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Vital unresolved anthrax questions and ABC News

Very interesting Salon article about the 2001 anthrax attacks and the media’s role in making a connection between Iraq and terrorism, when none was there.

The article makes some fascinating points about a time I hardly remember at this point (sure, I remember the anthrax scare, but the details were new to me). This comes on the back of the suicide of Bruce Ivins, the government anthrax researcher who was accused for the attacks. As the author, Greenwald, explains, “The 2001 anthrax attacks remain one of the great mysteries of the post-9/11 era. After 9/11 itself, the anthrax attacks were probably the most consequential event of the Bush presidency.”

August 3, 2008