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

* DXer reports that Dr. Bruce Ivins hosted one Egyptian visitor in the B3 who was the lifelong friend of a former Egyptian Islamic Jihad member, a schoolmate, recruited by Ayman Zawahiri

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 13, 2010

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Ayman al-Zawahiri

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DXer reports that Dr. Bruce Ivins hosted one Egyptian visitor in the B3

who was the lifelong friend of a former Egyptian Islamic Jihad member,

a schoolmate, recruited by Ayman Zawahiri

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34 Responses to “* DXer reports that Dr. Bruce Ivins hosted one Egyptian visitor in the B3 who was the lifelong friend of a former Egyptian Islamic Jihad member, a schoolmate, recruited by Ayman Zawahiri”

  1. DXer said

    In light of Dr. Scott Stanley’s nearly daily presence at USAMRIID for long periods, he would have been the one to follow up on this lead of a non-citizen from Egypt — whose friends were recruited into jihad by Dr. Ayman Zawahiri at Cairo Medical. Did he? When did he first obtain the documents?

    As a scientist, what did he do to determine whether the irradiation of Ames being distributed was effective?

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense
    http://www.amerihrax.wordpress.com

  2. DXer said

    The head of DARPA, Mr. Lynn, testified from 1995-1998 testified at civil deposition about the Defense Science Board’s conclusion that the two-person rule was not effective nor recommended. Mr. Lynn explains that the two-person rule in a nuclear lab is an entirely different situation. Mr. Lynn testified:

    “It’s a carry-over — in my mind, now — it’s a carryover from the nuclear programs, where you have, for example, in a launch facility, you have two person rules are effective. [It’s] a very different situation.”

    There was no 2-person rule at USAMRIID until January 2002 and then it was short-lived. The DOJ appears not to have understood this — if they had, the DOJ would not have been surprised that Dr. Ivins’ hours at night stopped in January 2002 — and used that change as evidence of his guilt. It was a critical failure in analysis.

    Dr. Majidi, in his September 2013 e-book, still seems confused both as to the pattern of hours and the issue of the 2-person rule, which he knew from the context of a nuclear lab.

  3. DXer said

    I have argued that Adnan El-Shukrijumah, the son of the translator of the Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman, was the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer. He is now hear of Al Qaeda’s external operations.

    In the earlier trial of the Blind Sheik, there were intercepts of 85,000 tapes of calls drawn upon as exhibits.

    Relatedly, I believe there were 300,000 tapes of calls dating to 1995 made of Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s associate Hassoun down in Florida.

    http://www.dotandcalm.com/calm-archive/index/t-4637.html

    The FBI had 85,000 intercepted calls of the Blind Sheik’s paralegal, post office worker Abdel Sattar, and his translator in 2001 Mohammed Yousry.

    Was the Amerithrax Task Force able to use those calls as a resource?

    It would have allowed the FBI to quickly cut through the BS being spewed by Adnan’s father about Adnan settling in Morocco, getting married, and teaching English — when in fact he was living with KSM in Kandahar and meeting with Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat.

    AMY GOODMAN: Lynne Stewart will be headed to the trial right after this program. Your response so far, Lynne Stewart. Your lawyer calls you courageous, brash and feisty. The thousands of tape recordings that have been made, did this number surprise you? What is it now, 8,500?

    LYNNE STEWART: No, 85,000.

    AMY GOODMAN: 85,000.

    LYNNE STEWART: They were mainly made of Mr. Sattar’s telephone, and then laterly Mr. Yousry’s telephone.

    ****

    The other co-defendant, Mr. Yousry, 48, an Arabic-language interpreter who helped Ms. Stewart and other lawyers speak with the sheik, was convicted of three counts of terrorism and conspiracy. Like Ms. Stewart, he was out on bail last night.

    Ms. Stewart’s troubles arose from her work over a decade to defend Mr. Abdel Rahman, who is serving a life sentence for inspiring a thwarted 1993 plot to bomb the United Nations, the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels and other New York landmarks.

    Because of the terror charges in the trial, the eight women and four men on the jury served anonymously, identified only by numbers and their seats in the jury box. Over the past two weeks there were many signs that they were wrestling intensely over the terror conspiracy charges against Ms. Stewart and her co-defendants.The jurors made no comment and left the courthouse at 3:40 p.m. in two vans.

    Almost all of the 1,330 exhibits the prosecutors presented were transcripts of secret government audio recordings of calls by Mr. Sattar on his home telephone to the co-defendants and to Egyptian militants overseas, and videotapes of Ms. Stewart’s prison meetings with Mr. Abdel Rahman, conducted in Arabic through Mr. Yousry.

    The jury appeared to have focused on the evidence that clearly showed that Ms. Stewart had knowingly violated the legal letter of prison rules aimed at silencing the sheik. “She thought she could blow off the rules that apply to everyone else because she’s a lawyer,” said Anthony Barkow, the assistant United States attorney who made the government’s final argument to the jury.

    On the stand, Ms. Stewart sometimes appeared deaf to the vicious anti-American preachings of her client, Mr. Abdel Rahman.

    The government never showed that any violence resulted from the defendants’ actions. The defendants were not accused of aiding terrorism in the United States.

    There was little dispute about the central facts in the case. After Mr. Abdel Rahman was sentenced in 1996 to life in prison, his followers issued a series of threats against the United States demanding his release. Prosecutors imposed rules, known as special administrative measures, that barred the sheik, already held in solitary confinement, from communicating with anyone outside prison but his lawyers and his wife.

    Ms. Stewart repeatedly signed documents in which she agreed to uphold the rules.

    She brought a letter containing messages from Islamic Group members to a meeting with the sheik in the prison in Rochester, Minn., in May 2000. She received a statement from the sheik and on June 14 called a reporter in Cairo and read him the statement. The sheik said he was withdrawing support for a cease-fire the Islamic Group had observed for three years in Egypt. The group never canceled the cease-fire.

    Testifying on her own behalf, Ms. Stewart said the press release was part of a legal strategy that involved provoking the government if necessary in order to keep the sheik in the public eye. Ms. Stewart said she was acting within an unwritten lawyer’s “bubble” in the prison rules that allowed her to defend her client as she thought best.

  4. DXer said

    The founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Kamal Habib, was the lead writer for the Ann Arbor-based charity, IANA, for which Ali Al-Timimi was the lead speaker.

    Today Kamal Habib is quoted in Reuters addressing the political landscape in Egypt.

    “Kamal Habib, a former al-Gama’a al-Islamiya member and an expert on Islamist groups, said Salafi views had evolved as they moved into mainstream politics during parliamentary elections that began in November last year.”

