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  • C.D.C. Closes Anthrax and Flu Labs After Accidents

    07/11/2014 10:39:33 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 11, 2014 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    After back-to-back potentially serious laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced on Friday that they had closed the flu and anthrax laboratories of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and have halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs. The accidents, and the C.D.C.'s emphatic response to them, could have important implications for other laboratories around the world engaged in research into dangerous viruses and bacteria. If the C.D.C — which the agency’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, called “the reference laboratory to the world” — had multiple accidents that could have, in theory, killed not just laboratory...
  • Steven Hatfill's Strange Trip From Accused Terrorist to Medical Adventurer

    06/29/2014 12:05:43 AM PDT · by John Faust · 25 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 18, 2014 | Cameron Bird
    ... Across a series of blogs and far-right message boards, someone going by the moniker of “the Real Luigi Warren” (a.k.a. “Luigi ‘Anthrax’ Warren”) had operated a lurid rumor mill about Hatfill for more than a decade—promoting, in particular, hearsay about the years he lived and worked in southern Africa during the throes of apartheid. In 2010, after the aggressor surfaced in the comments section of theatlantic.com, Hatfill’s lawyers made their move. They sent a six-page letter to the man they assumed to be the real Luigi Warren, a stem-cell researcher at Harvard Medical School named, not incidentally, Luigi Warren....
  • CDC says more lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax

    06/20/2014 7:22:31 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/20/2014 | JULIE STEENHUYSEN
    U.S. authorities increased to 84 people their count of government workers potentially exposed to live anthrax at three laboratories in Atlanta as they investigated a breach in safety procedures for handling the deadly pathogen.
  • US Panel backs Trial for Anthrax Vaccine on Children

    03/24/2013 9:26:05 AM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 8 replies
    BBC NEWS ^ | 19 March 2013 | BBC Staff
    A US presidential commission has paved the way for testing an anthrax vaccine on children, prompting criticism that participants would be "guinea pigs".But the bioethical issues report said researchers would have to overcome many hurdles before conducting any trial.Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius must decide whether to act on the paper's recommendations.
  • House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe

    12/09/2008 12:15:10 AM PST · by hamboy · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Privacy Digest ^ | December 9, 2008 | MacRonin
    House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe A congressional panel will ask the National Security Agency's internal watchdog to investigate whether the super-secret spy agency eavesdropped without warrants on a Muslim scholar and later hid that evidence in a 2005 terror prosecution that got him a life sentence.The House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel and the judge overseeing the case want the NSA's inspector general to find out if the government failed to disclose evidence that might have cleared the name of a Northern Virginia spiritual leader Ali al-Timimi, Rep. Rush Holt (D- New Jersey) told the New York Times.That...
  • Air Leak Sparks Safety Fears at CDC Bioterror Lab (Biosafety Level 3 - Anthrax, Influenza, SARS ...)

    06/22/2012 2:59:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 13, 2012 | KATIE MOISSE
    Air Leak Sparks Safety Fears at CDC Bioterror Lab CDC's Emerging Infectious Disease Lab has experienced repeated problems with airflow systems The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal agency charged with preventing the spread of infectious diseases has come under attack today for "serious" airflow problems in an Atlanta building that houses anthrax, SARS and monkeypox. Documents and emails obtained by USA Today suggest that a poorly engineered airflow system in the CDC's Building 18 could expose unprotected staff and visitors to dangerous airborne pathogens. "As the door closed a very noticeable puff of air could be felt...
  • 9/11 defendants ignore judge at Guantanamo hearing

    05/05/2012 8:01:58 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 62 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 5/5/12 | BEN FOX
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — They knelt in prayer, ignored the judge and wouldn't listen to Arabic translations as they confronted nearly 3,000 counts of murder. The self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four co-defendants defiantly disrupted an arraignment that dragged into Saturday night in the opening act of the long-stalled effort to prosecute them in a military court. It wasn't until more than seven hours into the hearing that prosecutors at the U.S. military base in Cuba began reading the charges against the men, including 2,976 counts of murder and terrorism in the 2001 attacks...
  • Pakistan Government Spokesman Says Anthrax Sent to Prime Minister's Office Last Year

