No…they did not. Of course there was great cause for alarm, however the incidents were mutually exclusive. While there was certainly a possibility for a link…[/quote]
False assertion that the 9/11 attacks, the anthrax attacks and Patriot Act passage were mutual exclusive. Did you mean to say “had nothing to do with each other”? Either way, incorrect.
Crime - Investigation - Trial - Punishment - Legislation. Without honest and conclusive investigations, how ever in the world did the Trial stage get skipped, yet arbitrary Punishment with pre-positioned Legislation occur? Propaganda of lies wrapped in patriotism and fear, that’s how. Worked before, worked in 2001, works now.
But since most of the Patriot Act and its recommendations are still in place and Afghanistan now hosts US military interests, not to mention favorable oil and narcotics pipelines, many people call it normal, even good.
[quote]The glaring coincidence of the anthrax attacks with the passage of the Patriot Act can only be ignored as an elephant is ignored at a tea party. It is believable that this coincidence was overlooked in the fall of 2001 due to all the confusion, including letters to other places. In historical hindsight, the connection is obvious. It can be ignored now only as Germans ignored the death camps – the brazenness of the crime was unbelievable. Moreover, to admit the crime’s existence requires a courageous response. Timid souls may be tempted to stick their heads in the sand rather than do what is required to expose and root out criminals in high places, especially in time of war. The obvious response would be a Congressional investigation with no holds barred, even if it goes all the way to the top. The war for democracy must start at home.
Government By Anthrax[/quote]
For historic reflection, here’s a breakdown of the elephant events.
09.10.2001 Rumsfeld announces $2.3 trillion missing, declares a ‘War on Waste’ Ref.
09.11.2001 3/4 hijacked airplanes tricked US air defense, killing almost 3000 and causing the first ever symmetrically perfect collapse of 3 (three) NYC towers owned by “Pullit Silverstein”
09.11.2001 Rumsfeld’s ‘War on Waste’ and the missing 25% of military spending seemingly forgotten by media Ref.
09.11.2001 White House staff instructed to start taking Anthrax antibiotic, Cipro Ref.
09.18.2001 First Anthrax letters mailed to NBC, NY Post Ref.
09.19.2001 First Anthrax letters received Ref.
10.02.2001 U.S. “anti-terrorism” Patriot Act is Introduced to Congress
10.02.2001 Robert Stevens (AMI) checked into hospital, near death, undiagnosed.
10.03.2001 Senate Majority Leader and future anthrax target Tom Daschle (D) suggests the Patriot Act won’t pass within the White House’s one week timetable. Attorney General Ashcroft accuses Senate Democrats of dragging their feet. Ref.
10.04.2001 First report of anthrax case, 5pm (Stevens, AMI). Ref.
10.05.2001 Death of first anthrax victim (Stevens, inhalation anthrax) Ref.
10.07.2001 U.S. Military attacks Afghanistan
10.08.2001 Anthrax letters to Daschle and Leahy mailed Ref.
10.10.2001 ** Iowa State (Ames) Anthrax cultures destroyed by order of FBI & CDC :: 70+ years of research kept in more than 100 vials (Ref.)
10.11.2001 ** Iowa State (Ames) Anthrax cultures destroyed by order of FBI & CDC :: (took 2 days) (Ref.)
10.14.2001 Neocons accuse Iraq ‘behind US anthrax outbreaks’ Re.
10.15.2001 Daschle’s office opened anthrax letter. Ref.
10.16.2001 The Senate office buildings shut down.
10.17.2001 House of Representatives shut down; 28 congressional staffers test positive for anthrax.
10.17.2001 The New York and Florida letters are found to contain the Ames strain.
10.18.2001 An assistant of CBS Dan Rather contracts anthrax.
10.20.2001 First mention that source of anthrax letters is probably domestic Ref.
10.21.2001 Letters to N.Y.Post, NBC and Senator Daschle are found to have identical handwriting of “Death to America, Death to Israel, Allah is Great.”
10.24.2001 House passes the final version of the Patriot Act and other previously unpopular Bush projects: Alaska oil drilling, $25 billion in tax cuts for corporations, taps into Social Security funds and cuts in education. (Balt.Sun, Oct.25 & 27; Washington Post, Sept.27, 2001, Juliet Eilperin, pg.A4)
10.25.2001 Congressional mail halted. Senator Daschle switched from supporting a 2 year limit on the Patriot Act to defending a 4 year sunset clause as the “appropriate balance.” (Balt.Sun, Oct.10; AP, op.cit. Jessie J. Holland.)
10.25.2001 White House confirmed Anthrax letters contained the Ames strain Ref.
10.26.2001 Senate passes the final version Patriot Act. (AP, op.cit.)
10.26.2001 President Bush signs the USA Patriot Act. (Balt.Sun, Oct.27.)
10.27.2001 Supreme Court shut down with anthrax scare. (Chronology, Sun-Sentinel, op.cit.)
November, 2001 No more anthrax letters received by anyone. Congressional buildings reopened. Three top anthrax experts with knowledge of the U.S. bioweapons program died under suspicious circumstances within a ten day period. Ref.
12.16.2001 Genetically matching anthrax spores found to have originated from Ft. Detrick Ref.
12.17.2001 White House says Anthrax attacks probably originated domestically Ref.
10.13.2006 FBI’s 2001 Anthrax Investigation Has Gone Cold Ref.
So, instead of asserting reality, we can see that there was a clear attempt to point fingers in the direction of any perceived enemy, after destroying evidence that could track the real criminal(s). Didn’t the WTC steel also get shipped off before forensics test could be performed?
The propaganda was quite effective. The Patriot Act did pass, we attacked Afghanistan to find a bogeyman, and complete investigations into 9/11 and the anthrax attacks have still yet to occur. If some sheeple have their way, they may never occur.