from DXer … Here is an A-Z directory and sample reporting from some of the dozens of excellent reporters who have covered Amerithrax and related issues.
“FBI Checking Crop-Dusting Planes, Pilots,” Associated Press, April 22, 2004
“GMU Bioterrorism Center Unites Former Foes,” Washingon Post, February 14, 2002
WTOP.com – Feb. 10, 2009 – “Lawyer: Evidence against Bruce Ivins ‘Undercut’”
“Newsweek Poll: Bin Laden to Blame For Anthrax,” MSNBC.com
Jeffrey Bartholet, “Terrorist Sleeper Cells: A U.S.-Based Al Qaeda ‘Sleeper Cell’ Was Poised to Launch a Post-Sept. 11 Attack on a Major Washington Target; Would-Be Terrorists Went Underground or Fled U.S. Evidence Indicates Al Qaeda Had Russian Help Developing Anthrax; Al-Zawahiri Believed Involved in Bin Laden’s Biological Weapons Program.” Newsweek, December 9, 2001.
Science Magazine – Oct. 11, 2011 – “New Challenge to FBI’s Anthrax Investigation Lends an Ear to Tin”
The New York Times – Feb. 24, 2010 (opinion) – “Haste Leaves Anthrax Case Unconcluded”
“Cropdusters grounded in poison alert: Toxic threat Pesticide planes could be used to spray cities,” Guardian, September 24, 2001
BRENNAN, PHIL [Phil was a friend of Robert Stevens and had a very notable 6-part series in Newsmax as I recall]
“Alibek Doubts FBI Claims on Hatfill,” Newsmax, October 3, 2002.
BROAD, WILLIAM (with Scott Shane)
The New York Times – Oct. 9, 2011 – “Scientists’ Analysis Disputes F.B.I. Closing of Anthrax Case”
BROWN, PETER J.
Asia Times – Feb. 25, 2010 – “Doubts cloud closing of anthrax case”
CADWALLADER, BRUCE (with Catherine Candisky)
“Anthrax Probe Story Is Baloney, FBI Says,” Columbus Dispatch, December 21, 2001 [Ed Lake's theory was first to be debunked; but he persisted for 7 years, denying Hatfill was a suspect and reasoning the FBI suspected this POI]
MSNBC – Apr. 16, 2010 – “Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me”
CONNOLLY, CECI (with Steve Fainaru)
Experts Debate Theory Hijacker Was Exposed
Does an Al Qaeda “Anthrax Operative” Own New York Pharmacies?
A detainee assessment released by WikiLeaks identifies a Pakistani pharmacist suspected of ties to terrorism.
Village Voice (blog) – July 19, 2011 – “Bruce Ivins Maybe Didn’t Send Anthrax, Government Admits in Court Papers”
“Warrantless Wiretapping Used In Terrorist Trial,” ProPublica.org, December 8, 2008
CNN – Feb. 15, 2011 – “Scientific review reaches no conclusion on source of anthrax”
CULLISON, ALAN (with Andrew Higgins) [what Mr. Cullison and WSJ colleagues did was some amazing Pulitzer-deserving sh**]
“Computer in Kabul holds chilling memos,” Wall Street Journal, December 31, 2001.
“Al Qaeda-Anthrax Link?,” CBS News, March 23, 2002
“Report Says UBL-Linked Groups Possess ‘Deadly’ Anthrax and Plague Viruses,” Melbourne Age (Internet version), June 4, 2000
“Silicon highlights remaining questions over anthrax investigation,”Nature, Sept. 29, 2008
The Times of Trenton – Feb. 26, 2010 – “Holt: Last word not in on anthrax case”
ECKSTEIN, MEGAN (Adam Behsudi and the other FNP reporters also did good work but I didn’t have time to grab AB articles)
Frederick News-Post – Feb. 23, 2010 – “FBI report fails to end questions about Ivins’ guilt”
Frederick News-Post – July 19, 2011 – “Justice Department filings poke holes in Ivins’ case”
The Frederick News-Post – Dec. 10, 2010 – “Amerithrax review delayed after FBI releases more docs”
ENGELBERG, STEPHEN (if you need to be told too often of incredible work done by ProPublica, McClatchy and Frontline, you just aren’t paying attention)
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Stephen Engelberg et al., The Macon Telegraph – Oct. 11, 2011 – “Was FBI’s science good enough to ID anthrax killer?”
