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Anthrax questions

The U.S. Senate must help America get to the bottom of the post-9/11 anthrax attacks.

The FBI hasn't produced convincing answers. It had to pay damages to former government scientist Dr. Stephen Hatfill for wrongly labeling him a "person of interest."

It can't convict the government scientist it now blames, Dr. Bruce Ivins, because he took his own life amid FBI hounding.

And a National Academy of Sciences review of FBI scientific evidence, which the FBI itself ordered , isn't finished.

Yet the Obama Justice Department says it's a closed case.

As Cliff Kincaid of America's Survival Inc. ( usasurvival.org ) notes, the FBI seems hellbent on exonerating al-Qaida. And left-leaning mainstream media have focused on domestic, preferably right-wing suspects -- despite evidence that al-Qaida strove to add anthrax to its arsenal.

So the Senate must follow the House's lead and require the intelligence inspector general to determine whether credible evidence exists of a link between a foreign entity and the anthrax attacks.

Mr. Kincaid chillingly points out that the FBI's handling of the case raises doubts about both its own practices and U.S. readiness for biological terror attacks. Without solid answers about the anthrax attacks, those doubts will only grow.

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