Saturday, April 24, 2010

We're Entitled to the FACTS

Did anyone but the most gullible of simpletons among us actually believe that ludicrous government storyline in the first place? Even the experts are saying the official account doesn't jibe with the evidence! So why is the Obama Administration so opposed to an investigation into the FBI's conclusions?

From Glenn Greenwald:
The New York Times' Scott Shane reports today that Dr. Henry Heine, a former U.S. Army microbiologist, testified Thursday before a panel of the National Academy of Sciences examining the FBI's scientific claims in the anthrax case, and said "it was impossible that the deadly spores had been produced undetected in Dr. [Bruce] Ivins's laboratory"; that "[a]t the Army's biodefense laboratory in Maryland, . . . among the senior scientists, no one believes it';" and when "[a]sked by reporters after his testimony whether he believed that there was any chance that Dr. Ivins, who committed suicide in 2008, had carried out the attacks, [he] replied, 'Absolutely not'." Ivins' hometown newspaper, the Frederick News Post, has long provided excellent and skeptical coverage of the FBI's case, and provides more details about Heine's testimony.

Shane details the reasons for Heine's emphatic doubts and calls his testimony "a major public challenge to [the Government's] conclusion in one of the largest, most politically delicate and scientifically complex cases in F.B.I. history." It is that, but Heine's extreme skepticism is hardly unusual. As I documented on Wednesday, equally serious doubts about the case against Ivins are found among countless leading scientists, bioweapons experts, establishment media outlets and political officials in both parties. The NAS panel is "review[ing] the bureau's scientific work on the case, though not its conclusion on the perpetrator’s identity." There has been, and apparently will be, no real investigation of the FBI's case against Ivins because President Obama has threatened to veto any such investigation on the ground it "would undermine public confidence" in the FBI's case. In a rational world, with a President committed to transparency and accountability, that would be a reason to have an investigation, not a reason to obstruct one.
More at Glenn Greenwald's Blog...

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