    In power, Egypt’s Brotherhood seeks balance on Islamic law, July 30, 2012
    http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27017:in-power-egypts-brotherhood-seeks-balance-on-islamic-law&catid=54:Governance&Itemid=118

  5. DXer said

    “Tawfiq Hamid” has explained in detail his recruitment by Dr. Ayman Zawahiri.

    But was it into the Egyptian Islamic Group or was it Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

    Dr. Zawahiri recruited for the EIJ rather than Egyptian Islamic Group. Didn’t he?

  6. DXer said

    Kristie Friend was deposed on the requirements of obtaining a security clearance before being allowed access to the B3.

    Was there compliance in that regard with respect to the former Zawahiri associate supplied virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins? Dr. Ivins did not know he was not a citizen until after he arrived to work with Pat, Mara and Bruce in the lab with virulent Ames. Who approved it? On what basis was it approved? Did he have a security clearance as required to work in the B3?

  7. DXer said

    By Allan Lengel
    ticklethewire.com
    FBI Director Robert S. Mueller urged Congress Wednesday to reauthorize investigative tools like roving wiretaps to help fight terrorism.

    “We encourage Congress to reauthorize the three critical FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) tools that will expire later this year: roving wiretap authority, access to business records under FISA, and the “lone wolf” provision,” Mueller said while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.

    “Two of these tools have been part of FISA since the USA PATRIOT Act was enacted nearly a decade ago, and the third has been in FISA since 2004. They have all been reauthorized several times. Each facilitates the collection of vital foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information to support our national security mission.”

    FISA was designed to allow investigators to secretly conduct surveillance and gather intelligence of foreign entities and individuals inside the U.S. without going through the normal channels to get a court order. Instead, agencies submit the requests to the highly secretive FISA Court for approval.

    The ‘”lone wolf provision Mueller referred to allows investigators to use FISA for surveillance of a foreign person who may be acting alone and has no ties to foreign organization. The roving wiretap allows the government to track someone who tries to elude authorities by constantly changing phones.

    Mueller also said: “The foreign intelligence threat to the United States continues unabated, from traditional means such as last year’s arrest of a network of Russian spies living in the United States, to more contemporary methods of tradecraft.

    “Foreign intelligence services continue to target political and military intelligence as well as information from economic institutions, both in and outside government. Foreign adversaries, however, do not rely on traditional agent networks alone—they are increasingly making use of non-traditional collectors, such as students, visiting scholars and scientists, and business people.”

  8. DXer said

    The NAS recent report found:

    “The results of the genetic analyses of the repository samples were consistent with the finding that the spores in the attack letters were derived from RMR-1029, but the analyses did not definitively demonstrate such a relationship. The scientific data alone do not support the
    strength of the government’s repeated assertions that that “RMR-1029 was conclusively identified as the parent material to the anthrax powder used in the mailings” (USDOJ, 2010, p. 20), nor the role suggested for the scientific data in arriving at their conclusions, “the scientific analysis coordinated by the FBI Laboratory determined that RMR-1029, a spore-batch created and maintained at USAMRIID by Dr. Ivins, was the parent material for the anthrax used in the mailings” (USDOJ, 2010, p. 8)”

  9. DXer said

    The NAS can be expected to conclude that the flask designated RMR-1029 was not the immediate, most proximate source of the letter material. If the letter material did in fact derive from RMR-1029, then one or more separate growth steps, using seed material from RMR-1029 followed by purification, would have been necessary.

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  11. DXer said

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2011/02/an-egypt-non-fiction-reading-list.html

    February 4, 2011
    An Egypt Non-Fiction Reading List

    Posted by Jimmy So
    To begin to understand the events of the past two weeks in Egypt, we ought to understand Egypt itself—its tug-of-war between antiquity, Islam, and the West; the foreign occupations; the confusion of the revolution and the reigns of Nasser and Sadat; the initial Mubarak glee and the graft and terror that later set in. Here’s a reading list that might help us place the current upheaval in historical, political, and cultural context.

    “Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak,” by Tarek Osman

    “Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution,” by John Bradley

    Both Osman’s and Bradley’s books suggest Egypt’s rupture had clear omens and is not simply part of the domino effect from Tunisia and Lebanon. Osman’s uncannily timely “Egypt on the Brink” was published just last month. Bradley’s “Inside Egypt” came out in 2009 and was promptly banned by the Mubarak government.

    “A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam,” by Mary Anne Weaver

    “The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” by Lawrence Wright

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2011/02/an-egypt-non-fiction-reading-list.html#ixzz1D20koOlJ

  12. DXer said

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Commentary+zealots+waiting+wings/4213057/story.html

    By Praveen Swami, The Daily Telegraph

    Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Commentary+zealots+waiting+wings/4213057/story.html#ixzz1CtbZHPQz

    Has a grim sunset been mistaken for a glorious dawn? For days now, articulate, English-speaking members of Egypt’s middle class have been reassuring the world that their protests are not about to be hijacked by Islamists. But the secular middle class, which has thrown its weight behind Nobel peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei is disorganised and lacks a wide social base. Egypt’s political future will, instead, likely be decided by the Muslim Brotherhood, which has the assets needed to conduct mass politics effectively: a million-strong membership, deep organizational roots across small-town Egypt, and a nationwide network of schools, hospitals and charities.

    Founded in 1928, the Brotherhood fired the imagination of the global jihadist movement. Abdullah Azzam, Osama bin Laden’s ideological mentor, was a Brotherhood leader from Jordan; the al-Qaida chief’s Egyptian deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, also has a Brotherhood past.

    ***
    But experts are divided on whether the Brotherhood has a new face, or is wearing a mask. Some have characterized the reinvented Brotherhood as the Fabians of the Islamist movement; others suggest that it has used deception to disguise its true agenda. The truth is that no one knows for certain: words alone mean little, after all, for even the most rabid theocratic leaders in Iran don’t say they want to persecute women or religious minorities.

  13. DXer said

    The FBI says that it excluded these individuals.

    Dr. Al-Timimi’s defense counsel reports to the federal district court in a filing that his client, Ali Al-Timimi, was an “anthrax weapons suspect.” Which one is he on this list of people excluded?

    Tarek Hamouda, the former Zawahiri associate, was supplied virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins and thanked Former Colleague #1 and Former Colleague #2 for technical assistance.

    * A scientist, although deceased for more than a year prior to the mailing of the anthrax letters, reported to have possessed chemical and biological materials of interest, and who may have been closely associated with key figures from a biological weapons program in a foreign country. ‘

    * A researcher with access to the Ames strain who possessed a keen interest in the weapons application of the Ames strain, biological terrorism scenarios, and biological warfare in general.

