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

* Yesterday the FBI produced under FOIA a report of irradiated Ames samples at Dugway dating to the 1997 production runs for Ivins; irradiation is now known to have been commonly ineffective

Posted by DXer on March 18, 2016



4 Responses to “* Yesterday the FBI produced under FOIA a report of irradiated Ames samples at Dugway dating to the 1997 production runs for Ivins; irradiation is now known to have been commonly ineffective”

  1. DXer said

    GAO finds more gaps in oversight of bioterror germs studied in U.S. labs

    Alison Young, USA TODAY 11:46 a.m. EDT September 21, 2016

    NIH officials initially said they were unaware of any such incidents during that time period. Yet when the GAO reviewed incident forms turned into the NIH, investigators identified four incidents involving incomplete inactivation, the report said.

    The Federal Select Agent Program initially told the GAO that there were 10 such incidents reported during the time period, including with the Ebola virus in 2014 and anthrax in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014 and 2015. Yet by reviewing the Select Agent Program’s database, the GAO identified an additional 11 incidents that involved inactivation that the program hadn’t included in its tally.

  2. DXer said

    Federal report discloses incidents in high-containment labs

    Jul 01, 2016

    Last year, six registered labs were assigned a corrective action plan to amend unsafe work practices and poor recordkeeping. Three labs were placed under suspension because of evidence of poor containment and failing to inactivate biological agents, the FSAP said. Sixteen labs were referred to FBI investigators, who found no evidence of criminal activity. Four labs were referred to federal investigators; two involved repeated select-agent work outside of the registered lab. …

    Of the 61 B anthracis transfers approved during 2015, 45 occurred during May and June, a spike attributed to a Department of Defense lab’s accidental shipments of viable specimens marked as killed, the FSAP said.

  3. DXer said

    One of the batches made at Dugway for Ivins (19th) is missing — it was not sent to Ivins. Its “disposition” is “unknown” according to a document produced by the FBI to me this week.

    Who took it? Was it given to the person? Or did the person just take it? Was it used in the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

    The missing genetically matching Ames went missing from Dugway. Only 70 ml. of it was found. Perhaps Lew could upload the document excerpt while we noodle over the issue.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

    The missing genetically matching Ames was made in 1997.

  4. DXer said

    Army anthrax revelations raise oversight concerns

    Alison Young and Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY 12:26 p.m. EST January 19, 2016

    New revelations about systemic safety problems at a huge Army biodefense lab show the need for better oversight and accountability at facilities working with dangerous pathogens, some experts said Friday.

    “This investigation shows yet again that even elite organizations will compromise safety and security if they are not subject to appropriate oversight and accountability,” said Gregory Koblentz, director of the biodefense graduate program at George Mason University.

    On Friday, USA TODAY revealed harsh findings in a new Pentagon accountability review that found years of “complacency” about safety at the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah was a key factor in how the facility could have mistakenly shipped live anthrax specimens for more than a decade.

    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

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