Remember those little “Death to America, Death to Israel, Allah is Great” missives that accompanied the anthrax? Now the FBI is quietly backing up from claims that they were the work of foreign-born, possibly Iraqi, terrorists. They are now saying that the anthrax letters are the work of “a U.S. scientist with highly specialized training and skills”. Behind this theory is the argument that:

Extensive lab tests of the anthrax powder have revealed new details about how the powder was made, including the identity of a chemical used to coat the trillions of microscopic spores to keep them from clumping together. Sources close to the investigation declined to name the chemical but said its presence was something of a surprise. The powder’s formulation “was not routine,” said one law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Somebody had to have special knowledge and experience to do this,” the official said.(…)

The Bush administration had previously disclosed that the anthrax powder contained silica — a chemical known to have been used in the U.S. germ warfare program in the 1950s and 1960s — but not bentonite, an additive in some Iraqi biological weapons.”

Read more here:
Powder Used in Anthrax Attacks was not Routine

Conspiracy theorists are having a field day with that one. See Thinking the Unthinkable, for example.

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