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Anthrax Myth Persists Despite Evidence

The highly convenient way in which the U.S Government's FBI has "closed the case" on the 2001 anthrax attacks will not wash with anyone who has read the excellent Dead Silence: Fear and Terror on the Anthrax Trail by Bob Coen and Eric Nadler. I'd be interested to hear what Messrs. Coen & Nadler make of the issue of whether or not the anthrax spores used in 2001 were weaponized, discussed here in USA Today:
Can science ever do away with bad ideas? Or do they just limp along forever?

Consider the federal investigators who have "formally concluded" their investigation into the 2001 anthrax killings, pointing again to the late anthrax vaccine researcher Bruce Ivins as the case's culprit.

Whatever history's verdict on Ivins, one brouhaha at the center of the case has already outlived him — the story of "weaponized" anthrax.

"One of my biggest frustrations with this has been showing people the data, and it doesn't matter," says researcher Joseph Michael of Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M...

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Why The Post-9/11 Anthrax Attacks Are Still Unsolved

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

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

Edward Jay Epstein reviews some questions that remain worryingly unsolved concerning the anthrax attacks that followed 9/11, for the Wall Street Journal:

The investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks ended as far as the public knew on July 29, 2008, with the death of Bruce Ivins, a senior biodefense researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Md. The cause of death was an overdose of the painkiller Tylenol. No autopsy was performed, and there was no suicide note.

Less than a week after his apparent suicide, the FBI declared Ivins to have been the sole perpetrator of the 2001 Anthrax attacks, and the person who mailed deadly anthrax spores to NBC, the New York Post, and Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy. These attacks killed five people, closed down a Senate office building, caused a national panic, and nearly paralyzed the postal system.

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