A lone anthrax mailer? Skeptics question FBI case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department considers the 2001 anthrax attacks solved, but for skeptics and conspiracy theorists, it's far from over.

It's been a week since authorities laid out much of their case against Bruce Ivins, a troubled Army scientist who killed himself as prosecutors prepared to charge him as the lone anthrax killer.

Since then, armchair investigators, bloggers and scientists have pored over hundreds of pages of documents and circulated their own ideas about what happened.

University of Florida law professor Mark Fenster, an author of a book on conspiracy theories, says the anthrax case is perfect for conspiracy theorists. That's because it is "as dangerous as it could possibly be, and also deeply mysterious." Fenster adds the Bush administration's penchant for secrecy doesn't help.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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