“For Decades, Mailing Germs Was Routine,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2, 2002
FRANTZ, DOUGLAS (with David Rohde)
“2 Pakistanis Linked to Papers on Anthrax Weapons,” New York Times, November 28, 2001
A NATION CHALLENGED: BIOLOGICAL TERROR; 2 Pakistanis Linked to Papers on Anthrax Weapons
The Atlantic – Apr. 16, 2010 – “The Wrong Man”
GANNON, KATHY [Her book "I is for Infidel" should be put on your list of books to read; she has deep experience in that part of the world; she was there at the Taliban vaccine lab with the photographer taking pictures of the brown slurry harvested June 2001 that Yazid wouldn't identify for me.]
“Taliban Showed Interest In Anthrax Research Lab. Scientists Say An Official Paid Frequent Visits” in The Boston Globe, November 22, 2001
GARRETT, LAURIE (at book sales, when I’m in the relevant section people more than once have commented that her past books were very good). She worked at Newsday previously.
Council on Foreign Relations – Oct. 12, 2011 – “The Anthrax Letters”
NPR (Laurie Garrett interview) – Aug. 26, 2011 – “A look back at 9/11 in ‘I Heard the Sirens Scream’”
Zawahiri’s Plan To Obtain the Ames Anthrax Strain
I switched from words to pictures because people are too busy to read. A federal undercover did the graphics; I don’t even know photoshop.
“Biological weapons link to al-Qaida,” Guardian Unlimited, October 16, 2001
GILMORE, JIM (with Gordon, Engelberg and Wiser)
The Miami Herald – Oct. 12, 2011 – “Newly released files cloud FBI’s anthrax finding”
GORDON, GREG (with Engleberg)
ProPublica.com – Oct. 24, 2011 – “Secret Reports: With Security Spotty, Many Had Access to Anthrax”
GORDON, MICHAEL R.
“U.S. Says It Found Qaeda Lab Being Built to Produce Anthrax,” New York Times, March 23, 2002
Salon.com (Glenn Greenwald) – Apr. 21, 2010 – “Unlearned lessons from the Steven Hatfill case”
The Sacramento Bee – July 20, 2011 – “Justice Dept backtracks on anthrax claims”
GUGLIOTTA, GUY (with Gary Matsumoto)
“FBI’s Theory On Anthrax Is Doubted, Attacks Not Likely Work Of 1 Person, Experts Say,” Washington Post, October 28, 2002.
The Gazette – Oct. 12, 2011 – “Questions remain 10 years after anthrax mailings”
HERRIDGE, CATHERINE (The Terror Pixie may find that she ends back with anthrax by pursuing her Awlaki-Al-TImimi-Wade Ammerman leads).
“FBI Focusing on ‘About Four’ Suspects in 2001 Anthrax Attacks,” FoxNews, March 28, 2008
FoxNews.com – Mar. 7, 2009 – “FBI’s Evidence in Anthrax Case Leaves Puzzling Scientific Questions”
“Anthrax, ricin detected in Afghan labs,” United Press International, March 25, 2002
HOSENBALL, MARK (like Isikoff, a heavy hitter on intel matters)
“A Germ Warfare Guru Goes Free”
Why did Malaysia release Al Qaeda’s bioweapons expert?
December 16, 2008
“Interrogation: Al Qaeda and Anthrax,” Newsweek, April 12, 2004
JADRNAK, JACKIE (why on earth did Bruce send to UNM long before their BL-3 was up and running)?
“UNM Anthrax May Be Twin To Strain in Attacks,” Albuquerque Journal, December 19, 2001
“Hair Samples in Anthrax Case Don’t Match,” The Washington Post, August 14, 2008
The Washington Post – Aug. 1, 2009 – “Lawmaker ‘Skeptical’ of Anthrax Results”
“Is Al Qaeda Making Anthrax?” CBS News, October 9, 2003
“Their Faraway eyes”, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 14, 2002
TickleTheWire.com – May 26, 2011 – “Rep. Nadler Criticizes the FBI in Letter to Director Mueller Over Anthrax Probe”
“Anthrax trail on wrong path?” Rocky Mountain News, September 5, 2002
LLOYD, ANTHONY (with Daniel McGrory)
“Poison trail that started in al-Qaeda safe house,” TimesOnline, January 8, 2003
Commission: Al-Qaida made surprising advances on biological weapon
LUMPKIN, JOHN J.
