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Anthrax may have came from the same government lab that falsely blamed Iraq

So it appears that the anthrax from the 2001 attacks may have originated from the same US government facility that claimed the substance originated in Iraq. Awesome.

The must-read from Salon’s Glenn Greenwald [emphasis Greenwald’s]:

The FBI’s lead suspect in the September, 2001 anthrax attacks — Bruce E. Ivins — died Tuesday night, apparently by suicide, just as the Justice Department was about to charge him with responsibility for the attacks. For the last 18 years, Ivins was a top anthrax researcher at the U.S. Government’s biological weapons research laboratories at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, where he was one of the most elite government anthrax scientists on the research team at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID)…

During the last week of October, 2001, ABC News, led by Brian Ross, continuously trumpeted the claim as their top news story that government tests conducted on the anthrax — tests conducted at Ft. Detrick — revealed that the anthrax sent to Daschele contained the chemical additive known as bentonite. ABC News, including Peter Jennings, repeatedly claimed that the presence of bentonite in the anthrax was compelling evidence that Iraq was responsible for the attacks, since — as ABC variously claimed — bentonite “is a trademark of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons program” and “only one country, Iraq, has used bentonite to produce biological weapons.”…

Clearly, Ross’ allegedly four separate sources had to have some specific knowledge of the tests conducted and, if they were really “well-placed,” one would presume that meant they had some connection to the laboratory where the tests were conducted — Ft. Detrick. That means that the same Government lab where the anthrax attacks themselves came from was the same place where the false reports originated that blamed those attacks on Iraq.

Awk-ward. Talk about a conflict of interest! It might be a good idea to get all the facts out so conspiracy theories can be put to rest – or validated.  Who sourced the information that linked the anthrax to Iraq?

It looks like “we’re fighting them in Iraq so we don’t have to fight them here” – except when they are home grown religious zealots like Bruce Ivins and Jim Adkisson.

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