* Lawmakers, scientists question FBI’s investigation, conclusion in 2001 anthrax attacks
Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 15, 2013
Published 14 August 2013 … read the entire article at … http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130814-lawmakers-scientists-question-fbi-s-investigation-conclusion-in-2001-anthrax-attacks
Here are some excerpts from the article …
Twelve years after the fall 2001 anthrax attacks, and six years after the 2007 FBI’s determination that Bruce Ivins, a top government anthrax researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), was the perpetrator of the attacks (Ivins died in 2008 of apparent suicide), lawmakers and USAMRIID scientists insist that the FBI’s conclusions are not supported by scientific evidence – indeed, that some basic scientific facts make the Bureau’s conclusions untenable.
After years of requests from lawmakers, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has opened an investigation into the scientific methods used by the FBI to determine that researcher Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of a 2001 series of anthrax attacks that killed five and injured seventeen.
According to the Frederick News-Post, U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-New Jersey), whose district was the mailing point for the anthrax-laden letters, has been requesting the GAO to investigate the scientific methodology used by the FBI in concluding, since 2007, that Ivins was the perpetrator.
Bolstering the efforts of Holt and other lawmakers is a 2011 report from a National Research Council (NRC) committee which determined that the conclusions reached by the FBI were not supported by science. At USAMRIID, three of Ivins’s coworkers raised issues that were never addressed by the FBI investigation.
Patrick Eddington, a senior policy advisor to Holt, said, “There needs to be an exhaustive explanation of how the FBI handles cases like this.” Pointing to several other Bureau blunders, Eddington added that the FBI is “still out of their depth when it comes to dealing with cases with this kind of science.”
For its part, the FBI has said that it relied on the totality of its investigation, not just on the science, that lead it to conclude Bruce Ivins’s culpability in the anthrax mailings.
None of the above, nor anything else in the article, is actually new, and the GAO is way behind earlier estimates of when their report would be ready. However, it is refreshing to see some attention being given to what, in my opinion, is the failed FBI investigation of a truly significant matter of national security.
It wasn’t Ivins,
and whoever did it is still out there.
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