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

* it is now 442 days since the FBI said it expected to close the anthrax case “tomorrow”

Posted by DXer on October 21, 2009

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it is now 442 days

since the FBI said it expected

to close the anthrax case

“tomorrow”

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Anonymous Scientist reminds us …

FBI announces - August 8, 2008 - that Dr. ivins is the sole perpetrator and the case will soon be closed

FBI announces - August 8, 2008 - Dr. Bruce Ivins is the SOLE PERPETRATOR of the 2001 anthrax attacks

This old Washington Post article from August 3 2008 is quite interesting.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/02/AR2008080201632.html

  • “Investigators are so confident of Ivins’s involvement that they have been debating since Friday whether and how to close the seven-year-old anthrax investigation. That would involve disbanding a grand jury in the District and unsealing scores of documents that form the basis of the government’s case against Ivins.
  • Negotiations over the legal issues continue, but a government source said that the probe could be shuttered as early as tomorrow. The move would amount to a strong signal that the FBI and Justice Department think they got their man — and that he is dead, foreclosing the possibility of a prosecution. No charges are likely against others, that source added.
  • Once the case is closed, the FBI and Justice Department will face questions — and possibly public hearings — from congressional oversight committees, which have been largely shut out of the case the past five years. The investigators have cited the ongoing nature of the case, as well as accusations of leaks to the media, for the information blackout to Capitol Hill.”

Hmmm – so an anonymous FBI source leaked on August 3 2008 that the case could be closed as early as “tomorrow”. That would have been August 4 2008. 442 days have passed since then – and the case is still not closed. I wonder if the “grand jury in the District” is still active? And, if so, what on earth they are hearing evidence on?

The article also uses an anonymous FBI source to state:

  • “One bioweapons expert familiar with the FBI investigation said Ivins indeed possessed the skills needed to create the dust-fine powder used in the attacks. At the Army lab where he worked, Ivins specialized in making sophisticated preparations of anthrax bacteria spores for use in animal tests, said the expert, who requested anonymity because the investigation remains active.
  • Ivins’s daily routine included the use of processes and equipment the anthrax terrorist likely used in making his weapons. He also is known to have had ready access to the specific strain of Bacillus anthracis used in the attack — a strain found to match samples found in Ivins’s lab, he said.
  • “You could make it in a week,” the expert said. “And you could leave USAMRIID with nothing more than a couple of vials. Bear in mind, they weren’t exactly doing body searches of scientists back then.”

But others, including former colleagues and scientists with backgrounds in biological weapons defense, disagreed that Ivins could have created the anthrax powder, even if he were motivated to do so.”

I’m not surprised this was from a leaker who wanted anonymity. It has already been demonstrated in this CASE CLOSED blog that it would be impossible to make the mailed material in one week …

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see related post … * 55 flasks of anthrax prep … now where can I hide these?

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