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

* 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.

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *


14 Responses to “* 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”

  1. DXer said

    Chris Wray should reopen Amerithrax.

    Attorney Wray was head of the Criminal Division in 2003-2005. On the one hand, that would lead to some dated preconceptions stemming from his experience.

    On the other hand, in a position with overwhelming number of responsibilities — and vast number of things to know — he already has relevant background that will help him understand things.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense
    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  2. DXer said

    Justice Dept. to Tighten Rules on Testimony by Scientists
    By ERIC LICHTBLAU JUNE 3, 2016
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/04/us/justice-dept-fbi-scientist-forensic-test.html?_r=0

  3. DXer said

    Despite the good faith and best efforts of all those involved at those briefings, that would have been an awkward briefing — to tell the President that it wasn’t Saddam who had access to the Ames anthrax and microencapsulation technology, but the former assistant of Andy Card.

    Every day when FBI Director Mueller went to report on Amerithrax, the person who opened the door for him was Andrew Card, President Bush’s former chief of staff.

    Ali Al-Timimi’s defense committee long ago reported that Ali Al-Timimi had been the assistant of Andrew Card while at the Department of Transportation. Pull Ali’s resume and see who he listed as a reference in gaining access to the most extensive microbiological repository in the world – which at the time in the bacteriology division was run by the collection scientist who came to head the Amerithrax investigation and guide the withholding of documents from the public and NAS.

    Mr. Willman writes: “White House chief of staff Andy Card would open the door so that Mueller and the others could enter and brief the assembled officials on the latest in the anthrax investigation.” (p. 202)

    Respectfully, DW totally missed the story regarding the details of America’s rush to war. It was partly because they thought the subtilis expert Walied Samarrai, in touch with KSM’s nephew at 34 Kensington Ave #4, was connected to Saddam rather than merely to the WTC 1993 bombers. (Abdul Yasin fled to Baghdad where he was imprisoned and thus the confusion was understandable).

    We need investigative reporter Eric L. of the New York Times to press the connection between the NSA wiretapping and Amerithrax. (The title of the book was BUSH’S LAW) Only two people at DOJ were even aware the NSA wiretapping of Al-Timimi’s network was ongoing. That heroic confrontation between Director Mueller and Andrew Card related to that NSA wiretapping. But Eric noted at the time there was something more about it that has not yet come out. That is how the Bush Administration was addressing the issue of supporters of salafi-jihadis in the United States — for example, Fowzia Siddiqui, according to Eric’s book, Bush Law, was being wiretapped.

    My point in this context is not to address whether the NSA wiretapping was legal, but to point out that the information was kept by Director Mueller from well-meaning investigators like Agent Alexander and Agent Dellefera. It even was kept from him for a long time. It was kept from Amerithrax head Michael Mason. The extreme compartmentalization of information would prevent even the head of the FBI DC Field Office from connecting the dots. I’ve often sung the praises and good faith of both Michael Mason and FBI Director Mueller and I won’t repeat them here. (The movie version is above).

    Where people are acting in good faith, they should never be judged by their missteps or limitations. The key is whether they correct and candidly acknowledge their mistakes and set things back on course.

    In the it’s-a-small-world-department, coincidentally, Ali conducted jihad camp in that same Frederick park. (William Patrick advised the Task Force that drying underwater would not make any sense given the moisture). In another distracting but interesting coincidence, the bloodhounds also alerted to Patricia Fellows, who was the aerobiology expert in Dr. Ivins’ lab. The large supply of Ames she made is missing. She is the chief accuser of Dr. Ivins being relied upon by Mr. Willman who falsely spun Dr. Ivins time in the lab on the specific nights the DOJ speculated, without basis, he was making dried anthrax; an Ivins theory would never have flown if the DOJ had produced his lab notes from those nights… they were kept secret with no mention of them for years and were first produced by the Army on May 11, 2011. PF — and those are the initials on the April 2002 sample (not BI), then went to head the B3 lab at SRI in Frederick which was doing the work with virulent Ames for the GMU DARPA researchers who shared a suite with Ali Al-Timimi.

