Mental problems missed in anthrax case

The military should have known that there was a problem before the anthrax attacks happened, reports the Los Angeles Times. That’s the gist of a report that says Army scientist Bruce Ivans, who was accused of the anthrax mailings in 2001, was showing alarming signs well before the attacks happened. Ivins was a microbiologist at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. He worked in the Army’s Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. The panel says if Army officials had investigated signs of Ivins’ instability, he would not have gotten a security clearance, and never would have had access to any biowarfare agents. Ivans died in 2008.

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