Anthrax Scare (News/Activism)

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  • Before the Ebola Czar launches vaccine production, remember how bad Obama Screwed up H1N1

    10/17/2014 6:09:50 PM PDT · by 4yourcountry · 18 replies
    4 your Country ^ | 10/17/2014 | 4YourCountry
    We have known about the H1N1 (Swine Flu), risk for many months now. We knew that last spring's outbreak would turn into a more virulent strain by this fall. That is all basic science. Concerned for our citizens, the government recognized the need to produce substantial volumes of vaccine. We have spent more than $2.2B for H1N1 Swine flu. To date, only a minor amount of this vaccine has been delivered, but concern seems muted. Despite new vaccine manufacturing technologies, we persist in using outdated methods and to spend huge sums of money in a wasteful manner. Why? ..... ....So,...
  • The Trouble With Keeping Commercial Flights Clean

    09/18/2014 6:31:21 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Scott McCartney
    The Middle Seat The Trouble With Keeping Commercial Flights Clean With the Ebola Crisis in the Background, Standards for Disinfecting Planes Vary Based on Time, Class Just how clean are airplanes? Do they really get scrubbed down after each flight? WSJ's Scott McCartney joins Tanya Rivero on Lunch Break with the answers. By Scott McCartney Updated Sept. 17, 2014 The Ebola crisis and heightened concerns about the risk of spreading disease during air travel have focused concern on what airlines do to keep planes clean. It's a murky area without clear regulatory standards. The Federal Aviation Administration says it doesn't...
  • Steven Hatfill's Strange Trip From Accused Terrorist to Medical Adventurer

    06/29/2014 12:05:43 AM PDT · by John Faust · 27 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....
  • Palm Beach Fire Rescue investigating reports of white powder at PBIA

    04/07/2014 7:40:36 AM PDT · by Cementjungle · 20 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 4/7/2014 | Hannah Winston
    Palm Beach Fire Rescue is investigating reports of white powder found at Palm Beach International Airport. Crews were called to the scene just after 10 a.m. Check back for updates on this breaking news story
  • Researcher believed killed by lab bacteria (Mega Bug Alert)

    05/11/2012 11:54:34 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/3/2012 | Ronnie Cohen
    A young research associate killed by a highly virulent strain of meningococcal disease is believed to have contracted the bacteria from the San Francisco lab where he was working on a vaccine against it, public health officials said on Thursday. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts are seeking to confirm what they already suspect: that Richard Din, 25, died Saturday in an unusual case of a scientist being fatally infected with an agent from his own laboratory.
  • Can Scientific Censorship Stop Bioterrorism?

    02/03/2012 12:15:43 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | January 31, 2012 | Ronald Bailey
    The best defense against a deadly attack with avian flu is the open scientific enterprise. Today the U.S. National Scientific Advisory Board for Biosecurity recommended that the journals Nature and Science restrict publication about controversial new research relevant to the transmission of avian flu between humans. The fear: Would-be bioterrorists are combing the pages of the journals for tips on how to wreak havoc. The H5N1 avian flu virus has killed 60 percent of the 600 or so people known to have come down with it since it was first identified in 1997. For comparison, seasonal flu in the United...
  • 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.
  • Romney or Obama: Another Time for.. (A Chew Toy For the Kitties)

    12/11/2011 1:49:51 PM PST · by VC2012 · 67 replies · 1+ views
    gopublius ^ | December 10, 2011 | Libertas
    As the merry-go-round of the GOP primary continues, the present darling of fickle voters is Newt Gingrich, Like a phoenix he’s risen from the ashes to claim, with typical humility, “I’m going to be the nominee,” dismissing all other candidates as a trifling irrelevancy. Unfortunately the belated choice of Gingrich is no choice at all, for there can be little doubt how the questionably conservative and enormously polarizing Gingrich would fare against a personally popular Obama in the General Election. There is, at present only one real choice to make regarding the next president. It’s either Romney or Obama. A...
  • Malkin: Obama's Half-Billion-Dollar Crony Drug Deal

    11/16/2011 12:10:47 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 15 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...
  • 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..."
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Late Night: Craig Ferguson calls anthrax scare frightening [Video]

    08/24/2011 5:16:05 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 08/24/11 | LA Times
    Mostly, Ferguson used the opportunity to poke fun at his debauched past -- and his lack of prestige at CBS. "In the old days, if someone sent me white powder, I'd have said, 'Yeah!' I'd have snorted it, ended up at a party at Elton John's house, or rehab, or both. But nowadays, white powder in the mail is bad. I called CBS security, and they said, 'We're busy.' I said, 'I am a personal friend of Drew Carey's.' And they said, 'Send someone over right away.' " He added, "This is the most attention this show has gotten since...
  • CDC to train Indian scientists in fight against biothreats

