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* Former USAMRIID Bacteriology Chief Adamovicz Deposition Excerpt – Disagrees With Government’s Characterization of Bruce Ivins As Sole Custodian Given Originally Stored In Different Building

Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 16, 2011

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5 Responses to “* Former USAMRIID Bacteriology Chief Adamovicz Deposition Excerpt – Disagrees With Government’s Characterization of Bruce Ivins As Sole Custodian Given Originally Stored In Different Building”

  1. DXer said

    I believe the RMR 1029 inventory was about the only exhibit in Dr. Adamovicz’ full civil deposition, which likely will be featured next among the depositions in Stevens v. United States.

  2. DXer said

    This deposition — and not merely this brief excerpt — is available to any requester under FOIA directed to USAMRIID.

  3. DXer said

    Why did Vahid Majidi ignore this sworn testimony? Where does he address it in his 2013 book?

  4. DXer said

    A long time ago, I asked for a copy of the record relating to flask 1029. That is initially the only document I requested. The US Army FOI people, after it was vetted by the US Department of Justice, gave me a xerox showing that flask 1029 was kept in Bldg 1425. An earlier version of this document, however, showed 1412. The “1412” had been very neatly whited out and replaced by 1425. Who did that? I have asked John Peterson and James Ferrari of USAMEDCOM, responsible for the FOI production, to promptly give me both documents, as well as the remaining requested long-delayed documents. The whiting out was apparently done by Dr. Ivins although he claimed not to recall doing it. It violated lab protocol to make such a change using white out, rather than drawing a line through it so that the change could be discerned.

    Dr. John Ezzell, the only fellow known to have made dry powdered Ames anthrax at Ft. Detrick (for a DARPA project done at a University) addresses this issue of altered records in a chapter in the FBI-sponsored treatise MICROBIAL FORENSICS. He writes (at p. 222)

    “However, if there are original data remaining in the laboratory, there should be information provided in the sample folder or LIMS tracing the sample analysis to specfic laboratory notebooks or computerized data files that are recorded as write-protected, read-only files. With any system, there will be errors in data and case records, and it is imperative that mistakes and corrections are clearly identifiable. Entry errors should not be erased or completely marked out, but rather the entry should be marked through with a single line, initialed, and dated. In that original data should be preserved, all notes should be saved. The data management system, whether as a hard copy or electronic, should be established or designed with the understanding that records may be subpoenaed years later. If the analytical laboratory chooses not to maintain the records for extended periods of time, then arrangements should be made with the respective law enforcement agencies to transfer the data and records to an approved location.”

  5. DXer said

    There are a number of sealed depositions. If a deposition of Henry Heine is one, then one can instead turn to his radio interview on the last day at USAMRIID. For example, he corroborates that aliquots of virulent Ames from Flask 1029 was kept at Building 1412 as a matter of course.

    Dr. Henry Heine, former colleague of Dr. Bruce Ivins, freed of the gag order, interviewed on his last day at USAMRIID
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 7, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/dr-henry-heine-former-colleague-of-dr-bruce-ivins-freed-of-the-gag-order-interviewed-on-his-last-day-at-usamriid/

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