Anthrax source still debated

Sunday, August 10, 2008 | 10:00 a.m. CDT

Loory: The FBI says Dr. Bruce Ivins, an anthrax germ warfare specialist, was the man who killed five people and injured 17 others after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Ivins, who worked at the biological weapons laboratory in Fort Detrick, Md., committed suicide July 29, before he was charged with any crime. Ivins had a history of psychological problems, dating to before 9/11. The FBI said the spores used in making the powdered anthrax that killed and wounded the 2001 victims came from a vial Ivins controlled. Some feel these charges against Ivins after his death are similar to the implication that another Fort Detrick scientist, Dr. Steven Hatfill, was involved in the killings. The FBI has apologized to Hatfill, and a court awarded him $5.8 million in damages for invasion of privacy. Ivins' family and friends say Ivins wasn't involved and that the FBI's hounding drove him to suicide. At the Justice Department's recent press conference, how convincing was attorney Jeffrey Taylor's argument that the government has gotten its man and can close the case?