CASE CLOSED … what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks?

* CASE CLOSED, the novel by Lew Weinstein … more plausible than the story told by the FBI?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 20, 2014

It wasn't Ivins

THE REAL CASE … The FBI has never told the true story of the anthrax attacks or its own investigation. The FBI assertion that Dr. Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator does not stand up. Every element of the FBI case has been thoroughly demolished on this blog. The real perpetrators are still out there.

MY NOVEL … CASE CLOSED presents one possible (fictional) sequence of events to explain the FBI’s failure. It begins with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) initiating an investigation into the FBI’s failure to solve the case. Blending history and fiction, the DIA trail uncovers the involvement of the White House, the role of the Iraq war, and the real perpetrators. Says one well-placed source in the Intelligence Community … This story, unfortunately, is “all too plausible.”

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CASE CLOSED

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$4.99 kindle … $8.96 paperback

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Here is a YouTube interview I did several years ago regarding the FBI’s failed case against Bruce Ivins and the need for the American people to know the truth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zI69unuq6A

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What readers say

about CASE CLOSED …

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  • Case Closed is a fast-paced thriller.

  • The writing is sparse, driven by a plausible plot that allows the reader to think through the crime/mystery along with the protagonist.

  • a thoroughly enjoyable and illuminating read.

  • CASE CLOSED is excellent, great page-turner. I was impressed with how deftly Weinstein moved between fact and fiction.

  • I think (fear?) that this novel tells the real story of the 2001 anthrax attacks.

  • This book serves as an example of one of the great uses of fiction: using the power of imagination to make a point, build a case through the power of story, when the writer can’t access the facts (here the facts are hidden in the back rooms of power).

  • CASE CLOSED opened my mind.

  • Case Closed leaves you with the thought that perhaps someone else could really have been accountable for this horrendous crime.

  • My biggest problem with CASE CLOSED is it is too believable. I would not be at all surprised if Lewis Weinstein’s fictionalized novel about the FBI’s anthrax investigation turned out to be more truth than fiction.

  • the CASE is far from CLOSED.

  • This is not just a good book, but an important one.

  • Weinstein knew there were demons embedded in the FBI’s story, and they haunted him. For weeks he could not rest until he’d put pen to paper. This novel is the result.

  • Case Closed provides a solid background of the 2001 anthrax case which could not have been attained through the news media. It was concise and informative and offered credibility to the events which in my opinion could have very likely occurred.

  • Fiction?? Maybe?? But I don’t think so!! More likely an excellent interpretation of what may have really happened.

  • The FBI’s mishandling of the anthrax attacks investigation is just another example of the way the past administration “managed” events to fit their agenda.

  • Lew is a great investigative writer.

  • The book is compelling, once you start you cannot put it down … and the end is … Well you will have to read it to find out.

  • Case Closed reads fast and well. It could have happened just the way the author said. Full of intrigue mixed in with almost current events. The real people are just behind the fictional ones.

  • The author states loud and clear that this book is fiction … but the investigation of the Anthrax attacks makes one stop and really think about it.

  • Weinstein raises some very interesting and disturbing theories. If it was not meant to make one think about the real situation, the book would still be a great read.

  • It is suspenseful and a real page turnerPlease tell me it’s not true!

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* Will the FBI produce long withheld documents about DXer’s anthrax mailing suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 19, 2014

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* GAO responds to Lew’s email … expects to issue report this summer … summer is coming!

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 17, 2014

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The GAO response …

Mr. Weinstein …  Thank you for your email. The work is underway and we expect to issue a report sometime this summer. … Chuck Young Chuck Young, Managing Director, Public Affairs, Government Accountability Office (GAO) … http://www.gao.gov

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My email to GAO …

Several years ago, at the request of Congressman Holt, the GAO began a review of the FBI’s investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks. You indicated a time frame of approximately one year to complete. It is now much more than one year and no report, even a progress report, has been issued. Could you please provide an update of the status of your review and when you expect to issue a report.

LEW WEINSTEIN

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* Deposition of Reynolds M. Salerno, PhD (head of Sandia team that inspected USAMRIID)

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 16, 2014

 

 

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* GAO should interview and obtain the documents from the CID agents and DOD agent discussed in the deposition of Inspector General team leader Colonel Elliott

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 16, 2014

http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Deposition/Elliott%20Deposition%20Redacted%20for%20Release.pdf

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* Hartford Courant today: “Oxford Woman, 94, An Unlikely Victim Of Anthrax Attacks”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 14, 2014

DEADLY LETTERS
Oxford Woman, 94, An Unlikely Victim Of Anthrax Attacks

For weeks Ottilie Lundgren hadn’t been able to shake a pesky cold, so when her niece Shirley Davis visited her Oxford home on a Friday morning and found the 94-year-old woman was having difficulty breathing, they went to the hospital.

