Obama Threatens Veto of Intelligence Budget if a *Real* Anthrax Investigation Goes Forward

A lot of people still aren’t aware of this, but the post-9/11 anthrax letters that helped to lay the groundwork for multiple wars and our Orwellian control grid, contained a strain of anthrax that originated at the U.S. Army’s very own Fort Detrick.

Beginning on September 18, 2001, anthrax Letters were sent to Senators Tom Daschle and Pat Leahy, as well as ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the New York Times, and the National Enquirer.

The investigation officially came to an end this past February, conveniently concluding that “lone nut” Army biologist, Bruce E. Ivins, single-handedly prepared and mailed deadly anthrax spores.  He didn’t work with ANYONE else on this plot.  Pinky swear.

Oh, and I say “conveniently”, because as often happens in these types of cases (see the DC Madam, Gary Webb, and many more) Bruce Ivins committed “suicide” on July 29, 2008.

Thankfully, Rush Holt, a Democratic Representative from New Jersey isn’t buying it, and has called for a new Congressional investigation.

Obama, being the champion of truth and transparency that he is, has threatened to veto the upcoming Intelligence budget if the investigation goes forward.

Bloomberg

Obama Veto Is Threatened on 2010 Intelligence Budget Measure

March 15, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

By Jeff Bliss

March 15 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama probably would veto legislation authorizing the next budget for U.S. intelligence agencies if it calls for a new investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, an administration official said.

A proposed probe by the intelligence agencies’ inspector general “would undermine public confidence” in an FBI probe of the attacks “and unfairly cast doubt on its conclusions,” Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

On Feb. 19, the Obama administration released a 92-page summary of a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that said the late Bruce Ivins, a government scientist, was behind the attacks. Lawmakers including Representative Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat, have questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.

Anthrax-laced letters sent to lawmakers and news outlets nine years ago infected 22 people, killing five.

Orszag said the administration also opposes other provisions in the intelligence budget that allow more scrutiny of spy operations. “The president’s senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill” unless those restrictions are removed, he said.

The White House objects to provisions that would require all members of the intelligence committees to receive briefings on matters that now are disclosed only to senior congressional leaders known as the “gang of eight,” Orszag said.

The administration also opposes letting the General Accountability Office, Congress’s auditing arm, conduct investigations of spy activities, he said.

The House and Senate are preparing to meet to resolve differences between their versions of the legislation.

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  1. […] FBI said, basically, Bruce Ivins did it with no evidence.  But the Obama Administration has said if you try again, we’re gonna veto […]


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