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

* 2001 Anthrax case to be closed today … will we learn anything to convince us the FBI has actually solved the case?

Posted by DXer on February 19, 2010

Dr. Bruce ivins

Adam Behsudi, Frederick News-Post, writes (2-19-10) …

  • The FBI is expected to issue a final report today on its six-year investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, according to the attorney representing former Frederick resident Bruce Ivins.
  • “The U.S. Attorney called me and said they would close the case today,” said Rockville attorney Paul Kemp.

read the entire article at … http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/displayBreaking.htm?StoryID=101535

LMW COMMENT …

We can only hope that the FBI provides more information to support their assertion that Dr. Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks, or presents some other theory of the case which involves other people.

If so, we can evaluate what the FBI says with an open mind.

But … if the FBI offers no more than they have to date, this will continue to have all the appearances of a travesty of justice and a cover-up of the worst bio-terrorism event in the history of the U.S.

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12 Responses to “* 2001 Anthrax case to be closed today … will we learn anything to convince us the FBI has actually solved the case?”

  1. Since we are writing about * 2001 Anthrax case to be closed today … will we learn anything to convince us the FBI has actually solved the case? CASE CLOSED … what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks?, The prospect that a law may be disregarded in favour of some higher sense of morality doesn’t conform in reality, considering the potential implications of consistently disregarding law on the grounds of the subjective concept of justice.

  2. DXer said

    Below is Dr. Ivins description of the visit by Tarek Hamouda, a former Zawahiri associate, to USAMRIID to work with virulent Ames with Dr. Ivins.

    02/17/2005

    IVINS advised prior to May 1998 he was contacted by ______________________ from the University of Michigan Medical Center who was ______________ of a _________________________. IVINS advised _____ wished to collaborate with IVINS in order to test the effectiveness of a new anti-sporicidal material against anthrax spores. IVINS further advised _________ had numerous _______ had numerous visits to USAMRIID, however, “never accessed the B3 suite.”
    IVINS sent advised _______ sent _____________________________ both from the University of Michigan, to conduct experiments. IVINS advised ______________ underwent safety training and provided the required documentation of their shot records. IVINS advised when ___________ showed up at USAMRIID, USAMRIID personnel realized __________ was not a U.S. citizen. IVINS advised, during May 1999 time period, a email request for approval was all that was required for “green card holders” to visit USAMRIID. IVINS further advised _____________ provided approval for _________.
    ________ interjected and advised “the request for _______ to visit USAMRIID did not come from command it came from [IVINS].” _______ further advised “this is different from which I had previously told [the interviewing Postal Inspector and SA].”
    IVINS advised _______ had contacted IVINS and _______ and ___________ were to come to USAMRIID and conduct the research on the collaboration project.
    IVINS advised ___________________ worked with the Ames strain of Bacillus anthracis (Ba) in the BL-3 laboratory” for three or four days in May 1998. IVINS further advised ________ and _________ were never left alone in the BL-3 laboratory and either IVINS or ____________ were with _______________________.
    IVINS advised he does not recall whether or not _____ and ________ had their own access into the B3 suite or whether someone had to let them in. IVINS further advised interviewing Postal Inspector and SA to check USAMRIID key card entries. [Note: records only existed August 2008 —>]
    IVINS advised that he was not impressed their scientific techniques. IVINS further advised _________________ were “at each others throats.” IVINS advised _________ was “a jerk” and had problem with everyone to include ________.
    IVINS advised he referred to _______ as _______ because IVINS observed a thick patch of hair on the small of _______ back while they were “showering out.”
    IVINS agreed to contact the interviewing the Postal Inspector and SA should he recall any additional pertinent information.”