    * A researcher with access to the Ames strain who possessed particular expertise in the fermentation production of bacteria.

    * A scientist with an arguable financial motive to commit the attacks, who traveled to New Jersey at or near the time of the New York and Washington, D.C. anthrax mailings.

    * A scientist with access to the Ames strain who trained others in the refinement and weaponization of biological agents.

    * A foreign-born researcher who worked at a facility maintaining the Ames strain and against whom an anonymous letter had been sent to law enforcement alleging that s/he had strong anti-American sentiments and may have had access to “biological poisons.”

    * A foreign-born scientist with particular expertise working with a Bacillus anthracis simulant known as Bacillus subtilis, and against whom there were allegations that s/he had connections with several individuals affiliated with the al-Qaeda and Ansar al-Islam terrorist networks.

    * A microbiology student who allegedly had associations with al-Qaeda’s anthrax program

    * A foreign-born scientist who published certain microbiology articles that were found at an al-Qaeda training facility in a foreign country.

    * A foreign-born microbiologist in New Jersey who had allegedly made certain anti-American statements, and who lived and worked in close proximity to Princeton.

    * A Postal Service employee at the Hamilton Township Plant and Distribution Center in Hamilton, New Jersey, who resigned shortly before the mailings, and whom a witness alleged was associated with a U.S-based al-Qaeda laboratory involved in anthrax production.

    * A scientist who allegedly had the capability and disposition to use anthrax as a weapon.

    * A researcher whose unusual behavior prompted a former colleague to contact the FBI, and who was described as a freelance scientist who would sell her/his services if the price was right.

    * A researcher against whom the FBI received several tips that s/he fit the publicized profile of the anthrax terrorist, and who reportedly had a grudge against the United States.

    * A microbiologist whose suicide after the attacks was coupled with allegations that s/he might have some association with the anthrax attacks.

    * A scientist with extensive knowledge of the production of weaponized anthrax, and who arguably had a financial motive for committing the attacks.

    * A disgruntled foreign scientist who allegedly had reason to take revenge against her/his former employer, and about whom other co-workers had expressed concerns. Each of these individuals was ultimately excluded as a suspect based on a number of factors, including alibi, insufficient ability, and lack of access to RMR-1029.

  14. DXer said

    As I previously noted, in 1993, Atef, to whom Ayman Zawahiri reported on the anthrax planning, sent the “Green Team” to Somalia. Saif Adel was its leader.

    This history was important to know in understanding the code Greendale School. (Relatedly, “School” was known be the CIA to be code for Egyptian Islamic Group based on a letter sobtained from Ayman’s hard drive)

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/from-dxer-aymans-use-of-school-in-may-2001-in-explaining-merger-with-al-qaeda/

    Here is rare footage by Bruce Lee of screen test for The Green Hornet discussing principles of fluidity and flow, adapting to the enemy, and keeping it simple and direct.

    http://www.noob.us/entertainment/bruce-lees-screen-test-for-the-green-hornet/

  15. DXer said

    Among the CIA and DIA analysts focused on Cairo, how many have read Alam’s book? The key to Amerithrax lies in understanding Cairo in the late 1970s and early 1980s — as those are the educated students assumed leadership of the salafi-jihadist movement in Afghanistan. Ayman only had available to recruit the people he knew.

    Youssef Aboul-Enein; Infantry, Vol. 94, 2005

    Retired Egyptian Counterterrorism Expert Speaks on Islamic Militant Tactics

    by Youssef Aboul-Enein

    In 1996, Egyptian Journalist Karam Khabr, of the Arabic intellectual and former leftist magazine Rose-el-Youssef, assisted General Fuad Alam who spent over three decades investigating Islamic militants, rising to Chief of Religious (Militant) Affairs in Egypt’s Interior Ministry, the section of national security investigations. A police officer by training, General Alam has combated violence perpetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), Al-Takfir Wal Hijrah (Excommunication and Migration) and the Gamaa Al-Islamyiah (The Islamic Group aka IG).

    Alam discusses several assassination attempts on Nasser that were both creative and sophisticated. In 1965, the Ikhwan was able to recruit a member of the Presidential Security (Police) Unit, Ismail Al-Fayoumi, a sharpshooter, to await Nasser’s arrival at Cairo International Airport and assassinate him as he returned from his trip to Moscow. The discovery of the sniper through informants and the eventual apprehension of Al-Fayoumi did not occur until 30 minutes prior to Nasser’s plane landing. General Alam feels it was sheer luck that this attempt was foiled.

    A second attempt in 1965 included detonating a truck as Nasser’s presidential railcar passed by as he went from Cairo to Alexandria. Upon discovering the bomb, it was determined that the detonation device was radio-controlled. A third attempt involved a sophisticated analysis of bottlenecks in Alexandria, as Nasser’s motorcade went from Mamoora to Ras-El-Tin Palace. This plot involved placing two hit squads at what is now the Sheraton Montazah and a (third) second hit-squad at a bottleneck along Sidi Bishr Boulevard. After the 1967 Six-Day War, an elaborate plot to kill Nasser was discovered as he visited the city of Suez. This attempt involved Egyptian investigators using primitive bugging devices against the perpetrators instead of immediately staging arrests. Although the device malfunctioned, it revealed an elaborate trail in which Egyptians were recruited in Saudi Arabia during their visit to Mecca as they performed the Hajj pilgrimage.

    Abood Al-Zummur and the Sadat Assassination

    It is important for readers to gain an appreciation that Sadat’s assassination on October 6, 1981, (while he was amidst the Egyptian armed forces conducting a pass and review parade) was part of a wider plot to overthrow the Egyptian government. It also was meticulously planned. General Alam focuses on aspects of the events of October 1981 that if successful could have spun out of control after Sadat’s murder. According to the book, as Sadat rode to the reviewing stand, one of the conspirators, Lieutenant Colonel Abood Al-Zummur (Intelligence Officer), ordered one of his soldiers to provide pastries laced with drugs to a battalion responsible for the security of Defense Minister Abu-Gazala. The soldier was to tell the battalion that Zummur was offering the sweets as he was blessed with a new child. Upon Sadat’s murder a group of Islamic militants would raid their base and take their weapons and armored vehicles. Alam narrates that it was luck that the pastries were prepared the evening of October 5th and contained high levels of disabling drugs that caused them to taste sour. Only one soldier died as a result of this operation, as other members of the battalion refused to eat the pastries due to their taste.

