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

* The “Animal Manipulations” done in connection with the rabbit / formaldehyde experiment are explained in B01-11 first produced in November 2013

Posted by DXer on December 5, 2013

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9 Responses to “* The “Animal Manipulations” done in connection with the rabbit / formaldehyde experiment are explained in B01-11 first produced in November 2013”

  1. DXer said

    The federal government is ‘exposing dogs to anthrax, forcing them to suffer heart attacks, and drilling into their skulls’

    Five federal agencies held 1,183 dogs in captivity in 2015, and 294 of them were used by the government in experiments that caused the animals “significant pain and distress,” says a new report from the White Coat Waste Project, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to stopping tax-funded vivisection.


    I believe there is an entry re PETA in the USAMRMC Electronic Reading Room.

    Off-topic comment:

    I just discovered WHITE RABBIT PROJECT, a “Myth Busters”-like series on Netflix. I love it. The WW II “Pigeon Project” is just one of many great segments. The show has high production values. I think it will be a classic like “Mythbusters.” It involves the behind-the-scenes build people from that show.

  2. DXer said

    Jean Duley redux

    This inexperienced lady with a questionable background is the only
    person to come forward claiming Ivins was a homicidal maniac.
    Monday, August 4, 2008

    [Note: It wasn’t Ms. Duley’s fault; she was being told stuff by the first counselor who in a 2009 book reports that she in turn was receiving instructions from an alien at night; I’m not kidding. ]

    Suboxone provides promising treatment for prescription addicts
    Originally published June 29, 2008

    By Ashley Andyshak News-Post Staff

    The lifestyles of Jean Duley’s clients run the gamut: long-time street
    drug users, those who were prescribed powerful painkillers after an
    injury or operation and are now addicted, and middle-class housewives
    who abuse prescriptions, to name a few.

    “Prescription drug abuse is the biggest kept secret,” said Duley,
    program director at Comprehensive Counseling Associates in Frederick.
    “It’s a lot more prevalent than people can imagine.”

    In December, Comprehensive Counseling became one of three practices in
    Frederick County to prescribe suboxone, which Duley calls a “miracle
    drug” for those addicted to pain medication. The center now prescribes
    suboxone to about 50 clients.


    Dr. Ivins was going to an addictions counselor. Prior to the anthrax mailings, he had an injury that caused him great physical pain. (I think it may have involved a torn calf muscle). Did he come to be addicted to pain killers?

    Did he inject ketamine intended for the mice and rabbits? (From a quick google, I see it is used as a street drug by addicts in Frederick; I haven’t google xylazine yet to know).

    There was a story recently about a hospital worker who injected himself with fentanyl intended for surgical patients. (He gave dozens of patients hepatitis C from the tainted needles).

    Did Dr. Ivins ever steal ketamine and inject it and get high in the lab rather than lessen the pain of the mice and rabbits who had been injected with anthrax?

    No one would know. Audit required by the state and DEA would only show the amounts withdrawn on the dates that the animals died — for example, on September 28, 29 and 30, 2001 and on October 3, 4, and 5, 2001.

    Personally, I think he was tending to the animals. But I am impeded from having clarity to his time in the lab by the foolish withholding by the Army decision-makers of the room number where the mice were kept. (The wonderful FOIA officer is the messenger as to the decision under the (b)(3). )

    It may seem a fine point — and is just not understood by the people charged in the bureaucracy with deciding — but these sorts of missteps all serve to contribute to Ayman Zawahiri prevailing in the end.

    These operational security types could just as easily be spending the time baking a cake for an Ayman Zawahiri triple agent.

  3. DXer said

    Lt. Col. JEFFREY ADAMOVICZ: I said, “Bruce, you know, they say that you were keeping odd hours.” I said, “I know you work a lot, you, know odd hours. All of us do, you know. But do you remember, you know, what you were doing there? What were you doing?” He said, “Do you remember what you were doing in the suite 10 years ago?” You know?

    NARRATOR: In fact, FRONTLINE, ProPublica and McClatchy newspapers have taken a close look at Ivins’s lab work records. The FBI chart was based on the night hours in only one lab. But our research shows it was not unusual for Ivins to work late at the other labs and offices throughout the Army complex. And during those days the FBI found suspicious, Ivins was in fact conducting a number of time-sensitive experiments in the lab.

    HENRY HEINE, Ph.D., USAMRIID: He was in the middle of a very important vaccine test experiment. He had a series of animals that had been vaccinated, and so he was in there checking his animals.

  4. DXer said

    For the first three days of October, the chronology relating to rabbits in the B3 broadly included:

    October 1 spores
    October 2 challenge
    October 3 plate count.

    As I recall, the chronology is provided at page 14 of Lab Notebook 4241 which should be accessible here:

    Click to access 20000216_LabNotebook%204241_B01-11(redacted).pdf

    • DXer said

      Page 18 of FBI pdf file #847406 says about the sort of lab research associated with rabbit challenges:

      In XXXX, USAMRIID began
      using rabbits in Anthrax studies instead of mice. The quantities
      used were between three hundred (300) and four hundred (400)
      rabbits per study. XXXXXXXXXXX stated that rabbits were used more
      often than primates were used in Anthrax challenges. Challenges
      were run three (3) days per week with thirty (30) rabbits per day.
      Two (2) dilutions of Anthrax were prepared per rabbit for each
      challenge, and three (3) Tryptic Soy Agar (TSA) plates were
      cultured per dilution. XXXXXXXXXXX noted that a total of
      approximately 180 TSA plates were cultured per day when animal
      challenges were being conducted. The TSA plates were obtained from

