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  • FBI had, then tossed anthrax type used in attacks

    08/18/2008 4:29:04 PM PDT · by Shermy · 31 replies · 659+ views
    AP ^ | August 18, 2008
    FBI Assistant Director Vahid Majidi said Monday the initial anthrax sample that Ivins took from his Army lab in February 2002 and gave investigators did not meet court-ordered conditions for its preparation and collection. In a briefing for reporters, Majidi said the sample kept at the FBI lab was destroyed because the bureau believed it might not have been allowed as evidence at trial. "Looking at hindsight, obviously we would do things differently today," Majidi said. He gave investigators a second sample of anthrax from his lab in April 2002 to comply with standards in a subpoena issued in the...
  • F.B.I. Will Present Scientific Evidence in Anthrax Case to Counter Doubts

    08/15/2008 6:43:33 PM PDT · by Shermy · 44 replies · 532+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 15, 2008 | Eric Lichtblau and David Johnston
    WASHINGTON — ...F.B.I officials say they are confident that their scientific evidence against Dr. Ivins, who killed himself last month as the Justice Department was preparing an indictment against him, will withstand scrutiny, and they plan to present their findings for review by leading scientists. But the scrutiny may only raise fresh questions. The bureau presented forensics information to Congressional and government officials this week in a closed-door briefing, but a number of listeners said the briefing left them less convinced that the F.B.I. had the right man, and they said some of the government’s public statements appeared incomplete or...
  • Anthrax scientist Bruce Ivins slipped under the radar because of FBI obsession

    08/14/2008 5:34:58 PM PDT · by Shermy · 14 replies · 495+ views
    FBI P.R. Dept. (aka Los Angeles Times ^ | August 14, 2008 | David Willman
    WASHINGTON -- As federal authorities pursued the wrong suspect in the deadly anthrax mailings of 2001, they ignored or overlooked a series of early clues that pointed to Army scientist Bruce E. Ivins, a review of investigative records by the Los Angeles Times shows. ...* Genetic analysis by outside scientists published in May 2002 reported that anthrax powder recovered from the mailings most likely came from Ft. Detrick, or it was grown from a sample that originated there. "I would have felt very confident at the time that the top place to look was at Ft. Detrick," said Jonathan A....
  • GRASSLEY SEEKS ANSWERS TO FBI’S AMERITHRAX INVESTIGATION (Anthrax)

    08/08/2008 11:44:22 AM PDT · by Shermy · 37 replies · 1,174+ views
    Grassley's office ^ | August 7, 2008
    WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today began asking tough questions of the Department of Justice and the FBI following the release of documents implicating Dr. Bruce Ivins as the only suspect in the Amerithrax investigation. “This has been a long investigation full of missteps and mistakes. There’s been too much secrecy up to this point and it deserves a full and thorough vetting,” Grassley said. “There are clearly a lot of unanswered questions and it’s time to start a dialogue so we can get answers.” Here is a copy of the text of Grassley’s letter. The Honorable Michael B. Mukasey...
  • F.B.I. Presents Anthrax Case, Saying Scientist Acted Alone

    08/07/2008 11:49:06 AM PDT · by Shermy · 274 replies · 1,336+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 6, 2008 | Scott Shane
    WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday outlined a pattern of bizarre and deceptive conduct by Bruce E. Ivins, an Army microbiologist who killed himself last week, presenting a sweeping but circumstantial case that he was solely responsible for mailing the deadly anthrax letters that killed five people in 2001. After nearly seven years of a troubled investigation, officials of the F.B.I. and the Justice Department declared that the case had been solved. Jeffrey A. Taylor, the United States attorney for the District of Columbia, said the authorities believed “that based on the evidence we had collected, we...
  • Documents: Ivins had custody of purified anthrax

    08/06/2008 11:48:15 AM PDT · by Shermy · 69 replies · 455+ views
    AP ^ | August 6, 2008
    <p>WASHINGTON - Army scientist Bruce Ivins had custody of highly purified anthrax spores with "certain genetic mutations identical" to the poison that killed five and rattled the nation in 2001, according to documents unsealed Wednesday in the government's investigation.</p> <p>Also, Ivins was unable to give investigators "an adequate explanation for his late laboratory work hours around the time of" the attacks, and he apparently sought to mislead investigators on the case, according to an affidavit filed by one government investigator.</p>
  • 'I'm scared to death' of Ivins, Duley testifies (Anthrax)

