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

Archive for January 7th, 2011

* DXer … wasn’t the July 2008 testing of semen on panties taken from an April 21, 2008 “trash cover” what drove Dr. Ivins to the rage and suicide?

Posted by DXer on January 7, 2011

 

driven to suicide?

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from DXer …

  • According to the 302 interview statements, the investigators and prosecutors knew that Dr. Ivins was suicidal.
  • Yet they chose to test panties taken on a “trash cover” on April 21, 2008 for DNA.
  • He expressed violent rage at the AA meeting on July 9 (for which the FBI either had an undercover present or a tape) only after being asked to submit DNA to compare with the semen on the panties.
  • Congress and GAO should take into account that the zealous, well-meaning investigators and prosecutors might have been motivated to cover their ass and purport to have a confidence in the case that was not matched by the relevant evidence.
  • Under principles of cognitive dissonance, that is how the mind works.

The investigators and prosecutors do not want to think

that they drove an innocent man to commit suicide.

The problem is that their evidence, viewed objectively,

was in the nature of a thong bikini

… providing no cover at all.

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* DXer … perhaps the next FBI Director will reopen Amerithrax … an investigation that was riddled with massive conflict of interest among its scientists that was allowed to continue even into the NAS review … NOTE: Mueller’s ten year term is up in Sept 2011

Posted by DXer on January 7, 2011

FBI Director Robert Mueller

from DXer …

Perhaps the next FBI Director will reopen Amerithrax.

It was FBI Director Mueller who permitted the father of Ali Al-Timimi’s pro bono counsel to continue to head the prosecution and leak the hyped stories about Hatfill.  He didn’t want to order polygraphs because it would be bad for morale — and yet simply asking the question of Daniel likely would have prompted him to describe his disclosures.  AUSA Kenneth Kohl worked closely with Daniel for years and never changed his course.  Even assuming the good faith and expertise of all involved, the apparent conflicts of interest made closing a case fraught with innuendo and inferences unacceptable given what was at stake.

Al-Timini (convicted of inciting his followers to train overseas for violent jihad against the United States), former deputy USAMRIID Commander and then Battelle consultant Charles Bailey, Bush Chief of Staff Andrew Card

The threat the country faces from the Al Qaeda anthrax threat, we’re told, is of a mass aerosol anthrax attack on DC and NYC. Dress it up all you like but that is an existential threat for the United States of America.

I would think that FBI Director Mueller would want to rely on more than inference-upon-inference type case in an investigation that was riddled with massive conflict of interest among its scientists that was allowed to continue even into the NAS review… where the collection scientist from Ali Al-Timimi’s bacteriology division was not required to recuse himself.

The NAS may not have mastered this issue of conflicts of interest (see my friend Michael Jacobsen’s CSPI report) but the GAO knows conflict of interest analysis well.

see previous posts

* If it had become known that the Administration had allowed this infiltration — the Bush Administration would never have won a second term

* from DXer … Attorney Jonathan Turley regarding his client Al-Timini … is this the kind of connection it is critical for the Holt/Bartlett House committee to investigate?

* DXer: why should we trust NAS when they don’t comply with the statutory obligation to release the materials submitted by the FBI?

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LMW COMMENT …

The FBI’s publicly presented 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?

As regular readers of this blog well know, 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.

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*DXer … the FBI suppressed the information for a decade … that fact alone constitutes an irremovable taint on its mountain of innuendo and inferences adverse to Dr. Ivins

Posted by DXer on January 7, 2011

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from DXer …

  • the FBI suppressed the information for a decade that its expert had made a dried powdered aerosol out of the Ames in the so-called “murder weapon” Flask 1029.
  • That fact alone constitutes an irremovable taint on its mountain of innuendo and inferences adverse to Dr. Ivins.

Other investigators and prosecutors

less focused on humiliating Dr. Ivins

by testing the semen on the panties

might have made inferences unfavorable

to the former Zawahiri associate

supplied virulent Ames from Flask 1029.

Ayman al-Zawahiri

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LMW COMMENT …

The FBI’s publicly presented 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?

As regular readers of this blog well know, 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.

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* the NAS has scheduled a CLOSED meeting for Jan 14 … presumably (the notice does not say) to hear from the FBI as to why the NAS report, which the NAS thought was complete, needs to be revised … still no word on whether FBI Director Mueller has responded to Congressman Holt’s demand to meet

Posted by DXer on January 7, 2011

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from the NAS website …

http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/meetingview.aspx?MeetingID=4900&MeetingNo=7

Review of the Scientific Approaches used During the FBI’s Investigation

of the 2001 Bacillus Anthracis Mailings

January 14, 2011

Keck Center, 500 5th Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20001

Agenda: The data-gathering session of the meeting to be held on January 14, 2011 from 11:00 to 3:00 PM will not be open to the public under Subsection 15(b)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., as amended by the Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 1997, PL 105-153, December 17, 1997.

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

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* hints of conflict between the NAS and the FBI are found in the unexpected delay of the NAS report on the FBI’s anthrax science … the FBI is obviously trying to hide the truth as long as possible and the NAS is witholding documents it is required by law to release

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LMW COMMENT …

It would be interesting, of course, to learn what new information the FBI chose to present AFTER the NAS report was completed, and what changes to the NAS report result from the FBI’s objection to the initial report. Does anybody think we’ll ever know?

The FBI’s publicly presented 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?

As regular readers of this blog well know, 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.

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