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

* what will it take to fill in the blanks in this email asking about weaponized anthrax that came to Detrick and then was shipped out and some was missing?

Posted by DXer on September 24, 2010


The FBI’s case against Dr. Ivins is clearly 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 perhaps more plausible than the FBI’s unproven assertions.

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13 Responses to “* what will it take to fill in the blanks in this email asking about weaponized anthrax that came to Detrick and then was shipped out and some was missing?”

  1. DXer said

    “Scores of labs may have received live anthrax samples from Army facility”
    BY W.J. HENNIGAN, Los Angeles Times
    June 3, 2015, 2:01 p.m.

    I don’t know of a basis in sourcing that justifies use of “scores” versus “dozens” from an anonymously sourced ABC News report this afternoon — but I’ll include this headline.

    Dugway didn’t even have irradiation equipment, I don’t think, prior to Fall 2001. They just sent live dried powder to USAMRIID.

  2. DXer said

    Does anyone know anything about this incident when this weaponized anthrax that was shipped and (according to Dr. Ivins) went missing — reportedly went missing?

  3. DXer said

    Did Dr. Ivins ever find this missing powder? Where was it from?

    From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Subject: Anthrax strain
    Date: Friday, April 26, 2002 10:56:24 PM
    – Friday night I was looking for a strain that I had frozen down for It is
    the “I-1” strain. It was originally in small freezer tubes in a blue rack in the chest (not upright) minus
    70 freezer in the B3 hall. I couldn’t find the tubes anywhere. The strain is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, and
    we need to find it. Do either of you have any idea where the tubes are? when you were doing
    the boxes and moving stocks, do you remember them? If not, could you please search the
    upright minus 70 for them? I may have put the tubes in another box or container, but I couldn’t find
    them in the new boxes you made.
    – Bruce

  4. DXer said

    Key senators dispute FBI’s anthrax case against Bruce Ivins

    Already, after 30 minutes or so, the two ranking members of the Committee have both told Mueller that, in essence, they do not accept or believe the FBI’s accusations against Bruce Ivins. The Democratic Chairman of the Committee, Pat Leahy (who was a target of the anthrax attacks) told Mueller categorically that he simply does not believe that Ivins was the prime culprit if he was a participant at all, and said he is absolutely convinced that there were others involved in the preparation and mailing of the anthrax. Leahy began the hearing by identifying the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground and the private CIA contractor Battelle Corporation — but not Fort Detrick — as the only two institutions in the U.S. capable of producing anthrax of the strain that was sent to him and Sen. Daschele. Leahy asked Mueller whether he was aware of any other institutions capable of producing the anthrax, and when Mueller — amazingly though unsurprisingly — claimed he couldn’t answer, Leahy demanded that he obtain the answer during a break and tell the Committee today what the answer is.

    Why Senator Leahy Was Targeted With Anthrax

  5. DXer said

    To facilitate this drive-thru approach to public health, the Public Health Department used a grant to purchase nine portable shelters to protect workers while vehicles drive by and receive the vaccines.

  6. DXer said

    What happened to the missing weaponized anthrax that was sent to Detrick but then some was missing when it was shipped out?

    What happened to the 200 ml that Mara and Pat made that the FBI can’t account for?

  7. DXer said

    Here are some additional questions that I see as raised by the documentary evidence produced since Dr. Ivins’ suicide about the USG’s work with dried powder made with Ames anthrax strain.

    “When (prior to 9/11) did USAMRIID’s John Ezzell, the FBI’s anthrax expert, send the dried spores to Johns-Hopkins Applied Physics he had made at the request of DARPA? Did those spores show a silicon signature?”

    did the dry powdered spores prepared at USAMRIID for DARPA contain a Silicon Signature? if so, what was its source?

    “Who was corresponding with Dr. Ivins about Ames spores and going to speak at DARPA in Arlington?”

