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

Archive for March 4th, 2010

* and then there were three … Congressman Nadler joins Holt and Bartlett in calling for Congressional review of the failed FBI anthrax investigation … waiting for Senators Grassley and Specter

Posted by DXer on March 4, 2010

 

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Congressmen Bartlett, Holt & Nadler

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and then there were three …

Congressman Nadler joins Holt and Bartlett

in calling for Congressional review

of the failed FBI anthrax investigation

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Senators Grassley & Specter

now where are Senators Charles Grassley and Arlen Specter,

who have in the past expressed strong doubts

about the FBI’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins

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Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, reiterated his call for an independent investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks which killed five people and sickened 17.

He issued the following statement:

  • “Despite the FBI’s assertion that the case of the anthrax attacks is closed, there are still many troubling questions.
  • For example, in a 2008 Judiciary Committee hearing, I asked FBI Director Robert Mueller whether Bruce Ivins was capable of producing the weaponized anthrax that was used in the attacks.
  • To this day, it is still far from clear that Mr. Ivins had either the know-how or access to the equipment needed to produce the material.
  • Because the FBI has not sufficiently answered such questions, I join Congressman Holt in urging an independent investigation of the case.”

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* FBI & DOJ slam the door: you cannot have Dr. Bruce Ivins’ Lab Notebook containing Ivins’ handwritten notes about what he was doing on the dates the DOJ speculates he was preparing powderized anthrax for mailing

Posted by DXer on March 4, 2010

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The New York Times says the FBI’s anthrax case has “too many loose ends.” Find out where some of those looses ends might have originated in my novel CASE CLOSED. Sure it’s fiction, but many readers, including a highly respected member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, think my premise is actually “quite plausible.”

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you cannot have Dr. Bruce Ivins’ Lab Notebook 4010

containing Ivins’ handwritten notes

about what he was doing on the dates the DOJ speculates

he was preparing powderized anthrax for mailing

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Dr. Bruce Ivins

DXer sent a letter to Assistant US Attorney Rachel Lieber …

Could you have DOJ upload the contemporaneous handwritten passages in Lab Notebook 4010 detailing his observations on the health of the animals?  I don’t understand why they were not provided.

the response from Ben Friedman, Public Information Officer, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia …

AUSA Lieber forwarded your e-mail to me for response.  Although I appreciate your interest in the Amerithrax case, we are unable to respond to specific requests for investigative information, beyond what was released in the lengthy Investigative Summary that was already released to the public.

DXer is not happy …

DXer suggests that a lawyer who won’t provide the underlying documents he or she characterizes is playing hide-the-ball, a game unworthy of the United States Department of Justice.

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* anonymous scientist says: it looks like Rep Holt’s office knows something about the weaknesses in the FBI’s anthrax case … he’s put his reputation on the line

Posted by DXer on March 4, 2010

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The New York Times says the FBI’s anthrax case has “too many loose ends.” Find out where some of those looses ends might have originated in my novel CASE CLOSED. Sure it’s fiction, but many readers, including a highly respected member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, think my premise is actually “quite plausible.”

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anonymous scientist …

it looks like Rep Holt’s office knows something here

Congressmen don’t write statements like “We don’t know whether scientists at other government and private labs who assisted the FBI in the investigation actually concur with the FBI’s investigative findings and conclusions” – and put their reputations on the line to fellow Congressmen – unless they already know the answer to the question they are posing.

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* questions *

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Congressman Holt & FBI Lab Director Hassell

ANALYSIS …

Very interesting that Rep Holt writes:

“We don’t know if the FBI’s explanation for the presence of silica in the anthrax spores is truly scientifically valid.  We don’t know whether scientists at other government and private labs who assisted the FBI in the investigation actually concur with the FBI’s investigative findings and conclusions.”

  • It looks like Rep Holt’s office knows something here.
  • Just reading the FBI’s statements reveals gaping holes in their science.

FBI lab director Dr Chris Hassell made a statement to the National Academy of Science in July of 2009 that makes little scientific sense:

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/fbi-assistant-director-hassell-statement-to-nas-7-30-09.pdf

  • “There has been a great deal written regarding the presence of silicon in the samples and the location of that silicon. The FBI Laboratory used Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) to quantify silicon, as well as other elements, in the Leahy letter spore powder. The results indicated the Leahy spores contained 1.45% by weight. The New York Post letter spore powder was qualitatively analyzed using ICP-OES and was found to have Silicon present in the sample. However, the limited quantity of recovered material precluded a reliable numerical measurement of any elements present within this powder. Insufficient quantities of both the Daschle and Brokaw letters spore powders precluded the analysis of these samples using this elemental analysis technique.”
  • Ironically, in his presentation to NAS, Dr Hassell acknowledged the involvement of Pacific Northwest National Labs.
  • This can be seen in slide 14 here:

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/fbi-slides-d-christian-hassell-%EF%BB%BFscientific-approaches-to-the-2001-anthrax-letters-investigation/

  • He should then be well aware that Pacific Northwest Labs demonstrated in 2005 that accurate quantitative Elemental Analysis can be performed on bacillus spores with samples as small as one nanogram (one nanogram is one thousandth of one millionth of a gram).

