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The zombie anthrax case

It’s been a couple of months since we posted on the anthrax story, the story that refuses to die despite the fact the FBI has done its best to close the case out. But here we are again, our 11th post on the subject, this time because a colleague of the conveniently deceased alleged anthrax…

FBI’s mercy killing of the anthrax case

This is our 10th post on the anthrax attacks. Will it be our last? Yes, if the FBI has anything to say about it. They are closing the case. A case they messed up pretty thoroughly from the outset but now want us to believe they’ve solved, even though the culprit they fingered, Dr. Bruce…

When the FBI said that they had conclusive scientific evidence that biodefense scientists Bruce Ivins of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) was the 2001 anthrax attacker, many people asked to see the evidence. Don’t worry, we were told. It will be published for all to see in the peer reviewed…

Fort Detrick stands up by standing down

Among the many things going on (or not going on) the last couple of weeks is a total “stand down” of the country’s main biodefense research laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Here’s the inter memo, dated February 4:

Burying the anthrax story

Yesterday’s New York Times carried a very long piece (more than 5000 words) by Scott Shanes on the anthrax attacker case. You may remember that shortly after Dr. Bruce Ivins, the Fort Detrick scientist who worked on anthrax, allegedly committed suicide (see posts here), the FBI announced he was the culprit and started to wrap…

Anthrax comes to Congress

With all that’s going on we sometimes forget about all that went on, even all that went on recently. Like “solving” the anthrax attacks case. Fortunately the New York Times reporters on the case are still on the case. And so is Congress:

Science and the anthrax case: not enough

Not many scientists were convinced the FBI had a solid science case against accused anthrax attacker Dr. Bruce Ivins. So the FBI held a telephone conference call between journalists and their scientific back-up to answer outstanding questions. Some questions were answered by promising the science would be submitted for peer review to the scientific literature…

Basics: the death certificate

A couple of days ago we discussed the murky questions surrounding the death of accused anthrax attacker Dr. Bruce Ivins. At the center of stipulating the cause and manner of death were the procedures for filling out the state of Maryland’s death certificate by the medical examiner. Determining and recording the cause of death is…

More anthrax case questions

Questions about the FBI’s case against popping up like mushrooms after a rain. There are too many to address in just one post. Meryl Nass’s site has cataloged a number of them and Glenn Greenwald’s latest installment others. We’ve weighed in a couple of times (here and here) and now want to add some additional…

I’ve been looking at the documents deposited online by the Department of Justice making their case against Dr.Bruce E. Ivins, the Army scientist they allege is the lone anthrax attack culprit. My perusal of their case leaves a mixed impression. If their portrayal of his mental condition is at all accurate – and it is…