07 August 2008

Anthrax Conspiracy

Crazy story in the New York Times yesterday: A scientist named Bruce Ivins, suspected of sending the anthrax letters which killed five people and injured a bunch of other ones a week after 9/11 in 2001, committed suicide by taking a massive dose of pain killers. Government investigators are now claiming that the case is shut and that Ivins was the perpetrator. Now if you think like a conspiracy theorist this seems a little too convenient. The FBI is claiming that Ivins acted alone. But there is some contention on that issue (as well as plenty of contention that Ivins did it at all as most of the evidence is circumstantial and there are some holes in the Feds' story). To me this is an important distinction. If it was just Ivins than most likely he's just a crazy dude, but if there were other people involved that points to a conspiracy within the government. The Times piece is really fascinating, but you need a subscription to read it, but here's a clip of Keith Olberman explaining what happened:

We've known for a while that the anthrax used in the attacks originated from US government labs, though President Bush and others originally speculated it came from Iraq--keep in mind this is a week after 9/11, well before Bush and others started making a case for the war in Iraq. Here's a pretty boring anthrax conspiracy clip as well:

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