    Montasser Al-Zayat and the Plot to Break Al-Zummur Out of Military Prison

    Montasser Al-Zayat is a jihadist lawyer who today enjoys a reputation as the voice of Al-Qaeda’s Ayman Al-Zawahiri. His Arabic book Zawahiri As I Knew Him, published in 2002, is perhaps the best autobiography of Al-Qaeda’s second in command. Before the end of 1981, Al-Zayat assisted Al-Zummur and his group in their escape from Cairo’s military prison. …


    Inside Sayid Qutb

    There are a few works that form a central core of ideology for today’s Islamic militants. To truly understand Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and many other radical organizations and personalities it is vital to spend time reading Sayid Qutb’s Maalim Fee Al-Tareeq (Guideposts Along the Road, hereafter referred to as Maalim) and his 15 volume Fee Zhilal Al-Quran (In the Shade of the Quran). As a law-enforcement official who combats Islamic militants in Egypt, Alam devotes large sections of his book to Qutb and has healthy respect for his writings and the violent influence he has had on the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Alam’s book assumes that the reader understands the basic philosophy of Qutb, of which most Egyptians have a rudimentary knowledge. Most Islamists have only read his shorter Maalim, not his 15-volume analysis of the entire Quran. As such Alam’s description of the psychological operation campaigns and ideological discrediting of Qutb centers on his smaller book Maalim.

    Final Comments

    … Recently published works by retired Arab officials such as General Alam which deal with Islamic militancy should be carefully analyzed. These works discuss and analyze tactics and methods used by terrorists and the possibility of increasing lethality brought about by the information age and potential access to weapons of mass destruction.

  16. DXer said

    Colonel Klink on Batman

  17. DXer said

    http://www.npr.org/2010/12/30/132447190/lone-wolf-plots-alter-u-s-anti-terrorism-strategy

    “Symbolic Anniversary

    2011 holds special significance to al-Qaida for another reason: It marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    There hasn’t been a successful major attack against the U.S. since then, and officials say that rankles al-Qaida’s top leadership. Osama bin Laden is said to be keen to launch something spectacular so the U.S. can’t say it has beaten back the terrorist threat for a decade.

    In the words of one high-ranking terrorism official in the Obama administration: “Nothing focuses minds in al-Qaida like a symbolic anniversary, and we’re about to have a big one. The last thing they want is for former President Bush or President Obama to be able to stand at ground zero and say it has been 10 years since a strike. I think al-Qaida will do all it can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

    It’s been interesting over the past decade to see the different takes of the different analysts about anniversaries. (see, e.g., Scheur in 2002 dismissing the suggestion that anniversary dates were important)

    Of course, we have had 10 years of additional experience and seen the anniversaries commemorated by messages.

    But even before that I think much of the variance was due to a failure to distinguish between Al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

    Here, Islambouli was in a cell with anthrax planner KSM.

    So when the anthrax is sent on the dates of Camp David Accord and Sadat’s assassination, don’t think that Ayman and supporters of the Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman did not view the dates as significant anniversaries.

    It was Islambouli’s brother who assassinated Sadat.

    The former associates of Ayman Zawahiri didn’t just read about Sadat’s assassination — they lived it… as dozens of their classmates and friends were thrown in prison and mistreated.

    • DXer said

      Amerithrax wasn’t Obama’s or Holder’s mess. But wasn’t it their responsibility to reopen Amerithrax? Or to not close it in February 2010? It ultimately came to be their mess due to their failure to correct the missteps. And so when the United States is attacked, won’t it be the present Administration’s fault under a last clear chance doctrine? In the revolving door, pork and money-fueled inside-the-beltway culture, is there really much difference between Republicans and Democrats? Aren’t they all corpocrats? Isn’t it just a matter of correctly solving the whodunnit or not? A matter of producing documents required by law to be produced. A matter of avoiding conflict of interest. A matter of working hard at connecting the dots and leaving your preconceptions and agendas at home? Amerithrax represents the greatest failure of intelligence in United States history and will have become the legacy of Obama, Holder and Mueller because of their failure to connect the dots.

      Harvard Law & Policy Review

      ARTICLE: Foreword: Necessary Progress in Biosecurity

      July 21, 2010

      4 Harv. L. & Pol’y Rev. 263

      Author

      Senator Tom Daschle * and Tom Inglesby **
      Excerpt

      We need to strengthen U.S. biosecurity. The Obama White House’s recent policy document on biosecurity, National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats, judged that biological attacks could place at risk the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and impose costs exceeding one trillion dollars. 1 A UN Secretary’s report on terrorism stated that “[t]he most important under-addressed threat relating to terrorism, and one which acutely requires new thinking on the part of the international community, is that of terrorists using a biological weapon.” 2 The U.S. anthrax attacks of 2001 showed that a tiny amount of powder in a few envelopes could cause tremendous national anxiety and disruption, in addition to illness and death. 3 Advances in the biological sciences will improve human health, expand the food supply, and provide countless other benefits. As an example of the pace of change, the cost of human genome sequencing has declined 10,000-fold in the last twenty years. 4 But these advances in science will also lower the cost of creating biological weapons. 5 Given these and many other events, assessments, and trends, it is clear that the United States and other nations must work strongly to counter the threats posed by biological terrorism. 6

      Similarly, the threat posed by the H1N1 flu virus over the last year has shown how essential it is for the country to be prepared for pandemics. Last year’s pandemic appeared at a time outside of the normal flu season, 7

      Comment:

      Doesn’t strengthening biosecurity involve: (1) stopping the proliferation of labs, (2) having clarity of analysis in Amerithrax, that (3) is possible only upon an analysis that avoids the affect of conflict of interest?

      Does that require overcoming the influence of money that so dominates our government — to include biodefense?

      Anthrax and Al Qaeda: The Infiltration of US Biodefense
      http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1443811

      http://www.anthraxandalqaeda.com

  18. DXer said

    As Magdy, Ali, Mohammed, and Tarek could all explain, the real thinker behind the anthrax mailings was Qutb — not Zawahiri. Most EIJ members were opposed to the merger with Al Qaeda.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=WQg83rZIFTUC&pg=PA14&dq=Zawahiri++2010&hl=en&ei=eZoMTcOrKcGqlAe999zxCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=book-preview-link&resnum=3&ved=0CDUQuwUwAg#v=onepage&q=Zawahiri%20%202010&f=false

  19. DXer said

    Former DIA analyst on highly compartmented nature of Ayman Zawahiri’s anthrax planning and use of parallel cells (at November 29 conference)

  20. DXer said

    AYMAN ZAWAHIRI FEELS THAT THE KORAN DICTATES THAT THE JIHADIS USE THE WEAPONS OF THEIR ENEMIES.

