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CDC Bumble Leaves Workers Exposed to ‘Especially Dangerous’ Strain of Anthrax

Microphotograph of a Gram stain the bacterium Bacillus anthracis which causes anthrax

Microphotograph of a Gram stain the bacterium Bacillus anthracis which causes anthrax

Oh, you know, we were just preparing an especially dangerous strain of the bacteria for use in two lower-security CDC labs, and…

Wait, what?

It is a Friday the 13th Dr Paul Meechan will not soon forget.

On that night last week, bioterrorism researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered they had mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria out to fellow scientists in two lower-security clearance labs at the agency, instead of what they thought were harmless samples of the deadly pathogen.

The initial safety lapse occurred in the CDC’s Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology laboratory, a high security lab that was trying out a new protocol for inactivating anthrax, using chemicals instead of radiation.

In an interview, the CDC’s Meechan described some of the events that led to the discovery that as many as 75 agency staff had been exposed to live anthrax.

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New York Banks Receive May Day Letters With White Powder

4mmcReminiscent of the 2001 anthrax letters, several banks received letters with notes telling the recipients "You have 10 seconds to stop working,” “You are not in control” and “Fuck the banks,” reports CBS New York:
Envelopes containing white powder turned up at multiple banks in Manhattan on Monday, police told 1010 WINS. Five of the envelopes were sent to Wells Fargo banks, one was sent to JP Morgan Chase headquarters and another was sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office and ended up in a mailroom on Gold Street. The powder was determined to be cornstarch, police said. Hazmat teams and detectives were dispatched to banks all afternoon checking for possible threats, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported. The envelopes also contained notes that were nearly identical, containing references to “May Day,” ...
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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.

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Scientists Say 2001 U.S. Anthrax Attacks Can’t Be Pinpointed

Bruce Ivins. Photo: U.S. Army

Bruce Ivins. Photo: U.S. Army

Vindication of sorts for critics who said that the FBI falsely pinned blame for the mailed anthrax attacks shortly after 9/11 on the conveniently dead Bruce Ivins. Carol Cratty reports for CNN:

Using the available scientific evidence “it is not possible to reach a definitive conclusion” about the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 anthrax letter attacks which killed five people, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Academy of Sciences.

The findings come two and a half years after the FBI said Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins was allegedly behind the anthrax mailings, and the spores could be genetically traced to a flask labeled RMR-1029 in his lab.

The scientific panel said the anthrax used in mailings to news organizations and members of Congress was the Ames strain Bacillus anthracis, and spores from those letters shared “a number of genetic similarities” with spores in Ivins’ flask.

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Media Roots Radio – The Anthrax Attacks, From The Memory Hole

Media Roots Radio -- The Anthrax Attacks, From The Memory Hole by Media Roots This is a special episode of Media Roots Radio about the events of 9/11 & Anthrax. In this edition, Abby and Robbie Martin continue the discussion from the previous 9/11 episode, and break apart the official government and corporate media narrative of both attacks by discussing the foreknowledge, government complicity, and gross inconsistencies regarding every aspect of the events...
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Recent History, Sander Hicks and a New York Green Party Senate Candidacy

With prognosticators claiming that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)'s re-election campaign is full-steam ahead, activist/writer/playwright/Brooklynite Sander Hicks is running for the Senate on a platform of "true transparency," and economic and leadership policies focused on peace. We had an exchange about immigration, anthrax, the finer points of the alleged 9/11 cover-up, the BP oil spill disaster, the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and — that old, beaten-horse topic for Green Party candidates — in essence, the ambiguity of saying Republicans are worse. Sander Hicks 1. On your campaign page, you hold up Cesar Chavez as an example of non-violence. In light of recent events in Arizona and the passage of controversial immigration legislation, how does Mr. Chavez’s opposition to illegal immigration function alongside your personal views of border control? (This is what I’m talking about.) Is attempting to apply restrictions on human movements through the enforcement of borders ever inherently racist? Any good labor leader will want to protect against strike-breakers. This is what Chavez was dealing with — illegals were being hired to cross picket lines and scab on the union. The ideal immigration policy would make it easier to become a citizen. We need to create more jobs in this country so that we’re not at each others’ throats competing for a such a small number of jobs...
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New Doubts On Who Was Behind 2001 Anthrax Attacks

Bruce Ivins. Photo: U.S. Army

Bruce Ivins. Photo: U.S. Army

There are many skeptics when it comes to the FBI purporting to “close the case” on the 2001 anthrax attacks, led perhaps by Eric Nadler and Bob Coen. Now they have some high profile support from a colleague of the conveniently-dead scapegoat, Bruce Ivins, reported in the New York Times:

A former Army microbiologist who worked for years with Bruce E. Ivins, whom the F.B.I. has blamed for the anthrax letter attacks that killed five people in 2001, told a National Academy of Sciences panel on Thursday that he believed it was impossible that the deadly spores had been produced undetected in Dr. Ivins’s laboratory, as the F.B.I. asserts.

Asked by reporters after his testimony whether he believed that there was any chance that Dr. Ivins, who committed suicide in 2008, had carried out the attacks, the microbiologist, Henry S. Heine, replied, “Absolutely not.” At the Army’s biodefense laboratory in Maryland, where Dr.

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CNN Finds Addiction Counselor Who Says She ‘Knows’ Ivins Was Anthrax Killer

There has been a lot of skepticism about the FBI's closure of the 2001 anthrax terror scare, led perhaps by Bob Coen & Eric Nadler, authors of Dead Silence: Fear and Terror on the Anthrax Trail. Now CNN is running a video questioning the state of Dr. Bruce Ivins' mind, suggesting strongly that it was definitely Ivins who was behind the anthrax attacks. Is this is a case of the major media helping out the government?
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