The confirmation hearing for the CIA director nominee offers a chance to show how the U.S. government manufactures consent through insidious means.
Today's shocking revelation about the apparent suicide of an Army microbiologist, a lead suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, has intensified the need for a thorough investigation into the only significant bioterrorism attack on U.S. soil, said Alan Pearson, director of the biological and chemical weapons control program at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
Bush & Co. still don't have a comprehensive plan to deal with bioterror threats--despite two years of planning and billions in appropriations. The alleged culprit: bureaucratic inertia. "I can't help but think we are not prepared if, God forbid, any of these catastrophes were to be visited upon the United States," says a congresswoman.