No Tinfoil Required

The anthrax story is back in the news after the new suspect, Dr. Bruce Ivins, supposedly killed himself. Anybody else find that suspicious? And by suspicious, I mean Dr. David Kelly suspicious. Remember him? Yeah, me too. This whole anthrax thing has had the stink of Cheney-style opportunism all over it from the get-go. Is it any wonder the only two Senators to get anthrax-laced letters were Daschle, D-SD (then majority leader) and Leahy, D-VT (then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee)? No, I think not. This conspiracy theory needs no paranoia to be obvious. No tinfoil required.

I did stumble across some very interesting tidbits this morning while researching a bit about this story. First off, Scott Creighton over at American Everyman discovered the NYT had been jacking with its coverage of the story. This story is incredible. I can just imagine Andy Card or Dick Cheney on the phone, going down the list of things they had to take out. One thing they did either leave in or put back in was the fact that Dr. Ivins:

… had won the Defense Department’s highest civilian award in 2003…

I can just imagine the final edit, how the few people discussing it agreed that if they left something in, they wouldn’t be totally toeing the Cheney line. They’d actually be reporting or something. Riiiiight.

They certainly didn’t pull it to edit out typos, since at least one still exists in the article. And most of the items Scott lists are still gone. Utterly transparent. Wish I had a screen shot of that article.

Interestingly enough, less than 24 hours after this story broke, the Wiki on the anthrax attacks and ensuing investigation has been updated to reflect that Dr. Ivins was the sole suspect, and he “committed suicide.” The F.B.I has given the whole thing the very cute name of Amerithrax. I’d love to know the IP address of the person editing that entry.

So I’m googling the link for Dr. David Kelly when I found this little gem. Who knew? Not me, certainly. Here’s a tease:

Fifty-year-old Alistair Beckham was a successful British aerospace- projects engineer. His specialty was designing computer software for sophisticated naval defense systems. Like hundreds of other British scientists, he was working on a pilot program for America’s Strategic Defense Initiative–better known as Star Wars. And like at least 21 of his colleagues, he died a bizarre, violent death.

It was a lazy, sunny Sunday afternoon in August 1988. After driving his wife to work, Beckham walked through his garden to a musty backyard toolshed [sic] and sat down on a box next to the door. He wrapped bare wires around his chest, attached the to [sic] an electrical outlet and put a handkerchief in his mouth. Then he pulled the switch.

With his death, Beckham’s name was added to a growing list of British scientists who’ve died or disappeared under mysterious circumstances since 1982. Each was a skilled expert in computers, and each was working on a highly classified project for the American Star Wars program. None had any apparent motive for killing himself.

I had to wonder after reading that article if a similar list existed for American scientists, but couldn’t find one. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. It just means nothing has been reported via the Internet. I’d be very curious to know. Wouldn’t you?

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7 comments on “No Tinfoil Required

  1. You should seek out a book called “Open Secret,” about the rash of British “Star Wars” scientists who died under bizarre circumstances in the 1980s. The book is hard to find, at least in the U.S, because it was never published here.

    Could a similar book about US scientists be written? Over the years, I’ve occasionally heard scuttlebutt about American scientists dying mysteriously. I have fairly vague memories of speaking (many years ago) to the widow of a scientist at Los Alamos who thought that her husband’s death was part of a pattern. But she had no proof.

    My own dad worked on the space program in the 1960s. He died of a stroke at the age of 36. From time to time, I’ve wondered about that.

  2. annabellep says:

    Wow, Joseph, that must be hard to deal with. 36 is so young! So sorry for your loss.

    I’ll have to check that book out if I can get my hands on a copy.

  3. sharmajee says:

    Sounds just like an Alastair MacLean novel.
    But seriously, I am sad for your loss Mr. Cannon, truly.

  4. AlexM says:

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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