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Forgotten Anniversary

A few weeks ago, all of America remembered the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We remembered the victims and our police and firefighter heroes. We reflected upon the horror and some of us reflected upon U.S. foreign policy before and after the 9/11 attacks.

About a week later another U.S. terrorist attack anniversary silently came and went. Little or no mention was spoken by the media, the President or other elected officials. Even the neo-conservatives were deafly silent.

Less than a week after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, letters containing deadly anthrax spores began being delivered to newspapers, TV journalists and two United States senators. Many U.S. postal workers and others were exposed to deadly Anthrax spores.

The Anthrax mailing attacks caused at least 5 confirmed deaths and sickened another 17 people.

The person(s) who mailed these deadly anthrax letters have not been caught and the victims have largely been forgotten. The Anthrax attacks contributed greatly to the fear and anxiety that many Americans felt in the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks. How many of you remember hesitating before opening your mail?

The victims of the anthrax attacks should not be forgotten. And the hunt to bring those responsible to justice should be continued and completed.

When was the last time you heard a member of the media ask the President, the FBI or Homeland Security about the investigation? Sadly, the media has forgotten or moved on to other things like O.J. or what goes on in a Minneapolis bathroom stall.

The anthrax used in the attacks was government grade anthrax, likely produced within a U.S. military lab not far from Washington, D.C.. Only a very limited number of individuals have access to these highly restrictive labs. Yet, even with such a limited field of suspects, the investigation is frozen. Investigators have been told to back off. The neo-cons who mentioned the attacks over and over and over again in the press for months after the attacks in order to spread fear in the minds of the American people, no longer utter a word about the anthrax attacks.

We cannot allow ourselves to forget the anthrax attacks. We also cannot forget the hard working U.S. Postal workers and the other innocent victims. I will continue to remind people about this largely forgotten terrorist attack anniversary each and every year. I call on American Patriots to not let this crime go. Not enough attention is being paid to this event. Solving this mystery will allow us to piece together the larger picture.

Posted by Michael E. Thompson at October 1, 2007 5:02 PM
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Comment #234972

Michael,

You’ve summed it up pretty well. That’s the problem. Virtually anything one can say has been said, at least until someone turns up some new information.

And, of course, whoever did it once can probably do it again.

Posted by: Lee Jamison at October 1, 2007 7:56 PM
Comment #234973

Not to burst your bubble, but the postal workers were abandoned long ago. Many of them suffered severe, non-abating adverse reactions to the antibiotic—Cipro—that they were given to treat their possible anthrax exposure. Major media outlets made almost no mention of this or the subsequent attempted lawsuits against the manufacturer, Bayer.

Many of those who were given Cipro, including former Senate staffer John Angell, are still suffering terribly from the effects of this drug so many years later. Tendon ruptures, severe tendonitis, peripheral neuropathy, heart problems (sometimes fatal), seizures, neurological damage and countless other disabling conditions afflict a large portion of people who have taken this drug and others in the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics, such as Levaquin and Avelox.

I don’t wish to derail your article, but what has been done to these people (and those, like myself, who were given these drugs for other types of infections) is unconscionable. We have been abandoned by our politicians, the media and the medical establishment we once entrusted with our health and our lives; cast aside like spoiled meat…and condemned to suffer.

More information can be found through web-searches and at the following sites:
FQResearch.org
DrugVictims.org
FQVictims.org

Please keep in mind that many more people were seriously injured by the treatment they were given than by the attacks themselves, despite the fact that other antibiotics (such as doxycycline) are much safer and just as effective.

Posted by: Liberal Demon at October 1, 2007 8:32 PM
Comment #234980

You don’t hear about it because people really don’t want to know the answer…

Richard O. Spertzel

“In my opinion, there are maybe four or five people in the whole country who might be able to make this stuff, and I’m one of them.” “And even with a good lab and staff to help run it, it might take me a year to come up with a product as good.”[53]

“I do not believe science will identify the laboratory or country from which the present anthrax spores are derived. The quality of the product contained in the letter to Senator Daschle was better than that found in the Soviet, U.S. or Iraqi program, certainly in terms of the purity and concentration of spore particles.”

