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

* Rutgers professor and Amerithrax expert Dr. Leonard Cole … there remain important gaps in the FBI’s evidence against Dr. Bruce Ivins

Posted by DXer on March 6, 2010


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Dr. Leonard Cole

POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR LEONARD COLE, of Rutgers University, the only person outside law enforcement to have interviewed every one of the surviving inhalation-anthrax victims, along with the relatives, friends, and associates of those who died, as well as the public health officials, scientists, researchers, hospital workers, and treating physicians. says …

  • “the evidence is circumstantial and no way can Ivins be considered guilty ‘beyond a reasonable doubt,’ as has been claimed by Justice Department and FBI officials, including FBI Director Robert Mueller.”
  • “There remain important gaps in the evidence.”
  • For example, Ivins lived and worked in Frederick, Maryland, and the letters were mailed from Princeton, New Jersey. “There are no witnesses or other evidence that placed him in Princeton at the times of the mailings.”
  • Cole says that even if you concede that Ivins had developed and stored the strain of anthrax sent in the letters, “more than one hundred co-workers had access to his laboratory, which was at the Army’s Fort Detrick research facility”

Dr. Cole holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University and teaches public policy at Rutgers University.

The Anthrax Letters: A Bioterrorism Expert Investigates the Attack That Shocked America

by Leonard Cole


4 Responses to “* Rutgers professor and Amerithrax expert Dr. Leonard Cole … there remain important gaps in the FBI’s evidence against Dr. Bruce Ivins”

  1. DXer said

    Working backwards from the documents themselves, there are important gaps in what has been produced under FOIA. JAG has Dr. Ivins’ emails. Pertinent attachments from emails should now be uploaded to the USMRMC Electronic Reading Room.

  2. DXer said

    Only a test: Gas released into NYC subways on Tuesday
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle

    In in earlier vulnerability test in 1966, the U.S. Army released live germs (the generally-harmless Bacillus globigii) into the tunnels of the New York City subway system, according to Wikipedia.

    The army has since been criticized for the release of live bacteria, potentially harmful to small children and immunocompromised adults.

    According to Leonard Cole, an adjunct professor of Political Science at Rutgers-Newark as quoted on the Democracy Now website, the results showed that if a pathogenic organism were released onto the tracks, “more than half of the people who were riding the subways could have become deathly ill.”

    Comment: Leonard Cole was a speaker at the conference Lew moderated.

  3. Dxer said

    I believe I have uploaded a film of Professor Cole’s presentation on November 29, 2010. Any analysis of Amerithrax should be from a true crime perspective and rooted in documents. That is the only way one can inform one’s self as to the correctness of the FBI’s conclusion. It is that view that then can best inform policy assessments. Laurie needs to read the EBAP report, for example. But given Cole’s academic and open-minded approach, his blurb is high praise indeed. For the country’s sake, they both need to immerse themselves in the documentary evidence and join in pressing for compliance under FOIA.

  4. DXer said

    The number (see fn.21) of Amerithrax Investigative Summary was 350 rather than 100 given the use and/or storage of one of the 500 ml RMR 1029 flasks in Building 1412.

    But what’s another 250 with access to the DOJ so long as the DOJ attorneys are withholding even the contemporaneous notes Dr. Ivins made on 5 of the nights they speculate without any basis that he was powderizing anthrax — along with all relevant 2001 and 2002 302 interview statements.

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