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

Archive for February, 2011

* Anonymous says … had scientists known about the huge concentrations of silicon and tin in the attack anthrax powders, as they should have, Bruce Ivins might be alive today

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 27, 2011

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update from Anonymous (2/27/11) …

  • I previously had no idea that the tin concentration was 6000 ppm – I thought is probably 100ppm and interesting but not a major finding.
  • This is because the FBI withheld the information. Even from Sandia and Livermore.
  • 6000ppm is astonishing – and it tracks the silicon – the more silicon, the more tin
  • Had that information been made available to Livermore 8 years ago, as it should have been – the Livermore scientists would immediately have suspected a connection between silicon and tin. The most obvious one is that a tin catalyst was used to cure the silicone (polymerized glass). Tin is commonly used for this purpose.
  • That the FBI deliberately withheld the silicon concentrations from Congress is beyond dispute, That’s what they did – no ifs ands or buts about it.

When the FBI mislead, that simply exposes

that they have something to hide.

see …

* responses to Congressman Nadler’s questions of the FBI regarding the % of weight of the silicon in the powder used in the 2001 anthrax attacks

and

* The FBI lab director Hassell has claimed there is not enough sample to determine quantitatively how much of the element silicon was present in the New York Post powder … a paper from Pacific Northwest Labs suggests that FBI claim is not accurate

 

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from Anonymous …

  • These results are truly astonishing.
  • They should have been shared with the FBI partner labs studying additives in the spores 8 years ago. Instead the partner labs were apparently kept in the dark.
  • Scientists cannot work this way.
  • Had these scientists known about the huge concentrations of silicon and tin, the case may have been solved years ago. Bruce Ivins might be alive today.
  • It is unprecedented to find any detectable tin (Sn) in spore preparations. Only a specialized chemical like an organometallic tin compound could give such a signature.
  • The tin seems to follow the silicon – the more silicon, the more tin.
  • One obvious first hypothesis is that the silicon got there via a polymerized glass chemical – a silanol.
  • Tin is commonly used as a co-additve in such formulations – used for microenpapsulation.
  • Now that these results are finally released – perhaps scientists can do their jobs and solve this case.

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LMW COMMENT …

  • Let’s hope somebody can solve the case, because whatever else is true, it is a certainty that the FBI has not done so.

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** Lew’s web interview 2-7-11 … mostly about the anthrax case

* CASE CLOSED – opening scene … the DIA re-investigates the FBI’s failed case

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* DXer on … Dr. Bruce Ivins’ alibi … and the withholding of information required by law to be disclosed … LMW: why are DOJ/FBI withholding these facts? … Congressman Holt: “the FBI has consistently botched and bungled this investigation from the beginning”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 27, 2011

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mailboxes in Princeton ... a long way from Frederick ... especially if you're still in Frederick when the letters were mailed

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DXer comments …

  • To simplify the matter — so that we can get all get on the same page — consider this.
  • AUSA Rachel Lieber and Kenneth Kohl have not disclosed to you the time of an email they rely upon that Bruce Ivins wrote to Mara Linscott on September 17, 2001.
  • Nor have they disclosed the times and content of other emails he wrote the day they allege he traveled to Princeton to mail the letters sometime after 7 p.m. in the evening.
  • The investigators and prosecutors would not disclose the alleged “window of mailing” to Dr. Ivins or his attorney until after his suicide.  It was left open to include a several day period … until after Dr. Ivins’ death.
  • If they had disclosed that the mailing occurred after 7 p.m., the issue of Dr. Ivins’ alibi could have been fairly considered based on the documentary evidence.

The DOJ and FBI should disclose a redacted copy of those emails

— showing the time they were sent —

without further delay.

The law (FOIA) requires it.

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LMW COMMENT …

Why don’t our Justice Department and the FBI feel obligated to follow the law? I call that covering up the truth. Congressman Holt called it a  “botched and bungled investigation.”  See …

* 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 …”

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** Lew’s web interview 2-7-11 … mostly about the anthrax case

* CASE CLOSED – opening scene … the DIA re-investigates the FBI’s failed case

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* an interview with David Relman, vice chair of the NAS review committee, reveals clearly that the science cannot prove that Dr. Bruce Ivins is the sole perpetrator or even involved … and, by the way, it seems Al Qaeda had Ames anthrax

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 25, 2011

listen to the interview at …

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/healthreport/stories/2011/3150060.htm

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Dr. David Relman of Stanford – Vice Chair of the NAS committee

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David Relman, MD, vice chair of the NAS review committee, is a professor of microbiology and immunology and of infectious diseases at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He answered the questions below from Bruce Goldman, a science writer in the medical school’s communications office.

Q: Did your review uphold the FBI’s findings? Is this case still open?