    02/01/2012 6:27:21 AM PST · by LSUfan · 1+ views
    ABC News and AP ^ | 1 Feb 2012 | Unattributed
    Pakistan government spokesman says anthrax sent to prime minister's office last year.
  • Teen Pilot Kept to Himself

    01/05/2002 11:39:27 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 30 replies · 4+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | 1/6/02 | Pat Leisner
    Teen Pilot Kept to Himself By PAT LEISNER Associated Press Writer January 6, 2002, 12:10 AM EST PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- The high school freshman who stole a small airplane and crashed it into a high-rise building Saturday was a quiet boy who kept to himself and bartered for his flight lessons by cleaning airplanes. Flight school officials said Charles J. Bishop, 15, was well versed in the operations at National Aviation Academy, where he had been taking lessons since March 2001. Bishop was presumed dead in the crash, authorities said Saturday night. He was a year shy of being ...
  • Malkin: Obama's Half-Billion-Dollar Crony Drug Deal

    11/16/2011 12:10:47 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 14 replies
    GOPUSA.com ^ | November 16, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    What do you get when you mix Democratic fat-cat donations, Big Labor favors, pharmaceutical lobbying and Beltway business as usual? Answer: another toxic half-billion-dollar Barack Obama-approved crony deal. Move over, Solyndra. Here comes Siga-Gate. This latest Chicago-style payoff on your dime involves a dubious smallpox drug backed by a liberal billionaire investor, along with a former union boss who was one of the White House's most frequent visitors. They're the "1 percent" with 100 percent immunity from the selectively outraged Occupier mobs that purport to oppose partisan government bailouts and handouts to privileged corporations. Ronald Perelman is the New York...
  • Advisory Panel Urges U.S. to Conduct Controversial Anthrax Vaccine Trial in Children

    10/31/2011 8:29:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 28 October 2011 | Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
    An advisory board to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this afternoon urged the U.S. government to launch a controversial trial of the anthrax vaccine in children. The 12-1 vote backs a September recommendation from a working group that spent about 3 months weighing the pros and cons of such a study and came out in favor of it. Today's recommendation, by the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), isn't binding, and even if a study goes forward it will have to jump through many hoops before it can get up and running. That's because a trial like this...
  • U.S. to decide on anthrax vaccine for kids

    10/28/2011 2:40:00 PM PDT · by TheSentry · 20 replies
    United Press International ^ | 25 OCT 2011 | UPI-staff
    WASHINGTON, OCT25 (UPI)-The Obama Administration is mulling whether an anthrax vaccine meant to protect against bioterrorism attack should be tested on U.S. children, officials say...
  • U.S. to decide on anthrax vaccine for kids

    10/28/2011 1:41:55 PM PDT · by TheSentry · 21 replies
    United Press International ^ | 25 OCT 2011 | UPI-staff
    "...Washington, Oct.25 (UPI)- The Obama administration is mulling whether an anthrax vaccine meant to protect against bioterrorism attack should be tested on U.S. children, officials say..."
  • Possible study of anthrax vaccine’s effectiveness in children stirs debate

    10/28/2011 2:25:06 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 24 | Rob Stein
    The Obama administration is wrestling with the thorny question of whether scientists should inject healthy children with the anthrax vaccine to see whether the shots would safely protect them against a bioterrorism attack. The other option is to wait until an attack happens and then try to gather data from children whose parents agree to inoculate them in the face of an actual threat. (more at link)
  • Doubts Persist About FBI's Anthrax Investigation 10 Years Later Amid New Bio-Terror Concerns

    10/19/2011 4:43:55 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 18 Oct 2011 | Catherine Herridge
    Ten years after a mail-borne anthrax attack killed five in the worst bio-terror attack on U.S. soil, there are new questions about the strength of the FBI’s case against the only suspect, as a leading expert on bio-terror attacks warned that budget deficits are likely to hinder the nation’s ability to respond in the future. Sen. Susan Collins, the committee's ranking Republican, said the new head of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, had the right background to wage a biological attack in the coming years.
  • Scientists’ Analysis Disputes F.B.I. Closing of Anthrax Case

