The long awaited GAO report on the anthrax amerithrax case on FBI patsy Bruce Ivins is a total disappointment. They falsely claim they were only ever asked to study the statistical properties of estimating genetic mutations. Oh yeah? Congress couldn’t even have asked for that, they don’t know enough stats to even think of that as a question to ask. This was a mistake by GAO. GAO spent years to learn some stats and then claimed Congress knew enough to ask them to do that. It didn’t.
Congress asked GAO to report on the case and to show the FBI framed Bruce Ivins after he died in order to dump the case. Congress did not ask the GAO to write a Ph.D. thesis for a stat department like Berkeley on DNA mutations.
Obviously someone got to GAO and told them not to expose the stitch up of Bruce Ivins. Who and how?
Despite this or perhaps because of it, the MSM is framing the GAO report as finding that the FBI has gaps in its frame up of Bruce Ivins.
Dxer and Lew Weinstein are playing it straight in their initial reaction. They must feel the sting of this betrayal. The GAO was got to and its mandate was changed to a narrow mockery of what it was.
This is like the HSCA Committee on the JFK assassination, except worse. At least the HSCA had sealed files with some of the truth in it. The GAO report likely has nothing even sealed.
Another way to see this is as follows. Congress knows GAO would not write a paper on a new estimator for DNA mutations. So if it wanted that it could have funded that research at universities. Why have GAO spend years saying someone should come up with the statistical properties of DNA mutation processes in bacteria? They knew that would be nifty and could have just funded it.
Congress wanted this case analyzed and the science in claiming that Bruce Ivins could have or could not have produced anthrax with properties of silicon tin ratios and so on sent to Congress. That is what they wanted, not to fund a symposium on DNA statistical properties. Which as pointed out would not take several years by GAO to recognize as a useful innovation for next time.