Tag Archives: Bruce Ivins

Ivins not murdered

While I never believed that Dr. Ivins, the main suspect for the 2001 anthrax attacks, was murdered in a way to look like suicide so as to shut him up or set him up as a patsy, it did make me wonder a tiny bit. But such suspicions have been put to rest due to reports that Dr. Ivins wanted to die, given the way he explicitly said so in the hospital and tried to remove his tubes.

Of course, it's still possible that the report itself could be a fabrication or that he was somehow blackmailed into suicide, but for better or worse, I'm not that paranoid.

Ivins deduced the anthrax attacker

In a bizarre twist in the anthrax case, Dr. Ivins seemed to have thought that he figured out who the culprit was in the anthrax attacks of 2001. From what I hear about him, he seemed to be an Internet troll and an eccentric, but this hardly makes a compelling case for Dr. Ivins being the perpetuator. And it's even harder to think so given that he emailed himself about figuring out who the actual perpetuator was.

It's odd that he failed to tell anyone about his suspicions, though. On the other hand, he may have indeed told the authorities and was harassed for it. Perhaps he was silenced and his death set up to look like a suicide to hide a conspiracy in the government. I've always thought that the FBI was scapegoating Dr. Ivins to avoid the political embarrassment of being unable to solve the case, but this new twist gives a little bit of credence to conspiracy theories that the anthrax attacks were orchestrated by the government.

Apparent flimsiness of anthrax case

Despite the FBI offering to release their evidence against Dr. Ivins, their case against him in the anthrax case still seems to be rather flimsy. At least to me, it seems that their entire case is based on him being eccentric and that he had access to the strain of anthrax used in the attacks.

He may or may not have been responsible, but I find it hard to conclude that Dr. Ivins was responsible. I know a lot of people who are as comparably eccentric (I'd say that would include me, and I can't conceive myself of hurting someone else). And with a hundred people also having had access to the same strain, the FBI hardly has a slam-dunk case. Even though there are plenty of cases where a hypothesis is strongly supported only in the context of the accumulated evidence, this doesn't look like one of them, despite claims to the contrary by the FBI.

Is there some public information that I'm missing? Maybe I missed a press release by the FBI that presents a strong case. Or is the FBI desperate to close the case only for political reasons? At least the science behind their claim that the strain of anthrax used in the attacks came from Fort Detrick sounds fascinating, although I don't have the competence to judge how strong it is.