    10/10/2011 8:52:57 PM PDT · by FritzG · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Oct 2011 | WILLIAM J. BROAD and SCOTT SHANE
    A decade after wisps of anthrax sent through the mail killed 5 people, sickened 17 others and terrorized the nation, biologists and chemists still disagree on whether federal investigators got the right man and whether the F.B.I.’s long inquiry brushed aside important clues. Now, three scientists argue that distinctive chemicals found in the dried anthrax spores — including the unexpected presence of tin — point to a high degree of manufacturing skill, contrary to federal reassurances that the attack germs were unsophisticated. The scientists make their case in a coming issue of the Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense. F.B.I. documents...
  • Anthrax Attacks Still A Mystery After 10 Years

    10/04/2011 5:41:49 PM PDT · by Battle Axe · 19 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | October 5, 2011
    http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-anthrax-mystery-1005-20111005,0,982875.story
  • Anthrax lawsuit against the federal government gets a boost from DOJ gross incompetence

    09/09/2011 11:22:20 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 10 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 9, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    There are times when government agencies exhibit sheer idiocy and ineptness. That happened this summer when Justice filed papers that, if true, undermines the entire FBI case against Fort Detrick scientist Bruce Ivins in order to win a lawsuit brought by the family of Bob Stevens, the first anthrax victim following 9/11. Bob Stephens was the photo editor of The Sun, a subsidiary of American Media (AMI) located in Boca Raton, Florida. He died after inhaling spores from a letter mailed to AMI containing powdered anthrax. The family is suing the government claiming negligence in the way anthrax was handled...
  • Grassley Challenges DOJ, FBI on Anthrax Case

    09/07/2011 8:16:52 PM PDT · by Palter · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Propublica ^ | 02 Sep 2011 | Greg Gordon
    A senior Republican senator has asked the Justice Department to explain why its civil lawyers filed court papers questioning prosecutors’ conclusions that an Army researcher mailed the anthrax-laced letters that killed five people in 2001. In a letter this week to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller [3], Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said the department’s decision to quickly retract the contradictory filings “has produced a new set of questions regarding this unsolved crime.”Grassley, who's among several members of Congress who've been outspoken skeptics about the FBI’s conclusion, homed in on a development first reported collaboratively in...
  • The anthrax killings: A troubled mind

    05/28/2011 10:49:31 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 29 May 2011 | David Willman
    He roamed the University of Cincinnati campus with a loaded gun. When his rage overflowed, the brainy microbiology major would open fire inside empty buildings, visualizing a wall clock or other object as a person who had done him wrong. By the mid-1970s, Bruce Ivins had earned his doctorate and was a promising researcher at the University of North Carolina. By outward appearances, he was a charming eccentric, odd but disarming. Inside, he still smoldered with resentment, and he saw a new outlet for it. Several years earlier, a Cincinnati student had turned him down for a date. He had...
  • FBI lab reports on anthrax attacks suggest another miscue

    05/21/2011 12:55:30 PM PDT · by Palter · 96 replies · 1+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 20 May 2011 | Greg Gordon
    Buried in FBI laboratory reports about the anthrax mail attacks that killed five people in 2001 is data suggesting that a chemical may have been added to try to heighten the powder's potency, a move that some experts say exceeded the expertise of the presumed killer. The lab data, contained in more than 9,000 pages of files that emerged a year after the Justice Department closed its inquiry and condemned the late Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins as the perpetrator, shows unusual levels of silicon and tin in anthrax powder from two of the five letters. Those elements are found in...
  • Obama Administration Seeks to Test Anthrax Vaccine in Children

    05/15/2011 4:01:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    The Alliance for Human Research Protection ^ | Friday, 06 May 2011 | Vera Hassner Sharav
    Obama Administration Seeks to Test Anthrax Vaccine in Children Friday, 06 May 2011 Whose children will be sacrificed in an illegal and unethical experiment in the name of Biodefense Preparedness? According to BioPrepWatch.com , the Obama administration is seeking to obtain a green light to conduct an anthrax vaccine safety experiment  on US children.  The stated rationale for such a trial, articulated by Dr. Nicole Lurie, US Dept. of Health and Human Services,  is that there are no data about the safety of exposing children to the anthrax vaccine. And if an emergency arises, a trial "would present an...
  • The Wrong Man (The Anthrax attacks, the FBI and an innocent man)

