Recounting the Anthrax Attacks: Terror, the Amerithrax Task Force, and the Evolution of Forensics in the FBI (Hardcover)

Recounting the Anthrax Attacks: Terror, the Amerithrax Task Force, and the Evolution of Forensics in the FBI By R. Scott Decker Cover Image
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This book documents and reveals new information about the anthrax attacks of 2001. Decker provides first-hand perspective detailing the new science, microbial forensics, and parts of the investigation unknown to the public.

About the Author


R. Scott Decker, Phd, retired from the FBI as a supervisory special agent at the end of 2011, after 22 years of service. He spent his early FBI career in pursuit of bank and armored car robbers throughout Boston. He then gained a promotion and joined the Bureau's fledging Hazardous Materials Response Unit in Quantico. On September 12, 2001, he led a team of FBI hazmat specialists to Ground Zero in New York City, and then joined the developing Amerithrax Task Force against the anthrax threat. Decker coordinated the early genetics and DNA forensics of the bioterror investigation, and supervised a squad of agents whose work charted new ground and established the discipline of microbial forensics. In 2009, he and his team received the FBI Director's Award for Outstanding Scientific Advancement. In 2008, The Washington Post featured Decker in a front-page article by national security reporter Joby Warrick, "Trail of Odd Cells Led FBI to Army Scientist." In 2017, the Public Safety Writers Association's Annual Writing Competition awarded Recounting the Anthrax Attacks first-place in their non-fiction unpublished book category.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781538101490
ISBN-10: 1538101491
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: March 19th, 2018
Pages: 300
Language: English