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

* FBI scientist John Ezzell has explained that dried Ames and Sterne spores went to studies for DARPA at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Labs in Columbia, MD

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 28, 2015

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12 Responses to “* FBI scientist John Ezzell has explained that dried Ames and Sterne spores went to studies for DARPA at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Labs in Columbia, MD”

  1. DXer said

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      The people at USAMRIID’s Special Pathogens group “had to stop working with dried powder aerosolization due to its dual use implications.” Who was the scientist who worked on it alone in Building 1412? (It certainly was not Ivins — he was not in that group. He was in the Bacteriology Division and worked on vaccines.) Who did that scientist working on dried powder aerosolization receive “all direction on this project” from?

      USAMRMC has not produced any documents on the project. Isn’t it about time that USAMRMC did? Or does DOD just view the White House directive just intended as wallpaper.

      The Fall 2001 anthrax mailings involve the biggest incident of all — it involves the murder of five people as the result of the diversion of the US Army Ames strain.

  2. DXer said

    Ret. Brigadier General Walter Busbee might be the best person to interview about decontamination agent testing at JHU-APL in late October 2001.

    In October 2001, the New York Times, interviewed Walter Busbee [JHU-APL], the retired brigadier general who was chief of the Pentagon’s chemical and biological defense program from 1996 to 1998. General Busbee had such foam demonstrated against live agents in 1999. He said he saw the foam tested against live spores.

    Mr. Busbee in October 2001 was with the counterproliferation program at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University which is who Dr. Ezzell was coordinating in making the dried spores out of gamma-irradiated Ames spores.

    An expert in the field, he was hosted by Ira Flatow, on NPR’s Science Friday, where he discussed the detection efforts that were ongoing in Iraq in 2003.

    http://WWW.NYTIMES.COM/2001/10/26/US/NATION-CHALLENGED-DECONTAMINATION-FOAM-THAT-KILLS-ANTHRAX-BE-USED-MAILROOMS.HTML

    A NATION CHALLENGED: DECONTAMINATION
    A NATION CHALLENGED: DECONTAMINATION; Foam That Kills Anthrax Is to Be Used in Mailrooms
    By JAMES GLANZ
    Published: October 26, 2001

  3. DXer said

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1210580

    Join Ira Flatow for a discussion on bio-chemical detection.

    Guest:

    Ret. General Walter Busbee
    * Business Executive, Counterproliferation and Homeland Security Program Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins University
    * Chair, Chemical Biological Defense Division National Defense Industrial Association

  4. DXer said

    Under the Agreement between JHU/APL and USAMRIID’s DSD, USAMRIID was to include work with virulent strains, and not just the Ames from Flask 1029 (Dugway Spores) that had been irradiated. 98 vials of Dugway spores are missing — claimed to have been destroyed the previous year.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 27, 2014

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/under-the-agreement-between-jhuapl-and-usamriids-dsd-usamriid-was-to-include-work-with-powderized-virulent-strains-and-not-just-the-ames-from-flask-1029-dugway-spores-that-had-been-irradiated/

    • DXer said

      Bruce Ivins thought it was an “incredible coverup” that he was not allowed to swab the Diagnostic Services Division at the same time he swabbed his lab and offices

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 10, 2012

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/bruce-ivins-thought-it-was-an-incredible-coverup-that-he-was-not-allowed-to-swab-the-diagnostic-services-division-at-the-same-time-he-swabbed-his-lab-and-offices-2/

    • DXer said

      In October 2001, the New York Times, reported that Walter Busbee [JHU-APL], a retired brigadier general who was chief of the Pentagon’s chemical and biological defense program from 1996 to 1998 and who has seen decontamination foam demonstrated.

      He said he saw the foam tested against live spores.

      Mr. Busbee in October 2001 was with the counterproliferation program at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.

      http://WWW.NYTIMES.COM/2001/10/26/US/NATION-CHALLENGED-DECONTAMINATION-FOAM-THAT-KILLS-ANTHRAX-BE-USED-MAILROOMS.HTML

      A NATION CHALLENGED: DECONTAMINATION
      A NATION CHALLENGED: DECONTAMINATION; Foam That Kills Anthrax Is to Be Used in Mailrooms
      By JAMES GLANZ
      Published: October 26, 2001

      Cleanup workers are preparing to apply a new type of foam that kills anthrax spores and bacteria to contaminated mailrooms on Capitol Hill, officials said yesterday.

      Surfaces in the mailrooms are to be covered with two to three inches of the foam, which would be vacuumed off like carpet cleaner after an hour or so, said officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and a company that makes the foam.

      It is the first use of the foam outside a laboratory on areas contaminated with a biological weapon.

      The foam — developed over the past several years as part of the nation’s program to defend against biological and chemical attacks — was chosen ”because it’s so effective against bacteria and spores,” Bonnie Piper, a spokeswoman for the agency, said.

      Officials are also considering using the foam in other contaminated buildings like post offices and in the office of Senator Tom Daschle, Democrat of South Dakota, in the Hart Senate Office Building, said Lt. Dan Nichols, a spokesman for the Capitol Police.

      ***

      ”It is not toxic; it is not corrosive,” Dr. Bustard said. ”The ingredients are sort of similar to toothpaste and hair conditioner.”

      Dr. Bustard refused to elaborate on the makeup of the foam.

      But despite those harmless-sounding ingredients, it is highly toxic to biological agents, said Dr. Bruce Gingras, a research microbiologist at the I.I.T. Research Institute, which is affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

      In 1999, Dr. Gingras said, he tested the foam against live anthrax spores in a laboratory and found that they were virtually wiped out — their numbers reduced by a factor of 10 million — in an hour.

      ”It was extremely effective,” Dr. Gingras said.

      The foam has other advantages, said Walter Busbee, a retired brigadier general who was chief of the Pentagon’s chemical and biological defense program from 1996 to 1998 and who has seen the foam demonstrated.

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

      • DXer said

        For some background, see T. E. Bearden, CTEC Letter to Maj. General Walter Busbee, Assistant to Secretary of Defense, dated April 2, 1998, Subject: “Saving the Lives of Mass BW Casualties from Terrorist BW Strikes on U.S. Population Centers,” with enclosures.

        See also Germs, at p. 199.

        “One of the senior Pentagon officials overseeing the lab [Bioport], General Walter, sent an e-mail to the collagues urging them to begin considering what they would do if the FDA shut Michigan down.” Germs, p. 199, 371 (quoting email in footnote).

  5. DXer said

    USAMRIID provides this response about the lack of documentation associated with the missing Ames anthrax from Flask 1029 under the DARPA-funded JHU-APL project under which USAMRIID was required to provide unidentified contractors virulent Ames anthrax

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 20, 2014

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/usamriid-provides-this-response-about-the-lack-of-documentation-associated-with-the-missing-98-vials-of-ames-anthrax-from-flask-1029-under-the-darpa-funded-jhu-apl-project-under-which-usamriid-was/

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