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

* Dr. Meryl Nass’ characterization of the report of the Amerithrax Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel as “psychobabble” is right on target

Posted by DXer on March 25, 2011

Dr. Meryl Nass on the panel at the November anthrax seminar in DC


Meryl Nass comments on the recent report of the Amerithrax Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel …

  • A group of psychiatrists offered their forensic expertise in solving the anthrax criminal investigation, by using their insight into the criminal mind.
  • Somehow DC Judge Royce E. Lamberth blessed them, and FBI paid the $38,000  bill.
  • The group only had one suspect, whose confidential medical records were supplied by the FBI.
  • The Executive Summary makes clear that the panels’ conclusions were built into its charge …the Panel was asked to offer, based on the available materials, a better understanding of Dr. Ivins’ mental state before and after the anthrax mailings, his possible motives — and the connections, if any, between his mental state and the commission of the crimes.
  • How could these experts possibly know Ivins had the motivation and means, when the FBI failed to produce a logical motive or provide evidence of means?
  • This report was completed last August, but was pulled out of the deep freeze yesterday in a last-ditch attempt to trump the NAS report.

Is psychobabble too strong a word

to describe this outpouring of gibberish?


read Meryl’s entire post at …



It appears that the psychological evaluation of the Amerithrax Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel was based entirely on the FBI’s “botched” investigation, which has been documented again and again on this blog as incomplete and incompetent.

From such a starting point, with no independent information or evaluation, how could any conclusions from a group of “consultants” apparently well under the FBI’s thumb be considered as independent or well supported?

Meryl’s characterization of the report as “psychobabble” is right on target


2 Responses to “* Dr. Meryl Nass’ characterization of the report of the Amerithrax Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel as “psychobabble” is right on target”

  1. DXer said

    Summary of GAO’s Findings on the Safety and Efficacy of the Anthrax Vaccine

    NSIAD-00-54R November 4, 1999
    Full Report (PDF, 6 pages)


    Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense’s (DOD) anthrax immunization program, focusing on the: (1) need for a six-shot regimen and annual booster shots; (2) long- and short-term safety of the vaccine; (3) efficacy of the vaccine; and (4) extent to which problems the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found in the vaccine production facility in Michigan could compromise the safety, efficacy, and quality of the vaccine.

    GAO noted that: (1) no studies have been done to determine the optimum number of doses for the anthrax vaccine; (2) a three-dose regimen was used initially for the original vaccine; (3) the number of doses was increased to six after three people who received three doses of the vaccine became infected; (4) although annual boosters are required, the need for annual booster shots has not been evaluated; (5) the long-term safety of the vaccine has not been studied; (6) DOD is designing studies to examine the vaccine’s long-term effects; (7) with regard to short-term safety, according to FDA officials, data from two studies conducted prior to licensing of the anthrax vaccine are difficult to interpret since one study used the original vaccine, and part of the study population in the other study had already received the original vaccine; (8) DOD recently conducted two studies showing a higher proportion of women reported both local and systemic reactions to the vaccine than their male counterparts; (9) data from one of the studies showed more than twice the proportion of women reported they missed one or more duty shifts after their vaccinations than did males; (10) a study on the efficacy of the original vaccine concluded that it provided protection to humans against anthrax penetrating the skin but did not provide sufficient data to determine its effectiveness against anthrax that was inhaled; (11) in the late 1980s, DOD studied the efficacy of the vaccine on animals; (12) these studies support the view that the licensed vaccine can protect against exposure to some but not all strains of anthrax either by inoculation or inhalation; (13) DOD officials recognize that correlating the results of animal studies to humans is necessary and stated that they are planning research in this area; (14) FDA’s inspections of the vaccine facility production in 1996 and 1998 identified deficiencies in two broad categories: (a) those affecting a limited number of batches; and (b) those that could compromise the safety and efficacy of any or all batches; (15) in 1998, the manufactor shut down the facility for renovation; and (16) a new, company, which purchased the facility in mid-1998, is addressing the issues identified by FDA.

  2. Anonymous said

    “Somehow DC Judge Royce E. Lamberth blessed them, and FBI paid the $38,000 bill.”

    Lamberth and Ed Meese go way back to when Meese was AG and Lamberth served as a DC judge. They also serve together on a board today (see link below).

    Meese, of course, is Chairman of the group that wrote the Ivins Psychobabble and heaviliy influenced the main author Greg Saathoff.

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