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

* the FBI removed the original of Lab Notebook 4010 from USAMRIID without leaving a copy

Posted by DXer on May 14, 2010

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14 Responses to “* the FBI removed the original of Lab Notebook 4010 from USAMRIID without leaving a copy”

  1. DXer said

    But then the FBI, went it produced Amerithrax documents under FOIA, gave the Army photocopied pages of notebooks, to include Notebook 4010, and the Army just failed to ever process them in response to the repeated FOIA request for Notebook 4010. Documents forwarded today by USAMRIID prove that the FBI directed and referred them to the Army. It is in the nature of many dozens of pages deleted from production consisting of the photocopied lab notebook pages.

    So it is the Army who has been sitting on the ball all this time.

  2. DXer said

    Dr. Ivins’ experience with different notebooks and FBI agents varied. Compare Dr. Ivins’ email in February 2004 with his email in July 2004.

    From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 11:43 AM
    To:
    Cc:
    Subject:

    _____________informed me this morning of something that came up this morning during the Division Chiefs’ meeting concerning the FBI requesting data (hard data and computer-stored data) from USAMRIID personnel. The FBI (specifically, Special Agents has requested that they be allowed to inspect, and photocopy, hard data (including notebooks) (t6h) at I have here at USAMRIID that pertains to my laboratory’s work with the Bacillus anthracis Ames strain. They assured me that none of the original data or notebooks will be removed from USAMRIID. They also assured me that they would not disrupty my work. I told them that I did not have a problem with inspecting or photocopying data from my laboratory. The FBI (specifically, also made a request to inspect files on my computer (but not remove the computer from my workspace), and I don’t have a problem with that either.

    (b) (6) wants all FBI requests for this type of information to process through the Command
    (b)
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    I hope that this is agreeable to Headquarters and that the FBI will be permitted to inspect my material here at USAMRIID. I would like to add that the agents mentioned above have been quite civil, professional and cordial in their dealings with me concerning their requests.
    – Bruce Bruce Ivins

  3. DXer said

    The NAS is providing 30 pertinent pages from LAB NOTEBOOK 4010. It is Batch 326, item #13.

  4. DXer said

    The taking of the original came later. But I do not credit USAMRIID’s failure to provide the notebooks on the grounds that FBI took the only copy.
    USAMRIID is in violation of FOIA as I have advised John Peterson at USAMEDD. Both USAMRIID and FBI are in violation of FOIA in this regard and GAO should make a special emphasis on obtaining a full set of relevant notebook pages.

    On 12/12/2003, BRUCE IVINS, scientist at [USAMRIID] provided Special laboratory notebooks he had in his possession. On 4/19/2004, SA ________ transferred possession of the above numbered original notebooks to SSA _________ Photocopies of the original notebooks were made. SSA _______ returned the orignals notebooks to IVINS. The photocopies of the notebooks were place in an FD-340 … The laboratory notebooks are as follows:

    3921
    3655
    3945
    3209
    3545
    4383
    4037
    3270
    3303
    3472
    3302
    3716
    4000
    4282
    4010

    • DXer said

      5/9/2004
      “It was probably not noted in IVINS laboratory notebooks from which supply (flask, vial, or isolate) of Ames IVINS or his coworkers took the material to be shipped to the various external laboratories.”

  5. DXer said

    For alibi evidence during the 1 SEP through 15 OCT, the first notebooks the FBI should produce are the relevant pages from Notebooks 3716 and 4383 relating to Mouse passive immunization studies. The pages should be directed to GAO’s Jason Fong.

    • DXer said

      The FBI also should provide the pertinent pages of Notebook 4240 – Immunization of rabbits at Covance for antiserum – 18 SEP and 16 OCT.

      • DXer said

        Also:

        Notebook 4240 (and computer files) -Preparation of vaccine for FDA immunization of mice – September and October

        Notebook 4241 (and computer files and other papers) – “new” formaldehyde experiment – September into November

        Papers and computer files – B00-03, part 5 ____study: 2 dose efficacy in rabbits) – October through December

  6. DXer said

    There were the documents that the FBI saw fit to subpoena for the April 2007 grand jury appearance but then in 2008 have withheld from the public.

    The FBI’s Ivins Theory would not survive production of these notebooks.

    #1511
    1748
    1844
    1914
    2013
    2064
    3080
    3114b
    3167
    3209
    3233
    3234
    3269
    3464
    3465
    3563
    3655
    3685
    3716
    3745
    3760
    3921
    3945
    4000
    4010
    4037
    4103
    4237
    4240
    4241

    • DXer said

      Illustrating that the notebooks are the soundest way to reconstruct what was done in the lab years later, HH gives Bruce a list of dates of his experiments based on his review of his notebooks.

      From:
      Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 12:03 PM
      To: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
      Subject: Dates/info on BA use
      Hi Bruce,
      Based on my animal experiment records and my laboratory notebook, here is my BA spore usage.
      The first experiment in mice was June 26, 2001. According to my notebook I prepared spores for that
      challenge on June 25th. It appears that you provided me with 4mls of 3 x10e10 spores/ml.
      The next experiment was Aug 14, 2001.
      Again it appears that on Aug 13th I prepared spores for that challenge on Aug 13th from 4mls 4mls of 3
      x10e10 spores/ml. that you provided to me.
      Third experiment Oct 15, 2001, It appears that I had approximately 10mls of 3x10e10 spores/ml that I
      diluted for the animal challenge.
      On 11/27/01 mice were challenged with spores prepared on 11/26/01. It appears that again I had
      approximately 10mls of 3 x10e10 to work from.
      Finally on 12/26/01 I prepared challenge preps from 8mls of 3x10e10 starting spore stock for a
      challenge on 1/2/02.
      Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

  7. DXer said

    By email dated September 2, 2004, Dr. Ivins wrote:

    “Special Agents ___________ are currently going over notes and notebooks in my offfice. Does the FBi need data on the Ames strain up to the present, or only up to a certain time? (I am currently in the process of making and purifying Ames spores, obtaining Ames spores from Dugway Proving Ground, and sending Ames spores to battelle Research Laboratories). Also, instead of my going through thousands of computer files to see if the word “Ames” is in them, couldn’t the FBI have someone do that who is experienced in such computer work?

    Also, the FBI is in possession of 15 notebooks from my office, including notebooks of ____________________________ and myself.

    If you’d like me to talk to Special Agent ______ let me know. Otherwise, could you please let me know about the above.

    – Bruce”

    • DXer said

      Dr. Ivins writes on September 3, 2004 re “FBI Request”:

      “How am I supposed to come up with items that are already in FBI hands?

      – Bruce”

  8. DXer said

    By email dated August 30, 2004, Dr. Ivins wrote:

    “I’m still looking for the im challenge data. Unfortunately, the FBI has some of my notebooks that contain the data.

    – Bruce”

  9. DXer said

    By email dated March 19, 2004, Dr. Ivins wrote:

    “I am sending you information requested over the telephone this morning.

    Additional information:

    USAMRIID Notebooks 3655 and 4010 contain information pertaining to Ames spore preparations RMR (Reference Material Receipt) 1030 and RMR 1029.

    Our laboratory’s proceduring for producing, harvesting and purifiying anthrax spores was published: Ivins, B.E., ______________________. Immunication against anthrax with aromatic compound-dependent (Aro-) Mutants of Bacillus anthracis and with recombinant strains of Bacillus subtilis that produce anthrax protective antigen. Infection and Immunity. 58:303-308.

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