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
Published, April 1, 2005
MACASKILL, MARK (with Nicholas Rufford) what does cleric al-Bakri say about the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?
“Muslim Calls for Bio-Weapon Holy War,” Sunday Times, September 5, 1999
MACKENZIE, DEBORA (a heavy hitter on science issues)
New Scientist – Feb. 16, 2011 – “Scientists critical of FBI’s anthrax conclusions”
MARKON, JERRY (a heavy hitter on intel matters)
Jerry Markon, “Government Secrecy May Lead to New Trial In Va. Terrorism Case,” Washington Post, November 21, 2007; Page A08
“Federal advisers say U.S. unprepared for biological attack,” Associated Press, August 27, 2002.
“Lab Suggests Qaeda Planned to Build Arms, Officials Say,” New York Times, September 14, 2002
MULLER, RICHARD (a physics PhD as I recall)
“Al Qaeda’s Anthrax: Osama bin Laden behind the mail attacks?” Technology Review, April 16, 2002
OUAGRHAM-GORMLEY, SONIA BEN
Ouagrham-Gormley, Sonia Ben
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – Nov. 1, 2011 – “Amerithrax review: Lessons for future investigations”
“Who’s Afraid of Aafia Siddiqui?” Boston Magazine, October 2004
PARASCANDOLA, ROCCO (a true crime guy; a still fascinating lead over a decade later)
“Guilty Plea in Fraud Case But Feds Fear Pakistani’s Purpose for buying Food Mixer,” Newsday , July 15, 2002.
“Does Al Qaeda Have Anthrax? Better Assume So,” National Journal, June 1, 2002.
RAZAK, AIDILA (the reporter I most would like to have over for dinner; the series she and her colleagues did was Yazid Sufaat was amazing journalism; I don’t have a link to the one explaining Sufaat was a member of a since abandoned Malaysian biological weapons program. But IMO it is the single most important article that has been done. A subscription is required for the articles)
Yazid hails 9/11 attackers as ‘marketers of Islam’ (Yazid is actually a very nice guy; he should just be a truth-teller and let Allah sort out his secular concerns).
“Disturbing scenes of death show capability with chemical gas,” CNN, dated August 19, 2002.
SCHACTMAN, NOAH (this was an important and influential article)
Wired Magazine – Mar. 24, 2011 – “Anthrax Redux: Did the Feds Nab the Wrong Guy?”
“Walker Lindh: Al Qaeda planned more attacks,” CNN, October 3, 2002
SCROGGINS, DEBORAH (the world’s expert on and author of a book on Aafia Siddiqui, she is an experienced journalist)
“The Most Wanted Woman in the World,” Vanity Fair, March 2005
SHARAF-AL-DIN, KHALID (if you don’t understand the reports of the defendants in the trial relating to the Albanian Returnees, then you weren’t going to be informed in profiling the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings).
“Bin-Laden Men Reportedly Possess Biological Weapons,” Al-Sharaq al-Awsat, March 6, 1999 (FBIS/FTS 19990306000273)
SHANE, SCOTT (influential throughout the course of the investigation; previously at Baltimore Sun; informed and insightful over the range of issues; overworked)
“Hijacker’s lesion deepens mystery,” Baltimore Sun, March 24, 2002
“New methods trace anthrax source by water,” Baltimore Sun, March 12, 2003
“Scientist says he’s anthrax ‘fall guy’,” Baltimore Sun, August 12, 2002
SHANNON, ELAINE (the mass spec on the toner is more important than the tracks)
“The Kinko’s Connection,” TIME, December 17, 2001
SHERIDAN, MARY BETH (Wade Ammerman is the FBI Agent who could explain a lot if allowed to speak to GAO)
“Hardball Tactics in an Era of Threats,” Washington Post September 3, 2006
STEIN, JEFF (AUSA Lieber’s treatment of the polygraph issue illustrates overzealous prosecutorial approach that substitutes rationalization for evidence)
The Washington Post – Feb. 15, 2011 – “Ivins case’s inconvenient issue: his polygraph”
“U.S. Letter Tries To Establish a Doctor’s Links to Terrorists,” New York Times, dated November 6, 2004
TELL, DAVID (David wrote extremely influential early pieces)
Despite the evidence, the FBI won’t let go of its “lone American” theory.
