Patrick Leahy in Big Rush to Reconfirm the Guy Who Won’t Solve Leahy’s Attempted Murder

By now, it should be clear that, contrary to their claims, the FBI has not solved the anthrax killings. Sure, Bruce Ivins can’t be ruled out as having been involved. But the FBI has offered no plausible explanation for the following:

  • How a small sample of anthrax from Ivins’ flask was cultured into at least two larger samples of anthrax with a number of materials added
  • How those samples were dried
  • When that happened and how long that took
  • How and why the anthrax got sent from Princeton (I consider the KKG story implausible)
  • Why Leahy and Daschle were targeted

The FBI hasn’t even offered an explanation for several of these questions (they’ve offered weak explanations for the Princeton mailing and the Leahy and Daschle targeting).  And yet, based largely on Bruce Ivins’ long hours in a lab that was not amenable to producing the anthrax used in the attack, the FBI insists he’s the culprit (his lab hours are close to being an alibi at this point).

Which is why Patrick Leahy’s push to reconfirm Robert Mueller–particularly Leahy’s citation of urgency surrounding the 9/11 anniversary (which after all means the 10 year anniversary of the unsolved anthrax attack is approaching as well)–is so odd. In comments on the Senate floor on Monday, Leahy pressured Rand Paul to release his hold on Mueller’s reconfirmation.

“There is no good reason for delay. At first it was reportedly Senator Coburn who was holding up consideration of the bill, then Senator DeMint, and now apparently it is an objection by Senator Paul of Kentucky that is preventing the Senate from proceeding. This sort of delay is inexplicable and inexcusable.”

Leahy continued, “Given the continuing threat to our Nation, especially with the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks approaching, and the need to provide continuity and stability on the President’s national security team, it is important that we respond to the President’s request and enact this necessary legislation swiftly. I urge the Senate to take up this critical legislation and pass it without further delay.”

We’ve gotten the people behind 9/11. We have not yet gotten the people behind a government-connected terrorist attack on its own people. And yet Leahy–one target of that attack–is unquestioningly pushing the guy who refuses to solve the case (much less allow an independent review of the FBI’s investigation into it) for two more years.

Leahy’s pressure on Paul is all the more weird considering that Leahy, with his support for PATRIOT Act improvements in the past, has basically ceded the legitimacy of a number of the questions Paul wants answered before Mueller is reconfirmed, notably those about how the PATRIOT Act is used and abused.

I don’t often think Rand Paul is smarter than Patrick Leahy, but in this case, Leahy’s rush to reconfirm Mueller without asking any questions or getting any commitments on these issues is “inexplicable and inexcusable,” not Paul’s efforts to exercise a tiny bit of oversight.

22 replies
  1. BoxTurtle says:

    Leahy already knows who did it. I suspect he knows the entire story, but it’s so classified he can’t even imply there is a story.

    Boxturtle (Probably doesn’t want to make ObamaLLP look any worse prior to election, either)

  2. LiberalHeart says:

    I just called the Senator’s D.C. office to ask if he’ll be looking into the conflict in the FBI’s findings, the civil lawyer’s filings, and the DOJ corrections. The person answering the phone wasn’t aware of any of it, but said she’d look into it and get back to me.

    On another point, I’ve been trying to find a blog I used to read just as the anthrax case was being wrapped up so neatly by the FBI. I believe the woman whose blog it was happened to be a microbiologist. Can anyone help me find that blog again? The best I can come up with is that her first name began with an M, and I’m not even sure about that. I’d like to see what she’s writing about this.

  3. Mary says:

    Right now, I can make my peace more easily with Rand Paul than with most of the Dems I can think of in Congress.

  4. nomolos says:

    As a confirmed conspiracy theorist I woud posit that Leahy, and others, know full well that a whole can of worms will be opened up about the previous administration’s knowledge of not only the anthrax incident but also their knowledge/complicity in the 9/11 attack.

  5. Sacsuxs says:

    Mueller is being rewarded for covering up and promoting a narrative that is positive to the FBI incompetency.

  6. JTMinIA says:

    Is there any truth to the claim that the Bin Laden family is a major owner of BioPort? Also, while the labs might be in Michigan, other major owners (the El-Hibri family) live in Maryland, which is closer to Princeton. As to why Leahy and Daschle … follow the money. As to why Leahy is now rolling over … because he now knows the answer to his questions and wishes he’d never asked.

  7. JTMinIA says:

    ps. for those keeping score at home: yes, I have finally given up on my it-was-Hatfill-from-the-start theory.

  8. Jim White says:

    I agree that Senator Leahy has some explaining to do. His actions here are baffling for someone who came so close to being fatally infected.

  9. MsAnnaNOLA says:

    I have to say this story reminds me of a book I just read by “Judyth Vary Baker” called Me and Lee and a related work called Dr. Mary’s Monkey”. The quick and dirty conclusion from reading these two works is that Lee Harvey Oswald was a CIA agent and thus the Kennedy Assassination invesitgation had to be shut down because it would revel government wrong doing.

