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  • 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....
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • Who was behind the September 2001 anthrax attacks?

    01/01/2010 5:03:46 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 27 replies · 1,825+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 1, 2010 | Michael Barone
    Here’s some news I missed.Edward Jay Epstein reported on December 21 that the FBI’s anthrax case has fallen apart. In 2008 the FBI declared that Dr. Bruce Ivins, who died an apparent suicide in July 2008, was the perpetrator who sent anthrax-laced letters to members of Congress and others just days after the September 11 attacks. The FBI’s investigation, apparently the most lengthy it had ever conducted, was directed primarily at scientists who had access to anthrax materials. But, Epstein reports, it turns out that Dr. Ivins did not have access to the sophisticated form of anthrax used in September...
  • 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...