    100 or so downloadable graphics containing the documentary evidence
    http://www.newanthraxandalqaeda.com

    Infiltration of US Biodefense: Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri (fully viewable enlarge 440 pages; click to enlarge)
    http://www.blurb.com/books/1385387

  21. DXer said

    http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/news/exclusive-egypt-tried-thwart-islamist-militant%E2%80%99s-removal-un-terror-list-says-new-wikileaks-cabl

    “A third document identifies al-Sibai as the fifth-highest ranking person in the Egyptian Islamic Jihad”

    I once emailed the London-based al-Sibai to ask who he thought was the mailer but he did not get back to me.

    • DXer said

      At the time, I reported my February 2010 email to Attorney Al-Sibai in London to ask him who he thought was responsible for the anthrax mailings. He had published a treatise by the AQ spymaster that mocked the DOJ’s effort on Amerithrax.

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/antipolygraph-org-provides-a-fascinating-analysis-of-dr-ivins-and-the-fbi%E2%80%99s-unsupported-assertions-regarding-his-polygraph-tests/

      When I wrote, I did not know that the Egyptian government still viewed Hani as #5 in Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

      http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/news/exclusive-egypt-tried-thwart-islamist-militant%E2%80%99s-removal-un-terror-list-says-new-wikileaks-cabl

      I just thought of him as an articulate fellow who published Ayman Zawahiri’s book in early October 2001 explaining his motives and more recently published the book by the spymaster leading Ayman’s efforts and mocking Amerithrax.

      Are there any EIJ leaders in the US we could ask about Amerithrax? Any on tape openly bragging about being an emir? If there were, would AUSA Rachel Lieber know? I mean, she is blocked even from reading Wikileaks and so she may never even know that Al-Sibai is #5. We all approach a problem from the perspective of what we know and some people are kept intentionally in the dark even as to “open source” material.

      But it turns out Hani is #5 – not too shabby for being in the open. Reminds me of Ali Mohammed, EIJ’s chief of intelligence, who duped the FBI, CIA and Army into thinking he was working for them when all the while he was loyal to Bin Laden and was EIJ’s chief of intelligence training Cairo medical dropout Dahab on how to make lethal letters.

      What is the highest ranking EIJ living openly in the United States? The Cairo-based writer in 2001 for the Ann Arbor charity IANA, who was supervised by Al-Timimi, was the founder of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Ali got a letter of commendation from the White House for his classified work for the Navy. Are these guys that good or is our government bureaucracy just not very good at “connecting the dots.”

      My post from February 2010 on this blog:

      “I emailed Al-Sibai this morning, the Salafist supporter from Cairo who published Al Qaeda’s spymaster on Amerithrax, to see what he thought of the Amerithrax Summary.

      As explained by author Peter Lance in Triple Cross, after the 1998 embassy bombings, a ten-member federal team secretly entered the California residence of Ali Mohamed, Zawahiri’s former head of intelligence.’ They copied Mohamed’s hard drives and removed a series of CD-ROM and floppy disks. A memo titled “Cocktail” appeared to be a draft manual on sleeper cell structure.

      The file on cell structure read in part:

      “Every member knows how to do everything.

      Every member has a legal job as a cover (Student, worker, trade).

      Safety is the main concern, so the contingency plan is very important. Before working on the target you have (to) specify a rally point to meet in case of separation for any reason.
      The communications between the different groups are conducted through the dead drop only.

      Each group does not know anything about the other group, even Majmouat (the word means “the collected” or “the collection”). Al-qeyada does not know how many group(s) under its leadership. Only the group know each other because the members of one group only working with each other.”

      Mohammad Hasan Khalil al-Hakim took on Ali Mohammed’s role. His alias is easier to remember — Abu Jihad al-Masri. Al Masri means the Egyptian. Also known as Al-Hukaymah, he was the author of the description of the Amerithrax investigation in 2002. Born in 1961, Abu Jihad al-Masri joined the Egyptian Islamic Group in 1979. He was arrested in 1981 after Sadat’s assassination. He once was arrested alongside the blind sheik Abdel-Rahman. Hukaymah is reportedly connected to the blind sheikh’s successor Taha, the Islamic Group head who was in close touch in 1999 and 2000 with the NY-based US postal employee Sattar, the blind sheik’s “surrogate.”. Al-Hukaymah dedicated the treatise “[t]o the pious and the hidden who are not known when they come and who are not missed when they disappear — To those whom their God will answer when they pray to Him. To all the eyes that are vigilant late at night to bring victory to this religion.”

      The introduction of the 152-page book starts:

      “The Manhattan raid led to a radical change in the perception of American Security. After the northern half of the continent had been isolated from the rest of the world and its threats by two oceans, it now came from inside. The surprise hit the symbols of American power in its economic and security dimensions.”

      Published at al-Maqreze Center for Historical Studies website (www.almaqreze.com) by the one-time EIJ shura member al-Sibai, the section on the anthrax investigation appears to have been written in 2002.

      “The Anthrax Scandal:

      Over many months, there was an excited search for the person responsible for the worst biological terror attack on American soil. Six letters sent by mail to Leahy, Daschle, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, The New York Post and the offices of the National Enquirer in Florida, led to the sickening of 18 people and five deaths. The crime was especially scary because anthrax, which is a complex powder that scatters in the atmosphere, had spilled from the envelopes and spread through parts of the mail system and contaminated a Senate building. One year later, the main post office in Washington had not yet opened.

      The FBI is under great pressure to close this case, and the anthrax criminal is supposed to be alive and free. Two members of the Senate have asked to receive regular reports about this investigation from the FBI, and they have become increasingly impatient.”

      After a lengthy discussion of the focus on Hatfill, the author explains,
      “Until the investigators find material evidence that connects a person to the crime, they are forced to speculate about the motives and methods of the criminal. They are still casting a wide net. Law enforcement sources say they have issued hundreds of subpoenas and they are analyzing thousands of documents in search of new evidence.

      The evidence may be small and unseen – sweat or an odor on an envelope – but that is all that they need in order to attract the dogs.”

