(WASHINGTON) -- An independent review of the psychiatric records of the alleged anthrax killer Dr. Bruce Ivins has revealed that the Army scientist should never have been given a security clearance or access to the deadly pathogen based on his psychological profile and diagnosable mental illness. The report also found that Ivins allegedly carried out the attacks for revenge following questions about his work with the anthrax vaccine. The findings were made by the Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel, which was ordered by a federal judge to review Ivins’ sealed psychological records to determine if future acts of bioterrorism could be prevented.
“Dr. Ivins had a significant and lengthy history of psychological disturbance and diagnosable mental illness at the time he began working for USAMRIID in 1980 that would have disqualified him from a Secret level security clearance had this been known.” said panel chairman Dr. Gregory Saathoff at a Tuesday press conference in Washington to announce the findings in the report. Dr. Saathoff is the executive director of the University of Virginia Critical Incident Analysis Group and associate professor of research psychiatry at the UVA medical school.
“Information regarding his disqualifying behaviors was readily available in the medical record and accessible to personnel had it been pursued,” the report concluded in its key findings.
The report also found in key findings that Dr. Ivins omitted key information during his security clearance process and that Army investigators did not follow up on conflicting information or review additional medical records that were available despite Ivins signing multiple waivers for his health records privacy.
Information released in the report notes that Ivins was first treated by a psychiatrist in 1978 when he was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The report concluded, “Dr. Ivins was psychologically disposed to undertake the mailings; his behavioral history demonstrated his potential for carrying them out; and he had the motivation and the means.”
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