It now seems that the top suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks that brought the entire nation into a panic but only resulted in 5 deaths was not a radical Muslim, but a government scientist who helped investigate the attacks. The suspect, Bruce Ivins, has committed suicide.
It seems likely, given the suicide, that Ivins was involved in one of the very few bioterrorist attacks ever to take place, but there will never be a trial now, and so we may never know for sure. In criminal investigations, things are often not what they seem. The government also leaked the name of scientist Steven Hatfill as the prime suspect in the anthrax attacks years ago, but it turned out that he probably was not responsible for the attacks in any way.
Lack of certainty has never prevented Republicans from accusing people of being terrorists, however. So, now the Republicans have to come up with a new name for ths sort of terrorism that Ivins is accused of having committed.
How about governmentscientistofascism? Are we going to have a war on governmentscientistofascism now?
Oh, and just one more pesky question: How come Bruce Ivins wasn’t hauled off to Guantanamo Bay and tortured and tried by military tribunal? How come he got the benefit of a legal domestic criminal investigation and prosecution? Because he was a governmentscientistofascist and not an islamofascist?