CASE CLOSED … what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks?

* the FBI’s case continues to fall apart (2-26-09)

Posted by DXer on May 9, 2009

posted at Empty Wheel (2-26-09) …

  • Last we heard from the FBI’s not-so-smoking gun in the anthrax case, USAMRIID admitted that they had no idea what kind of flasks of anthrax and other microbes its scientists had hidden around their labs, basically shredding the FBI’s claim that the anthrax used in the attacks on Congress and the Press could only have come from Bruce Ivins’ flask.
  • Now, we learn that the supposedly exact match between Ivins’ anthrax and that used in the attacks was not so close.
  • There are a couple of reasons why this damages the FBI operative story implicating Ivins. 
  • First, their chronology completely depends on Ivins’ late night work in his own lab at Ft. Detrick and assumes he was working from the “smoking gun” flask directly.
  • Yet if the anthrax shows traces of being taken out of the flask, then it makes the FBI claim of a direct connection between Ivins’ flask and the anthrax used in the attack even more indirect.
  • And clearly, if Ivins was working late in his lab the night before the anthrax was mailed, then he wasn’t taking the anthrax out of the lab to process somewhere with tin in its water.
  • Furthermore, in all the searches of Ivins’ house and car, the FBI has never found any trace of anthrax spores–which is one of the reasons they posited that he worked on the anthrax in his lab.
  • And here’s one more weird thing. The FBI claims to have narrowed which labs with Ames strain anthrax might have been the source of the anthrax by tying the anthrax to something in Eastern Seaboard water. Yet now, to explain how tin may have ended up in anthrax purportedly tied to Ivins, scientists are pointing to water–presumably elsewhere–as the source.
  • Well, I suppose we could just wait for the National Academy of Science to recreate the FBI’s anthrax work to figure this all out.

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