Sunday, March 31, 2013
Subject: Double Standard for Evidence
If it's evidence for something they believe, it's solid evidence. If it's evidence pointing to Bruce Ivins as the anthrax mailer, it's meaningless and not evidence.
The gash on al Haznawi's leg that Dr. Tsonas thought might have been an anthrax lesion is seen as solid proof that the 9/11 hijackers brought a supply of anthrax with them. The fact that Ivins had all the anthrax needed for the attacks with the same DNA attributes and made the same way as the attack spores is seen as proof of nothing by Anthrax Truthers.
The evidence showing that Ivins controlled the murder weapon is seen as meaningless, since the Truthers claim that hundreds of others could have accessed flask RMR-1029 in secret. However, false positives encountered during tests of a lab in Afghanistan are seen as solid proof that al Qaeda made "the murder weapon."
The fact that no spores were found in Ivins' car is seen as proof that Ivins did NOT mail the letters. The fact that no spores were found anywhere the 9/11 hijackers went isn't seen as proof of anything.
Etc., etc., etc., etc.
I'm thinking that I should try to prevent Anthrax Truthers from using a double standard for the evidence - or I should point out that they are using a double standard when I can't prevent it. That could be the key to showing that Anthrax Truthers really have no case -- no matter who they think sent the anthrax letters.