APR 29, 2002, VOL. 7, NO. 32
“Who is Syed Athar Abbas,” Weekly Standard, July 17, 2002.
The Hunting of Steven J. Hatfill
Why are so many people eager to believe that this man is the anthrax killer?
SEP 16, 2002, VOL. 8, NO. 01
UNKNOWN, OFFHAND (what can I say, some of the very most important articles were written by unknown; I was short of “U’s” and am short of time)
“Taliban spokesman caught ‘with anthrax’: Afghan governor,” Nation (Pakistan) January 17, 2007
“Bio-terror strike ‘is inevitable’,” BBC News, November 21, 2005
The world must face the inevitability of a bio-terror attack by al-Qaeda, the head of Interpol has warned.
“Suspect in Pearl’s killing dies after interrogation; report,” AFP via Yahoo! News, November 11, 2007 (” Memon was helping al-Qaeda develop anthrax strains, the newspaper said.”)
“F.B.I. to question suspect in Malaysia,” New York Times, September 18, 2002
“Al Qaeda anthrax lab tech says he had been part of Malaysian Armed Forces biological weapons program”
“Sketches of anthrax bomb found in Pakistani scientist’s office,” Rediff.com, November 28, 2001
“Evidence of Anthrax Labs Near Kandahar,” March 25, 2002, ABCNews
“Bin Laden group ‘has bio-weapons,” BBC News, October 9, 2001
“US says al-Qaeda weapons lab found,” BBC News, March 22, 2002
“No Threat to Canton, Mayor Says Egyptian Man Who Researched City Water System, Parasitic Diseases at Library ‘Just Had Conversations,” Akron Beacon Journal, October 6, 2001
“Terrorist Investigation Heads To Local Library,” Clickondetroit, October 5, 2001
“Al Qaeda: Anthrax Found in Al-Qaeda [Zawahiri's] Home,” Global Security Newswire, December 10, 2001
“Pakistan: Scientists Questioned About Anthrax Plans,” Global Security News, November 28, 2001
“Word for Word/Jihad Lit: Beware of Hidden Enemies And Their Wolves and Foxes,” New York Times, December 9, 2001
USA Today – Oct. 2, 2011 – “Al Qaeda lab lingers in anthrax story”
USA Today – Aug. 3, 2009 – “Anthrax case not closed: Panel reviews Bruce Ivins, mail probe”
WARRICK, JOBY ( a personal favorite of mine for his environmental investigative work in an earlier life; we’ll have to forgive him for his article with the CSI pose of the FBI’s lab people).
Suspect and A Setback In Al-Qaeda Anthrax Case
October 31, 2006
“Report Sounds Alarm Over Bioterror: Bipartisan Study Finds Insufficient Laboratory Safeguards, Loose Regulations,” Washington Post, November 30, 2008
(Chertoff interview) “Bio Terror ‘Next Threat’ For US,” SkyNews, October 31, 2008
WILLIAMS, LANCE (with Erin McCormick) great early reporting
“Did Bin Laden buy bioterror: trial testimony says he did,” San Francisco Chronicle, October 21, 2001.
MSNBC – July 19, 2011 – “Government lawyers backtrack on anthrax case”
WILLMAN, DAVID Great access to the investigators looking to spin Ivin as a creepy guy who must be guilty.
“U.S. attorney’s office accused of anthrax case leaks,” Los Angeles Times, January 12, 2007
WISER, MIKE (and Gordon and Engelberg) (It would take a long time just to gather up all the important work done by this team; I cite only a few of their articles)
The Kansas City Star – Sept. 2, 2011 – “Sen. Grassley asks Justice Department to explain contradictory acts on anthrax”
“Broken Justice,” Frederick Gorilla, January 2012
Nature – Feb. 15, 2011 – “Science falls short in anthrax investigation”
The Baltimore Sun – Oct. 9, 2011 – “Frontline’s ‘Anthrax Files’ takes hard look at FBI role in suicide of Ft. Detrick scientist”