    05/04/2011 1:36:24 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 05/04/2011 | David Freed
    In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling from the horror of 9/11 was rocked by a series of deadly anthrax attacks. As the pressure to find a culprit mounted, the FBI, abetted by the media, found one. The wrong one. This is the story of how federal authorities blew the biggest anti-terror investigation of the past decade—and nearly destroyed an innocent man. Here, for the first time, the falsely accused, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, speaks out about his ordeal.
  • Suspect in 2001 anthrax case had long history of mental problems

    03/23/2011 2:38:50 PM PDT · by EdLake · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | March 23, 2011 | Paul Courson
    Washington (CNN) -- Old mental health records for the chief suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks suggest Bruce Ivins should have been prevented from holding a job at a U.S. Army research facility in Maryland, according to a report from a panel of behavioral experts commissioned by the Department of Justice. "The psychiatric records were quite eye-opening," said Gregory Saathoff, the lead author of the report. "The criminal behaviors involved a strong component of revenge," he added, "that he claimed he had engaged in as well as planned to engage in" in documented interviews with psychiatrists dating back to the...
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine publishes scientific paper on 2001 anthrax attacks

    03/07/2011 6:11:45 PM PST · by decimon · 2 replies · 1+ views
    University of Maryland Medical Center ^ | March 7, 2011 | Unknown
    Institute for Genome Sciences led pioneering investigation in new field of microbial forensicsResearchers at the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and collaborators at the FBI, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and Northern Arizona University have published the first scientific paper based on their investigation into the anthrax attacks of 2001. The case was groundbreaking in its use of genomics and microbiology in a criminal investigation. More than 20 people contracted anthrax from Bacillus anthracis spores mailed through the U.S. Postal Service in 2001, and five people died as a...
  • Science review casts doubt on 2001 anthrax case (Update 2)

    02/17/2011 6:39:42 AM PST · by HDCochran · 6 replies
    Physorg.Com ^ | 02/17/2011 | AFP
    A scientific review released Tuesday cast doubt on the US government's conclusion that scientist Bruce Ivins, who killed himself in 2008, was to blame in the 2001 case of deadly anthrax mailings.
  • Anthrax report casts doubt on scientific evidence in FBI case against Bruce Ivins

    02/15/2011 9:20:12 AM PST · by Justice Department · 40 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | February 15, 2011
    A panel of prominent scientists is casting new doubt on scientific evidence that was a key part of the FBI's case against Bruce E. Ivins, the deceased Army scientist accused of carrying out the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks. The National Research Council, in a report issued Tuesday, questioned the link between a flask of anthrax bacteria in Ivins's lab at Fort Detrick, Md., and the anthrax-infested letters that killed five people and sickened 17 others.
  • Lady al Qaida: Guilty on all Counts

    02/04/2010 2:27:14 AM PST · by Cindy · 28 replies · 389+ views
    INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - blog ^ | February 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm | IPT News
    SNIPPET: "Midway through the trial, two jurors were excused after they told the judge that a man in the visitor's gallery made a hand motion as if he were firing a gun at them and mouthed an obscenity. One of the jurors told the judge he was "really freaked out" by the incident and another said he could not remain impartial "anything anyone makes what I view as a death threat." The guilty verdict on all counts means that at sentencing the judge could order Siddiqui spend the rest of her life in a federal prison."
  • Amerithrax experts debate FBI findings, insist Ivins was innocent

    11/30/2010 9:43:41 AM PST · by EdLake · 129 replies
    The Frederick News-Post ^ | November 30, 2010 | Megan Eckstein
    WASHINGTON -- The FBI may have closed its Amerithax case against Fort Detrick scientist Bruce Ivins nine months ago, but some experts are not willing to let the issue die quite so easily. A group of about 25 scientists, professors, writers, terrorism experts and more convened Monday afternoon to discuss the particulars of the investigation and to debate who the real perpetrator may have been.
  • Tape of US hijacker aired

