Bio-terroristen som kom från Pentagon

Jag vet inte hur många svenskar som kommer ihåg rädslan för anthrax och de s.k anthrax attackerna i USA 2001. Attacker som även bidrog till att bygga upp rädslan I USA för attacker med sådan vapen från Saddam Hussein. Nu har det visat sig att FBI’s främsta misstänkte var forskare inom den amerikanska militärens eget bioförsvars program.

Tydligen hade Bruce. E Ivins som forskaren hette tidigare försökt mörda flertalet människor genom att förgifta dem redan 2001! Ivins hade genom sitt arbete vid Fort Detrick den amerikanska armens bioforsknings anläggning tillgång några av de mest sofistikerade kemiska och biologiska vapnen i världen. Han specialitet som forskare var just Anthrax.

2003 fick förövrigt Ivins medalj av det amerikanska försvarsdepartementet för sina ansträngningar att lösa de tekniska problement kring framställandet av ett anthrax vaccine.

Mer i SvD

On March 14, 2003, Ivins and two of his colleagues at USAMRIID at Fort Detrick received the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service—the highest award given to Defense Department civilian employees—for helping solve technical problems in the manufacture of anthrax vaccine.[13]

NYTimes
Bruce E. Ivins, the late microbiologist suspected in the 2001
anthrax attacks, had attempted to poison people and his therapist said
she was ”scared to death” of him, according to court testimony that
emerged Saturday.

Social worker Jean Duley testified at a court hearing in Frederick
on July 24 in a successful bid for a protective order from Ivins — who
five days later committed suicide — that he ”actually attempted to
murder several other people.”

Ivins took a fatal dose of acetaminophen, the active drug in
Tylenol, as federal authorities monitored his movements and prepared to
charge him with the murder of five people who died from anthrax
poisoning in the weeks after the Sept. 2001 terror attacks.

An audio recording of the court session was obtained by The New York Times and posted it on its Web site.

”As far back as the year 2000, the respondent has actually
attempted to murder several other people, either through poisoning. He
is a revenge killer. When he feels that he’s been slighted or has had
— especially toward women — he plots and actually tries to carry out
revenge killings,” Duley said.

Anthrax Case Renews Questions on Bioterror – NYTimes.com
WASHINGTON — Until the anthrax attacks of 2001, Bruce E. Ivins
was one of just a few dozen American bioterrorism researchers working
with the most lethal biological pathogens, almost all at high-security
military laboratories.

Today, there are hundreds of such researchers in scores of laboratories at universities and other institutions around the United States, preparing for the next bioattack.

But the revelation that F.B.I. investigators believe that the anthrax attacks were carried out by Dr. Ivins, an Army biodefense scientist who committed suicide last week after he learned that he was about to be indicted for murder, has already re-ignited a debate: Has the unprecedented boom in biodefense research made the country less secure by multiplying the places and people with access to dangerous germs?

“We are putting America at more risk, not less risk,” said Representative Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan and chairman of a House panel that has investigated recent safety lapses at biolabs.

F.B.I. investigators have long speculated that the motive for the attacks, if carried out by a biodefense insider like Dr. Ivins, might have been to draw public attention to a dire threat, attracting money and prestige to a once-obscure field.

If that was the motive, it succeeded. In the years since anthrax-laced letters were sent to members of Congress and news organizations in late 2001, killing five people, almost $50 billion in federal money has been spent to build new laboratories, develop vaccines and stockpile drugs.

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