    08/05/2008 12:38:26 PM PDT · by Shermy · 51 replies · 340+ views
    Frederick News Post ^ | August 5, 2008 | Gina Galluci-White
    Jean Duley testified that she was "scared to death" of Bruce Ivins after he left her a string of harassing phone messages, according to an audio recording taken during a July 24 peace order hearing. Duley, 45, told Judge Milnor Roberts that Ivins planned to "go out in a blaze of glory," had bought a bulletproof vest and a gun and planned to kill his co-workers. The audio recording was obtained by The Frederick News-Post on Monday. Duley told the court she got to know Ivins while running group and individual counseling sessions at the Comprehensive Counseling Associates in Frederick...
  • Pressure Grows for F.B.I. to Show Anthrax Evidence

    08/04/2008 8:00:01 PM PDT · by Shermy · 63 replies · 367+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 5, 2008 | Scott Shane
    WASHINGTON — After four years of painstaking scientific research, the F.B.I. by 2005 had traced the anthrax in the poisoned letters of 2001 to a single flask of the bacteria at the Army biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick, Md., according to government scientists and bureau officials. But at least 10 scientists had regular access to the laboratory and its anthrax stock — and possibly quite a few more, counting visitors from other institutions, and workers at laboratories in Ohio and New Mexico that had received anthrax samples from the flask at the Army laboratory. To get that far, the Federal...
  • Ivins colleague rejects therapist’s description (Anthrax)

    08/04/2008 11:35:24 AM PDT · by Shermy · 99 replies · 1,678+ views
    Frederick News Post ^ | August 4, 2008 | Marge Neal
    While counselor Jean Duley said the late Bruce E. Ivins expressed homicidal intentions, threatened her and said he "would go out in a blaze of glory" in the face of a pending FBI indictment, as least one former colleague believes the Fort Detrick scientist is being used as a scapegoat in the high profile anthrax poisoning case that paralyzed the nation -- again -- shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Arthur O. Anderson, a medical doctor and scientist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease at Fort Detrick, said Duley's description of Ivins doesn't...
  • Scientists Question FBI Probe On Anthrax

    08/03/2008 1:31:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 84 replies · 392+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, August 3, 2008; A01 | By Joby Warrick, Marilyn W. Thompson and Aaron C. Davis
    For nearly seven years, scientist Bruce E. Ivins and a small circle of fellow anthrax specialists at Fort Detrick's Army medical lab lived in a curious limbo: They served as occasional consultants for the FBI in the investigation of the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, yet they were all potential suspects. Over lunch in the bacteriology division, nervous scientists would share stories about their latest unpleasant encounters with the FBI and ponder whether they should hire criminal defense lawyers, according to one of Ivins's former supervisors. In tactics that the researchers considered heavy-handed and often threatening, they were interviewed and polygraphed...
  • Anthrax case turns - Scientist commits suicide as FBI probe tightens

    08/02/2008 2:07:52 PM PDT · by Shermy · 36 replies · 193+ views
    Frederick News-Post ^ | August 2, 2008 | Gina Gallucci-White and Justin M. Palk
    (From newspaper local to Fort Detrick) In 2003, the Defense Department gave Bruce Ivins its highest civilian honor for his work on an anthrax vaccine. Friday, the government had little to say about him, following his apparent suicide and media reports that the FBI was preparing to charge him with the 2001 anthrax mailings. Ivins was a Frederick resident who worked at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, was a member of St. John Evangelical Catholic Church and a volunteer with the American Red Cross. He once said he taught himself to juggle to correct his nature...
  • Some saw dark side of accused anthrax killer Bruce Ivins

    08/01/2008 2:51:27 PM PDT · by Shermy · 31 replies · 229+ views
    AP ^ | August 1, 2008
    <p>FREDERICK, Md. - Bruce E. Ivins was a juggler, a gardener, a church musician, a Red Cross volunteer — and a suspected multiple murderer, according to federal authorities.</p> <p>Some people who knew him scoffed at the government’s assertion that Ivins sent the anthrax letters that killed five people and sickened 17 in the fall of 2001. But court documents indicate the outwardly mild-mannered Ivins had a menacing side.</p>
  • Congressman Holt Statement on FBI Settlement...in Botched Anthrax Attack Investigation

