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

* Given the lyophilizer was B5 and not the B3 hot suite, all of the electronic records showing Dr. Ivins’ time in B3 working with the animals serves as an alibi rather than evidence of guilt

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 1, 2012

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4 Responses to “* Given the lyophilizer was B5 and not the B3 hot suite, all of the electronic records showing Dr. Ivins’ time in B3 working with the animals serves as an alibi rather than evidence of guilt”

  1. DXer said

    At page 8 in summarizing the Amerithrax Investigation, the DOJ says that had the

    “Further, in the days leading up to each of the mailings, Dr. Ivins, without any apparent legitimate purpose or explanation, was alone late at night in the lab where RMR-1029 was stored, together with the highly sophisticated lab equipment needed to grow, harvest, and store the anthrax used in the mailings, as well as the equipment capable of performing the forbidden function of drying it.”

    All of these deponents addressed this issue of “equipment capable of performing the forbidden of drying it.”

  2. DXer said

    Dr. Ivins’ assistant, Kristi Friend, addressed the lyophilizer in her recently produced civil deposition:

    Q. What I was asking was, based on your knowledge and from having read the FBI report, where they assert that the equipment used was at USAMRIID, there was a lypholizer and a speed vac that was used to dry the liquid anthrax and turn it into powder, do you think that was possible to do with the equipment that you were aware of that was there?
    No. MS. BROWN: Same objection. THE WITNESS: No.
    And why not?
    A. would have been necessary — yes, a lyophilizer could have been used, but the only one that I am aware of that’s actually at USAMRIID could not have been used to produce this quality of the powder.
    Q. And why not, in your opinion?
    A. The lyophilizer that could have been used is not in a containment suite, A, so I’m pretty certain —
    Q. Is it outside the containment suite?
    A. That’s correct, it’s in the Biosafety Level 2 laboratory. So for something of that high grade to have been made, it would have been very obvious that someone was doing that, and I think someone would have said, “Hey, why is someone using this piece of equipment in this area,” and I think that — I mean, many people work in the area where that equipment was found, and I find it very hard to believe that they could have pulled
    it off that way.


    A. I mean, a lyophilizer can be used to do that, but my personal opinion is that I find it very hard to believe that it could have been done at USAMRIID, period. Whether it was by Bruce or anybody else. (pp. 87-88)

  3. DXer said

    Dr. Vahid Majidi and his colleagues claimed at the August 2008 conference that Dr. Ivins used a lyophilizer to process the anthrax.

    The lyophilizer was not even in the B3 where Dr. Ivins provably was at those times.

    Where does Dr. Majidi address the issue of lyophilizer in his new manuscript on the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

    Wasn’t his manuscript a key opportunity to correct the mistake — and acknowledge that Dr. Ivins did not use the lyophilizer as United States Attorney Taylor claimed?

    (If I missed it, I look forward to having it pointed out to me where he discusses US Attorney Taylor’s claim that the lyophilizer was used.)

  4. DXer said

    Deposition Excerpt of USAMRIID Scientist Stephen Little: Bruce Ivins would not have had skill, equipment, or ability to decontaminate equipment

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 16, 2011

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/deposition-excerpt-of-usamriid-scientist-stephen-little-bruce-ivins-would-not-have-had-skill-equipment-or-ability-to-decontaminate-equipment/

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