Fort Detrick

Key Expert Calls FBI's Theory About Anthrax "Impossible"

Key Expert Calls FBI's Theory About Accused Anthrax Terrorist 'Impossible'

By Gary Matsumoto, ProPublica

Posted on April 25, 2010, Printed on April 26, 2010

http://www.alternet.org/story/146614/

A microbiologist who supervised the work of accused anthrax killer Bruce E. Ivins explained to a National Academy of Sciences panel Thursday why the arithmetic of growing anthrax didn't add up to Ivins' mailing deadly spores in fall 2001.

"Impossible," said Dr. Henry S. Heine of a scenario in which Ivins, another civilian microbiologist working for the Army, allegedly prepared the anthrax spores at an Army lab at Fort Detrick. Heine told the 16-member panel that Ivins would have had to grow as many as 10 trillion spores, an astronomical amount that couldn't have gone unnoticed by his colleagues.

Fort Detrick Army Lab Finds 9,200 Uncounted Vials

http://www.military.com/news/article/army-lab-finds-9200-uncounted-vials.html?ESRC=eb.nl
June 18, 2009
Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - An inventory of deadly germs and toxins at an Army biodefense lab in Frederick found more than 9,200 vials of material that was unaccounted for in laboratory records, Fort Detrick officials said Wednesday.

The 13 percent overage mainly reflects stocks left behind in freezers by researchers who retired or left Fort Detrick since the biological warfare defense program was established there in 1943, said Col. Mark Kortepeter, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

He said the found material included Korean War-era serum samples from patients with Korean hemorrhagic fever, a disease still of interest to researchers pursuing a vaccine. Other vials contained viruses and microbes responsible for Ebola, plague, anthrax, botulism and host of other ailments, Kortepeter said in a teleconference with reporters.

Anthrax Mystery: Questions Raised over Whether Government Is Framing Dead

TODAY'S DEMOCRACY NOW!:

* Anthrax Mystery: Questions Raised over Whether Government Is Framing Dead
Army Scientist for 2001 Attacks *

The FBI's prime suspect in the October 2001 anthrax letters case died last
week in an apparent suicide. Bruce Ivins was an elite government scientist
at the biodefense research lab in Fort Detrick, Maryland. He was among the
nation's top experts on the military use of anthrax. But many of his
colleagues have expressed deep skepticism over the FBI's claims. We speak to
anthrax expert Dr. Meryl Nass and blogger Glenn Greenwald.

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http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/4/anthrax

"Scumbag," Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry By Richard Volaar August 3, 2008

OpEdNews

Original Content at http://www.opednews.com/articles/-Scumbag---Means-Never-Hav-by-Richard-Volaar-080803-101.html
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August 3, 2008

"Scumbag," Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

By Richard Volaar