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

* update from GAO … 9/15/14 … report “sometime this fall”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 15, 2014

GAO, FBI, Ivins

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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* the holes in the FBI case against Ivins are huge … will GAO point this out? … when will GAO report?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 10, 2014

The FBI has no case against this man ... but meanwhile he is dead and the real perpetrators are still out there.

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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* Labor Day has come and gone … summer is over … no GAO report

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 2, 2014



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* The Documentary Evidence Indicates That Flask 1029 Was Stored In Building 1412 In 1998-2000, Not In Building 1425 As The Prosecutors Claimed In Spinning The Theory That Bruce Ivins Was The Anthrax Processor And Mailer

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 29, 2014

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* Chemical Analysis of Mailed Anthrax: Was Olive Oil Detected In the Anthrax Mailed In Fall 2001?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 29, 2014

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* The FBI’s review showed that 300 identifiable individuals entered rooms providing access to the Ames material used in the aerosol changes. Another thirty (30) individuals utilized the access points but used non-identifiable badges or non-identifiable personal identification numbers; so that would make 330 individuals who needed to be eliminated in connection to that single building at USAMRIID — including 30 who were not identifiable.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 29, 2014

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* Bloodhounds were deployed against USAMRIID Aerobiology (Building 1412) Personnel; over 100 locations were to be checked by bloodhounds for matching human scent taken from the original anthrax tainted letters and envelopes.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 26, 2014

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* USAMRIID (As Advised By JAG) Refuses To Identify Where It Shipped Virulent Ames Prior To 9/11

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 24, 2014


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* FBI had, then tossed anthrax type … but they still insist Ivins was the one … they have no case … first they were stupid, then arrogant

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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* GAO expects to issue its report on the FBI anthrax investigation in the “later part of the summer or early fall”

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?”


It wasn't Ivins!


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) …

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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