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* AR 15-6 Investigation Report – Individual and Institutional Accountability For the Shipment Of Viable Bacillus Anthracis From Dugway Proving Ground

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 15, 2016

AR 15-6 Investigation Report – individual and Institutional Accountability For the Shipment Of Viable Bacillus Anthracis From Dugway Proving Ground, December 17, 2015

http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2691592-Dugway-Proving-Ground-Anthrax-Shipment-AR-15-6.html

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8 Responses to “* AR 15-6 Investigation Report – Individual and Institutional Accountability For the Shipment Of Viable Bacillus Anthracis From Dugway Proving Ground”

  1. DXer said

    There has been no assessment of individual and institutional accountability of the withholding of exculpatory information.

    But Ken and Rachel and others will have time enough to address that.

  2. DXer said

    Department of Defense Video
    http://www.defense.gov/Video?videoid=446341

    Army Officials Brief on Anthrax Investigation
    Washington, District of Columbia, United States
    Top U.S. Army officials brief the media at the Pentagon Jan. 15, 2016, on the results of an investigation into the inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to a number of laboratories in the U.S. and abroad.

  3. DXer said

    For the period 2004-2015, the recent Army report found no correlation between the viability failure rate [50%] and the protocol or radiation dose (Fig. 17, p. 65)

  4. DXer said

    Is it going to be McClatchy that reassumes the lead in investigative reporting on the subject?

    Is CDC going to tell USA Today’s Alison Young about the 2007 probe of the earlier misshipment of anthrax? Bruce Ivins asked: “Does this refer to any material that DPG sent here for irradiation, then was sent back?”
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 18, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/is-cdc-going-to-tell-usa-todays-alison-young-about-the-2007-probe-of-the-earlier-misshipment-of-anthrax-bruce-ivins-asked-does-this-refer-to-any-material-that-dpg-sent-here-for-irradiation-th/

    “More bad irradiation news” – USAMRIID’s Bruce Ivins found that sometimes samples that had tested negative then upon retesting came up “hot”
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 19, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/more-bad-irradiation-news-usamriids-bruce-ivins-found-that-sometimes-samples-that-had-tested-negative-then-upon-retesting-came-up-hot/

    Bruce Ivins experienced repeated irradiation failures with virulent Ames anthrax
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 13, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/bruce-ivins-experienced-repeated-irradiation-failures-with-virulent-ames-anthrax/

    USAMRIID today produced an “Information Paper” explaining production of gamma-irradiation sterilized dried Ames anthrax spores pre-9/11
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 26, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/usamriid-today-produced-an-information-paper-explaining-production-of-gamma-irradiation-sterilized-dried-ames-anthrax-spores-pre-911/

  5. DXer said

    It was 15 years ago that the country watched while Scott Shane (then of the Baltimore Sun) played the country’s key role in the coverage of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    The country needs the Baltimore Sun to make an important breakthrough in analysis based on newly produced documents that the wonderful Army FOIA officer Sandra Rogers (USAMRMC) has produced to me recently.

    First, it is important to understand that the Army’s review last year was limited to post-2002 shipments — even though the critical misuse and diversion (that killed 5 people) occurred just prior to that.

    The Army was led by the former FBI officials (Hassell and Majidi).

    It is hypocritical to say that the (now Aberdeen) General did not conduct the necessary review.

    Bruce Ivins emails that I uploaded (obtained from FOIA) –and then USA Today published — show that irradiation was frequently ineffective.

    300 ml. was a huge amount to irradiate and size of sample greatly affected success of irradiation.

    Docs produced under FOIA recently show the head of radiation safety was on vacation

    300 ml. of gamma irradiated Ames was sent from USAMRIID to Dugway in August 2001; is there record that it was in fact received (and not diverted)?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 2, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/300-ml-of-gamma-irradiated-ames-was-sent-from-usamriid-to-dugway-in-august-2001-is-there-record-that-it-was-in-fact-received-and-not-diverted/comment-page-1/#comment-42920

    DXer has sent his tip to “Information Resources Center Hotline” set up as part of DOD Laboratory Review
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 10, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/dxer-has-sent-his-tip-to-information-resources-center-hotline-set-up-as-part-of-dod-laboratory-review/

    NYT interview of former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert: “a staggering amount of exculpatory evidence” regarding Dr. Ivins remains secret
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 9, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/nyt-interview-of-former-lead-amerithrax-investigator-richard-lambert-a-staggering-amount-of-exculpatory-evidence-regarding-dr-ivins-remains-secret/

    FBI Amerithrax scientists sent powderized anthrax from Dugway to USAMRIID for irradiation — but the irradiation was unsuccessful
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 12, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/fbi-amerithrax-scientists-sent-powderized-anthrax-from-dugway-to-usamriid-for-irradiation-but-the-irradiation-was-unsuccessful/

    Was the 340 ml. of genetically matching virulent Ames shipped from Dugway to USAMRIID in June 2001 tested for the genetically distinctive subtilis contaminant — Or did it go missing?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 9, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/was-the-340-ml-of-genetically-matching-virulent-ames-shipped-from-dugway-to-usamriid-in-june-2001-tested-for-the-genetically-distinctive-subtilis-contaminant-or-did-it-go-missing/

    In a secret report, Battelle determined that the sample provided by the FBI in October 2001 resembled the subtilis var. niger (“Bg”) surrogate made by Dugway
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 13, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/in-a-secret-report-battelle-determined-that-the-sample-provided-by-the-fbi-in-october-2001-resembled-the-subtilis-var-niger-bg-surrogate-made-by-dugway/

