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

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* from DXer … infiltration of U.S. biodefense? … Ayman Zawahari’s plan to use anthrax against U.S. targets

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* is that the FBI’s entire case against Dr. Ivins? Only by charging a dead man and avoiding the need to prove their case in court could the FBI make their paper-thin allegation that Dr. Ivins was the sole perpetrator … or even involved at all

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Dr. Bruce Ivins

NPR interview of Dina Temple-Raston (2-19-10) …

NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston was tracking the story for us two years ago when Ivins first surfaced as the FBI’s main suspect, and she joins me now. Dina, the FBI says Ivins was their man a year and half ago. And now today they’re formerly closing the case. What exactly does it mean to close the case?

DINA TEMPLE-RASTON: Well, by formally closing the case, the FBI is no longer bound by grand jury secrecy requirements. So that means they can release a lot of the evidence that we didn’t get to see back in August of 2008 when the story broke.

SIEGEL: Well, does the new evidence that came out today, does it settle once and for all that Ivins did it?

TEMPLE-RASTON: Well, the fact that Ivins killed himself without a note before he was charged means that I think there will always be doubts in this case. But basically this is how the FBI lays out the case –

  • that the strain of anthrax that was used in the attacks was a strain that Ivins and only a handful of other people had access to.

NOTE: In the Amerithrax Investigative Summary, the FBI puts the number higher than even Ivins’ defenders.  They say over 350 had access.

  • And the FBI says that they’ve eliminated the other people as suspects.
  • Back during that timeframe in 2001, Ivins was spending a lot of long hours in the lab alone and there was no big project going on the lab in September 2001 that would’ve justified his time there.
  • And then Ivins explained the hours by saying he was having a difficult home life and was trying to get away from it.
  • But he kept changing his story, so it made the FBI sort of doubt that excuse.

SIEGEL: There were reports in 2008 of some disturbing emails that Ivins had sent.

TEMPLE-RASTON: Exactly. The last time they released some information about this,

  • the FBI released some emails that showed that he might have had some mental health issues,
  • talking about feeling like he was two people and not one.
  • He was stalking a co-worker. He was sending her presents and going to different cities to send them.
  • These were all things that worried the FBI because the anthrax mailings were actually mailed from various cities with fake addresses.

read the entire interview at … http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123898323

LMW COMMENT …

and here’s what the FBI is not telling us …

  • there is no physical evidence linking Dr. Ivins to the murders
  • there are no witnesses linking Dr. Ivins to the preparation or mailing of the attack anthrax
  • the timeline the FBI has proposed, for Ivins preparing the “weaponized” anthrax or going to Princeton to mail the letters, is impossible
  • the DNA science, at best, links Dr. Ivins to a beaker to which 350 other scientists may have had access

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CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein is a novel which answers the question

why did the FBI fail to solve the 2001 anthrax case?


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* from DXer … infiltration of U.S. Biodefense? … Zawahiri’s Correspondence With Infiltrating Scientist Was Part of Parallel Compartmentalized Cell Operation

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* CASE CLOSED … one fictional scenario to explain why the FBI has still failed to solve the anthrax case

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CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein is a novel which answers the question … why did the FBI fail to solve the 2001 anthrax case?


* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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Here’s what readers say about CASE CLOSED …

“CASE CLOSED is entirely too plausible and is 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? … Who did it? … why?” … and finally, why didn’t they tell us the truth?”

“Please tell me it’s not true!”

“As the facts develop, and the characters weigh in, CASE CLOSED becomes an engaging and thought provoking ride that you will want to stay on until you know the truth.”

“CASE CLOSED reads fast and well. It could have happened just the way the author said. Full of intrigue mixed in with almost current events. The real people are just behind the fictional ones.”

“Author Lew Weinstein does a terrific job telling this fictionalized account of an inter agency post-mortem investigation of the (real) failed FBI investigation.”

“An action/thriller that makes you think … The writing is sparse, driven by a plausible plot that allows the reader to think through the crime/mystery along with the protagonist.

“The whole Anthrax episode is unquestionably a dark moment in American history. But what makes it fascinating is how it was handled (or should I say mishandled) by the administration and the various agencies involved.

“Weinstein raises some very interesting and disturbing theories. CASE CLOSED is a great read, suspenseful and a real page turner. Please tell me it’s not true!”

“Lew’s  CASE CLOSED story is a quick read. In July 2008 a physician employee of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases dies. The FBI immediately not only declares the death a suicide, but also announces that the doctor had been their prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax murders by mail. “I don’t @#$%ing think so!” says the director of the nation’s Defense intelligence Agency (DIA) and a covert investigation of the FBI itself begins.”

