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

* a few extracts from recent comments on the CASE CLOSED blog continue to demonstrate the pathetic weakness of the government’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins. Will the truth ever be known?

Posted by DXer on August 20, 2010

The FBI’s case against Dr. Ivins is bogus: no evidence, no witnesses, an impossible timeline, science that proves innocence instead of guilt. So what really happened? And why? The “fictional” scenario in my novel CASE CLOSED has been judged by many readers, including a highly respected official in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as “quite plausible.”


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Here are extracts from some recent comments on this blog …

  • When US Attorney Jeffrey Taylor argued that key evidence of Dr. Ivins’ guilt was that he never repeated from 2002 onward the same pattern of long hours alone in the BL-3 as demonstrated during the Fall, did Attorney Taylor know that a 2 -person rule implemented in 2002 precluded that? (The late hours actually included Nov.- Dec which sunk his argument even apart from the two-person rule). His key premise (and Ed Lake’s chart) was based on an entirely flawed premise. Dr. Ivins, who lived nearby, continued to work late, odd hours relating to such things as use of his computer — as Dr. Andrews and others have explained.
  • Notice that batches #74 and #75 — like the #73 batches of emails — provide no evidence that Dr. Ivins is the processor or mailer of the anthrax letters as claimed by Jeff Taylor. Given that US Attorney Taylor evidenced that he mistakenly thought that only 100 had access — and overlooked that another two or three times that number are known to have access — and given that Jeff evidenced that he thought that the envelope used was uniquely sold in Dr. Ivins’ Frederick post office (rather than throughout Virginia and Maryland), would you be surprised to know that Jeff didn’t read any of these emails?
  • And one more point to be made: we should try to judge the evidence as though it were to be presented in a criminal trial (the trial that Ivins’ death precludes). This particular skein of evidence (the ‘code’) would have been ripped to pieces by defense expert witnesses in cryptography and cryptoanalysis. Because it’s bogus and fraudulent.
  • There is no evidence that Dr. Ivins had any special interest in codes (any more than most anyone who likes humor, riddles, puzzles etc.).
  • But the reality is that it takes 2 years to produce a simple stack of emails written by the person the FBI concluded was responsible for the anthrax mailings. It’s failure to be able to efficiently process FOIA requests has demonstrated that the government has proven itself too inefficient to keep the country safe.
  • Is it awkward to get to the emails after November 2007 when the enforced social isolation by someone superior to him in the organization led to his suicide? (see November 2007 email ordering everyone to not to communicate with him by any means). Sure. But all fair-minded people should be in favor of both efficiency and transparency in the matter, regardless of their view on the whodunnit.
  • Agent Lambert was right that compartmentalization would prevent the Task Force investigators from connecting the dots. The one squad was limited to reading Dr. Ivins emails and hyperventilating that he uses different screen names on the internet to cloak his identity. And, gasp, they found he edited Wikipedia and used a computer at the public library!
  • In the new batches of emails (#72 and #73) are emails with a superior discussing his concern that select agents may have been taken or altered and the superiors response that he should not talk about it; emails about how they did not use a fermenter to grow anthrax; and emails that peg the death of animals to the hour (that support the notion that visits inspecting the health of animals needed to be made on nights and weekends). There are no emails that support the contrived theory that Dr. Ivins processed or mailed the anthrax letters in the Fall of 2001.


It is now over two years since Dr. Bruce Ivins’ alleged suicide and the FBI’s subsequent claim that Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks when there is no credible evidence he was even involved.

  • The evidence so far produced by the FBI/DOJ is far from conclusive and would never stand up in court against a living defendant.
  • USAMRIID continues to dribble out emails on a schedule one can only believe has been purposely slowed.
  • The NAS study has not been released, nor has any of the testimony received by them been made public.
  • Congressman Holt’s proposed Anthrax Commission has gone nowhere.

There can be no question that the FBI/DOJ strategy to avoid the truth has been successful so far. The pathetic claim to a credible case against Ivins is all they have said. If that’s all they know it is a travesty. If they know more, but are concealing it for some unstated reason, that is even more frightening.

Will the truth ever be known?

21 Responses to “* a few extracts from recent comments on the CASE CLOSED blog continue to demonstrate the pathetic weakness of the government’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins. Will the truth ever be known?”

  1. DXer said

    Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2007 8:30 AM
    To: ; Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID;
    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
    Caveats: NONE
    Hi Gang-

    We have been doing really great with our environmental swabbing lately. However, this week one of
    the sinks in the hot side change rooms, came up positive. As you know the hot-side change rooms are
    considered Hot BUT clean.
    Just to remind you:

    NO GLOVES IN THE CHANGE ROOMS (unless you are cleaning and you are protecting your hands from
    the bleach)


    Thanks for your immediate attention to this matter. I know this is a very isolated incident but the safety
    office gets very nervous when the Hot side change rooms turn up positive, as this is just one step
    closer to the shower.

