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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 05:39 PM
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37. Very carefully
First off, like sfexpat2000 says, he'd had a vaccination. Otherwise, I can think of at least three ways:
1) He already had the anthrax in the envelopes. He put the letters in after he got them copied, then taped the envelopes were taped shut and mailed right away.
2) He copied the letters somewhere in NJ and took them back to wherever the anthrax, the envelopes were and the tape were. He then drove back to NJ and mailed them.
3) He copied the letters in NJ and had to wait until the anthrax was ready. Then the anthrax was put into the envelopes, taped shut and then driven back to NJ and mailed.

It seems like he'd want to put the anthrax letters together in a controlled area. I mean it isn't something that you'd undertake on a street corner. That was part of the reason that the FBI mentions Ivins' unexplained time in the lab in their evidence. I mean, unexplained times with no one else there would have allowed him time to work at night, put everything up and back in order

The thing that strikes me about all of this is that whomever did it was very careful about somethings and very sloppy about others. For example, you'd think that Ivins, as a scientist who works with spores, would be a little more careful about leaving trace evidence like fibers on the tape. He was careful enough to cultivate anthrax and purify it to varying degrees; he was careful enough to give them originals because it would leave clues about the type of paper, what writing instrument he used, and other clues like fingerprints; he was careful enough to buy generic envelopes that would be hard to trace and he was careful not to get his fingerprints on anything but he didn't think about stuff like how scotch tape might catch minute, tale-tell fibers that could be traced back to him or that the writing on the envelopes might leave behind clues as to what kind of pen he used and gave them a better handwriting sample than the letters did.
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