United States Anthrax Attacks of 2001

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In 2001 the United States suffered a major terrorist attack on 9/11. A week later a new attack started, the anthrax attacks. The attacks occurred over a span of weeks. Anthrax is a type of bacteria that produces spores, which can kill people very rapidly if infected. It is not always easy to diagnose due to its nonspecific symptoms. In this case it was used as biological weapon. The attacks were not known about for a period of time until multiple cases occurred. Many people and organizations would end up working on the anthrax attack investigation, which was codenamed Amerithrax by the FBI. During the investigation the FBI had to work with the science community to try and solve the case. The problem the FBI had though was these scientists could have also been responsible for the attacks they were trying to solve. These 2001 anthrax attacks would end up being one of the most expensive and hardest to solve cases for the FBI to date (Shachtman 2011). The FBI closed the Amerithrax case 8 years after the attacks occurred. The 2001 anthrax attacks was one of the worst bio-weapon attacks on the US in history. The attacks where done through the mail. The anthrax was placed in envelopes with a letter and mailed from various locations to different people and organizations. The anthrax filled letters ended up killing 5 people, causing 17 to become sick and exposing anthrax it is believed to as many as 30,000 people. During the mail process spores of anthrax from the letters escaped and got on mailroom equipment exposing postal employees. If a person was exposed to enough anthrax and developed symptoms they typically died in a few days. Postal workers during the attacks where told that anthrax will appear as a white powder t... ... middle of paper ... ...iew, 24(1), 131-146. Shachtman, N. (2011, March 24). Anthrax Redux: Did the Feds Nab the Wrong Guy?. Wired.com. Retrieved December 16, 2013, from http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/03/ff_anthrax_fbi/ Shane, S. (2010, February 19). FBI Concludes Investigation in Fatal Anthrax Mailings. The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2013, from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/20/us/20anthrax.html?pagewanted=all Shane, S. (2011, March 23). Anthrax Letters Mailed by Bruce Ivins, Psychiatrists Agree. The New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2013, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/us/24anthrax.html?_r=1& Wilman, D. (2011, March 22). Report faults Army in 2001 anthrax mailings. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 16, 2013, from http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/22/nation/la-na-anthrax-ivins-20110323/2history/famous-cases/anthrax-amerithrax

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