On two occasions I have had first-hand access to Anthrax. First, at the Clash of the Titans show in Kansas City in 1991, where they played with Megadeth, Slayer, and Alice in Chains. That exposure was slightly toxic, but not fatal. The second exposure was paired with near-lethal levels of Iron Maiden; it took years to recover.
Look, I’m not a conspiracy person by nature, but I also don’t believe the historical record, writ large, is 100% accurate. How could it be? I don’t believe most of those mysteries are the result of a master plot so much as creative clean-up or CYA actions once a bad situation comes up.
Which leads us to Bruce Ivins. I’m not going to suggest that Ivins wasn’t the guy; I’m obviously not privy to the information. But even if you accept, with 100% certainty, that Ivins was the guy, it still leaves plenty of questions.
Read this excellent collection of TPM stories about these developments, and decide for yourself whether this smells a little bit.
Isn’t it remarkable how far we’ve come since 9/11? Notice how many relatively mainstream people are saying they have no faith in either the FBI or DOJ versions of events, much less the White House’s? Erosion of faith in government is alive and well in 2008.