Sep 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The FBI plans to ask the National Academy of Sciences to review the bureau’s investigation that led to its conclusion that government microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins committed the 2001 anthrax attacks, FBI Director Robert Mueller III told Congress today.Mueller’s revelation before the House Judiciary Committee comes in the wake of doubts expressed by a number of scientists about the FBI’s findings and calls from several experts for an independent review of the bureau’s work in the case.In an opening statement before the committee hearing, which was webcast, Mueller said the FBI has “initiated discussion with the National Academy of Sciences” about a review of the investigation.Later, in response to questions from Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Mueller said, “As I indicated, we’re in discussion with and are going to request the National Academy of Sciences to review the work that was done in the course of this investigation.”Ivins died in an apparent suicide Jul 29 as the FBI was preparing to charge him in the attacks, in which anthrax-laced letters mailed to two US senators and several media offices led to 22 illness cases, 5 of them fatal. Ivins had worked at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) for many years and had done research on anthrax vaccines.The FBI announced on Aug 6 its conclusion that Ivins was to blame. The evidence cited was largely circumstantial, but the agency said scientists had developed a new DNA fingerprinting technique that enabled them to match the mailed anthrax to a batch of anthrax that was in Ivins’ custody at USAMRIID.Since then, a number of disease and biodefense experts have said it is not possible to judge the FBI’s claim about the genetic match without seeing the full scientific details, which have not been released. In addition, a number of observers have raised questions about other aspects of the case, such as how the FBI eliminated a large number of other USAMRIID workers who had access to the anthrax in Ivins’ work area.Another question is whether the anthrax powder used in the attacks was a simple preparation of dried anthrax spores or a special weaponized preparation. Early in the investigation, the FBI suggested that the spores were specially treated to make them spread more easily through the air and into the lungs, implying that it would have been difficult for one person to produce them. But at an Aug 18 press conference, FBI experts said they had determined that making the anthrax was a fairly simple process. They said that silica found in the powder occurred naturally, not as a special additive.Nadler brought up this issue at today’s hearing. Citing a report that silica content higher than 1% in the anthrax would not occur naturally, he asked Mueller, “What was the percent of silica?””I’d have to get back to you on that,” Mueller replied.”If the percent is greater than 1%, it would indicate the anthrax was manipulated,” Nadler said. He said only a “handful” of laboratories could achieve that, and asked Mueller if the FBI had investigated all of those labs and how it ruled them out.”You can assume we looked at every lab in the US and several overseas” that had people and facilities capable of preparing the anthrax powder, Mueller said. But he said would have to get back to Nadler later about how the bureau cleared individual labs of suspicion.The anthrax probe was just one of several topics covered in the committee hearing. Early in the session, Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., castigated Mueller for not responding directly to questions the committee had sent to him in advance.”How come we can’t get some straight answers on the questions I wrote you and I asked you in person? What is this?” Conyers asked after Mueller’s opening statement.Mueller said the bureau’s responses to the committee questions had to be reviewed by the Justice Department, causing inevitable delays. “I do believe we’ve tried to be responsive. I do believe we’ve been responsive to those questions,” Mueller said.Mueller is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow.See also: Sep 9 CIDRAP News story “Congress seeks answers from FBI in anthrax case”Aug 20 CIDRAP News story “FBI says it easily replicated anthrax used in attacks”House Judiciary Committee sitehttp://judiciary.house.gov
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The Supreme Court on Friday questioned the plea made jointly by the Centre and Assam to indefinitely extend the deadline for publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) from July 31 in order to conduct a “sample reverification” process to quell a “growing perception” that lakhs of illegal immigrants may have infiltrated the list, especially in the districts bordering Bangladesh.The Centre and Assam urged the court for more time to cross-check “wrong inclusions and exclusions” in and from the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018.They said a 20% sample reverification of names included in the draft NRC should be conducted in districts bordering Bangladesh and a 10% sample reverification in the remaining districts.But the court orally voiced its scepticism. It referred to reports filed by Assam State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela’s reports and said reverification seemed to have been already done during the disposal of claims in the NRC process.“Mr. Hajela’s report says while disposing of claims, 80 lakh names have been reverified. That means at least 27% of names have been reverified, and you are asking for 20%… So, is there need for a sample reverification? If we are satisfied that verification has been done properly, then there is no need for a sample reverification, isn’t it?” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who is accompanied by Justice Rohinton Nariman on the Special Bench, asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for both Assam and the Centre.‘Mistakes have crept in’Mr. Mehta said the findings in Mr. Hajela’s reports may not truly reflect the reality on the ground. “There is a growing perception. They must have done excellent work, but mistakes have crept in. The quantum of people included in certain areas is more… Wrongful inclusions are manifold in the bordering districts, lakhs of illegal immigrants have been included in the draft NRC list. The problem is the border districts are more prevalent,” he submitted.He said the wrongful inclusions may be because local officers were used in the NRC process and they may have come under local influences.“There should be proper reverification… There should be no room for a lack of confidence in an NRC exercise that takes away the rights of the people and will uproot them. Though, of course, illegals should be uprooted as India cannot be the refugee capital of the world,” Mr. Mehta urged the court.However, the Bench adjourned the case to July 23. It asked Mr. Mehta to go through what Mr. Hajela had to say on the issue of reverification in his reports to the Supreme Court on July 10 and 18.“Mr. Mehta, you are not the only fountain or source of information [about what is happening]. We have our own sources of information and Mr. Hajela has his own,” Chief Justice Gogoi addressed the Solicitor General.“I claim not to be a fountain of information, My Lord… And it should not be so,” Mr. Mehta responded.The court asked Mr. Hajela to redact paragraphs in his reports that do not strictly deal with reverification before handing them over to Mr. Mehta.“There is no national secret in them that needs to be kept from the government,” Mr. Mehta protested lightly.“Mr. Mehta, we wish to hear this statement from your lips in other cases too,” came Justice Nariman’s riposte.‘Supplementary lists can be published on July 31’Meanwhile, Mr. Hajela quoted from his report that supplementary lists containing the latest additions and exclusions made after the claims and objections stage could be published on July 31. This would be followed later by a consolidated list, he submitted.The Assam government, also represented by advocate Shuvodeep Roy, said the 20% sample reverification should target the border districts, where the incidence of illegal migration from Bangladesh was higher and where population growth had been reported higher than the State average as per Census reports.Both the Centre and the State have said the reverification exercise should be conducted by Class 1 officers of the State government from other districts who had knowledge and experience of handling the process of enquiry/investigation. The applications further sought an order that the sample reverification should be undertaken at a place different from where the NRC exercise happened. The Assam government agreed that this would cut out the possibility of local influences, biases/threats and so on.The application filed by the Union Home Ministry tries to impress upon the court the “unprecedented large scale of complexities” involved in the NRC process. The Ministry told the court that the NRC exercise had created apprehensions in the minds of the citizens and could very well impact social harmony, law and order in the State. Tensions could rise with just a few days left before the culmination of the ongoing NRC process.“It is pertinent that the exercise of sample reverification must necessarily follow before the publication of the final list,” the application said.The draft NRC list had included 2,89,83,677 persons as Indian citizens. But a total of 40,70,707 persons were left out. They were found ineligible to be considered for inclusion. The Centre said reverification should be done for both inclusions and exclusions.