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

* more of Dr. Bruce Ivins’ emails … With the 2 new batches of Ivins emails (up to 12/2005), it has taken the USAMRIID 2 years to produce the simple stack of emails that should have been produced in September 2008

Posted by DXer on July 6, 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.”

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6 Responses to “* more of Dr. Bruce Ivins’ emails … With the 2 new batches of Ivins emails (up to 12/2005), it has taken the USAMRIID 2 years to produce the simple stack of emails that should have been produced in September 2008”

  1. DXer said

    As evidence of Dr. Ivins’ guilt, in the conclusion of the reason it thinks Dr. Ivins was guilty of murder, DOJ states:

    “Dr. Ivins also sent a provocative e-mail about the anthrax case to himself from an account he established in such a way that it would appear as though the e-mail was being sent by him to a friend, in an effort to see whether investigators were reading his e-mail.”

    This is stupid. That is not evidence of guilt. Given, for example, the constant questioning, his grand jury appearances, the mean agent who went off on him before one of the grand jury appearances (at which he appeared without counsel), the car parked down the street, the two undercovers on the cruise, the November 2007 search of his home and office, he would have every reason to know investigators were reading his email.

    I don’t have the date of the email “Yes! I know who did it! I just need to check on some things” email. But the same applies to the guy who had the main repository of Ames from 2001 onward. For example, Dr. Ezzell assumed he was being wiretapping when I called him — and he was the expert working for the FBI.

    Interception of email is a good opportunity to educate agents whose real experience may relate more often to undercover street drug buys than to intelligence analysis. Some agents like Booth (on “Bones”) might be on target at the shooting range but less comfortable with a complex case.

    Heck, I can’t email a FOIA request without stating again — reducing things to as simple and provocative a proposition as possible — that Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat does not deny responsibility for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    Intercepted communications are best viewed as an “outreach” program designed to help educate AUSA Lieber who otherwise was distracted at the office from engaging in sound true crime and intelligence analysis. Indeed, she was forbidden from visiting the jihadi in jail and then reprimanded (when to her credit she did so). A “deal had been cut” and so the jihadi she visited was deemed “off bounds.”

    A sounder data point was that Ivins appeared before two grand jury appearances without so much as consulting an attorney.

    AUSA Lieber in her Amerithrax Investigative Summary made a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

    But pigs don’t fly.

  2. DXer said

    In the many hundreds of pages of Dr. Ivins’ work emails, there was no support for any of the USG’s imagined motives. Here is an example of joke recently produced this past week. Dr. Ivins’ friend sent him this joke in March 2000.

    There was a minister whose wife was expecting a baby. The minister
    went to the congregation and asked for a raise. After much
    consideration and discussion, they passed a rule that when the minister’s family
    expanded, so would his paycheck.

    After five or six children, this started to get expensive. The
    congregation decided to hold a meeting again to discuss the minister’s pay

    As you can imagine there was much yelling and bickering. Finally,
    the minister got up and spoke to the crowd. “Having children is an
    act of God!”

    In the back of the room, a little old man stood up and in his frail
    voice said, “Point of information – snow and rain are also ‘acts of God’,
    but we wear rubbers on those occasions!

  3. DXer said

    “People want more details,” said Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation for American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. “They want greater clarity and greater candor than they have gotten up to this point. Wikileaks, in this case, has filled a void left by the Pentagon.”

    Comment: The take-home of the first 92,000 pages for Mr. Holbrooke is this: USAMRIID and the FBI and NAS should comply with FOIA lest the public hear the truth about Amerithrax through Wikileaks first.

  4. DXer said

    Three new batches were produced yesterday (#66, 67, and 68). For example, on January 10, 2006 Dr. Ivins provided his responses to discovery requests relating to Amerithrax by a civil litigant.


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  5. BugMaster said

    Production in Leighton and Doi media yielded 6.0 x 10!8 spores / ml? That’s all!??

    It would have therefore taken considerable time and resources to obtain enough material such as the amount used in the attacks.

    Also note that spore recovery after purification is far from 100%

    • BugMaster said

      Also note Ivin’s reference to 250 ml flasks.

      In otherwords, to produce material at Fort Detrick, you would need lots of flasks.

      Shake flasks are normally run at 20% – 25% volume. Increasing the volume beyond that does’nt help, because of gas transfer issues.

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