Saturday, August 20, 2005

Where are they now?

A few days ago, having stumbled across some mention of anthrax, I decided to remind myself what the big deal was. Remember anthrax? Remember how, on the heels of the 9/11 attacks, the anthrax thing scared the bejesus out of everyone? Particularly congressmen, who rushed to pass the Patriot Act without even bothering to read it? Even some who had been opposed to it at first?

And then, when it became evident that the source of that Anthrax was our very own government labs, well, all of a sudden it just disappeared from the news.

Well. Do you remember who received those anthrax letters? Let's see. Daschele, the Democratic Leader of the Senate, I seem to recall. Tom Brokaw's office. The National Enquirer. Hmmm. I wonder if there were others more familiar to us now?

Here are a couple of sites that show some of the letters and explaing some possible explanations for them.

But I seem to remember more. Let's look again. Here's a rundown of exactly what kinds of spores were used, as well as their probable source.

Ok. Here's what I thought. Four years ago she was just a reporter -- I remember seeing her byline in many places -- but now she's our own first amemdment prison lady, Judith Miller:

Here's a nice bio. It's remarkable how connected Miller has been to the power centers in both the media and government.

Here's a pithy distillation of her most misleading Iraqi reporting.

Miller got an envelope of harmless powder. Could have been anthrax. Wasn't.

Meanwhile, did you know this guy had anything to do with the story?

At the very same time it had become pretty obvious that the source of the anthrax wasn't, as was first assumed, Middle Eastern Islamic Terrorists, but US bioweaponry labs, we get this:

John Bolton, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, said on 19 Nov. (2001) that “We don’t know…at the moment, in a way that we could make public, where the anthrax attacks came from.”

Yes, that John Bolton. And this John Bolton, reporting in from Florida election, 2000.:

''I'm with the Bush-Cheney team, and I'm here to stop the count,'' he was quoted as saying in news reports at the time.


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