Army scientist should not have been allowed to work with pathogens, report says

According to a newly released independent report, the army scientist believed to have been behind the anthrax attacks in 2001 that killed five people had severe psychological problems and should never have been allowed to work with deadly pathogens.

A review of the psychological records of Bruce Ivins has shown that the army scientist, who killed himself in 2008, should not have been given security clearance or allowed to work with anthrax based on his psychological profile and diagnosable mental illness, according to ABC News.

According to the report, Ivins carried out the attacks as revenge and redemption for his work with an anthrax vaccine. The findings also show that Ivins had troubled relationships with women and had developed an obsession for a sorority that would dramatically impact on his life.

"Information regarding his disqualifying behaviors was readily available in the medical record and accessible to personnel had it been pursued," the report concluded, according to ABC News.

The findings in the report were made by the Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel, which was ordered by a federal judge to review Ivin’s psychological records in order to determine whether future acts of bioterrorism were preventable.

"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," panel chairman Dr. Gregory Saathoff said, according to ABC News.

The report said that Ivins omitted key pieces of information during his security clearance process and that army investigators did not investigate conflicting information or review additional medical records, despite having access.

The report said that Ivins was diagnosed with borderline and paranoid personality disorder.

"For years before the anthrax mailings and until the time of his death, Dr. Ivins met the diagnostic criteria for a number of psychiatric disorders,” the report said, ABC News reports.