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

* Was this the murder weapon? Whose handwriting was this? Bruce Ivins said the handwriting on this Ames sent in 1998 was not his.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 22, 2014

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6 Responses to “* Was this the murder weapon? Whose handwriting was this? Bruce Ivins said the handwriting on this Ames sent in 1998 was not his.”

  1. DXer said

    In an automated approach, using the hundreds of pages of lab notebooks, the FBI could have compared Bruce Ivins’ handwriting to that of his assistant(s) to determine who made this or that label.

    For example, consider Professor Srihari’s table showing

    “Number of strokes for formation of “a” or “formation of staff of “a”.

    Professor Srihari’s discusses the importance of independence in analyzing statistical probability.

    He reports that with regard to the “Height relationship of the “t” to the “h”, only 5.5% have “t taller than h”.
    15% no set pattern, 1.5% “t even with h”, and 78% “t shorter than h”.

    http://www.nist.gov/oles/upload/Statistical-Basis-to-Determine-Probabilities-Srihari-Singer.pdf

  2. DXer said

    U.S. House Republicans seek CDC documents on anthrax scare
    WASHINGTON Wed Jul 9, 2014 9:36pm EDT
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/us-usa-anthrax-congress-idUSKBN0FE2FH20140710

    “In a series of letters, top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked for the results of several Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab inspections and audits of potential weaknesses in biosecurity protocols dating back to October 2007.”

    I think it would be helpful, relatedly, to seek the documents relating to the 2004 incident in which virulent Ames was sent from Southern Research Institute to Children’s Hospital in Oakland — to include the question:

    when did SRI first obtain virulent Ames?

    was the same heat inactivation method used in sending out other shipments of Ames?

    the head of the B3 lab there was Dr. Bruce Ivins’ former assistant, who had made and stored some of his genetically matching virulent Ames in Building 1412 for mailing out.

    He had asked her in an email what happened to 5 ml of missing Ames that had been in Building 1412.

  3. DXer said

    The extraordinarily dedicated USAMRMC FOIA person has identified the correspondent about this Ames as from

    Chemical Biological Defence Section
    Defence R&D Canada – Suffield
    Box 4000, Medicine Hat, Alberta
    Canada

    Thanks so much to USMRMC to helping get us on the same page.

    There was a short word redacted which rather than the name of the facility turned out to be the word “him.”

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  4. DXer said

    I don’t know the short name of the facility that received this sample in 1998. The short-name has been redacted.

    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/

    SRI? J-H? APG? UofM? Beats me. But the FOIA office was educating me on the Medcom guidelines as to (b)(6) which relates to individuals near the close of business. I had urged that DOJ Civil was not using (b)(6) so widely.

    But I lost that battle — and long ago I told the wonderful FOIA person that I would never appeal her decision. (The one time I did appeal to John P. I lost and then I was persuaded that their proposed process — turning to DOJ Civil for the civil depositions — was the way it was going to have to be).

    That in turn led to a different wonderful FOIA officer James K. and so I have no grounds to complain.

    Close of business came before being educated about the (b) exemption applicable to the facility.

    I likely will learn my fate as her decision on the request that the name of the lab be unredacted tomorrow.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  5. DXer said

    Relatedly, whose conference table and chair is that?

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