The 2001 Anthrax Deception

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The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy

In 2001, anthrax letter attacks in the United States killed five people and wounded dozens. They were widely blamed on extremist Muslims and their backers and used to support the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. They were also used to justify and hasten the passage of the USAPATRIOT Act, which was being presented to Congress just as the first anthrax victim grew ill.

In October 2001, one of the hypotheses that gained ground was that of the Double Perpetrator, the claim that al Qaeda was carrying out the attacks with the support of Iraq. Much evidence was put forth to support this Double Perpetrator theory but independent scientists soon discovered that the anthrax spores came from a domestic lab in the U.S. serving the military and intelligence communities, not from al Qaeda or Iraq. The FBI then quickly claimed that an individual was responsible for the attacks and began noisily looking for this “lone wolf.”

In 2008 the Bureau named Dr. Bruce Ivins of the U.S. Army Medical Institute of Infectious Disease as the “Anthrax Killer.” Although the FBI remains committed to the Ivins hypothesis, the case has been disintegrating ever since it was proposed. Currently, it is held in contempt not merely by scientists who worked with Ivins but by many journalists as well as several U.S. senators. But this raises the question: If Ivins did not commit this crime, who did?

The Anthrax Deception by Graeme MacQueen presents evidence to support the following points: a) The anthrax attacks were carried out by a group of perpetrators, not by a “lone wolf.” The attacks were, therefore, the result of a conspiracy—by definition a plan by two or more people, made in secret and resulting in an immoral or illegal act. b) The group that carried out this crime consisted, in whole or in part, of insiders deep within the U.S. state apparatus. c) These insiders were the same people who planned the 9/11 attacks. d) The anthrax attacks were meant to facilitate a seizure of power by the executive branch of government through intimidation of Congress and U.S. civil society. They were also designed to achieve public acquiescence to and support for the redefinition of U.S. foreign policy, replacing the Cold War with a new and aggressive global conflict framework known as “the Global War on Terror.”

Softcover, 214 pages

About the Author

Graeme MacQueen received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University and taught in the Religious Studies Department of McMaster University for 30 years. While at McMaster he became founding Director of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster, after which he helped develop the B.A. program in Peace Studies and oversaw the development of peace-building projects in Sri Lanka, Gaza, Croatia and Afghanistan. Graeme was a member of the organizing committee of the Toronto Hearings held on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and is co-editor of The Journal of 9/11 Studies.


“This deeply troubling book should be read by thinking Americans, and even more so by the majority that do not.”―Denis J. Halliday, UN Assistant Secretary-General 1994-98

“Finally, a book has come out that explodes the FBI’s anthrax letters case.”―Meryl Nass, MD, consultant on bioterrorism for the Director of National Intelligence and the World Bank

“Graeme MacQueen provides abundant evidence that the anthrax attacks and the 9/11 attacks, both of which scared the American people into war, were carried out by the same people―people highly placed in the U.S. government.”―David Ray Griffin, author of The New Pearl Harbor Revisited

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Weight 10.4 oz
Dimensions 6 × .49 × 9 in