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

* newly released Ivins emails … these are all from 2004 and earlier … what is being hidden in the 2005-2008 emails? who is illegally withholding this information? who is allowing it to be withheld? … sorry to bother you, Mr. Obama, when you have so many other matters to deal with, but this is now your administration, and somebody needs to be fired! the excuses for failing to provide the information are as pathetic as the FBI’s case against Dr. Ivins

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 25, 2010

The FBI’s case against Dr. Ivins is clearly 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? I offer one “fictional” scenario in my novel CASE CLOSED, judged by many readers, including a highly respected official in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as “quite plausible.”

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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26 Responses to “* newly released Ivins emails … these are all from 2004 and earlier … what is being hidden in the 2005-2008 emails? who is illegally withholding this information? who is allowing it to be withheld? … sorry to bother you, Mr. Obama, when you have so many other matters to deal with, but this is now your administration, and somebody needs to be fired! the excuses for failing to provide the information are as pathetic as the FBI’s case against Dr. Ivins”

  1. DXer said

    Off-topic –

    The Travel Channel wrote last week to say they want to film some friends and I looking for Dutch Schultz’s treasure. The young and young at heart are welcome. Contrary to the widespread popular lore related to Phoenicia, NY in the Catskills, my friends and I posit that the historical evidence shows (1) he never mentioned Phoenicia [NY] in the stenographer’s transcription of his deathbed statements (see, e.g., NYT, 10/26/1935). That was just added by a treasure story / fiction writer ; and (2) Dutch and “Lulu” Rosenkrantz hid the cache, consisting of a iron chest stuffed with $1,000 bills, Liberty bonds, and diamonds, on August 7, 1935, leaving the side door of Hotel Stratfield at about midnight and returning at 5 a.m. Dutch, according to Lulu, slept in the next day (on August 8). Dutch faced an imminent examination related to his tax troubles (it had been scheduled for August 8 in Albany on and would be under penalty of perjury). My friends and I (and my 10-year-old daughter) are looking for people near Fairfield County, CT to take pictures along nature trails that we could identify. We have the dates he rode (daily) from Brookside Stables on Mill Plain Road in Fairfield during the May – Aug. period. He was first discovered living in the area in April, where his wife and he had taken a 2 month lease in Norwalk at 3 Marion Ave. They, too, rode daily on sunny afternoons. We especially want photos taken, for example, of Devil’s Den Nature Preserve. In trade for digital photos emailed, you’ll have access to all learning, including the 440 pages of historical material to be freely viewable and uploaded shortly.

  2. DXer said

    This makes for nice PR but has no connection to reality as illustrated by the FBI’s failure to produce the examination of the photocopy toner that shows the claims made in the summary to be false.

    FBI field chief wants ‘transparency’

    Shawn Henry has a favorite word that one might not expect from the head of the FBI’s Washington field office — “transparency.” Just four months into his post as assistant director in charge, Henry says he’s already working hard to make the agency more accessible.

    ***

    It would have been kept hidden in the past, he said.

    ***

    “And what I’ve said is we have an obligation and a responsibility to share the information so people can protect themselves,” Henry said.

    ***

    Now, Henry directs about 900 agents and 900 professional staff at facilities in Washington and Manassas, Va., for the FBI’s second-largest field office after New York.

    Situated in the nation’s capital, his office has been at the center of countless landmark cases.

    ***

    For all of its reach, Henry said the FBI can’t do it alone. His transparency approach with community outreach is twofold: gain the public’s trust and show people they can play a role in thwarting threats.

    ***

    “I think it’s a great message and a great goal of the FBI to be more transparent and I think that really helps with public perception,” Ali said. “He’d be a great guy to invite to your home for a cookout,” he said of Henry, a burly man with a serious brow who occasionally flashes a smile or quips about his bald head.

    Although some might be skeptical about how much transparency an FBI head can offer, Henry said he likes the word. Without breaching delicate protocols or giving away state secrets, he said he finds there’s still room for openness.

