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

* June 2001 Form EA-101: “Transfer of Select Agent” of Ames anthrax from Dugway to USAMRIID was produced today under FOIA

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 21, 2015

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4 Responses to “* June 2001 Form EA-101: “Transfer of Select Agent” of Ames anthrax from Dugway to USAMRIID was produced today under FOIA”

  1. DXer said

    Note that in connection with this transfer, the requestor (USAMRIID) filled out on 6/25/2001 and then faxed – so there was advance notice of date the virulent Ames was to be sent.

    Al-Timimi shared a fax with Ken Alibek and Charles Bailey.

    So it seems that he would have advance notice of any planned transfer of a Select Pathogen if the EA 101 simply was faxed to the head of the DARPA Center for Biodefense.

    The DARPA-funded researchers at GMU had their work with virulent Ames done at Southern Research Institute, at the facility in Frederick, Maryland. It was announced that Southern Research Institute was a subcontractor on the DARPA award to Advanced Biosystems when the grant was made in 2000.

    See, e.g., “Systemic cytokine response in murine anthrax” Serguei G. Popov 1 *, Taissia G. Popova 1 , Edith Grene 1 , Francis Klotz 1 , Jennifer Cardwell 1 , Chris Bradburne 1 , Yusuf Jama 1 , Matthew Maland 2 , Jay Wells 2 , Aysegul Nalca 2 , Tom Voss 2 , Charles Bailey 3 and Ken Alibek 1,3
    1 Advanced Biosystems Inc., Manassas, VA 20110, USA.
    2 Southern Research Institute, Frederick, MD, USA.
    3 George Mason University Center for Biodefense, Manassas, VA 20110, USA.

    The article notes that “All experiments with Ames strain were carried out in the BSL-3 facility of Southern Research Institute, Frederick, MD. This work was supported in part by grants from the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, USA.”

    “Authors thank … personnel of the Homeland Security Division of Southern Research Institute, Frederick, MD, for carrying out experiments with virulent B. anthracis strain ….”

    After agents raided Al-Timimi townhouse in February 2003 — 100 agents came here the same day and minute so I was paying attention that day — I called Alibek to ask if and where he was using virulent Ames. He was — the research was done at the local BL-3 in the area at SRI.

    PR Newswire
    May 4, 2000, Thursday
    HADRON Subsidiary Awarded $3.3 Million Biodefense Contract by DARPA

    DATELINE: ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 4

    Hadron’s subsidiaries, Avenue Technologies, Inc. and Advanced Biosystems, Inc., will perform the biodefense research programs under this contract. The scientific and medical research will consist of several related programs regarding the development of rapid-acting broad-spectrum protection against biological threat agents. Southern Research Institute, a well known research organization … is a subcontractor on this program.

  2. DXer said

    USAMRID today reports that it can locate no records that the 340 ml of virulent Ames was ever irradiated or where it was shipped after USAMRIiD.

  3. DXer said

    Was the anthrax ever irradiated? The Radiation Safety officer was going on vacation that week.

    Background:

    CDC: DoD anthrax errors involved 575 shipments | CIDRAP
    http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/…/cdc-dod-anthrax-errors-involved-575-shipments‎
    Jul 28, 2015 … The transfer of potentially live B anthracis by an Army lab involved 575 shipments in 10 years, an official said.

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