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

* WMD Commission says U.S. preparedness for a bioterrorism attack is inadequate … perhaps if we knew what actually happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks we would have a better chance of preventing similar attacks in the future

Posted by DXer on October 22, 2009

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WMD Commission Logo

Congress established the bipartisan Commission for the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism to address the grave threat that the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction poses to the United States.

In December 2008, the Commission published its report, World at Risk, which recognized that the US government has yet to fully adapt to the current circumstance of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction …

World at Risk (December 2008) – Executive Summary

  • “Unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013.”

Interim Commission Report (10/21/09) – Assesses Progress in Preventing WMD Proliferation and Terrorism

  • The United States is failing to address its most urgent threat—biological proliferation and terrorism
  • The Commission cited a range of missteps on biosecurity that lead to its conclusion:
    • No senior-level advocate for biosecurity in the Administration
    • attempted funding “raids” on two critical biopreparedness programs
    • lack of appropriate disease surveillance.
  • One recent study from the intelligence community projected that a one- to two-kilogram release of anthrax spores from a crop duster plane could kill more Americans than died in World War II.
  • Clean-up and other economic costs could exceed $1.8 trillion.
  • Yet the nation’s level of preparedness for dealing with the threat of bioterrorism remains far lower than that of the nuclear threat.
    • The near-term biodefense goal of the United States should be to limit the consequences of a bioweapons attack.
    • The long-term goal should be to improve post-attack capabilities for rapid recognition, response, and recovery to a level that bioterrorism would no longer be considered a weapon of mass destruction.
  • These goals cannot be achieved without the proper investment today.

Report card to be issued in January 2010

In January 2010, the Commission will be releasing a report card grading the Administration and Congress on their progress in implementing the recommendations of the Commission.

read the entire article at … http://www.preventwmd.gov/the_clock_is_ticking_a_progress_report_on_americas_preparedness/

LMW COMMENT …

… to which I would add that the current lack of knowledge as to who carried out the 2001 anthrax attacks and how they did it is a serious impediment to mobilizing the resources we need to minimize our future risks from bio-terrorist attacks.

10 Responses to “* WMD Commission says U.S. preparedness for a bioterrorism attack is inadequate … perhaps if we knew what actually happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks we would have a better chance of preventing similar attacks in the future”

  1. DXer said

    How Washington, D.C. Is Preparing for the Next Terror Attack

    By Jeff Stein On 6/21/16 at 6:10 AM
    http://www.newsweek.com/2016/07/01/can-isis-take-down-washington-dc-472395.html

    “The specter of a biological or chemical attack, in not just Washington but many other big cities across the country, has haunted security officials since 1995, when the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult uncorked a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway that killed 10 people and injured 5,000. (The cult was also experimenting with weaponized botulinum and anthrax.) General Charles Krulak, the Marine Corps commandant, surveyed U.S. defenses and was alarmed to discover that not a single federal agency had a chemical and biological incident response unit, so he ordered the corps to set up its own. His fears were realized in October 2001, when anthrax-laced letters were sent to House and Senate office buildings and several media organizations. Capitol offices were evacuated, and Washingtonians, still terrorized by the 9/11 attacks, were frazzled once again.”

    The article also touches on the scenario — use of a small plane against particular DC government buildings — that moved me in December 2001 to take up Amerithrax.

    I don’t think that even Nikita would devote 15 years to saving Michael. I’m only now beginning to consider being diverted by the question whether Betsy Ross really sewed the first American flag. I figure that it may just be easier to let Dr. Ayman write the history.

    “Washington was still jittery from the 9/11 attacks in the late spring of 2002 when an unidentified small aircraft showed up on radar heading straight for CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, a few miles up the Potomac River from downtown D.C. “I was on the seventh floor. It was late on a Friday morning,” recalls Joseph Augustyn, then the CIA’s deputy associate director for homeland security. “Somebody runs in and says, ‘It’s at stall speed. It’ll be over headquarters in about eight minutes.’”

