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

Archive for December 10th, 2010

* DXer: John Ezzell forthrightly (to my way of thinking, heroically) answered all my questions relating to the DARPA research in which Flask 1029 (the “murder weapon” to borrow US Attorney Taylor’s term) was used to make a dried powder Ames aerosol.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 10, 2010

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxaJwDGF-Ks

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from DXer …

John Ezzell forthrightly (to my way of thinking, heroically) answered all my questions relating to the DARPA research in which Flask 1029 (the “murder weapon” to borrow US Attorney Taylor’s term) was used to make a dried powder Ames aerosol. It was for mass spectrometry detection work. The product was even purer than the Daschle product. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxaJwDGF-Ks
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/fbi-anthrax-expert-answers-questions-at-washington-seminar/

The research involved testing the effect of a sonicator and corona plasma discharge on Ames spores.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/the-fbis-anthrax-expert-made-dried-powder-for-darpa-funded-researchers-who-were-examining-the-effect-of-corona-plasma-discharge-on-the-ames-spores/

The DARPA researchers thanked John Ezzell and Terry Abshire for their help and facilities.

It was Terry Abshire who selected the morphs later thought so important by the FBI science team.
Trail of Odd Anthrax Cells Led FBI to Army Scientist …
Oct 27, 2008 … In late October 2001, lab technician Terry Abshire placed a tray of … These were mutants, or “morphs,” genetic deviants scattered among …
http://www.washingtonpost.com

Despite the researcher’s good faith, didn’t they have a conflict of interest that hopelessly tainted the evidence?

When that lab then threw out Dr. Ivins first sample, the loss of that sample could not possibly fairly be construed as evidence of Dr. Ivins’ guilt. Yet that is what the Amerithrax scientists did even though the emails show the written protocols were not sent to Ivins’ lab until May 24, 2002 (contrary to the claims by the Amerithrax science officials at the press conference and contrary to the February 2010 Amerithrax Summary).

That’s just really messed up.

Now FBI Director Mueller is a brilliant and hardworking and very principled man. He can understand this and can watch as Dr. Ezzell answers the questions posed. FBI Director Mueller needs to reopen Amerithrax before the end of his 10 year term because these facts are not going away. The FBI is not the only one who makes secret audiotapes.

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* Congressman Holt’s letter to FBI Director Mueller: ” … it now appears that the FBI—which has consistently botched and bungled this case from the beginning—may be seeking to try to steer or otherwise pressure the NAS panel to reach a conclusion desired by the Bureau. I ask that you meet with me this week to explain the FBI’s troubling conduct in this matter …”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 10, 2010

Congressman Rush Holt seems to be the only one who can give Dr. Bruce Ivins a chance at posthumous redemption

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Holt Questions Last Minute FBI Efforts to Influence

NAS Scientific Review of “Amerithrax” Case

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December 9, 2010

Dear Director Mueller,

I have long been troubled by the FBI’s investigation and final conclusions to the 2001 Anthrax attacks. This week more disturbing information has come to my attention.

As you know, in September 2008, the FBI requested that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to examine a relatively narrow range of scientific questions about the FBI’s scientific conclusions in the so-called “Amerithrax” case. Recently, the NAS shared their draft report with the FBI for review.

This week I was informed by the NAS that the FBI would be releasing an additional 500 pages of previously undisclosed investigative material from the Amerithrax investigation to the NAS.

My understanding is that this document dump, taking place after the FBI’s review of the NAS draft report, is intended to contest and challenge the independent NAS panel’s draft findings.

If these new documents were relevant to the NAS’s review why were they previously undisclosed and withheld?

Despite the FBI’s original charge to the NAS to examine only the scientific data and conclusions in the case, it now appears that the FBI—which has consistently botched and bungled this case from the beginning—may be seeking to try to steer or otherwise pressure the NAS panel to reach a conclusion desired by the Bureau.

I ask that you meet with me this week to explain the FBI’s troubling conduct in this matter.

Sincerely,

RUSH HOLT

Member of Congress

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LMW COMMENT …

Could it possibly be more obvious that the FBI is hiding the truth in the anthrax letters case?

Even the NAS panel, hired by the FBI and restricted by them in ways that were always questionable, could not be allowed to tell the truth the way they saw it.

The FBI’s conduct in this matter from the very beginning has been unprofessional. There is no way anyone should have confidence in anything the FBI has to say about this matter.

President Obama should remove Director Mueller from his position and appoint someone who will tell the truth to the American people.

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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 doesn’t the FBI offer America a credible story?

I can imagine only 3 possible “actual” scenarios …

  1. The FBI has more evidence against Dr. Ivins but is, for some undisclosed reason, withholding that evidence … POSSIBLE BUT NOT SO LIKELY
  2. The FBI, despite the most expensive and extensive investigation in its history, has not solved the case and has no idea who prepared and mailed the anthrax letters that killed 5 Americans in 2001 … EVEN LESS LIKELY
  3. The FBI knows who did it (not Dr. Ivins) but is covering up the actual perpetrators, for undisclosed reasons … THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO

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 regarding Dr. Ivins.

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *


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