I have always believed that the post 9/11 anthrax attacks involved a foreign government with WMD labs capable of creating such finely powdered anthrax. After an extensive nationwide search which turned up no such domestic labs, the FBI asserted that a U.S. scientist, Bruce Ivins, who killed himself during the investigation, was the perpetrator. Now, it appears the targeting was in error:
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has called into question a key pillar of the FBI’s case against Bruce Ivins, the Army scientist accused of mailing the anthrax-laced letters that killed five people and terrorized Congress a decade ago.
Shortly after Ivins committed suicide in 2008, federal investigators announced that they’d identified him as the mass murderer who sent the letters to members of Congress and the news media. The case was circumstantial, with federal officials arguing that the scientist had the means, motive and opportunity to make the deadly powder at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md.
Now, however, Justice Department lawyers have acknowledged in court papers that the sealed area in Ivins’ lab — the so-called hot suite — didn’t contain the equipment needed to turn liquid anthrax into the refined powder that floated through congressional buildings and post offices in the fall of 2001.
If it wasn’t Ivins and there was no lab in the U.S. capable of making it, where did it come from?
Laurie Mylroie long held it was from Iraq.
UPDATE: Here’s a refresher on the anthrax attacks from Edward Jay Epstein.