Thursday, 21 August 2008

What we learned from the FBI's Scientists Today.

[That:]*Anybody working in a government microbiology lab can easily turn a single anthrax spore into an infinite supply of mailable murder and mayhem that is almost impossible to contain. "It would have been easy to do this at USAMRIID."

Well, except for making it with silicon. That couldn't be done easily. It actually couldn't be done at all even though the silicon was "imported naturally by the anthrax spores from their environment." We "attributed that to natural variability." Oh, and by our own estimate, producing this easy-bake mass killer would have taken 3 to 7 days to produce (without drawing any suspicion from even a single witness while working in a lab that could not be locked in the days just after 9/11)

*The FBI traced the mailed anthrax to a sample they collected from Dr. Bruce Ivins.

Well, actually we threw out this sample "because Dr. Ivins did not follow protocol in the way it was submitted, making it more difficult to use in court." On the other hand, this other sample this private scientist kept in his fridge that we never thought to ask about for four years was totally cool to use as evidence! And the four year delay didn't matter one bit because we were busy inventing the entire science of bioforensics that allowed us to catch that lone nut the whole time!

The FBI has no evidence tracing the Anthrax to Dr Ivins.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 21th, 2008.]

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