2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:21:07 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIODEFENSE: Another look at the anthrax investigation
Newly released files cloud FBI's anthrax finding

ProPublica, McClatchy Newspapers and PBS' Frontline
Kansas City Star
October 11, 2011

In early 2002, federal agents who were hunting the anthrax killer were trying to winnow a suspect list that numbered in the hundreds. They knew only that they were looking for someone with access to the rare Ames strain of anthrax used in research labs around the world. Profilers said the perpetrator probably was an American with "an agenda."

The powder-laced letters, which killed five people, contained no fingerprints, hair or human DNA but they did offer one solid microscopic clue: The lethal spores in the powder were dotted with genetically distinct variants known as morphs.

So agents set out on an arduous task: Collect samples from Ames anthrax cultures around the world, sort through them and find one with morphs that matched the attack powder. Then they'd have a line on where the murder weapon was made and, perhaps, the identity of the killer.

Bruce Ivins, an Army scientist at Fort Detrick, Md., had a good idea where the inquiry was headed. In the months after the attacks, he'd schooled federal agents in the intricacies of anthrax, explaining how the telltale morphs can arise from one generation to the next.


For the entire article, see
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/11/3199774/newly-released-files- cloud-fbis.html


Lenny Siegel
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