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

* SCOPE OF WORK – Bacillus anthracis AMES SPORES, USAMRIID/Dugway, 21 May 2001

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 20, 2015

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7 Responses to “* SCOPE OF WORK – Bacillus anthracis AMES SPORES, USAMRIID/Dugway, 21 May 2001”

  1. DXer said

    For the reasons I detail in the thread below — relying on a close study of Ivins emails from the June-September 2001 period, this May 2001 Statement of Work (which was finalized weeks later) had nothing whatsoever to do with the June 27, 2001 shipment from Dugway. The June 27, 2001 shipment is not at all mentioned in his emails.

  2. DXer said

    And in “batch32” is an August 16, 2001 email “Hopefully we’ll get started soon to get the new spores made and purified.”

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch32/20010723_batch32(redacted).pdf

    So, USAMRIID, we are back at square one:

    Who did what with the 340 ml. of b. anthracis Ames shipped on June 27, 2001?

    Was it used by person(s) unkown to kill the elderly Ottilie Lundgren?

    Has some dog ate the homework because someone does not want to risk civil liability for gross negligence?

    • DXer said

      And here are September 6, 2001 emails that the Dugway Ames spores had not yet been produced by Dugway. Dugway had not started on them yet. So the 340 ml. shipment of Dugway Ames on June 27, 2001 was NOT sent with Bruce Ivins as the intended user.

      http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch34/20010831_batch34(redacted).pdf

      Relatedly, AUSA Lieber’s argument that Ivins was desperate about running out of Ames spores was utter BS. Not only had new spores already been bought and paid for, but he had originally drafted the SOW to allow them until December 2002.

  3. DXer said

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/dugway-shipped-175-ml-ames-spores-for-irradiation-on-august-30-2000-and-340-ml-ames-spores-for-irradiation-on-jun-27-2001/

    The May 21, 2001 Statement of Work above was not finalized until a couple months later. Versions of the SOW could be found attached to the emails on the subject during the June – August 2001 period.

    Here is August 15, 2001 email from Bruce confirming “as everything is approved and signed on all sides, we’ll be ready to go here.”

    Thus, the June 27, 2001 shipment of 340 ml. of virulent b. anthracis Ames from Dugway to USAMRIID was NOT intended for Bruce Ivins as end-user.

    While I appreciate USAMRMC FOIA running it up the mast yesterday, it does not catch any wind this morning — and it did not fly.

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch32/20010723_batch32(redacted).pdf

  4. DXer said

    I am very skeptical that the June 27, 2001 email of Ames from Dugway was done under the statement of work.

    A June 20, 2001 email from Dugway did clarify that there was no need for the reference to 2002 — that it could all be done by the end of 2001:

    Wednesday, June 20, 2001 11:40 AM
    To: Ivins

    Bruce (Ivins),

    Here is the statement of work returned to you with my edits. We are agreed on this end to support this. Nothing of note on the edits except that the quantity is now 1 x 10e13 and the use of your stock sent to us will be used to make some storage beads. Also, please check the completion date. You had 2002. Did you mean 2001? If so then just make the change and we’re OK with that.

    Regards, <>

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch30/20010619_batch30(redacted).pdf

    But a July 10, 2001 email states:

    “Bruce, Money and statement of work went to Dugway on Monday. They confirmed receipt.”

    Bruce wrote someone:

    “How are things going on your end with respect to the contract? According to our contract person, ________ (below) it was sent and should be there. I’m looking forward to working with you again on these.
    -Bruce

    But even assuming the June 27, 2001 shipment was NOT done under this Dugway SOW, Ivins/Bacteriology was looped into such a shipment for the sterility check upon any irradiation.

    So if it was sent to USAMRIID for irradiation, then USAMRIID should now produce the documents evidencing that the 340 ml. was in fact irradiated.

    I’ve previously disclosed that I asked that the USAMRMC FOIA person marry me. And I’ve never withdrawn the offer or doubted her good faith. But my beef isn’t with her. It is with anyone who does not make a special effort to locate the relevant documents from long ago. The CDC report is due out soon. This is not the time to evidence inadequate record-keeping about shipments of virulent b. anthracis Ames.

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