  5. DXer said

    Did AUSA Lieber and Agent Montooth understand Dr. Ivins’ trips to the “AR” from the hot suites as trips to a locked cabinet in “Animal Resources” to get the Ketamine and Euthasol needed to anesthesize and euthanize moribund mice and rabbits? See DEA (part of DOJ) Controlled Substance log.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 11, 2011

    • DXer said

      Numerous USAMRIID Standard Operating Procedures (all mandatory) controlled the animal husbandry baseline services rendered the rabbits, guinea pigs and mice involved in Dr. Ivins’ experiments in Sep-Oct 2001

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 3, 2012

      see, e.g., AC-11-02 Euthanasia of Rabbits

      AC-11 Procedure for Observation and Recovery of Laboratory Animals Following Anesthesia

      AC 11-14 Disposition of Rabbit and Rodent Carcasses (Risk Assessed)

      AC 13-00 Blood Collection Volumes for Rodents, Rabbit, and Nonhuman Primates

      AC 13-20 Collection of Blood from Rabbits

      Requested Standard Operating Procedures Have Been Uploaded To FOIA Reading Room By Ever-Efficient, Multi-Tasking USAMRC FOIA Personnel

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 13, 2012

      Standard Operating Procedures for Animal Assessment and Monitoring: the beautiful Amerithrax AUSA did not appreciate that Dr. Ivins was tasked to do this the first week of October with 52 rabbits.

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 4, 2012

    • DXer said

      On October 14, 2001, when Dr. Ivins spent 1 1/2 hours in B3, do DEA Controlled Substance records indicate that he was euthanizing and exsanguinating the surviving rabbits?

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 12, 2011

      From a typical “Record of Controlled Substance (II-V) Administered/DIspensed, one knows the protocol number, the person dispensing, and the amount dispensing — did FBI Agent Edward Montooth and AUSA Rachel Lieber access these records before publicly charging that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab on those nights? If not, why not? The DEA Controlled Substance records kept by Dr. Ivins were available to the FBI and were admissible in federal court.
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 11, 2011

      There are parallel Maryland regulations.

      Click to access CDSRenewal.pdf

      Division of Drug Control 4201 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215
      410-764-2890, Fax 410-358-1793
      Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) Researcher Questionnaire
      Applicant Name ______________________________________________________ Facility Name ________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ Telephone ______________________________ Fax. _________________________ Facility Maryland CDS Registration Number _____________ Exp. Date__________ Facility DEA Registration Number _____________________ Exp. Date__________ M-F ______ Sat. _______ Sun. ______ Hol. _______

      1. Brief description of the research/testing that will be conducted and list of controlled dangerous substances
      (“CDS”) that will be used to conduct research/testing and approximate quantities per year.

      2. Who is the primary responsible person that supervises use of controlled substances at the facility?
      The “Responsible Person” must be a principal investigator or have a faculty-rank appointment (i.e., faculty or
      administrative professional). This person is ultimately responsible for obtaining approval to use a controlled substance,
      and is responsible for the safe use, secure storage, and record keeping requirements of that controlled substance. The
      Responsible Person certifies that the legally required records of receipts and disbursements of the controlled substances
      listed on this application will be maintained for inspection, and that drug security measures will meet those required by
      federal and state law.

      3. Who are “individuals with access”? Individuals with access are defined as persons that will handle the controlled
      substances, and all persons having access to the locked storage unit containing those substances.


      4. What is the exact location where CDS will be stored? – Location/name of the building, room number

      5. How will CDS for research be obtained? – Name, address, phone number, and you MUST supply the DEA
      registration number, Maryland CDS registration number, Maryland Board of Pharmacy permit (if applicable) and the
      expiration dates for all suppliers.

      6. What are the policies and procedures for disposal of outdated/unwanted CDS? A DEA approved reverse distributor
      must be used for disposal of outdated/unwanted CDS. Any alternative procedure must be approved in writing from your
      local DEA office.

      7. What are the procedures for delivery and receipt of CDS? Will items be hand-delivered to the person responsible for the order or an individual designated by the responsible person?

      8. What kind of record keeping will be maintained for controlled substances?

      RECOMMENDED- Complete record keeping is required at the site of storage for controlled substances. This includes an inventory logbook showing: • Dates, quantity, and description of each controlled substance received, total quantity ON HAND along with initials of receiving individual.

      • Dates, quantity, and description of each controlled substance removed from inventory with description of use, total quantity ON HAND and initials of individual removing from inventory.

      • Logbook will show total quantity of each controlled substance ON HAND before removal from inventory and quantity of each controlled substance ON HAND following removal from inventory.

      • Logbook to be maintained under security (lock and key) with the controlled substances and made available for responsible person and regulatory officials.

      9. How will controlled substances be stored? Controlled substances, by DEA Regulations, are to be kept under secure conditions at all times and are to be accessible to approved users ONLY. Secure conditions include “under lock and key at all times except when receiving inventory or removing inventory for use”:
      • In a locked safe,

      • In a locked drawer or cabinet within a room behind a locked door,

      • Key or combination to safe, cabinet, or drawer lock accessible to approved users ONLY.

      • In Regard to FIELD USE: The responsible person must be notified in advance and approve if controlled substances are to be used in a location away from primary location listed in the application.

    • DXer said

      Trips to AR included September 28, 30, October 3, October 5.

      9/28, 9/30, 10/3, 10/5 …. did the moribund mice in late September and moribund rabbits in early October necessitate the trip to AR?

      Or did the bleeding of the rabbits in Week 9 (the week of September 24th)?

      Where were animal supplies kept. In Animal Resources? (Yes) The SOPs specify the materials needed for bleeding, anesthesia and euthanasia.

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