Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 15, 2014
emails to/from Chuck Young,
Managing Director, Public Affairs,
Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Lew to Chuck … Any update now that summer is over? … Any comment on why it has taken so long? My guess is that the FBI has been fighting you every step of the way … LEW
Chuck to Lew … Sometime this fall and no, we wouldn’t comment on the report or information access issues until after it is released. Thanks, Chuck
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 10, 2014
The FBI has never had a case against this man … but meanwhile he is dead and the real perpetrators are still out there.
from a recent DXer comment …
DOJ: Although USAMRIID had equipment that could be used to dry liquid anthrax in the same building where anthrax research was conducted, USAMRIID did not have a lyophilizer in the specific containment laboratory where RMR-1029 was housed to prepare the dried spore preparations that were used in the letters.
Many of Ivins’ former co-workers have questioned the government’s theory about him using a lyophilizer elsewhere in the building to dry his stockpile of liquid anthrax. He would have had to carry anthrax outside the contained areas of the building, meaning anthrax spores would likely have dispersed and sickened people in the lab building, they said.
In seeking to prove the anthrax attacks were not foreseeable, the Justice Department notes that it is unclear when preparation for the anthrax attacks began.
The Justice Department then highlighted the very points that many have said prove that Ivins could not have committed the attacks:
• That the anthrax used in the attacks originated from but did not come directly from Ivins’ flask.
• That the government’s anthrax was “genetically similar, but dissimilar in its form, to the anthrax that resulted in the death of Robert Stevens.”
• That “it would also take special expertise (even among those used to working with anthrax) to make dried material of the quality used in the attacks,” expertise that many of Ivins’ former co-workers said they didn’t believe he had
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 22, 2014
Will Mueller ever admit they were wrong?
DXer reminds us …
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 …
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI scientists early on had — but destroyed — the unique strain of anthrax used in the deadly 2001 attacks that years later would lead them to Dr. Bruce Ivins, the government’s top suspect in the nation’s biggest bioterror case.
FBI Assistant Director Vahid Majidi said Monday the initial anthrax sample that Ivins took from his Army lab in February 2002 and gave investigators did not meet court-ordered conditions for its preparation and collection.
In a briefing for reporters, Majidi said the sample kept at the FBI lab was destroyed because the bureau believed it might not have been allowed as evidence at trial.
“Looking at hindsight, obviously we would do things differently today,” Majidi said.
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 18, 2014
When does summer end? Most people would say in another two weeks or so. When will GAO issue its report? … Summer has already become “maybe early fall.” … Will that soon become “late fall or winter?” … Which will eventually become “never?” I would love to be surprised.
By the way, my view has not changed. The FBI’s case against Dr. Ivins is clearly bogus: no evidence, no witnesses, an impossible timeline. The real questions are why the FBI persists in sticking to such a pathetic story and why it is taking GAO so long to issue its report?
DXer’s recent comment deserves more prominent placement … “The most pertinent science offered up so far tends to be exculpatory of Dr. Bruce Ivins and directly contradicts the prosecutor’s meme of Flask 1029 as the ‘murder weapon.’ But, hey, why let peer-reviewed science interfere with a prejudicial slogan in spinning the dead suspect’s guilt?”
some time before the summer …
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
My email to GAO (6/23/14) …
GAO … Some months ago you wrote to me that your report on the FBI investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks would be issued sometime this summer. Now that summer is here, do you have an update on when the report might be forthcoming? … LEW WEINSTEIN
GAO’s response (6/27/14) …
Lew … We expect it will be the later part of the summer or early fall … Chuck Young, Managing Director, Public Affairs, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
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