    06/28/2008 11:24:55 AM PDT · by Shermy · 33 replies · 310+ views
    Holt's website ^ | June 27, 2008 | Congressman Rush Holt (D -NJ)
    (Washington, D.C.) – The following is a statement from Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) in reaction to today’s announcement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it had agreed to pay former Army biowarfare expert Dr. Steven Hatfill $5.8 million in a settlement related to the FBI’s previously naming Hatfill a “person of interest” in the investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks on the United States. The attacks originated from a postal box in Holt’s central New Jersey congressional district, disrupting the lives and livelihoods of many of his constituents: “As today’s settlement announcement confirms, this case was botched from...
  • Hatfill Settles $10M Libel Lawsuit

    02/27/2007 8:58:30 AM PST · by EdLake · 111 replies · 3,860+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | February 27, 2007 | Josh Gerstein
    Hatfill Settles $10M Libel Lawsuit By JOSH GERSTEIN Staff Reporter of the Sun February 27, 2007 A former Army scientist named by investigators as a "person of interest" in the 2001 anthrax attacks, Dr. Steven Hatfill, has settled his $10 million libel suit against Vanity Fair and Reader's Digest after the two magazines agreed to retract any implication that the bioweapons specialist was behind the deadly anthrax mailings. A statement issued today by a lawyer for Dr. Hatfill, Hassan Zavareei, said the case "has now been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of all the parties." He did not indicate whether...
  • Anthrax Sleuthing: Science aids a nettlesome FBI criminal probe

    12/05/2006 1:31:23 PM PST · by Qwertrew · 87 replies · 3,325+ views
    Chemical & Engineering News ^ | 12/4/2006 | Lois R. Ember
    It was a tense, unsettling time. A mere week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, anthrax-laced letters began coursing through the mails on their way to several news organs and two U.S. senators, delivering death to five and mayhem to a nation. This first major act of bioterrorism on U.S. soil triggered one of the largest, most complex, and costliest investigations ever undertaken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and still the person who mailed the letters remains at large. This September, Joseph Persichini Jr., acting assistant director of the FBI's Washington field office, acknowledged the major, if unheralded,...
  • Setback for Times in Anthrax Suit [They lose on appeal]

    11/03/2006 5:52:51 AM PST · by aculeus · 4 replies · 589+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | November 3, 2006 | By NEIL A. LEWIS
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 — A federal judge in Virginia on Thursday upheld a ruling by a magistrate judge that The New York Times must disclose the identities of three sources used by Nicholas D. Kristof for columns he wrote on the deadly anthrax mailings of 2001. The judge, Claude M. Hilton of Federal District Court, ruled that last month’s opinion was “not clearly erroneous or contrary to law.” The order is part of a case of defamation brought against The Times by Stephen J. Hatfill, who asserts that columns by Mr. Kristof suggested he was responsible for the attacks. The...
  • Five Years Later, Anthrax Questions Swirl Anew at FBI

    10/13/2006 3:46:10 PM PDT · by Shermy · 242 replies · 5,329+ views
    Newhouse ^ | October 13, 2006 | Kevin Coughlin
    Nobody has been arrested for the anthrax mailings of 2001, but many people have paid for the crime. Five died and at least 17 others got sick. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been frustrated. Careers have crumbled. Taxpayers have gotten socked for billions of dollars to shore up bioterror defenses that some experts say still fall short. Now, an analysis from the FBI itself, buried in a microbiology journal, is raising more questions about the investigation. In the August issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, FBI scientist Douglas Beecher sought to set the record straight. Anthrax spores mailed to...
  • The Anthrax Murders: A Muddy Case Gets Murkier !