    04/15/2002 8:32:38 AM PDT · by CreekerFreeper · 19 replies · 351+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 15 April, 2002, 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK | BBC News
    Arabic satellite channel Al Jazeera has broadcast a tape that appears to show one of the 11 September hijackers reading his last will and testament. The channel also aired a brief clip of wanted Saudi dissident Osama Bin Laden, who is shown kneeling beside his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, as al-Zawahri praises the actions of the bombers. The channel identifies the hijacker as Ahmad al-Haznawi al-Ghamdi, a name which closely resembles that of Ahmed al-Ghamdi, who was on Flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. Al-Jazeera said the footage - which it says it checked...
  • [Houston, TX Update] 13 HISD schools get envelopes with white powder

    10/08/2010 3:06:03 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Friday, October 08, 2010 | ERICKA MELLON
    At least six schools in Houston ISD received suspicious envelopes today with a white powdery substance that initial inspectors have determined is cornstarch. The Houston Independent School District has sent the substance to the city health department for follow-up testing to make sure it is the basic cooking material and is not, in fact, hazardous, according to HISD spokeswoman Sarah Greer Osborne. The schools that got the envelopes were Alcott, Anderson, Alemeda, Browning, Bastian, Barrick and possibly Blackshear, she said.
  • GAO to review FBI's Ivins investigation

    09/18/2010 7:25:47 AM PDT · by Justice Department · 89 replies
    fredericknewspost ^ | September 18, 2010 | Megan Eckstein
    The Government Accountability Office has launched an investigation into the scientific methods used by the FBI to determine that Fort Detrick researcher Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks. U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, who represents the New Jersey district from which the letters were mailed, requested GAO's involvement as early as 2007, but renewed his efforts after the FBI announced it had closed its Amerithrax investigation last February. Holt and four other lawmakers originally proposed a list of 10 questions for GAO to help answer, including how the anthrax spores used in the attacks compared to...
  • Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6

    02/07/2004 4:39:52 PM PST · by Valin · 6 replies · 245+ views
    Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6 Julie Flint explains how rumours of Saddam's overthrow caused British intelligence to miss vital information about Iraq's weapons programme British intelligence took its eyes off Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes because it had been duped into believing a military coup would leave Sunni Muslims in power in Iraq. Sources in the country say what they missed was a push to convert chemical and biological organisms into dry agents that could be hidden until pressure on the regime was lifted. 'From the second half of 2000, the focus of the British was not on...
  • Convicted Disease Doc Won't Be Charged in MIA Scare

    09/03/2010 11:27:11 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | September 3, 2010 | WILLARD SHEPARD and BRIAN HAMACHER
    Scientist found with suspicious item at airport did prison time for plague sample flap -- 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.... Friday, it was learned...
  • Anthrax kills 30 hippos in popular Uganda park

    06/26/2010 5:53:55 AM PDT · by csvset · 20 replies · 2+ views
    GeoTV ^ | June 23, 2010 | Wire
    KAMPALA: Anthrax has killed at least 30 hippopotamuses in a popular Ugandan game park that saw a similar outbreak six years ago, officials said Wednesday. Tom Okello, conservation area manager at Queen Elizabeth National Park, a much-visited safari destination, said 10 of the hulking semi-aquatic animals were found dead over one half-day period alone. "This was something that we had seen before, so I knew immediately that we had to get the blood samples tested," he said, recalling a 2004 outbreak that claimed around 300 hippos around a small lake in the park. "When anthrax is involved, the blood doesn't...
  • Official flushes 'anthrax' down Capitol toilet with tourists nearby

    06/09/2010 11:13:41 AM PDT · by epithermal · 18 replies · 60+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/09/10 | Jordy Yager
    An official flushed a white powder from a plastic bag labeled “Anthrax” down a toilet at the Capitol while hundreds of tourists milled around nearby. Capitol Police, who heard about Saturday's incident at the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) only later that day, said that instead of breaching security in this way, the tour guide supervisor who handled the powder should have left it alone and informed security.
  • Man claims anthrax scare was his retirement plan

    05/11/2010 6:21:21 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 642+ views
    bioprepwatch ^ | May 10, 2010 | Ashton Daigle
    A transient is scheduled to be arraigned this week on a 10-count indictment charging him with anthrax hoaxes, threatening communications, making a threat against the president and failing to register as a sex offender. A federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment charging Timothy Cloud, a transient generally from Roseville and San Francisco, with four counts of hoax mailings, four counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threatening the President and one count of crossing state lines after failing to register as a sex offender. In a statement written by Cloud last month for two federal agents, he admitted...
  • Grand Jury Indicts Two Men for Mailing Hoax Anthrax Letters