    “I want to be able to pull back the curtain — come on in, here’s what we’re doing,” he said.

    — Associated Press

  3. B said

    Dear DXer
    are only US citizens allowed to make FOIA requests? Furthermore I was wondering how expensive it is. I know that NGO’s often don’t have to pay for the search and copies, but as I understand it you might (theoretically) end up with a big bill for research hours and copies.

    thank’s

    • DXer said

      I definitely think you most always will be able to avoid the expense on this topic. For example, I believe the first 100 pages are free. It helps a lot if you are very specific because otherwise FOIA officers are not well-situated to lay their hands on the documents. The worst case is that they will tell you that it would cost in advance and then you abandon or narrow your request. But you should never be surprised with a bill.

      I believe the Privacy Act only grants rights to U.S. citizens and to aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence. As a result, a nonresident foreign national cannot use the act’s provisions. However, a nonresident foreign national may use the FOIA to request records about himself or herself.

      Note that you can even submit an emailed request and now the FBI has set up a form to expedite requests. In fact, most agencies have simple forms or email addresses. I would be glad to give you the URL of the form (or the email) for any agency you like if it relates to Amerithrax. I recommend that you give thought to the full range of agencies that may have documents.

      You might also consider state statutes. In Virginia, you have to be a state resident but in a canvass of all 50 state FOIA statutes I made for a different matter involving local school districts, that is a rare exception. The definition of “person” might control who can submit under a state statute.

      Bottom-line: If you want documents other than relating to yourself, find someone in the US to make the request for you so you have a US address. Do it my email. Be highly specific and do all you can to help the FOIA officer understand that the documents exist and where to find them. Don’t worry about formalities except insofar as you want to preserve your option to litigate. If they fail to comply with FOIA regarding Amerithrax, tell Lew. He agrees that compliance with FOIA is important.

      As an example of its usefulness, Anonymous Scientist obtained the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology report relating to silica. Under both the federal and state statutes, there are various considerations that go into whether a charge is levied. The public interest nature of the request, whether it is going to be publicized (so they don’t have to keep providing the same information) etc. I always make it a habit of immediately uploading what is produced to strengthen the argument relating to fee waiver.

  4. B said

    Hello,
    is it possible to download the complete FOIA e-mail archive somewhere?
    And where does this information come from?
    Dr. John Ezzell, the FBI’s anthrax expert at USAMRIID who we recently learned made dried powdered anthrax at the request of DARPA?

    • DXer said

      Hi B!

      Welcome to the forum.

      The email archive is at:

      https://mrmc-www.army.mil/index.cfm?pageid=foia_reading_room.overview

      B writes:

      “And where does this information come from?
      Dr. John Ezzell, the FBI’s anthrax expert at USAMRIID who we recently learned made dried powdered anthrax at the request of DARPA?”

      Dr. Ezzell is the source based on my interview of him in July 2009. He invites inquiry from anyone with any questions though we lost email touch when he did not respond to my question whether he used an antifoaming agent, whether it has a silicon signature etc. But he certainly would confirm the quote he posted below.

      Infiltration of US Biodefense (440 pages freely viewable)

      http://www.blurb.com/books/1385387

      Excerpt:

      The man on the telephone was telling me that he was under a gag order and that the FBI likely was wiretapping his telephone. Dr. John Ezzell was the FBI’s anthrax specialist who first examined the finely powderized anthrax sent to the United Senators Leahy and Daschle. It was July 2009. He had returned my call from moments earlier. When he called, I was on the other line continuing a message on his answering machine. He confirmed that he made dry powdered anthrax at USAMRIID’s Ft. Detrick for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (“DARPA”). The dried Ames was prepared by Dr. Ezzell in connection with mass spectrometry detector research that explored the effect of a Corona Plasma Discharge and Sonicator on Ames spores.

