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

* In 2001, FBI Kept Its Ames Anthrax In An Old Building In Virginia That Didn’t Have Secure Evidence Storage For Samples Before Or After Testing … Was it virulent?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 7, 2012

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2 Responses to “* In 2001, FBI Kept Its Ames Anthrax In An Old Building In Virginia That Didn’t Have Secure Evidence Storage For Samples Before Or After Testing … Was it virulent?”

  1. DXer said

    From a Form 11R provided by the wonderful and efficient USAMRMC FOIA operation, we now know that USAMRIID sent the FBI’s contracted lab in Virginia both avirulent and virulent (x101+. x102+) Ames pre-911.

  2. DXer said

    “By: JOHN REID BLACKWELL | Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Published: September 11, 2011

    When the nation was terrorized by deadly anthrax attacks in late 2001, Virginia’s state laboratory played a crucial role in the response, performing more than 1,000 tests on samples. …

    We are a completely different laboratory today than we were 10 years ago,” said Thomas L. York, Laboratory Services’ deputy director.

    In 2003, the laboratory moved into a new $63 million building. The lab is one of just a handful nationwide with biosafety Level 4 capabilities, the highest level of containment for handling some of the most dangerous and infectious organisms and toxic substances.

    The lab is capable of testing for dangerous diseases such as anthrax ***

    While the state lab is central to all that work, one of the key changes since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the anthrax poisonings has been the laboratory’s efforts at outreach, communications, training and building networks…

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    The “Sentinel Labs” program has involved working with laboratories at hospitals, universities and other institutions in Virginia to improve training and communications and help improve response time to disease outbreaks or incidents involving toxins.

    “Today, we have in the neighborhood of 143 laboratories that we have brought together in this network of laboratories,” York said. “We provide training to them, we go to their labs, meet with them, bring them here and train them, and build partnerships. It strengthens our whole lab response.”

    The state laboratory also provides training for first responders and FBI agents.

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    In 2001, it could take 24 hours to positively identify anthrax in a sample. With molecular biology methods today, “within four hours we can begin to see if you have (anthrax) in that sample,” York said. “Instead of waiting 24 hours, we have a confirmatory result within four hours.”

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    About 32 percent of the lab’s $29 million budget comes from federal grants. Today, the lab benefits from about 26 federal grant programs, compared with three grant programs before 9/11.”

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