Conspiracy theorists and True Believers have once again demonstrated how they think. Just look at their theories about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Each theorist has a different theory.
But, most of all, they show how they start with a theory and then find things to support that theory, ignoring any fact or evidence that contradicts their theory. How else could someone connect a Muslim terrorist attack in Pakistan that involved a peddler's fruit cart to the fact that there was a cargo of fruit aboard Flight MH370, and conclude that the two events are evidence that Muslim terrorists hijacked MH370?
Here are some examples of Anthrax Truthers putting 2 and 2 together to get 739 or 395 or 55 or 38 or 1,233,754:
1. Ivins couldn't have made the spores at USAMRIID using standard procedures. Everyone is required to follow procedures at USAMRIID. Conclusion: Ivins must have been innocent.
Counter argument: Ivins didn't follow standard procedures.
2. Ivins didn't have time to make the spores. It takes months to make that many spores. Conclusion: Ivins must have been innocent.
Counter argument: Ivins used spores from his lab trash that were already made.3. I believe the spores were weaponized with silica. I believe Ivins didn't know how to weaponize spores with silica. Conclusion: Ivins must have been innocent.
Counter argument: The spores were NOT weaponized with silica. They contained natural silicon.4. Ivins could not have used the lyophilizer to dry the spores without contaminating the entire area. The lyophilizer was too big to move into a BSL-3 suite. Conclusion: Ivins must have been innocent.
Counter argument: The spores were air dried. The lyophilizer was not needed.5. Ivins seemed like a nice guy who couldn't hurt a fly. Ivins was a blabbermouth, so he couldn't have sent the anthrax letters without telling other people about it. Conclusion: Ivins must have been innocent.
Counter argument: Ivins routinely did things and even committed crimes he didn't tell others about.