Friday, February 26, 2010

Bill for more investigation of '01 anthrax case passes House

From the Baltimore Sun:
A measure requiring further federal investigation into the 2001anthrax attack that killed five people was approved Thursday by the House of Representatives. It was proposed by two skeptics of a recently closed FBI probe that blamed the deadly attacks on Bruce Ivins, a microbiologist at the Army biodefense lab at Fort Detrick in Frederick. Maryland Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who represents Frederick, and Democratic Rep. Rush Holt, from the New Jersey district where the anthrax letters were mailed, want the director of National Intelligence to investigate potential foreign connections to the attacks. Ivins committed suicide in 2008 after coming under FBI scrutiny. "His colleagues say that he would not have done it," said Bartlett, who complained that Fort Detrick officials have refused to let him speak with scientists who work there. Holt said "many questions remain" about the FBI's handling of the case, including whether a foreign connection was "overlooked, ignored or not pursued."

- Paul West


Ellen Byrne said...

The Frederick News Post calls for an impartial commission investigation "not the agency that conducted the investigation."

Ross Getman said...

AMERITHRAX – Graphics for your busy Senator

1. Infiltration of US Biodefense: Dugway

2. Bruce Ivins email – concern samples were missing

3. Was code used in the letters?

4. Does this document seized in Afghanistan point to infiltration of US biodefense?

5. Ayman Zawahiri’s correspondence with infiltrating scientist Rauf Ahmad

6. Discovery Hall

7. Ayman’s recruiting network for his anthrax planning and the announcement of his plans in March 1999

8. order not to talk to Bruce

9. 100 ml discrepancy