YORK, Aug. 1, 2008--A succession of Associated Press stories has
portrayed a former government scientist as the source of the 2001
anthrax-laced letters, even though no proof has been brought forward as
to the scientist's guilt.
An incredible stream of anonymous government sources have been cited,
with the accompanying reasons why they have requested anonymity. Of
course Associated Press never mentions the unstated reason, and the
most obvious one--that these sources may be trying to portray events as
they would like them to be seen by the public.
Headlines such as "Answers in anthrax case may have died with suicide"
by Adam Geller can only bring joy to a government anxious to put any
questions about the case, which had defied solution for almost seven
years, behind it. But a scrutinizing public can be only so keenly aware
that the government has sorely misinformed the electorate before, and
may be doing so now, with the complicity of the media.
It is apparent that Associated Press is publishing stories by its
writers according to a script that identifies the scientist Bruce E.
Ivins as the suicidal culprit. How convenient this must be to the
American government, and what a fine example it is of creating reality
by writing fiction as if it was history. One can feel the strain, and
the contempt for the public's right to know, in these blatant coverup
For example, Geller writes: "After years of futility, investigators
said they had been preparing to charge a government scientist, Bruce E.
Ivins, with hatching the plot, before he committed suicide this week.
The final answers may well have died with him." This statement conveys
the image of guilt upon Ivins, even though not a shred of evidence has
been produced, and in light of the fact that one of the main suspects
in the attacks was recently exonerated. In fact, there has been no
evidence presented for the government's claim that it did indeed intend
to prosecute Ivins.
Just as in 9-11, with the government's version of events getting
maximum play in the press, it will become apparent that there will be
no need for an investigation. After all, the Justice Department was
about to indict the wrongdoer, and, shamed by his guilt, he committed
The party is defamed before a legitimate investigation can be mounted,
but the failure of the media to question the government's version of
events paints a picture with its own reality. It becomes painfully
apparent why a movement with a name like "9-11 Truth" has been created
to seek answers to the mysteries surrounding the events of September
If the issue was just about Ivins's guilt or innocence, the whole
affair might just be an intellectual exercise. But it is not of just
passing interest to the American public, which realizes that it could
face the lethal circumstance of opening an anthrax-laced letter, or a
multitude of them. It was obvious how effective the dissemination of
anthrax was in causing the deaths of several individuals, and how
effective a larger attack would be if it were ever to be mounted. It is
thus of great public concern to find the culprit.
For thinking people, there can be nothing but rage in reaction to such
press reports as the one above cited, which are so deliberately skewed
in the government's direction as to become little more than official
press releases. Associated Press writers often--shall we say
daily--play this role. That this news service is picked up by
thousands of papers and printed as if it were gospel is no credit
whatsoever to the state of journalism in America. It is up to each
newspaper to carefully review what each of these stories about Ivins
contains, and then deposit them in the appropriate file--a circular one.
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