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

* Fully virulent samples of the Ames anthrax sent to Ivins at USAMRIID were kept at Dugway in BSL2 conditions in box “EM Specimens”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 28, 2016

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8 Responses to “* Fully virulent samples of the Ames anthrax sent to Ivins at USAMRIID were kept at Dugway in BSL2 conditions in box “EM Specimens””

  1. DXer said

    A rare look at Dugway’s experiments — then and now

    Posted 9:41 pm, May 12, 2016, by Ben Winslow, Updated at 09:53pm, May 12, 2016
    http://fox13now.com/2016/05/12/a-rare-look-at-dugways-experiments-then-and-now/

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

  2. DXer said

    News Transcript

    Department of Defense Press Briefing by Army Officials in the Pentagon Briefing Room on the Investigation into the Inadvertent Shipment from Dugway Proving Ground of Live Anthrax Spores

    Press Operations

    January 15, 2016

    Again, I think that the — the labs within the Department of Defense and the labs that we work with throughout the commercial marketplace and everywhere else — okay, they are registered and certified for a reason.

    They have shown the credentials necessary in order to be able to work with this type of material, and Dr. Lein can speak to it probably better than I, but there’s a reason why these labs are accredited and they’re certified and they have to follow the procedures associated with that accreditation and certification process. So to say that we are, that we may or may not be working with — with agents that could be infectious — we absolutely are, okay? But the intent is to work with agents that are infectious at the right biosafety level — i.e., level 3 or higher — whereas if you’re working with inactivated or invirulent strains of spores, then it can be worked at a much lower level — BS level 2 lab, for instance. I hope that answers your question.

    Comment: Note that the Ames anthrax above used to murder 5 people was stored in BS Level 2 lab — not BS Level 3 lab.

    Was the officer unaware of that fact? If so, why? How does he reconcile the facts with his statement above?

    Why was analysis truncated so as to not address the period pre-Fall 2001 and the distribution of and access to Ames from and at Dugway?

    How well does the discrepancy square with the Army’s claim of transparency and accountability?

  3. DXer said

    Where was the DARPA research conducted related to the dried powder that the FBI anthrax expert made in 2000 out of Ames supplied by Bruce Ivins from Flask 1029 at USAMRIID?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 17, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/where-was-the-darpa-research-conducted-related-to-the-dried-powder-that-the-fbi-anthrax-expert-made-in-2000-out-of-ames-supplied-by-bruce-ivins-from-flask-1029-at-usamriid/

    from DXer … the lifelong friends of Dr. Tarek Hamouda, supplied virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins, actively denounce their former medical school associate Ayman Zawahiri as a fanatic – one serving as President of CAIR-St. Louis and the other as author of INSIDE JIHAD.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 7, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-lifelong-friends-of-dr-tarek-hamouda-supplied-virulent-ames-by-bruce-ivins-actively-denounce-their-former-medical-school-associate-ayman-zawahiri-as-a-fanatic-one-serving-as-president-of-ca/

    December 23 USAMRIID FOIA Response: There was no key card access system in May 1998 that recorded access to the B3 with Ivins by the former Zawahiri associate supplied with Ames.
    Posted on December 23, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/december-23-usamriid-foia-response-there-was-no-key-card-access-system-in-may-1998-that-recorded-access-to-the-b3-with-ivins-by-the-former-zawahiri-associate-supplied-with-ames/

    Here is another handwriting sample of Bruce Ivins — this one discussing the planned visit by the former Zawahiri associate being supplied virulent Ames in early May 1998
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 7, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/here-is-another-handwriting-sample-of-bruce-ivins-this-one-discussing-the-planned-visit-by-the-former-zawahiri-associate-being-supplied-virulent-ames-in-early-may-1998/

  4. DXer said

    I am not a scientist and do not have scientific input today on the issue, but I’ll venture that “EM specimens” refers to “Electron Microscopy specimens.”

    • DXer said

      Given that the genetically matching virulent Ames was being treated as a BL-2 pathogen, did anyone visit the Dugway lab who had cause to be studying the structure of a spore? And have cause to take or be given an EM specimen that was being treated as a BL-2 pathogen?

      At LSU, they did all their anthrax work at BSL 2+

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

  5. DXer said

    This document was finally uploaded today — years after it was requested of the Army and FBI

    The Army FOIA Officer reports that the FBI did not in fact provide Notebook 4251 — in contrast to any impression created by correspondence, to include the correspondence uploaded to this blog.

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