  2. DXer said

    How often did irradiation fail to render the Ames inactive?

    From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 1:16 PM
    Subject: RE: Irradiation sterilization failure…again (UNCLASSIFIED)

    Five megarads should have been more than enough to kill everything, but the samples were hot…and
    still hot after an additional 1 million rads. I don’t want the spores to be fried either, and the total of 6
    megarads not killing is amazing. In the past, 4 megarads would do the job. This is 2 million rads over
    that, and still no sterility. Maybe we need to do a sterility curve with spores to see what the die-off is
    with increasing doses(?)
    Bruce Ivins

    • DXer said

      When the FBI’s anthrax expert made dried powder of Ames, using an irradiated slurry, how many megarads were used to render it inactive?

      Didn’t the DARPA researcher/FBI anthrax scientist at the time think virulent Ames could be rendered inactive by hot water?

      Why did the FBI conceal that its expert had made dried powder using Ames at USAMRIID — in light of General John Parker’s proclamation that dried powder was not made at Ft. Detrick?

      There was nothing wrong or illegal about making the dried powder — but given it was never disclosed, there was never an opportunity to consider whether there had been a failure for the irradiation to be unsuccessful.

      From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
      Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 11:35 AM
      Ivins, Bruce E Dr
      Subject: Irradiation sterilization failure…again (UNCLASSIFIED)

      The 27 samples (see file) were originally irradiated on 30 MAY 07, with 5 Megarads. The samples were
      still “hot,” so on 11 JUN 07, they were re-irradiated with an additional 1 Million rads (1 Megarad).
      Eighteen of the 27 samples were tested by , and 12 of the 18 are still “hot.” They can’t be
      released until they’re sterile, so is going to give the samples that were hot (plus the
      ones that weren’t checked) will be re-irradiated with an additional 2 Megarads. Hopefully this will work.
      Stay tuned….

  3. DXer said

    From: REDACTED
    Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 12:03 PM
    To: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Subject: Dates/info on BA use

    Hi Bruce,

    Based on my animal experiment records and my laboratory notebook, here is my BA spore usage.

    The first experiment in mice was June 26, 2001. According to my notebook I prepared spores for that
    challenge on June 25th. It appears that you provided me with 4mls of 3 x10e10 spores/ml.
    The next experiment was Aug 14, 2001.

    Again it appears that on Aug 13th I prepared spores for that challenge on Aug 13th from 4mls 4mls of 3
    x10e10 spores/ml. that you provided to me.

    Third experiment Oct 15, 2001, It appears that I had approximately 10mls of 3x10e10 spores/ml that I
    diluted for the animal challenge.

    On 11/27/01 mice were challenged with spores prepared on 11/26/01. It appears that again I had
    approximately 10mls of 3 x10e10 to work from.

    Finally on 12/26/01 I prepared challenge preps from 8mls of 3x10e10 starting spore stock for a
    challenge on 1/2/02.

  4. DXer said



    From: REDACTED
    Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 9:44 AM
    To: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Subject: RE: and in SEP 01 and OCT 01 (UNCLASSIFIED)


    I have to appologize that I forgot. Do you still need this info? Let me know.

    From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Subject: RE: and n SEP 01 and OCT 01 (UNCLASSIFIED)
    Date: Thursday, May 10, 2007 6:20:11 PM
    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
    Caveats: NONE

    I already went to the grand jury, It’s too late for the information.

    Bruce Ivins

  5. DXer said

    From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 12:26 PM
    Subject: and in SEP 01 and OCT 01 (UNCLASSIFIED)
    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
    Caveats: FOUO


    Would there be retrievable records for the months of September and October in 2001 for Facilities
    Management (Building Engineers) events in and such as:

    1) Airlock Decons
    2) Suite Decons ( was apparently cleaned and deconned in this timeframe.)
    3) Coldroom or Freezer alarms or breakdowns
    4) Other events

    Any information you could provide us regarding the above would be most helpful. Thanks very much!

    • DXer said

      Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 1:03 PM
      To: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID;
      Subject: RE: and in SEP 01 and OCT 01 (UNCLASSIFIED)

      We have hard records for the decons for 1) each suite and 2) airlocks. I will see if can pull these
      together for you.

