This is one of those stories, that leads one to think, there is way more to this then is being let on.
Scientist found with suspicious item at airport had previously done prison time for plague sample flap
What is quite interesting about his release?
A world-renowned Texas scientist specializing in infectious diseases who was once charged with smuggling dangerous samples of plague bacteria into the U.S. was questioned by authorities after a suspicious item found in his luggage caused a massive evacuation at Miami International Airport Thursday night.
Dr. Thomas C. Butler, 70, was questioned by agents with the FBI and Miami-Dade police Friday after a suspicious item was found in his checked luggage by a MIA baggage screener Thursday night, sources told NBC Miami
The suspicious item scare caused police to evacuate four of six airport terminals and the airport's hotel for nearly seven hours as a bomb squad removed the item for further testing.
-Shortly before noon Friday, it was learned that Butler was released from questioning and won't be charged in the incident.
FBI Agent Mike Leverock said the item was still being tested at a lab to determine what, if any, danger it posed.Curious isn't that? Released and on his way to Puerto Rico, while the item he had was still being tested to determine if it was dangerous? Also interesting, his flight had originated in Saudia Arabia?
Butler had been coming from Saudi Arabia when the suspicious item was spotted in his luggage as it went through customs.
Still something else! This is not the first time this scientist, released to Puerto Rico before it was determined wether the item he was carrying was dangerous or not, has transported very suspicious and deadly items. And even that first go round with transporting deadly items is weird.
Butler had been on the faculty at Texas Tech, until his arrest in 2003 on charges of smuggling and improperly transporting the plague samples, as well as theft, embezzlement and fraud. Butler told police that 30 vials containing the samples had been stolen from his lab.
He was eventually found guilty of exporting the vials of plague and stealing research money. He was acquitted of illegally exporting the plague samples.
He was found guilty of exporting vials of plague, but then acquitted of exporting the plague samples?
Connected to some sort of intelligence/undercover group or operation?