“I remember she kept telling me, ‘I don’t know why I am so sick. What could have happened to me that I’m still sick?’ I’ve never had anything like this before,’ ” Davis recalled recently. “Oh Lord, if she only knew the truth.”

Lundgren loved to read a good mystery but seemed an unlikely candidate to become a central character in one.

But that is exactly what happened after Davis brought her to Griffin Hospital in Derby on Nov. 16, 2001. For days doctors did tests trying to find out what was making Lundgren so sick. It wasn’t until one doctor tested for anthrax that the reality set in — somehow a mostly housebound elderly woman had been poisoned with the same anthrax that had been sent to U.S. senators and media outlets.

Davis was called back to the hospital and told there was urgent news about Lundgren and that she was not to talk to anyone. When Davis got to Griffin she was taken to a room where there must have been “35 people in there” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI, state police and the state health department. Davis remembers a doctor telling her that “Ottie had been attacked by the anthrax virus.”

When Davis was taken to see Lundgren, she was in isolation, enclosed in a plastic tent.

“They told me to stay away from her, don’t go near her or try to kiss her and that was very upsetting,” Davis said. “I couldn’t rationalize that my poor aunt who didn’t hurt a fly could have been affected by this powder and that there was nothing they could do for her.”

Within days Lundgren became the fifth and last victim of the anthrax attacks that changed the way mail is handled, made Cipro a household drug, created the phrase “person of interest” and led to one of the most expensive and controversial FBI investigations ever.

Even 13 years later Davis still has days when she thinks about the shock of being told Lundgren had anthrax poisoning and the randomness of her aunt’s death.

“I still remember the men in their space suits coming in and vacuuming everywhere — even in my house — trying to find spores,” Davis said. “They went into every single little space they could and tested everything in and around her house.”

Davis said she remembers Lundgren sitting in her living room chair opening her mail and bringing it up close to her face so she could read it.

“She’d complain about all the junk mail she used to get, and then she’d toss it into the trash can,” Davis said.

Investigators believe that one of those pieces of junk mail that Lundgren received crossed paths with one of two anthrax-laden letters sent to Congress that went through a sorting machine in Trenton, N.J.

The violent shaking of the letters through the sorting machines forced some of the highly aerosolized anthrax spores out of the letters onto the machines and other mail that came in contact with them.

That is how two postal employees in Washington, D.C. — Thomas Morris Jr. and Joseph Curseen — inhaled the anthrax that later killed them. And it’s the reason that post offices from Wallingford to Virginia were closed down and cleaned because of anthrax spores escaping. Overall 22 people were known to have been infected.

Bob Stevens, a photographer with the tabloid Sun in Florida, was the first to die. Investigators believe that victim Kathy Nguyen, a woman who lived alone in a New York City apartment, also died because she inhaled the deadly anthrax from a piece of mail.

Davis said investigators told her that Lundgren’s respiratory problems coupled with her advanced age made her susceptible to the anthrax.

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* Military Authors in Journal for Applied Microbiology (April 2014): “Further treatment of the bioagent (e.g., applying a uniform change to the particles, adding a fluidizing agent) can enhance the ability of the powder to disperse by inhibiting particle agglomeration (Matsumoto, 2003), as observed in the 2001 attacks.”

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* Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): “If you screw up in government, just mark it top secret.”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 17, 2014

USAMRIID, FOIA, FBI, Ivins

Obama Admin Censoring on the Rise

Though the Obama administration has promised since its first day in power to increase government transparency, it has failed to do so, according to a new analysis by the Associated Press. It reveals that last year, the Obama administration censored more government files and outright denied access to them under the Freedom of Information Act more often than ever. Last year, the government denied access on national-security grounds 8,496 times, a 57 percent increase from the previous year and more than double Obama’s first year in office. Last year the government censored or denied access to documents in 244,675 cases, or 36 percent of all requests.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, “I’m concerned the growing trend toward relying upon FOIA exemptions to withhold large swaths of government information is hindering the public’s right to know. If you screw up in government, just mark it top secret.”

source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/03/17/obama-admin-censoring-on-the-rise.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_morning&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_morning&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet

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* NYT MH370: “Yazid Sufaat, a Malaysian who studied biochemistry at California State University and experimented with biological weapons for Al Qaeda before Sept. 11, proposed crashing a commercial airliner into a passing American warship, the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, according to a local intelligence report cited in Mr. Conboy’s book on Jemaah Islamiyah,” The Second Front.”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 17, 2014

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* Kuala Lumpur AQ plotter Yazid Sufaat’s plan was to have a suicide operative crash an airliner into a US warship.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 15, 2014

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