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

* GAO Should Obtain From The FBI The Laboratory Chain-Of-Custody Form that has a space that identifies who destroyed the Feb. 02 sample submitted by Dr. Ivins and states the reasons it was not preserved (such as the others that were preserved using different slants)

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 7, 2012

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3 Responses to “* GAO Should Obtain From The FBI The Laboratory Chain-Of-Custody Form that has a space that identifies who destroyed the Feb. 02 sample submitted by Dr. Ivins and states the reasons it was not preserved (such as the others that were preserved using different slants)”

  1. DXer said

    Scott Stanley was involved in the collecting of the February 2002 samples and the instructions.

    Dr. Stanley, who authorized the destruction of the submitted sample? Did you?

    Why was the Ivins sample destroyed but others using the same type of slant not destroyed?

  2. DXer said

    The National Research Council explained in its 2014 report on Microbial Forensics:

    “In all cases, the bottom line in sampling is that samples must be collected and preserved in a manner that prevents or minimizes degradation or contamination. This requirement makes sampling and preservation as important to the microbial forensic process as is scientific analysis.”

  3. DXer said

    FBI destroyed anthrax evidence

    Official reason: The sample didn’t meet conditions for its collection
    LARA JAKES JORDAN and SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press
    Published 05:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2008

    WASHINGTON — FBI scientists early on had — but destroyed — the unique strain of anthrax used in the deadly 2001 attacks that years later would lead them to Dr. Bruce Ivins, the government’s top suspect in the nation’s biggest bioterror case.

    FBI Assistant Director Vahid Majidi said Monday the initial anthrax sample that Ivins took from his Army lab in February 2002 and gave investigators did not meet court-ordered conditions for its preparation and collection.

    In a briefing for reporters, Majidi said the sample kept at the FBI lab was destroyed because the bureau believed it might not have been allowed as evidence at trial.

    “Looking at hindsight, obviously we would do things differently today,” Majidi said.

    Ivins, 62, took a fatal dose of acetaminophen last month as prosecutors prepared to indict him for murder.

    He gave investigators a second sample of anthrax from his lab in April 2002 to comply with standards in a subpoena.

    Comment: Why did Special Pathogens submit a sample in May 2002 on a “homemade slant” if that was the reason that Dr. Ivins was destroyed? The instructions expressly permitted an equivalent to be used. If the TSA slant made in the laboratory by Special Pathogens was permitted, why wasn’t the TSA slant made in the laboratory by Dr. Ivins’ lab permitted? The instructions expressly permitted a Remel TSA Slant OR ITS EQUIVALENT.

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