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Colleague Disputes Case Against Anthrax Suspect
The New York Times ^ | 22 April 2010 | Scott Shane

Posted on 04/23/2010 9:03:24 AM PDT by Palter

A former Army microbiologist who worked for years with Bruce E. Ivins, whom the F.B.I. has blamed for the anthrax letter attacks that killed five people in 2001, told a National Academy of Sciences panel on Thursday that he believed it was impossible that the deadly spores had been produced undetected in Dr. Ivins’s laboratory, as the F.B.I. asserts.

Asked by reporters after his testimony whether he believed that there was any chance that Dr. Ivins, who committed suicide in 2008, had carried out the attacks, the microbiologist, Henry S. Heine, replied, “Absolutely not.” At the Army’s biodefense laboratory in Maryland, where Dr. Ivins and Dr. Heine worked, he said, “among the senior scientists, no one believes it.”

Dr. Heine told the 16-member panel, which is reviewing the F.B.I.’s scientific work on the investigation, that producing the quantity of spores in the letters would have taken at least a year of intensive work using the equipment at the army lab. Such an effort would not have escaped colleagues’ notice, he added later, and lab technicians who worked closely with Dr. Ivins have told him they saw no such work.

He told the panel that biological containment measures where Dr. Ivins worked were inadequate to prevent the spores from floating out of the laboratory into animal cages and offices. “You’d have had dead animals or dead people,” he said.

The public remarks from Dr. Heine, two months after the Justice Department officially closed the case, represent a major public challenge to its conclusion in one of the largest, most politically delicate and scientifically complex cases in F.B.I. history.

The F.B.I. declined to comment on Dr. Heine’s remarks on Thursday.

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TOPICS: Anthrax Scare; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: anthrax; bruceivins; fbi; hatfill; ivins

1 posted on 04/23/2010 9:03:25 AM PDT by Palter
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To: Palter

The FBI’s story is it was “this guy” until they decided it was “that guy” and one of them committed suicide so they are SURE that it was him and are having to pay a settlement to the other guy that they were certain at one time did it.

That’s the story in a nutshell.

“no Islamic terrorism, nope, we solved this case!”

2 posted on 04/23/2010 9:05:40 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: Palter


3 posted on 04/23/2010 9:05:46 AM PDT by smokingfrog (Free Men will always be armed with the Truth.)
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To: EdLake


4 posted on 04/23/2010 9:07:43 AM PDT by Justice Department
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To: Palter

NY Slime shilling for the Federal Bureau of Incompetence.

5 posted on 04/23/2010 9:10:21 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Palter; EdLake
Congressman Rush Holt Urges Independent Anthrax Investigation
6 posted on 04/23/2010 9:10:27 AM PDT by Justice Department
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To: Palter

In my opinion, the FBI hounded this poor man to death. Shame on them.

7 posted on 04/23/2010 9:11:51 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (
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To: Uncle Miltie
“Whoever did this is still running around out there,” Dr. Heine said. “I truly believe that.”
8 posted on 04/23/2010 9:14:43 AM PDT by Justice Department
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To: Justice Department
There were lots of people who had access to Ivins's anthrax strain ...

Was Abderraouf Jdey the Anthrax Mailer?

The author of the above theorizes Jdey got the anthrax strain from Dr. Ali Al-Timimi, who, before he became a terrorist doing life+70, was a biologist who worked closely with Dr. Charles Bailey, a former USAMRIID deputy commander.

9 posted on 04/23/2010 9:51:46 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Justice Department
According to a new article in Science Magazine, Dr. Heine has NO EXPERIENCE with making anthrax spores.

They ask an expert, Adam Driks of Loyola, how long it would take the make the spores in the powders, and he says "a number of days."

Heine ridiculously claimed it would take a year

Ed at

10 posted on 04/23/2010 9:59:26 AM PDT by EdLake
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To: Shermy; TrebleRebel; ZACKandPOOK; Mitchell; jpl; Battle Axe; Calpernia; Stentor; okie01; ...


11 posted on 04/24/2010 11:57:50 PM PDT by Allan (*-O)):~{>)
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To: EdLake
Ed, still if the real perp were Dr. Ivins, the FBI would have sent the director out to my home to deliver my reward check ~ and that has not happened.
12 posted on 04/25/2010 4:51:27 AM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: muawiyah
The reward was for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the anthrax mailer. If you merely guessed it was someone from Ft. Detrick, that wouldn't be enough to collect the reward.

Ed at

13 posted on 04/25/2010 1:41:31 PM PDT by EdLake
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To: EdLake
Sorry Ed, I had better than that. I identified the document from which the addresses used by the perp were drawn. The FBI had only to check through the membership to see if anyone had any sort of affiliation with a biologist with the knowledge to grow his own anthrax.

The FBI knows that. They also know that their case against Dr. Ivins is not strong enough to give me the award.

14 posted on 04/25/2010 2:59:42 PM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: Allan; Shermy; Betty Jo

Seems so long ago.....that death in NYC......

BioPort and BettyJO!

15 posted on 04/29/2010 11:30:44 AM PDT by swarthyguy (KIDS! - Deficit, Debt,- Pfft! Lookit the bright side of our legacy - Ummrika is almost SmokFrei!)
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