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From Anthrax To War: How About Let’s Not “Forgive and Forget”

As Glenn Greenwald ably demonstrates this morning, ABC News (and Brian Ross specifically) was instrumental in convincing the American public that the Anthrax sent after 9/11 came from Saddam Hussein (based on the false claim that it contained bentonite, which ABC said was "a trademark of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons program.")

We now know that the Anthrax was sent by a scientist who worked for the US government, and that alone should be enough to trigger a congressional investigation. But the fact that he was actually involved in the investigation himself should be sending off red flags everwhere, and the bottom line is — ABC has some ‘splainin to do.

They claimed at the time that they had four sources from within the government who confirmed the phony bentonite story. They got played. Now they’re refusing to reveal who lied to them. They’re not protecting "sources," they’re protecting people within the US government who used them to float misinformation that led the public to believe war was necessary, and then hide behind "journalistic privilege."

Brian Ross. He’s the new Judy Miller.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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