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

Archive for April 1st, 2011

* In conjunction with Dr. Ivins’ Sep 17, 2001 email to Mara Linscott, his Sept 28-Oct 2, 2001 handwritten lab notebook notes, and his Oct 5, 2001 email about rabbits and subcutaneous injections, what do Diane Ivins’ 302 interview statements suggest as to mailing; processing?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 1, 2011

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* Old Atlantic summarizes important questions that we hope the GAO will be looking at

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 1, 2011

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Congressman Holt and the GAO are Dr. Bruce Ivins best chance for a deserved posthumous exoneration

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Old Atlantic asks (in a recent comment bringing together information originally supplied by DXer and others) …

  • Who at the FBI, if anyone, has put together that Ivins’ nights in the BSL3 were all night checks of animals at the same time and someone else was checking during the day and thus growth of spores by Ivins was ruled out on those dates?
  • Did the first FBI team do that?
  • Is this the reason the FBI won’t say when the anthrax was grown by Ivins?  Won’t “speculate” on growth scenarios?  They know that the spike in hours by Ivins in the BSL3 after hours were on days he could not have grown anthrax spores?
  • Their own charts prove Ivins could not have grown spores in other months, assuming August is the same deal, because he was not in the BSL3.
  • Did the people who checked animals on those days already tell the FBI they did?  Do they feel they have already come forward?  Is the FBI sending a message, don’t come public with this and the heavy handed investigation tactics will not return?

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* Katherine Heerbrandt: the location of biological agents is top secret in Maryland … including the anthrax lab at the Southern Research Institute’s facility in Frederick, Maryland … why?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 1, 2011

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drug discovery research at Southern Research Institute

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see prior posts …

* Dr. Bruce Ivins, upon the poor quality of Dugway spores being produced, and given that he did not trust Battelle to do the spores, thought Southern Research Institute was a possibility

* when did Southern Research Institute (SRI) first obtain virulent Ames and from whom?

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Katherine Heerbrandt wrote in Gazette.com (3/28/11) …

  • Maryland state law mandates that the number and location of labs which handle dangerous pathogens  remains confidential, including the Souther Research Institute lab in Frederick. 

read the entire article at … http://www.gazette.net/stories/03282011/frednew161459_32575.php

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About Southern Research …

  • Southern Research is a self-sustaining contract research organization and an incorporated affiliate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
  • As a leading contract research organization, Southern Research provides preclinical drug development services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on an outsourced basis. Southern Research provides services in all phases of the early-stage drug discovery and development process and provides clients with comprehensive services and support to assist them in streamlining their custom drug discovery and development programs.
  • Southern Research and  its staff are recognized internationally for the discovery and evaluation of anticancer therapeutics and the evaluation of antiviral and antimicrobial drugs, biologics, and vaccines.
  • One of Southern Research’s labs is located at 431 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD
  • Infectious Disease Vaccine Development
    • Available Animal Models for NIAID Category A-C Pathogens

Anthrax – NHP, mouse, and rabbit

Inhalational anthrax – mouse and rabbit

NOTE: all of the above is from the Southern Research Institute’s web site at http://www.southernresearch.org/

LMW COMMENT …

  • So many secrets in this anthrax case.
  • The Maryland law is insane.
  • Any facility that works with dangerous pathogens should be known to the public which lives near it and regulated by appropriate public health agencies.
  • If there is not adequate security to protect the lab from unwanted intruders, the lab should not be in business.

So why does the Maryland secrecy law exist?

what is the history of the law?

who was behind its adoption?

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