Anthrax spores don't match dead researcher's samples

Revealed: Anthrax spore testing undermines FBI claim ~

Poisonous anthrax that killed five Americans in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks doesn't match bacteria from a flask linked to Bruce Ivins, the researcher who committed suicide after being implicated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a scientist said.

Spores used in the deadly mailings ``share a chemical 'fingerprint' that is not found in the flask linked to Bruce Ivins,'' wrote Roberta Kwok citing Joseph Michael, a scientist at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Michael analyzed letters sent to the New York Post and offices of Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, and found a distinct "chemical signature" not present in the flask known as RMR-1029, which Ivins could access in his laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

``Spores from two of those show a distinct chemical signature that includes silicon, oxygen, iron, and tin; the third letter had silicon, oxygen, iron and possibly also tin,'' Kwok wrote. ``Bacteria from Ivins' RMR-1029 flask did not contain any of those four elements.''

The results don't necessarily exonerate Ivins.

The mailed spores could have been removed from the flask and grown under different conditions, resulting in varying chemical contents, Jason Bannan, a microbiologist and forensic examiner at the FBI's Chemical Biological Sciences Unit in Quantico, Virginia, told Kwok.

"It doesn't surprise me that it would be different," said Bannan.

The FBI has asked the National Academy of Science to perform an independent review of the anthrax investigation data. The two sides are working on a contract for the study.

Ivins, 62, a biodefense researcher who spent years searching for a better anthrax vaccine, overdosed on Tylenol and Codiene last year after learning that the FBI was preparing to indict him on murder charges.

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Damn George.

I just sent the Raw Story version out to about every political minded friend I have, and now I see your article is written much better with more detail... That's how it always goes. I guess I could send out a round two though, so not all is lost. But once again. Great journalism. Great article.

Thanks to both you guys for getting the story out! ;)

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When I was in Frederick

last weekend I came upon a story about a young man who was diagnosed with the flu and died. He was 12 or 13, just going by memory here. But people in the area are semi-paranoid about Ft. Detrick, and this boy's mysterious death cannot but make people even more uneasy.

9/11 Anthrax Letters

Here are the actual letters sent to key Senators of the opposition party, Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, who were opposing the passage of the USA Patriot Act:


Since this was clearly US military anthrax used, then we must conclude that this was a false flag attack-- literally. Someone with insider access (and it doesn't look like Bruce Ivins!) was behind these attacks clearly meant to scare the public and intimidate key individuals in both the Democratic Party and the media. Are we to believe that the true perps behind the anthrax attacks had nothing to do with 9/11? I think not. The very first line links this to 9/11 and "terrorists who hate America." Question: If the anthrax attacks were an inside job then what about 9/11?

Anthrax is not going away

The Rock Creek Free Press had three good articles about anthrax; one in the September 2008 issue another in the October 2008 issue and an follow-up in the March 2009 issue. The Rawstory article is another great update.