    Rather than the bloodhounds, in urging an Ivins Theory, and not reaching the merits until an Appendix after the epilogue, David Willman is relying on the woman’s account of conversations 10 years ago who is the one who made Dr. Ivins seem so fault-worthy. In a 2009 book, the counselor was granted psychic abilities by an extraterrestrial beings, and received her assignment to do recovery work in Afghanistan and Ground Zero, while being pursued by nasty Taliban entities. She heard voices and got assignment for astral recovery work each night. She says she got sick from allergens at Ground Zero — which is not possible because she in fact was not there. So while FBI Director Mueller at all times was acting in good faith and doing his best to keep the country safe, Mr. Willman chose to point out the unreliability of bloodhounds rather than the unreliability of his own key witness.

    If there is anyone who could set things right, it is FBI Director Mueller. If you read Eric L’s book you come away having tremendous confidence in both his good faith and qualifications for the job. (But if he doesn’t re-open the Amerithrax investigation, and there is a Congressional probe only after the next attack, then any mass attack with anthrax will be his legacy. As for Ivins Theory, Agents Alexander and Agent Dellefera need to take the new information about nasty Taliban astral entities to heart and realize that it was the Department of Justice, even more the Department of Army, that dropped the ball in that department.

    I think instead everyone should turn to the merits — for example, the reason for the Silicon-Tin signature; finding a genetic match for the subtilis contamination; producing all Ivins lab notebook pages and other documents from the August-October 2001 period etc. And if polymerization experts don’t come forward to the GAO to address these issues, then after Dr. Ayman’s attack (at the latest) they should expect subpoenas.

    http://WWW.BOSTON.COM/BOSTONGLOBE/EDITORIAL_OPINION/OPED/ARTICLES/2011/06/15/REVISITING_MUELLER_AND_THE_ANTHRAX_CASE/

    DAVID WILLMAN

    Revisiting Mueller and the anthrax case
    An envelope containing the anthrax-laced letter that was sent to then- Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in 2001. (File 2001/ Reuters)
    By David Willman
    June 15, 2011
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    FBI DIRECTOR Robert Mueller, a Republican who was appointed 10 years ago by President George W. Bush, has been paid a supreme compliment: Bush’s Democratic successor wants to keep him on the job another two years. Before agreeing to extend his term, though, Congress and President Obama should examine Mueller’s role in overseeing one of the most consequential investigations in the annals of federal law enforcement.

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    My research for “The Mirage Man,’’ a book that explores the anthrax letter attacks of 2001, documents that Mueller exerted far-reaching control over the FBI-led “Amerithrax’’ investigation.

    For five years, the bureau pursued as its prime suspect a virologist, Steven Hatfill, who at no point had handled anthrax, which is a bacterium. It was not until late in 2006 — when Mueller replaced the leader of the case — that Hatfill was dropped as a viable suspect. Two years later an Army anthrax scientist, Bruce Ivins, committed suicide as prosecutors prepared charges against him in connection with America’s worst episode of biological terrorism.

    The FBI’s prolonged focus on Hatfill reflects at least two factors that deserve a public accounting: Mueller’s flawed evaluation of the evidence that propelled the push, ultimately abandoned, toward the indictment of Hatfill. And, Mueller’s transforming of the FBI from a conventional law enforcement agency to one whose top priority became preventing terrorism. The latter has won the FBI director widespread praise — without a necessary airing of the consequences for the anthrax investigation and future cases.

    Any serious retrospective of Amerithrax must start with a realization that, as former senior FBI official Michael A. Mason told me, “The director was always the leader of the anthrax investigation, period.’’ In 2002, with pressure to solve the case still high, Mueller installed his handpicked man, Inspector Richard L. Lambert, to lead it. Hatfill had already emerged as the case’s top suspect, and the expectation at headquarters was that Lambert would promptly shore up the evidence needed to bring charges related to the five deaths caused by the mailings.

    A crucial part of that evidence was the work of three bloodhounds, brought from Southern California to Hatfill’s Maryland apartment and other locations of interest to the FBI. Mueller himself stood behind the promise of the dog-related evidence, notably on the evening of Jan. 9, 2003, when he and Lambert briefed both congressional targets of the anthrax letters, Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont. The senators were told that the bloodhounds had “alerted’’ on Hatfill and had traced scent of both him and the anthrax letters to several ponds in a forest above Frederick, Md.

    The FBI’s commitment to the dog evidence served to misdirect the investigation for years — and it could have been averted, based on well-publicized murder and rape cases in which the dogs’ reliability had been discredited.

