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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The FBI and The Anthrax Scares: Another Intelligence Failure!

The anthrax scares of 2001 and persecution of a government scientist (Steven J. Hatfill) once again show the incompetence of the Bush Regime and the FBI under this administration. The widely circulated view that this was “weapons grade” anthrax and that it had to have come from certain strains at Fort Detrick or a similar batch were nothing but spin by this Orwellian Rhetoric Machine of the Bush Administration. I stated in 2001 to a number of people and publicly that this was nonsense but to no avail…the government had all of the experts..Right!

The FBI now admits that there is NO SIGNIFICANT SIGNATURE in the anthrax that was used in the attacks in 2001. This means that all this time the FBI was going in circles (does this sound similar to the Iraq War story; is this a trend of this administration?). The chemical signature is basically a determiner through certain molecular analysis of where the anthrax came from. There were no additives to this anthrax. It was not finely powdered. It was common stuff. What this now means is that the anthrax could have come from ANYWHERE!

Furthermore, the geniuses at the FBI now admit that variations of the Ames strain of anthrax are found all over the world, especially in the Soviet Union. The FBI now says that this was just a VERY PURE STRAIN made from spores! Did I miss something in Microbiology Class? That’s what you are trained to do: to culture as pure a strain as possible! The better you are, the better your grade! ANY COMPETENT MICROBIOLOGIST IN THE WORLD COULD HAVE MADE THIS ANTHRAX AND PROBABLY A FEW INCOMPETENT ONES AS WELL!

The amount of equipment needed is not a massive laboratory but you could do it out of your basement with stuff bought at government sales or on Ebay! There are a host of considerations that are possible here and this could lead to millions of dead ends in the further investigation of these scares. It was said that when the Soviet Union crashed that there was an intelligence report or talk of hiring all the unemployed scientists in certain disciplines (especially Microbiology) to give them something to do rather than be hired by some terrorist organization or rogue state. But that idea was dumped quickly. I wonder who these people are working for and what they are doing now!

There are lessons to be learned from this but the media will never figure them out. First, we are not safe and no one can make us completely safe as long as evil can lurk in the mind of men. Second, the arrogance of this administration and FBI is part of the problem of why we are not safer than we are. These people believe that they are smarter than everyone else. They believe they are smarter than the terrorists and that no one can tell them anything that they do not already know. The sad part is that this administration has sold the American public on their record and yet their record is the opposite of what they say it is. The arrogance, incompetence and fear mongering of this administration may doom us all because somewhere in the world right now in someone’s little laboratory some rogue scientist may be concocting a special blend that the FBI, and this administration believe is impossible when it’s nothing more than elementary microbiology!


Anonymous Steve Peacock said...

What scares me, Gene, is that -- despite the obvious arrogance and incompetence of Bush, Inc., as evidenced by the anthrax debacle --is that I continue to encounter folks who support the Bush Regime! The other day I met a retired schoolteacher, of all folks, who told me, "I am a Republican, and I like George Bush, but I'd like to at least sit down and talk with him about the No Child Left Behind Act."

So much evidence of stupidity and treachery at the White House, regarding Iraq, anthrax, the education system, et al, and yet legions of Bush devotees remain in our midst. Astounding.

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