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

Archive for January, 2010

* FBI anthrax investigation … statements from DOJ & FBI regarding the FBI’s anthrax science

Posted by DXer on January 10, 2010

thanks to Anonymous Scientist for these materials …

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DOJ Science Anthrax Press Conference – 8-18-08

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FBI Assistant Director Dr. Vahid Majidi – science of the anthrax investigation – 8-18-08

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FBI Assistant Director Hassell – statement to NAS 7-30-09

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Fraser-Liggett et al – The Genomics Behind the Amerithrax Investigation ***

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*** Anonymous Scientist comments … Slide 31 of the Fraser-Liggett presentation shows a picture of the Fermentor at Dugway and a batch of flasks at Detrick. It states that 12 X 10 liter runs were performed at Dugway and 22 flask preparations at Detrick to finally concentrate down to a 1 liter flask of RMR-1029.

RMR-1029 basically consisted of 30 grams of spores in 1 liter of water. Obviously enormous resources were used to produce it.  If we assume that at least 10 grams of spores were needed for the letters (you would lose powder at every step) – it shows the impossibility of this being done by Ivins over a few evenings alone.

Fraser-Liggett slide #31

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

Here’s the (fictional) DIA Director giving the charge to his team re-investigating the FBI anthrax investigation …

“Those FBI bastards hounded a Defense Department employee until he committed suicide, if it was suicide. After seven years the FBI hasn’t come close to making a case that could convict the lowest grade criminal, let alone an internationally respected scientist. And they think they can say ‘case closed’ and sweep their incompetent investigation under the rug?”

“I’ve already spoken to Secretary Morgan,” General Drysdale continued. “The Secretary agrees that the Defense Department is taking an unwarranted hit from the FBI, and we don’t know why. At my request, the Secretary has authorized us to find out what really happened.

“You’re the team I’ve selected. You’re authorized to go where you need to go, ask what you need to know. You’ll have whatever resources are necessary.

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* anthrax slides … Joseph Michael & Paul Kotula

Posted by DXer on January 10, 2010

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go to … http://lewweinsteinauthorblog.com/

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Click here to download 41 slides … >>

Michael – Kotula Anthrax Slides

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* DXer … Keith Olbermann, who has strongly questioned the FBI’s “Ivins did it all” conclusion about the 2001 anthrax attacks, needs to talk more with his frequent guest Jonathan Turley about Turley’s client Al-Timimi

Posted by DXer on January 8, 2010

CASE CLOSED is a novel which answers the question … Why did the FBI fail to solve the 2001 anthrax case? Here’s an early discussion by the (fictional) DIA team investigating the FBI anthrax investigation …

“Let’s start with the assumption the Bureau is not dumb,” Sowickey began. “So that can’t be the excuse for the lamebrain way they conducted this supposedly high priority investigation. Nor can it explain the way they failed to establish links between pieces of information they clearly had. Nor why they hinted for years that Farmer was the perp and then gave him $5.8 mil to go away. There was, by the way, even less evidence implicating Dr. Farmer than there was on Dr. Ingram, which is close to nothing … after seven years.”

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Keith Olbermann needs to talk more

with his frequent guest Jonathan Turley

about Turley’s client Al-Timimi

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Below are extracts from DXer’s comment, which can be found in full appended to the post … * it’s well past time for the Congress and President Obama to insist that the FBI tell the truth about the 2001 anthrax attacks

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Before it becomes any more fashionable to bash the FBI and CIA, let’s step back and consider that the media pundits are no more astute.  They are just free to level charges that the FBI is not in a position to rebut.

Let’s take the example of Keith Olbermann’s commentary.  His influence in opposing an Ivins Theory cannot be disputed and yet he does not have time to do necessary reading or analysis.

  • Relying on an unnamed DOJ source who was a key part of the failure to successfully resolve Amerithrax, Mr. Olbermann attacked the Bush Administration for pressing the FBI for proof that the anthrax mailings were the result of a suspected sleeper cell. Andrew Card knew precisely the priorities given that the POI was his former assistant.
  • In contrast to relying on a self-interested former DOJ official who was involved in a major CYA exercise, Keith should have turned to the pertinent facts in an on-the-record interview of his frequent legal commentator, Professor Turley, who is Al-Timimi’s defense counsel and a frequent guest on both the Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann show.

Olbermann has never discussed that in a filing unsealed in United States v. Al-Timimi,  Dr. Ali Al-Timimi’s lawyer, Professor and MSNBC commentator Jonathan Turley,  explained that his client “was considered an anthrax weapons suspect.”  Al-Timimi was a computational biologist who came to have an office 15 feet from the leading anthrax scientist and the former deputy commander of USAMRIID.   A motion filed in early August 2008 seeking to unseal additional information in federal district court was  denied.  The ongoing proceedings are highly classified.

Dr. Al-Timimi’s counsel summarizes … “we know Dr. Al-Timimi …

  • was interviewed in 1994 by the FBI and Secret Service regarding his ties to the perpetrators of the first World Trade Center bombing;
  • was referenced in the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (“Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US”) as one of seventy individuals regarding whom the FBI is conducting full field investigations on a national basis;
  • was described to his brother by the FBI within days of the 9-11 attacks as an immediate suspect in the Al Qaeda conspiracy;
  • was contacted by the FBI only nine days after 9-11 and asked about the attacks and its perpetrators;
  • was considered an anthrax weapons suspect;
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  • was described during his trial by FBI agent John Wyman as having “extensive ties” with the “broader  al-Qaeda network”;
  • was  described in the indictment and superseding indictment as being associated with terrorists seeking harm to the United States;
  • was a participant in dozens of international overseas calls to individuals known to have been under suspicion of Al-Qaeda ties like Al-Hawali; and
  • was associated with the long investigation of the Virginia Jihad Group.