    Six months after Al-Qaeda hijackers flew airliners into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, officials were on high alert for another such attack, especially since it was only the brave passengers of United Flight 93 who had prevented a hijacked plane from using the National Mall as a big green glide path to fly into the Capitol Building. Washington, D.C., they figured, was Al-Qaeda’s unfinished business. The group had demonstrated its patience when it made sure it destroyed the World Trade Center the second time around, on 9/11. F-16s had been flying regular patrols over the city ever since.

    Now a plane was heading straight for the CIA, another symbol of American might. F-16s scrambled to look for it, Augustyn tells Newsweek, but they flew too fast and high to see it. The plane kept coming. “It went right over the agency,” he says of the previously unreported incident. Secret Service agents raced to small landing strips in Virginia, hoping to find the plane and its owner, but neither could be found. And to this day, Augustyn says, “nobody knows where it landed.” (The Federal Aviation Administration tells Newsweek it couldn’t find a record of the incident without a firmer date. The Secret Service did not respond by press time.)

    The “lesson learned,” Augustyn says, is that “you can’t send F-16s—you gotta send helicopters.””

  2. DXer said

    Q&A: Rep. Mike McCaul on ‘a whole new age of terrorism’

    Published: 21 April 2016 05:41 PM
    Updated: 21 April 2016 05:47 PM
    As chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Mike McCaul has a unique perspective on national security matters. In his new book,Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland — And How to Thwart Them, McCaul, who receives daily intelligence briefings, says the threats of dirty bombs and cyber warfare are more pressing than most Americans realize.

    ***

    “Where I disagree with the president is that he always likes to downplay the threat and say it’s not a threat to the homeland. The threat is real, and we need to identify it and deal with it, not run away from it.”

    Comment: Just as people should take precautions like wearing a life preserver, buckling your seatbelt, having smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and keeping fire extinguishers, people should prepare the emergency supplies recommended by the American Red Cross. Even apart from terrorism, natural emergencies do occur. You should be prepared not to only to safeguard loved ones, but if you are prepared and have relevant supplies, then you will be able to help others in your community.

  3. DXer said

    UN atomic chief warns on ‘nuclear terrorism’

    Simon Sturdee
    AFP
    March 25, 2016
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/un-atomic-chief-warns-nuclear-terrorism-134919251.html

    Comment:

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  4. DXer said

    Why Would ISIS Attack Our Subways With Gas When We Have All These Convenient Guns
    http://gawker.com/why-would-isis-attack-our-subways-with-gas-when-we-have-1766629836

    Sam Biddle
    Yesterday 1:51pm

    New York City Transit officials are planning to release inert gas and DNA particles into the subway system in order to study the effects of a terrorist bio-attack, the New York Post reports. This is a waste of time, because terrorists are much more likely to just kill us with guns….

    This would be a worthwhile study if there were any reason to expect such an attack from the Islamic State. But I hope our finest national security minds grasp that no such threat seriously exists. Unless you’ve been dropped into a Tom Clancy novel, PlayStation game, or the Tokyo subway system in 1995, there’s virtually no reason to expect to be gassed or exposed to some sort of pathogen-bomb the next time you ride the subway.

    Comment:

    Very uninformed article from the publication that brought us the Hulk Hogan sex tape. Some people don’t know dick.

    Will ISIS more likely simply use explosives or guns? Sure.

    But Mr. Biddle is going beyond making that point.

    I’ve interviewed the former Al Qaeda anthrax lab head and have read the studies done by William Patrick relating to anthrax and subways.

    The article is extremely uninformed. Any powderized — and it is easy to create a powder — just gets swept up in the airflow.

    In the 1950s, they used a broken lightbulb.

    Zawahiri vetoed a plan in 2003 or so for the subway using a mukhtar device (and cyanide) because he didn’t think it would be dramatic enough.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri
    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  5. DXer said

    Hazmat scare grips street near Fenway

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2015/09/hazmat_scare_grips_street_near_fenway

    What does Zam Zam say?

    • DXer said

      I believe Zam Zam India is the cigarette license at that location.

