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* Pentagon Accidentally Sent Live Anthrax to 9 (now 11) States from Dugway in Utah

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 27, 2015

Update (6/3/15):  Officials said it’s possible that shipments were sent to more than four dozen laboratories in the U.S. and abroad.

The Pentagon told reporters Wednesday that 51 laboratories received shipments of anthrax, across 17 states (plus D.C.) and three foreign countries over a period of at least ten years.Anthrax was even detected at the Pentagon yesterday, The Daily Beast’s Nancy Youssef reported, when the Defense Department admitted it didn’t know everywhere it had sent the toxic bacteria.

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UPDATE (6/2/15):  Pentagon Accidentally Sent Live Anthrax to at least 28 labs in 12 states and the District of Columbia, and Australia, South Korea and Canada

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UPDATE …Thu May 28, 2015

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Washington (CNN)Four lab workers in the United States and up to 22 overseas have been put in post-exposure treatment, a defense official said, following the revelation the U.S. military inadvertently shipped liveanthrax samples in the past several days.

CNN learned on Wednesday a Maryland-based lab received the live samples, which prompted an across the board urgent review to see whether any other live anthrax has been shipped.

Officials are concerned because samples left over at the lab in Dugway, Utah, where the samples originated, were tested and determined to contain live agent.

The shipments, thought to be dead, were shipped under less rigorous conditions than the live agent protocol.

NBC News reported that the anthrax was sent via FedEx.

Company spokesman Jim McCluskey wouldn’t directly confirm the report.

“FedEx is committed to the safe transport of all customer shipments, and our priority is the safety of our employees,” he said. “We will be working closely with the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control to gather information about these shipments.”

Science experts told the Defense Department there was no risk to the public from shipping in those containers. However, four workers across the nine states that received the shipments have been put on post-exposure treatment, because they handled samples.

Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said one sample was also sent to the Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition Program at Osan Air Base in South Korea.

“The sample was destroyed in accordance with appropriate protocols,” Warren said.

Up to 22 people in a training laboratory were exposed, according to a statement from the base.

“All personnel were provided appropriate medical precautionary measures to include examinations, antibiotics and in some instances, vaccinations,” the statement said. “None of the personnel have shown any signs of possible exposure.”

The facility was decontaminated afterward and the anthrax destroyed.

The investigation

Samples are supposed to be rendered dead before they are shipped under a routine research program. All military, government and commercial labs that may have received samples are now reviewing their inventory of anthrax.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating in conjunction with the Defense Department and said they do not suspect any risk to the public.

“CDC is working in conjunction with state and federal partners to conduct an investigation with all the labs that received samples from the DOD,” Jason McDonald, a CDC spokesman said. “The ongoing investigation includes determining if the labs also received other live samples, epidemiologic consultation, worker safety review, laboratory analysis and handling of laboratory waste.”

A military spokesman confirmed there is no known public risk nor any illnesses reported.

“The DOD lab was working as part of a DOD effort to develop a field-based test to identify biological threats in the environment,” said Warren, the department spokesman. “Out of an abundance of caution, DOD has stopped the shipment of this material from its labs pending completion of the investigation.”

The investigation began after a request from a private commercial lab.

“The lab was working as part of a DOD effort to develop a new diagnostic test to identify biological threats,” McDonald said. “Although an inactivated agent was expected, the lab reported they were able to grow live Bacillus anthracis (anthrax).”

The CDC has sent officials to the military labs to conduct on-site investigations, he said.

CNN’s Debra Goldschmidt contributed to this report.

original report …

 

A Pentagon lab accidentally shipped live samples of anthrax to private labs in nine states,according ABC News. The shipments, received in the last several days, have prompted an investigation with the CDC to determine if the lethal bacteria was inadvertently sent anywhere else. A senior defense official told The Daily Beast there is no known risk to the general public and no suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax infection in potentially exposed lab workers. The Utah lab that sent the samples was working with the Department of Defense to develop a field-based test to identify biological threats in the environment. “Out of an abundance of caution, DoD has stopped the shipment of this material from its labs pending completion of the investigation,” Department of Defense director of press operations, Col. Steven H. Warren said in a statement.

more from CNN …

Washington (CNN)CNN has learned a lab inadvertently received live anthrax samples from the U..S military in the last several days prompting an across the board urgent review to see if any other live anthrax has been shipped.

