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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Two labs confirmed Pentagon anthrax

Two labs confirmed Pentagon anthrax - Update to last Week's Anthrax Alerts

World Peace Herald-UPI Report: WASHINGTON -- Anthrax was confirmed twice in samples collected from a Pentagon mail facility initially closed last week and then opened after being declared free of the pathogen, United Press International has learned.

The head of the company that was accused of contaminating the samples sent from that facility -- a detached building on the Pentagon grounds in Arlington, Va. - said his company had never had a false positive test before and the presence of anthrax was detected independently in the original samples by two government laboratories besides his own.

The Pentagon alarm is distinct from a second alert for anthrax that also occurred March 14 at a mail room in a Defense Department-leased building in Falls Church, Va. The entire three-building complex was closed for two days before being declared clean.

Robert B. Harris, president and chief executive officer of Commonwealth Biotechnologies Inc. in Richmond, Va., also said the anthrax found at the Pentagon was the same genetic strain used in the 2001 attacks.

The dispute over the possibility of contamination -- suggested to the media by an anonymous source -- became more heated as an automated alarm warned of anthrax at yet a third Washington-area mailroom Friday. That third alert, at Bolling Air Force Base, was triggered by automated sensors -- as was the alert at Falls Church.

The week of anthrax alarms began when the Pentagon mail facility was closed after tests on samples taken there the week before had been found positive for the presence of anthrax. The initial samples, consisting of swabs of surfaces from the facility, had been collected March 10, but the results were not received and the facility was not shut down until March 14.

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Hard Question: It is 3:30 am as I post this story, am I reading it wrong or, was last weeks 'False Alarms' of Anthrax Now not 'False Alarms' but the real thing?

They are tracking down all the mail?

Same Strain as the 2001 Attacks?

Has any Media Outlet Picked this Up Monday or is it all Terry Shiavo?

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Blogger Ozy said...

American Medias investigative Journalism = It IS, It Isn't,It IS, It Isn't,It IS, It Isn't,It IS, It Isn't, good god Get off your butts and get out there and cover a story right!!!!

11:39 AM, March 22, 2005  
Blogger Hard Attack said...

Ozy, it is beyond excusable, I mean 'come on', what the hell is going on out there?

Even the Cracker Jack Bloggers over at 'Free Republic' can't make heads of tails of this story.

12:34 PM, March 22, 2005  

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