11.30.10

Anthrax Conspiracy Party

Posted in Bioterrorism, Extremism at 3:27 pm by George Smith

For the past couple weeks, DD and a couple colleagues who’ve been known to cover the subject of bioterrorism have been mailed notices of a recent meeting in Washington, DC, on the matter of Bruce Ivins.

And because of the way the anthrax investigation was handled, it generated a body of lore perfectly suited as fertilizer for conspiracy thinking and accusations of government cover-up.

So this meeting was hosted exclusively by and for anthrax deniers, the kook fringe that regularly argues Bruce Ivins could not have made the anthrax that killed five. It received a hearing in the Frederick newspaper and was damned by a seemingly reluctant admission coming from one of Ivins’ old colleagues at USAMRIID/Ft. Detrick. (If reported accurately.)

Keep in mind, Ivins is a painful subject for the Ft. Detrick folks. The man’s ‘work’ greatly damaged the institution’s reputation and tainted the careers of those in charge of overseeing him.

Reported the Frederick News Post:

A group of about 25 scientists, professors, writers, terrorism experts and more convened Monday afternoon to discuss the particulars of the investigation and to debate who the real perpetrator may have been.

“James Van de Velde, a consultant on terrorism issues, added that Ivins, as a prominent anthrax researcher, would not have been dumb enough to use anthrax from his own beaker in an attack,” adds the newspaper at one point.

Everyone’s a consultant on terrorism issues.

In any case, the new reporter mentions an appearance by John Ezzell, a retired colleague of Ivins’ at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases( USAMRIID/Ft. Detrick).

The newspaper concludes:

Because of his involvement in the investigation, Ezzell had been under a gag order until he recently retired from USAMRIID. In what he said was his first time speaking out about the issue, Ezzell stood up toward the end of the panel’s presentation to address a question. When those in the room realized a true expert was among them, audience members and panelists tossed question after question his way …

When Van de Velde asked Ezzell if he thought Ivins could have done it, Ezzell responded with a hesitant “possibly yes.”

It was probably real hard to say that.

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