The Washington Post has called for an independent review of the government case against microbiologist Bruce Ivins, who committed suicide as charges were being prepared against him in the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed 5 and sickened 17. The Psot says the circumstantial eviedence “appears overwhelming.”
But enough questions have been raised, says the newspaper, that an independent third party should be tapped to weigh the validity of government allegations and analyze the legitimacy of government conclusions. A third party could examine allegations that the FBI hounded Ivins; if the allegations are unfounded, an independent assessment would benefit the agency. There is also an urgent need to explain how a man as disturbed as Ivins was could have maintained a security clearance that allowed him to work with deadly substances.