Seven years on, no answer from White House on anthrax attacks RawStory Exclusive Eric Brewer July 16, 2008

Seven years on, no answer from White House on anthrax attacks

Published: Wednesday

It's been almost seven years since — in the weeks immediately following 9/11 — anthrax powder sent through the mail killed five people, threatened the lives of two Democratic senators, terrorized the entire nation, and helped prod a panicky Congress into passing the so-called Patriot Act.

In the intervening years, not only has the killer remained free, but missteps in the investigation have had major negative consequences. Just last month, in fact, the Department of Justice agreed to pay $4.6 million to former bioweapons expert Stephen Hatfill to settle a lawsuit Hatfill brought against the Justice Department, the FBI, and former Attorney General John Ashcroft for destroying his reputation and career by publicly implicating him in the case. And Glenn Greenwald has pointed out that in 2001, ABC News was fed false information by several "well-placed sources" (presumably officials in the Bush administration) suggesting an Iraq-anthrax link. That imaginary link was widely cited by pro-war cheerleaders.

At Monday's White House briefing, I asked if President Bush was satisfied with the progress of the investigation into the attacks. Press Secretary Dana Perino told me that she didn't even "know if he has had an update on it."

Here is our exchange:

Q Is the president satisfied with the progress of the investigation into the anthrax attacks?

MS. PERINO: I don't know if he has had an update on it. But obviously this is something that the FBI is doing. We don't do the investigation from the White House.

Q Well, is he following the progress?

MS. PERINO: You know, I'm sure he -- he gets updated by Director Mueller once a week on a variety of issues. And if that comes up, I'm sure he gets an update.

Q You don't know if he's satisfied with the progress?

MS. PERINO: I don't.

One reason I thought the White House might need to be reminded of this issue is because as recently as last January, in his 2008 State of the Union address, the President appeared to have completely forgotten about the attacks, stating, "We are grateful that there has not been another attack on our soil since 9/11." The anthrax letters, of course, were postmarked on September 18 and October 9, 2001, one to four weeks after 9/11. In his radio address to the nation on November 3, 2001, Bush called them "a second wave of terrorist attacks," and promised that "we will solve these crimes, and we will punish those responsible."

But just a few months later, the White House was already stalling. Asked about the pace of the investigation on February 25, 2002, then-Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said, "The President would like to get this, obviously, resolved as quickly as is possible. The pace of justice is a methodical one...the President believes the FBI is doing a good, solid job."

The question didn't come up again at a White House briefing until more than three years later, when a reporter asked Scott McClellan, "Why have we not found the person or persons responsible for the anthrax attacks of 2001?" Scott's reply: "That's a matter that remains a priority. It remains under investigation. The FBI continues to pursue it."

So it's incredible that now, after three more years, all the White House spokesperson has to say is, "If that comes up, I'm sure he gets an update." Not "he believes the FBI is doing a good job." Not even "that matter remains a priority." Just "if it comes up, he gets an update."

That's simply unacceptable. Why isn't THE PRESIDENT bringing it up? And almost as bad, why hasn't the establishment media pressed the administration harder on this issue? Especially after this story by David Willman in the L.A. Times revealed that Justice Department officials kept the investigation focused on Hatfill for almost five years, even though investigators never found any evidence linking him to the attacks, and that many experts who have been involved in the case now believe that it will never be solved.

When the Ramsey family was cleared in the JonBenet case, the media went wild. I can only suppose that one more Bush failure is no longer considered newsworthy.

The preceding article was a White House report from Eric Brewer, who will periodically attend White House press briefings for Raw Story. Brewer is also a contributor at BTC News. He was the first reporter to ask about the Downing Street memo and the Pentagon analysts scandal at White House briefings.

Of course the president is satisfied with the progress of the

investigation. It's going exactly as planned with no press coverage, no mention of the issue by any of our congressional leaders including those directly affected. No investigation into Phillip Zack or his connection to administration officials. Things are going as planned wouldn't you say Ms. Perino?

" the individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous- he simply cannot believe it exists." J. Edgar Hoover

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Francis A. Boyle

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Alex Jones was joined on air this week by a leading American professor, practitioner of and expert on international law to discuss his detailed knowledge of the cover up of the 2001 anthrax attacks, which he is adamant were perpetrated by criminal elements of the US government in an attempt to foment a police state by killing off opposition to hardline post 9/11 legislation.

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who could have done it?

cui bono? "to whose benefit?"

Of course it was part of their orchestrated psyop.

The murderous Bush Crime Family marches on.

New World Order

Bush Sr. had me fooled....

...the geek exterior served as the perfect cover for all his felonious, treasonous shortcomings! I mean, I never thought of George H.W. Bush as a criminal. It is the case, however, the more you read the more disappointed one gets! I suspect, the American public has little idea of the depths to the criminality in the Bush family?

Thanks AJFan, it's a creepy trailer for the coming virtual reality "New World Order," which imho equates to the corporate global plantation.

...don't believe them!

The murderous Bush Crime Family marches on.

You bet they do, and with more blood on their hands than Hitler himself.

It is always relevant

to mention the tabloid office that received an anthrax-filled letter during the anthrax attacks. Was it the Sun?
I think it was the only one that published photos of the President's daughter during a drunken stupor.
The mention of Bush's 2003 statements caused me to pull out my old vhs tape of him making his hastily put together speech, at Booker Elementary in Sarasota, Florida.
"I have ordered that the full resources of the federal government go to help the victims and their families"
...and conduct a full investigation..."
Then in his own backwoods lingo, " hunt down, and to find those folks who committed this act."