I keep getting emails from all those conspiracy hobbyists out there who believe the Bush administration was behind the 9/11 attacks that took down the World Trade Center towers. I don’t believe that for second. But, having said that, I do believe Dick Cheney and his close circle of neocon friends were more than capable of killing Americans to further their larger world vision.
I have all kinds of reasons for believing they had very little if anything to do with the 9/11 attacks — other than appreciating them as stroke of luck for them and their plans. Instead I would point my conspiracy friends to the anthrax attacks, which followed the 9/11 attacks by almost exactly one week.
Follow my thinking here for moment.
Secretly engineering the attacks that took down the twin towers would have been so far beyond the government’s proven abilities that it boggles the mind. It would have taken dozens technicians and tens of dozens more support personnel, all with the highest clearances, to plant the explosives, choreograph - or aid and abet in — the planes, hijackers etc. Afterwards it would take an act of God to assure no one involved ever spilled the beans, even on their deathbed.
The fact of the matter is the twin towers destroyed exactly the way most of us saw it happen live on TV.
How much more simple that would was than the massive engineering feat that would have been required to take down the towers by planting explosives on each floor, etc. Here all that was required was a little anthrax powder and few envelopes. I suspect you’ll find almost no one in Cheney’s circle of trusted neocon friends who can even start up an airplane or implode a skyscraper. But name me any government bureaucrat who isn’t completely competent with the basic white, business-sized, standard issue envelope. So easy. Also the number of accomplishes needed gets whittled down to a number that is not only easy to imagine, but also small enough to keep the secret — two, three tops. And that silence would be self-enforced since each and everyone of them would be charged with first degree murder if one talked.
So, to those of you who keep trying to prove that the Bush administration was behind the World Trade Center massacre, I have news for you — you’ve been had. Haven’t you ever wondered why the Bushies never launched a concerted campaign to discredit you and theories? They could have. After all, we know just how really good that they were.. But, why would they, since you were spending all your time and energies trying to get everyone to look in the wrong place? In short, you were doing their work for them.
You might have noticed, if you’ve followed the twists and turns in the anthrax case, that they never convicted anyone with that crime. When no foreign connection could be found the FBI — which was as much in the dark about all this as anyone — turned to domestic suspects. Who knows exactly how the FBI was fed those false leads or by whom and, of course the FBI has it’s own history of barking up wrong trees. But their first suspect, Dr. Steven Hatfill, ended up suing the government and winning a $6 million damage award. There were others (see here)
Their last suspect decided to commit suicide rather than sue, giving the FBI a perfect way to claim victory and get this albatross of a case off their books. They declared the case solved and closed it. Dead men don’t sue.
Am I accusing Cheney et al, of being behind the anthrax attacks? Well, that’s for me to know. What I am saying though is that if their was a government conspiracy afoot to get us into two wars in Middle East, the most likely of the two conspiracy theories is the anthrax attacks, not the twin towers.
Colleague Rebuts Idea That Suspect’s Lab Made Anthrax in AttacksBy Scott Shane
“Whoever did this is still running around out there,” Dr. Heine said. “I truly believe that.”
WASHINGTON — A former Army microbiologist who worked for years with Bruce E. Ivins, whom the F.B.I. has blamed for the anthrax letter attacks that killed five people in 2001, told a National Academy of Sciences panel on Thursday that he believed it was impossible that the deadly spores had been produced undetected in Dr. Ivins’s laboratory, as the F.B.I. asserts.
Asked 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, the microbiologist, Henry S. Heine, replied, “Absolutely not.” At the Army’s biodefense laboratory in Maryland, where Dr. Ivins and Dr. Heine worked, he said, “among the senior scientists, no one believes it.”
Dr. Heine told the 16-member panel, which is reviewing the F.B.I.’s scientific work on the investigation, that producing the quantity of spores in the letters would have taken at least a year of intensive work using the equipment at the army lab. Such an effort would not have escaped colleagues’ notice, he added later, and lab technicians who worked closely with Dr. Ivins have told him they saw no such work.
He told the panel that biological containment measures where Dr. Ivins worked were inadequate to prevent the spores from floating out of the laboratory into animal cages and offices. “You’d have had dead animals or dead people,” he said.
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