The Pacific Northwest paper on this technique can be seen here:

  • Differentiation of Spores of Bacillus subtilis Grown in Different Media by Elemental Characterization Using Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, John B. Cliff, Kristin H. Jarman, Nancy B. Valentine, Steven L. Golledge, Daniel J. Gaspar, David S. Wunschel, and Karen L. Wahl, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, November 2005, p. 6524-6530, Vol. 71, No. 11

http://aem.asm.org/cgi/content/full/71/11/6524?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=subtilis&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=630&resourcetype=HWFIG

CONCLUSIONS …

  • The quantities of silicon in the ALL the recovered powders should have been known by the FBI within days of receiving them.
  • The fact that it took seven years for the FBI to give ONE piece of data on the Leahy powder can only lead to speculation that there is something about these silicon concentrations that make them extremely uncomfortable.
  • These quantities of silicon are perhaps the single most important piece of forensic evidence needed to solve the case.

QUESTIONS …

  • If there is nothing to hide, why not just reveal the numbers? As the Pacific Northwest results show – it can be done easily.
  • It is no excuse for Hassell to claim that there was not enough sample to obtain these quantities.
  • The FBI sponsored the VERY LAB that shows 1 ng is enough sample.
  • Are these results secret? Why?

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* shouldn’t the DOJ provide an unredacted copy of the lab notebook page with the handwritten note dated 10/3/2001, when DOJ speculates Ivins was preparing the powderized anthrax to mail?

Posted by DXer on March 4, 2010

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The New York Times says the FBI’s anthrax case has “too many loose ends.” Find out where some of those looses ends might have originated in my novel CASE CLOSED. Sure it’s fiction, but many readers, including a highly respected member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, think my premise is actually “quite plausible.”

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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lab at USAMRIID

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shouldn’t the DOJ provide an unredacted copy

of the lab notebook page with the handwritten note dated 10/3/2001,

when DOJ speculates Ivins  was preparing

the powderized anthrax to mail?

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* Dr. Bruce Ivins use of anthrax from RMR-1029 for “Bioport rabbit challenge” at USAMRIID on October 4, 2001, the very same day the government speculates that Ivins instead was preparing powderized Ames

Posted by DXer on March 4, 2010

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The New York Times says the FBI’s anthrax case has “too many loose ends.” Find out where some of those looses ends might have originated in my novel CASE CLOSED. Sure it’s fiction, but many readers, including a highly respected member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, think my premise is actually “quite plausible.”

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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use of anthrax from RMR-1029

for “Bioport rabbit challenge” at USAMRIID

on October 4, 2001

DXer … This is documentary evidence of a challenge at USAMRIID on October 4, 2001, a day when the government speculates that Ivins instead was preparing powderized Ames.  The DOJ should produce the contemporaneous documents that show what he was doing in the B3, including his handwritten observations on the health of the animals over the course of 5 days.

see related posts …

* Dr. Bruce Ivins and colleagues … Nov 2001 publication … human anthrax vaccine in rabbits

* another publication by Dr. Bruce Ivins … Jan 2002 … Anthrax vaccine efficacy in golden Syrian hamsters

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* Dr. Bruce Ivins and colleagues … Nov 2001 publication … human anthrax vaccine in rabbits

Posted by DXer on March 4, 2010

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The New York Times says the FBI’s anthrax case has “too many loose ends.” Find out where some of those looses ends might have originated in my novel CASE CLOSED. Sure it’s fiction, but many readers, including a highly respected member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, think my premise is actually “quite plausible.”

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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Dr. Bruce Ivins

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Dr. Bruce Ivins and colleagues …

Nov 2001 publication

human anthrax vaccine in rabbits

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Efficacy of a human anthrax vaccine in guinea pigs, rabbits, and rhesus macaques against challenge by Bacillus anthracis isolates of diverse geographical origin

P.F. Fellowsa, , , M.K. Linscotta, B.E. Ivinsa, M.L.M. Pittb, C.A. Rossic, P.H. Gibbsd and A.M. Friedlandera

a Bacteriology Division, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702-5011, USA

b Toxinology Division, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702-5011, USA

c Diagnostic Systems Division, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702-5011, USA

d Biometrics and Information Management Division, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702-5011, USA

Received 5 September 2000; revised 11 December 2000; accepted 18 December 2000. Available online 12 April 2001.

