Scientists Cast More Doubt On FBI’s Anthrax Story

Prof. Martin E. Hugh-Jones

Prof. Martin E. Hugh-Jones

The FBI’s story about Bruce Ivins being the sole perpetrator of the 2001 post-9/11 Anthrax attacks was never very convincing, to say the least. Now three brave scientists are contradicting the FBI’s all-too-convenient version of events publicly. The cynic in me worries for their health… Report from the New York Times:

A decade after wisps of anthrax sent through the mail killed 5 people, sickened 17 others and terrorized the nation, biologists and chemists still disagree on whether federal investigators got the right man and whether the F.B.I.’s long inquiry brushed aside important clues.

Now, three scientists argue that distinctive chemicals found in the dried anthrax spores — including the unexpected presence of tin — point to a high degree of manufacturing skill, contrary to federal reassurances that the attack germs were unsophisticated. The scientists make their case in a coming issue of the Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense.

F.B.I. documents reviewed by The New York Times show that bureau scientists focused on tin early in their eight-year investigation, calling it an “element of interest” and a potentially critical clue to the criminal case. They later dropped their lengthy inquiry, never mentioned tin publicly and never offered any detailed account of how they thought the powder had been made.

The new paper raises the prospect — for the first time in a serious scientific forum — that the Army biodefense expert identified by the F.B.I. as the perpetrator, Bruce E. Ivins, had help in obtaining his germ weapons or conceivably was innocent of the crime…

[continues in the New York Times]

, ,

  • Redacted

    All the return addresses indicated the anthrax envelopes came from a place called “Langley, Virginia.” This is odd since its well known the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) is based there, and has no reason for such actions.

  • Anonymous

    All the return addresses indicated the anthrax envelopes came from a place called “Langley, Virginia.” This is odd since its well known the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) is based there, and has no reason for such actions.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Just one among ten thousand incidents that should have been hauled out and reviewed from scratch…but will never get touched with a ten foot pole no matter which of the big two parties gets their foot in the door.   

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Just one among ten thousand incidents that should have been hauled out and reviewed from scratch…but will never get touched with a ten foot pole no matter which of the big two parties gets their foot in the door.   

21
More in Anthrax, FBI
FBI Launching National Facial Recognition Program

Might be time to invest in one of those Pixelhead masks! Nextgov reports on the FBI's new Big Brother-eque undertaking: The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition...

Close