      Anwar Awlaki tells the Story of Zam Zam in his usual melodious tones. (I’m impervious to learning from such old books of any sort but I sure love the music).

      Abdul Majeed Madni/Munir Ibrahim Ahmed, a Saudi, set up a business in Karachi importing holy water from the well of Zam-Zam in his home country. Madni is alleged to have provided the funds to purchase the weapons used in the assassination attempt of Benazir Bhutto.

      https://books.google.com/books?id=IASlEi7rogIC&pg=PA102&lpg=PA102&dq=Qaeda+%22Zam+Zam%22&source=bl&ots=vMdDVfxXfR&sig=pP6AtpYk0vGm6jKPIXE-uZrd7ho&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCIQ6AEwBGoVChMI6r-xvJLqxwIVzBw-Ch35zATT#v=onepage&q=%20%22Zam%20Zam%22&f=false

      But were these chemicals just chemicals from, for example, a previous dry cleaning business at the location? (Arian Bros?) With a cyanide compound and an acid used to remove stains? Aafia Siddiqui always urged that she just kept cyanide in a perfume bottle on her person to doctor identity papers (remove stains).

      KSM’s nephew, when caught with the same cyanide, said the same thing.

      What were the chemicals? What does the owner say? Where does he say they were from? What does he say was their purpose?

      I would tend to buy a story that related to some previous owner’s legitimate use — where the new owner simply does not know what to do with them (where to take them for disposal without it costing an arm and a leg).

      But I’m also a sucker for a 99 cent coffee (regardless of size). So it will be interesting to hear the owner’s explanation. (I’m betting on a prior dry cleaner being at that location).

    • DXer said

      Fenway Hazmat Scare Blamed On Fish Oil Experiment
      September 9, 2015 10:27 AM
      http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/09/09/fenway-hazmat-evacuations-fish-oil/

      BOSTON (CBS) – Fire officials say cooking oils were behind a hazmat incident that forced the evacuation of buildings in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood Tuesday night. …

      On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department said a store owner was apparently letting a friend experiment with making fish oil supplements. Yeast, omega 3 acids and 55-gallon barrels of hydrogen chloride were found in the basement.

      Comment: Some reporter in a tweet had mentioned there was a fishy smell when the door opened so that makes sense.

  6. DXer said

    Former Florida Senator Bob Graham was Co-Chairman of the WMD Commission that concluded that Al Qaeda had progressed much further toward developing a particular biological weapon — named only as “Agent X” in the report– before the September 11 attacks. From my written correspondence with Al Qaeda lab director Yazid Sufaat, I believe that weapon was anthrax. Yazid Sufaat says he could perform “magic.”

    Former Senator Graham says the FBI is engaged in a cover-up of information relating to the investigation in the Sarasota area (that included Adnan Al-Shukrijumah).

    He says the 28 pages that the White House removed from the “Joint Inquiry” on 9/11 related to the connections of US-based Saudis. The 28 pages relate to the Saudi infrastructure that helped the two hijackers coming from the Kuala Lumpur condo of Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat get settled in the United Sstates.

    Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s father, a translator for the Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman was a Saudi missionary. (He was paid by the Saudi government).

    DXer says: Adnan El-Shukrijumah is the anthrax mailer … on or about 9/13/2001, he phoned from KSM’s house to tell his mom he was coming to the US
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 6, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/dxer-adnan-el-shukrijumah-is-the-anthrax-mailer-on-9132001-he-phoned-from-ksms-house-to-tell-his-mom-he-was-coming-to-the-us/

    Bob Graham says those who know what the people who have read the 28 pages know, like him, have the most difficulty sleeping at night.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/2005/03/31/al-qaeda-made-big-advances-in-agent-x/

    Al Qaeda Made Big Advances in ‘Agent X’
    Published March 31, 2005
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON – Al Qaeda (search) had progressed much further toward developing a particular biological weapon before the Sept. 11 attacks than the United States realized, the presidential commission investigating intelligence on weapons of mass destruction (search) found.

    The intelligence community was surprised by Al Qaeda’s advances in a virulent strain in the disease, identified by the commission only as “Agent X” (search) to prevent Al Qaeda from knowing what the U.S. government has learned.

