Bruce Ivins, a microbiologist acted alone in the anthrax attacks of 2001, according to a now closed investigation by the U.S. Government.
Feb. 20, 2010. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The federal government yesterday formally closed the books on the 2001 anthrax attack that terrorized Palm Beach County and a nation still reeling from the Sept. 11 attack just weeks earlier.
The Justice Department said yesterday that it was convinced that Bruce Ivins, an Army microbiologist, sent the letters laced with anthrax powder that killed five people, sickened 17 and shut down government offices and media outlets across the country. http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/national_world/stories/2010/02/20/copy/Anthrax_COX_0220.ART_ART_02-20-10_A3_72GL50O.html?adsec=politics&sid=101
Stevens’ attorney, Richard Schuler, has questioned how a mentally unstable man (Ivins) could be allowed to continue working with dangerous substances. “All the information (released yesterday) is very helpful to our case,” Schuler said yesterday. “If you look at what they wrote, the lapse in security was horrendous. They didn’t have any way to keep track of these highly dangerous substances,” he said.
According to his therapist Jean Duley, we have allowed a homicidal maniac to work with anthrax for at least the past 7 years, as a United States government microbiologist and vaccinologist for 36 years and senior biodefense researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland for 18 years. This shows either extraordinary incompetence or very excellent planning. via http://conspiracytheory.itsverycool.com/dr-bruce-ivins-the-perfect-patsy/911/2008/08/04/
In 2008, “The FBI says that in the days before the letters were sent, he grew frustrated with the state of his research, spent late nights in his lab, and sent e-mails describing his paranoid delusions. Ivins’ e-mails (PDF) also warned that Osama Bin Laden had “decreed death to all Jews and all Americans”—language similar to that used in the anthrax letters.http://www.slate.com/id/2196986/
Slate goes on to say, “Just after the 9/11 attacks—and weeks before the anthrax letters were found—the White House distributed the antibiotic Cipro to staffers, including those traveling with Vice President Dick Cheney. This has drawn the attention of many on the conspiracy fringe. Why would the White House have handed out an antibiotic used to treat exposure to anthrax—unless, maybe, possibly, our government knew something that we didn’t?
Hereinreality had this to say, ” All of this flies in the face of the picture that friends, neighbors and co-workers paint of a man who played music in church, juggled at Red Cross fundraisers, and wrote and performed songs for retiring co-workers (and was awarded the highest honor the Department of Defense gives to civilians).http://www.hereinreality.com/anthrax/whoisjeanduley.html
In July 2008,,”…the Justice Department cleared Ivins’ colleague, Steven Hatfill, who had been wrongly suspected in the case, and paid him $5.8 million.” http://scaredmonkeys.com/2008/08/01/bruce-e-ivins-2001-anthrax-suspect-commits-suicide-as-fbi-justice-department-about-to-file-charges/
An inventory of potentially deadly pathogens at Fort Detrick’s infectious disease laboratory found more than 9,000 vials that had not been accounted for, Army officials said…, raising concerns that officials wouldn’t know whether dangerous toxins were missing. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/17/AR2009061703271.html As reported previouslyhttp://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/ft-detrick-lab-missing-9000-virus-vials-scientists-still-dying-from-unnatural-causes/-in June 2009-
Years after the anthrax attacks and vials are still going missing!
The Wall Street Journal claimed in January 2010 that the anthrax case is far from being closed, “If Ivins had neither the equipment or skills to weaponize anthrax with silicon, then some other party with access to the anthrax must have done it. Even before these startling results, Sen. Leahy had told Director Mueller, “I do not believe in any way, shape, or manner that [Ivins] is the only person involved in this attack on Congress.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704541004575011421223515284.html?mod=rss_Today’s_Most_Popular
We repeat the closing paragraph from WJS, “even though the public may be under the impression that the anthrax case had been closed in 2008, the FBI investigation is still open—and, unless it can refute the Livermore findings on the silicon, it is back to square one.
Biological warfare and anthrax vaccine expert Dr. Meryl Nass who has followed the case at http://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/2010/02/fbi-case-closed-and-ivins-did-it.html has this to say:
Actually, the 96 page FBI report is predicated on the assumption that the anthrax letters attack was carried out by a “lone nut.” The FBI report fails to entertain the possibility that the letters attack could have involved more than one actor. The FBI admits that about 400 people may have had access to Ivins’ RMR-1029 anthrax preparation, but asserts all were “ruled out” as lone perpetrators. FBI never tried to rule any out as part of a conspiracy, however. That is only the first of many holes in FBI’s case.
Nass also notes that the release of information now comes before the National Academies of Science (NAS)as it is several months away from issuing its $879,550 report on the microbial forensics, suggesting a) asking NAS to investigate the FBI’s science was just a charade to placate Congress, and/or b) NAS’ investigation might be uncovering things the FBI would prefer to bury, so FBI decided to preempt the NAS panel’s report.
Two years into the investigation, On March 14, 2003, Ivins and two of his colleagues at USAMRIID at Fort Detrick received the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service—the highest award given to Defense Department civilian employees – for helping solve technical problems in the manufacture of anthrax vaccine. http://www.dcmilitary.com/dcmilitary_archives/stories/031903/22098-1.shtml Ivins reacted to the award by saying, “Awards are nice. But the real satisfaction is knowing the vaccine is back on-line.”
There are lots of who dunnits and why’s. The truth of the matter is that there is one more dead scientist and he can not defend himself or claim guilt or innocence from the grave. His suicide from an overdose of Tylenol came prior to any FBI charges. The five dead people who died in the anthrax attack don’t have much to say either.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0301101ivins1.html lists the first of the FBI’s reports.. The report says that agents were outside of his home at the time of Ivin’s suicide. No autopsy was performed on his body.
FBI document of Ivins Death
Also of interest in analyzing the 2001 Anthrax letters is http://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/Bioter/messageanthrax.html
There is a forum http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=102&topic_id=4275655&mesg_id=4275902 discussing the idea that Ivin’s did not have access to the equipment to make the anthrax in the first place.
A patsy? For whom?
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