Referred to by: Erratum to “Efficacy of a human anthrax vaccine in guinea pigs, rabbits, and rhesus macaques against challenge by Bacillus anthracis isolates of diverse geographical origin” [Vaccine 19 (2001) 3241–3247]
VaccineVolume 20, Issues 3-412 November 2001Page 635,
P. F. Fellows, M. K. Linscott, B. E. Ivins, M. L. M. Pitt, C. A. Rossi, P. H. Gibbs, A. M. Friedlander
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Abstract

The efficacy of a licensed human anthrax vaccine (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA)) was tested in guinea pigs, rabbits, and rhesus macaques against spore challenge byBacillus anthracis isolates of diverse geographical origin. Initially, groups of Hartley guinea pigs were vaccinated at 0 and 4 weeks with AVA, then challenged intramuscularly at 10 weeks with spores from 33 isolates of B. anthracis. Survival among the vaccinated groups varied from 6 to 100%, although there were no differences in mean time to death among the groups. There was no correlation between isolate virulence and variable number tandem repeat category or protective antigen genotype identified. New Zealand white rabbits were then vaccinated with AVA at 0 and 4 weeks, and challenged at 10 weeks by aerosol with spores from six of the isolates that were highly virulent in vaccinated guinea pigs. AVA completely protected the rabbits from four of the isolates, and protected 90% of the animals from the other two isolates. Subsequently, two of these six isolates were then used to challenge rhesus macaques, previously vaccinated with AVA at 0 and 4 weeks, and challenged at 10 weeks by aerosol. AVA protected 80 and 100% of the animals from these two isolates. These studies demonstrated that, although AVA confers variable protection against different B. anthracis isolates in guinea pigs, it is highly protective against these same isolates in both rabbits and rhesus macaques.

Keywords: Anthrax; Bacillus anthracis; Vaccine; Rabbit; Guinea pig; Rhesus macaque

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* another publication by Dr. Bruce Ivins … Jan 2002 … Anthrax vaccine efficacy in golden Syrian hamsters

Posted by DXer on March 4, 2010

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The New York Times says the FBI’s anthrax case has “too many loose ends.” Find out where some of those looses ends might have originated in my novel CASE CLOSED. Sure it’s fiction, but many readers, including a highly respected member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, think my premise is actually “quite plausible.”

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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another publication by Dr. Bruce Ivins

Jan 2002

Anthrax vaccine efficacy in golden Syrian hamsters

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NOTE: the last author (Ivins) is the prime author, usually the one in whose lab the work was done

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Vaccine Volume 20, Issues 9-10, 31 January 2002, Pages 1421-1424

Anthrax vaccine efficacy in golden Syrian hamsters

P. F. Fellows , , a, M. K. Linscotta, S. F. Littlea, P. Gibbsb and B. E. Ivinsa

a Bacteriology Division, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5011, USA

b Biometrics and Information Management Division, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5011, USA

Received 26 June 2001; revised 26 October 2001; accepted 30 October 2001. Available online 22 January 2002.

Abstract

The efficacy of a licensed human anthrax vaccine (anthrax vaccine adsorbed, AVA) was tested in golden Syrian hamsters against a virulent Bacillus anthracis spore challenge. Groups of golden Syrian hamsters were vaccinated at either 0 and 4 weeks or 0, 4 and 8 weeks, then challenged subcutaneously (s.c.) at 10 weeks with spores of various B. anthracis isolates. Although ELISA and toxin neutralization assays demonstrated high titers, none of the AVA-vaccinated hamsters were protected from challenge or demonstrated a significantly extended time to death compared to that of control animals. The results of the study demonstrate that the golden Syrian hamster is not an appropriate model for investigating human anthrax vaccine efficacy.

Author Keywords: Anthrax; Bacillus anthracis; Vaccine; Hamster

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* Congressmen ask specific questions regarding the seriously flawed and unsupported FBI conclusion that Dr. Bruce Ivins is the anthrax killer

Posted by DXer on March 4, 2010

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The New York Times says the FBI’s anthrax case has “too many loose ends.” Find out where some of those looses ends might have originated in my novel CASE CLOSED. Sure it’s fiction, but many readers, including a highly respected member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, think my premise is actually “quite plausible.”

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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Congressmen ask specific questions

regarding the seriously flawed and unsupported FBI conclusion

that Dr. Bruce Ivins is the anthrax killer

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LMW COMMENT … for more questions that should be asked

see related post …

* Questions arising from a readingof the Summary of the FBI Investigation of Dr. Bruce E. Ivins

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* what was Dr. Bruce Ivins’ role in Operation Noble Eagle?

Posted by DXer on March 4, 2010

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The New York Times says the FBI’s anthrax case has “too many loose ends.” Find out where some of those looses ends might have originated in my novel CASE CLOSED. Sure it’s fiction, but many readers, including a highly respected member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, think my premise is actually “quite plausible.”

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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what was Dr. Bruce Ivins’ role in Operation Noble Eagle?

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NOTE: The Defense Department announced that the code name for the domestic mission to protect this country in response to Tuesday’s terrorist attack is Operation Noble Eagle.

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* why did USAMRIID withhold this email until after the DOJ issued its report?

Posted by DXer on March 4, 2010

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The New York Times says the FBI’s anthrax case has “too many loose ends.” Find out where some of those looses ends might have originated in my novel CASE CLOSED. Sure it’s fiction, but many readers, including a highly respected member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, think my premise is actually “quite plausible.”

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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why did USAMRIID withhold this email

until after the DOJ issued its report?

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