Closing a Chapter on the 2001 Anthrax Scare

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At a news conference yesterday, the Justice Department said Dr. Bruce Ivins was the only person with access to the strain of anthrax that killed five and panicked the nation after September 11. It claimed FBI evidence would have proven him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt if he'd lived long enough to go on trial instead of committing suicide. Is the case against Ivins believable? Why did it take seven years? If Ivins suffered from mental illness for so long, why was he working with deadly toxins in a government laboratory?



  • David Willman - Los Angeles Times
  • Meryl Nass - Physician, Mount Desert Island Hospital
  • Rush Holt - American Association for the Advancement of Science - @RushHolt
  • David Perlin - Interim Director of the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory at the International Center for Public Health, New Jersey Medical School
  • Jonathan Tucker - Professional Staff, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism


Warren Olney