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

* New release of Bruce Ivins emails from September 2004 – May 2005

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 22, 2010

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9 Responses to “* New release of Bruce Ivins emails from September 2004 – May 2005”

  1. DXer said

    Dr. Ivins in the email above says that he and a colleague had worked on a microencapsulated vaccine. The microencapsulation had been done at SRI in Birmingham. When the FBI interviewed Dr. Ivins after coming from SRI in Birmingham they brought him Golden Eagle maple syrup, as if it was an inside joke.

    Why did an investigator bring Dr. Ivins a jar of GOLDEN EAGLE SYRUP upon a visit to Alabama?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 14, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/tag/golden-eagle-syrup/

    If I ever knew, I’ve forgotten. Did it relate to Operation Noble Eagle?

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

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 4, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/what-was-dr-bruce-ivins-role-in-operation-noble-eagle/

    At a Congressional committee hearing, FBI Director Mueller was not allowed to identify in open session all the labs that worked with virulent Ames in a dried powder form. Two were known to be Dugway and Battelle. But he had to go into closed session to identify the third.

    Why was that? Was it classified? Or was it that there was a Maryland state law that forbade identifying SRI in downtown Frederick as the third lab that worked with virulent Ames in a dry powder form. I asked the SRI President and Vice-President in 2001 when SRI Frederick first obtained virulent Ames but they declined to say (and the VP otherwise up to that point had been very forthcoming).

    • DXer said

      From the FBI report:

      Based on a previous conversation, sA~I——~provided IVINS with a “Pride of Alabama” jar of Golden Eagle Syrup. IVINS was very appreciative of the gesture. Initially joking about the sugar content IVINS made the following comments:
      IVINS stated that … [several lines redacted)

  2. Great work to post these emails. I know you may have already discussed this, but I will point it out here anyhow at the risk of redundancy.

    According to step 2, the growth of spores alone, after preparation and before any further processing is one week.

    If the anthrax is not a good spore former, they grow for 2 to 3 weeks.

    Letting it run for a week means Ivins could not just do it at night either the first weekend, Sep 14 to Sep 16 2001 or the week in October the FBI also shows him with late night hours.

    This email is very powerful evidence. It is consistent with the published paper on growth times of subtilis.

  3. DXer said

    USAMRIID has just uploaded a June 28, 2005 email that says in part:

    “Hi, ___

    ______ party was fun last night. A lot of people showed up. _________ also had a party (for the same reason) at _________, and they had to leave because they were being too rowdy, so they came over to _____ Anyway, __________ was giving his opinion of ______________ and others, and he started talking about when he had to examine all of the letter spore powder samples. He said, like ____ (who was also there) that the stuff flew all over the place. Then he said he had to look at a lot of samples that the FBI had prepared (by Dugway, I guess) to duplicate the letter material. Then the bomshell. He said the best duplication was teh stuff made by ____ He said that it was almost exactly the same. He also talked about looking at the material under the Electron microscope and _____ coming in and asking about it. When ____ told him it was powdered made by _____ almost keel over. ____ said his knees got shaky and he sputtered, ” But I told the ______ we didn’t make spore powder!” ___ has a very strong suspicion that ____ was involved in some way in the letter incident, and that ___ could well have been also. The way he was telling it was actually funny. The sentences were quite replete with “f*** sh****” and “son of a b*****”” and other spicy words and phrases. ____ siad that ______ was the worst ______ since he’s been here. It was all a VERY interesting spiel, believe me! I had heard that __ had made Ames spore powder (I’ve got his email admitting it), but that was the first I’ve heard that ____ either knew about it or was behind it and that it was virtually identical to the spore powder in the letters.

    I’ve heard that _________ big supporters and lapdogs are now quaking in their boots!

    Bruce Ivins

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

  4. DXer said

    The old Stratfield Hotel at 1241 Main St. in Bridgeport, CT which is now an apartment building, has partially collapsed due to severe weather.

    On August 7, 1935, Dutch Schultz and Lulu Rosenkrantz went out the side door of the Stratfield at 11 p.m. — destination unknown. New York State Tax authorities had just served him with a subpoena demanding he testify under oath about his assets on August 8. Instead, he slept in after he and Lulu had hidden his iron box of loot the night before. Popular lore has it that he referred to Phoenicia in the Catskills in his deathbed delirium. But that sentence was just added by some treasure story writer. His deathbed delirium has lots of vague references that may be possible clues to the location of the treasure. But there is no sentence mentioning Phoenicia. Dudley Brothwell, who owned the Brookside Stables on Mill Plain Road in Fairfield, later testified that Dutch and Lulu rode daily. Dutch and Lulu, it seems to me, more likely hid his missing millions in Fairfield County, CT.