    Dr. Hamouda and I have a common acquaintance — Dr. Hamouda’s lifelong friend from childhood and medical school, Tarek Hamid. I have tremendous admiration for Dr. Hamid. Dr. Hamid was recruited by Ayman Zawahiri into the Egyptian Islamic Jihad in a room set aside for the purpose. Dr. Hamid withdrew when they wanted him to participate in the burying of a security officer alive near the mosque and he got queasy. He tells me that he called Dr. Hamouda about patents before 9/11 and Dr. Hamouda said it was all in the marketing. He now advances a “can’t we all get along” message.

    Now it’s nice that the FBI is getting around to asking the relevant questions in February 2005. But why weren’t they asked in 2001?

    I asked Dr. Hamouda which of the 250 Vanguards of Conquest members prosecuted in Cairo in 1993-1994 as he was finishing up his PhD and he did not respond.

    He had lived in Cairo the preceding 10 years where his wife was on the dental faculty. He had graduated from medical school in December 2002 at the heyday of the aftermath of the Sadat assassination. Given that Ayman Zawahiri said he would use anthrax to mail to retaliate for the rendering of senior EIJ leaders, and the announcement at the same time as pharmacology professor Heba Zawahiri’s brother was rendered ( a key EIJ official), it is ridiculous that the FBI was only getting around to asking these questions in 2005.

  3. A S Chesnick said

    The FBI timeline for SEPT 17 2001 is all wrong.

    There is no way anyone could make the trip from Frederick Maryland to Princeton xerox the letters and package/ mail them then return to Frederick within 6 hours.
    These are some of the densest traffic areas in the United States along I-95.
    I doubt if Dr.Ivins could have gone to downtown Baltimore and back to Frederick in the time allotted in the FBI press release.

  4. The chart of hours from previous years may prove too much. Suppose it takes a couple weeks or more to grow the anthrax and also it takes a lot of time.

    Suppose Ivins did that prior to 9/11/2001. Suppose Ivins kept it in solution and then dried it in Sep and Oct 2001. Then he had to have a lot of prior time to grow the anthrax.

    The charts show he had very little time at night in the lab. So he didn’t have prior time in the lab to grow the anthrax. Which means he did it in the off hours in 2001. But that doesn’t give enough time according to the paper released in 2004 on subtilis growing.

  5. Anonymous Scientist said

    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/February/10-nsd-166.html

    Department of Justice
    Office of Public Affairs
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, February 19, 2010
    Justice Department and FBI Announce Formal Conclusion of Investigation into 2001 Anthrax Attacks
    The Justice Department, FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service today announced that the investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, which killed five individuals and sickened 17 others, has formally concluded.

    Earlier today, representatives of the FBI and Justice Department provided a 92-page investigative summary along with attachments to victims of the attacks, relatives of the victims and appropriate committees of Congress. This document sets forth a summary of the evidence developed in the “Amerithrax” investigation, the largest investigation into a bio-weapons attack in U.S. history. As disclosed previously, the Amerithrax investigation found that the late Dr. Bruce Ivins acted alone in planning and executing these attacks.

    The investigative summary and the attachments are now accessible to the public and have been posted to the Justice Department Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/amerithrax under the Freedom of Information Act. In addition, roughly 2,700 pages of FBI documents related to the Amerithrax case are now accessible to the public and have been posted to the FBI website at http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/amerithrax.htm under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The Amerithrax Task Force, which was comprised of roughly 25 to 30 full-time investigators from the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and other law enforcement agencies, as well as federal prosecutors from the District of Columbia and the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section, expended hundreds of thousands of investigator work hours on this case. Their investigative efforts involved more than 10,000 witness interviews on six different continents, the execution of 80 searches and the recovery of more than 6,000 items of potential evidence during the course of the investigation. The case involved the issuance of more than 5,750 grand jury subpoenas and the collection of 5,730 environmental samples from 60 site

    • Anonymous Scientist said

      In reading the summary released by the DOJ there is nothing new here. Just more innuendo piled up on top of innuendo.

      • BugMaster said

        Well, at least all the FBI’s cards are on the table. Appears to be less than a winning hand.

        They didn’t have an ace up their sleeve after all.

