News Release

How the 2001 Anthrax False Flag Attacks Paved Way for Afghanistan and Iraq Invasions


Author of The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy, MacQueen just wrote an in-depth piece updating his findings for the forthcoming issue of CovertAction Magazine.

The first anthrax letters were mailed about a week after the 9/11 attacks and continued for weeks. MacQueen notes that it was during this period that the war in Afghanistan was launched.

“First, al-Qaeda was the chief suspect. Then Iraq was added to the suspect list.”

MacQueen notes that Brian Ross of “ABC News went so far as to claim repeatedly that the spores in the attack letters had been coated in bentonite — the Iraqi method of weaponization.” Ross’s anonymous government sources who claimed Iraq was the culprit were shown to be lying, but ABC still protects their identity.

During this same period the Patriot Act was passed. Senators Daschle and Leahy, who had been raising concerns about the Patriot Act, became targets of anthrax letters.

“By the end of 2001, however, all stories of foreign terrorists had collapsed. The nature of the spore preparations revealed the operation as an inside job — the spores came from one of three possible labs, all inside the U.S. and serving the military and the CIA.

“The events were also a false flag attack, since great care had been taken to deceptively pin the attacks on foreign Muslims.” The letters had “Death to America” “Death to Israel” and “Praise to Allah” written on them.

“Once the foreign Muslim story collapsed, the FBI got busy looking for a lone wolf perpetrator on whom to put the blame. The Bureau eventually settled on Dr. Bruce Ivins, an anthrax researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Ivins died, allegedly by suicide, shortly before the attempt was to be made to indict him.”

In 2008, Leahy, one of the targets of the attacks, told then-FBI head Robert Mueller who claimed that deceased government scientist Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator: “I do not believe in any way, shape or manner that he is the only person involved in this attack on Congress and the American people.” In 2010, President Obama threatened to veto a move to investigate the anthrax attacks.

MacQueen notes that in 2015 Richard Lambert, who was for some years the Inspector in Charge of the FBI’s anthrax investigation charged that “while Bruce Ivins may have been the anthrax mailer, there is a wealth of exculpatory evidence to the contrary which the FBI continues to conceal from Congress and the American people.”

MacQueen has appeared on past IPA news releases: “Disinformation and Anthrax Mailings” and “Anthrax: Lawsuit Alleges FBI Hiding Evidence.” See documentary “Anthrax War” from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “The Passionate Eye.” Also see the minidoc “American Anthrax.”

Now retired, MacQueen was director of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University in Canada.