The documents disclose that authorities searched Ivins' home on Nov. 2, 2007, taking 22 swabs of vacuum filters and radiators and seizing dozens of items. Among them were video cassettes, family photos, information about guns and a copy of "The Plague" by Albert Camus.
I can imagine the scene. An FBI agent looking through Ivin's bookcase spots a book with the word "plague" right in the title. On closer examination, the book turns out to be written by a foreigner. What could be more suspicious than that? "Bag it and tag it."