  6. Anonymous Scientist said

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/6875359.html

    WASHINGTON — The FBI has decided with finality that a government researcher acted alone in the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings and is closing its long-running investigation, a person familiar with the case said Friday.

    The anthrax letters were sent to lawmakers and news organizations as the nation reeled in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

    The person informed of the decision to close the case was not authorized to speak about it before an official announcement expected later Friday, and therefore spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The anthrax case was one of the most vexing and costly investigations in U.S. history until officials announced in 2008 that the lone suspect was Dr. Bruce Ivins, who killed himself as authorities prepared to indict him. The move Friday seals that preliminary investigative conclusion.

    Investigators had been on the verge of closing the case last year but government lawyers decided to conduct a further review of what evidence could be shared with the public, according to several people familiar with the case.

    Officials were hesitant about releasing some information because of concerns about violating privacy rights and grand jury secrecy, said those familiar with the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations.

    Laced with anthrax, the letters were sent with childish, blocky handwriting and chilling scientific expertise.

    The spores killed five people: Two postal workers in Washington, D.C., a New York City hospital worker, a Florida photo editor and a 94-year-old Connecticut woman who had no known contact with any of the poisoned letters. Seventeen other people were sickened.

    For years, the FBI chased leads.

    Authorities tried to build a case against biowarfare expert Steven Hatfill, but ultimately had to pay him a multimillion-dollar settlement.

    Then, last year, they announced that the mystery had been solved, but the suspect was dead.

    Authorities said that in the days before the mailings, Ivins had logged unusual hours alone in his lab at the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. They also say he threw investigators off his trail by supplying false leads as he ostensibly tried to help them find the killer.

    As the FBI closed in on Ivins last summer, the 62-year-old microbiologist took a fatal overdose of Tylenol, dying on July 29, 2008. After Ivins’ suicide, FBI Director Robert Mueller said the investigation found Ivins was the culprit, and prosecutors said they were confident he acted alone.

    Skeptics — including prominent lawmakers — pointed to the bureau’s long, misguided pursuit of Hatfill, and noted there was no evidence suggesting Ivins was ever in New Jersey when the letters were mailed there.

    At the urging of lawmakers, the National Academy of Sciences has launched a formal review of the FBI’s scientific methods in tracing the particular strain of anthrax used in the mailings to samples Ivins had at his Fort Detrick lab

    • The FBI will want to broaden that mandate to cover the entire case so that they will be vindicated. They will also want to release all the pending FOIA requests so that they will be vindicated. They will also want to release the video of their duplication of Ivins lab showing how he prepared it and was not noticed. This is a day of vindication for the FBI. That is why they are releasing it late Friday afternoon the vindication spot.

      • Anonymous Scientist said

        I have a feeling they will release just more of the same – innuendo built on innuendo. But we shall see in the next 1-2 hours.

        • Drats. I was hoping that Vahid would come out and say that a little old lady from Leningrad could put silicon in the anthrax with an ordinary test tube and he would have the little old lady there showing how she did it with subtilis.

  7. Anonymous Scientist said

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/02/fbi_expected_to_close_anthrax.html

    FBI Expected To Close Anthrax Investigation Today, NPR Reports
    12:45 pm

    February 19, 2010

    By David Gura

    Sources familiar with the investigation of the 2001 anthrax mailings, sent to lawmakers and news organizations just weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, have told NPR counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston that the FBI will announce that it has closed the case later today, nine years after the Bureau’s investigation began.

    The FBI says it has evidence that it believes proves — beyond a shadow of a doubt — that Bruce Ivins, a scientist who worked on an anthrax vaccine for the Army, was behind the attack, acting alone, Temple-Raston reports.

    Five people died and seventeen others were sickened in the attack.

    The anthrax case went through a number of twists and turns before officials announced that they believed Ivins was behind it, in 2008.

    Ivins, who was one of only a handful of people who had access to the particular supply of anthrax that officials believe was used in the 2001 attacks, killed himself just as authorities were preparing to indict him.

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