Nov 19, 2001
On the same day that a Bush Administration official continued to speculate that the anthrax envelopes could be connected to the September 11 terrorists, the FBI announced just the opposite. At a press conference on November 11, the FBI provided a “psychological” profile of the kind of person it believes sent the letters, along with a number of details about handwriting, fluency with English, educational and scientific background – all of which lead in the same direction: the anthrax terrorist is “homegrown,” a person born in this country, with a high level of scientific knowledge and access to advanced laboratory materials.
The FBI issued its profile in order to appeal to the public for information about anyone who might seem to fit the profile. The FBI says that’s how it eventually discovered the “uni-bomber” – publishing such details which someone recognized.
The sketch the FBI issued could certainly have been issued a good two weeks earlier – since all the factual information on which the sketch was based was available on October 16, the day after the Daschle letter was discovered.
But during those three weeks, the Bush Administration had other goals than finding out who actually had sent the anthrax letters. It had to justify the bombing of the Afghan population as a “war against terrorism.” Of course, the big majority of the people being killed in Afghanistan had nothing to do with September 11.
In the face of that fact, anything and everything was fuel for the fires of Bush’s propaganda machine which has been running in high gear to convince the American population to support the killing of innocent people.
Thus it’s no surprise that even as late as the day the FBI made its announcement, other Bush Administration officials continued to raise the possibility of links between the anthrax letters and the September 11 terrorists. Finding the anthrax killer be damned – the Bush Administration has a dirty war to carry out!