      Al-Hukaymah pointed to the Aldrich Ames incident and the FBI’s inability to find the perpetrator of the anthrax mailings as evidence that U.S intelligence can be defeated. Aldrich Ames, head of counterintelligence relating to the Russians, had a different rolex for different days of the week. He drove a new jaguar to work. Aldrich told the CIA that his money came from his wife’s foreign inheritance, and the CIA never required meaningful corroboration. So we should not be that surprised when someone known, to borrow Dr. Alibek’s description to me, as an “Islamic hardliner,” is given access to Center for Biodefense and ATCC facilities, to include a program funded by DARPA’s $13 million during the relevant period. Perhaps the focus should not be on more money for biodefense but on doing a better job at maintaining security. Perhaps focus should be on avoiding proliferation of know-how.

      Al-Hukaymah reportedly was Ayman’s connection to Mamdouh Ismail, an Egyptian defense attorney and a former member of “the Jihad group” who since the 1980′s has represented various Egyptians accused of terrorism offenses in Egypt. Mamdouh Ismail represented al-Nashar, the biochemist who was an expert on polymerization and had a key to the 7/7 bomber’s flat. Ismail was one of several hundred rounded up following the assassination of Anwar al-Sadat in 1981. He served three years. Ismail was arrested on March 29, 2007. In 1999, Ismail was refused permission to establish an Islamist political party with the help of fellow lawyer attorney al-Zayyat. After the blind sheik said in March 1999 that an attempt through a political party should not be attempted, Al-Zayat and Mamdouh Ismail deferred and Attorney Ismail has publicly objected to a reconciliation between Cairo and Egyptian Islamic Jihad. The two had worked with EIJ shura member al-Sibai before he took refuge in the UK. Mamdouh Ismail now is accused of complicity in an “Egyptian project” of al-Qaeda, taking his orders from Ayman al-Zawahiri via al-Qaeda propaganda chief al-Hukaymah and the UK-based EIJ publicist Hani al-Sibai. Both al-Hukaymah and Al-Sibai deny the charge. Al Sibai considers himself historian of the movement and published his diaries in Al Hayat in 2004. He is at al-Maqreze Center for Historical Studies website that published the treatise that included the discussion of Amerithrax.

      Al-Hukaymah was apparently killed at the end of last month in a missile strike in late October 2008. Cairo-based IANA writer Kamal Habib says that the man was a member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad that had assassinated Sadat but was part of a second generation, not part of the first generation responsible for the assassination. Abu Jihad al-Masri was said by US authorities to operate in Iran as the head of media and propaganda for al-Qaeda, and “may also be the Chief of External Operations for al Qaeda”. The name Abu Jihad assumed name meaning roughly “father of the holy war.”

      Al-Hukaymah appeared in an August 2006 as-Sahab (al-Qaeda) video to announce the merger of al-Qaeda with part of the Egyptian Islamic Group. Ayman al-Zawahiri introduces him.. The video claims that al-Hukaymah joined al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya in 1979 and was arrested in connection with the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Al Sadat in 1981, and subsequently rearrested several times in various countries. Zawahiri claims in that video that Muhammad al-Islambouli (brother of assassin Khalid al-Islambouli) had joined al-Qaeda with al-Hukaymah.

      In addition to the analysis of the American intelligence community, the next month he wrote a short piece entitled Towards A New Strategy in Resisting the Occupier that appeared on a jihadist website. Abu Jihad Al-Masri emphasized the need to consider public opinion in planning operations. He discouraged beheadings or operations that can cause large scale casualties to innocent Muslims.”

  22. DXer said

    The difference between the Russian spies and Amerithrax is that in Amerithrax it was the Navy that was paying Al-Timimi’s to work as a contractor, it was the White House that had granted a letter of commendation, and it was White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card for whom he had worked as an assistant.

    Suspected Russian spy Vicky Pelaez, a Spanish-language journalist, led many lives
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/06/30/2010-06-30_suspected_spy_led_many_lives.html

    “DXer reports that Dr. Bruce Ivins hosted one Egyptian visitor in the B3 who was the lifelong friend of a … a schoolmate, recruited by Ayman Zawahiri”

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/dxer-reports-that-ivins-hosted-one-egyptian-visitor-in-the-b3-who-was-the-lifelong-friend-of-a-former-egyptian-islamic-jihad-member-a-schoolmate-recruited-by-ayman-zawahiri/

    See also

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-lifelong-friends-of-dr-tarek-hamouda-supplied-virulent-ames-by-bruce-ivins-actively-denounce-their-former-medical-school-associate-ayman-zawahiri-as-a-fanatic-one-serving-as-president-of-ca/

  23. Anonymous Scientist said

    http://america20xy.com/blog6/2010/03/16/obamas-veto-threat-on-intel-budget-issued-because-of-proposed-anthrax-probe/

    Obama’s Veto Threat of Intel Funding Bill Issued Because of New Anthrax Probe
    March 16, 2010
    America 20xy

    3/16/10

    By Andrew Steele

    While Congressional oversight provisions in the new 2011 intel funding bill are being held up as the cause of Obama’s threatened veto of it, an article from Bloomberg on March 15th points to another reason…mainly the fact that the administration doesn’t want a new investigation into the anthrax attacks for which the late Dr. Bruce Ivins has been blamed:

    “President Barack Obama,” says the article, “probably would veto legislation authorizing the next budget for U.S. intelligence agencies if it calls for a new investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, an administration official said.

    A proposed probe by the intelligence agencies’ inspector general “would undermine public confidence” in an FBI probe of the attacks “and unfairly cast doubt on its conclusions,” Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.”

    In January the Wall Street Journal published an article that debunked the government’s official “lone nut” conspiracy theory. In it, the author Edward Jay Epstein wrote that the anthrax used in the attacks was coated with silicon to prevent spores from clinging together, thus making the anthrax more lethal. Because weaponized anthrax had been banned by international treaties, research anthrax like that at Fort Detrick didn’t contain any silicon. There was no silicon in any of the flasks there.

    “At a minimum, such a process would require highly specialized equipment that did not exist in Ivins’s lab—or, for that matter, anywhere at the Fort Detrick facility. As Richard Spertzel, a former biodefense scientist who worked with Ivins, explained in a private briefing on Jan. 7, 2009, the lab didn’t even deal with anthrax in powdered form, adding, “I don’t think there’s anyone there who would have the foggiest idea how to do it.” So while Ivins’s death provided a convenient fall guy, the silicon content still needed to be explained.”

    In other words, Ivins didn’t have the equipment or skills needed to create the specific anthrax that was used in the attacks.

    Originally the FBI’s investigation looked at another scientist, Steven Hatfill, which resulted in the FBI issuing an apology and Mr. Hatfill receiving a $5.8 million settlement. Perry Mikesell, another scientist, was also pursued and, according to Epstein’s article, “became so stressed by the FBI’s games that he began to drink heavily and died of a heart attack in October 2002.”

