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Experts Call for Congressional Inquiry into Anthrax Attacks
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Bioterrorism experts and US postal service workers are calling on Congress to continue investigating the 2001 Anthrax attacks.

Speaking on WNPR's Where We Live, Dr. Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, says congress should create a special commission to review bioterrorism attacks independent from FBI investigators.

John Dirzius, president of the American Postal Workers Union in Connecticut, agrees. And he says thinks Connecticut is the right place to start.

"We have a lot of powerful congressional leaders in the state of Connecticut I think that can get the hearings going, and get this commission off the ground. So I think this is what we're going to be doing as the American Postal Workers Union Organisation,  asking Congress to get the ball rolling to have an independent investigation of the evidence."

In the months following the September 11 attacks, five people died from Anthrax poisoning, including Connecticut resident, 94-year-old Ottilie Lundgren.

According to FBI investigators, the culprit of the attack was Bruce Ivins, a former government Bioterrorism researcher. Ivins committed suicide in late July.

So far, only Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey and Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa have called for additional congressional hearings regarding the Anthrax case.