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The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story review ç 3 Everyone TMs homeBut behind the panic and the politics was a key line of defense While the police and FBI frantically investigated a crime there were other professionals at work conducting their own painstaking inuiry medical and scientific detectives hot on the trail of deadly organisms deliberately set loose in the postal system Modern heroes in a uickly changing world the public health officials physicians researchers and scientists who staff our hospitals clinics and laboratories will be the first responders on the scene of any future biowarfare eventConducting his own detective work bioterrorism expert Leonard Cole has composed a series of fascinating stories that get to the heart of all the noisy sound bytes and hysterical headlines Cole is the only person outside law enforcement to have interviewed every one of the surviving inhalation anthrax victims alo. Covers the anthrax scare starting 7 days after 911 Published in 2003 it s a little out of datebut it does have a number of interesting bits of info The FBI wants us to believe an american did itbut could any american have done this just 7 days after 911At the time the FBI wanted us to believe a fellow named Hatfill did it they trashed his reputation got him fired made him unemployable But now they think someone else did it Someone who is conveniently dead Like all books published before 2003 that mention Irathe author leaves no doubt that Saddam had WMD Why1 Saddam wanted people to believe he had them so he wouldn t be attacked 2 A number of high level defectors including his 2 sons in lawsaid he had them His sons in law were generals who claimed to have overseen Ira s development of wmd p125 Wiki has current info and is a good read

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The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story review ç 3 At 200am on October 2 2001 Robert Stevens entered a hospital emergency room Feverish nauseated and barely conscious no one knew what was making him sick It was the doctors and public health officials who solved this medical mystery Stevens was the first fatal victim of bioterrorism in America The events of September 11th and the anthrax attacks that followed only three weeks later were horrifying Many of us felt we were living in a world gone mad Already shaken by the images of jetliners deliberately flown into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center we were soon scared to open our mail No longer could we look forward to birthday wishes or holiday postcards We couldn TMt even safely face the delivery of our monthly bills We had now become literally afraid of the microbial menace that could be lurking in our mailboxes This time terror had struck close to home to. In depth report that uestions the FBI profileThis is the second book I ve read on the anthrax attack The first The Killer Strain Anthrax and a Government Exposed 2003 by Washington Post journalist Marilyn W Thompson is a good book with a different emphasis but this is a better one Written by Rutgers University Professor Leonard A Cole who is an expert on bioterrorism The Anthrax Letters is both extensive and goes into greater depth than Thompson s bookPerhaps the most important thing from my point of view that Professor Cole does is argue convincingly against the FBI s disaffected loner theory of who did it Instead Cole presents a lot of evidence that strongly suggests that Al aeda may indeed have been responsibleFirst of all the leading suspect Attorney General John Ashcroft s person of interest Steven Hatfill actually had an alibi He was working in another state at the time some of the letters were mailed in Trenton New Jersey More importantly though Cole sees a link between Ira s known bioweapons program and Al aeda he believes that the Ames anthrax strain in the Daschle letter was possibly purified and concentrated by the Irai BW team p 201Further the fact that there were at least two types of weapons sent by mail suggests than a lone perpetrator Additionally the mystery of why the tabloid people in Florida were targeted and indeed how they became targets is explained when one learns that two of the suspected 911 hijackers rented an apartment from Gloria Irish the wife of Mike Irish editor of the Sun tabloid an American Media Inc publication One of the men Marwan Akl Shehhi told her that he was a pilot and was taking flying lessons p 42 And it is not to be forgotten that the Al aeda suspects were interested in learning to fly crop dusters That alone makes it clear that they expected to have access to and intended to use either chemical or biological weapons Finally there is the unsettling fact that one of the hijackers was actually treated for a black lesion on his leg that could very well have been cutaneous anthraxCole also suggests that it was no coincidence that the anthrax attacks began less than a month after September 11 2001To all of this I would add the fact that the Bush administration has become entirely mute on this uestion which may suggest that they know who did it but for reasons unknown to us are not telling What could those reasons be Originally I thought it was because the FBI had bungled the evidence and didn t have enough left to stand up in court or that something about the perp or information he or she had would be embarrassing to the government Now I think it is possible that Al aeda was indeed responsible but the Bush administration won t acknowledge that because it would have to reveal secret information about our counter terrorism program and also possibly because such information may work into the hands of Al aeda s desire to psychologically terrorize the US populationAnother interesting point that Cole brings up is the uestion of exactly how many cases of anthrax illness were caused by the mailed spores He reports that there were eleven confirmed cases with five deaths However as noted in the final chapter there is a twelfth case that the CDC would not confirm that of postal inspector William Paliscak who had inhaled dust in which there were spores and who had anthrax spores on his clothing and in his car The problem is that the CDC was not able to culture anthrax from blood samples taken from Paliscak Cole speculates that Paliscak and possibly others at the Brentwood postal facility did indeed contract anthrax asking Could bacilli have been embedded in the brains of Bill Paliscak and others who were exposed to spores He adds that there were eight deaths at Brentwood in the year following the anthrax attack when usually there are only two a year Four of the people who died had inexplicably enlarged hearts p 237Also significant is Cole s point that what we learned from the attacks is that we are not nearly as well prepared as we thought and that the use of the postal service as a means of disseminating a bioterrorist weapon was greatly underrated What was not realized prior to these attacks was that anthrax spores in the size of about three microns would easily slip through the 20 micron pores in a typical envelope resulting in cross contamination of the mail The two women Kathy Nguyen and Ottilie Lundgren who died of inhalation anthrax even though spores were never found in their homes or in their mailboxes were probably the victims of cross contamination Cole posits that by the time the mailboxes were swabbed the spores had dissipated In support of this idea Cole uotes Harvard microbiologist Matthew Meselson as saying a single organism of anthrax has a chance of initiating infection p110This raises the uestion of how many other people died because of their exposure to the bacterium cases that were either not reported or unrecognized as anthrax killingsThis leaves me with an idea Cole reports that how the perps got the very very fine and slippery weapons grade anthrax spores into the envelops without getting some into the air and eventually into their lungs is not known With Al aeda s complete disregard for human life they may not have warned their operatives of the dangers Perhaps the FBI ought to look for some dead Al aeda operatives in the US and double check the cause of death Dennis Littrell author of the mystery novel Teddy and Teri

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The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story review ç 3 Ng with the relatives friends and associates of those who died as well as the public health officials scientists researchers hospital workers and treating physicians indeed anyone who has something of value to add to the story Speaking through their voices the narrative reflects the tension and emotions stirred by the events from the fall of 2001Fast paced and riveting this minute by minute chronicle of the anthrax attacks recounts than a history of recent current events it uncovers the untold and perhaps even important story of how scientists doctors and researchers perform life saving work under intense pressure and public scrutiny The Anthrax Letters amply demonstrates how vulnerable America and the world really were in 2001 It also shows uite clearly how scientific research promises to strengthen our ability to address the challenges we must meet in the futur. What a beauty Upsetting but what a beauty

  • Hardcover
  • 280
  • The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story
  • Leonard A. Cole
  • English
  • 08 October 2019
  • 9780309088817

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