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Friday, August 1, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Anthrax attack suspect found dead

This is a classic good news - bad news story. This morning we find out a man, Bruce E Ivins, committed suicide as he was about to be charged as a suspect in the anthrax attacks that occurred shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

The good news:
* Apparently, good detective work eventually led to the individual who murdered several people and terrorized countless people who were scared to open their mail in the aftermath of these high profile attacks.
* The individual committed suicide saving us the cost of his trial and incarceration.

The bad news:
* Regardless of the good work which led to this guy, it took far too long. If he had access to this stuff through his job he should have been seriously considered earlier. Bottom line: nearly seven years is too long.
* Sloppy and heavy handed investigative work led to Terry Hatfield being identified as a prime suspect. Hatfield is owed a major apology. We're left to wonder whether an excessive focus on Hatfield helped the guy who did it avoid detection.
* The suicide means we will likely not get clear answers about his motives and methods. Nor do we get 100% certainty of his guilt. He likely is guilty, but could have committed suicide out of fear of the pending embarrassment of being charged. Remember, the folks saying it is Ivins are the same folks who focused on Hatfield for five years.
* Additionally, the suicide will play into the nutty conspiracy believers. The same morons (Troofers) who think there were no planes that flew into the buildings, but rather the government intentionally blew the buildings up so we could go to war, will quickly be claiming he was killed as the suicide is just a cover story.



Blogger Ben said...

I hope they got it right. hard to believe this investigation is still going.

August 1, 2008 at 2:20 PM


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