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

Archive for February, 2010

* Amerithrax inventory control sheet … 3/17/98 to 10/4/01

Posted by DXer on February 25, 2010

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Amerithrax inventory control sheet … 3/17/98 to 10/4/01

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* from DXer … disposal of RMR-1029 anthrax waste at USAMRIID … no consistent method … could not be definitively identified … WOW

Posted by DXer on February 25, 2010

CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein

is the novel which answers the question …

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

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from DXer …

disposal of RMR-1029 anthrax waste at USAMRIID

… no consistent method

… could not be definitively identified

… WOW

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* Richard Bernstein … some of the F.B.I.’s arguments in support of their case against Dr. Bruce Ivins seem like “conclusions in search of arguments”

Posted by DXer on February 24, 2010

Richard Bernstein writes (in a letter to the NYT) …

  • Aerosol Science and Technology reported on an attempt by a group of scientists at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah … that to create anthrax in a dry aerosol form of the sort that can be dispersed through the air is a long and difficult process involving a lot of highly specialized machinery.
    • The point blows a large hole through the 92-page summary of the investigation released last week by the F.B.I. and the Justice Department.
    • “Note that the proprietary azeotropic drying technique and the pneumatic mill are both superspecialized pieces of equipment, neither of which is at Detrick,” the specialist in fine particles, Stuart Jacobsen, said in an e-mail message.
  • the F.B.I.’s entire case against Mr. Ivins is that he was able to manufacture the anthrax used in the attacks at his Fort Detrick lab, working late at night on the days before the actual anthrax mailings so nobody would see what he was doing.
    • But according to Jeffrey Adamovicz, Mr. Ivins’s supervisor at UAMRIID, the F.B.I.’s claim that Mr. Ivins rarely worked at night — and only did so in the days before the anthrax was mailed — is simply untrue.
  • But most important is the failure of the F.B.I. to demonstrate that the anthrax used in the attack was actually produced in Mr. Ivins’s lab at Fort Detrick, or even that it could have been produced there.
    • Mr. Adamovicz said in his e-mail message: “This is very strong evidence that a process more sophisticated than Bruce Ivins or USAMRIID possessed was used in making the spore preparations. I and others have calculated that it would take several weeks to months to grow the 5-10 grams of spores required for the letters using common lab protocols and laboratory capabilities present in USAMRIID for growing spores. The F.B.I. to date has provided no information on how this could be done.”
  • The point is not that Mr. Ivins wasn’t the anthrax mailer.
    • Perhaps he was.
    • But some of the F.B.I.’s arguments seem like conclusions in search of arguments,
    • while other aspects of the report — notably its failure to deal with the silicon question — are conspicuously incomplete.

Read the entire letter at … http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/25/us/25iht-letter.html?pagewanted=1

LMW COMMENT …

The weakness of the FBI’s case against Dr. Ivins raises the following questions:

  • Is that really all the evidence the FBI was able to put together after the most extensive investigation in their entire history?
  • If not, what else do they know and why are they not telling us?

My novel CASE CLOSED addresses these questions and provides answers, which while fictional, have struck many readers, including one member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, as quite plausible.

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* Dr. Bruce Ivins’ email … 10-4-01 … “I just heard this evening (and read over internet news) that a case of pulmonary anthrax may have been identified in Florida. Is this true, or is this just hysteria?”

Posted by DXer on February 23, 2010

CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein

is the novel which answers the question …

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

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does this sound like a guilty man to you?

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Dr. Bruce Ivins

Courtesy of DXer …

From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
To:
Subject: Florida case(?)
Date: Thursday, October 04, 2001 9:57:19 PM

Hi,

I just heard this evening (and read over internet news) that a case of pulmonary anthrax may have been identified in Florida.

Is this true, or is this just hysteria?

The only Florida strain of B. anthracis that I am familiar with is V770, which is the parent of V770-NP1-R, the strain used in production of the human anthrax vaccine.

