Obama blocking any new investigation of 2001 anthrax attacks (!)

From Meryl Nass:

After the FBI closed its case in February, Rep Rush Holt (D-NJ) called for
an investigation, and Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) cosponsored it, in the form
of an amendment to an intelligence authorization bill that contained strong
new provisions for Congressional oversight of the intelligence community.
The bill passed the House on February 26, as did the amendment requesting
the Director of National Intelligence to investigate the anthrax letters case.

Holt then wrote to the chairs of four relevant House committees asking for
an additional Congressional investigation into the anthrax letters case and the
FBI’s handling of it. (The letter is linked to my blog.) The committees were
the Select Intelligence, Homeland Security, Government Reform and Judiciary

On Monday, March 15, Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management
and Budget, wrote to members of the Congressional intelligence committees
regarding the intelligence bill passed by the House. The administration, he said,
wanted it changed considerably–i.e., emasculated. One of the changes asked
for was stopping any more investigation of Amerithrax.

Because the anthrax letters were a direct attack on Congress and the media, and
influenced public opinion vis-a-vis the US invasion of Iraq, a credible conclusion
to this case is of the highest importance.

Or does Obama want another “Warren Commission” whitewash on his watch?


Obama Veto Is Threatened on 2010 Intelligence Budget Measure
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.

Read more.

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