    10/03/2006 5:11:27 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 4 replies · 331+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 10/03/07 | vanity
    FBI scientist Douglas Beecher's report says he found NO additive in the Anthrax preparation he tested-only pure spores. The US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology says they examined the same specimens-and found silica in them. I believe both were reporting in good faith.
  • FBI denies overestimating anthrax power

    09/28/2006 5:33:03 PM PDT · by Shermy · 52 replies · 1,104+ views
    AP ^ | September 28, 2006 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    WASHINGTON - The FBI denied Thursday that it ever overestimated the potency of the anthrax spores used in mailings that killed five people in 2001. The bureau also rejected a request for a classified briefing on the case from Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J. Citing media reports, Holt said Wednesday that the FBI should have determined in days, not years, that the anthrax was less sophisticated than initially believed. Shortly after the attacks, media reports said the spores contained additives and had been subjected to sophisticated milling — both techniques used in anthrax-based weapons — to make them more lethal. Earlier...
  • Congressman wants FBI anthrax briefing

    09/27/2006 2:12:08 PM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 66 replies · 1,248+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | 10/27/06 | DONNA DE LA CRUZ
    Wednesday, September 27, 2006 · Last updated 11:43 a.m. PT http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1153AP_FBI_Anthrax.html Congressman wants FBI anthrax briefing By DONNA DE LA CRUZ ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER WASHINGTON -- A New Jersey congressman said Wednesday it should have taken the FBI days, not years, to determine the anthrax used in 2001 that killed five people was much less sophisticated than believed. Democratic Rep. Rush Holt asked FBI Director Robert Mueller for a classified briefing about the status of the bureau's investigation into who was behind the attacks. Several published reports this week said the FBI had acknowledged the anthrax used in the attacks...
  • FBI official leading anthrax probe off the case

    09/20/2006 12:37:05 PM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 21 replies · 1,160+ views
    NBC ^ | 9/19/06 | Jim Popkin
    Agency says it remains committed to solving the 5-year-old mystery WASHINGTON - The top FBI official in charge of the investigation into the deadly anthrax attacks has left the case, NBC News has learned. Richard "Rick" Lambert had been the inspector of the so-called AMERITHRAX case since September 2002, and had run every aspect of the five-year-old investigation. Just last month, he was transferred to the Knoxville, Tenn., field office of the FBI as its special agent in charge, according to the FBI. Lambert was the public face of the case, and his transfer is sure to fuel speculation that...
  • Lawyers Seek Leak Sources in Anthrax Suit

    04/11/2006 12:35:22 PM PDT · by Shermy · 8 replies · 654+ views
    AP ^ | April 11, 2006 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON - Lawyers for a scientist investigated in the 2001 anthrax killings have questioned at least two journalists and are subpoenaeing other reporters, seeking the identities of their confidential government sources. Through a lawsuit, Steven Hatfill is trying to track down suspected leakers at the FBI and the Justice Department who made Hatfill the focus of news coverage regarding anthrax-laced letters mailed to members of the press and to two United States senators. Hatfill's lawsuit alleges violations of the Privacy Act and his constitutional rights to due process and free speech. Newsweek magazine reporter Michael Isikoff and ABC correspondent Brian...
  • N.Y. Anthrax Victim Fighting For Life

    02/25/2006 9:14:08 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 8 replies · 540+ views
    <p>A drum maker who became infected with anthrax after inhaling spores from raw animal hides is in serious condition, with breathing trouble.</p> <p>But officials are reassuring the public that there's no broader health risk from the case.</p> <p>The outlook for 44-year-old Vado Diomande was a shift from earlier this week, when officials said he was breathing on his own and in relatively good shape for someone exposed to anthrax.</p>
  • NYC Officials Report Anthrax Inhalation

    02/22/2006 12:48:00 PM PST · by TrebleRebel · 37 replies · 1,131+ views
    AP ^ | 2/22/06 | SARA KUGLER
    By SARA KUGLER, Associated Press Writer 17 minutes ago NEW YORK - A New York City man has been hospitalized with a case of anthrax that a federal law enforcement official said may have been contracted from animal skins during a visit to Africa. ADVERTISEMENT The infection appeared to be accidental, and authorities did not believe it was related to terrorism, the official said. The man traveled recently to the west coast of Africa and became ill shortly after his return, said a federal law enforcement official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. It was not clear...
  • Little Progress In FBI Probe of Anthrax Attacks