    The discovery of Al Qaeda’s work came only after the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, the report says.

    “Al Qaeda’s biological program was further along, particularly with regard to Agent X, than pre-war intelligence indicated,” the report says. “The program was extensive, well-organized, and operated for two years before September 11, but intelligence insights into the program were limited.”

    It was not so advanced that Al Qaeda had a functioning weapon, the report says.

    Click here to check out FOXNews.com’s weapons of mass destruction handbook.

    U.S. officials have previously said they found signs of Al Qaeda’s work in anthrax (search) weapons in Afghanistan, but it was not clear if “Agent X” referred to anthrax. Other diseases that may be turned into weapons include smallpox, plague and ebola.

    The work on Agent X was done at several sites in Afghanistan, including two with commercial lab equipment. Some intelligence information suggests cultures of the disease had been isolated and basic production was possible, the report says, but notes this is uncertain information.

    U.S. assessments of Al Qaeda’s other efforts to acquire a weapon of mass destruction did not change substantially after U.S. and Afghan forces removed the Taliban from power after the Sept. 11 attacks, the report says. Al Qaeda was studying nuclear weapons and contacted Pakistani scientists to discuss nuclear weapons, it notes.

    “We found that just prior to the war in Afghanistan in 2001, the Intelligence Community was able to correctly assess Al Qaeda’s limited ability to use unconventional weapons to inflict mass casualties,” the report says. “Yet when the war uncovered new evidence of WMD efforts, analysts were surprised by the intentions and level of research and development underway by al-Qaida. Had this new information not been acquired, and had Al Qaeda been allowed to continue weapons development, a future intelligence failure could have been in the offing.”

    • DXer said

      Senator Graham went to Pakistan two weeks before 9/11 and met with the President of Pakistan and other leading officials.

      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/terrorism/july-dec01/congress_9-14.html

      SEN. BOB GRAHAM: I was in Pakistan two weeks ago, met with the President and other leading officials of that nation. They are in a very difficult situation. The Taliban started in Pakistan. There are parts of the Pakistani population that feel a strong affinity for the Taliban. Pakistan has been the United States ally for most of the period of the Cold War and was a major staging ground for our support in Afghanistan when we were attempting to eject the Soviet Union. I am optimistic that Pakistan will give us the kind of support such as for air over flights and maybe basing for some of our operations if, in fact, Afghanistan becomes a major target. I think this raises the issue that what we’re facing now is a turning of the page of America. We are going to have a different relationship with the world than we have had in the past. We are going to have to approach terrorism with a greater degree of coordination, both domestically and internationally. We are going to have to make an investment in areas that have been allowed to degrade, particularly our human intelligence, our spies, our technology of eavesdropping, and our ability to analyze the tremendous amount of information that we collect. These are all going to be challenges that this new era will require.

      Bob Graham was in charge of Congressional oversight. What possible justification could there be for not disclosing the lab that Pakistan government scientist Rauf Ahmad visited on behalf of Dr. Ayman Zawahiri on his quest to acquire virulent Ames?

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/from-dxer-infiltration-of-u-s-biodefense-zawahiris-correspondence-with-infiltrating-scientist-was-part-of-parallel-compartmentalized-cell-operation/

  7. DXer said

    Given that there are such widely views of the solution to Amerithrax, if and when the DOJ closes the case and additional information is released under FOIA, we could collectively promptly self-publish (at zero cost) a book containing 440 pages of the documents that collectively we deem most material. That way if the DOJ is relying on any misapprehensions — such as the official and mistaken suggestion that the stamp misprint occurred only at Dr. Ivins post office rather than across states — the busy reporters will immediately have ready access to the documentary evidence. It could perhaps be made to be fully viewable online.

    See, e.g.,

    PUBLIC PETS: GOOD ADVICE FOR EVERYDAY LIVING
    http://www.blurb.com/photo-book-contest/view_book/909779

    So keep at the ready the documentary evidence that you think contradicts (or if you like, supports) the DOJ’s Ivins Theory.

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