    Maybe the Anthrax investigation is a similar event. The true perpetrators are either rogue agents or it was to be a false flag opporation and the truth cannot be revealed because it would expose government crimes or complicity.

    Personally I have a hard time understanding these the obvious blaming of an innocent dead man / coverup whithout this type of thing.

    I must say those two books have really started to change my view of the world. Incredible stuff if even half of it is true.

  10. Gitcheegumee says:


    Who stood to gain financially from the acknowledged domestic … ›Aug 7, 2008 – British and U.S. news accounts describe Bioport’s owner as a top secret ….. A cardiologist named Wouter Basson who was the personal …

    Democratic Underground – BioPort’s owner is Porton Down. Guess … › Discuss – CachedAug 7, 2008 – BioPort’s owner is Porton Down. Guess which other “suicide …

  11. Gitcheegumee says:

    Bob Fitrakis
    January 14, 2002

    Battelle, in partnership with Michigan-based Bioport, has a virtual monopoly on military anthrax vaccine production in the U.S.. British and U.S. news accounts describe Bioport’s owner as a top secret British biowarfare consortium, Porton Down. Perhaps not ironically, the Chairman and CEO of the Porton Down company is Fuad El-Habri, a bin Laden family associate. Laura Rozen’s interesting article for the website Salon is must reading on the subject.

    Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., a former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, is one of the four-person Board of Directors of Bioport and holds a 13% interest in the company. Some investigators link the multinational investment firm and defense contractor, the Carlyle Management Group — that was involved in managing the bin Laden family fortune prior to Sept. 11 to Bioport. Former CIA Director Frank Carlucci, Bush the Elder’s Chief of Staff James Baker III and the former President himself are all associated with the Carlyle Group.

  12. Gitcheegumee says:

    In reviewing the Wiki on Bio Port Corporation,mention is made that Bruce Ivins had patents on anthrax vaccine.
    I don’t ever recall reading that;but, I have not followed this issue very closely. Perhaps its old news to some,but much of this is very new to me.

  13. rugger9 says:

    No doubt the fix is in, and using Katie’s AAHO process, it’s a Cheney-approved op where the perps could still potentially strike. Note that the letters stopped when “PATRIOT” reached Shrubya. Leahy is a former prosecutor who ginzu’d AGAG in hearings, among others, so it would have to be someone very powerful in order to have enough juice to shut him down. That list is very short, and FWIW, would also dovetail with the prospective reasons Obama won’t go after Rove and the burrowed Bushies. The question in my view is what could the rein be that restrains the investigations? It’s not like the GOP would show any mercy once they have the authority, just look at Issa’s or NY King’s antics.

    There is no reason to accept on DOJ say-so that the Bioport spores were not viable, the DOJ expended its credibility long ago in this case. The bin Laden connection, while interesting, doesn’t tie to Osama, as the family is large, wealthy, and in a lot of industries. It does tie to Bush and Cheney, in my view, given how they ensured the bin Ladens were able to leave the USA on 9/12/01 when literally nothing else was flying to avoid being interviewed by law enforcement. This reinforces the Darth theory IMHO.

  14. Gitcheegumee says:


    This past weekened Cynthia Kouril hosted an FDL book salon ,which, coincidentally was about the FBI and counterterrroism. (If you haven’t had a chance to check it out,I think it may be worth your while to do so. Some very interesting commentaries.Did you participate,btw?)
    One notable point,made by the author,was that while the CIA budget was shrinking and they were closing down offices abroad- the FBI budget was simultaneously increasing,and was expanding it’s activities in foreign locales.

  15. Gitcheegumee says:

    FDL Book Salon Welcomes Garrett Graff, The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror
    Author: Garrett Graff
    Sunday, July 17, 2011 12:00 pm Pacific time

    Welcome Garrett Graff, and Host Cynthia Kouril.

    The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror

  16. irregulationary says:

    I wonder if Bioport could recover genetic material from non-viable spores to reconstitute genetically identical live cultures?

    BTW, Porton Down is the UK’s counterpart to Fort Detrick: the hq for bioweapons and chemweapons. Mass production of anthrax weapons was a specialty of the house.

    The coverup in the Ivins case might be meant to protect the secrecy of a UK bioweapons organization operating under cover of the Bioport front. When other countries cooperate with US spooks, the US does everything possible to prevent their exposure.

  17. jerryy says:

    While you are asking questions about Senator Leahy’s actions (and possible motives) you might want to ask why after Senator Leahy gets a walk on role in a big Hollywood movie, he then sponsors a bill, called the Protect IP Act which was highly sought by those very studio folks that gave him his big break.

  18. Chris Michie says:

    “We’ve gotten the people behind 9/11.”

    Not so fast. Do you seriously subscribe to the 19 crazy Arabs with boxcutters theory? The Official Story that defies physics, probability, and the rules of evidence? Do you believe the comically inept video “admission” by the bin Laden lookalike?

    Please list the “people behind 9/11,” according to your reading of the available evidence.

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