Officials at the Pentagon announced details from a report on what led batches of live anthrax to be shipped to facilities around the country. Officials said systemic procedural problems are to blame. (July 23)
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Work, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense
"This review taught us lessons we needed to learn. We were quite frankly surprised by them. They identified institutional and procedural failures we urgently need to addressed. We are shocked by these failures. I want to stress to you that DoD takes full responsibility for these failures, we are implementing changes and recommending the establishment of procedures, processes and protocols that will prevent such a biohazard safety failure from ever happening again."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Work, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense
"Until all of these recommendations are addressed in place and undersecretary Kendall has told me they've been addressed, I have directed a moratorium on -- a continued moratorium on the production, handling, testing and shipping of unactivated anthrax. That will continue."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Work, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense
"There was no findings of malfeasance or wanton... you know, misuse of protocols. It was the protocols themselves that were at fault."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
"But the thing that stood out from us at Dugway was that a fairly large proportion of the samples that they'd irradiated turned out to be positive in their testing -- about 20 percent in the records. That should have been a clear indication to people at Dugway that something was wrong. The number should have been much much lower than that."