      Regarding cold room and freezer alarms, these are not kept this far back. What are you looking for

  6. DXer said

    From: REDACTED
    Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 9:42 AM
    To: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID;

    Subject: RE: and in SEP 01 and OCT 01 (UNCLASSIFIED)
    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
    Caveats: NONE

    Is this info for the FBI ? I have went over my records until the cows came home and gave all the info
    to at least twice. I have no more.

    From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Subject: RE: and in SEP 01 and OCT 01 (UNCLASSIFIED)
    Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 10:51:35 AM
    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
    Caveats: FOUO
    Yes, We have to provide the info to the Grand Jury. Thanks.
    Bruce Ivins

    • DXer said

      Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 1:36 PM
      Subject: RE: and in SEP 01 and OCT 01 (UNCLASSIFIED)
      Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
      Caveats: FOUO
      That would be great, Thanks. If you wanted to tell us via email, that would be fine, or we could
      photocopy the information. Whichever would be fine.
      Bruce Ivins

    • DXer said

      From: REDACTED
      Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 1:03 PM
      To: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID;

      We have hard records for the decons for 1) each suite and 2) airlocks. I will see if can pull these
      together for you.

      Regarding cold room and freezer alarms, these are not kept this far back. What are you looking for

      From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
      Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 1:28 PM
      To: REDACTED
      Subject: RE: and in SEP 01 and OCT 01 (UNCLASSIFIED)
      Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
      Caveats: FOUO

      We are looking to see what work was being done in the two suites during that time. That would not
      only include experimental work in labs, but also things such as preparing a suite or airlock for decon,
      bringing a suite back up (making it hot again), taking care of freezers or coldrooms that went down,
      any water leaks (we’ve had a few in our lab), etc.
      Thanks again,
      Bruce Ivins

      (b)(2) (b)(2)
      From: REDACTED
      Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 1:34 PM
      To: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID;
      Subject: RE: and in SEP 01 and OCT 01 (UNCLASSIFIED)
      Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
      Caveats: FOUO
      The only records we would have would be decons for the suite and airlocks. Do you need these?

  7. DXer said

    In batch #76 released today, USAMRIID continues to failing to provide key attachments. For example, in this May 14, 2007, it is the adobe acrobat file attached that is critical. It related to a July 14, 2004 meeting between USAMRIID scientists, DOJ officials and JAG officials.

    From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 11:48 AM
    To: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID;
    Subject: RE: Strain Inventory List (UNCLASSIFIED)
    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
    Caveats: FOUO

    There was a meeting on 14 JUL 04 between USAMRIID scientists, DOJ officials, and JAG officials. The
    next day I requested materials related to the list of materials I had submitted in response to subpoenas.
    Shortly thereafter I was given an extensive amount of material – please see the adobe acrobat file
    enclosed – that included

    a) 5 FEB 2002 Response to subpoena from ;

    2) subpoenas and attachments from dated February 15, 2002;
    3) Letter from dated March 5, 2002;
    4) memorandum from on 6 MAR 02;
    5) subpoena from dated March 1, 2002;
    6) “Attachment B” containing the USAMRIID B. anthracis agent registry (only the first page of Attachment B is included in the adobe acrobat file enclosure);
    7) “Attachment C” containing a list of samples submitted to the FBI repository (only the first page of Attachment C is included in the
    adobe acrobat file enclosure).

    I’m trying to determine who provided the material. I believe it was , but I’m not 100% certain. Whatever information you can provide would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so very much!!!!

    — bruce
    Bruce Ivins

    • DXer said


      From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
      Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2004 8:19 AM

      Subject: Strain Inventory List
      With respect to the meeting yesterday, could you please send to me a list of cultures and subcultures
      that I submitted in response to the subpoenas? If you don’t have a breakdown of what investigators
      submitted what, then could you please send a list of cultures and subcultures that were submitted, and
      I can try to figure out which of them were submitted by me? Thank you.
      Bruce Ivins

  8. DXer said

    The FBI is releasing a mental health report on Dr. Ivins — but has refused to provide a forensic report examining the toner that proves scientifically that the photocopy machine in the library that DOJ AUSA alleges Ivins used was not in fact used.

    This is the same DOJ whose US Attorney mistakenly alleged before the tens of millions that the stamp was uniquely sold in the Post Office used by Dr. Ivins — instead of throughout the state of Maryland and Virginia.

    The DOJ should stick to the facts and provide the relevant documents – to include the report about examination of the photocopy toner and the post-November 2007 emails that reflect the stress caused by the social isolation ordered by command. That social isolation was ordered apparently by the same person who had told Dr. Ivins to shut up and not talk about the matter — saying it “was under control.”

