I hope it has not escaped Stephan Kinsella’s notice that Bruce Ivins, the government scientist allegedly responsible for the 2001 anthrax killings, was apparently motivated by “intellectual property” laws to create and deploy weapons of mass destruction. (Source: LA Times)
[Ivins] stood to gain financially from massive federal spending in the fear-filled aftermath of those killings, the Los Angeles Times has learned. Ivins is listed as a co-inventor on two patents for a genetically engineered anthrax vaccine, federal records show. Separately, Ivins also is listed as a co-inventor on an application to patent an additive for various biodefense vaccines. Ivins, 62, died Tuesday in an apparent suicide in Maryland. Federal authorities had informed his lawyer that criminal charges related to the mailings would be filed. As a co-inventor of a new anthrax vaccine, Ivins was among those in line to collect patent royalties if the product had come to market, according to an executive familiar with the matter.