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  • The Anthrax Attacks Remain Unsolved

    01/26/2010 3:19:58 PM PST · by Allan · 22 replies · 812+ views
    Wall Street Journal. ^ | 2010 January 24 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks ended as far as the public knew on July 29, 2008, with the death of Bruce Ivins, a senior biodefense researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Md. The cause of death was an overdose of the painkiller Tylenol. No autopsy was performed, and there was no suicide note.
  • FBI official leading anthrax probe off the case

    09/20/2006 12:37:05 PM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 22 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...
  • Former F.B.I. Agent Sues, Claiming Retaliation Over Misgivings in Anthrax Case

    04/16/2015 10:30:01 AM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 April 2015 | Scott Shane
    When Bruce E. Ivins, an Army microbiologist, took a fatal overdose of Tylenol in 2008, the government declared that he had been responsible for the anthrax letter attacks of 2001, which killed five people and set off a nationwide panic, and closed the case. Now, a former senior F.B.I. agent who ran the anthrax investigation for four years says that the bureau gathered “a staggering amount of exculpatory evidence” regarding Dr. Ivins that remains secret. The former agent, Richard L. Lambert, who spent 24 years at the F.B.I., says he believes it is possible that Dr. Ivins was the anthrax...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • The Strange World Of Dr. Anthrax [Bruce Ivins] (Ivins: "I'm Voting For Obama!"

    03/01/2010 10:44:30 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies · 1,501+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 3/1/2010 | Staff
    Ivins was bondage and sorority obsessed cross dressing yankee hater. March 1- After the Department of Justice last month formally closed its probe of the 2001 Anthrax attacks, the FBI released the years-long investigation that ended with officials concluding that Bruce Ivins, a government scientist who committed suicide in July 2008, was responsible for the mailings that killed five victims. ...
  • F.B.I., Laying Out Evidence, Closes Anthrax Letters Case

    02/19/2010 7:07:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies · 895+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 20, 2010 | SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON — More than eight years after anthrax-laced letters killed five people and terrorized the country, the F.B.I. on Friday closed its investigation, adding eerie new details to its case that the 2001 attacks were carried out by Bruce E. Ivins, an Army biodefense expert who killed himself in 2008. A 92-page report, which concludes what by many measures is the largest investigation in F.B.I. history, laid out the evidence against Dr. Ivins, including his equivocal answers when asked by a friend in a recorded conversation about whether he was the anthrax mailer. “If I found out I was involved...
  • FBI formally closes protracted anthrax case

    02/19/2010 3:11:29 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 3 replies · 353+ views
    AP News ^ | 02/19/2010 | AP News
    WASHINGTON – The FBI sought to close the book on its long, frustrating hunt for the killer behind the 2001 anthrax letters Friday, formally ending its investigation and concluding a mentally unhinged scientist was responsible for killing five people and unnerving Americans nationwide. After years of false leads, no arrests and public criticism, the FBI and Justice Department said Dr. Bruce Ivins, a government researcher, acted alone. Ivins killed himself in 2008 as prosecutors prepared to indict him for the attacks. He had denied involvement, and his family and some friends have continued to insist he was innocent. Investigators had...
  • AP Source: FBI formally closes anthrax case

    02/19/2010 10:00:58 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 356+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 19, 2010 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI has decided with finality that a government researcher acted alone in the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings and is closing its long-running investigation, a person familiar with the case said Friday. The anthrax letters were sent to lawmakers and news organizations as the nation reeled in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The person informed of the decision to close the case was not authorized to speak about it before an official announcement expected later Friday, and therefore spoke on condition of anonymity.
  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/19/2010 12:11:46 PM PST · by Vidocq · 39 replies · 2,391+ views
    npr. ^ | February 19, 2010
    The FBI has concluded that a former Army researcher was solely responsible for the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, ending a nearly nine-year investigation, NPR has learned from sources familiar with the case. Officials planned to release new evidence Friday proving that Dr. Bruce Ivins, 62, mailed poison-laced letters to a handful of politicians and newspaper outlets — a finding the bureau advanced during its preliminary investigation more than a year ago. Five people died and 17 were sickened by the attacks. Government investigators were still several major legal steps away from indicting Ivins when he killed himself in 2008. The...
  • The Anthrax Case Falls Apart

