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It's like they're cleaning up all the loose ends, isn't it?

WaPo:

A top U.S. biodefense researcher apparently committed suicide just as the Justice Department was about to file criminal charges against him in the anthrax mailings that traumatized the nation in the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a published report.

The scientist, Bruce E. Ivins, 62, who worked for the past 18 years at the government's biodefense labs at Fort Detrick, Md., had been told about the impending prosecution, the Los Angeles Times reported for Friday editions. The laboratory has been at the center of the FBI's investigation of the anthrax attacks, which killed five people.

I hate to say it, but this suicide, like the suicide of the Beltway Madam, seems awfully convenient.

Read the whole story. It's very gappy, with details that don't add up.

The Times said federal investigators moved away from Hatfill and concluded Ivins was the culprit after FBI Director Robert Mueller changed leadership of the investigation in 2006. The new investigators instructed agents to re-examine leads and reconsider potential suspects. In the meantime, investigators made progress in analyzing anthrax powder recovered from letters addressed to two U.S. senators, according to the report.

But the nature of the "progress" is never explained. And so forth.

A lone anthrax poisoner, acting alone. No mention of a diary, though. Fortunately. Because that would make me really foily.

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

Or not paranoid enough?

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“But hysteria is all the rage these days, I guess” - gqm

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Submitted by a little night ... on

copies of Catcher in the Rye in his apartment?

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Submitted by snow-moon on

... and keep your mouth shut.

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Submitted by OxyCon on

Remember how the former Enron executive was shopping for a huge luxury yaut one day, then decided to wake up early in the morning and blow his head off the next day? Then there was a NYT reporter who was working on a story about energy deregulation who decided to leap out an NYT building window. There was a CIA agent who fell out of a window also. And don't forget David Kelly, either.
There have been a rash of convenient deaths.

Submitted by lambert on

Linky goodness!

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by whaleshaman on

Baxter happened to be from Sugar Land, TX.

Guess who was their Congressional rep at the time?????

I always thought that story stunk to high heaven, much like today's news.

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Submitted by BobbyK on

Mr. Greenwald has been writing about this for over a year now. His current post weaves a narrative that seems to suggest that someone in the government was involved in this.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

For the sake of the country, we need to come together and support the current system. If you don't, you're either a racist or unpatriotic. Otherwise, get over it.

Submitted by lambert on

As Greenwald exhaustively shows, coverage of the anthrax scare was utter crap.

How unfortunate, this suicide! Now we will never know the full truth!

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Davidson on

Apparently, the suspect had "issues," specifically "a history dating to his graduate days of homicidal threats, actions, plans, threats & actions towards therapist." The threats to the therapist were so alarming, the woman was granted a restraining order just a week or so ago.

Now, of course, being an asshat who stalks and threatens others does not mean Bush and Cheney didn't do him in. Why? Simply because they can.

Submitted by jawbone on

Was my first thought on hearing actual details.

They told the guy's lawyer they were about to indict on serveral extremely serious charges??

Is this usual and customary in murder/terra cases?

Submitted by lambert on

... when they're all in the room with the guilty guy, and one of them puts a gun on the table, and they all leave.

If, and that's an if, obviously, he really did commit suicide. Not to be foily

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Sarah on

something about Vince Foster, and a whole bunch of other people some half-baked preacher claimed the Clintons had killed.

Come on, guys. Are we really this ... much like the GOP?

We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

Submitted by lambert on

Read, as VL suggests, Glenn.

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.