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

* FBI Director Mueller has consistently refused to answer relevant questions about the FBI’s failed anthrax investigation; the FBI has pursued a consistent pattern (see Hatfill and Ivins) of never testifying under oath; anyone who thinks the FBI isn’t hiding a terrible truth is simply not paying attention

Posted by DXer on May 31, 2009

Glen Greenwald of Salon wrote (9-16-08) …


Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich)

  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (Mich.) and two other Democrats on the panel have signaled they will scrutinize the FBI’s work today.
  • This month, they wrote FBI Director Robert Mueller asking about missteps in identifying the anthrax strain used in the attacks and tracing it back to Ivins.
  • But after just an hour of the hearing, it is painfully clear that — as is true in virtually all of these hearings now before a pitifully powerless Congress — Mueller won’t provide the Committee with even a single answer of import, won’t even pretend to, and the Committee has no intent to compel him to do so.
  • the hearing began with an angry statement from Chairman Conyers about the fact that the FBI, in general, simply ignores all inquiries for information and answers from the Committee for months and months and months and then shows up at these hearings unprepared to answer even the questions they are advised will be asked, knowing that each member only has five minutes and can’t actually accomplish anything.
  • (Congressman Jerrold) Nadler (D-NY) than asked one of the most central questions in the anthrax case: 
    • he pointed out that the facilities that (unlike Ft. Detrick) actually have the equipment and personnel to prepare dry, silica-coated anthrax are the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground and the Battelle Corporation, the private CIA contractor that conducts substantial research into highly complex strains of anthrax. 
    • Nadler asked how the FBI had eliminated those institutions as the culprits behind the attack. 
    • Mueller’s response was this: I don’t know the answers to those questions as to how we eliminated Dugway and Battelle. I’ll have to get back to you at some point.
  • Nadler then ended by asking whether Mueller would object to an independent commission or other body to review the FBI’s evidence and its accusations against Ivins and whether the FBI would cooperate with such an independent inquiry.
    • Mueller pretended to answer by telling Nadler that the FBI intended to ask some members of the National Academy of Science to review the FBI’s scientific claims, but that didn’t answer the question as to whether the FBI opposed a full-scale independent review of the FBI’s case and whether the FBI would cooperate with it.

read the entire post at …

see also … * the (apparent) refusal of the FBI to answer Sen. Grassley’s September 2008 questions raises further suspicions of a continuing FBI cover-up of its failed anthrax investigation


It is frustrating but understandable that FBI Director Mueller refuses to testify about the FBI’s investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks, since the investigation itself was so pathetic and unproductive. It is inexplicable that the FBI …

  • took 6 years harrassing one USAMRIID scientist (Dr. Steven Hatfill),
  • then paid Hatfill $5.8 million to settle his law suit and thus avoid having to testify under oath,
  • then charged another USAMRIID scientist (Dr. Bruce Ivins) as the sole perpetrator of the attacks, but not until after Ivins had committed suicide and thus could not defend himself, again allowing the FBI to avoid testifying under oath.



It was the FBI’s nonsensical announcement about Dr. Ivins that prompted me to write CASE CLOSED, a novel that presents a fictional scenario of what happened in the attacks and the subsequent FBI investigation. My theory in the novel is that the FBI didn’t solve the case because they were told not to.

Does CASE CLOSED report what actually happened in the anthrax attacks and FBI investigation. Of course not. It’s a novel!

But many readers, including a well placed source in the Intelligence Community, have told me my novel is all too plausible.

CASE CLOSED is now available at … 

* purchase CASE CLOSED (paperback)

3 Responses to “* FBI Director Mueller has consistently refused to answer relevant questions about the FBI’s failed anthrax investigation; the FBI has pursued a consistent pattern (see Hatfill and Ivins) of never testifying under oath; anyone who thinks the FBI isn’t hiding a terrible truth is simply not paying attention”

  1. DXer said

    If we were to find fault, should we consider that Congressional oversight again and again has proved ineffective? Agencies can simply ignore it. I’ve had DOJ attorneys privately mock the thought that Congressional committees exercised effective oversight.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  2. DXer said

    From the start of his blog, Lew has chronicled how the FBI does not provide answers to Congress on the subject — thus preventing Congressional oversight. If you are skeptical, you need only check out its responses to Congressman Nadler about silica.

  3. DXer said

    “And finally, regarding the anthrax attacks which began this story: Rep. Rush Holt, who represents the New Jersey district where the killer letters were mailed, has introduced a bill, H.R. 1248 — “The Anthrax Attacks Investigation Act of 2009″ — calling for the establishment of a national commission to study this mysterious matter further. … [I]t’s important for citizens to call their congressional representatives and demand action if they want to open this important Pandora’s box. This is not a Democratic issue. This is not a Republican issue. It is not even an American issue. It is a global issue.”

    Coen and Nadler, “Dead Silence: Fear and Terror On The Anthrax Trail” (2009), p. 228.

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