    08/10/2011 11:44:59 PM PDT · by coldphoenix · 1 replies
    BioPrep Watch ^ | August 10, 2011 | Bryan Cohen
    Starting in 2012, approximately 10 Indian scientists will receive training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta through the facility's Epidemic Intelligence Service Program. The elite two year post-doctoral training program will give the scientists special attention in field work and will train them on how to investigate and contain serious public health threats, The Times of India reports.
  • 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...
  • In defense of RINOs

    04/27/2011 8:24:19 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2011-04-27 | Burt Prelutsky
    Even though the next presidential election is still more than 500 days away, it's never too soon to be prepared. After all, Obama hasn't stopped campaigning since Election Day, 2008. To begin with, and let me be very clear about this: No third-party candidate, no matter how sincere or how well-funded – whether the party calls itself Libertarian, Constitution, Tea Party, Bull Moose or Whig – is ever going to win a national election. All a third-party candidate will do is ensure that a liberal will be able to win with just 40-45 percent of the vote. Also, anyone who...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Texas Rep. Ron Paul captures CPAC presidential preference straw poll by huge margin!!

    02/12/2011 8:03:58 PM PST · by Benchim · 89 replies
    The Washington Times Online Edition ^ | 2/12/2011 | By Ralph Z. Hallow
    Texas Rep. Ron Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2012 presidential preference straw poll of 3,742 activists, the chairman of the huge annual gathering of conservative activists announced on Saturday. The poll, sponsored this year for the first time by The Washington Times, is seen as one of the earliest tests of grassroots popularity among the party’s dominant conservative wing, and Mr. Paul, who ran unsuccessfully for the nomination in 2008, has traditionally done well in the CPAC voting. The Republican lawmaker, long a favorite of the party’s libertarian wing, took 30 percent of the votes cast,...
  • 13 letters with white substance sent to metro businesses (MN)

    01/07/2011 3:57:22 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/7/11 | Vince Tuss
    The FBI is investigating 13 threatening letters with a white powder and sent to Twin Cities stores. The letters went to eight Home Depots around the metro area and five Renewal By Andersen businesses, the FBI said in a statement released late Friday. The substance in 12 letters, analyzed by the Minnesota Department of Health, has been identified as sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, and is not dangerous, according to the FBI. The last letter won't be analyzed until early next week. The first letter was received Dec. 31 and the last on Thursday, according to the FBI. The return...
  • FBI raids 2 homes of Pakistanis

    11/13/2001 10:21:59 PM PST · by kattracks · 104 replies · 706+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/14/01 | Jerry Seper and Steve Miller
    <p>FBI agents armed with search warrants raided two houses in a southwestern suburb of Philadelphia yesterday, backed by members of a hazardous-materials squad wearing full protective gear.</p> <p>Located less than two blocks apart in Chester, Pa., some 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, the houses are owned by Dr. Irshad Shaikh, a Pakistani physician and specialist in epidemic diseases who is Chester's city health commissioner, and by Asif Kazi, the Chester city accountant, who also is a Pakistani native.</p>
  • 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.
  • Mr. Bio-Defense - William C. Patrick, III: a tribute

    10/14/2010 2:56:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    City Journal ^ | 5 October 2010 | Judith Miller
    William C. Patrick, III loved his life in the shadows. Though his name and face were not well known, even to many in national security circles, Bill Patrick was for over 50 years the government’s “go-to guy” on biological weapons. When Federal Bureau of Investigation agents needed help proving in the mid-1980s that followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had poisoned over 750 people in Oregon by sprinkling salmonella in salad bars and coffee creamers in restaurants along the interstate highway—the first large-scale use of germs by terrorists on American soil—they called Bill Patrick. In 1990, as the United States...
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service and FBI Announce a Reward for Information...

    08/14/2010 4:55:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies
    Dallas.FBI.gov - Press Release ^ | August 12, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: U.S. Postal Inspection Service and FBI Announce a Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest and Conviction of the Person(s) Responsible for the Recent Mailings of White Powder Letters in the North Texas Area Randall C. Till, Inspector in Charge, Fort Worth Division, U.S Postal Inspection Service, and Robert E. Casey Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Dallas, FBI, announce a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the recent mailings of letters containing white powder in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Beginning August...
  • Ron Paul Considering 2012 Presidential Run in Another Third Party Campaign

    07/09/2010 5:49:12 AM PDT · by mnehring · 81 replies · 2+ views
    U.S. (ChattahBox) – Be prepared for more annoying copy/paste ‘Vote Ron Paul’ comments on every forum, message board, media site, and news source. Ron Paul has announced that he is official considering a 2012 run for president, CNN reports. The Texas Republican Rep. has run in the past, and he hasn’t gotten far. Though having a small group of extremely loyal supporters, most of which are Independent or Libertarian voters, he is unable to garner enough support for a GOP nomination. As for running on a third party docket, that has never gone well for any politician. It is doubtful...
  • 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.
  • 'Artificial life' Breakthrough

