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USA Today, October 13, 2004....
Bruce Ivins was troubled by the dust, dirt and clutter on his officemate's desk, and not just because it looked messy. He suspected the dust was laced with anthrax.
It was December 2001. Ivins, an authority on anthrax, was one of the handful of researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Md., who prepared spores of the deadly bacteria to test anthrax vaccines in animals.
"I swabbed approximately 20 areas of (her) desk, including the telephone computer and desktop," Ivins later reported to Army investigators. Half of the samples, he found, "were suspicious for anthrax," betraying the clumpy brown appearance of anthrax colonies under a microscope.
Rather than reporting contamination to his superiors, Ivins said, he disinfected the desk. "I had no desire to cry wolf," he later told an Army investigator. Link
Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2004....
He (Ivins) detected an apparent anthrax leak in December 2001, at the height of the anthrax mailings investigation, but did not report it. Ivins considered the problem solved when he cleaned the affected office with bleach.
“I didn’t keep records or verify the cultures because I was concerned that records might be obtained under the Freedom of Information Act,” he said in a sworn statement included in the Army report.
“I was also afraid that reporting would have raised great alarm within the institute, which at the time was very busy” working on the anthrax mailing samples. Link
Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2008....
The former Army scientist who was the prime suspect in the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings agreed Friday to take $5.82 million from the government to settle his claim that the Justice Department and the FBI invaded his privacy and ruined his career.
Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, 54, who was called a "person of interest" in the case by then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft in 2002, said that label and repeated leaks of investigative details to the media damaged his reputation.
Meanwhile, the very likely anthrax culprit, Bruce Ivins, was writing letters to the editor like this one....
Originally published August 24, 2006 Rabbi Morris Kosman is entirely correct in summarily rejecting the demands of the Frederick Imam for a "dialogue."
By blood and faith, Jews are God's chosen, and have no need for "dialogue" with any gentile. End of "dialogue." Link
And finally, this from today's Washington Post....
Authorities investigating the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings used previously unavailable techniques to trace the lethal powder to the office where scientist Bruce E. Ivins worked at the sprawling Army biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick, Md., according to sources briefed on the investigation.
Investigators were so certain about the connection that they had scheduled a meeting for last Tuesday with Ivins's attorneys to discuss a plea bargain that would have sent the scientist to prison for life but spared him a death sentence, according to sources briefed on the government's case. But barely two hours before the meeting was to occur, Ivins died of an overdose of Tylenol that he had ingested over the weekend, the sources added. The death was ruled a suicide.
Ivins, 62, a prominent researcher of inhaled anthrax bacteria who had personally tested the lethal powder as part of the anthrax investigation,
In March 2000, Ivins and other Army specialists filed to patent a method of making a genetically engineered anthrax vaccine. The patent was awarded in May 2002.
But the chief executive, James P. Panek, said in an interview last night that it would have been "very unusual" if Ivins and the other scientists had received a financial stake in the licensing deal.
Panek said that Ivins had no commercial arrangement with the firm.
Despite the fact that Hatfill never worked with anthrax, ever, and Ivins did and had.....John Ashcroft and the boys pursued Hatfill for almost 5 years instead of Ivins. Ivins lone expertise appears to be anthrax. Ivins had a history of making homicidal threats. Ivins did not report what he called anthrax leaks within his own lab in 2001 because he didn't want someone filing a "Freedom of Information Act" request.
The vaccine motive, quickly latched on to by propagandists in American media, can be ruled out.....unless a monetary connection can be made. Something the chief executive of the vaccine maker says would be "highly unusual".
Comments anyone? Perhaps someone would like to take a stab at that letter to the editor that Ivins wrote.