I'll start by saying I agree with the FBI's conclusions about Dr. Bruce Ivins – although it is now unpopular to do so. The Anthrax investigation – as before – continues to be a self-sustaining “cottage industry” , with various speculators arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, trumpeting their findings from the rooftops of the Internet , basking in the warm glow of self-admiration , and complaining about the overlooked “800 lb gorilla in the room”.
One thing none of these folks seems to have considered is this: Dr. Ivins knew full well he was under exhaustive scrutiny by the FBI , and that he would soon be charged. Whether this caused him to have an emotional breakdown, or whether he considered it expedient to fake the symptoms as part of an insanity defense is something we'll never know; but, by committing suicide before he could be charged, indicted,or arrested, he insured that his wife would not be denied pension benefits ... and might even receive something extra because of his “mental health disability”.
That's a mighty hefty gorilla , in my opinion !
Speaking of dimensionally gifted anthropids, let's talk briefly about why the President and key Administration officials were given prophylactic doses of Cipro prior to 9/11.
Quite simply – as Richard C. Clarke has become famous for saying – the CIA, FBI, Secret Service, etc. knew there was some sort of al-Qaeda operation planned ...soon ; but nobody knew how, when, or where. One of the threats considered possible was an Anthrax attack.
Anthrax was on a lot of people's minds. During the 1990's, there had been hundreds of Anthrax hoax attacks. In January,2000 alone,abortion clinics received 30 such threats. On January 30,2001, the Canadian Government received an Anthrax hoax letter (as did several large businesses) that alarmed them so much, they appointed the Defence Research Establishment at Suffield to study the threat.
This Canadian study , “Risk Assessment of Anthrax Letters” was conducted between 2/26/01 and 4/11/01 , and ,although the report itself was not published until September, the results were frightening enough to warrant Canada sharing them with the US, and other friendly governments. The NY Times got wind of the tests and published them as well.
Given all this background , and an undeterminable al-Qaeda threat, the Secret Service would have been grossly negligent if it had not sought approval for the issuance of powerful antibiotics !
Oops ! That particular "gorilla" just turned into a squirrel money !!