    Bruce Ivins died as a result of an apparent “suicide” at Frederick Memorial Hospital, MD after taking an overdose of Tylenol. No autopsy was ordered after his death.

    Like Bush, who’s administration attempted to block an independent investigation into the 9/11 attacks, the Obama administration has taken the same posture, stonewalling a new inquiry into an attack that killed five people and infected 22 others, directed at members of Congress and at people in the media. Fear of casting doubt on the FBI’s conclusions is fear of transparency, something that Obama ran on the promise of…another promise broken. The administration’s panicked reaction to a new investigation, while halting it in the legislature, will no doubt cast further distrust in the informed public’s mind of the truth in the government’s official story, and increase speculation as to what really happened.

  24. Anonymous Scientist said

    http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2010/03/16/would-obama-issue-first-veto-to-protect-anthrax-whitewash/

    Would Obama Issue First Veto to Protect Anthrax Whitewash?
    By: emptywheel Tuesday March 16, 2010 5:28 am

    Bloomberg is reporting that Office of Management and Budget head Peter Orszag has told the intelligence committees Obama will veto the intelligence authorization because–among other reasons–it calls for re-examining the FBI’s conspiracy theory-as-investigation summary finding that Bruce Ivins acted alone. (h/t fatster)

    President Barack Obama probably would veto legislation authorizing the next budget for U.S. intelligence agencies if it calls for a new investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, an administration official said.A proposed probe by the intelligence agencies’ inspector general “would undermine public confidence” in an FBI probe of the attacks “and unfairly cast doubt on its conclusions,” Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

    Whaa???

    To sustain its claim that Ivins, rather than an accomplice, mailed the anthrax from Princeton, FBI engaged in addled speculation worthy of the Kennedy assassination. And now Obama is worried about “public confidence” in those addled speculations?

    And shouldn’t there be an investigation of the investigation, at the least, because of the way FBI botched the investigation and framed Steven Hatfill?

    If the investigation can’t bear any scrutiny, then I’d say there’s probably a good reason, and therefore a good reason to do an Inspector General investigation.

    But I guess the President who advocates transparency is against that.

    RawStory has a good summary of both this issue and the other targets of Obama’s veto threat: Congressional notification and GAO oversight of intelligence.

  25. Anonymous scientist said

    http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/

    Monday, March 15, 2010
    In Bizarre, Soviet-Style Move, White House Threatens to Veto Intelligence Budget Unless FBI’s Anthrax Frame Up Is Accepted

    In a bizarre, Soviet-style move, the White House has threatened to veto the intelligence budget unless everyone accepts the FBI frame up of Dr. Bruce Ivins.

    As Bloomberg writes:

    President Barack Obama probably would veto legislation authorizing the next budget for U.S. intelligence agencies if it calls for a new investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, an administration official said.

    A proposed probe by the intelligence agencies’ inspector general “would undermine public confidence” in an FBI probe of the attacks “and unfairly cast doubt on its conclusions,” Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

  26. Anonymous scientist said

    http://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010
    Obama VETO for anthrax investigation?!!/ Bloomberg/Business Week
    Shocker from Bloomberg/ Business Week :

    Obama Veto Is Threatened on 2010 Intelligence Budget Measure

    By Jeff Bliss

    March 15 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama probably would veto legislation authorizing the next budget for U.S. intelligence agencies if it calls for a new investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, an administration official said.

    Barack Obama used to teach Constitutional law, so it is a fair assumption he is familiar with it. Unlike his predecessor, he gets no pass for ignorance of the law. Yet his administration’s antics in undermining the Constitution are profound. From his administration’s support of covert surveillance by telecommunications companies on Americans, without any legal sanction; its failure to renounce the Constitutionally prohibited “cruel and unusual punishment” i.e., torture; maintaining prisoners in secret jails without legal representation; holding prisoners who have been subjected to “extraordinary rendition” (a euphemism for kidnapping); the use of military tribunals rather than the US system of law; and the approval of extrajudicial killings (including of Americans) — we see a perpetuation of the legal and constitutional abuses of the Bush years. We see a reliance on covert action and concentrating power in the hands of the executive.

    Below, further down in the same Bloomberg/Business Week article, we see a carefully constructed power grab–an attempt to prevent Congress from performing its Constitutionally mandated role of oversight on the executive branch (and its agencies). This isn’t the CHANGE our nation voted for. What happened?

    A proposed probe by the intelligence agencies’ inspector general “would undermine public confidence” in an FBI probe of the attacks “and unfairly cast doubt on its conclusions,” Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees…

    Orszag said the administration also opposes other provisions in the intelligence budget that allow more scrutiny of spy operations. “The president’s senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill” unless those restrictions are removed, he said.

    The White House objects to provisions that would require all members of the intelligence committees to receive briefings on matters that now are disclosed only to senior congressional leaders known as the “gang of eight,” Orszag said.

    The administration also opposes letting the General Accountability Office, Congress’s auditing arm, conduct investigations of spy activities, he said.

    The House and Senate are preparing to meet to resolve differences between their versions of the legislation.

    The FBI’s anthrax case, as recently published, is a tapestry of unsupported claims, character assassination, circumstantial evidence, and gross omission of information about other potential perpetrators and other areas of investigation that were pursued by the FBI. The Editorials and Op-Eds questioning the FBI’s case are legion, and include the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Science and Nature, among others.

    The anthrax letters helped usher in the Patriot Act and the Iraq War. They attacked Congress and our major media, and temporarily shut down Congress. The letters appear to have been sent by a government insider(s). This meets the definition of treason.

    The only explanation I can hazard for the Obama administration to veto Congressional investigation of this crime, is that the administration knows the truth behind the letters. Could this truth threaten the executive?

  27. DXer said

    To clarify, the Business Week story has been revised. The one appearing second is the current version.

  28. DXer said

    The iconic Obama picture hanging on my wall is too big to turn around. But he’s lost my vote because as a multi-tasking attorney, regardless how many responsibilities he has, he should be able to know that there is no evidence pointing to Ivins.

    Obama Veto Is Threatened on 2010 Intelligence Budget Measure

    March 15, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    By Jeff Bliss

    March 15 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama probably would veto legislation authorizing the next budget for U.S. intelligence agencies if it calls for a new investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, an administration official said.

    A proposed probe by the intelligence agencies’ inspector general “would undermine public confidence” in an FBI probe of the attacks “and unfairly cast doubt on its conclusions,” Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

    On Feb. 19, the Obama administration released a 92-page summary of a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that said the late Bruce Ivins, a government scientist, was behind the attacks. Lawmakers including Representative Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat, have questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.

