Even those of us who have paid close attention to – and written broadly on – the 2001 anthrax attacks will learn stunning new information.
For example, we learned the following eye-opening facts from the book:
There was a set of 3 letters sent around the same time as the initial anthrax mailings, which attempted to frame the Russians for the anthrax attacks, and which warned of further attacks. These letters could not have been sent by Dr. Bruce Ivins (the scientist the FBI blamed for the attacks), nor could they have been "copycat" letters
Less than 3 months before the anthrax attack, the government carried out a simulated exercise called "Dark Winter", where: a lethal germ had been aerosolized then released; anonymous letters threatened anthrax attacks; Iraq and Al Qaeda are blamed for the attacks; and preparations are made for the drastic reduction of civil liberties in the United States, including martial law
The National Academy of Sciences found that the anthrax mailed to Congressmen and the media could have come from a different source altogether than the flask maintained by Ivins