    01/01/2010 5:03:54 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 7 replies · 828+ views
    Jay Epstein's Weblog ^ | December 21, 2009 | Jay Epstein
    The vast anthrax investigation, code-named Amerithrax, ended as far as the public knew on July 29 2008 with the death of Dr. Bruce Ivins, a microbiologist/wiki/Biodefense at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Maryland, at the nearby Frederick Memorial Hospital. The proximate cause of death was an overdose of the pain-killer Tylenol. No autopsy was performed, and there was no suicide note. Less than a week after his apparent suicide, the FBI declared Dr. Ivins to have been the sole perpetrator of the 2001 Anthrax attacks, and the person who mailed deadly anthrax...
  • Committee formed to review FBI anthrax investigation

    07/02/2009 11:33:39 AM PDT · by Justice Department · 6 replies · 770+ views
    fredericknewspost ^ | July 02, 2009 | Justin M. Palk
    The public has 20 days to comment on the makeup of an independent committee being assembled to study the science the FBI used in its investigation into the 2001 anthrax mailings. The 14 provisional members of the National Academy of Sciences study committee include medical doctors, chemists, microbiologists and a U.S. District Court judge. The academy will consider public comments on the proposed committee membership before finalizing the roster. The FBI requested the study last year, after critics questioned the validity of the science it used in matching the anthrax used in the 2001 mailings with that in a flask...
  • USAMRIID RMR records – Dr. Bruce Ivins’ flask 1029 two documents don’t match

    07/25/2009 8:38:53 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 9 replies · 1,466+ views
    Case Closed ^ | 7/25/09 | Lew Weinstein
    USAMRIID RMR records – Dr. Bruce Ivins’ flask 1029 two documents don’t match ****** I have now received new documents, from DXer, in addition to the previously redacted copy of the RMR-1029 records that I posted here (* Dr. Bruce Ivins RMR-1029 inventory records, from 1997 to 2003, pursuant to a FOIA request) on June 26. One of the new documents is an unredacted copy of the above, showing names and locations of where aliquots of RMR-1029 were shipped to. The other document is the ORIGINAL working document of 1997 when there was still 1000ml in the flask and no...
  • Anthrax investigation still yielding findings[Bruce Ivins]

    02/26/2009 6:32:39 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 2,364+ views
    Nature ^ | 25 Feb 2009 | Roberta Kwok
    Chemical composition of spores doesn't match suspect flask. The deadly bacterial spores mailed to victims in the US anthrax attacks, scientists say, share a chemical 'fingerprint' that is not found in bacteria from the flask linked to Bruce Ivins, the biodefence researcher implicated in the crime. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alleges that Ivins, who committed suicide last July, was the person responsible for mailing letters laden with Bacillus anthracis to news media and congressional offices in 2001, killing five people and sickening 17. The FBI used genetic analyses to trace the mailed spores back to a flask called...
  • Boca Raton Publisher Targeted In Anthrax Hoax

    02/24/2009 11:52:38 AM PST · by Justice Department · 10 replies · 1,396+ views ^ | Feb 22, 2009
    Investigators are trying to determine who sent a suspicious letter to a Boca Raton publishing company that was targeted in 2001 in a deadly anthrax attack. Friday the offices of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Inquirer, the Sun, Star magazine and other grocery store tabloids, were evacuated for about 45 minutes after a letter containing a white powder arrived at the company. Police were able to determine the powder was harmless. Sun photo editor Bob Stevens, 63, died in October 2001 was the first fatality from the anthrax attacks that killed four others and harmed 17 from Florida...
  • Suicided "Anthrax Mailer wrote song for teacher Christa McAuliffe killed in space shuttle explosion.

    12/21/2008 12:57:44 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 1,603+ views
    In February 1986, the scientist who FBI officials now say was behind the anthrax mailings that killed an Oxford woman and four others, applied for a U.S. copyright for a song about the death of New Hampshire schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded. Bruce Ivins' application for "Christa's Song (Reach for the Stars)" was denied. According to authorities, Ivins committed suicide as he was about to be indicted in connection with the 2001 anthrax attacks.
  • Scientific impossibility: Did FBI get their man in Bruce Ivins?

