Congressman and Physiologist: FBI Theory that Mail-Sorting Machines Crushed Anthrax to a Fine Powder "Patently Ridiculous"

The anthrax in the letters to Leahy and Daschle was ground into an extremely fine powder. As USA Today noted:

The finely prepared Daschle-letter spores ... were ground so fine that they apparently drifted across offices and contaminated other letters in the mail.

As the Washington Post noted, the anthrax was:

1.5 to 3 microns in size and processed to a grade of 1 trillion spores per gram -- 50 times finer than anything produced by the now-defunct U.S. bioweapons program and 10 times finer than the finest known grade of Soviet anthrax spores.

In addition, the anthrax sent to Daschle and Leahy was so advanced that no one at Fort Detrick had ever seen anything like it before. As described in a 2001 CBS article:

"When technicians at the Army biodefense lab in Fort Detrick, Md., tried to examine a sample from the Daschle letter under a microscope, it floated off the glass slide and was lost. "

(Grinding the anthrax into a fine powder makes it disperse more widely, and ensures that it will get straight into victim's lungs, so as to be lethal).

So how does the FBI explain how a lone vaccine scientist, Bruce Ivins, could have produced something that most of the top anthrax bioweapons experts with their own labs couldn't produce?

The official FBI explanation for how the anthrax was milled so finely is that:

"Post Office sorting machines crushed the dried anthrax in mailing envelopes, making them very powdery."


Maryland Congressman and Phd physiologist Roscoe Bartlett hit the nail on the head:

The FBI's theory that the anthrax was crushed to a fine powder by U.S. Postal Service mail-sorting machines is "patently ridiculous."

He says he's convinced the anthrax was deliberately "weaponized," and that Ivins lacked the equipment to make it.

Maybe its was . .

magnetic waves or thermal expansion . .


No, I am sure that when WTC

No, I am sure that when WTC 1 fell, it crushed the Anthrax en route. ;)

I'm surprised...

they haven't blamed the anthrax spores as bacteria originating from Bin Laden's dandruff yet.
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or perhaps an "entirely new phenomenon": AAAA

Anomalous Anonymous Alchemical Atomizers

Explanation right up there with "fires collapse buildings"

So after NIST tells me that ordinary office fires caused wtc 7 to asymmetrically and also symmetrically collapse, the FBI tells me that the mail sorting machines that I have worked around and have seen in action,... finely milled the anthrax? If it would do anything, it would compact the anthrax. This just keeps getting more preposterous. So this news report was just a joke then?......

"Since the early 1990s, U.S. Army scientists at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah have made small quantities of weapons-grade anthrax that is virtually identical to the powdery spores used in the bioterrorist attacks that have killed five people, government sources say."

"Dugway’s production of weapons-grade anthrax, which has never before been publicly revealed, is apparently the first by the U.S. government since President Nixon ordered the U.S. offensive biowarfare program closed in 1969. Scientists familiar with the anthrax program at Dugway described it to the Baltimore Sun on the condition that they not be named."

"Dugway’s weapons-grade anthrax has been milled to achieve a concentration similar to that sent in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, according to a source. The strain found in those letters is indistinguishable from that used most often by Dugway."

Francis A Boyle - Alex Jones Show - 8/21/2008

August 21, 2008

Alex Jones talks with Francis A. Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law and bioweapons advisor for the Bush Senior administration about his belief the anthrax attacks were orchestrated to frighten Senators into supporting the USA Patriot Act.

crushed mail

No, no. This has been going on for along time. Our latest catalogs from L.L. Bean have arrived as little clouds of tan and several shades of green.