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Reading about the aftermath of the overdose death of Bruce Ivins, the prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax murders, is pretty depressing stuff. First, we have one of the dead guy's friends and lab colleagues mouthing off about how he doesn't think his friend was guilty. Well, gee, buddy -- given that you used to work at the lab that's apparently responsible for one of the deadliest security breaches of all time, what makes you think that you have even a shred of credibility? Indeed, why shouldn't we ask whether you were in on it?

Where are the firings at that lab? As far as I can tell, nobody who worked there when the killings took place was canned for a lapse of duty. Didn't anyone have the responsibility of seeing that some deranged member or members of the staff didn't cook up a bunch of anthrax and unleash it on unsuspecting people? Guess not.

Then there's the pending proclamation by the FBI that the case has been "solved." Yeah, right -- the FBI couldn't possibly be wrong, could it? Their track record in high-profile cases like this is straight out of a Three Stooges movie. Let's see, we had Steven Hatfill, Richard Jewell, Wen Ho Lee, Brandon Mayfield... They even screwed up the "waddling bandit" case here in Portland, which is back in the news today.

The FBI has been busy leaking bits and pieces of its circumstantial case against Ivins for several days now. The latest is a possible motive for his wanting to kill Tom Daschle, to whom one of the deadly letters was addressed. But they can't place Ivins at the mailboxes where the anthrax letters were mailed, and without that, they haven't really "solved" the homicides.

The poor guy over in Tillamook who was wrongly accused in the "waddling bandit" case probably summed it up best. He wasn't talking about Ivins, but he just as well might have been:

"I have little or no faith in what the FBI does as far as investigating and arresting somebody," he said. "They are very good at making the innocent look guilty, and I have no idea if this guy is innocent or guilty. I know that they make up a pretty good case as soon as they arrest somebody."
Or drive them out their mind as soon as they target them.

Meanwhile, it turns out that the social worker who ratted Ivins out as a supposed homicidal maniac has an interesting rap sheet of her own. Historians documenting the decline and fall of the American empire: The anthrax case has just about everything you need to tell the story.

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As I recall there were about 85 request from the Minneapolis FBI office to look at the computer of the guy they arrested in Minneapolis who was later accused of being an Al-Queda highjacker. All those request were left just sitting on someone's desk with no action taken.

And Jack please don't put down the Stooges. At least they made a bundle of dollars and some great movies.

TLG

The Stooges were actually pretty shrewd dudes. The characters they played in their films, however, were not.

The reason nobody at the lab was fired? They were probably afraid that former workers would do something far worse than "go postal" as fired USPS employees have done in the past. Considering its track record (cited above), you have to wonder whether the FBI even thought to check out any employees who may have been fired or left the lab before the incidents.

The fact that Iraq has the money versus it all disappearing before it can be used could be a good sign.
That their economy is rebuilding and becoming productive.
And they have yet to spend the current ue.
Why should we presume the Iraq leadership is simply hording it at our expense?

So you liberal democrats can put the worst spin possible on it?

I mean really, you all have been condemning everything about Iraq with charges that we destroyed the country and here comes a story that they are becoming productive and improving and that's a bad sign too?

"... request were left just sitting on someone's desk with no action taken."

That makes it sound like FBI sharpies are bumbling incompetents ... like the 3 Stooges.

It also happens to be FALSE to say Crowley's prodding and pleas from the Minnesota office was "just left sitting" and "no action" on it. FBI HQ worked the papers (from MN) through channels and issued the warrants and then ONE Man, quashed it, rescinded it, high in the FBI heirarchy, freshly installed there -- a Co-Conspirator in the US Gov't staging Nine-Eleven Op, and so, (One Man in FBI) showing it does NOT take "thousands and thousands of people, in the government, in on the conspiracy, sworn to secrecy" to get away with faking hijackers flying planes into buildings preset with explosives which implode.

Go back and read Crowley's long letter to FBI Director -- and the public -- charging FBI with political-motivated crimes and cover-ups inside the FBI. And she names the One Man inside -- oh, he was "in action" all right, stuffing every motion and move Minneapolis made to try to apprehend Moussaui.(?) (Search engine: 'Monica Crowley open letter FBI director'.)

Such fine-comb, micro-managing, pinpoint-control of the FBI from the catbird seat stopping the MN good agents from discovering the conspiracy involving top-level bad agents, is NOT bungling, '3 stooged' incompetent stupidity.

