Five years ago, many people died from getting letters with antrax in them, but now the FBI has stopped looking for the terrorists who sent them. Why? Who told them not to give this their full attention five years ago or more recently.
Tom Daschle, FORMER U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER
Tuesday, October 17, 2006Oct. 15, 2001, is a day I’ll never forget. On that day, one of my staff members opened an anthrax-laced letter addressed to me, and my office became a part of the deadliest bioterrorism attack in U.S. history. Anthrax was also sent through the mail to a number of other people and organizations — the National Enquirer, the New York Post, broadcaster Tom Brokaw and Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont. These attacks killed five people, injured 17 others, disrupted operations all over Capitol Hill and alarmed an entire nation.
Twenty-eight people, including 20 on my staff, tested positive for anthrax exposure. Though they were spared the horror of the disease, I am reminded every day that the families and friends of five others were not so lucky.
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