    The wrong turns were not limited to the bloodhounds. Agents kept Hatfill under prolonged, 24/7 surveillance, openly following his every move. Though consistent with Mueller’s reordering of bureau priorities to prevent further acts of terrorism, this left fewer agents available to scrutinize other potential leads and suspects.

    On Aug. 6, 2008, just days after Bruce Ivins’s suicide, officials prepared to announce that he, alone, carried out the anthrax mailings. This was Mueller’s moment to preside over the apparent resolution of one of the most important cases in US history. After all, the mailings had spurred support for the Patriot Act, the Iraq War, and, finally, a risky expansion of US biocontainment laboratories, staffed by thousands of scientists granted access to anthrax and other deadly, highly portable pathogens.

    Mueller chose not to attend the announcement and has at no point conceded the investigation’s costly missteps. A prosecutor’s letter formally exonerated Hatfill, who had already won a $5.82 million legal settlement from the government.

    Obama’s request to extend Mueller’s term gives Congress the chance to coax a necessary dialogue over the director’s decision-making. Mueller’s responses could clarify how the anthrax case was resolved — and better inform ongoing decisions over funding and securing the germ-handling labs. As the FBI joins its traditional role with the interdiction of terrorism, essential lessons also remain to be learned about the tradeoffs of committing outsize resources to uncharged suspects whose culpability, by definition, remains unclear.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Willman’s book, “The Mirage Man,’’ was just published.

  4. DXer said

    Kirk wouldn’t want to see prosecutor Fitzgerald go

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-kirk-fitzgerald,0,2395095.story

  5. DXer said

    Kelly’s FBI Bubble
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/len-levitt/kellys-fbi-bubble_b_838609.html

    Old Atlantic,

    The world news and culture make it seem a crazy world — and the only sure thing in life seems to be your good-hearted willingness (evidenced by voting) to reaffirm that:

    the best way to burst a bubble is to catch your tongue before swallowing hard,
    http://www.funrise.com/photocontest/photo.aspx?id=032107070961

    that even the sweetest cat can be made to seem evil,
    http://www.funrise.com/photocontest/photo.aspx?id=031918455428

    and that everyone’s time is better spent focusing on the first bubble of spring,
    http://www.funrise.com/photocontest/photo.aspx?id=032107062725

    that life is too short to drown in endless arcane discussion,
    http://www.funrise.com/photocontest/photo.aspx?id=031906354890

    that some webs are easier to break free than others,
    http://www.funrise.com/photocontest/photo.aspx?id=031918562512

    and

    that if a prosecutor withholds key documents — like the lab notebook pages providing Ivins’ contemporaneous observations and the 9/17 email from Ivins to Mara Linscott that would indicate the time it was sent — then it is possible to abandon all pretense that the Department of Justice places a priority on maintaining an appearance of doing justice.

    http://www.funrise.com/photocontest/photo.aspx?id=031901213367

    I know enough DOJ prosecutors to know that they think Congressional oversight is very ineffective and they simply don’t care what the folks in Congress say or think.

    If the NAS experience is any guide, GAO will take the documents handed to them and not press hard for the documents that the prosecutors and investigators want withheld.

    Merrick Garland, as FBI Director, would stand for the rule of law without bringing baggage of unwarranted support or antagonism of the FBI rank-and-file.

    No matter how busy or time-pressed, Judge Garland would not have to cheat on an open book exam on how to conduct a national security operation — and he would check the substantive details of an investigators work on a case as important as Amerithrax.

    Experience is only good or bad relative to what it is experience doing. I would take standing for the rule of law most any day.

    Experience at protecting jobs over protecting lives is not the sort of experience this country needs.

  6. DXer said

    3/20/2011 10:06 AM
    2 Bush officials in running to be next head of FBI

    http://www.ksro.com/news/article.aspx?id=3028016

  7. DXer said

    That would be a fascinating question at a confirmation hearing — will you reopen the Amerithrax investigation if confirmed?

    http://www.anthraxandalqaeda.com

    ANTHRAX AND AL QAEDA: THE INFILTRATION OF US BIODEFENSE
    http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1443811

    March 17, 2011 11:38 AM
    Who will be the next director of the FBI?