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from a later DXer comment …

Professor Turley appears regularly on both the Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman’s show.  His views on torture are the subject of full-length interviews and yet he is nowhere ever asked about anthrax.  If there is a mass anthrax attack on the United States, what will have been Professor Turley’s role at the level of morality?

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* it’s well past time for the Congress and President Obama to insist that the FBI tell the truth about the 2001 anthrax attacks

Posted by DXer on January 6, 2010

CASE CLOSED is a novel which answers the question … Why did the FBI fail to solve the 2001 anthrax case? Here’s an early discussion by the (fictional) DIA team investigating the FBI anthrax investigation …

“Let’s start with the assumption the Bureau is not dumb,” Sowickey began. “So that can’t be the excuse for the lamebrain way they conducted this supposedly high priority investigation. Nor can it explain the way they failed to establish links between pieces of information they clearly had. Nor why they hinted for years that Farmer was the perp and then gave him $5.8 mil to go away. There was, by the way, even less evidence implicating Dr. Farmer than there was on Dr. Ingram, which is close to nothing … after seven years.”

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it’s well past time for the Congress and President Obama

to insist that the FBI tell the truth

about the 2001 anthrax attacks

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DXer comments …

FBI Director Mueller

  • Didn’t FBI Director Mueller’s well-intentioned order compartmentalizing the Task Force not merely prevent the “connecting the dots” but also exercising such personal responsibility?
  • An early internal FBI memo talked about how only creative and self-starting investigators should be assigned to Amerithrax.  But lead Investigator Lambert appears to have been right in objecting in a written memo to Director Mueller’s order of compartmentalization.
  • Director Mueller strikes me as a stand-up and very smart guy who, despite his numerous and overwhelming responsibilities, will do all he can to reach a successful and correct Amerithrax resolution — despite the obstacles.   He no doubt understands that dozens of scientists, attorneys, intelligence analysts, and prosecutors have cast serious skepticism about the FBI’s characterization of its evidence against Dr. Ivins.  The validation of the science by the NAS is an irrelevant sideshow given the nature of the gaps in the evidence presented thus far by the FBI.
  • Their characterization of the proof of Ivins’ guilt profoundly undermined the public’s confidence.  It is as if the investigators and officials were motivated by a fear of being sued for Dr. Ivins’ death.
  • There is something worse than being sued. That’s getting the Crime of the Century wrong — when a threatened aerosol attack of a major city using anthrax may be at stake.

Anonymous Scientist comments …

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

  • I think the situation for the FBI/DOJ is very complex. They were clearly hoping that the Taylor/Persichini presentation of August 2008 was not going to met with such skepticism from elected officials, scientists, the media and the public.
  • Since August 2009, their position has gotten worse – there is even more skepticism as the details of the science are looked at deeply – the impossibility of one person making the spores, one person creating the powder, presence of silicon etc.
  • If it were not for the huge skepticism, unusually bipartisan with high-profile senators even openly accusing the FBI of a cover-up, the case would likely have been closed last year.
  • But it wasn’t. It’s very interesting that the two likely main architects of the “Ivins dead-man” resolution to Amerithrax are the DOJ’s Jeffrey Taylor and the FBI’s Washington DC head Joseph Persichini. These guys seem to be at the heart of the joint DOJ/FBI decision to accuse Ivins. They staked their reputations on it – and you would think they would have been keen to formally close the case. Clearly something happened to ensure that the case was not closed in a timely manner (of course we’ve heard the usual feeble excuses like “tying up loose ends” etc. – but clearly something major happened.
  • Taylor resigned in May of last year – about 2 months before the supposed July 24 2009 date for closing the case (which never happened). Persichini was removed from his position has FBI DC head in December 2009 (purportedly for cheating at an exam).
  • Thus the two architects of the “Ivins dead man” resolution are no longer there. So what will happen now with closing the case? Will Taylor and Persichini’s replacements embrace the “Ivins dead man” resolution? How could anybody in good conscience buy into this?
  • More importantly, what does Mueller do? Let’s start with the premise that if the DOJ/FBI are forced to change their minds that Ivins did it alone – that Mueller could not survive and would have to resign. Surely there could be no other path left for Mueller if that turns out to be the case.
  • With this premise in mind, Mueller’s future tenure may be at stake on the entire Amerithrax resolution. Will Mueller gamble that some new narrative that Ivins acted alone be bought by the same senators, scientists, media and public that are today so skeptical. Or will he feel this is too much of a gamble and would only make him and the FBI look worse if they try it?
  • On the other hand if the FBI change their mind about Ivins acting alone – isn’t that still enough to force Mueller to resign?
  • Is the above the reason why nothing is happening?
  • Because any outcome has a bad ending?

LMW COMMENT …

Either the FBI

  • has in fact solved the 2001 anthrax case and is covering up the real perpetrators by putting forth its pathetic “Ivins did it all” theory,
  • or they didn’t solve the case and are using the “Ivins did it all” theory to cover their own failure.

Which is worse?

And isn’t it well past time for the Congress and President Obama to insist that the FBI tell the American people the truth?

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