    04/29/2010 2:54:55 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 182+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Grand Jury Indicts Two Men for Mailing Hoax Anthrax Letters BIRMINGHAM—A federal grand jury today indicted two men in connection with a series of hoax anthrax letters that were mailed in Alabama this month and in March, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, U.S. Postal Inspector Frank Dyer and Federal Protective Service Threat Management Branch Chief Curtis Huston announced. The first 15 counts of the 24-count indictment charge CLIFTON LAMAR “CLIFF” DODD, 38, of Lincoln, with mailing 15 hoax letters between March 6 and April 5 that contained a threat in the form of...
  • Co-worker: Ivins didn't do it

    04/23/2010 12:44:05 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 7 replies · 365+ views
    fredericknewspost ^ | April 23, 2010 | Megan Eckstein
    It is absolutely impossible that Bruce Ivins, accused of mailing anthrax and killing five people in 2001, could have created and cleaned up anthrax spores in the timeline and manner the FBI alleges, Ivins' former co-worker said Thursday. The National Academy of Sciences brought in former USAMRIID microbacteriologist Henry Heine to explain spore preparation to the panel, which is tasked with investigating the science the FBI used to accuse Ivins, also a former microbacteriologist for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. And though Heine discussed only scientific methods and technologies before the panel, he said afterward he...
  • Colleague Disputes Case Against Anthrax Suspect

    04/23/2010 9:03:24 AM PDT · by Palter · 14 replies · 664+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 22 April 2010 | Scott Shane
    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...
  • Anthrax letters: Was Bruce Ivins hounded to death?

    04/22/2010 6:01:02 AM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 4 replies · 446+ views
    United Press International ^ | April 22, 2010 | Lawrence Sellin
    HELSINKI, Finland, April 22 (UPI) -- In the weeks following the airliner attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, the United States was subjected to a biological weapons attack. Two sets of letters containing dried, powdered anthrax spores were mailed to journalists and politicians, eventually killing five people and infecting dozens of others. The FBI investigation, which would become known as "Amerithrax," initially focused on foreign terrorists as the source of the attack. Later, after the anthrax in the letters was identified as a strain originating in the United States the focus of the...
  • Unlearned lessons from the Steven Hatfill case

    04/21/2010 9:45:30 AM PDT · by Justice Department · 22 replies · 1,155+ views
    salon ^ | Apr 21, 2010 | Glenn Greenwald
    Andrew Sullivan rightly recommends this new Atlantic article by David Freed, which details how the FBI and a mindless, stenographic American media combined to destroy the life of Steven Hatfill. Hatfill is the former U.S. Government scientist who for years was publicly depicted as the anthrax attacker and subjected to Government investigations so invasive and relentless that they forced him into almost total seclusion, paralysis and mental instability, only to have the Government years later (in 2008) acknowledge that he had nothing to do with those attacks and to pay him $5.8 million to settle the lawsuit he brought. There...
  • The Wrong Man

    04/21/2010 8:08:49 AM PDT · by jpl · 8 replies · 613+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | David Freed
    In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling from the horror of 9/11 was rocked by a series of deadly anthrax attacks. As the pressure to find a culprit mounted, the FBI, abetted by the media, found one. The wrong one. This is the story of how federal authorities blew the biggest anti-terror investigation of the past decade—and nearly destroyed an innocent man. Here, for the first time, the falsely accused, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, speaks out about his ordeal.
  • Anthrax Killing Sterilant Now EPA Approved

    04/18/2010 1:18:37 PM PDT · by Skillman · 11 replies · 630+ views
    pr-usa ^ | Sunday, 18 April 2010
    It has been nine years since the 2001 anthrax attacks sickened twenty-three people and killed five. Since that time, the U.S. government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in remediation and billions in their search for a disinfectant that can reliably kill anthrax spores and other pathogens that might be used as weapons. The search is over. sBioMed®, a self funded biotechnology firm located in Orem, Utah, has been recently awarded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of STERIPLEX® Ultra for anthrax spore decontamination, the world's most deadly biological agent. Astoundingly, STERIPLEX® Ultra achieves rapid kill against anthrax spores while...
  • Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

