Anthrax Attack Made by Government Scientist, FBI Cover Up
By Sherwood Ross
14 December 2006
The perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attack on Congress likely was a government scientist employed at the Armx’s Ft. Detrick, Md., bioterrorism lab having access to a “moonsuit” that made it possible to safely process and manufacture super-weapons-grade anthrax, a bioterrorism authority says.
Although only a “handful” of scientists had the ability to perpetrate the crime, the culprit, or culprits, among them may never be identified as the FBI ordered the destruction of the anthrax culture collection at Ames, Ia., from which the Ft. Detrick lab got its pathogens, the authority said.
This action made it impossible “to pin-point precisely where, when, and from whom these bio-agents had originated,” said Dr. Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois at Champaign.
Boyle, who drafted the U.S. Biological Weapons Convention of 1989 that was enacted by Congress, says destruction of the Ames anthrax “appears to be a cover-up orchestrated by the FBI.”
Calls for comment to two FBI press offices in Washington, D.C., on this charge were not returned. Members of the Senate have been pressing the FBI for additional information on its investigation, thought to be ongoing.
If impartial scientists could have performed genetic reconstruction of the anthrax found in letters mailed to Senators Daschle(D-S.D.) and Patrick Leahy, (D -Vt.), “the trail of genetic evidence would have led directly back to a secret but officially-sponsored U.S. government