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

* Our apparent lack of preparedness for a biological attack makes it all the more important that the anthrax attack of 2001 be definitively solved

Posted by DXer on January 26, 2010

CASE CLOSED is a novel which answers the question … Why did the FBI fail to solve the 2001 anthrax case?

Here’s what readers say about CASE CLOSED …

“CASE CLOSED is entirely too plausible”
“it’s probably just the tip of the iceberg on what else was covered up.”
“Fiction?? Maybe?? But I don’t think so!!”
“More likely an excellent interpretation of what may have really happened.”
“CASE CLOSED is a must read for anyone who wondered what really happened?


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Our apparent lack of preparedness

for a biological attack

makes it all the more important

that the anthrax attack of 2001

be definitively solved

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Joby Warrick writes in the Washington Post  (1-26-10) …

  • More than eight years after the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, the United States is still unprepared to respond to a majorbiological terror attack, a congressionally appointed commission said Tuesday.
  • The report gave the White House and Congress “F” grades for
    • failing to build a rapid-response capability for dealing with bioterror threats,
    • or providing adequate oversight over security and intelligence agencies.
  • “Each of the last three administrations has been slow to recognize and respond to the biothreat,” said former senator Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who co-chaired the panel along with former senator Jim Talent (R-Mo.).
  • “But we no longer have the luxury of a slow learning curve, when we know al-Qaeda is interested in bioweapons.”
  • The panel gave “A” grades for
    • government programs that secured dangerous viruses and bacteria,
    • and for the Obama administration’s reorganization of the National Security Council to better deal with threats related to weapons of mass destruction.

Read the entire article at … http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/26/AR2010012601265.html?hpid=topnews

LMW COMMENT …

Our apparent lack of preparedness for a biological attack makes it all the more important that the anthrax attack of 2001 be definitively solved. The FBI has clearly not told us enough for us to believe they have solved the case. Either they haven’t solved the case or they are hiding the truth. Which is worse?

9 Responses to “* Our apparent lack of preparedness for a biological attack makes it all the more important that the anthrax attack of 2001 be definitively solved”

  1. DXer said

    A NATIONAL BLUEPRINT FOR BIODEFENSE: LEADERSHIP AND MAJOR REFORM NEEDED TO OPTIMIZE EFFORTS
    BIPARTISAN REPORT OF THE BLUE RIBBON STUDY PANEL ON BIODEFENSE
    October 2015

    Click to access 1425-2139_BRSP_Report_100815b%5b1%5d%5b6%5d.pdf

    “Poor biosecurity also increases the biological threat.24 Even our highest level government laboratories have fallen short in this regard. For example, in 2001, anthrax was illicitly removed from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute on Infectious Disease and used in the perpetration of the anthrax attacks that year. Decades-old vials of smallpox virus were found in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) freezer on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland in 2014, even though previous searches had been conducted in order to fulfill the requirement that all remaining U.S. stocks be consolidated at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).25 Major mishaps at the CDC that same year resulted in investigations, inspections, congressional hearings, and closure of certain laboratories that tested for suspected bioterrorist agents.26 Exacerbating the problem was that these breaches of biosecurity resulted in the temporary (yet extended) restriction of laboratory activities and closure of laboratories that perform critical testing and research necessary to meet and reduce the biological threat – leaving the Nation with diminished capability to secure itself.”

  2. DXer said

    US wrapping up case against Pakistani scientist
    The Associated Press
    Monday, February 1, 2010; 9:15 AM

    NEW YORK — Manhattan prosecutors are wrapping up their attempted murder case against a U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist charged with trying to kill Americans in Afghanistan.

    Closing arguments are expected Monday at the trial of Aafia Siddiqui (ah-FEE’-uh sih-DEE’-kee). She calls the allegations “ridiculous.”

    Federal prosecutors say Siddiqui picked up an unattended U.S. military assault rifle at an Afghanistan police station on July 18, 2008. She allegedly fired two rounds at FBI agents and U.S. Army soldiers. Authorities say she missed and was wounded by return fire.

    Prosecutors say that when she was arrested, she was carrying instructions for a dirty bomb and a list of New York City landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty.

    Authorities describe Siddiqui as an al-Qaida supporter. However, she is not facing terrorism charges.

    Comment: Is the criminal docket online somewhere? (other than PACER) With key documents hyperlinked? It would be nice to see some of the exhibits (to include her grad school transcript).

  3. DXer said

    Someone should upload the numerous civil depositions from the Hatfill case before Monday morning.

  4. DXer said

    Anthrax drug deaths rise to nine

    BBC News – ‎1 hour ago‎
    The number of drug addicts who have died in Scotland after being infected with anthrax has risen to nine. Health Protection Scotland said tests had …

  5. DXer said

    DIA Defense Intelligence Agency Info Video

  6. DXer said

    Lawyers seek to silence al Qaida-linked scientist

    By LARRY NEUMEISTER
    The Associated Press
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010; 4:16 PM

    NEW YORK — Lawyers for a Pakistani scientist accused of shooting at U.S. Army personnel in Afghanistan have asked a judge to stop her from testifying because she suffers from “diminished capacity.”

    Lawyers for Aafia Siddiqui (ah-FEE’-uh sih-DEE’-kee) said Tuesday that the 37-year-old Pakistani scientist should not be allowed to testify when the defense case begins Wednesday.

    Authorities describe Siddiqui as an al-Qaida supporter and say she tried to kill FBI and Army officers in Afghanistan in 2008. Siddiqui has insisted the U.S. justice system is unfair and says she is boycotting her trial.

    She also says she wants to testify before the jury in federal court in Manhattan. She is charged with attempted murder.

    • DXer said

      Government: Let al-Qaida-linked scientist testify

      By TOM HAYS
      The Associated Press
      Wednesday, January 27, 2010; 6:30 PM

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      In a letter to the judge, prosecutors said Siddiqui had done nothing to forfeit her “fundamental right” to testify in her own defense.

      “Her more recent outbursts during this trial are neither irrational or delusional, as the defense suggests, but are instead opportunistic and calculated,” the letter said. “The defendant is an articulate, well-educated, sophisticated person who understands completely the proceedings against her.”

      The judge, who has previously ruled that Siddiqui was competent to stand trial, was expected to decide whether she can testify Thursday before the defense winds down its case. Closing arguments could come as early as Friday.

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