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

* Lab Notebook 4010 indicates where irradiated Ames anthrax was sent – but the FBI did not consider Ivins’ distribution of irradiated Ames in its analysis of potential access

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 9, 2015

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4 Responses to “* Lab Notebook 4010 indicates where irradiated Ames anthrax was sent – but the FBI did not consider Ivins’ distribution of irradiated Ames in its analysis of potential access”

  1. DXer said

    One consequence of the failure of the Army and the DOJ to produce Notebook 4010 is that it would reveal the analysis of the FBI Amerithrax scientists Hassell and Majidi — who then became top Army officials in biodefense — was a crock, because (among other things) it did not take into account that unvalidated (and, it turns out, ineffective) irradiation methods were being used. The Army officials (who were the former FBI top decision makers) truncated the DOD review to post-2002. The DOD’s own analysis revealed that hundreds of reicpients had accidentally received virulent Ames (instead of irradiated or inactivated Ames). But as USAMRIID scientist John Ezzell explained to me years ago (he was a key consultant for the FBI), there was no validation of the science relating to the irradiation of anthrax in 2001. Thus, the FBI’s process-of-elimination analysis could just as well be filed in the circular file.

    The problem? Admitting that the analysis was a non-starter might prevent the investigators and scientists from crossing the finish line and declaring victory — and getting a promotion or book deal.

    Science requires more — invoking science to base cotton candy conclusions on is wrong. Distribution of irrradiated Ames — to include those detailed in the wrongfully withheld Notebook 4010 — would also need to be taken into account in a principled analysis. In his new book, where does former FBI scientist Scott Decker identify the recipients of irradiated Ames distributed by Bruce Ivins?

    If you want the truth in Amerithrax — if you want to help people get on the same page –, ask the FBI and USAMRIID and the Army for a copy of Notebook 4010. Both the FBI and Army have a copy that they are keeping from the public. I could legally show you 30 pages — but you deserve (and need) all 88 pages.

    If North Korea attacks with anthrax, will it be the Ames strain? If so, will the people responsible for withholding of Notebook 4010 feel bad? How many people will need to die in an aerosol attack before people continuing to withhold these documents will feel bad?

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

  2. DXer said

    Both the Army and the FBI have failed to upload Lab Notebook 4010 pertaining to Flask 1029 — which the US Attorney insisting on describing as the “murder weapon.” Dr. Dillon should bring suit against the FBI for the FBI’s failure to produce it.

  3. DXer said

    Neither USAMRMC, CDC nor FBI have yet produced the records relating to the shipment of the 340 ml of genetically matching Ames (which had the genetically matching Ivins ‘Flask 1030 sent in 1997 to use as the seed stock).

    Although it was a lesson learned only recently in the school of hard knocks, size matters — not just the type of organism, the irradiation dose and physical state of organism.

    Compare

    Inactivation of Microorganisms by
    Gamma Irradiation Bacillus atropheus spores and Erwinia herbicola
    R.E. Hilsen, B. Kournikakis, B. Ford DRDC Suffield, December 2005
    http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a450139.pdf

    I view the Amerithrax investigation as a situation where certain individuals are playing extremely dangerous odds on credit they don’t have. In other words, I think we’re all on the same team. If we aren’t, certainly approaching it from that direction gives folks an opportunity to come in from the cold without dismemberment.

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