The Mirage Man by David Willman

The Mirage Man

The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America’s Rush to War– makes a strong case that Bruce Ivins was behind the Anthrax attacks. Willman makes little or no case that these attacks led us to Iraq- so why put it in the title?
The case against Ivins is all circumstantial but it is also complete- especially when you read the Appendix, where the case is laid out in a concise manner. In the main text of the book, Willman explains how the case progressed. The FBI doesn’t come off as competent leaving plenty of room for conspiracy buffs to question Ivins role in the attacks. In hindsight Ivins is the perfect patsy. Because of his suicide, the Government never brought Ivins to justice. Instead our Government was toyed with by Ivins for almost seven years. Ivins, a man who was deeply troubled, heavily medicated and under psychiatric care.

I recommend this book if you want a clear answer what happened with the 2001 Anthrax attacks. If you don’t want to read the entire book, read the 19 page appendix: “The Case Against Bruce Ivins”.
If you want to hear a counter argument watch the Frontline episode, “The Anthrax Files“.
If you want to hear a cool song about Anthrax check out The Gang of Four’s “Anthrax“.

358 pages

Quote From The Book:

Bruce Ivins, however, had always been painfully aware of his total self, not least his odd looks and scary thoughts that crowded his gifted mind. Unlike a simple sociopath, he knew and at times resented his dark side- the impulses that lead him to plot acts of revenge, up to and including homicide. He had sought help through counseling and medication. But there would be no light at tunnel’s end. He had failed to quell the evil within himself and now face the likelihood of life in prison or even a death sentence. His recourse was a final revenge- against himself. -page 320

Personal Rant:

Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy  states that our institutions will, or have grown to the point where the bureaucracy will be more concerned with itself than with its mission. In this book: the FBI, Homeland Security, The U.S. Army, Government labs, and even the Post Office all clamor for more money and power under the guise of helping the taxpayer. It’s ironic but not surprising that our first Anthrax terrorist attack came from the very institution designed to protect us. In Ivins twisted logic it was to protect that institution (and himself) from the taxpayer. Rather than give the Federal Government more responsibility, this book illustrates why they should be reduced to their Constitutional roles.


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