PEGGY GIRSHMAN writes at NPR.com (10/17/11) …
- Paul Keim is a geneticist and director of the lab at Northern Arizona University that matched the strain of anthrax in the deadly letters to anthrax in Ivins’ lab. He’s also a researcher at TGen, a biomedical research institute.
- Keim acknowledged Sunday at a meeting of science writers that the evidence linking Ivins to the crime would have needed additional scientific vetting to make a solid court case.
- And he said that if Ivins hadn’t committed suicide, the scientific investigation would have continued for another two years. That would have been necessary, he said, to get to the “higher standards” of scientific proof required for criminal prosecution.
- At a cost of $50 million, he said, continuing the work now would be too expensive for the government to pursue.
LMW COMMENT …
- So is the FBI now saying it’s too expensive to prove its case against Ivins? Or is that just Paul Keim saying that?
- But what if Ivins wasn’t the perpetrator? How much is it worth to know who committed the anthrax attacks and perhaps have a better chance of preventing another such attack.
- Also, where does the $50 million estimate come from? That sounds way too high.
- Releasing the documents currently being held in violation of FOIA would cost nothing.
- and more important, isn’t Keim in effect saying that the FBI has no business claiming there is a link when the work hasn’t been done?