    09/16/2005 7:06:23 AM PDT · by Gene Vidocq · 71 replies · 1,687+ views
    .washingtonpost.com ^ | Sept 16 2005 | Allan Lengel
    FBI officials said yesterday that investigators are still working diligently to find whoever was responsible for the anthrax-bacteria-laced mailings, which killed five people, sickened 17 others and led to the temporary shutdown of the House, Senate and Supreme Court buildings and numerous postal facilities. They said they are getting assistance from forensics experts and scientific researchers from law enforcement agencies, the intelligence community, university laboratories and private corporations...... *** In the past year, the number of FBI agents on the case has dropped from 31 to 21, authorities said. During the same time, the number of postal inspectors has fallen...
  • The Overlooked Attack (Anthrax- 'a grave, ongoing and unsolved threat')

    07/14/2005 10:54:06 AM PDT · by Gene Vidocq · 31 replies · 1,229+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2005 | Washington Post Editorial
    'Missing from his (The Presidents Quantico) address, however, was any reference to the strikes on U.S. soil that occurred in the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, from a biological agent called anthrax -- a grave, ongoing and unsolved threat.. A small amount of powder in five letters managed to kill five people in Washington, Florida and New York, and sickened... The U.S. postal system was brought to its knees in several cities... Congressional offices were evacuated. The cost of responding to the attacks on the U.S. Postal Service alone reached an estimated $1 billion, and that's not counting the additional...
  • "Anthrax Bloodhounds & Justice Delayed:Justice To Quash Testimony of Bioweaponeer's Wife

    07/05/2005 9:23:45 AM PDT · by Gene Vidocq · 17 replies · 1,345+ views
    Internet Free Press ^ | July 5, 2005 | Investigative Reporter
    The US Justice Department filed a motion Friday to quash testimony by wife of bioweaponeer William Patrick III in the lawsuit: Steven J. Hatfill, M.D. v. Attorney General John Ashcroft, The Department of Justice; The Federal Bureau of Investigation (et al). Headed by former federal prosecutor Tom Connelly, pro bono attorney's for Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, the former person of interest in the anthrax letters case, have been quietly doing battle behind the scenes with attorney's for the US Justice Department, in the United States District Court for The District of Columbia. Dr. Steven Hatfill's life was publically dismantled, rendering...
  • NY Times: Qaeda Letters Are Said to Show Pre-9/11 Anthrax Plans! [5/21/2005]

    05/21/2005 12:52:15 AM PDT · by Southack · 128 replies · 5,626+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/21/2005 | ERIC LIPTON
    Qaeda Letters Are Said to Show Pre-9/11 Anthrax Plans WASHINGTON, May 20 -Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan began to assemble the equipment necessary to build a rudimentary biological weapons laboratory before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, letters released by the Defense Department show.... The letters are among the documents recovered in late 2001 after the invasion of Afghanistan that United States intelligence officials have frequently cited as evidence that Al Qaeda was working to develop biological weapons.The letters...detail a visit by an unnamed Qaeda scientist to a laboratory at an unspecified location where he was shown "a special confidential room"...
  • Two labs confirmed Pentagon anthrax: same genetic strain used in the 2001 attacks.

    03/21/2005 10:54:21 AM PST · by Gene Vidocq · 210 replies · 8,748+ views
    UPI ^ | March 21, 2005 | Dee Ann Divis
    WASHINGTON -- Anthrax has been confirmed in samples collected from the two Pentagon mail facilities that were at first closed last week and then declared free of the pathogen, United Press International has learned. The head of the company that was accused of contaminating the samples sent from those facilities -- a detached building on the Pentagon grounds in Arlington, Va., and the other in Falls Church, Va. -- said the presence of anthrax was detected independently by two government laboratories. Robert B. Harris, president and chief executive officer of Commonwealth Biotechnologies Inc. in Richmond, Va., also said the anthrax...
  • Anthrax deaths remain a mystery - Feds devoting 1,000 man-hours per week to the investigation

    03/16/2005 10:57:13 PM PST · by Gene Vidocq · 22 replies · 962+ views
    Monday's false alarm anthrax scare at three Pentagon letter-processing centers served as a reminder of the October 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five persons and remain unsolved. Investigators have made no arrests and have named no suspects in the 31/2-year-old probe into who sent the anthrax letters to senate offices on Capitol Hill and media outlets in Florida and New York. But authorities, who say they are still devoting more than 1,000 man-hours per week to the investigation, said there's no statute of limitations on murder so it's unlikely the probe will end because of a lack of leads. "We...
  • Anthrax Story Raises a Bigger Question

