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 DXer on January 14, 2014


13 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

    I’m watching the NG fictionalized tv show on the anthrax investigation and reporting in real time. I started with Episode 6, sure I could sit through the entire series. Our FBI lead character just got the phone call saying none of the samples were a match to USAMRIID. Yet, wait for it. Give the FBI and AUSA Lieber time to spin things to make Ivins look guilty. Wait for it…

  2. DXer said

    Do the people involved in the National Geographic show realize that the FBI’s OWN EXPERTS DISAGREE WITH THEIR CLAIMS?

  3. DXer said

    Mark Kortepeter wrote in his new book describing Worsham’s description of the FBI’s surveillance of her:

    “”They were following us; we knew they followed us; they told us we were being followed.” She noticed a black SUV parked a block from house every night for a long time. One day she went to a routine doctor’s appointment, and when she came back, someone from the FBI called her and said, “I hope your health is well.” It was creepy,” Pat said.”

    Heck, if the FBI ever pestered me I would invite them into my kitchen, sit them down under a blow gun, and videotape the entire interview so that they couldn’t spin it.

    Have you noticed the FBI never provided the family’s 302s under FOIA? If you did, you would appreciate the alibi the FBI knew Ivins had.

    There are no secrets in Amerithrax.

    Just 1 part international whoddunit that the Postal Inspectors were never qualified to address and 9 parts inside-the-beltway CYA at the FBI.

  4. DXer said

    In addition to his close work with Keim — who thinks that the FBI’s case is not persuasive — Decker in his book last year wrote about the FBI’s expert Worsham and her work on the 4 morphs.

    Hey, Scott: Worsham thinks Ivins is innocent. Remind me: what FBI expert did you imagine would take the witness stand. Fraser-Liggett, Worsham, Keim… the handwriting expert… the polygraph expert… the ink expert… the bloodhound guy… the paper expert… the toner expert… etc. etc. they DISAGREE with the FBI’s reasoning. You would have been crushed at trial.

  5. DXer said

  6. DXer said

    In his new book, Recounting the Anthrax Attacks, Scott Decker discusses the FBI’s featured expert Patricia Worsham, who thinks that Bruce Ivins is innocent, at 89, 91-92, 98, 100, 107, 110, 117-19, 12p8, 132, 144, 161, 177, 180, 192, 202, 215, 234 n. 6.

    Thus, the scientific case he imagines against Ivins, therefore, was a non-starter from the get-go.

    She could also have testified for the defense as a fact witness. Where does he disclose Dr. Worsham’s views of his argument as to Ivins?

  7. 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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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)


    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.

  10. DXer said

    The Worsham deposition is now on cryptome.

    Click to access 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.

  11. 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

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

    Using, 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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