    11/17/2008 7:46:08 AM PST · by TrebleRebel · 29 replies · 3,326+ views
    Baltimore Examiner ^ | 11/16/08 | Deborah Rudacille
    Scientific impossibility: Did FBI get their man in Bruce Ivins? By Deborah Rudacille Examiner Correspondent 11/16/08 Bruce Ivins was a cold-blooded murderer, a deranged psycho-killer, who in the fall of 2001, cooked up a virulent batch of powdered anthrax, drove to Princeton, N.J., and mailed letters loaded with the lethal mix to five news organizations and two U.S. senators. At least, that’s what the FBI says. The letters infected 22 people, killing five, including two Maryland postal workers. The sixth victim of the madness was Ivins himself, a 62-year-old biodefense researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious...
  • FBI Seeks Anthrax-Scare Culprit

    10/24/2008 10:36:28 AM PDT · by Prunetacos · 55 replies · 2,702+ views
    The FBI has posted a $100,000 reward for help in finding who sent identical letters containing what turned out to be a harmless white powder to banking offices across the country. All 50 letters, which were sent between Oct. 17 and 18, were postmarked Amarillo, Texas. FBI today released the text of the letters on its Web site: "STEAL TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE'S MONEY AND NOT EXPECT REPERCUSSIONS. IT'S PAYBACK TIME. WHAT YOU JUST BREATHED IN WILL KILL YOU WITHIN 10 DAYS. THANK (Redacted) AND THE FDIC FOR YOUR DEMISE."
  • FBI won't release details on anthrax suspect

    10/03/2008 12:06:54 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 800+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 30 Sep 2008 | Marisa Taylor
    The FBI is declining to release at least 15,000 pages of documents related to the now deceased prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks despite lingering suspicions that the bureau has accused the wrong man. In August, the FBI and Justice Department identified Bruce Ivins, a former microbiologist at the U.S. Army's biological weapons research center at Fort Detrick, Md., as the "only person involved" in the attacks that killed five people and terrorized the nation. But David M. Hardy, the section chief of the FBI's records management division, notified McClatchy that his office could not immediately release the records...
  • Documents: Ivins bragged he knew anthrax killer

    09/24/2008 4:49:48 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 17 replies · 1,510+ views
    AP ^ | 1 hour ago
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bruce Ivins, the Army scientist accused of carrying out the 2001 anthrax attacks, e-mailed himself last year saying he knew who the killer was, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. "Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!!!! I finally know who mailed the anthrax letters in the fall of 2001. I've pieced it together!" Ivins wrote in the e-mail dated Sept. 7, 2007, according to an FBI affidavit. "I'm not looking forward to everybody getting dragged through the mud, but at least it will all be over," Ivins allegedly wrote. "Finally! I should have it TOTALLY nailed down within the month....
  • The oversight joke - Mueller stonewalls at anthrax hearing

    09/16/2008 2:31:52 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 10 replies · 751+ views
    salon. ^ | Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008 | Glenn Greenwald
    FBI Director Robert Mueller is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee today, currently live-streamed on C-SPAN. An article this morning in The Washington Post dramatically touted the hearing as one in which, as the headline put it, "Lawmakers Are Seeking Answers in Anthrax Case -- FBI's Mueller to Be Queried by House Panel About Evidence Against Researcher." The article itself claimed that "the strength of the government's evidence against Bruce E. Ivins . . . will be tested anew today when FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III appears before the House Judiciary Committee" .....Mueller won't provide the Committee with even...
  • Rep. Bartlett skeptical that Ivins sent anthrax

    09/12/2008 5:13:06 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 4 replies · 495+ views
    examiner ^ | Sep 12, 2008
    Rep. Roscoe Bartlett is ridiculing part of the FBI's explanation for the 2001 anthrax attacks. And the Maryland Republican says he's skeptical about the agency's conclusion that biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins grew the anthrax in his laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick and then mailed it to unsuspecting victims, five of whom died......
  • The FBI's Investigation of Bruce Ivins and Its Conclusions

    09/05/2008 5:27:29 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 89 replies · 1,745+ views
    The FBI's Investigation of Bruce Ivins and Its Conclusions Marilyn W. Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Reporter and Editor for The Washington Post She talks of the "big remaining holes" in the case against Ivins. The scientific analysis led to a flask which was the parent of isolates accessible to a 100 plus known people. The press has filed a motion seeking to unseal the evidence filed in the case from the start. The first caller perhaps is Professor Frances Boyle (perhaps not but I strongly suspect it is), a local law professor there with definite political views and his own...
  • FBI Frame-up of Bruce E. Ivins Made Simple

