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The Anthrax Case

First of all this case was always going to be made on “circumstantial evidence” because the perpetrator(s) was/were very knowledgeable about the evidence gathering techniques of law enforcement. The envelopes were standard Postal Service pre-stamped that can be bought anywhere, and everything else involved, except the spores, was readily available all over the country.

All of Dr. Ivins friends and colleagues are saying that he wasn’t the type of person to do something like this. The people who knew the guy in Canada arrested after decapitating a fellow passenger, are saying the same thing sorts of things. I had a fellow investigator tell me one day that he had concluded that if you a saw someone helping a little old lady across the street, you should kill them immediately, because only murderers seem to do that. It should be noted that he was finishing up a murder investigation with a cast iron case against a nun who was beloved by thousands of students and coworkers.

The BBC article, Scientist ‘lone anthrax attacker’, gives you an overview of the evidence, while the CNN article, FBI accused of hardball tactics in anthrax case, covers some of the naysayers.

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August 6, 2008   14 Comments

Chauffeur Verdict In

Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald has the story, Guantanamo jury gives mixed verdict on Bin Laden’s driver

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — A U.S. military jury on Wednesday convicted Osama bin Laden’s driver of providing material support for terror but found him not guilty of a more serious charge of conspiring with al Qaeda in a string of worldwide terror attacks.

Salim Hamdan, 37, stood and listened with head bowed to an Arabic translation as he became the first man convicted at trial in the first U.S. war crimes tribunal since World War II.

He said nothing but wiped his eyes with his head scarf.

Six senior military officers, led by a Navy captain, deliberated for a little more than eight hours across three days to announce the verdict at 10:16 a.m.

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Things Happen:

  • 1538 – Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.
  • 1777 – Revolutionary War: Battle of Oriskany.
  • 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.
  • 1909 – Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip.
  • 1923 – Henry Sullivan swims the English Channel.
  • 1926 – Gertrude Ederle becomes first woman to swim across the English Channel.
  • 1945 – World War II: Hiroshima is devastated when an atomic bomb, “Little Boy”, is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 90,000 people were killed instantly.
  • 1960 – Cuban Revolution: In response to a United States embargo, Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property in the nation.
  • 1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into United States law.
  • 1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web.
  • 2001 – White House briefing entitled Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S. delivered to George W. Bush. This document foreshadowed the September 11, 2001 attacks.

People Are Born:

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