    Some of the possible picks to be the next FBI director (from left): Patrick Fitzgerald, John Pistole, Raymond Kelly and William Bratton
    (Credit: CBS/AP)

    With the clock ticking down on his term, FBI Director Robert Mueller made one of his last appearances before Congress on Wednesday, with much of the standard verbal combat replaced by accolades from Republicans and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee. While the good-byes are just starting, the search for Mueller’s successor has been well underway for months.

    The search is being led by Vice President Joseph Biden and Louis Freeh, the FBI Director for almost eight years before Mueller took the reins on September 4, 2001, just one week before the September 11th attacks.

    Mueller, 66, is the longest serving FBI director since Congress created the ten-year term in 1976. Over ten grueling years, he’s captained a wholesale reorganization of the bureau — more than half of its current workforce was hired after 9/11. He told the committee that the transformation is still underway and that there is no let-up in the terrorist threat.
    VIDEO: Mueller discusses FBI relations with Muslim groups

    The administration has cast a wide net for candidates to run what’s become “Mueller’s FBI,” combing the ranks of high-level prosecutors, administrators, agents, judges and police chiefs. While the search itself is being conducted in secret, insiders have been handicapping a short list which includes:

    Patrick Fitzgerald — the U.S. Attorney in Chicago: He is known as being fiercely independent and ferociously dogged. While Fitzgerald is best known for the successful prosecution of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and the ongoing case against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, his terrorism knowledge runs deep and goes back to investigations of Osama bin Laden in 1996.

    John Pistole — the head of the Transportation Security Administration: Pistole was chosen by this White House for the post and won Senate confirmation. Pistole received a comedic shout-out during the Gridiron Dinner when President Obama told the crowd: “America’s favorite voyeur, TSA Administrator John Pistole is in the house. No hard feelings, John. I mean that literally.”

    Michael Mason – a former senior official at the FBI and one of its most popular: Mason is now a top security official with Verizon Communications, Inc. If chosen, Mason would be the first African-American FBI Director.

    James Comey — Former Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York: In one of the most memorable chapters of the Bush administration’s internal power struggles, Comey led a group of senior officials, including Mueller, who threatened to resign over the administration’s electronic eavesdropping program.

    Mary Jo White — another highly regarded former US Attorney in the Southern District of New York (almost 9 years), and current partner in the New York law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton: If selected, White would be the first woman FBI Director.

    Kenneth Wainstein – a protege of Mueller and the first chief of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, created in the post 9/11 reorganization: Wainstein was White House Homeland Security Advisor to former President George Bush and a longtime federal prosecutor.

    Raymond Kelly – New York City Police Commissioner (not once but twice, with his first appointment occurring during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing): Kelly, with two law degrees, commands his own anti-terrorism and intelligence operation in New York. As a Treasury Undersecretary in 1996, he oversaw the ATF, the Secret Service and Customs.

    William Bratton – another of the “super chiefs,” who led both the NYPD and the Los Angeles Police Departments: Bratton is credited with innovative programs that brought down serious crime in both cities; now Chairman of Kroll, the international investigative services company.

    The administration has had the luxury of time in vetting its candidates given that Mueller’s term will end five months from now, precisely on September 4th. While the White House has not announced its timetable, several people tracking the sweepstakes expect a nominee in late April or early May.

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  8. DXer said

    US Attorney Fitzgerald seems an interesting choice for FBI Director too — how many prosecutors have sat eye-to-ball across the table from Ali Mohammed? (before 1998 embassy bombings) Ali Mohammed was Ayman’s chief of intelligence. He served in the US Army, worked briefly for the CIA, and was an FBI informant (on illegal immigration) Attorney Fitzgerald called Ali Mohamed “the most dangerous man I ever met.” Ali Mohammed taught Dahab, a Cairo Medical dropout from the early 1980s, to male lethal letters. Ali Mohammed and Dahab traveled to Afghanistan to tell him that they had recruited 10 American sleepers.

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:jvq3OLrhM_MJ:www.peterlance.com/Peter_Lance/Ali_Mohamed.html+Patrick+Fitzgerald+%22Ali+Mohammed%22+%22Peter+Lance%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&source=www.google.com

    Fitzgerald might be a quicker student of history having lived it.