    If one were superstitious, one might say that Dutch is lashing out that his secret after all these years may be out.

    Now if it turns out that Dr. Ivins was not guilty – and there is no evidence suggesting he was — and if it turned out there was a God, Allah or whatever (a pretty silly proposition if you ask me) — what might the Big Guy do upon seeing that the perpetrator killed innocents?

    • DXer said

      Just as Hoover understood that catching a criminal like John Dillinger would help cement his legacy, FBI Director Mueller, being so sharp, should appreciate that Amerithrax play a significant role in determining his legacy.

      The FBI’s theory and gloss is as specious as the lore that developed around Phoenicia as the location for the Dutch Schultz cache. See, e.g., FBI’s suppression of the report on the examination of the photocopier toner. It will not survive the test of time.

      http://www.newanthraxandalqaeda.com

      Let’s learn from some history.

      The last words of Dutch Schultz — which were transcribed by a police officer — do not in fact mention Phoenicia. Emile Shurmacher appears to have first added the sentence indicating the treasure as buried in Phoenicia. The “Digging For Dutch” documentary, for example, is centered on someone who had a “vision” after watching the “Unsolved Mysteries” show with Robert Stack narrating (available on YouTube). The “Unsolved Mysteries” tv episode in turn rests on the mistaken premise that Phoenicia was mentioned. Similarly, author Conway in a booklet cited Shurmacher and another author departing from the actual transcript. The more authoritative contemporaneous New York Times transcript and the Journal-American transcript — and the excellent book by the late New York journalist Paul Sann — do not mention Phoenicia. The newspaper articles chronicle where Dutch Schultz was each day during the months he was renting a suite at Hotel Stratfield in Bridgeport. When he wasn’t dealing with his legal problems, he tended to be on Fairfield County, CT horse trails riding his horse Sun Tan, which he kept at Brookside Stables on Mill Plain Road in Fairfield. The owner Dudley Brothwell had kept a log showing all the many dates throughout May – August period indicating the dates Dutch rode the trails. A complete transcript of his testimony was published in the Brooklyn Eagle in the late 1930s upon the prosecution of corrupt Tammany politician Jimmy Hines, who had met Dutch at the stables in August.

      FBI Director Hoover took a personal interest in Dutch’s assets — personally estimating his annual take from the numbers racket, as I recall, to be $6 million a year. The same week Dutch and Lulu were hiding the treasure Hoover was meeting with a confidential witness about Dutch’s whereabouts. Dewey’s lead investigator Harold Danforth described the cache in his 1959 autobiography D.A.s man. He said cooperating witness Weinberg said Dutch never put a bill smaller than a $1,000 in and sometimes had to sit on the custom-made iron chest in order to close it.

      The key investigator on Dutch’s time in Connecticut, who did much of his work undercover, wrote:

      “I have gone through the testimony of the Malone and the Syracuse tax evasion trials of Schultz, which form the frame for the tree story of the growth of the American gangster overlords. Government witnesses, including the old-time beer-runners who were in on the racket in the early days of Prohibition, gave a vivid picture of how the illegal sale of beer mounted month after month while the mound of dollars grew higher and higher.

      Wealth came with stunning suddenness to Schultz. Government accounts, never given to fancy, put down Schultz’s beer fortune as about $7,000,000.”

      (p. 62)

      Danforth, in his excellent autobiography co-authored with a journalist, writes:

      “In his late years [Dutch] was exceedingly moody and jumpy. If it was true, as he once told George Weinberg, his henchman and his betrayer, that he intended to get out of the rackets, no doubt what preyed on his mind was the terrible truth that he had passed the point of no return. …

      The Dutchman’s wealth is legendary. Several of the investigators still working in the District Attorney’s office can tell you of the mysterious iron chest which Schultz had made for him in the early thirties. George Weinberg said, not once but many times, that he had seen Schultz put only thousand-dollar bills into it and that once he had had to kneel on the lid to close it. In the chest was king’s ransom in diamonds, the proceeds of a Broadway jewelry store robbery. Schultz, acting as a fence, bought the loot from two safecrackers. Weinberg said he had heard, but could never prove, that Schultz had both men shot down by a gunman, who then returned his money to him. I doubt that Weinberg made this up. Weaving fancy tales was not part of his nature; he was a realist.

      Weinberg and Davis agreed that Schultz loved money more than anything else in life. Dixie said: “You can insult Arthur’s girl, even steal her from him, spit in his face, push him around and he’d laugh it off. But don’t steal even a dollar that belongs to him. You’re dead if you do.”