    Ivins calculated that it would take 300 ml of Dugway spores to make the mailed anthrax – he said that amount of spores would be noticed if it went missing.
    Posted on October 7, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/ivins-calculated-that-it-would-take-300-ml-of-dugway-spores-to-make-the-mailed-anthrax-he-said-that-amount-of-spores-would-be-noticed-if-it-went-missing/

    Dugway scientist Bruce Harper initiated shipment of the virulent Ames to USAMRIID for irradiation by email to Dugway colleagues dated June 21, 2001
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 22, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/dugway-scientist-bruce-harper-initated-shipment-of-the-virulent-ames-to-usamriid-for-irradiation-by-email-to-dugway-colleagues-dated-june-21-2001/

    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 on October 28, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/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/

    Ivins was ordered by superior not to repeat the report that the powder closest to the mailed anthrax was made by DSD for DARPA
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 25, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/ivins-was-ordered-by-superior-not-to-repeat-the-report-that-the-powder-closest-to-the-mailed-anthrax-was-made-by-dsd-for-darpa/

    Dugway anthrax – Will it take Congressional subpoena power to fill in the blanks in the email asking about weaponized anthrax that came to Detrick via FedEx and then was shipped out and some was missing?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 29, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/dugway-anthrax-will-it-take-congressional-subpoena-power-to-fill-in-the-blanks-in-the-email-asking-about-weaponized-anthrax-that-came-to-detrick-and-then-was-shipped-out-and-some-was-missing/

    Who told Ivins on December 17, 2006 not to tell anyone about missing samples — that the FBI situation was under control — and that “justification” for missing samples could be provided if necessary?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 7, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/who-told-ivins-on-december-17-2006-not-to-tell-anyone-about-missing-samples-that-the-fbi-situation-was-under-control-and-that-justification-for-missing-samples-could-be-provided/

    Did someone make a powder out of the missing 340 ml. of virulent Ames for DARPA or DTRA research?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 25, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/did-someone-make-a-powder-out-of-the-missing-340-ml-of-virulent-ames-for-darpa-or-dtra-research/

    I have asked Bruce Ivins’ superior by email today to explain the justification for the missing 340 ml. of virulent b. anthracis Ames shipped from Dugway to USAMRIID on June 27, 2001
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 25, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/i-have-asked-bruce-ivins-superior-by-email-today-to-explain-the-justification-for-the-missing-340-ml-of-virulent-b-anthracis-ames-shipped-from-dugway-to-usamriid-on-june-27-2001/

    • DXer said

      Army anthrax revelations raise oversight concerns
      Alison Young and Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY4:19 p.m. EST January 15, 2016
      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/01/15/army-lab-anthrax-accounability-report-reaction/78845202/

    • DXer said

      Army report: Shipments of live anthrax spores resulted from ‘serious breaches’
      The Army released a heavily redacted report on Friday that examined serious lapses at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Going forward, Army officials are calling for more oversight.
      By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer JANUARY 15, 2016

      The “senior virologist” in its microbiology branch, for one, had only a high school education, and many others “do not have the expertise to ask the questions that due diligence would have required,” noted the report, which posited that perhaps hiring practices at the facility, in which third- and forth-generation workers are often brought on, should be examined.

    • DXer said

      The link above was the Christian Science Monitor and the link
      http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2016/0115/Army-report-Shipments-of-live-anthrax-spores-resulted-from-serious-breaches

      Here are some additional stories.

      —“Army says failures in leadership at biodefense lab led to mishandled anthrax shipments, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 15, 2016
      http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-army-anthrax-20160115-story.html

      “Ostrowski and 10 investigators interviewed 69 witnesses and reviewed records of how the infectious material was mishandled.”

      — New Procedures Implemented to Manage Biological Toxins, Jan. 15, 2016
      By Jim GaramoneDoD News, Defense Media Activity
      http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/643382/new-procedures-implemented-to-manage-biological-toxins

      “The report said that during his time as Dugway commander King had a duty to “think strategically” about how a series of flaws and mistakes at the lab during his tenure were related, to notice that they had widespread implications throughout Dugway Proving Ground, and to investigate and remedy problems.”

      —— Army Blames ‘Complacent’ Leadership at Dugway for Anthrax Scandal, Jan 15, 2016 | military.com by Richard Sisk
      http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/15/army-blames-complacent-leadership-at-dugway-anthrax-scandal.html

      “Ostrowski’s report also found that some of the Dugway staff “regularly manipulated data” on sample shipment records to show that pathogens were inert.

      The military’s testing and storage of anthrax and other deadly agents, and the security of facilities, have been the subject on numerous critical government reports and congressional hearings going back to the 1990s, but the anthrax shipment issue only came to a head last May when a Maryland lab found live spores in a supposedly irradiated and inert sample from Dugway.

      At last count, live anthrax samples were sent to at least 194 labs and contractors in all 50 states and nine foreign countries, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the total shipments to the 184 labs and contractors numbered 575.
      However, Lt. Gen. Spoehr said he could not rule out that additional labs would be found that had received live anthrax shipments, but he had “high confidence” that the list was complete.
      The Defense Department stopped shipments of anthrax and other pathogens when the scandal broke last May, but Spoehr said the program would likely continue in about a year when his task force completes its work.
      The problems at Dugway underscored the need for more research on methods of irradiation to make sure that supposedly inert samples did not contain live spores, Ostrowski said.”

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