(UPDATED, through the magic of the Internets)
I normally wouldn't think of posting this, given that it was sort of a personal pi-radians shift in perspective about the whole WaPo semi-kerfluffle regarding purported mobile weapons labs, but rilkefan has made the suggestion, and I'm all about service.
To all-too-briefly summarize, this has been cast as administration embroidery by WaPo and by one group of experts vs two others by Confederate Yankee and Captain's Quarters. No, I haven't bothered to read either of the latter in detail yet; just the ensuing discussion regarding what they have to say about the whole thing. There's also some discussion of this over at Protein Wisdom, where I've posted my one and only comment in this regard outside of the local neighborhood.
So, my question: what sort of experts were in the other two groups that thought that these were (or might be) mobile bioweapons laboratories? II'd assume that to be considered an expert, one would have to be familiar with bioweapons manufacture and culturing of biologicals, which in turn would imply some sort of passing familiarity with the equipment necessary to do those things. Why do I ask? Well, because of the Duelfer Report account (suggested by frequent commentor Urinated States of America) that mentions nearly a dozen major deficiencies (page 81, Table 1) in the equipment in the more intact of the trailers that pretty much rule out utility for bioweapons manufacture. Those are just the major ones, mind.
Given that, one wonders: just what was it about either of these trailers that said "mobile bioweapons lab", besides the mobile part? Or, more to the point, what about the trailers didn't say "couldn't possibly be a mobile bioweapons lab", other than the mobility point? To paraphrase myself: the two teams of experts who thought there was something WMD-related here ought to have Table 1, Page 81 tatooed on their collective foreheads.
Update: Protein Wisdom has a new post up regarding timeline which merits pondering and discussion, but the timeline hasn't much to do with this post. This post is more of a what-were-they-thinking kind of thing.
Update 2: On request, here's the table. I was unable to find an image, so I'm pasting directly from HTML. It's better in the PDF form, but here goes:
|Fermentor Design Feature||Critical Requirement
|Present on Trailer
|Aseptic growth conditions||Yes||No||Major|
|Process control instrumentation & sensors||Yes||No||Major|
|Addition and sampling ports||Yes||No||Major|
|Provision of sterile air||Yes||No||Major|
|Sterile filtration of off-gas||Yes||No||Major|
|Provision of steam for sterilization purposes||Yes||No||Major|