      • DXer said

        The same sort of infiltration that occurred in the days of Dutch Schultz occurred in Amerithrax.

        http://www.newanthraxandalqaeda.com

        The Dutch Schultz matter is a case study of both the corruption of law enforcement and politicians and the ease with which Dutch fit in respected social circles (along with other gangsters and fraudsters).

        One socialite was quoted in New York Sun:

        “My dear Arthur was the answer to a hostess’s prayer. When it became known that he had been invited to your party, you had nothing to worry about. Everyone came… And, really, he was charming. It was hard to believe those horrid stories.”

        Although the authorities did not understand the references to “Phil” and “George” at the time of Dutch Schultz’ morphine-induced narrative on his deathbed, the references turned out to refer to Coster-Musica brothers in Bridgeport. Phil Musica had bribed numerous high-ranking federal officials and had readily become President of a large, respected drug company under a fake identity.

        Charles Keats wrote a wonderful book in 1964 titled “Magnificent Masquerade”

        “In early 1935, Schultz moved the capital of his numbers-racket empire to Bridgeport, only a few miles away from the McKesson & Robbin plant and the lovely Castor mansion on Mill Plain Road, Fairfield. He set up headquarters in the Stratfield Hotel with a battalion of bodyguards headed by Lulu Rosenkrantz and Abe Landau, a pair of thugs whose muscles and guns were worth $7,5000 a month in wages ot Schultz. The Dutchman was guarded around the clock with men stationed across the street from the hotel and the lobby every hour of the day and night.

        Shortly after his arrival in Bridgeport, Schultz boasted that he had come there because he had “influential friends in the area, men who carried a lot of weight even in Washington.” He was at the time being pressured in connection with his past income tax returns. Schultz had two strong recreational interests. One was poker, which he would play with anyone. The second, a bit more unusual for a racketeer, was horseback-riding. This he was quite private about, and when he went off for a canter, in the direction of Fairfield, only a squad from his bodyguard was permitted to accompany him.

        Despite his known infamy as a gangland overlord, Schultz made interesting contacts on his own during his stay in Bridgeport. Not long after his arrival, he became a regular in the Saturday afternoon poker game in which prominent lawyers, politicians and businessmen had been playing for years. Some of these men recall that Bob Dietrich and Ben Simon seemed to know Schultz well enough to visit him at the hotel. They also remember that Dutch had evinced considerable interest in their opinion of Coster’s importance in the community.

        Both Schultz and Abe Landau had been inmates of the Tombs during the time Musica-Johnson was associated with that institution.

        ****

        “Schultz lingered for twenty-four hours after being shot. During his last four hours, he emerged from a complete coma and babble wildly in the delirium of a 106-degree fever. A police stenographer sat at his bedside during these hours and took down every intelligible word. After Schultz succumbed, local and federal police officers familiar with his activities and associates attempted to cull out all of the relevant information in his disconnected utterances. They were able to identify almost all of hte names mentioned and tie them into the rackets. However, it wasn’t until more than three years later, in December of 1938, that two of the names seemed to make any sense — Phil and George. After the revelation that F. Donald Coster and George Dietrich were really Philip and George Musica, police recalled Schultz’s stay in Bridgeport a short time before he was liquidated in Newark.”

        Phil and George had been the mystery names of Schultz’s delirium. They had been uttered in the same sequence of sentences. First Schultz had muttered, “Now listen, Phil, fun is fun.” His immediate next state was, “George, don’t make no fool moves.” [commonly reported as “bull moves.”]

        [upon his suicide a few years after Schultz’s murder]

        “In his suicide note, Coster had written: “.. and know there are no hidden treasures anywhere. And yet Coster early in his career had demonstrated a very great talent for hiding his assets. .. [such as after the human-hair swindle]. Years later Coster twitted [one investigator] about his inability to find the missing wealth [after the human-hair swindle] and boasted about the cleverness of his concealment.”

        ***

        Despite his emphatic disclaimer, Coster’s ‘hidden treasure’ is still an exciting conversation piece among the older residents of Fairfield and the veteran employees of McKesson & Robbins. Many of the people, perhaps with tongue in cheek, would invest eagerly in a map purporting to pinpoint the location of Coster’s buried wealth…. Townspeople still chuckle over the gold-rush fever that struck Fairfield when it was learned that there was no money in Coster’s bank accounts or safe-deposit boxes. For several nights thereafter, the Coster grounds on Mill Plain resounded to the soft echoes of furtive digging.