    03/15/2005 4:19:58 PM PST · by WL-law · 36 replies · 1,003+ views
    self | 03-15-05 | WL-Law
    The latest anthrax reports in military mailrooms -- off-again, on-again, first positive, then negative -- raise an important observation, which is to observe, in retrospect, the MSM's absolutely, totally incurious attitude toward the 9/11 related anthrax attacks during the election cycle.There were no anthrax-related questions at the debates, no anthrax investigations by the media, no retrospective stories.Likewise with the so-called 9/11 commission.It was as if -- it never happened.Why?? It was, like Ann Coulter said, as if the MSM had their hands over their ears and humming aloud at the thought that someone might bring the subject up.And there's a...
  • Positive Identification of Anthrax at Pentagon [developing]

    03/14/2005 4:57:45 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 123 replies · 8,164+ views
    Press Service [afisnews_sender@DTIC.MIL] | WASHINGTON, March 14, 2005 | By John D. Banusiewicz
    By John D. Banusiewicz American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 14, 2005 - Defense Department officials confirmed that a positive test for the presence of anthrax bacteria during routine mail operations today led to the evacuation of a Pentagon outbuilding. However, officials stressed, subsequent tests have been negative.
  • Pentagon Checked for Chemical Agents

    03/14/2005 2:55:34 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 30 replies · 828+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 3-14-05 | unknown
    WASHINGTON - A hazardous materials team on Monday investigated an alarm triggered by sensors that detected the presence of chemical or biological agents at the Pentagon (news - web sites)'s mail delivery building, a military spokesman said. Officials shut down the facility, which is in a separate structure on the northwest side of the Pentagon grounds, shortly after the sensors were triggered around 10:30 a.m. EST, spokesman Glenn Flood said. It was expected to remain closed until at least Tuesday while the investigation continued.
  • Workers Can't Sue Postal Officials Over Anthrax, Judge Rules

    11/20/2004 11:46:06 AM PST · by TrebleRebel · 341 replies · 11,543+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/20/04 | Carol D. Leonnig
    A federal judge ruled yesterday that U.S. Postal Service officials had no special responsibility to alert workers at the Brentwood postal facility to deadly anthrax contamination in the building and cannot be sued by the employees. --------------------- U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer said she found ample reason to believe that the officials showed deliberate indifference to worker safety by keeping the plant operating for four days after they privately confirmed the toxic spores had spread through the facility. ---------------------- Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said, "We can't imagine that in the end that courts will sanction government supervisors...
  • Anthrax Vaccine Maker Developing Maryland Plant

    12/05/2004 1:26:41 PM PST · by Shermy · 3 replies · 393+ views
    AP ^ | November 30, 2004
    FREDERICK, Md. - The nation's only maker of a licensed anthrax vaccine cut the ribbon Tuesday for a new plant capable of producing 100 million doses annually for sale to federal, state, local and foreign governments. Emergent BioSolutions Inc., the newly formed parent of anthrax vaccine maker BioPort Corp., is buying a building for the $95 million plant in an industrial park south of Frederick. The federal government has agreed to include a minimum of 5 million doses of Emergent's vaccine in a developing national stockpile of antidotes to biological and chemical weapons. The company will continue operating its plant...
  • N.Y. Times Seeks Hatfill Suit Dismissal

    10/15/2004 4:40:00 PM PDT · by cgk · 19 replies · 1,394+ views
    Newsday ^ | 10-15-04 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The New York Times asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss a libel lawsuit against the paper filed by a bioterrorism expert named by the FBI as a "person of interest" in the 2001 anthrax attacks. Times attorney David Schulz told the judge that no reasonable reader would walk away from the columns in question with the impression that the newspaper was accusing Steven J. Hatfill of any crimes.
  • Judge admonishes government lawyers in anthrax lawsuit case

    10/07/2004 10:18:28 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 26 replies · 1,829+ views
    AP ^ | 10/7/04 | HOPE YEN
    Judge admonishes government lawyers in anthrax lawsuit case
  • Hatfill strikes back in anthrax case (Don Foster sued)

