Two sides of scientist emerge after suicide
Biodefense researcher Bruce E. Ivins, seen here in 2003, committed suicide Tuesday.
People who knew Bruce Ivins recall a friendly, helpful man whose neighbors had no reason to suspect him of wrongdoing; an eternal graduate student with ill-fitting clothes and an awkward social manner; an apolitical egghead too busy with his work to carry out the crimes the FBI suspected him of.
But, in addition to authorities investigating the 2001 deadly anthrax attacks, at least one person had a more sinister perception of Ivins: He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday after a woman accused him of stalking her.
Sources have told CNN that Ivins knew he was about to be charged in connection with mailing spores of the deadly bacteria anthrax to a number of congressional offices and media outlets in autumn 2001.
Five people died, including two postal workers, and more than a dozen people became ill. No one has been arrested in the case.
Sources told CNN the government planned to seek the death penalty against Ivins, but he had not been charged with a crime at the time he died.
Ivins, 62, worked for more than 30 years as an anthrax researcher at Fort Detrick, Maryland, home of the U.S. Army's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. He co-wrote a paper only weeks ago outlining the effects of a drug on anthrax in mice, one of dozens of papers in his career.... (Blah blah blah BS. The anthrax attacks were probably scripted into the original military operation of 9/11- See "Dark Winter" a pre-S11 terror drill - this is all a distraction
The Marines were in the middle of their morning workout session at Courthouse Bay when the bomb exploded, spreading radioactive material in the area. Some of the Marines lay on the ground with gaping wounds, moaning, while firefighters moved victims to safety.
This time, it was only a drill. But Camp Lejeune officials want to be ready, just in case.
"Camp Lejeune is always potentially vulnerable to attacks," said Lt. Col. Mike Muller, executive officer for the Marine Corps Engineer School, which is located at Courthouse Bay, the site of the simulated attack. "We are constantly working to refine and rehearse our response."
The annual anti-terrorism exercise tests the base's ability to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive attacks.....
Russia plans live-fire bombing drills
The plane to be used in the drill is the Tu-22M3 Backfire-C, a supersonic bomber used mainly on the southern border in Central Asia and over the Black Sea. The drills will be held from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, the Novosti news agency reported.
"During the exercises the crews will practice simulated bomber runs at testing grounds in the Novgorod and the Saratov regions," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.
The air force has 141 TU-22M3 bombers. They have a range of 4,300 miles and can carry a payload of more than 50,000 pounds, including nuclear bombs and Cruise missiles.
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Space warfare can be a good thing (sic)
A pair of DHS policies from last month say that customs agents can routinely--as a matter of course--seize, make copies of, and "analyze the information transported by any individual attempting to enter, re-enter, depart, pass through, or reside in the United States." (See policy No. 1 and No. 2.) ....
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