    “The FBI’s anthrax expert made dried powder for DARPA-funded researchers who were examining the effect of corona plasma discharge on the Ames spores”

    “were aerosol experiments done with the irradiated dry powder that Dr. Ezzell reports he made at the request of DARPA?”

    documents related to interactions between Dr. Bruce Ivins and the DARPA-funded University of Michigan researchers

    Newly released Ivins emails show that no record was kept of transfers to former Zawahiri associate because it was done at USAMRIID

    the lifelong friends of Dr. Tarek Hamouda, supplied virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins pursuant to a DARPA project, actively denounce their former medical school associate Ayman Zawahiri as a fanatic – one serving as President of CAIR-St. Louis and the other as author of INSIDE JIHAD.

  8. DXer said

    In case you have not seen it, here is Tom Voss’s 2002 presentation on the capabilities of Southern Research (SRI) in Frederick.

    Click to access voss.pdf

    A long while ago I asked Dr. Voss and Dr. Franz (and I believe perhaps Patricia Fellows, Dr. Ivins’ close colleague who later headed the BL-3 lab there) when SRI first obtained virulent Ames but no one responded on the particular issue.

    The FBI’s anthrax expert has posted his email and offered to answer any questions about the dried powder he made at USAMRIID for DARPA. ( )

    I have no idea if Dr.Ezzell would be in a position to help but he formally posted his phone and email on Meryl’s blog and offered to answer any questions about the dried powder he made for DARPA. He remained unresponsive on the narrow issue of whether what he made for DARPA showed a silicon signature. (He apparently had wanted just to emphasize that testing showed that it had been irradiated in the slurry.)

    So one hypothesis worth exploring is that Southern Research is a third place they made weaponized anthrax for biodefense purposes — in addition to Dugway and Battelle. They were a DARPA contractor/subcontractor. The hypothesis is that is the place FBI Director Mueller needed a closed session to identify to Leahy in response to his question at a hearing that, I believe, was raised by Senator Leahy: was there any other place that they made weaponized powder for biodefense purposes?

    In legal opinions production of weaponized material in small amounts was deemed consistent with treaty obligations. See, e.g., Milton Leitenberg’s 2003 treatise.

    See also

    “when did Southern Research Institute (SRI) first obtain virulent Ames and from whom?”

    USAMRIID’s delay in producing the email was inexcusable and there should be Congressional hearings on the issues left unanswered because of the delay orchestrated by these agencies funded by taxpayers.

    My source of intelligence on these emails (which is batting 100%) advises me that remaining emails — in addition to not supporting the Ivins Theory have additional emails that are affirmatively exculpatory of Dr. Ivins. The withholding of the emails for two years (with FBI/DOJ vetting the production by USAMRIID) has been inexcusable.

    • DXer said

      Bioterror fight may spawn new risks

      As field of study expands, concerns grow about potential pathogen leaks; ‘Accidents are more likely’

      By Scott Shane
      Sun National Staff

      June 27, 2004

      “Some of the new work is being done at Southern Research Institute in Frederick, which accidentally shipped the potentially lethal anthrax to research collaborators in Oakland, Calif.

      Thomas G. Voss, a microbiologist who oversees SRI’s homeland defense work, said that before late 2001 the Frederick lab had handled only mild vaccine strains of anthrax.

      Since then, he said, virulent strains have been used for research on vaccines, antibiotics and detection methods.”

  9. DXer said

    • teegr said

      Can anyone please show me a better way to wade thru all the posts and presented documents on Lew’s page? I don’t know how anyone can keep it all straight from his page. I want so badly to read all the posted info and to be able to keep it straight. I read alot of other message boards on other topics and those formats are easy to follow a thread. But it is really hard to follow a thread here. I tried using a newsreader, but still to read the whole topic and responding posts it requires returning to the wordpress page and trying to wade thru the disorganization. How are you guys able to respond and follow? BTW…why not just have folks join so they don’t have to each time enter their email address? It is a little concerning that privacy isn’t real clear.

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