The government now claims that they know the person who sent the "Anthrax Letters" is. This after they spent years publicly hounding another person of interest. This after all that is come out about weapons of mass destruction and Iraq. This after the discovery that people within the Justice Department who were hired people under the Bush Administration had to meet political Benchmarks. This after a lot of other things. Is the case a Slam Dunk, no. it makes a person wonder.
The Anthrax tainted letters began surfacing in October 2001 the letters bared a Trenton, N.J Post mark and were sent to media outlets. Soon others received these anthrax tainted letters. 30 FBI agents and 15 postal inspectors were on the case, more than 5,000 grand jury subpoenas have been issued(1 ).Five people died and seventeen were sickened as a result of these attacks (2 ).
After 18 months of Investigation the US Army scientist concluded that the Anthrax letters were made domestically. David Siegrist, a bio terrorism expert at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies said "It tends to support the idea that the anthrax came from a domestic source and probably not a state program," He also said . "It shows you can have a fairly sophisticated product with fairly rudimentary methods. Investigators found that the Anthrax was made from a "a pretty small operation", and the production of the anthrax "no more than a few thousand dollars,"(3 ).
It was reported the Anthrax from the letter came from the "Ames strain" of anthrax. This strain was isolated in Iowa in the 1980's. this strain has been used in testing by the military for 20 years of biological warfare testing (4 ).
It should be noted that this strain was destroyed and no reason was given for its destruction. This happened soon after the attacks. It seems odd evidence would be destroyed without any reason given (5 ).
It was then disclosed the investigators believed the strain came from Fort Dietrich, Maryland, the home of the Army's germ warfare program (6 ).
people of interest
The first "person of interest"( Steven Hatfill), worked at Fort Detrick but never worked with Anthrax. The phrase "person of interest" seem to be used in place suspect. It seems their first person the seemed suspect didn't have Anthrax. And they wonder why are skeptics (7 ).