Saturday, February 18, 2006

Anthrax Used To Intimidate Democrats?


Just going through some stuff today and came across some info about the Anthrax scare in late 2001. The Anthrax laced letters started showing up in late 2001.

Anybody remember who was exposed?


Senator Tom Daschle

Senator Russ Feingold

PBS Newshour
October 17, 2001
House To Shut Down After Senate Staffers Exposed To Anthrax

Speaker Dennis Hastert said the House of Representatives
will shut down at the end of business today after 31 people on Capitol Hill tested positive for anthrax exposure.

The response comes after 29 staffers working for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), two members of the Capitol police force and three people who work for Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) tested positive for exposure to the bacteria.

Yes, the Senate Minority (Majority at the time) Leader Senator Tom Daschle and Senator Russ Feingold.

Then there was the New Work Post and NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.

NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw

CNN/Health

October 21, 2001

FBI: Letter in Post mailroom contains anthrax

A letter found by police in the mailroom of the New York Post newspaper has tested positive for anthrax, and has the same postmark as anthrax-laced letters sent to Sen. Tom Daschle and NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, an FBI official said Saturday.

Senator Patrick Leahy

CNN/Health
November 26, 2001
Leahy says anthrax letter could have killed 100,000

Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary
Committee
, said Sunday that an anthrax-laced letter mailed to his
office may contain enough spores "to kill well over a 100,000 people," but he said the tainted missive had not yet been opened by investigators.

Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, appeared to be basing his comments on the letter from an initial analysis of its exterior. Sources have said some spores seeped through the sealed envelope.

Yes, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy.

Was anthrax used to intimidate democrats and liberals for support of the Bush administration's policies? Well, I was reading through James A. Baker III's letter to the Senate Select Comittee on Intellegence


James A. Baker III

Statement from James A. Baker
July 31, 2002
Concerning Proposals to Amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveilance Act of 1978

Moreover, a single international terrorist -- with or without the support of an international terrorist group -- can cause grave damage: One person can plant a bomb on an airplane; one person can send anthrax through the mail; one person can assassinate our political leaders; and one person can attack and kill U.S. intelligence officers.

Hmmm, does Mr. Baker know something about Anthrax?

The second part of the quote is missing from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The second part of the quote reads:

For example, in 1993, Mir Aimal Kasi, apparently acting alone, killed two CIA officers and wounded three others in 1993 outside the gates of CIA at Langley.

Side note: This portion of the letter, that was removed before it was entered into record, is clearly aimed at a President Bill Clinton's adminstrations failure to stop Mir Aimal Kasi. Further feeding the false notion that Democrats are weak on security. A warrantless NSA wiretap would not have stopped Kasi. He was not talking to anybody about his plot online, on the phone or other. He was working alone.

Then I found this gem:

CIA Logo

CNN/US

December 16, 2001

Official: CIA uses anthrax, but no link to letters

The CIA uses anthrax in its bio-warfare program but the bacteria did not make it into tainted letters sent to two U.S. senators and several news organizations, an agency official said Sunday.

The confirmation that the CIA has anthrax comes less than a week after the U.S. Army admitted it has produced small amounts of the potentially deadly bacteria for years.

What what what what!!!!

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