    Anthrax-laced letters sent to lawmakers and news outlets nine years ago infected 22 people, killing five.

    Orszag said the administration also opposes other provisions in the intelligence budget that allow more scrutiny of spy operations. “The president’s senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill” unless those restrictions are removed, he said.

    The White House objects to provisions that would require all members of the intelligence committees to receive briefings on matters that now are disclosed only to senior congressional leaders known as the “gang of eight,” Orszag said.

    The administration also opposes letting the General Accountability Office, Congress’s auditing arm, conduct investigations of spy activities, he said.

    The House and Senate are preparing to meet to resolve differences between their versions of the legislation.

    Top Government stories: TOP GOV

    –Editors: Jim Rubin, Don Frederick

    • DXer said

      Note to Obama:

      Richard Holbrooke was in charge of Perseus for $30 million of the $50 million in investment in NanoBio by Perseus. (Although Perseus and RH of course is in no way to blame). You inherited this mess called Amerithrax from the Bush Administration. Don’t make it your own mess or else you won’t win a second term which would be a tragedy because I’m one of your biggest fans.

      The FBI and CIA provably dropped the ball.

      Don’t let it be said that you participated in dropping the ball because Lew and I both think you are great.

      Now, by tomorrow at 10 a.m. I want you to come out in support of the provision. Thanks.

      http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-03-15/obama-veto-is-threatened-on-intelligence-budget-bill-correct-.html

      ***
      While not prompting a veto, a provision calling for a new investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks also is objectionable, Orszag said.
      Undermine Confidence

      A proposed probe by the intelligence agencies’ inspector general “would undermine public confidence” in a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the attacks “and unfairly cast doubt on its conclusions,” Orszag wrote.

      On Feb. 19, the Obama administration released a 92-page summary of the FBI probe that said the late Bruce Ivins, a government scientist, was behind the attacks. Lawmakers including Representative Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat, have questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.
      Anthrax-laced letters sent to lawmakers and news outlets nine years ago infected 22 people, killing five.
      The House and Senate are preparing to meet to resolve differences between their versions of the budget legislation.

  29. DXer said

    Holt Urges Independent Investigation (video)

  30. DXer said

    As the United States Attorney Office of the District of Columbia meets new and future challenges, it seems that President Obama chose a very highly qualified and experienced criminal prosecutor/defense counsel to be the new US Attorney.

    “Suspicions about FBI analysts growing,” Washington Post Staff Writer, March 14, 2010
    http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/US_Attorney/index.html

  31. DXer said

    How can it be said that our government agencies have learned the lesson of 9/11 when it takes months, even years, for USAMRIID to provide a simple stack of emails by Ivins? If agencies like the DOJ and USAMRIID are so inefficient at sharing information it is no surprise that the investigators are only getting around to obtaining the information and documents about the visitor to the B3 in 2005.

    Here is another 302 listing the 17 or so pages that have been made part of the record (such as proof of anthrax and plague vaccination) first being obtained in 2005.

    1.



    2. Does this document seized in Afghanistan point to infiltration of US biodefense?

    3. Was virulent Ames genetically identical to the attack anthrax at Dugway Proving Ground at Utah?

    4. Why was Dr. Ivins concerned he was missing samples and what justification for missing samples did his superior say there was.

    5. In March 1999, the Vanguards of Conquest announced that Ayman Zawahiri intended to use anthrax against US targets to retaliate against the rendering and mistreatment of senior Egyptian Islamic Jihad leaders.

    6. The early February 2001 Presidential Daily Brief (“PDB”) “Bin Laden’s Interest in Biological and Radiological Weapons” by the CIA to President Bush should be declassified.

    7. This is the code used in the letter — and it is established by documentary evidence not the fanciful DOJ’s concoction that is not supported by its own experts interviewed.

    8. Here is Ayman Zawahiri’s correspondence with infiltrating scientist Rauf Ahmad was produced under FOIA by the US Defense Intelligence Agency providing documentary evidence of his modus operandi of infiltration biodefense.

    9. This is the floor plan of George Mason University’s DISCOVERY HALL shows that Ali Al-Timimi occupied the same suite as leading anthrax scientist Ken Alibek and former deputy USAMRIID Commander Charles Bailey, a prolific Ames strain researcher, as part of the DARPA-funded Center for Biodefense.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/floor-plan-of-suite-at-gmus-discovery-hall-in-2001-with-ali-al-timimi-and-leading-anthrax-scientists/

    10. According to his defense counsel, Al-Timimi was an “anthrax weapons suspect.” His program was sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection. The lead FBI scientist was the ATCC collection scientist for the bacteriology division in 2001.

    11. Why is there a 100 ml discrepancy in Dr. Ivins’ records dating back to 1999?

    12. Wouldn’t you be depressed if your friends were ordered not to talk to you? (He was on anti-depressants, not anti-psychotics).

    13. Interviews and Ivins’ emails have been mischaracterized in the DOJ’s Summary. Why didn’t the DOJ provide the Lab Notebook 4010 pages detailing the observations Ivins made on the health of the animals the nights the DOJ speculates he was preparing powderized anthrax to mail?

    14. Why has the DOJ failed to provide these critical references cited in its expanded Amerithrax-generated record of how virulent Ames from Flask 1029 was used?

    15. The DOJ should disclose the 2004 article provided by Dr. Bruce Ivins to the FBI regarding adding silica to the coat in Bacillus spore suspensions

    16. In April 2007, AUSA Kenneth Kohl Dr. Ivins telling he was not a target at a time when internal documents indicate he was a suspect.

    17. Question about hijacker’s leg lesion

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/dxer-questions-about-hijackers-leg-lesion/

    18, Federal Eagle envelope

    19. Reason for pattern of overtime

    20. Red Cross meeting

    21. Dr. Ivins’ group therapy meetings on dates of meeting

    22, What the DOJ’s expert says about the DOJ’s silly and contrived theory of the “code”

    23. Ayman Zawahiri’s April 1999 email to Atef

    24. Ayman’s use of “school” as code in May 2001 letter to EIJ members explaining why he chose to merge with Al Qaeda (without asking folks)

    25. Example of lab notebook page (on 10/4/2001) being wrongfully withheld by DOJ under FOIA

    26. The February 2001 PDB from the CIA to President Bush on anthrax that should be declassified and is important in explaining things as the August 2001 PDB was on the “planes operation”

    27. The relevant lab notebook pages should be provided

    28. Example: October 5, 2001 Ivins email wrongfully withheld / delayed until after press upon issuance of report

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