The sample came from a military lab at the Dugway, Utah, Army facility, according to two defense officials.

They did not disclose the lab that received the live anthrax, but said it was that lab that reported receiving the live agent sample. Samples are supposed to be rendered dead before they are shipped under a routine research program.

All military, government and commercial labs that may have received samples are now reviewing their inventory of anthrax.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently investigating the incident, in conjunction with the Defense Department, and said they do not suspect any risk to the general public at this time.

“CDC is working in conjunction with state and federal partners to conduct an investigation with all the labs that received samples from the DOD,” Jason McDonald, a CDC spokesman said. “The ongoing investigation includes determining if the labs also received other live samples, epidemiologic consultation, worker safety review, laboratory analysis and handling of laboratory waste.”

A military spokesman confirmed there is currently no known public risk, nor any illnesses reported stemming from the incident.

“The DOD lab was working as part of a DOD effort to develop a field-based test to identify biological threats in the environment,” said Col. Steven H. Warren, a department spokesman. “Out of an abundance of caution, DOD has stopped the shipment of this material from its labs pending completion of the investigation.”

The investigation began after a request from a private commercial lab.

“The lab was working as part of a DOD effort to develop a new diagnostic test to identify biological threats,” McDonald said. “Although an inactivated agent was expected, the lab reported they were able to grow live Bacillus anthracis (anthrax).”

The CDC has sent officials to the military labs to conduct on-site investigations, he said.

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* Interview of Battelle scientist about subtilis contaminant in Ames sample at Battelle that had incorrectly been claimed in 2004 email to Ivins to have been all used up

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 27, 2015

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* 2015 Report by independent consultants in Europe – “The anthrax attacks in the USA, 2001”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 25, 2015

“Tactic:  Tools,  Methods and Training For Communities and Society To Better Prepare For A Crisis,”  March 31, 2015
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“Tactic:  Tools,  Methods and Training For Communities and Society To Better Prepare For A Crisis,”  March 31, 2015

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* Law Professor Victoria Sutton addresses Amerithrax in her scholarly 800-page 2014 treatise on biosecurity law and policy, noting the “finding that the mere possession of the strain of anthrax when 219 other people had access to it was not enough to conclude that Bruce Ivins was the perpetrator.”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 22, 2015

“the mere possession of the strain of anthrax when 219 other people had access to it was not enough to conclude that Bruce Ivins was the perpetrator.”

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* Dr. Dillon’s FOIA appeal of the denial of his request for Agent Lambert’s “whistleblower” report regarding the Amerithrax investigation

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 15, 2015

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* Dr. Dillon’s May 15 FOIA request for redacted version of 2,000-page page written by Richard Lambert summarizing Amerithrax investigation

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 15, 2015

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* The “Interim Major Case Summary” being withheld is a 2,000 page prosecutive report authored by the lead Amerithrax agent Rick Lambert prior to leaving the case.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 15, 2015

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* Former CIA head Mike Morell, who briefed President Bush in 2001 on Al Qaeda’s planning, has written a book “THE GREAT WAR OF OUR TIME” (April 12, 2015)

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 12, 2015

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* The FBI has failed to produce numerous forensic tests despite requests under FOIA ; By letter dated May 11, 2015, the FBI’s David M. Hardy falsely claimed that they have been produced and that the responsive documents are located online in The FBI’s “Vault.”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 7, 2015

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Targeted assassination and mailed deadly letters were always a modus operandi, if not the signature, of Dr. Ayman Zawahiri’s supporters.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 6, 2015

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