The article said that this person was an “Outdoorsman,” and had drunk water from a creek in North Carolina.

I know that in the wild in Africa, animals are supposed to be able to get it from water holes by stirring up spores and presumably ingesting and possibly inhaling them as an aerosol. Could this have happened?

Please don’t hesitate to give me a call if there’s anything I can do.

We are currently testing the virulence (in immunized and unimmunized guinea pigs) of B. anthracis strains from all over the world, including China, and we’ve come up with some very interesting differences in virulence among the strains.

Take care of yourself,

Bruce

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* from DXer … FBI evidence ?!? … making something out of nothing to bolster a case that could never convict anyone who was actually alive and could thus defend himself

Posted by DXer on February 23, 2010

CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein

is the novel which answers the question …

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

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* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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FBI evidence ?!?

… making something out of nothing

to bolster a case that could never convict anyone

who was actually alive and could thus defend himself

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DXer points out … the DOJ Summary quotes Dr. Ivins’ 9/26/01 e-mail …

  • “I just heard tonight that the Bin Laden terrorists for sure have anthrax and sarin gas.”
  • The Summary argues that it was before the letters were sent and so he could not possibly have been parroting the letters.

That’s right.  He wasn’t parroting the letters.  He was just reporting on national news he heard that day — just like he says on the face of the email that DOJ has failed to produce.

  • Washington Times’ national security columnist had just reported on Bin Laden terrorists and  anthrax and sarin gas.
  • “Intelligence officials say classified analysis of the types of chemicals and toxins sought by al Qaeda indicate the group probably is trying to produce the nerve agent.  Sarin, or biological weapons made up of anthrax spores. Sarin can be produced from the components used to make fertilizer and kills by disrupting the central nervous system. Anthrax is a highly lethal biological weapon that causes death after spores are ingested.”
  • The AUSA in charge of Amerithrax was lambasted for deliberately mischaracterizing the evidence in a decision dismissing the indictments against the Blackwater defendants.
  • The DOJ took no steps to disclose the September 26, 2001 media report even after it was pointed out in August 2008 by blogger EmptyWheel and others.

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* from DXer … more FOIA materials not produced? a violation of the law? who is responsible for this?

Posted by DXer on February 23, 2010

CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein

is the novel which answers the question …

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

check out reader comments at amazon.com

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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more FOIA materials not produced?

a violation of the law?

who is responsible for this?

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from DXer …

  • Much of the evidence the FBI relies upon might not even be admissible.
  • The most central evidence one would want to consider would be the notations he made in his Lab Notebook 4010 on the dates the FBI alleges he was preparing the anthrax that killed 5 people.
  • His observations on the health of the animals he made in connection with the animal study he was working on.
  • Where has the DOJ provided those pages? They clearly are discoverable under FOIA.  They clearly are relevant.  Could someone identify for me where they are produced?
  • If they weren’t produced, it would be a game of hide-the-ball.

see related posts …

* about FOIA

* DXer … Why weren’t all of Dr. Ivins emails provided as required under the Freedom of Information Act?

* the withholding of information by various federal agencies has led to many complaints; here are examples of information withheld by the FBI, NAS, EPA and FAA.

* a few of the critical pieces of information the FBI/DOJ are still hiding in apparent violation of FOIA requirements to disclose

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* Frederick News-Post … FBI buries Ivins

Posted by DXer on February 23, 2010

CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein

is the novel which answers the question …

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

check out reader comments at amazon.com

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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Frederick News-Post

… FBI buries Ivins

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Frederick News-Post editorial (2-23-10) … Read the entire editorial at … http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/opinion/display_editorial.htm?StoryID=101642

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* Jeffrey Adamovicz … FBI offers little that is new … the evidence is circumstantial and unconvincing

Posted by DXer on February 23, 2010

CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein

is the novel which answers the question …

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

check out reader comments at amazon.com

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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Jeffrey Adamovicz

… FBI offers little that is new

… the evidence is circumstantial and unconvincing

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Megan Eckstein writes in the Frederick News-Post (2-23-10) … Read the entire article at … http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?storyID=101651

LMW COMMENT …

The FBI’s case against Dr. Ivins is bogus: no evidence, no witnesses, an impossible timeline. The real question is why the FBI persists in sticking to such a pathetic story. What are they hiding?

