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AntiFascist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 06:05 AM
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8. I'd still like to know exactly what was in the flask...
if it was originally sent from Dugway Proving Ground then doesn't that implicate their lab as well, particularly since they already have the means for producing highly concentrated, powdered anthrax? If Ivins supposedly engineered his own genetic mutation, does he really have that capability?

By the way, Project Jefferson is no secret. The DOD announced it on this webpage:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2001 The Defense Intelligence Agency hopes to grow a Russian-engineered variant of anthrax to test the effectiveness of the vaccine given to U.S. troops.

"We have a vaccine that works against ... all of the known anthrax strains. What we want to do is make sure we are prepared for any surprises," Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said Sept. 4.

The problem was that Russia claimed they never developed this strain, and then it was leaked out later that Dugway was already developing weaponized versions of the Ames strain.

Then there is this, published in the Wall Street Journal:

Investigators acknowledge their approach may not work. Access to anthrax was "absolutely so lax," as one senior FBI agent puts it, that even if the lab is identified, it may not be possible to discover where the terror strain was sent or who had access to it. At Dugway Proving Ground, a large military facility in Utah currently under investigation, a former scientist said security was slipshod. "Somebody could have walked out of a hot area with a couple of spores in a briefcase or lunch pail," he said. Officials at Dugway declined to comment.

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