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

* ARMY Inspector General Findings (March 2002) regardling lax security relating to anthrax

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 4, 2011

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3 Responses to “* ARMY Inspector General Findings (March 2002) regardling lax security relating to anthrax”

  1. DXer said

    The leader of the Inspection Team was Colonel Elliott. Note that his team investigated the Army installations that stored anthrax: USARMRIID, Dugway and Aberdeen.

    Although transmitted by this fax in March, the date of the report was January 2002.

  2. DXer said

    Here is a summary of the Inspector General’s report from 2002.

  3. DXer said

    CDC bioterror labs are repeatedly failing to secure stores of anthrax and the plague

    By Daily Mail Reporter

    PUBLISHED:01:21 EST, 26 February 2013| UPDATED: 02:01 EST, 26 February 2013

    Multiple studies report that laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not secure samples of life-threatening diseases like anthrax and the plague.

    The two deadly viruses are just a pair of the fatal diseases that are at risk because the security checks in place at the CDC are flawed.

    USA Today reported that private government audits ‘repeatedly’ cite the labs as having gaping holes in their security protocols.

    Breach: Multiple government security tests proved the protocols at the CDC headquarters in Georgia were not being sufficiently followed and could cause major public outbreaks

    ‘These weaknesses could have compromised [CDC’s] ability to safeguard select agents from accidental or intentional loss and to ensure the safety of individuals,’ reads a report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general from 2010.

    Not only does the CDC fail to properly secure the dangerous chemicals, but it also does not give sufficient training to the employees who are tasked with handling them on a daily basis.

    Spark: Security concerns were prompted after scientist Bruce Ivins was found to be the main suspect in the 2008 anthrax attacks

    The safety checks at the CDC received similar poor marks on reports in 2008 and 2009.

    Last year, the paper reported that doors were left unlocked and there were airflow system malfunctions that left many at risk the CDC headquarters in Atlanta.

    Lax security protocols are a real concern when it comes to public health, with one of the clearest examples being the access that a microbiologist had at an Army biodefense base.

    There were security breakdowns when Bruce Ivens started his infamous anthrax letter attacks in 2008, which left five people dead and 17 others ill.

    USA Today says that the governmental reports do not specify the toxins that are directly at risk, but the plague and anthrax are two of the most dangerous that are stored in CDC labs.

    Others include the ebola virus and monkeypox virus.

    Adding to the scares facing the CDC, director Dr Tom Frieden said that their budget will be slashed if the impending cuts go through, threatening the cost of running their unit properly.

    He says his agency will lose more than $300million at a time when public health already is struggling to keep up with new germs.

    In Frieden’s words, ‘Our threats aren’t getting cut but our ability to respond to them is.’

    The two deadly viruses are just a pair of the fatal diseases that are at risk because the security checks in place at the CDC are flawed.

    Frieden says the cuts could constrain his agency’s investigation of a worrisome tuberculosis outbreak in Los Angeles.

    He also adds that the CDC would have to cut funding for state and local health departments, impairing their ability to spot early warning signs of outbreaks.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284546/Labs-CDC-store-anthrax-plague-REPEATEDLY-failed-security-checks.html#ixzz2M0j1GypP

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