[lit-ideas] Re: Anthrax

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 08 Oct 2006 17:05:25 -0700

One will see in this complex investigation and confusion of reports,
claims, and counter-claims the picture one wishes to see. There's enough alleged
evidence to draw many pictures. Eric wants to draw the one in which al-Quaeda
is behind it all.

> Bush recently corroborated the al-Qaeda connection.
> http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/09/20060906-3.html

'KSM also provided vital information on al Qaeda's efforts to obtain biological
weapons. During questioning, KSM admitted that he had met three individuals
involved in al Qaeda's efforts to produce [sic] anthrax, a deadly biological
agent -- and he identified one of the individuals as a terrorist named Yazid.
KSM apparently believed we already had this information, because Yazid had been
captured and taken into foreign custody before KSM's arrest. In fact, we did not
know about Yazid's role in al Qaeda's anthrax program. Information from Yazid
then helped lead to the capture of his two principal assistants in the anthrax
program. Without the [unspecified] information provided by KSM and Yazid, we
might not have uncovered this al Qaeda biological weapons program, or stopped
this al Qaeda cell from developing anthrax for attacks against the United
States.' [The final clause assumes but does not argue for the conclusion Bush
is apparently trying to establish.]

If this is meant to show that he confirmed or even implied that al-Qaeda was
responsible for the anthrax 'attacks' and mailings, it does not. It shows that
al-Qaeda was interested in acquiring anthrax and that, it had a nascent
biological weapons program.

> http://www.aim.org/media_monitor/4914_0_2_0_C/

Sheesh! Not that font of truth and enlightenment 'Accuracy in Media'!

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