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Proof that Ivins couldn’t have done it(at least, not alone)

Posted by seumasach on August 10, 2008

George Washington’s Blog

9th August, 2008

According to the FBI, Ivins made the killer anthrax in his lab at Fort Detrick all by himself in something like 12 hours (pages 8-9).

Is that plausible?

Well, one of the handful of people who actually can produce the kind of high-tech weaponized anthrax used in the attacks said:

“In my opinion, there are maybe four or five people in the whole country who might be able to make this stuff, and I’m one of them,” said Richard O. Spertzel, chief biological inspector for the U.N. Special Commission from 1994 to 1998. “And even with a good lab and staff to help run it, it might take me a year to come up with a product as good.”

In addition, scientists at Ft. Detrick say that no one there had the equipment or knowledge to make weaponized anthrax of the type used in the letters (more on this in a later esasy).

If it would take one of the handful of people who have the know-how and a good lab with staff a year, and if no one at Ivins’ lab knew how to do it, how could Ivins have made it all by himself in 12 hours without the proper equipment?

One Response to “Proof that Ivins couldn’t have done it(at least, not alone)”

  1. Robin said

    How do you know he didn’t have it from before? He worked with anthrax for a very long time. I think he stored it and was just testing its potential when he was in the lab during the night. And I believe he didn’t do this alone someone else did some of the work maybe another nut from his group therapy sessions or someone pretending to be from the DNR (like he said in the Frederick News Post)

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