Just after the attacks of September 11th there was another attack that is often and curiously forgotten. A series of letters to politicians and the media were sent out from a Hamilton, NJ post office that included a weaponized version of Anthrax. Five people died in these attacks, and mail in many offices throughout the government and business world is still handled differently to this day.
In 2008 Bruce Ivins, one of the prime suspects and a civilian expert on anthrax for the military, committed suicide and the FBI and Department of Justice said, “OK, it’s over. We got out guy. Nothing to see here. Move on!.”
Only many people — including one pretty smart dude named Rush Holt — thought that this was a load of crap and demanded it be looked into. Most in the media and government (those who were attacked) mysteriously yawned, which was particularly difficult because they also had their heads up their asses.
Well, looks like the DoJ decided to take theirs out, and it looks like they now think Ivins wasn’t so much able to make the anthrax in those letters.
Shortly after Ivins committed suicide in 2008, federal investigators announced that they’d identified him as the mass murderer who sent the letters to members of Congress and the news media. The case was circumstantial, with federal officials arguing that the scientist had the means, motive and opportunity to make the deadly powder at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md.
Now, however, Justice Department lawyers have acknowledged in court papers that the sealed area in Ivins’ lab – the so-called hot suite – didn’t contain the equipment needed to turn liquid anthrax into the refined powder that floated through congressional buildings and post offices in the fall of 2001.
That was the key thing, that Ivins used the Army’s lab to weaponize anthrax so it could be inhaled and kill. But now the government (who still says he did it) says he couldn’t have done it at that lab. And they are unable to explain how he could have accessed or built another lab they can’t find or place him in to have made it.
Which pretty much means he had to buy it at the local Wal*Mart, maybe during the Terrorist Device Sales Days of September 2001.
Or it means that the person who really murdered those five people, injured dozens of others and terrorized our country is still out there enjoying their freedom.