Exactly the opposite, a daring takeover coup d'etat by a very few very sharp operators. The REALLY great ones at a job, not only make it look easy, they make themselves look not responsible and not boastful ... especially when the 'job' being done is high crimes, mass murder, and treason.

And making "themselves look not responsible" seems to have fooled a lot of people who have fallen for the ruse. Well, it isn't so much that people have "fallen for" the deceit; and it is much much the case that people are fairly dim bulbs with little light shining to see the world brightly and make their way in life -- nobody's paying attention. For most, their entire sense of 'what's going on in the world' begins and ends with what the TV and radio says.

It is like the way you get frustrated, Jack, when you can see that City doyens are pulling fast ones, deceits, heists, enriching themselves, with City finances filching, and nobody -- regular folks -- is paying attention, naming them, apprehending them. Same thing, for me, in the federal maze. Everyone -- regular folks -- cowers in awe and wonder at the Mighty Mighty Federales, but when you have ever once been privy in the secret councils and machinations of federal folderole, and you personally deal with those people (FBI-sters, for example) in real life, you see up-close and clearly that they are merely more self-serving power-lusting greedy-head schmucks just. like. you. and. your. neighbor. and. everyone. else. Except, in federal office, they simply got different breaks in the game along the way, so they are there and you are here. They are NOT bungling incompetent stooges. Neither are you. Nor your neighbor.

And any of us would probably stuff $100,000 cash in our pocket if we found it laying on the ground, no claimant, no one saw us, and we thought we could get away with it. Even FBI workers. Federal fops are NOT UltraMoral SuperHumans, it's just a job and they plug away 9-to-5 'going to work' at their 'job' just like everyone else.

The Irish have a saying (with brogue): 'There's a touch o' larceny in every man's heart.' It is worth keeping in mind, with emphasis on every.

The Hatfill, Jewell, Lee, Mayfield, reversals are NOT incompetent bunglings -- those were targeted persecutions (not 'prosecutions') to 'set an example' and intimidate regular folks showing the power of the federales to 'take you out' if you 'talk back' or are a 'free thinker.' Only, in these cases, the targeted victims fought back, and reversed the (premeditated) falsification crimes of the FBI (following higher-up orders) against them. There are hundreds of other victims, fully innocent, who did not manuever to fight back and win reversal, and are falsely charged and unjustly incarcerated incommunicado -- no trace, disappeared behind the federal 'stall and stonewall' -- who were abducted from our midst to 'set an example.'

I'm not convinced the OJ Simpson is not guilt of double homicide. I'm not convinced the indicted 'waddling bandit' is not the bank robber in the security camera photos.

Let me say, looking at Ivins's Apr.22,1946 astrology chart, he is a bad character, ('46 vintage is a criminal crop of bad apples -- Bushbutcher is July 6 that year). (Here's how to see the 'flavor' in a year: Did it seem to you that your 'class' in school, and graduating, had some certain characteristic about it in all your classmates -- and it was different from the class ahead of you and the class behind you? Some years have 'all' the athletes, some have 'all' the good-looking kids, some have 'all' the money, some have 'all' the community do-gooder volunteers, and etc. and etc. Just, however you can characterize it, when you see some 'theme' in your class and different 'themes' in other classes, then you are seeing the astrology gradients of the years. Trust me: 1946 was bad characters, outlaws, and criminals, particularly in Jan., Apr., July, and Oct. that year.)

No question that Ivins was in on it, prepared the aerosol anthrax and passed it to his contact man. Furthermore, he was not the only one at the lab who is guilty, and the aim of the FBI character-assassination 'news leaks' is to take attention away from Ivins's cohorts and focus on Ivins only, as 'lone gunman' crazy nutjob -- the 'lone anthraxer' theory.

Also no question, judging in the astrological character of Ivins: he did not commit suicide, and definitely not by overdose of Tylenol tablets.

Poor Richard's Almanack (Ben Franklin) said, "three men can keep a secret, if two of them are dead." Now Ivins is dead. So is Lee Harvey Oswald since Jack Ruby shot him, as you might have noticed.


Someone believes that the Iraq 'economy' is "rebuilding and becoming productive" ? ? ?

Whoa, woe and wow. I musta missed that on TV. Please cite documentation.

Wow. 'Someone' is obviously so crackers that it must be Polly is a parrot half-bred with a cuckoo bird.

