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The Anthrax Story, Part 3

By The Reverend Published: August 4, 2008

From an AP article dated October 23, 2001....

At least some White House personnel were given Cipro six weeks ago.

On the night of the Sept. 11 attacks, the White House Medical Office dispensed Cipro to staff accompanying Vice President Dick Cheney as he was secreted off to the safety of Camp David, and told them it was "a precaution," according to one person directly involved. Link

Anyone recall any of the 19 hijackers being accused of carrying, you know, anthrax with their, you know, boxcutters? Why Cipro? And why on the night of September 11? Why not a precaution for bubonic plague?

ABC News July 14, 2008....

In the days after 9/11, when fears of another terrorist strike were at their peak, Vice President Dick Cheney was convinced that he had been subjected to a lethal dose of anthrax, according to a new book.

On Oct. 18, 2001, a White House alarm went off indicating that sensors had detected dangerous levels of radioactive, chemical or biological agents. According to Mayer, anyone who had entered the White House situation room, including Cheney, had been exposed.

"They thought Cheney was already lethally infected," said a former administration officer who had kept the White House secret until now, according to the book. Link

If, on the night of September 11, 2001, Cheney started taking Cipro....why did he believe he had been infected in the middle of October?

Slate.com piece, March 18, 2008, by Richard Cohen.....

The attacks were not entirely unexpected. I had been told soon after Sept. 11 to secure Cipro, the antidote to anthrax. The tip had come in a roundabout way from a high government official, and I immediately acted on it. I was carrying Cipro way before most people had ever heard of it. Link

"Not entirely unexpected". Who told Cohen, before anthrax letters had been sent out, to start taking Cipro....and why? And what about the rest of Americans, between the time of the hijacking and the time the anthrax letters were sent out,....why weren't we all told to take Cipro? Who was the "high level official" who told Cohen about taking Cipro before any anthrax had been sent out?

January 26, 2002, Salon.com piece....

On Oct. 2, Ayaad Assaad, a U.S. government scientist and former biowarfare researcher, received a call from an FBI agent asking him to come in for a talk. It was well before anthrax panic gripped the nation -- in fact, it was the same day that photo editor Robert Stevens, 63, was admitted to a Florida hospital. It wasn't until the next day that Stevens was diagnosed with inhalation anthrax, and another two days later, on Oct. 5, when he would become the first of five eventual fatalities caused by the apparent bioterrorist attack.
They showed Assaad a detailed, unsigned, computer-typed letter with a startling accusation: that the 53-year-old Assaad, an Environmental Protection Agency scientist who filed an age discrimination suit against the U.S. Army for dismissing him from a biowarfare lab, might be a bioterrorist.

"Dr. Assaad is a potential biological terrorist," the letter stated, according to Assaad and McDermott. The letter was received by the FBI in Quantico, Va., but Assaad did not learn from the FBI where it had been mailed from. "I have worked with Dr. Assaad," the letter continued, "and I heard him say that he has a vendetta against the U.S. government and that if anything happens to him, he told his sons to carry on." Link

I think it would be important to find out who sent that letter.

From an October 18, 2001 Letterman show....

LETTERMAN: How are things going in Afghanistan now?

MCCAIN: I think we’re doing fine …. I think we’ll do fine. The second phase — if I could just make one, very quickly — the second phase is Iraq. There is some indication, and I don’t have the conclusions, but some of this anthrax may — and I emphasize may — have come from Iraq.

LETTERMAN: Oh is that right?

MCCAIN: If that should be the case, that’s when some tough decisions are gonna have to be made. Link

"There is some indication." What was that indication? What was McCain referring to?

What's of intense interest to me right now is the lackadaisical attitude of the news media over this story. This was a terrorist attack on the United States. Not only that, but in many ways the anthrax letters were an even bigger threat to Americans than driving airplanes into buildings. So why then, when the alleged anthrax letter sender kills himself because he was to be indicted and charged with murder, is the media yawning?

Is f*cking everything about Brittney and Paris?

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