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

* The FBI’s genetic analysis in Amerithrax rested on the UNVALIDATED scientific assumption that all samples that had been inactivated were in fact dead and that such samples thus could not have been the source of the virulent anthrax mailed shortly after 9/11.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 15, 2015

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8 Responses to “* The FBI’s genetic analysis in Amerithrax rested on the UNVALIDATED scientific assumption that all samples that had been inactivated were in fact dead and that such samples thus could not have been the source of the virulent anthrax mailed shortly after 9/11.”

  1. DXer said

    https://vault.fbi.gov/Amerithrax/amerithrax-part-40-of/view

    On four (4) polypropylene tubes containing Bacillus anthracis
    Ames for use in fermentor production runs. On the first
    spore production run of the 19 total runs that would be initiated
    for shipment to between 04/23/1997 and 09/03/1997.
    ***
    70ml of irradiated spores, concentration 5.0×107 spores/ml, dated 09/23/1997 were recovered in a consensual search of the Lothar Salomon Life Sciences Test Facility at the Dugway Proving Ground, Dugway, Utah on 06/30/2004.

  2. DXer said

    DoD Anthrax Update: Live Samples Sent To Mississippi
    78 labs have received live anthrax and counting…

    The Department of Defense has increased the number of government-run and private labs that have received live anthrax to 78, and Mississippi has been added to the list of states that have received the virus, making 20 states, including the District of Columbia and four countries.

    http://www.talkradionews.com/pentagon/2015/06/29/dod-anthrax-update-live-samples-sent-to-mississippi.html#.VZGxbuvuj2Q

  3. DXer said

    Germ Bank Security: Safeguards for a new age of challenges
    Posted by Sandra Maksimovic-Sara on June 26, 2015
    http://outbreaknewstoday.com/germ-bank-security-safeguards-for-a-new-age-of-challenges-83133/

  4. DXer said

    The lead bullet and Amerithrax case studies are presented in:

    The Role of Databases in Forensic Science
    Karen Kafadar Department of Statistics University of Virginia kkafadar@virginia.edu
    http://www.stat.virginia.edu

  5. DXer said

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/06/16/cdc-lab-incident-reports-foia/28806263/
    After serious lab mishaps, CDC says it needs 3 years to release…
    USA TODAY‎ – 3 hours ago
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which has publicly disclosed three serious laboratory accidents during the past year involving Ebola, anthrax …

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which has publicly disclosed three serious laboratory accidents during the past year involving Ebola, anthrax and a deadly strain of bird flu — says it will take three more years before it will release copies of all incident reports for the agency’s labs in Atlanta and Fort Collins, Colo.

    On Jan. 6, in an effort to determine the extent of lab accidents at the agency, USA TODAY filed a request under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking copies of all incident reports at CDC labs during 2013 and 2014. The CDC granted the request “expedited” processing status because USA TODAY had demonstrated there is a compelling public need for the information. The agency initially said it anticipated responding by June 4.

    But in a letter sent Friday, the CDC now says it anticipates it will take another three years to release its laboratory-incident reports. CDC Director Tom Frieden did not respond to interview requests.

    ***

    Two members of Congress who have been investigating CDC’s lab-safety mishaps expressed concern about the agency’s expected delay in releasing the records.

    “CDC should be transparent, cooperative, and publicly accountable, and that would include properly responding to Freedom of Information Act requests in a timely fashion.

    ***

    Adam Marshall, a legal fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a national non-profit that advocates for transparency, said the FOIA requires agencies to make a determination on records requests within 20 days and they can take an additional 10 days in certain unusual circumstances.

    “I think what’s reasonable is compliance with the law,” Marshall said Tuesday. “In cases like yours where there is a really heightened need for the public to have access to this information, it’s incredibly important that the agency comply with its statutory obligation. It’s a travesty for the American public that they aren’t.”

  6. DXer said

    The FBI in its Vault or otherwise has not produced all the lab notebooks showing transfers from Flask 1029, which contained virulent Ames thought to have contained the four “morphs” contained in the anthrax mailed in Fall 2001.

    Source:

    “On 09/21/2006 and 9/22/2006 SAs ________________________ conducted a detailed review of inventory for RMR-1029, provided by Bruce Ivins, FD-3-2s, electronic communications, and subpoenaed material such as scientific notebooks and 11t material transfer paperwork in order to substantiate from the time of its inception on 10/22/1997 through the window of opportunity for the second anthrax mailing in October. 2001.”

    “Noted transfers of material were substantiated using laboratory notebooks 3745, 3945, 4000, 4010, 4237, and 4251.”

    https://vault.fbi.gov/Amerithrax/Amerithrax%20%20Part%2024%20of%2059

    Guess which transfer of virulent Ames Lab Notebook 3945 addressed?

    Guess who was supplied that virulent Ames?

    Lab Notebook 3945 was not returned by the FBI to USAMRIID.

    .

  7. DXer said

    The FBI is wrongfully withholding under FOIA the notebook 3655 which involved genetically matching Ames anthrax that showed a silicon signature. It took the only copy from USAMRIID — thus preventing USAMRIID from producing it.

    Why did the DOJ and FBI deem it acceptable not to return all of the lab notebooks — when the AUSAs appreciate the importance of the contemporaneous record of events provided by the notebooks?

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 7, 2011

  8. DXer said

    Indeed, powderized anthrax was made by the FBI’s expert — whose lab threw out Dr. Ivins submitted sample. It was irradiated before being lyophilized.

    The Ames was genetically matching and was kept in an unlocked freezer in Building 1412. The FBI’s claim that it the genetically matching Ames was only stored in Building 1425 was a crock from the very beginning (see US Attorney Taylor’s August 8, 2008 press conference) and the FBI knew it.

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