      Dr. Ezzell explained in a blog in response to my description:

      “The anthrax spores that my lab prepared for DARPA were dead spores. At no time have I ever prepared live virulent dried spores. Secondly.. the spores I prepared were snow white, ultra pure and were light and “fluffy” where as the spores in the Daschle and Leahy letters were tan, not ultra pure and were different in their physical characteristics. The spores prepared for DARPA were prepared in accordance with all regulations and were to used to test mass spectrometer detectors for biological threat agents. Neither I nor DARPA did anything wrong or illegal in this matter.”

      Beginning in 1996, Dr. Ezzell also worked for the FBI’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit. After coming under suspicion, Dr. Bruce Ivins wrote an email to his colleague and friend Patricia Fellows saying that he had heard that the aerosolized anthrax made by Dr. Ezzell for DARPA was the closest match to the anthrax mailed in Fall 2001 that Dr. Ezzell had examined.

      Dr. Ivins had emailed a superior on December 18, 2006 about what he heard about the FBI at a party. Ivins expressed concern that something might have been taken or altered from his B3 stocks. Ivins was told by email from the superior to not talk about it — that the FBI situation was under control. But it turned out not to be under control. Dr. Ivins’ colleagues were ordered not to talk to him beginning November 2007. He was removed from the base by armed escort in late July. Bruce Ivins took his life on July 29, 2008. It now has been over 18 months since the FBI said that the geeky dead guy was the sole suspect in the anthrax mailings. The case was officially closed in late February 2010. The trail of evidence that should have led Amerithrax investigators to the infiltration of DARPA and US biodefense and withdrawal from Dr. Ivins’ stock dated back to the time of the mailings. It was discernable from “open source” intelligence.

    • DXer said

      These entries summarize clarification JE has provided me by email.

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/page/5/

  5. BugMaster said

    Is there any compelling reason that the graphics can’t show the ENTIRE email messages?

    That way, we can comment on them, and perhaps this discussion board may have more revelance and participation beyond DX’ers constant postings to himself.

    • DXer said

      “Is there any compelling reason that the graphics can’t show the ENTIRE email messages?”

      Yes, the emails are hundreds of pages. I don’t post more than a select few due to length. For example, I didn’t post the emails showing you were mistaken on whether the archived notebooks were kept in the library because researchers interested in the matter can read the full set of emails at their leisure.

      Here is the link which has been posted in the past.

      https://mrmc-www.army.mil/index.cfm?pageid=foia_reading_room.overview

      Lew is a retired gentleman living the good life abroad and we shouldn’t impose on his time unnecessarily.

  6. DXer said

    USAMRIID has failed to provide under FOIA the attachments which are part of any email message.

    For example, by email dated July 23, 2004, he forwards emails messages of interest:

    “Please check out the enclosed messages.
    -Bruce”

  7. DXer said

    By September 3, 2004 email, Dr. Ivins writes re “FBI Request”:

    “Hey ____

    Do they want my email files? Am I supposed to go through all my computer disks? The stuff they’re asking for is mostly hard copy. If I have to go through 10,000 email files and several thousand other computer documents, I may as well stop doing everything else. If the FBI wants to send somebody here to examine what I have on my computer, on email and diskette files, they can come do that.

    Bottom line… if I go through all of my computer files personally to get the information, I’m not going to be able to do anything elese with respect to spores or science. If the FBI wants to send someone here to go through them, they certainly can do so.

    – Bruce”

    • DXer said

      The person responds:

      “Are these electronic files? Apparently, ___ wants me to forward these to him. If you have them, please email the files to me. Thanks.”

      Was the person that Dr. Ivins wrote “Hey ____” Dr. John Ezzell, the FBI’s anthrax expert at USAMRIID who we recently learned made dried powdered anthrax at the request of DARPA? Were Dr. Ivins’ electronic files routed through Dr. Ezzell?

      • DXer said

        The exchange had started:

        “FW: FBI Request

        Slappy,

        Do you have this info?”

        He responded (perhaps with mild sarcasm):

        “Yes, I do. Why don’t we just give them everything in our offices and labs and start from scratch?”

        Who called Dr. Ivins “Slappy”?

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