    10/04/2004 12:46:21 PM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 88 replies · 2,093+ views
    NBC ^ | 10/04/04 | Jim Popkin
    For more than two years, Steven Hatfill has lived life in legal limbo. Publicly branded a 'person of interest" in the anthrax case, he's never been charged with any crime. Now Hatfill is striking back, in a libel lawsuit against one of his many armchair accusers. Court documents show that Hatfill has filed suit against Donald Foster, an English professor at Vassar College who wrote about Hatfill in the October 2003 issue of Vanity Fair. Hatfill claims Foster and other defendants defamed him by leaving 'no doubt in the minds of reasonable readers that he was imputing guilt for the...
  • Some Fort Detrick Labs Closed

    07/20/2004 1:43:56 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 295 replies · 4,748+ views
    WJZ ^ | Jul 20, 2004 10:25 am
    /table> Some Fort Detrick Labs Closed 10:25 AM Jul 20, 2004 10:25 am US/Eastern Frederick, MD (WJZ)Federal agents are combing a number of laboratory suites at Fort Detrick in Frederick for evidence of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Fort Detrick spokesman Charles Dasey says the labs have been closed since Friday at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, home to the Army's biological warfare defense program. A law enforcement source tells The Associated Press that the activity is related to the anthrax mailings that killed five people and sickened 17 in October of 2001. FBI agents have frequently...
  • Postal Worker's Letter Tied To Slaying of Afghan Leader

    05/12/2002 10:46:28 PM PDT · by LarryLied · 26 replies · 2,448+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/13/02 | Steve Fainaru and Brooke A. Masters
    NEW YORK -- Authorities believe a U.S. postal employee in custody here helped draft a letter of introduction that may have been used by two men who posed as journalists to assassinate a leading opposition figure in Afghanistan last fall, according to a U.S. official familiar with the case.Click here for full Washington Post article
  • Dr. Berry probed for alleged anthrax connection by FBI, charged on four counts of domestic violence

    08/06/2004 3:44:56 PM PDT · by Shermy · 33 replies · 1,497+ views
    Wellsville Daily Record ^ | August 6, 2004 | John Anderson
    WELLSVILLE -- Despite having three places he was involved in searched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, Dr. Kenneth M. Berry, 46, of Wellsville, was arrested, but on a domestic violence charge in New Jersey. Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) Police charged Dr. Berry with four counts of assault and a temporary restraining order was issued by Judge James A. Ligouri. Agents from the FBI executed a search warrant at two homes in Wellsville Thursday as part of an investigation into "the origin of the anthrax-laced letters mailed in September and October of 2001 which resulted in the deaths...
  • FBI Searches NY and NJ Houses in Anthrax Probe

    08/05/2004 1:34:48 PM PDT · by woofie · 6 replies · 720+ views
    (Reuters) ^ | Aug 5, 2:54 PM
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The FBI is searching houses in New York and New Jersey in connection with the spread of the anthrax bacteria in the mail in 2001 that killed five people, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. Law enforcement officials said that searches were under way in the town of Wellsville, New York, which is near Buffalo close to the border with Canada and in another house in Lavallette, New Jersey, 85 miles east of Philadelphia. "The FBI and the U.S. postal inspection service are conducting searches at multiple locations in New York and New Jersey," FBI spokeswoman Donna...
  • FBI, Post Office Searching New York, New Jersey Locations In Anthrax Probe

    08/05/2004 11:30:49 AM PDT · by Shermy · 112 replies · 4,052+ views
    WNBC ^ | AUgust 5, 2004
    NEWARK, N.J. -- The FBI and Postal Inspection Service on Thursday searched locations in Newark and Wellsville, N.Y., in connection with the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, the FBI said. The searches began and will probably be completed on Thursday, said Ed Cogswell, and FBI spokesman in Washington. He said he did not know what sort of locations were being searched, and said the supporting information for the search warrants was sealed. No arrests have been made, he said. He declined to provide further details about the searches. "It's part of the investigative effort. I can't go beyond that," Cogswell said....
  • Analysis May Yield Clues to Origins of Anthrax Mail

    05/09/2002 11:31:36 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 262+ views
    New York Times ^ | Friday, May 10, 2002 | By NICHOLAS WADE
    May 10, 2002 Analysis May Yield Clues to Origins of Anthrax MailBy NICHOLAS WADE esearchers said yesterday that they had found subtle differences among samples of the same anthrax strain, increasing hopes of identifying the laboratory that might have been the source of the microbes used in last fall's anthrax mailings. The scientists, who work at the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Md., said it would take only a few weeks to complete some tests on samples that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had collected from research laboratories that possess the Ames strain of anthrax, the type used in...
  • FBI Imposes October Deadline to Make a Case in the 2001 Anthrax Poisonings