        One of those chuckling the longest was a Fairfield policeman who did a little treasure-hunting of his own. He had been acquainted with Coster for some time and remembered the many hours the McKesson & Robbins president used to spend with his dogs, particularly his favorite Saint Bernard. The more he thought about it, the more convinced he became that if Coster had buried his loot anywhere on the grounds, it would be under the Saint Bernard’s doghouse that was set apart from the kennels housing the chows.”

        [pp. 243-246]

        • DXer said

          Just as close examination of the documentary evidence shows that Dr. Ivins was not responsible for the anthrax mailings, the documents show that there is no evidence pointing to Phoenicia area in the Catskills as the location of any treasure cache related to Dutch Schultz.

          Anthrax and Al Qaeda: Infiltration of US Biodefense
          http://www.blurb.com/books/1385387

          While the court records and primary historical documents (such as the Brookside Stables log and hotel register) are the best guide, newspaper accounts from August 1935 shed important light.

          After his Syracuse trial, Dutch Schultz left the Hotel Syracuse here in Syracuse on August 6, 1935 to head out to deal with new tax difficulties in Albany, NY. He faced examination by the tax authorities over his assets he had available to pay taxes. That Catch-22 was that revealing assets would expose him to more charges regarding failure to pay taxes.

          He went to the Hotel Stratford in Bridgeport which had become his de facto headquarters while he was not on trial. (“Dutch Schultz Stops in Bridgeport, Aug. 9 Hartford Courant) In April, his wife and he had leased a home in Norwalk but left after the press discovered him there. (Dutch Schultz Quits His Norwalk Hideaway
          The Hartford Courant; Apr 12, 1935; 8)

          He had been living in Bridgeport hotel that summer and had been riding most days, when not on trial, in nearby Fairfield.

          On August 7, AP Bridgeport reported that facing a maze of federal and state income tax difficulties, “he and Lulu departed by automobile from his hotel here late tonight with his destination a secret.” (“Dutch Schultz, Facing Tax Quiz, Leaves Bridgeport,” Hartord Courant, August 7, 1935) He was facing an imminent examination of his assets available to pay his tax liabilities. An August 9 AP report indicates that he was back at Bridgeport meeting with his lawyer there at the hotel and expected to “stick around” for a few days.

          Dutch Schultz was friends with F. Donald Coster-Musica, master swindler, who lived in Fairfield near the Brookside Stables where Dutch rode Sun Tan, a horse he and his wife had purchased. Coster-Musica had been head of the big McKesson and Robbins Dug Company and associates with Dutch for almost eight years before Schultz’s death. Coster-Musica lived in Fairfield and later killed himself in his luxurious home — not far from Brookside Stables run by Dudley Brothwell. Coster-Musica spent much of his time at the Bridgeport, Conn office of his company.

          While staying in Bridgeport, Dutch regularly sparred with former lightwweight state boxing champion Eddie Corbett. Schultz “was a physical culture addict, indulging in boxing, handball, riding and road work, says Corbett.” “City Native Was Schultz Boxing Mate,” The Hartford Courant, Aug 29, 1938; 1.

          In Corbett’s opinion, Schultz had transferred his “headquarters” to a leading Bridgeport hotel for the summer. “It was just one gorilla or torpedo after another going to see him
          — big guys, with great hulking shoulders and a tough look.”

          Corbett says he knew Schultz was a gangster. “But I never said anything to him. He and Rosenkrantz never talked business in front of me. Sometimes, though, they would talk in a kind of slang that was hard to understand.

          “Then some other times Rosenkrantz would hurry into the room and Schultz would ask me to step outside. That happened quite often.”

          Corbett testified at the trial of Jimmy Hines as did Dudley Brothwell, who ran Brookside Stables where Dutch kept his horse.

          Both testified that the saw Jimmy Hines, the Tammany Hall politician, meeting with Dutch in mid-August 1935.

          Three other witnesses preceded Corbett, to include Charles W. Hughes, former assistant manager of the Hotel Barnum, Bridgeport; John Pucher, head waiter in the pine room of the Hotel Stratfield; Charles Wall, a former bellhop.

          Dutch also reportedly had Connecticut suburban (Fairfield) politicians on his take, according to papers found on him at the time of his murder in October 1935. (Report: Dutch Schultz Had ‘Suburban Conn.’ Officials on Payroll, AP, Nov. 4, 1935)

          He also intimidated local Connecticut newspaper people. One local columnist was sitting in a restaurant when one of Dutch’s associates walked up to him and asked if was so-and-so. When the columnist said “yes”, the man cut his tie in two.

          If you think the press was intimidated by Dutch, consider how intimidated they are by Ayman, the man whose colleagues had publicly announced in 1999 he was working to develop anthrax to use against US targets.

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