“I have maintained from the first descriptions of the material contained in the Daschle letter that the quality appeared to be such that it could be produced only by some group that was involved with a current or former state program in recent years. The level of knowledge, expertise, and experience required and the types of special equipment required to make such quality product takes time and experimentation to develop. Further, the nature of the finished dried product is such that safety equipment and facilities must be used to protect the individuals involved and to shield their clandestine activity from discovery.”[54]

I have believed all along that Iraqi intelligence had their dirty hands on this event. Based on ISG findings that Iraq had apparently decided in 1994 to not attempt production, but rather only research to enhance “break-out” capability and that the Iraqi and Syrian intelligence services had formed an alliance to develop the field “in chemical and biological of mutual interest,” I now suspect that Syria made the anthrax product with Iraqi Intelligence assistance. The cooperation included Iraqi scientists assisting the Syrians. April 7, 2007

Posted by: Rhinehold at October 1, 2007 10:34 PM
Comment #234982

I haven’t forgotten. I cannot change the past. I am working to change the future so these and many other horrible things potential do not happen. The future is where I focus should be, the past our education and motivation.

Posted by: David R. Remer at October 1, 2007 11:33 PM
Comment #234997

Rhinehold,

Your comment had footnote references. What were they?

Posted by: Lee Jamison at October 2, 2007 9:55 AM
Comment #235002

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_anthrax_attacks

Posted by: Rhinehold at October 2, 2007 10:50 AM
Comment #235078

Michael Thompson: All I have to say is since you are the founder of the New American Independent Party, which is what Wikipedia says, don’t you think you should get Watchblog to link your party in our links / resources section?

But hey as a founder of a political party I am sure you already thought of that.

This is my problem with these strange fourth parties, people who have read my post before know that I have made clear I believe that the Libertarian Party and Green Party are the only two parties worthy of the term third parties while the rest are fourth parties, although the Constitution Party is making a case for itself and may soon move up to third party status.

Okay sorry for rambling here is my problem with these weird fourth parties:

Although I have not commented until this time when I first saw your article I clicked on your name and saw that you belong to the New American Independent party and since I have never heard of this party I googled it and saw that through wikipedia you are the founder of the party. I also visited your parties website and looked it over for a few minutes. Within a second my first thought of seeing that you belong to the New American Independent party and are not only a member but the founder of the party was to click on the resources / links section of Watchblog to see if you had asked us to add your parties website to our list of links for third parties. I quickly saw that: 1. Either you had not, or, 2. If you had the link had not been added yet.

Now it is more than twenty four hours past this time and the link is still not up so it seems that you have not asked for it too be up, because I know if you did ask David R Remer acts quickly and probably would have added it by now.

I am sorry but it is hard for me to give any credit to a political party whose own founder does not even have the common sense to ask a website which he writes for as a volunteer to link to his party, considering that Watchblog links to other third parties. I mean common sense dicates that if we did link to your parties website some of our traffic may come to you, which thus would only help your party. Thus you should have asked for this by now.

The ironic part is my comment will probably lead to your party being added to our resources section!

Moreover I used to work for the Green Party’s National Office at the position of Office Assistant. I was by no means the founder of the party or in a position of tremendous power. Yet I knew enough that web traffic means potential donors, which means building the party, and thus did everything I could to get us linked everywhere we could. I was not the founder of the party, just a part time employee.

I am reminded of one event while I worked for the Green Party:
Some idiot, and damn do I mean idiot, called in one day saying that he was with the Dolphin party. Yes that is right the Dolphin party. It turns out he is the founder and head of the Dolphin party. I do not remember everything he said, because it has been awhile and because I was laughing a lot, but the basis for his party was around animal rights and he wanted us to endorse him or help him. Obviously we did not.

My point is I am just a 24 year old, and some people here like to call me a kid because of my age, and you are the founder of a political party. And I was the one who first thought of you asking Watchblog to link your party to our website. That says a lot.

Therefore your party is null and void.

Posted by: Richard Rhodes at October 3, 2007 2:59 AM
Comment #235093

Richard Rhodes,

Well thank you for the warm welcome!

This is the same type of song and dance that we have been met with on other sites containing third party news / blogs.

To answer your question, yes we are well aware that our party is not yet listed under the third party links section of this site.

I just got settled into this site on Monday. The link was added to my profile, but is not yet posted. We fully intend upon requesting that we be added to the site links. But, we have been busy with other tasks. We are a new party and we are just beginning our ballot access campaign. We simply had other tasks that we needed to complete first.

I will not be offended by your unprovoked attack. I realize that these are tough times for third parties. Approval ratings for the President and the Congress are at all-time lows and America’s third parties are still not getting any traction.

Many third party activists cry and moan because they are left out of the process by the Democratic and Republican parties. Yet, they are the first to complain when new third parties arise.

What ever party you are currently with, I wish them well.

Posted by: Michael Thompson at October 3, 2007 10:06 AM
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