Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 8, 2014
Initial International Research Priorities (2014)
Microbial forensics is a scientific discipline dedicated to analyzing evidence from a bioterrorism act, biocrime, or inadvertent microorganism or toxin release for attribution purposes. This emerging discipline seeks to offer investigators the tools and techniques to support efforts to identify the source of a biological threat agent and attribute a biothreat act to a particular person or group. Microbial forensics is still in the early stages of development and faces substantial scientific challenges to continue to build capacity.
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 28, 2014
It wasn’t Ivins!
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
Chuck Young, Managing Director, Public Affairs, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 18, 2014
It’s now summer.
When can we expect the GAO report?
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
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.
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 21, 2014
Well worth reading and thinking about.
Conspiracy novels usually have suspense, plausibility and complexity. Initial unsuspected contacts are gradually revealed to be causes, and the truth is revealed. Case Closed has two of the three, plausibility and complexity, but not much suspense. However, this is intentional, since it is not really a conspiracy novel, but rather part of the indictment genre.
Indictment novels often begin with a hypothesis and develop it by logic and reason. These tools are used remarkably effectively by Mr. Weinstein to lay out the case that high placed government officials used the events of September 11, 2001 [and after that] for their own personal purposes and sacrificed the innocents to to cover up crimes that floated close to their homes.
The author jettisons suspense in the forward where the conclusion is largely revealed, and then employs plausibility and complexity to paint a fictional but credible account that is chilling.
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