    08/30/2008 9:34:24 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 43 replies · 8,426+ views
    On Wednesday, August 8, 2008, the Department of Justice held a news conference announcing that Bruce E. Ivins, a former anthrax researcher for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), was the sole person responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks. Headed by U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor and FBI Assistant Director Joseph Persichini, the presentation was noteworthy for often not answering relevant questions, but instead referring reporters to several dozen court documents they had just been provided. After hurriedly reading one of these documents I decided to hedge my strong conclusion in an essay that the FBI had...
  • If not Ivins ...(Bruce Ivins had nothing to do with preparing or sending the anthrax letters)

    08/29/2008 7:25:37 AM PDT · by Prunetacos · 85 replies · 1,717+ views
    fredericknewspost. ^ | August 29, 2008 | Katherine Heerbrandt
    When Norm Covert, a conservative former Fort Detrick public affairs officer, and attorney Barry Kissin, liberal activist opposing Detrick's biolab expansion, agree that Bruce Ivins was not the anthrax killer, either the world's spinning off its axis, or the truth is staring us so hard in the face we'd have to be blind to miss it. Covert's piece this week in establishes what many in our community, including scientists and support staff at USAMRIID, past and present, know: Bruce Ivins had nothing to do with preparing or sending the anthrax letters. --
  • A Trained Eye Finally Solved the Anthrax Puzzle

    08/21/2008 10:10:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 723+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 21, 2008 | NICHOLAS WADE
    When the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it had cracked the long-unsolved anthrax case, the turning point cited by the bureau was its identification of a laboratory flask as the source of the anthrax. The dots, or in this case more than a thousand separate anthrax samples, were connected with the help of a group of scientists working secretly for some seven years. They succeeded by using a combination of new techniques not even invented in late 2001 when the anthrax-laced letters were sent, and that most old-fashioned attribute of expert scientists and detectives: a trained eye. Now, in their...
  • 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....
  • Anthrax hair samples don't match

    08/13/2008 5:38:47 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 116 replies · 1,443+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2008 | Carrie Johnson
    Wednesday the Senate Judiciary Committee announced it would call FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to appear at an oversight hearing Sept. 17, when he is likely to be asked about the strength of the government's case against Ivins. A spokeswoman for Sen. Charles Grassley, R- Iowa, a vocal FBI critic, said he would demand more information about how authorities narrowed their search. The House Judiciary panel, meanwhile, is negotiating to host a separate oversight hearing in September with bureau officials, in a session that could mark the first public occasion where Mueller faces questions about the FBI's handling of...
  • Army to review USAMRIID security

    08/09/2008 10:43:53 AM PDT · by JZelle · 2 replies · 209+ views ^ | 8-9-08 | From Staff Reports
    Frederick officials welcomed the announcement Friday of an Army review of security measures at Fort Detrick, while a local peace activist called it a charade. A team of military and civilian experts is being formed in the wake of accusations by the FBI that former Fort Detrick microbiologist Bruce Ivins was behind the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five and injured 17. Ivins died of an apparent suicide July 29. Army Secretary Pete Geren has asked at least a dozen military and civilian officials to scrutinize safety procedures, quality controls and other policies and practices at the United States Army...
  • In Anthrax Case, Hindsight Shifts View of Ivins

    08/08/2008 11:48:09 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 18 replies · 281+ views
    Wall Street Journal (public) ^ | August 9, 2008 | Elizabeth Williamson and Siobhan Gorman
    Actions to Aid Probe Appear Now As Cover-UpWASHINGTON -- One night in autumn 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the worst act of bioterrorism in its history, Bruce Ivins was alone in his cluttered Fort Detrick, Md., office, scrubbing phones, walls and furniture. ...... Dr. Ivins, his colleagues said, argued that al Qaeda was responsible. "He was very passionate about this," former boss Jeffrey Adamovicz said. "He was very agitated." In these conversations, Dr. Ivins dwelled at one point on a purported link between Florida victim Robert Stevens, a photographer for American Media, and an apartment rented to 9/11 ringleader...

