biggest mysteries of these anthrax attacks (aside from the FBI's apparent and repeated incompetence) is how and why the media have ignored them for so long. Meanwhile, the information vacuum and assorted red herrings have spurned all kinds of speculation elsewhere. As the Palm Beach Post points out:
Entering the search words "anthrax" and "conspiracy" on the internet search engine Google produces nearly 1.5 million pages.
The Post covers some of the major conspiracy-related issues, including this:
The Hartford Courant, quoting an internal Army inquiry, reported in 2002 that lab specimens of anthrax spores, Ebola virus and other pathogens disappeared from Fort Detrick in the early 1990s, during a time of labor complaints and spats among rival scientists.
And this:
The FBI has said 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers lived in South Florida, and as many as 12 had links to Palm Beach County. Several lived in Delray Beach or Boynton Beach, not far from the AMI building in Boca Raton.

In 2003, Leonard Cole, author of the book The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story, pointed out several other links between the Sept. 11 hijackers and the anthrax attacks:

Ahmed Al Haznawi was treated at a Fort Lauderdale hospital for a leg ulcer.

The doctor later said the ulcer was probably cutaneous anthrax. Gloria Irish, a real estate agent who is the wife of Mike Irish, editor-in-chief of AMI's The Sun, helped two of the hijackers, Hamza Alghamdi and Marwan Al-Shehhi, rent apartments in Delray.

In addition to Cole's contentions, Gregg Chatterton, co-owner of Huber Drugs in Delray Beach, has said a man came in during the summer of 2001 seeking an ointment for his irritated and red hands. Chatterton later identified the man as Mohamed Atta, believed to be the ringleader of the hijackers. Chatterton said he also sold Al-Shehhi a bottle of Robitussin for a chest cold and directed him to a nearby clinic.
So you have these leads pointing towards the Muslim hijackers, but then you have a pro-Jewish US scientist (who presumably wouldn't have anything to do with such fanatical Islamists) facing charges. Hmmn.

Something certainly doesn't add up, unless somebody is deliberately spreading lies. And why would anyone do that?

The ball is in DoJ's court.