    Fitzgerald to succeed Mueller at FBI?
    http://www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=2135019&spid=

    Vice-President Biden seems to have lots of qualified candidates to choose from.

    Indeed Kenneth Wainstein knows Amerithrax intimately — having lived it making key decisions on behalf of the Bush Administration about what you know about the matter and what you don’t.

    If ever there is an anthrax attack, an FBI Director will come under close scrutiny over whether mistakes were made — such as whether the documentary evidence (October 5, 2001 email) that Dr. Ivins physically handed FBI agents at 2004 interview (see 302) corroborated he would have been autoclaving 12 bunnies on October 3, October 4, and October 5, 2001. An FBI Director might be asked to square the documentary evidence with the AUSA’s assertion that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab on those nights when they say he was making anthrax into a fine powder.

    FBI Director Mueller had reports being given directly to him at the end. So notwithstanding his overwhelmingly complex responsibilities, he will be fairly asked why he made this central mistake on the documentary evidence. The buck, as Director Mueller often has said, stops with him.

    Virginia city simulates anthrax attack
    by Paul Tinder on March 16, 2011
    http://www.bioprepwatch.com/news/237462-virginia-city-simulates-anthrax-attack

    Of all the candidates, it seems that Merrick Garland is a stand-out in his ability to marshall complex facts and then get an A on an exam without having to have the answers texted to him.

    Old Atlantic, on an off-topic personal note, bless you my son.

    May your guardian angel look over you in the event you live near the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor while you vote for this last photo before the polls close today.

    “Angel’s Aura”
    http://www.funrise.com/photocontest/photo.aspx?id=030412103564

    (PGandE didn’t just build on an earthquake fault, the blueprints were mistakenly reversed in building it — and so run in the opposite direction).

  9. DXer said

    Our government dollars at work.

    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110316/GPG0101/103160749/-1/permgall/Biohazard-drill-post-office-gets-area-agencies-sync?odyssey=nav|head

    Why would Ayman Zawahiri want to attack Green Bay, Wisconsin?

  10. DXer said

    Although not a rabbit, was this 1983 VW “Mystery Van” used to mail the anthrax letters?

    Vote for the photo if you think it wasn’t,

    http://www.funrise.com/photocontest/photo.aspx?id=030416453720

    and if you think it was, vote for the photo of a First Grader giving Ed the thumbs up.

    http://www.funrise.com/photocontest/photo.aspx?id=030713352858

    Oh, heck, Old Atlantic, vote for them both and I’ll get the kid to share the prize with ya.

  11. DXer said

    Doesn’t the documentary evidence showing that the key 16 pages was not obtained by the FBI until February 2005 suggest that Amerithrax is the biggest FBI/CIA intelligence failure in the history of the United States?

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/dxer-reports-that-ivins-hosted-one-egyptian-visitor-in-the-b3-who-was-the-lifelong-friend-of-a-former-egyptian-islamic-jihad-member-a-schoolmate-recruited-by-ayman-zawahiri/

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/from-dxer-documents-related-to-university-of-michigan/

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/newly-released-ivins-emails-show-that-no-record-was-kept-of-transfers-to-former-zawahiri-associate-because-it-was-done-at-usamriid/

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-lifelong-friends-of-dr-tarek-hamouda-supplied-virulent-ames-by-bruce-ivins-actively-denounce-their-former-medical-school-associate-ayman-zawahiri-as-a-fanatic-one-serving-as-president-of-ca/

  12. DXer said

    Scott Shane writes of the Wikileak cables on Egypt.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/28/world/20101128-cables-viewer.html#report/egypt-06CAIRO941Published: February 8, 2011

    WikiLeaks Cables on Egypt

    Diplomatic cables sent from American diplomats in Cairo — 2,752 are in the collection obtained by the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks – provide crucial background on the people and institutions in Egypt’s government during the current struggle for the country’s future. They also show American officials’ close ties to the government of President Hosni Mubarak, despite occasional discomfort with his autocratic rule.

    Given my position about the Amerithrax mailer (as distinguished from my position on the aquisition of Ames and know-how), it is clear that FBI Director Mueller is key to the problem — or its solution. Director Mueller was being briefed personally when it cames to the strokes in Summer 2008.

