Thursday, August 05, 2004
Via Corrente: Remember anthrax? The investigation, which has been proceeding at a sluggardly pace since the fall of 2001, is suddenly on the front burner again. We wouldn't be surprised to see an arrest in the very near future -- by Halloween, maybe, or November 1 at the latest:
Federal agents investigating the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks searched a lagoon-front bungalow here Thursday along with two upstate New York homes belonging to the founder of an anti-terrorism organization that trains medical professionals to respond to chemical and biological attacks . . . .Now there's a capitalist who understands the concept of supply and demand.
In Wellsville, N.Y., more than three dozen agents, some in protective suits, combed through two homes. Property records list them as the past and present addresses of Dr. Kenneth Berry, 48, who founded PREEMPT Medical Counter-Terrorism Inc. in 1997.
Anthrax-laced envelopes were mailed in the fall of 2001 to news media and government offices, including those of Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Five people were killed and 17 sickened. The mailings further rattled a nation already on edge after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Berry, in a 1997 USA Today interview, advocated the distribution of anthrax vaccine.
"We ought to be planning to make anthrax vaccine widely available to the population starting in the major cities," he said. The remarks were made soon after the Pentagon announced it would begin inoculating all 2.4 million military personnel against anthrax.