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Briefing Date:02/14/2011
Topic:Review of the Scientific Approaches Used During the FBI's Investigation of the Anthrax Letters

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Policy and Global Affairs Division
Committee on Science, Technology, and Law
and
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Life Sciences
Committee on the Review of the Scientific Approaches Used
During the FBI’s Investigation of the 2001 Bacillus anthracis Mailings

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Congressional Briefings
Monday, February 14, 2011
1214 Longworth House Office Bldg. – 12:30
and
234 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 4:30 p.m.

on

Review of the Scientific Approaches Used
During the FBI's Investigation of the Anthrax Letters

This new report from The National Academies evaluates the scientific foundation for the specific techniques used by the FBI, during its investigation of the 2001 Bacillus anthracis mailings, to determine whether these techniques met appropriate standards for scientific reliability and for use in forensic validation, and whether the FBI reached appropriate scientific conclusions from its use of these techniques. This report pays particular attention to whether these methods were appropriately validated, and reviews and assesses scientific evidence considered in connection with these mailings.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on February 15, 2011 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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