    I personally have a lot of confidence in his integrity and intelligence. I can’t think of a better person for the job (given Gary Cooper’s unavailability).

    http://www.anthraxandalqaeda.com

    Of course, I’ve been wrong before.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/28/world/20101128-cables-viewer.html#report/egypt-06CAIRO941

    2006-02-15

    1. (C) During his February 8-9 visit to Egypt FBI Director
    Robert Mueller held a series of cordial and productive
    meetings with President Mubarak, Intelligence Chief Soliman,
    Interior Minister Adly, and State Security Director Abdel
    Rahman. The strength of the bilateral security relationship,
    and means to expand it, was a key topic of conversation.
    Also discussed were the implications of the Hamas victory in
    the Palestinian legislative elections, the proliferation of
    extremist ideologies, and the nebulous nature of Egypt’s
    Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptians were typically
    conservative in their assessments, but warmly welcomed the
    Director’s push to further develop security ties through
    specific technical cooperation programs. End summary.

    2. (C) Director Mueller’s early morning February 9 call on
    President Mubarak set the tone for all of his meetings with
    the GOE. Accompanied by the Ambassador, Cairo LEGAT Joe
    Brent, and FBI Counter Terrorism Analysis Section Chief
    Leonard “Chip” Yorke, the Director was warmly received by
    Mubarak, who affirmed that he was very supportive of the
    strong bilateral security relationship. EGIS Director
    Soliman, Interior Minister Adly, and State Security Director
    Abdel Rahman all echoed the view that U.S. – Egypt
    cooperation in the fields of counter terrorism and law
    enforcement were solid and to the benefit of both sides.

    3. (C) The Egyptians also welcomed Director Mueller’s call
    for expanding the scope of U.S.-Egypt security cooperation by
    focusing on specific areas like the sharing of biometric data
    on suspected terrorists/extremists. With the advent of new
    technologies, increasingly shadowy and diffuse terrorist
    movements, and porous international borders, close technical
    cooperation and information-sharing between allied
    governments was now an absolute necessity, the Director
    argued. The issue was discussed in particular detail in the
    Director’s conversations with Interior Minister Adly and
    State Security Director Abdel Rahman. Noting that the U.S.
    had collected biometric data on tens of thousands of
    suspected terrorists and extremists around the world,
    including many thousands in Afghanistan and Iraq in the past
    three years, the Director asserted that the U.S. was prepared
    to share all of our data, and related hardware and technical
    expertise used to collect, store, and process it, with Egypt.
    Both Adly and Abdel Rahman indicated enthusiasm in response.

    4. (C) Over lunch at State Security Headquarters, Director
    Abdel Rahman said that his staff enjoy strong working
    relations with the Cairo LEGAT office and pledged that State
    Security would continue to be as responsive as possible to
    U.S. requests for information and assistance. At the lunch,
    Director Mueller invited his counterpart to lead a team of
    senior State Security officials to visit the United States
    and see first hand the latest facilities and technologies the
    U.S. could share with allies like Egypt in the global war
    against terrorism and extremism. Director Mueller hoped
    that, in particular, the State Security Director could visit
    the FBI’s fingerprint facility in West Virginia and the
    training academy in Quantico, Virginia. Abdel Rahman
    affirmed that he would welcome such an opportunity.

    ***

    8. (C) Like all of the Director’s Egyptian interlocutors,
    Mubarak slammed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as a “dangerous”
    and duplicitous movement with nebulous links to terror.
    Mubarak underscored the historic links between the MB and
    Hamas, also noting the Egyptian MB’s counterpart groups in
    Jordan, Kuwait, and farther a field. EGIS Director Soliman
    noted that the MB was “neither a religious organization, nor
    a social organization, nor a political party, but a
    combination of all three.” The principal danger, in
    Soliman’s view, was the group’s exploitation of religion to
    influence and mobilize the public. Soliman asserted that the
    MB has spawned “11 different Islamist extremist
    organizations,” most notably the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and
    the Gama’a Islamiya (Islamic Group). Soliman termed the MB’s
    recent success in the parliamentary elections as
    “unfortunate,” adding his view that although the group was
    technically illegal, existing Egyptian laws were insufficient
    to keep the MB in check. Director Mueller told the Egyptians
    that the Bureau was keeping an eye on the MB’s fundraising
    and organizational efforts in the U.S. and would keep Egypt
    advised of relevant information the FBI developed.

  13. DXer said

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