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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....

    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 · 52 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 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 ^ | 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
    Wednesday, September 27, 2006 · Last updated 11:43 a.m. PT 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...