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

* Dr. Patricia Worsham, a leading anthrax and genetics expert who testified before the NAS, was not persuaded by the FBI’s argument on the issue of “morphs” and sample submissions

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 14, 2014

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7 Responses to “* Dr. Patricia Worsham, a leading anthrax and genetics expert who testified before the NAS, was not persuaded by the FBI’s argument on the issue of “morphs” and sample submissions”

  1. DXer said

    Patricia Worsham, Ivins’ supervisor, regularly reported her observations to FBI agent Scott Stanley. Scott Stanley is the FBI Agent on the science squad who today who is the subject of an interview on BBC in which he relies on the claim by the psychic, who took on a part-time counseling gig and met with Ivins in 2000. The psychic thought an alien controlled her actions through a microchip in her butt and that murderous astral entities attached to her clients in her new part-time counseling gig were trying to kill her. This is the state of the FBI’s forensic science and its analysis of the largest criminal investigation in history. Not a proud moment in the history of the agency.

    FBI whistleblower Richard L. Lambert had argued to FBI Director Mueller that compartmentalizing the investigation would result in the FBI agents being unable to connect the dots. He was right. Agent Stanley is STILL fucking clueless.

    Lambert’s supplemental brief is now due October 17, 2016.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US BIodefense
    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    An FBI undercover did my graphics. Someone has not looped in Agent Stanley.

  2. DXer said

    The FBI’s own expert, Dr. Worsham — Dr. Ivins’ suitemate — was not persuaded by the FBI’s reliance on the 4 morphs and submissions.

    JAG should produce under FOIA the attached photos of the Ames sent in 1998 to an outside researcher ; the handwriting on the vials was not Bruce Ivins’ handwriting
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 9, 2014

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/jag-should-produce-under-foia-the-attached-photos-of-the-ames-sent-in-1998-to-an-outside-researcher-the-handwriting-on-the-vials-was-not-bruce-ivins-handwriting/

  3. DXer said

    When those overzealous lawyers and non microbiologist scientists sit down — AUSA Lieber could make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear — consulting FBI expert Worsham’s view squares with the formally published view of the experts consulting with the FBI. GAO can reasonably begin its reasoning with this chapter.

    Microbial Forensic Investigation of the Anthrax-Letter Attacks (Chapter )

    Keim, P.S.a, Budowle, B.b, Ravel, J.c

    a Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Northern Arizona University and Pathogen Genomics, The Translational Genomics Research Institute, Flagstaff, AZ, United States
    b Institute of Investigative Genetics, Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, United States
    c Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, United States

    View references (19)

    Abstract

    This chapter focuses on the microbial forensic investigations of the anthrax-letter attack in the United States in 2001. The anthrax-letter attack represented a defining moment that has dramatically shaped the biodefense infrastructure and research efforts. Spores of Bacillus anthracis contained in or on letters mailed from a New Jersey location infected 22 persons, killing 5. The responsible strain was identified as a laboratory strain that was used commonly for research and development of vaccines and therapeutics. The Federal Bureau of Investigation developed a strain repository of all known sources of the Ames strain. Distinctive morphological variants were observed among colonies grown from the spore-containing letters. DNA was isolated from each variant and then whole genome sequenced to identify the genetic basis for these phenotypes. Four polymerase chain reaction-based assays for detecting the four different variants were developed and then used to screen the Ames strain repository. Only cultures derived from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases spore stock RMR-1029 contained all four mutants associated with the morphological variants. The FBI concluded that the letter spores were derived from this source. The microbial forensics of the Amerithrax investigation relied heavily on genetics and comparative genomics to provide invaluable investigative leads, which suggested that (i) the strain of B. anthracis used in the attack was more likely obtained from a laboratory source than from the environment and (ii) that a B. anthracis spore preparation known as RMR1029 at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Maryland, was a potential source or at least a direct lineage source from which the spores in the letters originated. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. DXer said

    The Worsham deposition is now on cryptome.

    http://cryptome.org/2014/01/worsham-depo.pdf

    I’ll next work on the Little deposition but I mess up fax/scanner/xerox machines as fast as I ruin coffee machines.

  5. DXer said

    I’m so appreciative of Lew’s help. I tried to upload the full deposition to wordpress but kept messing up. (That’s why I haven’t made any changes to that http://www.amerithraxwordpress.com.)

    I’ve only re-learned today how to scan using the feeder and upload to dropbox.com.

    Using dropbox.com, I’ve shared it with Cryptome and the wonderful USMRC FOIA officer. I think of her as associated with USAMRIID but she is not local and with HQ.

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