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* Antipolygraph.org provides a fascinating analysis of the FBI’s unsupported assertions regarding Dr. Bruce Ivins’ polygraph tests

Posted by DXer on February 23, 2010

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The FBI’s case against Dr. Ivins is clearly bogus: no evidence, no witnesses, an impossible timeline, science that proves innocence instead of guilt.

So what really happened? And why? The “fictional” scenario in my novel CASE CLOSED has been judged by many readers, including a highly respected official in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as perhaps more plausible than the FBI’s unproven assertions.

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Antipolygraph.org provides a fascinating analysis

of the FBI’s unsupported assertions

regarding Dr. Bruce Ivins’ polygraph tests

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Excerpts …

  • The DOJ maintains that Dr. Bruce Ivins, who in 2002 passed a polygraph test regarding the anthrax attacks, was the sole perpetrator.
  • In an investigative summary, the DOJ characterizes Ivins’ passing of the polygraph as part of an effort to “stay ahead of the investigation,” alleging (at p. 84, fn. 51) that he used countermeasures to fool the polygraph.
  • While FBI and DoD polygraphers claim that Ivins showed “classic” signs of countermeasure use, it should be noted that no polygraph operator has ever demonstrated the ability to detect polygraph countermeasures.
  • The question of whether an alleged biological terrorist fooled the polygraph is a crucial one for national security. The polygraph remains the centerpiece of America’s personnel security policy–despite the conclusion of the National Academy of Sciences that it’s junk science.
  • In addition, comments that Ivins allegedly made regarding his polygraph examination suggest that he really did not understand polygraph procedure.

For the entire fascinating analysis, click … https://antipolygraph.org/blog/?p=392

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* DXer … Why weren’t all of Dr. Ivins emails provided as required under the Freedom of Information Act?

Posted by DXer on February 22, 2010

Dr. Bruce Ivins

As he has many times before, DXer is demanding production of Dr. Ivins’ emails as required by law …

  • Why weren’t all of Dr. Ivins emails provided as required under the Freedom of Information Act?
  • If the Sunshine Act does not apply to the DOJ’s actions in this case, then the Obama Administration’s purported embracing of FOIA is insincere.
  • The memos written by Attorney General and President Obama in light of the DOJ’s withholding of Dr. Ivins’ emails — even to include the emails from mid-September to mid-October 2001 seem to have been just nice PR.
  • The DOJ, in light of its interference with USAMRIID’s FOIA production, apparently did not get the Attorney General’s memo.

in another comment, DXer said …

  • John Peterson at USAMEDD and Lt. Colonel Laurel at USAMRIID told the USAMRIID CO that 50 pages every time DXer made a fuss was quite enough.
  • Their approach, in close collaboration with DOJ/FBI has been to string out production over the past two years, thus preventing the relevant emails from being produced.

and another …

  • The USAMRIID CO’s acquiescence in the Lt. Col. Laurel’s and USAMEDD’s John Peterson foot-dragging on the production of Ivin’s post-911 emails should not continue.
  • They should be told to take the emails into a room, take a black magic marker to the proper nouns requiring b(6)(7) redaction and then leave them for someone to come and copy and upload by tomorrow.
  • You want timelines?  I could give you a timeline based on written correspondence showing a total abdication of the duty to comply with FOIA.  If Lew were handling the production, I think he would have them turned around in a day — not two years.
  • This glanders issue illustrates deliberate mischaracterization of the documentary evidence made possible only because the DOJ/FBI was allowed interfered with USAMRIID’s compliance with FOI.
  • The USAMMED officials with the relevant responsibility idly sat by and let it happen.

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CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein

is the 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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