August 20, 2008
Now that microbiologist Bruce Ivins has died, there will be no criminal trial to establish (or fail to) Ivins’s guilt. Instead, the FBI’s plan is to establish the convincingness of their case against Ivins by publishing papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature that demonstrate that the spores in the mailed anthrax letters are derived from a particular anthrax culture that Ivins had access to.
This is all very nice, but it doesn’t tell us jack diddly shit about how convincing the FBI’s case against Ivins is. In order to know how convincing the case against Ivins is, we need to know how convincing is the evidence that Ivins was the motherfucker who actually prepared and mailed the fucking letters. This is not a scientific question.
The FBI is trying to dazzle with fancy-ass bullshit.