We're not saying that Rogers definitely torched the Castle Morro, but either the guy was a serial arsonist or someone owed him a lot of favors. However, his possible motive for burning down a ship in the middle of the ocean (besides the fun of the challenge) remains unknown. Some have suggested that he was paid by the steamship company to burn the Morro to the seabed for the insurance money, while others have suggested that he was a federal agent tasked with scuttling the Morro for -- and we can't emphasize how little evidence exists for this -- transporting arms to Cuban rebels. Our money is still on him just being a psychopath, though.
Did The FBI Blame The Wrong Man For The 2001 Anthrax Attacks?
After 9/11, the country was ready for another airborne attack. Missiles were locked, airport security was tightened, and many, many birds were interrogated by the CIA. Then, only a week later, the wrong kind of airborne attack happened. Instead of planes, it was clouds -- clouds of anthrax, killing five and gravely infecting 17 others. And it wasn't a religious fanatic, but a rogue biodefense researcher named Bruce Ivins.
Well, maybe it was Bruce Ivins. For years, the FBI's biggest suspect was Steven Hatfill. However, Hatfill successfully sued their asses for $4.6 million for harassing him without any decent evidence. Needing a new suspect, they directed all their attention to Ivins, but it turns out that again their case against him was really sketchy as well. Unlike Hatfill, though, Ivins never sued them, mostly because he committed suicide days before the FBI formally charged him as the sole culprit. Then they closed the case.
Federal Bureau of Investigation"Look, we really don't want to pay $2.5 million, OK?"
Ivins could have been their guy, but there are too many holes in the investigation. It would've taken Ivins 240+ hours to cultivate the necessary number of anthrax spores, but none of his colleagues ever witnessed him using the required laboratory equipment. The FBI also didn't find any rogue spores in his workplace, vehicle, or home. But the biggest piece of evidence, according to the feds, was that the specific strain of anthrax used in the attacks had been created by the biologist. As far as evidence went, they treated it like someone murdering a person by shoving their driver's licence down their throat. Of course, it was later revealed that Ivins had provided many samples of his RMR-209 strain to any researcher who requested them. If the smoking gun says "Smith & Wesson" on the side, you arrest Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson, right?
Ultimately, however, it doesn't matter. Despite the fact that the National Research Council later released a report calling the scientific evidence against Ivins, to put it in layman's terms, total garbage, the FBI refuses to revisit their findings or allow an independent inquiry to review the matter, considering the case closed and keeping their fingers crossed that dead men will never be allowed to launch defamation lawsuits.
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