I doubt that regular folks who are busy and job-stressed with their lives ever have the time to read these links, but here goes ...

NY Daily News reported: FBI was told to blame Anthrax scare on Al Qaeda by White House officials, BY JAMES GORDON MEEK, August 2nd 2008.
WASHINGTON - In the immediate aftermath of the 2001 anthrax attacks, White House officials repeatedly pressed [the fiction] it was a second-wave assault by Al Qaeda, but investigators ruled that out ....

In this instance the "White House officials" who are quoted saying 'second-wave assault' are specifically Bush and Cheney, both.

Now evidence is plainly seen -- by everyone paying attention -- that not only was anthrax NOT al'Qaida in a second attack, but also that Nine-Eleven Op was NOT al'Qaida in the first place ... so-called 'attacking.' Both ways: Evidence shows USGov't-positioned persons DID DO Nine-Eleven Op, and NO evidence shows al'Qaida did N.E.O.

Also in current reporting, the Big Dog barks and presents the 'anthrax murders' casework that has already been spelled out, which heretofore NO newspaper has touched. The premier Investigative Reporter in our times, Wayne Madsen says: Ivins was part of the FBI team that investigated the anthrax sent in letters ...

In March of this year, Fox News reported: "The FBI has narrowed its focus to 'about four' suspects in the 6 1/2-year investigation ...."

Fox News' March report stated: "Fox News obtained an email from a USAMRIID employee describing how he was surprised to learn the powdered anthrax was produced at Fort Detrick. ..."

WMR reported on July 3, 2008: "WMR has now learned from an informed source in Frederick, Maryland, the location of Fort Detrick, that the author of the email was in the highest echelons at USAMRIID. Previously, WMR learned from an official of the National Guard Bureau in Provo, Utah that the aerosolized anthrax used in the attacks was originally produced at the US Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, the location of the government's ONLY aerosolized anthrax production facility in the country, and sent to Fort Detrick for use in the postal system attacks in 2001." [Note: Madsen is 'this editor' of 'WMR', the Wayne Madsen Report (.COM)]

On October 5, 2005, WMR reported on the major reason [read: motive] behind the Army's anthrax attacks on American citizens and political leaders: "It should be recalled that Congress originally passed the Patriot Act during an anthrax attack on the (Congress) offices of the Senate Democratic Majority Leader and the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. ..."

On April 8, 2002, this editor wrote the following for CounterPunch: "Now that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has officially put the anthrax investigation on a back burner, it is time (2002 !!!) for Americans to think the unthinkable: that the FBI has never been keen to identify the perpetrator because that perpetrator may, in fact, be the U.S. Government itself. ..."

On April 4, (2002) ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross broadcast on ABC World News Tonight that after six months the FBI still had hardly any clues and no suspects in its anthrax investigation. ...

... anthrax expert, Ken Alibek (formerly Kanatjan Alibekov), now a U.S. government consultant, made the astounding claim that the person who is behind the anthrax attacks may, in fact, been [sic] advising the U.S. government. Interestingly, Alibek is President of Hadron Advanced Biosystems. On October 2, 2001, just two days before the first anthrax case was reported in Boca Raton, Florida and a week and a half before the first anthrax was sent through the mail to NBC News in New York, Advanced Biosystems received an $800,000 grant from NIH to focus on very specific defenses against anthrax. Hadron has long been linked with the CIA.

The BBC reported (March 14, 2002) that Battelle Memorial Institute (a favorite Pentagon and CIA contractor and for whom Alibek served as biological warfare program manager in 1998) conducted a secret biological warfare test in the Nevada desert using genetically-modified anthrax early last September, right before the terrorist attacks.

William Capers Patrick III was part of the original Fort Detrick anthrax development program, which 'officially' ended in 1972 when President Nixon signed, along with the Soviet Union and United Kingdom, the Biological Weapons Convention. [Note: The Ivins obituary in the Frederick, MD, News Post, states Ivins worked "at Ft. Detrick", "36 years" i.e., starting in 1972. En.Wikipedia.ORG/wiki/Bruce_E._Ivins and others say "18 years" doing germ bioweapons development ... you be the judge of what you find believable.]

Last December (2001), the New York Times claimed Patrick authored a secret paper on the effects of sending anthrax through the mail, a report he denies. However, Patrick told the BBC that he was surprised that as an expert of anthrax ... the FBI did not interview him right after the first anthrax attacks.

