Sen. Ben Cardin commemorates anthrax attacks

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) recently spoke at the U.S. Capitol to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the anthrax letter attacks that claimed the lives of five people and injured 17 others.

In 2001, anthrax-laced letters were delivered first to media outlets and later to two U.S. Senators. The Federal Bureau of Investigation accused U.S. Army scientist Bruce Ivins of perpetrating the crime, but Ivins committed suicide before any action was taken against him, according to

“Today, I salute those federal employees who risked their own lives so that the legislative branch of the greatest government on earth could continue and those who continue to work every day in the face of grave danger and uncertainty,” Cardin said, reports. “I also say a simple but heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of America’s federal employees. I am proud of the contribution our federal workforce makes to our nation, making sure that Americans are healthy, safe, and informed.”

Cardin thanked the two U.S. Postal Workers, Thomas Morris, Jr., and Joseph Curseen, Jr., who died after being exposed to anthrax through the Senate mail service. Both men were Maryland residents.

In addition, Cardin lauded employees of the Capitol Police and the Environmental Protection Agency who led the emergency response efforts in the wake of the attacks.