    04/16/2010 12:17:27 PM PDT · by Skillman · 28 replies · 2,233+ views
    msnbc ^ | April 16, 2010 | Mike Celizic
    The man falsely accused by the FBI of sending letters laced with deadly anthrax spores has received a big settlement from the government, but never an apology for destroying his life. What’s more, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill told TODAY’s Matt Lauer during his first interview since the September 2001 attacks, neither the Justice Department nor the FBI has been held accountable for breaking the law and lying in their pursuit of him. “I love my country,” Hatfill, 56, told Lauer. But, he added, “I learned a couple things. The government can do to you whatever they want. They can break...
  • U.S. HANDS OVER LABORATORY FACILITIES TO ZIMBABWE

    04/03/2010 4:38:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 735+ views
    Zimtelegraph.com - ZIMBABWE TELEGRAPH ^ | Published: March 31, 2010 | By TAPIWA MAKORE
    SNIPPET: "Harare, March 30, 2010: The United States government officially handed over a new, upgraded bio-safety level 2+ laboratory to the Minister of Health, Dr. Henry Madzorera. The facility will enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to offer clinical and diagnostic testing as well as research on indigenous/exotic agents which may cause serious disease after inhalation, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB),typhoid (Salmonella Typhi),anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) and the H1N1 virus. Speaking after a tour of the facilities with the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles Ray described the cooperation between the...
  • Obama Obstructs Oversight of FBI in Anthrax Case

    03/24/2010 10:18:20 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 4 replies · 288+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | March 24, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    Despite bipartisan congressional support for examining the FBI's gross mishandling of the post-9/11 anthrax attacks, President Barack Obama is telling Congress that he doesn't want the agency to be scrutinized and held accountable. Dr. Steven Hatfill, one of the innocent victims of the FBI investigation, is preparing to go public with his account of how the Department of Justice (DOJ) violated his rights and tried to ruin his career and reputation. He will be the subject of a forthcoming Atlantic magazine article and will be sitting down for an interview by the NBC "Today Show's" Matt Lauer. The DOJ paid...
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    03/02/2010 12:37:53 AM PST · by MestaMachine · 1,764 replies · 18,590+ views
    March 2, 2010 | TM Crew
    Dar Al-Hijrah Hosts Fundraiser For “Virginia Jihad” Cell Member; U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Leader Featured Speaker(This Islamic Center in Falls Church, VA is a well-known hub for Jihadis both here in the US as well as those from abroad. Spiritual home of the Fort Hood shooter and his "Spiritual Advisor, Anwar al-Awlaki, now head of Al Qaeda in Yemen.)Dar Al-Hijrah is tightly tied to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. According to the Dar Al-Hijra web site, four of the nine board members must include the current Secretary General of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the current President of Muslim Arab...
  • Lawyer Doubts Case Against Anthrax Suspect

    03/10/2010 2:18:17 PM PST · by Justice Department · 11 replies · 1,336+ views
    aolnews ^ | March 10
    Just weeks before government scientist Bruce Ivins' suicide, a grand jury was convening on the third floor of the federal courthouse, near the U.S. Capitol, looking into the 2001 anthrax murders. Things weren't looking good for Ivins, the only suspect in the case. It was July 2008. His attorney, Paul F. Kemp, according to court documents reviewed by AOL News, had just filed court papers to become a death-penalty-certified attorney in the case -- a little-known fact. And the chief U.S. District judge in Washington, Royce C. Lamberth, had approved the request. "I thought this was a precaution to take....
  • Lawyer Doubts Case Against Anthrax Suspect

    03/10/2010 2:18:17 PM PST · by Justice Department · 23 replies · 762+ views
    aolnews ^ | March 10
    Just weeks before government scientist Bruce Ivins' suicide, a grand jury was convening on the third floor of the federal courthouse, near the U.S. Capitol, looking into the 2001 anthrax murders. Things weren't looking good for Ivins, the only suspect in the case. It was July 2008. His attorney, Paul F. Kemp, according to court documents reviewed by AOL News, had just filed court papers to become a death-penalty-certified attorney in the case -- a little-known fact. And the chief U.S. District judge in Washington, Royce C. Lamberth, had approved the request. "I thought this was a precaution to take....