    07/20/2004 7:51:05 PM PDT · by Shermy · 63 replies · 1,596+ views
    ABC ^ | July 20, 2004
    July 20, 2004 — FBI agents returned to search the U.S. Army's biological weapons labs at Fort Detrick, Md., as part of a last-ditch effort by the bureau to make a case in the 2001 anthrax attacks, federal officials tell ABC News. The FBI has set a self-imposed Oct. 1 deadline for its agents to build a case that will stand up in court, officials said. After matching the anthrax used in the deadly attacks with anthrax at the Army facility, investigators now hope to further narrow the hunt among the hundreds of researchers who have worked at the Fort...
  • Senator Grassley Asks Attorney General To Explain Actions In Anthrax Case (about Hatfill)

    09/18/2002 5:52:28 PM PDT · by Shermy · 35 replies · 969+ views
    AP ^ | September 18, 2002
    WASHINGTON - A Republican senator Wednesday questioned the Justice Department's actions against Dr. Steven Hatfill, who is categorized by the government as "a person of interest" in the investigation into the anthrax attacks. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Attorney General John Ashcroft to explain the government policy that prompted the Louisiana State University Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education to sever its ties to Hatfill. The scientist was placed on administrative leave the day after the Justice Department's Office for Domestic Preparedness e-mailed instructions to "immediately cease and desist" from using Hatfill on any DOJ contract. LSU fired him Sept. 3, saying...
  • Former Army Scientist Sues New York Times, Columnist

    07/13/2004 9:47:49 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 41 replies · 2,041+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 07/13/04 | Jerry Markon
    Former Army Scientist Sues New York Times, Columnist By Jerry Markon Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, July 14, 2004; Page A07 The former Army scientist identified by authorities as a "person of interest" in the 2001 anthrax attacks sued the New York Times Co. and columnist Nicholas D. Kristof yesterday, claiming the paper defamed him in a series of columns that identified him as the likely culprit. The lawsuit, filed by Steven J. Hatfill in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, said Kristof identified him as the anthrax killer to "light a fire" under investigators in their probe of the anthrax-spore...
  • Distinct signature found in ’01 anthrax

    07/04/2004 6:08:42 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 233 replies · 5,542+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/7/04 | Scott Shane
    Distinct signature found in ’01 anthrax Discovery raises hope that source can be traced By Scott Shane Sun National Staff Originally published July 4, 2004 In a possible break for the FBI's investigation of the anthrax letters of 2001, scientists have discovered that the mailed anthrax was a mix of two slightly different samples, giving the bacteria a distinct signature that might make it easier to match with a source, according to two non-government experts who have been told of the finding. The discovery that bacteria taken from the letters all grew in the double pattern was made at least...
  • Daschle Names Names

    10/16/2003 5:53:15 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 39 replies · 221+ views
    Roll Call Inc. | 10/15/2003 | Jennifer Yachnin
    Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D) has unveiled one of the most closely guarded facts about the 2001 anthrax attack on Capitol Hill, revealing the identity of the intern who unwittingly opened the chemically laced letter exactly two years ago today. Following the Oct. 15, 2001, incident, both the lawmaker and his staff made a concerted effort to shield the staffer's identity, indicating in news reports only that it was a female intern. But in his new book on the 107th Congress, set for release next month, Daschle names Grant Leslie as the intern who opened the fateful letter in...
  • Saddam's WMD hidden in Syria, says Iraq survey chief

    01/24/2004 5:07:40 PM PST · by saquin · 206 replies · 12,675+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/25/04 | Con Coughlin
    David Kay, the former head of the coalition's hunt for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, yesterday claimed that part of Saddam Hussein's secret weapons programme was hidden in Syria. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Dr Kay, who last week resigned as head of the Iraq Survey Group, said that he had uncovered evidence that unspecified materials had been moved to Syria shortly before last year's war to overthrow Saddam. "We are not talking about a large stockpile of weapons," he said. "But we know from some of the interrogations of former Iraqi officials that a lot of material...