Aug 6, 2008

Anthrax versus the Patriot Act: Score One for Anthrax in the Death of Scientist Bruce Ivins

Dr. Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois at Champaign, from his book, Biowarfare and Terrorism:

“Could it truly be coincidental that two of the primary intended victims of the terrorist anthrax attacks—Senators Daschle and Leahy—were holding up the speedy passage of the pre-planned USA Patriot Act—an Act which provided the federal government with unprecedented powers in relation to U.S. citizens and institutions?”

Go up against the mighty Patriot Act and you shall die. Not only would the anthrax offense have been effective had the intended victims succumbed, but the subsequent scare the whole anthrax form of invisible bio-terrorism—no matter the success or failure of the mission—would served as a fear-enforced shaper of the desired outcome either way. The Patriot Act had to be passed, and no one could stand in the way. And it worked.

The downside of using anthrax as a weapon is that the weapon itself, like a nuclear bomb or the Ebola virus, must be wielded by a scientist. Trouble is, once the culprit of the anthrax-as-a-weapon scheme uses said scientist to do his or her evil deed, then what happens to the scientist? The scientist who might, when facing indictment and trials, be forced to spill the beans? Well, if this were a TV show, it would certainly be to knock him or her off first.

The defense for Dr. Bruce Ivins, whose death due to overdose was reported Aug. 2, claimed they had enough evidence to exonerate him. Ivins’ attorneys, Paul F. Kemp and Thomas M. DeGonia reported,

“For more than a year, we have been privileged to represent Dr. Bruce Ivins during the investigation of the anthrax deaths of September and October of 2001. For six years, Dr. Ivins fully cooperated with that investigation, assisting the government in every way that was asked of him. He was a world-renowned and highly decorated scientist who served his country for over 33 years with the Department of the Army. We are saddened by his death, and disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to defend his good name and reputation in a court of law. We assert his innocence in these killings, and would have established that at trial.”

My instincts tell me Dr. Bruce Ivans did not commit suicide but was murdered and the event done up to look like suicide. The suicide alibi is certainly an easy one to bite. And his secrets conveniently die with him.

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