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

* Powell claims Saddam has anthrax and the means to deliver it

Posted by DXer on April 16, 2009

February 5, 2003 … Secretary of State  Colin Powell … Address to the United Nations Security Council (Extracts)

“My second purpose today is to provide you with additional information, to share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction as well as Iraq’s involvement in terrorism.


“My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.

“We know from sources that a missile brigade outside Baghdad was disbursing rocket launchers and warheads containing biological warfare agent[s] to various locations, distributing them to various locations in western Iraq.

“The gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction pose to the world.

“First, biological weapons …      

“Iraq declared 8,500 liters of anthrax, but UNSCOM estimates that Saddam Hussein could have produced 25,000 liters. If concentrated into this dry form, this amount would be enough to fill tens upon tens upon tens of thousands of teaspoons.

“The Iraqis have never accounted for all of the biological weapons they admitted they had and we know they had. And they have not accounted for many of the weapons filled with these agents such as there are 400 bombs. This is evidence, not conjecture.

This is true. This is all well-documented.

“Dr. Blix told this council that Iraq has provided little evidence to verify anthrax production and no convincing evidence of its destruction.

“One of the most worrisome things that emerges from the thick intelligence file we have on Iraq’s biological weapons is the existence of mobile production facilities used to make biological agents. In a matter of months, they can produce a quantity of biological poison equal to the entire amount that Iraq claimed to have produced in the years prior to the Gulf War.

“…  a fourth source, an Iraqi major, who defected, confirmed that Iraq has mobile biological research laboratories, in addition to the production facilities I mentioned earlier.

“Ladies and gentlemen, these are sophisticated facilities. For example, they can produce anthrax and botulinum toxin. In fact, they can produce enough dry biological agent in a single month to kill thousands upon thousands of people. And dry agent of this type is the most lethal form for human beings.

“By 1998, U.N. experts agreed that the Iraqis had perfected drying techniques for their biological weapons programs. Now, Iraq has incorporated this drying expertise into these mobile production facilities.

“We know from Iraq’s past admissions that it has successfully weaponized not only anthrax, but also other biological agents, including botulinum toxin, aflatoxin and ricin.

“The Iraqi regime has also developed ways to disburse lethal biological agents, widely and discriminately into the water supply, into the air.

“There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more. And he has the ability to dispense these lethal poisons and diseases in ways that can cause massive death and destruction.


“Let me talk now about the systems Iraq is developing to deliver weapons of mass destruction, in particular Iraq’s ballistic missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs.

“There is ample evidence that Iraq has dedicated much effort to developing and testing spray devices that could be adapted for UAVs.

“The linkages over the past 10 years between Iraq’s UAV program and biological and chemical warfare agents are of deep concern to us. Iraq could use these small UAVs which have a wingspan of only a few meters to deliver biological agents to its neighbors or if transported, to other countries, including the United States.

And the record of Saddam Hussein’s cooperation with other Islamist terrorist organizations is clear … Al Qaida continues to have a deep interest in acquiring weapons of mass destruction.

“Leaving Saddam Hussein in possession of weapons of mass destruction for a few more months or years is not an option, not in a post-September 11th world.

One Response to “* Powell claims Saddam has anthrax and the means to deliver it”

  1. DXer said

    When Lew first approached the issue, he made it as simple as it really was. The FBI was suggesting that he travelled to Princeton the day of September 17 after taking personal leave without realizing that he had his usual group therapy scheduled that night — and thus there was not a 7 hour window for him to drive to Princeton. Even years later, the FBI has refused to disclose the family’s 302s that confirmed Dr. Ivins’ alibi. The family’s 302s were disclosed, for example, in the UNABOM case.

    Lew Weinstein would wrte:

    “August 21, 2014 at 6:36 am
    It doesn’t take anything as fancy as “computer forensics.” It takes someone looking at an appointment schedule. Of course you have to be seeking the truth, which I am convinced was never the FBI’s objective. Am I the only one who sees the links to Colin Powell, anthrax at the UN, and the Iraq War?

    By the way, since things like this are not covered by the term “scientific investigation” does that mean GAO will not consider such matters in its review? If so, what a waste!”

    I’ve been on the same page with Lew:

    “DXer said

    October 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm
    It cracks me up that Dr. Majidi bases evidence of murder on someone not being able to establish where they were 5 years ago.

    For the over 50 crowd, we would be lucky to remember where we were yesterday.

    The FBI refused to give Dr. Ivins access to the documents — such as notebooks — that he sought.

    The FBI knowingly withheld the documents relating to the experiment with 52 rabbits — that IS NOWHERE MENTIONED IN THE AMERITHRAX SUMMARY.



    It was only after Dr. Ivins’ death that the FBI acknowledged and confirmed he went to his group therapy session the evening of 9/17 on 10/8 — just as he had claimed. Why didn’t they corroroborate and acknowledge such a critical fact sooner?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 11, 2012

    DXer: The big picture may seem complicated. But, most simply, Dr. Ivins in fact had an alibi on 9/17. That was when his group therapy met.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 22, 2011

    * from DXer … Dr. Bruce Ivins had group therapy sessions scheduled on both September 17, 2001 and on October 8, 2001, the same dates the FBI says he was mailing the anthrax letters
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 9, 2010

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