Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, August 1, 2008 8:36 pm

Seven years later, the anthrax-letter case has been solved. Right?

So it would seem, based on this Los Angeles Times report.

I have a couple of thoughts.

First, if the stuff originated at Fort Detrick, as now appears to be the case, how could it possibly have taken so long for investigators to find out? One possible explanation was that the guy ID’d as the perp had both motive and opportunity to cover things up. Another is investigative ineptitude, although how that ineptitude could be finally overcome after seven years is a little unclear to me.

Also, the government would have us believe they’re pretty good at sniffing out international terrorism targeting the U.S., and good for them. But how ’bout some attention to domestic terrorism? Terrorism is terrorism, no matter where it originates. But in this case, they screwed the pooch so badly they ended up paying nearly $6 million dollars to a guy who’d been wrongly named as the possible perp. And remember the 1996 Olympic bombing? And how a guy named Richard Jewell was wrongly identified as the bomber? (His settlements came from news organizations but not the government, IIRC.) Should we be really sure that this time they’ve got the right guy?

Finally, and speaking of news organizations, the anthrax-letters case contributed mightily to public and official sentiment in favor of invading Iraq, and ABC News played a particularly important role in this and took years too long to admit that its reporting had been utterly, completely false. Glenn provides more details.

UPDATE: Nationally known anthrax expert Dr. Meryl Nass, who has a blog on the anthrax vaccine and possible problems related thereunto, has thrown up a host of posts since Friday on the Bruce Ivins case. She’s skeptical about the official story, for reasons she explains pretty clearly. Her posts on the subject begin here, and if you don’t want to look on the main page and then scroll up from there, you can go forward one by one by following the Blog Archive => August links that appear on the left side of her pages.



  1. This guy seems to think different.

    Comment by Billy The Blogging Poet — Saturday, August 2, 2008 2:27 pm @ 2:27 pm

  2. Somehow, I think anyone who might have actually spent years carrying out CIA contract killings wouldn’t be bragging about it on a blog. But who knows?

    Comment by Lex — Saturday, August 2, 2008 8:34 pm @ 8:34 pm

  3. Funny, he claims to have switched sides and is offering $10.oo hits. A bit far fetched but like you said, “who knows?”

    Comment by Billy The Blogging Poet — Sunday, August 3, 2008 8:43 pm @ 8:43 pm

  4. The circumstantial evidence against Steven Hatfill is compelling past reasonable doubt, he’s not even who he says he is, and he was on the weaponized side with easy access to the nasty stuff.

    Comment by MarcLord — Tuesday, August 12, 2008 9:37 pm @ 9:37 pm

  5. So you commit murder, you literally get away with murder AND you get the govt. to pay you $6M for the privilege? Not bad freakin’ work if you can get it.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, August 12, 2008 9:44 pm @ 9:44 pm

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