Congress, FBI battle over anthrax investigation

It appears that the anthrax case is heating up. The FBI has announced that it will no longer provide congress with briefings on the case - in effect stonewalling the public on the investigation. But, with the recent ruling that the NYT must reveal its sources (which is highly unlikely), and now this schism between congress and the FBI, there is always the chance that the renewed interest in the case could yield some new information - or whistleblowers - to unravel everything.

Unravel anthrax - and 9/11 immediately follows. Demonstrate that elements of the US government was behind the anthrax attacks - and 9/11 suddenly is within reach.

The story can be found here:

Congress, FBI battle over anthrax investigation
Sen. Grassley: FBI has ‘little in the way of results to show’ after five years
By Jim Popkin
Senior Producer
NBC News Investigative Unit

Updated: 2:39 p.m. ET Oct 24, 2006
WASHINGTON - Congress and the FBI are now openly battling over the pace and direction of the anthrax investigation.

Late Monday, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a damning six-page letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales requesting a briefing on the FBI investigation, now five years old. The letter faults the agency for its handling of the case, saying "the FBI has little in the way of results to show for its work."

Meanwhile, in an unusual move, the FBI's top lobbyist has informed members of Congress that the bureau will no longer brief them on the case. The FBI's Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs wrote, "After sensitive information about the investigation citing congressional sources was reported in the media, the Department of Justice and the FBI agreed that no additional briefings to Congress would be provided."

FBI on defense
FBI critics consider the letter rich irony, since the FBI itself is under attack for leaking key details of the case to the media.

In the fall of 2001, someone mailed anthrax-laced letters to two U.S. senators and to a number of media organizations, including NBC News. The finely milled anthrax spores were remarkably buoyant, and five people who inhaled them were killed.

After the anthrax incident, Dr. Steven Hatfill was publicly branded a “person of interest.” He’s never been charged with any crime and has since brought a libel and defamation suit against columnist Nicholas Kristof and The New York Times.

On Oct. 20, a federal magistrate judge ruled that The New York Times must reveal the names of the confidential sources on whom Kristof relied for a series of columns about the anthrax case. The judge revealed that two of Kristof's unnamed sources were FBI agents.

Meanwhile, the FBI recently installed a new team of top investigators to head up the anthrax case. Sources familiar with the case tell NBC News that the new managers are looking anew at all possible suspects, with a much broader focus than before. The sources say that the previous head of the case, inspector Richard Lambert, was moved to a new position within the FBI, in part because he had focused too much on Hatfill.

Grassley's letter picks up on that, stating that Lambert's transfer to a Tennessee FBI office "raises questions about why he was replaced [and] the focus of the FBI's investigation under his leadership." Lambert now is the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's field office in Knoxville, Tenn.

Lambert did not return several phones calls seeking comment.

Anthrax inside job is a huge smoking gun!

Why was Anthrax investigation ended once it was determined it was an U.S. military strain of the bacteria?

Why were prominent NeoCons taking Cipro weeks before the Anthrax letters were sent?

Why were the Anthrax letters sent to Democrats holding out against the Patriot Act?

Why was one of the Anthrax letters sent to an obscure Florida editor who published embarrassing photos of the Bush twins drunk (the editor died from it, btw)?

Yes, agreed. As I said

Yes, agreed. As I said before, Watergate began as a minor burglary. There are several strands like the anthrax case that could unravel something larger. Keep pulling.

You would think that the

You would think that the Bush administration and other coup elements would be citing the anthrax attacks left and right. Wonder why they aren't? ;)