“Is it really fiction? … The author states loud and clear that this book is fiction. But, anyone who has witnessed the last eight years of American history sees great similarities in the underhanded way the last Administration dealt with issues and the way this “fictional” Administration worked.”

“CASE CLOSED takes headline events and weaves a credible scenario around the anthrax scare and government departments working under the radar.”

“Lew Weinstein is a meticulous researcher and a determined storyteller. CASE CLOSED  will keep you up at night — reading, then worrying.”

“This scary scenario is as close to truth as fiction can come.”

“Responsible Americans who believe in holding our government accountable for its actions should read CASE CLOSED to be more informed of the facts of the case, regardless of whether they come to agree with the author’s theory. More investigation is needed.”

“You will not want to stop reading … Lew Weinstein addresses the 2001 anthrax case with the pen of a highly skilled investigator.”

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* from DXer … infiltration of U.S. Biodefense? … Co-inventors of the patent using silica in the culture medium and their Salafist-Jihadi colleague

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* Ivins’ coded message?

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* Congressman Rush Holt … the case against Ivins would not stand up in court

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AP … Congressman Holt, Ivins’ attorney Kemp comment on FBI’s closing of the 2001 anthrax case … they’re not happy!

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NOT PROVEN GUILTY

Dr. Bruce Ivins

DEVLIN BARRETT and PETE YOST, Associated Press Writers …

To the FBI’s critics, the mountain of new documents could not paper over what they say are glaring holes in the case.

  • “The evidence the FBI produced would not, I think, stand up in court,” said Rep. Rush Holt, a Democrat whose New Jersey district includes the Princeton mailbox used in the attacks. “But because their prime suspect is dead and they’re not going to court, they seem satisfied with barely a circumstantial case.”
  • Ivins’ lawyer, Paul Kemp, said he saw nothing new in the findings. “All they have confirmed is that they suspected him belatedly after finding out he had psychological problems,” he said. “Sadly, they substitute that for proof.”

Read the entire article at …

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100220/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_anthrax_investigation

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* Adam Behsudi wrote in the Frederick News-Post … Lew Weinstein’s novel CASE CLOSED and his CASE CLOSED blog have played a role in focusing needed attention on the shortcomings of FBI’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins

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CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein

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 takes headline events and weaves a credible scenario around the anthrax scare.”

“Lew Weinstein is a meticulous researcher and a determined storyteller.”

“This scary scenario is as close to truth as fiction can come.”

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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Adam Behsudi wrote in the Frederick News-Post …

  • For the past year, government officials have remained quiet on the case accusing Fort Detrick scientist Bruce Ivins of the deadly anthrax letter attacks.
  • Not so on the Internet, where a handful of people have turned Amerithrax into an ongoing discussion. Amerithrax is the Department of Justice’s name for the investigation of the anthrax attacks.
  • Beyond conspiracy theories and other fringe beliefs, bloggers have been filing Freedom of Information Act requests and working sources just as any experienced reporter would.
  • “I think it’s kept it alive. Its provided a place for reporters and others to go from time to time and look for facts and opinions,” said Lew Weinstein, who wrote a fictional novel based on the Amerithrax case titled “Case Closed.”
  • He maintains a blog with the same name, trying to debunk the FBI case against Ivins.
  • Weinstein, who splits his time between Key West, Fla., and Collioure, France, was once a congressional candidate, has business degrees from Princeton and Harvard and retired in 2005 as the CEO of a biomedical research organization.
  • “I am amazed at the level of scientific discourse that’s going on on my blog,” said Weinstein, who called from a side trip he was taking with his wife to Lithuania.
  • “This is not simply a crime story. There’s more to it than that,” he said.
  • Weinstein said the facts, or what he perceives as a lack thereof, infuriated him to the point of writing a book.

Read the entire article at … http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/archives/display_detail.htm?StoryID=99632

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* Dr. Meryl Nass … the FBI closed the case before the NAS reported its findings regarding the FBI’s anthrax science … why?

Posted by DXer on February 20, 2010

Anthrax Vaccine — posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

Friday, February 19, 2010

FBI: CASE CLOSED (and Ivins did it)

But FBI’s report was released on Friday afternoon… which means the FBI anticipated doubt and ridicule. And the National Academy of Science (NAS) is several months away from issuing its report on the microbial forensics, suggesting a) asking NAS to investigate the FBI’s science was just a charade to placate Congress, and/or b) NAS’ investigation might be uncovering things the FBI would prefer to bury, so FBI decided to preempt the NAS panel’s report.

http://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/2010/02/fbi-case-closed-and-ivins-did-it.html

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