August 2, 2008


Anthrax scientist Bruce Ivins stood to benefit from a panic: The suspect in deadly mailings, who killed himself this week as the FBI closed in, could have collected patent royalties on an anthrax vaccine. (David Willman, 8/02/08, Los Angeles Times)

Bruce E. Ivins, the government biodefense scientist linked to the deadly anthrax mailings of 2001, stood to gain financially from massive federal spending in the fear-filled aftermath of those killings, the Los Angeles Times has learned.

Ivins is listed as a co-inventor on two patents for a genetically engineered anthrax vaccine, federal records show. Separately, Ivins also is listed as a co-inventor on an application to patent an additive for various biodefense vaccines.

Ivins, 62, died Tuesday in an apparent suicide in Maryland. Federal authorities had informed his lawyer that criminal charges related to the mailings would be filed.

As a co-inventor of a new anthrax vaccine, Ivins was among those in line to collect patent royalties if the product had come to market, according to an executive familiar with the matter.

The product had languished on laboratory shelves until the Sept. 11 attacks and the anthrax mailings, after which federal officials raced to stockpile vaccines and antidotes against potential biological terrorism.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 2, 2008 8:17 AM

The anthrax scare was created as an excuse to install mail surveillance, once they got what they wanted the incidents stopped.

60-70% of the CIA and NSA budgets are paid to private contractors, some of them are corrupt.

When Hatfill wouldn't fall they pinned it on Ivins.

The harassments Ivins endured are classic CIA / NSA tactics to discredit, disgrace and destroy. It reads like a bad remake of Arlington Road.

Posted by: AnonymousSource at August 2, 2008 11:33 AM

It actually sounds like the basis of an Agatha Christie.

Posted by: Mikey at August 2, 2008 6:36 PM

More like a tired Robert Ludlum plot. How do so many people find their way to crazy land?

Posted by: Patrick H at August 2, 2008 8:16 PM

anon, perhaps the incidents "stopped" because mail surveillance was in place and suspicious mail was derailed. If only the CIA, NSA, FBI, etc. were as competently devious as you lefties think they are.

Posted by: erp at August 3, 2008 8:14 AM

How do so many people find their way to crazy land?

By reading too many Agatha Christie and Robert Ludlum novels, and not remembering that they are fiction.

Posted by: Mikey at August 3, 2008 3:45 PM

crazy land

It's because there are way too many people who think that The X-Files and everything Michael Moore produces are documentaries.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 3, 2008 8:22 PM
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