The Hartford Courant reported last January (2002) that 27 sets of biological toxin specimens were reported missing from Fort Detrick after an inventory was conducted in 1992. The paper reported that among the specimens missing was the Ames strain on anthrax. A former Detrick laboratory technician named Eric Oldenberg told The Courant that while at Detrick, he only handled the Ames strain, the same strain sent to the Senate and the media. The Hartford Courant also revealed that other specimens missing included Ebola, hanta virus, simian AIDS, and two labeled 'unknown,' a cover term for classified research on secret biological agents.

[Just as a side note: circumstantial evidence -- like, reported with photos in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) newspapers, the CIA under director GHWBush, had built germ warfare labs in Angola, 1976, soon after a military junta overthrew the presiding government of Portugal in '75, and so its 'freed' colony Angola declared independence -- Angola today is a significant-volume exporter of oil to US ... circumstantial evidence strongly implicates the germ microbiology experiments in Africa in '75-76 as the origin of HIV/AIDS, (modified from simian AIDS), wherein HIV incubates about 5 years before becoming AIDS as with the first-diagnosed Patient 0 appearing in 1980. So note (above) "simian AIDS" specimens in Ft. Detrick sometime before being 'gone missing' in 1992.]

And back to Madsen's report for the concluding paragraph:
The "secret information" about the anthrax attacks is now [Aug.2008] leaking out in a torrent and the perpetrator, as many suspected seven years ago, is the U.S. government. So the question begs to be asked -- if the U.S. government would subject its own citizens to a bio-warfare terrorist attack, could it have also engineered plane hijackings and the demolition of the World Trade Center with the assistance of Saudi, Israeli agents, and private military contractor agents? The record now suggests the answer to that question is a clear and very loud "Yes."

Was it 60 Minutes that had an "expose" on the CIA(?) secretly testing anxiety-inducing chemicals on New York City subway passengers and kidnapping people off the street and subjecting them to injections of mind-altering drugs?

Our government has been above the law pretty much since the Alien and Sedition Act. No expose of its wrongdoing would shock me.

Correction -- LA Times: An article ... said that suspect Bruce E. Ivins had worked for the last 18 years at the government's elite biodefense research laboratories at Ft. Detrick, Md. It should have said the last 28 years. — Hmmmm. So, since 1980. Anyway, developing germ bioweapons has been illegal since 1972, Treaty signing by Nixon, making law in this country.

Monday, Jack posted another item about 'athrax doc', and received stone-silent blank-expressions as Comments. As if this news BIGGER THAN 9/11 -- Anthrax Hysteria, fraudulently whipped up with pre-arranged LIES in massmind media, caused the Patriot Act passage, and Bush war crimes invading other countries -- is simply going to go away by rightwing LOUDmouths staying mute silent. This wayward 'anthrax investigation' story has GOT LEGS.

The silence of the fascism sellers says it all, now that their primary fear-mongering (anthrax WMD threat) prop-up soapbox LIES has been kicked out from under them. They got nothing.

And the harder they ignore the story, the bigger it keeps growing.

But maybe the final word on this, and ultimate 'closure,' was said today by the radio rant-and-rave rightwinger -- who has a rap-sheet track record of LIES, such as: Bush got more votes in Florida 2000, the Supreme Court is constituted to choose the President, the US spy plane was shot down in China, Iraq has WMDs, the surge is working, bin Laden is still alive, there is no human-caused Earth-atmosphere temperature crisis, (he knows) there is enough oil to last forever, McCain is sane, and more falsehoods too many to list -- yes, that rightwing radio wacko, after airing :60 seconds of today's anthrax investigation 'status report,' the mad man at the microphone announced "they've got it all wrapped up, and the lone anthraxer did it, and we won't hear any more about this story."

So there you have it. 'Official' broadcast final word of the brain-deranged congenital liar who gives every Pisces a bad name.

True that there is literally no moral line you can assume they won't cross. And no way to tell incompetence from scheming, either. That's how they roll, baby!

So, Faux news party line is "Move along, folks, nothing to see here." That's a sure sign of something stinky going on behind the green curtain. I would love to hear what Joe Wilson has to say -- him and Colleen Rowley, and that intel professionals for truth group they're in. That group is the only one I believe in any of this.


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Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 319
At this date last year: 172
Total run in 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269


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