Sunday :: Aug 10, 2008

The FBI's Case Against Bruce Ivins


by Mary

Glenn Greenwald's post today points out that Gerry Andrews, former chief of the bacteriology division at Ft. Detrick and someone who worked with Bruce Ivins for 16 years, wrote an Oped in the NY Times that questions that the weapons grade anthrax could have been generated in the Ft Detrick lab. Dr Andrews' piece reminded me of one of the reasons that I am not sold on the "evidence" (emphasis mine).

The Justice Department has presented different types of evidence to support its argument that Dr. Ivins was the person who mailed anthrax to Tom Brokaw, Tom Daschle and others in September and October of 2001. Much of this evidence is outside the realm of science: Dr. Ivins’s alleged fixation with a sorority; strange comments in excerpts from his e-mail messages; a connection to a Greendale school that might or might not explain the fictitious return address on anthrax mailings. I will not address these points beyond noting that they are highly circumstantial.

One thing that seems to always crop up in manufactured evidence that it is designed to show the bad guy is really bad and deserves to be taken out are references to the guy's secret habits that only show up after he's been exposed. In 1989, George W Bush's father ordered an invasion of Panama and when they captured Noriega, he turned out to be an even worse human than he had been known to be before.

There’s a scene in the award-winning documentary film, The Panama Deception, in which what is purported to be Manuel Noriega’s desk is shown, littered with drug paraphernalia and pornography, ostensibly demonstrating what a depraved man he was, and why George Bush Senior had to attack his consequently unacceptably misled nation.

Then a U.S. citizen with abundant Latin American experience appears on screen.

He relates how, back in the early ‘70s, photographs of that same desk were produced to slander Chile’s duly-elected Marxist president, Salvador Allende, who was violently deposed by a rightwing coup in which the CIA and major corporations were proven to have been heavily complicit.

The government has been manufacturing evidence in some cases for a long time, and it seems that the salacious nature of the evidence is one thing that tends to make these cases stand out. Wen Ho Lee was held for sixteen months on false evidence.

It is absolutely clear that there are more than enough questions about the Anthrax investigation that it must be covered by an independent prosecutor. And if the anthrax could not have been manufactured at Ft. Detrick, but could have been manufactured with the government's blessing at a military contractor's lab, the questions are even greater. One of these labs was even in the news at that time as reported by Judith Miller on September 4, 2001. Before 9/11. No wonder there was lots of discussion of anthrax immediately after the attack.

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