Flimsy Sanity: The Anthrax Killer

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, August 01, 2008

The Anthrax Killer

Some comments from Metafilter:

Still so many loose ends in this case. A now dead suspect only makes this case more baffling. The total absence of any known motive on the part of Ivins is troubling. I would still like to know, among other things, who tried to frame the biowarfare researcher Dr. Ayaad Assaad, if the 10/9/01 postmarked letters sent to Daschle and Leahy were indeed meant to prod them into passing the Patriot Act (as they appear to have been), why these anthrax letters were all written with fake Islamic terrorist messages, and how NYC hospital worker Kathy Nguyen wound up a victim.
posted by ornate insect at 11:03 PM on July 31 [2 favorites]

I'd also like to point out that if you had gone back in time to October-November 2001 and told everybody that the "Praise Allah" anthrax letters would eventually be traced back to a US Army Research Lab and a top-level US scientist, they would have called you an America-hating conspiracy-nutter.
posted by Avenger at 11:25 PM on July 31 [17 favorites]

Which makes one wonder, why everyone with any access to an U.S. Anthrax lab wasn't rounded up, sent to Gitmo, and water-boarded to prevent another attack? I've used this argument against rabid Republicans to show them how weak and cowardly their hero Bush really is. Like the feckless Bill Clinton, I would say "Bush treated this terrorist act like a criminal investigation, instead of a war."
posted by three blind mice at 2:44 AM on August 1


  • At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Omnipotent Poobah said…

    They didn't send them off to Gitmo 'cause they were a'skreered of getting the powder on themselves.

  • At 6:25 AM, Blogger ryk said…

    You should check out this Glenn Greenwald article about how our government, with a little help from ABC News, used the anthrax attacks to help drum up support for attacking Iraq.


  • At 6:49 AM, Blogger Nader Enthusiast said…

    ryk: That was really interesting. From what I gathered, the FBI badgered Ivins so that he went to a psychiatrist for aid and that is being used against him. The one thing we should learn from soldier PTSD is that stress shows us just how fragile our minds really are.

    I was blog browsing and ran across a clip of Seymour Hersch talking about how Cheney wanted to make some boats that looked Iranian and stock them with Navy Seals who would fire on an American ship, but then scrapped the idea. One of the most chilling things about the Bush administration was the statement by one of the minions that "we make reality". Who knows what they will come up next in their twisted, smirking minds?


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