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THE ANTHRAX SCREW-UP NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT

Friday, September 14, 2007
Time: 8:13 AM

Is there a cover-up happening in the anthrax case?

ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, FOX-61 shocked the state with an exclusive report that questions the competence of everyone involved in the anthrax case. The shocking report is yet another indictment on the Danbury News-Times, which once again drops the ball and fails to do any type of serious reporting.

I'll let the video tell the disturbing details.

The reporter didn't pronounce Padanaram Road correctly but you get the story...

Questions to think about:

  • Based on the FOX-61 report, if the local and state police secured the area, how did someone drive the car, which was used to transport the drums CONTAMINATED WITH ANTHRAX, from the contaminated house on Padanaram Road, to the dealership on Federal Road days after two people became ill from exposure to the spores?


  • What happened to the man at the dealership who developed a "rash" after handling the car? If he tested for anthrax exposure, why wasn't the public informed?


  • Who else came into contact with the car? Was the car on the "for sale" lot and if so, does anyone know if any potential buyers check out the car between the time the car was brought to the dealership and when it was brought back to the house? REMEMBER, we're talking about a 2006 Hyundai so it's quite possible that, if on the sales lot, several people could have came into contact with the vehicle.


  • If the car is STILL contaminated, why did a local tow truck operator, who had NO EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH ANTHRAX bring it back to the house? Why didn't local, state, and federal officials THAT NOW HAVE PADANARAM ROAD BLOCKED OFF WHILE THEY CLEAN UP THE SCENE, pick up the car? Has tow truck operator Tony Alves been tested for anthrax exposure? If the car wasn't contaminated, why was it brought back to the house?


  • Why hasn't Mayor Mark Boughton addressed the mishap with the public? According to the FOX-61 report, the car was driven to the dealership DAYS after the people infected with anthrax. If that is the case, we're talking weeks since this incident occurred. If that's the case, then why hasn't the police chief, health officials, and mayor addressed the media and why hasn't anyone taken responsibility for their role in the screw-up?


  • Why did it take a television station based in Hartford, and with no establishment in Danbury, to break this story? How could the News-Times overlook such a serious screw-up by local, state, and federal officials (as of today, the News-Times has still not addressed the case or questioned the Mayor who is well aware of the mishap). Instead, the only thing the public has read in regards to the entire anthrax incident is HOW WELL City Hall has informed the public of the situation, which is also somewhat debatable.


  • If it wasn't for FOX-61, would this mishap ever been reported to the public?




Again...



  • WHY WAS THE PUBLIC NOT INFORMED ABOUT THE CAR AT THE DEALERSHIP?!?


  • WHY WASN'T THE CITY'S REVERSE PHONE SERVICE USED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE SERIOUS SITUATION REAGRDING THE CAR AT THE DEALERSHIP?!?


  • WHY HASN'T MAYOR BOUGHTON MADE A STATEMENT ABOUT THE MISHAP!?! AGAIN, THE CAR WAS DRIVEN TO THE DEALERSHIP DAYS AFTER PEOPLE BECAME SICK FROM ANTHRAX EXPOSURE.


  • AS FOX-61 STATED, WHY WON'T ANYONE EXPLAIN HOW THAT CAR ENDED UP IN THAT DEALERSHIP PARKING LOT?


  • WHY WON'T ANYONE TALK ABOUT THIS SCREW-UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY?


A reader who lives off of Padanaram Road near the house that's contaminated was told about the screw-up from a police officer on the scene. Why is it that a person can learn about this MAJOR and potential DANGEROUS screw-up from a police officer but NOT from the police chief, health officials, the feds (all of whom who are currently blocking Padanaram Road while cleaning up the contaminated scene).

...and of course, where's the leadership from the top elected official in Danbury.

What happened to PEOPLE OVER POLITICS...what happened to PROGRESS OVER POLITICS?

UPDATE: 3:37 P.M.: Post updated for grammatical purposes and to give proper credit to cited sources.

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