Sunday, August 10, 2008

What a surprise

Why am I completely unshocked that recent revelations about Bruce Ivins, prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax mail attacks, include this little nugget?:
"Bruce Ivins may have targeted Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy with anthrax-laced letters in 2001 because he saw them as bad Catholics owing to their votes in favor of abortion rights, officials close to the investigation say.

A day after the FBI effectively closed one of its longest and most complicated investigations in a decade, more detail about Ivins is beginning to dribble out. Ivins had been working at an Army lab in Maryland, and among the projects he was working on was a patented anthrax vaccine.

There was some speculation that Ivins had targeted Daschle and Leahy because he saw them as holding up funding that would have helped pay for his research into an anthrax vaccine. Now, officials close to the investigation say another possible motive could have been that Ivins saw the senators as bad Catholics because of their votes in favor of abortion rights."
Talk about barking up the wrong tree -- at first, everyone thought those anthrax mailings in the Fall of 2001 were some kind of "second-wave" terrorist attack following 9/11. When it was revealed that the anthrax used in the mailings was bioweapons-grade, investigators tracked it to an army lab, and eventually to Ivins, who committed suicide last month.

The evidence is circumstantial and Ivins is no longer around to defend himself, so it's doubtful the investigators on the case will ever be able to prove the allegations. But it explains some aspects of the attacks that didn't make sense before, such as why Democratic Senators were targeted.

Anyone still want to talk about bad shit in the mail? I thought not.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE, they just keep on coming: More! Apparently, Ivins and his wife (who was president of a local "Right-to-Life" group), also supported the shriekingly anti-gay "American Family Association". You know, the cretins that are currently boycotting McDonalds for being pro-gay. (Seriously.) Batshit is as batshit does!