White House staffers began taking Cipro on 911 as if they knew
the anthrax attack was coming. And maybe some of them did.
House Faces Disclosure Suit Group Says Government Had Braced for
A conservative group is suing the Bush administration for access
to documents about last fall's anthrax attacks, asserting that
top officials might have known the bioterrorist attack was coming.
Larry Klayman, chairman of Judicial Watch,
said administration officials said last fall that some White House
staff members had begun taking the antibiotic Cipro on Sept. 11,
weeks before the anthrax attacks were made public.
"We believe that the White House
knew or had reason to know that an anthrax attack was imminent
or underway," Klayman said. "We want to know what the
government knew and when they knew it."
Federal agencies have come under fire for
failing to realize that the postal workers at Brentwood were at
risk for anthrax even after an anthrax letter was discovered on
Capitol Hill and treatment had begun for Senate staffers. Health
officials have said they did not realize then that anthrax could
have escaped a sealed envelope.
Klayman said the mistake goes beyond a
bad judgment call.
"They deliberately withheld information,"
he said. "The political elite, they'll be protected from
day one. The ordinary folks will be treated in a lesser fashion."