    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...
  • Doubts Arise In Bruce Ivins Case

    08/07/2008 11:30:43 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 40 replies · 320+ views
    NPR ^ | August 7, 2008 | Dina Temple-Raston and Madeleine Brand
    August 7, 2008 · The FBI says that, with scientist Bruce Ivins' suicide, the case against him is effectively closed. Doubts are emerging, however, as to whether he really was the 2001 anthrax killer. His handwriting does not match up and he could not have possibly done it all alone, fellow scientists say. FBI Details Case Against Anthrax SuspectThe Justice Department on Wednesday said Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins was "the only person responsible" for the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks. Justice officials unsealed 14 search warrants and affidavits, outlining a damning but still largely circumstantial case against Ivins, who committed suicide...
  • Anthrax suspect passed 2 polygraphs

    08/07/2008 1:29:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 292+ views
    WND ^ | 8-7-08 | staff
    Casting further doubt on the FBI's anthrax case, accused government scientist Bruce Ivins passed two polygraph tests and a handwriting analysis comparing samples of his handwriting to writing contained in the anthrax letters, U.S. officials familiar with the investigation say. The Justice Department yesterday closed the case, announcing the late "Dr. Ivins was the only person responsible for these attacks."
  • 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...
  • Anthrax scientist was a Democrat

    08/07/2008 5:11:30 AM PDT · by coffee260 · 23 replies · 530+ views
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 08/07/08 | Ace
    FBI/DOJ Briefing on the Case Against Bruce IvinsOh, PS: Ivins was a Registered, Real, Vote-in-Every-Primary Democrat; Lefty Blogs Begin Doubting His Guilt Based on This An NPR report details evidence already mentioned.Some highlights from the briefing:* "Sole suspect" in investigation* Focused on Ivins' (USAMRIID) lab in 2005; Ivins in 2007* Identified a "genetically unique" parent material used in attacks called RMR-1029 from single, specific flask; "created and solely maintained by Dr. Ivins;" "no one received material from that flask without going through Dr. Ivins;" ruled out all persons who could have had access to flask, except Ivins * Ivins...
  • Documents: Ivins had custody of purified anthrax

    08/06/2008 12:22:29 PM PDT · by PurpleMan · 6 replies · 185+ views
    Washington Examinier ^ | Aug 6, 2008 | LARA JAKES JORDAN and MATT APUZZO,
    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. 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.
  • 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>
  • FBI used aggressive tactics in anthrax probe (Ivins another Richard Jewell, Steve Hatfill?)

    08/05/2008 8:16:19 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 25 replies · 243+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/5/08 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON - Before killing himself last week, Army scientist Bruce Ivins told friends that government agents had stalked him and his family for months, offered his son $2.5 million to rat him out and tried to turn his hospitalized daughter against him with photographs of dead anthrax victims. The pressure on Ivins was extreme, a high-risk strategy that has failed the FBI before. The government was determined to find the villain in the 2001 anthrax attacks; it was too many years without a solution to the case that shocked and terrified a post-9/11 nation. The last thing the FBI needed...
  • Some Answers Expected in Anthrax Attacks Investigation

    08/05/2008 3:18:20 PM PDT · by Shermy · 11 replies · 150+ views
    Fox 5 ^ | August 5, 2008
    WASHINGTON -- Authorities investigating the 2001 anthrax attacks will begin meeting with victims' families Wednesday to discuss the case, family members said, an indication that some lingering questions in the investigation may soon be answered. The government is expected to declare the case solved but will keep it open for now, according to two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. Several legal and investigatory matters need to be wrapped up before the case can officially be closed, they said. Army scientist Bruce Ivins committed suicide last week as prosecutors prepared to charge him...
  • '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...
  • Bad "News" (Thomas Sowell)

    08/04/2008 9:06:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies · 305+ views ^ | August 5, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    We have forgotten so much about the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that many people may not remember the deadly anthrax spores that were mailed to various prominent people in politics and in the media during that time. None of the intended victims was killed by the anthrax but five other people were, including two postal workers, who apparently became victims because they handled the mail containing anthrax spores. In the instant search for someone to blame, biologist Steven J. Hatfill was publicly named as "a person of interest" in the case by government officials. He...