  9. DXer said

    August 23, 2010, 5:14 PM
    Truth and Conspiracy in the Catskills

    • DXer said

      Selective use of historic antecedents from a half century ago is logically fallacious. There is precedent for the full range of posited possible motives. The reliable evidence instead relates to means, motive, modus operandi and opportunity of the specific actors and the consideration of the physical, documentary and other evidence. It is wrong to use a true crime matter through a political lense. Politics should have no role in true crime analysis.

      Barry Kissin
      Pretexts for war, Part 1
      Originally published August 21, 2010

      Having said that, it never hurts to follow the money as part of understanding a possible posited motivation.

  10. DXer said

    USAMRIID has delayed for 2 years producing the emails by Dr. Bruce Ivins that he wrote after November 2007 reflecting the effect on him of the command that no one have any contact with him by any means.

    A covenant such as that reported by AP to be signed by Detrick and Frederick is meaningless when there is not even efficiency and transparency demonstrated on such a simple issue.

    Aug 22, 2010 4:01 am US/Eastern
    Fort Detrick Signing ‘Covenant’ With Md. Hometown
    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) ― The city of Frederick is making a formal commitment to support the soldiers at Fort Detrick.

    Army officials say the “community covenant” that both parties will sign Sunday evening reaffirms their goal of providing military members and their families with a good quality of life.

    The covenant recognizes the commitments and sacrifices made by military members and the importance of community support.

    The Army says more than 450 communities have signed such agreements.

    Fort Detrick has been seeking more public support lately amid citizen complaints about the secrecy of its biodefense work.

    The Army is also dealing with fears sparked by recent disclosures that it field-tested the chemical defoliant Agent Orange at Fort Detrick decades ago.

    (© 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  11. richard rowley said

    I wonder what others think the significance of letter of denunciation against Dr Ayaad Assaad is.
    So let me ask it very pointedly:

    1) Assume that the person(s) behind the Amerithrax mailings sent the letter denouncing Dr Assaad.

    2) What does that tell us (if anything) about the case against Ivins?

    3) What does it tell us about the motivation of the true Amerithrax Killer(s)??

    • DXer said

      Assuming for the sake of argument, there is any connection…

      Dr. Assaad was a Coptic Christian, a group greatly persecuted by blind sheik Abdel-Rahman’s Egyptian Islamic Group.

      The Egyptian jihadists (EIJ) had announced Ayman Zawahiri’s intention to use anthrax to retaliate for the rendering of senior Egyptian jihadist leaders. A threat that Zawahiri would use mailed anthrax was made upon the announcement a bail hearing would be held for #2 of the Egyptian expatriate jihadi group Vanguards of Conquest Mahmoud Mahjoub in January 2001. Then the “real deal” was sent immediately upon the denial of bail on October 5. And so the implication is that the mailer may be a former associate of Zawahiri who supports the Egyptian Islamic Group and shares its goals.

      The former Zawahiri associate given virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins, Dr. Hamouda, thanked Patricia Fellows, the one pointing to Ivins. She was an aerosol expert who came to head the SRI lab. And so key interviews would focus on whether the former Zawahiri associate who worked with Patricia and Bruce at the BL-3 at USAMRIID, Tarek Hamouda, whether he knew Ayaad Assaad. Dr. Hamouda’s small company garnered $80 million in investment, to include $50 million from Perseus. $30 million of that was while headed by Richard Holbrooke, who now is in charge of things in Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Department of State. So these are hard questions to get answered. But certainly the key intervews include Patricia F. and former Zawahiri associate Tarek Hamouda.

      The Assaad letter made it politically incorrect to explore obvious questions that need to be asked relating to scientists to whom Dr. Bruce Ivins supplied virulent Ames. So if it was in fact related, it was utterly brilliant as a tactic.

      Ayman Zawahiri’s infiltration of US biodefense has made fools of the FBI and CIA just as did Ali Mohammed, who infiltrated the CIA, FBI and Army for Ayman.

  12. DXer said

    Scientists simulate terror attack on Boston subway
    By RODRIQUE NGOWI (AP) – 10 hours ago

    BOSTON — Scientists plan to release nontoxic gases and particles into Boston’s subway tunnels to study how they could spread through the nation’s oldest subway system in a terror attack.

    Federal officials are trying to find ways to quickly minimize the impact of an airborne assault on the nation’s 15 subway systems.

    Officials say the airflow tests starting on Friday will help protect the nation’s infrastructure. U.S. subway systems include 810 miles of track in tunnels.
    The U.S. is still wrestling with how to combat terrorist threats to its subways nearly nine years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

    Authorities thwarted an al-Qaida-sponsored plot to attack New York City subways last September.

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