Lawmaker Introduces Anthrax Mailing Probe Legislation

U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-N.J.) yesterday introduced legislation that would create a bipartisan commission to investigate the 2001 anthrax mailings and the FBI determination that a single Army researcher carried out the attacks (see GSN, Jan. 6).

Under the Anthrax Attacks Investigation Act of 2009, the panel would prepare a report in no longer than 18 months on the case and how to defend against biological-weapon strikes in the future.

"All of us -- but especially the families of the victims of the anthrax attacks -- deserve credible answers about how the attacks happened and whether the case really is closed,” Holt said in a statement. “The commission, like the 9/11 commission, would do that, and it would help American families know that the government is better prepared to protect them and their children from future bioterrorism attacks.”

The group would seek scientific staffing recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences, which has been asked to conduct its own probe into the investigation (see GSN, Oct. 27, 2008). The commission would conduct open hearings except when it deals when confidential information, Holt said (U.S. Representative Rush Holt release, March 3).

March 4, 2009
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U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-N.J.) yesterday introduced legislation that would create a bipartisan commission to investigate the 2001 anthrax mailings and the FBI determination that a single Army researcher carried out the attacks (see GSN, Jan. 6).