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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-11 06:20 AM
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Contaminant fingerpring not investigated in anthrax case
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/04/20/112520/was-fbi-to...

Scouring the anthrax-laced mail that took five lives and terrorized the East Coast in 2001, laboratory scientists discovered a unique contaminant a tiny scientific fingerprint that they hoped would help unmask the killer.

One senior FBI official wrote in March 2007, in a recently declassified memo, that the potential clue "may be the most resolving signature found in the evidence to date."

Yet once FBI agents concluded that the likely culprit was Bruce Ivins a mentally troubled, but widely regarded Army microbiologist they stopped looking for the contaminant, after testing only a few work spaces of the scores of researchers using the anthrax strain found in the letters. They quit searching, despite finding no traces of the substance in hundreds of environmental samples from Ivins' lab, office, car and home.
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iwishiwas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-11 06:43 AM
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1. Whow. The FBI makes a mockery out of Lady Justice!
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-11 09:00 AM
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2. Just a question, totally unrelated to the OP.....
Does Dick Cheney have fingerprints?
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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-11 11:47 AM
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3. The FBI did ask that repositories around the country destroy their stocks.
That way, this test could not be run on a bunch of stocks and it would hide the stocks that did have the trace.

But, then it was found connected to our secret lab in Maryland and they had to find someone who had a mental problem so they could harass him and his family until he committed suicide. Then, quickly end the search while the Bush administration still had control.
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