WASHINGTON — Buried in FBI laboratory reports about the anthrax mail attacks that killed five people in 2001 is data suggesting that a chemical may have been added to try to heighten the powder's potency, a move that some experts say exceeded the expertise of the presumed killer.
The lab data, contained in more than 9,000 pages of files that emerged a year after the Justice Department closed its inquiry and condemned the late Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins as the perpetrator, shows unusual levels of silicon and tin in anthrax powder from two of the five letters.
Those elements are found in compounds that could be used to weaponize the anthrax, enabling the lethal spores to float easily so they could be readily inhaled by the intended victims, scientists say.
The existence of the silicon-tin chemical signature offered investigators the possibility of tracing purchases of the more than 100 such chemical products available before the attacks, which might have produced hard evidence against Ivins or led the agency to the real culprit.
But the FBI lab reports released in late February give no hint that bureau agents tried to find the buyers of additives such as tin-catalyzed silicone polymers.
The apparent failure of the FBI to pursue this avenue of investigation raises the ominous possibility that the killer is still on the loose.
Ivins very conveniently committed suicide on July 26, 2008, prior to formal charges being filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an alleged connection to the 2001 anthrax attacks, so it was a very nice and simple conclusion for the FBI to merely announce a conclusion that Ivins was likely to have been solely responsible for "the deaths of five persons, and the injury of dozens of others..."
Several scientists and former colleagues of Ivins argue that he was a career biologist who probably lacked the chemistry knowledge and skills to concoct a silicon-based additive.
"There's no way that an individual scientist can invent a new way of making anthrax using silicon and tin," said Stuart Jacobsen, a Texas-based analytical chemist for an electronics company who's closely studied the FBI lab results. "It requires an institutional effort to do this, such as at a military lab."
Dick Cheney has always had -- and I would presume, still has -- an extensive network of connections in the departments of defense and justice.
I would also presume that Mr. Cheney has never had any fondness for either Tom Daschle, former majority leader of the U.S. Senate, who was handily defeated in an infamous 2004 campaign that involved the feverish activities of notable and actual whore James Dale Guckert AKA Jeff Gannon, or for Patrick Leahy, also of the Senate, who, unhappily for Cheney, never lost his seat in the Senate. Both Daschle and Leahy were entirely too fond of certain provisions in the U.S. Constitution which guaranteed freedom and justice to mere human beings, citizens of the United States and other humans.
Obviously, Cheney's hatred for both Dashle and Leahy has been festering for years, well before the carefully executed September 11, 2001 attack on the U.S. Having had his much-desired "Pearl Harbor" fall into place, Cheney was anxious to remove any opposition to the PNAC agenda regarding Iraq and Saddam Hussein and Cheney's plans for seizing Iraq's oil and redistributing it.
The seeds for realizing the removal of Hussein were sown in a January 26, 1998, letter to President Bill Clinton from PNAC, Project for a New American Century:
The policy of “containment” of Saddam Hussein has been steadily eroding over the past several months. As recent events have demonstrated, we can no longer depend on our partners in the Gulf War coalition to continue to uphold the sanctions or to punish Saddam when he blocks or evades UN inspections. Our ability to ensure that Saddam Hussein is not producing weapons of mass destruction, therefore, has substantially diminished. Even if full inspections were eventually to resume, which now seems highly unlikely, experience has shown that it is difficult if not impossible to monitor Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons production. The lengthy period during which the inspectors will have been unable to enter many Iraqi facilities has made it even less likely that they will be able to uncover all of Saddam’s secrets. As a result, in the not-too-distant future we will be unable to determine with any reasonable level of confidence whether Iraq does or does not possess such weapons.
Such uncertainty will, by itself, have a seriously destabilizing effect on the entire Middle East. It hardly needs to be added that if Saddam does acquire the capability to deliver weapons of mass destruction, as he is almost certain to do if we continue along the present course, the safety of American troops in the region, of our friends and allies like Israel and the moderate Arab states, and a significant portion of the world’s supply of oil will all be put at hazard. As you have rightly declared, Mr. President, the security of the world in the first part of the 21st century will be determined largely by how we handle this threat.
The letter may have contained a goodly bit of blather about "national security" and "weapons of mass destruction" but the real heart of the matter was oil, oil that was to be dispersed in secret meetings held by Cheney as chair of Bush's Energy Task Force in the early days of the George W. Bush administration, before September 11, 2001. Attending the meeting were corporate moguls like James J. Rouse, VP of Exxon Mobil; Kenneth L. Lay, head of Enron Corp.; Jack N. Gerard, with the National Mining Association; Red Cavaney, president of the American Petroleum Institute; and Eli Bebout, Wyoming, owner of an oil and drilling company. These persons -- and others like them -- had a huge map of Iraq spread out on the table before them while they feverishly divvied up Iraq's energy riches among themselves.
Of course, owing to the unconstitutional interference of five jades on the U.S. Supreme Court, Dick Cheney had been installed as the acting president of the U.S., so that the Middle Eastern agenda of PNAC could be realized, requiring only a Pearl Habor type event. That realized, all that was necessary was the removal of pesky Democrats who might interfere with PNAC agenda in their misguided loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. One can sympathize with Cheney and how monstrously angry he must have been to face his constitutional nemesis Patrick Leahy on the actual floor of the U.S. Senate, the infamous "F*ck yourself!" event in June, 2004.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it, until you present an actual document showing the purchase of tin-catalyzed silicone polymers prior to September 11, 2001, or shortly thereafter by anyone except Dick Cheney or one of his defense contractor buddies.