    05/20/2010 2:52:10 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 20 replies · 567+ views
    BBC ^ | 16:52 GMT, Thursday, 20 May 2010 | Victoria Gill
    Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first synthetic living cell. "This is the first time any synthetic DNA has been in complete control of a cell," said Dr Venter.The researchers constructed a bacterium's "genetic software" and transplanted it into a host cell. The resulting microbe then looked and behaved like the species "dictated" by the synthetic DNA. The advance, published in Science, has been hailed as a scientific landmark, but critics say there are dangers posed by synthetic organisms. The researchers copied an existing bacterial genome. They sequenced its genetic code and then used "synthesis machines" to...
  • 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.
  • THREAT MATRIX: 2010 #2

    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....
  • Rush Holt calls for anthrax probe

    03/03/2010 11:19:21 AM PST · by Justice Department · 36 replies · 1,509+ views
    trentonian ^ | March 3, 2010
    TRENTON (AP) — A New Jersey congressman is calling for a congressional investigation into the government's handling of a major anthrax investigation, which was closed last week. U.S. Rep. Rush Holt believes the FBI botched the case from 2001, when anthrax-laced letters were sent from a mailbox in Princeton. He also says the Postal Service and other agencies may not have learned the proper lessons from the attacks, which killed five people and sickened 17. The FBI last month closed its investigation after concluding Army scientist Bruce Ivins was responsible for the attacks. Ivins killed himself in 2008.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • UPDATE 1-Seven exposed to white powder NY federal building

    02/03/2010 8:47:08 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 6 replies · 542+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2-3-10 | unattributed
    NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Seven people were exposed to a suspicious white powder in a U.S federal building in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday, authorities said. The offices of the Social Security Administration on the 40th floor of the building -- which houses several agencies including the Federal Bureau of Intelligence and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services -- were evacuated. "There was a mailing that was opened at 2:15 p.m. in the offices of the SSA (Social Security Administration)," said FBI spokesman Jim Margolin. "It contained a white powder that was contained and isolated and will be analyzed." He...
  • 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.
  • Alarm over anthrax-tainted heroin

    01/19/2010 12:50:04 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 35 replies · 1,091+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 20 January 2010 | anon
    The health ministry in France has issued a warning after eight people died and seven fell sick in two European countries from using heroin contaminated by anthrax. "Since December 6, there have been 15 confirmed cases of anthrax among heroin users, 14 in Scotland and one in Germany," the ministry's General Directorate for Health (DGS) said in a statement. "Eight people died," it said. "The likeliest source is heroin contaminated by anthrax spores." Most of the casualties had injected the heroin, but others also inhaled it or smoked it. Anthrax is a potentially lethal bacterium that exists naturally in the...
  • Statewide Anthrax Scare- Suspicious powder mailed to 3 Alabama Republican Congressmen

    01/04/2010 11:46:35 AM PST · by BP2 · 62 replies · 3,203+ views
    WKRG News ^ | Mon, Jan 04, 2010 - 1:05 pm CST | Jamie Burch
    The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating a statewide anthrax scare. Local lawmakers are among the targets. Letters with white powder were sent to the offices of Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions and Congressman Jo Bonner around the state. The 15th floor of the RSA Tower in downtown Mobile, where one of Bonner's offices is located, has been evacuated as a precaution. So has Bonner's office in Foley. It's located in a shopping center on McKenzie Street. More than a dozen businesses, including the News 5 bureau, have also been evacuated. The FBI says everything they've tested so...
  • Letters prompt anthrax scares at Alabama courthouses, offices of senators and congressmen

    01/04/2010 2:23:10 PM PST · by Vidocq · 11 replies · 1,202+ views
    latimes ^ | January 4, 2010 | JAY REEVES
    Envelopes containing white powder set off anthrax scares in five Alabama cities, shutting down two federal courthouses Monday and trapping a congressman in his office as authorities tested the substance. No one was injured, and investigators said at least five of the letters — all sent to the offices of senators or congressmen — were believed to be from the same source.
  • FBI investigating 8 threatening letters with white powder at federal offices around Alabama

    01/04/2010 12:16:04 PM PST · by JustPiper · 49 replies · 3,138+ views
    Al.com ^ | 1-4-10 | Breaking News
    Federal agents are now investigating reports of possibly eight threatening letters with a white substance in at least four Alabama cities this morning, an FBI official confirmed. Angela Tobon, media spokesperson for the Mobile FBI, said the letters were all mailed to federal offices and "are all the same ...white powder with threatening letters," she said.
  • 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...
  • Postal Service to Deliver Medicine in Case of Anthrax Attack, Obama Orders

    12/30/2009 6:29:03 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 39 replies · 1,765+ views
    ens-newswire.com ^ | 12/30/09 | ens-newswire.com
    WASHINGTON, DC, December 30, 2009 (ENS) - President Barack Obama today ordered federal agencies to establish a national system for dispensing medical countermeasures in the event of a large-scale biological attack, "with anthrax as the primary threat consideration." The U.S. Postal Service would be responsible for delivering the medical countermeasures, such as antibiotics, to residents for self administration across all communities in the United States, according to the President's Executive Order issued today. Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis, which can cause human disease through ingestion, through the skin, and by inhalation. Although...