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* Dr. Meryl Nass … unresolved issues in the FBI’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins … means, motive, opportunity

Posted by DXer on March 7, 2010


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Dr. Meryl Nass

Excerpts from a post by Dr. Meryl Nass at …

To prove that a person committed a crime, they must be shown to have all three of the following: means, motive and opportunity.

Has the FBI proven that Ivins had all three?

  • Means: Retired colleagues have said he did not have the equipment to make Daschle-quality anthrax in the amounts required using equipment available to him at Fort Detrick. Anonymous colleagues at Fort Detrick claim he could.
    • FBI has failed to clarify this major issue.
    • FBI has not been able to “reverse engineer” the anthrax and therefore does not know what equipment was needed to produce it.
    • FBI has made a series of changing claims over time about silicon found in the spore preparation.
    • FBI has not identified the Bacillus strain contaminant (found in the first letters) in the Fort Detrick lab, suggesting the spore material was made elsewhere.
  • Motive: The FBI has alleged a variety of motives at different times, but none of them seem to make any sense.
    • The latest report has errors of fact in its discussion of motive.
  • Opportunity: Could Ivins have made it to the Trenton/Princeton area to mail letters and returned to Frederick in time to meet his other obligations?
    • The FBI’s first reported (2008) scenario of how this may have occurred was incorrect.
    • I have not read a convincing scenario since.



Has the FBI proven any of the three?


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