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Bruce Ivins’ anthrax log, published on author Lew Weinstein’s CASE CLOSED blog, shows multiple shipments of virulent Ames anthrax in the months preceding the 2001 anthrax attacks


On August 6, 2008, Dr. Bruce Ivins was accused by the FBI of being the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks, eight days after his alleged suicide. Many scientists, journalists, Congressmen and Senators have expressed grave doubts about the FBI’s conclusion.

The FBI asserts the lethal attack anthrax originated in flask RMR-1029, under Dr. Ivins’ control at his USAMRIID lab at Ft. Detrick, MD. Others have said anthrax from flask RMR-1029 was widely distributed to other researchers and U.S. government installations, and that the FBI has failed to demonstrate it has properly excluded all these other potential sources of the anthrax used in the attack letters.

The previously unpublished inventory log, written in Dr. Ivins’ own hand, was obtained from USAMRIID in response to a FOIA request. The names of the recipients were redacted from the log, but CASE CLOSED bloggers have already identified three of those recipients: Battelle Memorial Institute, the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground, and the University of New Mexico. “It’s clear,” one blogger says, “the number of people with access to RMR-1029 goes beyond even hundreds.”

CASE CLOSED is a novel written by Lewis Weinstein which offers a fictional scenario to explain why, in the author’s words, “the FBI failed to solve the anthrax case.” The CASE CLOSED blog was established to promote the novel, but it is now also serving as a forum for many who are skeptical about the FBI’s conclusion that Dr. Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the attacks.

Another recent CASE CLOSED post urges blog readers to contact their Representatives in Congress to help move an Anthrax Investigation Commission into being. A bill to this effect, submitted by Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ), is currently among many waiting for consideration by the House Judiciary Committee chaired by Rep. Charles Conyers (D-MI).

Author Weinstein says, “My novel CASE CLOSED is clearly fiction; I don’t claim that my story tells what actually happened. But as one radio interviewer recently concluded, ‘It sure does raise interesting questions.’”

For more information, including Dr. Ivins’ log, click the link to the CASE CLOSED blog.


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