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Is the Anthrax killer still out there?

WASHINGTON – The National Research Council in Washington is releasing its review of the science the FBI used in its investigation of the anthrax mailings that killed five people in 2001.

A committee of the congressionally chartered group was set to release the report at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The FBI sought the independent review amid skepticism in some quarters about its findings that the late Army researcher Bruce Ivins acted alone in making and sending the deadly powder.

Investigators have acknowledged that their case against Ivins is circumstantial. They used new and emerging science to conclude the parent material of the anthrax spores used in the mailings came from a single flask in Ivins' laboratory at Fort Detrick in Maryland.


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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:59 AM on Feb. 15, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • After 6 years of saying Steven Hatfill was the only suspect

    The department agreed in June to pay $4.6 million to settle Dr. Hatfill’s lawsuit against the government, but until Friday it had conspicuously avoided declaring that he had nothing to do with the attacks.

    We’ve had a seven-year investigation and $15 million spent on it and one of the ‘people of interest’ bought off for $5.8 million over what was obviously an F.B.I. screw-up,” Mr. Grassley said. “We need answers.”

    The F.B.I. bought Dr. Hatfill an annuity that will be worth $5.8 million to him and his lawyers.


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 11:04 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • Investigators have acknowledged that their case against Ivins is circumstantial.

    All evidence other than direct eyewitness evidence is circumstantial. What is the point of that? DNA evidence is circumstantial.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:14 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

  • If he is, he ran out of Anthrax.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 11:15 AM on Feb. 15, 2011

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