A: Dr. Relman:

  • The main conclusion by the FBI and Department of Justice of their scientific investigation was that the Bacillus anthracis in the letters was derived from a flask called RMR-1029, which was located in the lab of Dr. Bruce Ivins at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Disease in Frederick, Md.

we found some problems and gaps in the scientific investigation

  • Although the scientific evidence was supportive of a link between the letters and that flask, it did not definitively demonstrate such a relationship, for at least two reasons.
  • it’s possible that the samples gathered by the FBI missed mutants that arose during such runs. This possibility was not given adequate consideration.
  • the FBI still might not have found other matches, because there’s no guarantee that the bureau had assembled a comprehensive library of lab strains

The newly revealed, but inconclusive, information

about possible B. anthracis Ames

at an al Qaeda overseas location highlights this issue.

  • In addition, the instructions in the subpoena the FBI sent to scientists known to be in possession of the B. anthracis Ames strain lacked specificity, so there’s no certainty that scientists who were subpoenaed submitted samples of all the mutant strains in their possession.
  • In light of these and other problems and gaps in the science performed as part of this investigation, our overarching finding was that …

it is not possible to reach a definitive conclusion

about the origins of the B. anthracis in the mailings

based on the available scientific evidence alone

read the entire interview at … http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2011/february/relman.html

LMW COMMENT …

  • The FBI, under the best possible interpretation, botched the scientific investigation.
  • there is thus no science, no forensic evidence and no witness to link Dr. Bruce Ivins to the anthrax mailings
  • in addition, much relevant information was not only kept from the public, but also from the scientists who were supposed to be doing the investigation.
  • the FBI has not and presumably cannot prove its assertion that Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the attacks, or even involved

The FBI’s investigation must be re-opened

and properly reviewed by someone with the competence to do so

and the subpoena power to obtain the information they need.

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** Lew’s web interview 2-7-11 … mostly about the anthrax case

* CASE CLOSED – opening scene … the DIA re-investigates the FBI’s failed case

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* silicon additive clearly observed in Daschle powder … The FBI tried for 8 years to duplicate this obvious silicon additive – and failed. They cannot explain it nor can they link it to Dr Ivins or USAMRIID.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 22, 2011

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from Anonymous (a frequent participant in this blog) …

  • This image was obtained on October 19 2001 by Battelle labs of the Daschle spores. The image is independent of the images taken by AFIP.
  • This particular image is one of four  – in this one the SEM operator found a spot on the sample containing mostly elongated crystals along with some spores.
  • The elongated crystals are referred to in the Amerithrax weekly reports as being composed of a silicon compound.
  • This is similar to the findings in the New York Post powder – only in that sample there was much more silicon compound present.
  • This contradicts previous FBI statements which said there was no exogeneous silicon present in any of the samples.

The FBI tried for 8 years

to duplicate this obvious silicon additive – and failed.

They cannot explain it

nor can they link it to Dr Ivins or USAMRIID.

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CASE CLOSED is a novel about the FBI’s failed investigation

of the 2001 anthrax attacks

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read the opening scene …

* CASE CLOSED – opening scene … the DIA re-investigates the FBI’s failed case

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DXer: The big picture may seem complicated. But, most simply, Dr. Ivins in fact had an alibi on 9/17. That was when his group therapy met.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 22, 2011

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* Ike Solem: the work of the NAS committee is suspect … according to the bylaws of the National Academy of Sciences itself

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 21, 2011

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Ike Solem states in his recent comment (2/21/11) …

  • the work of the NAS committee is suspect … according to the bylaws of the National Academy of Sciences itself:
  • an agency of the U.S. Government may not use any advice or recommendation provided by the National Academy of Sciences that was developed by use of a committee created by the Academy under an agreement with a Federal agency unless
    • the committee was not subject to any actual management or control by a Federal agency or officer
    • the Academy has complied with various other requirements regarding public access to committee meetings (including public summaries of certain committee meetings not open to the public) and written materials presented to the committee, as well as public access to completed reports provided to the sponsor by the Academy and the identities of the principal Academy reviewers of such reports. . .”
  • “the institution must make its best efforts to ensure that no individual appointed to serve on the committee has a conflict of interest that is relevant to the functions to be performed. . .”
    • Most of the committee members have ties, direct or indirect, to the “biodefense” contracting cash flows that were instituted in response to the anthrax letters – well over $50 billion by this time, correct?

The FBI interfered repeatedly with the committee work

… and much of the material is being kept from the public

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LMW COMMENT …

  • Does anyone know if the NAS ever spoke publicly on these issues?
  • NAS – if you’re reading this – you are welcome to comment here on the CASE CLOSED blog.

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CASE CLOSED is a novel about the FBI’s failed investigation

of the 2001 anthrax attacks

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read the opening scene …

* CASE CLOSED – opening scene … the DIA re-investigates the FBI’s failed case

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* Frederick News Post: the FBI’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins is in tatters … *LMW: we must support Congressman Holt’s call for a re-investigation … we must learn the truth

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 21, 2011

Congressman Rush Holt may be Dr. Bruce Ivins only chance for a deserved posthumous exoneration

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today’s editorial in the Frederick News Post (2/21/11) …

  • concludes that the FBI’s case is in tatters and that America will probably never know if Ivins was guilty or not.

read the entire editorial at … http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/opinion/display_editorial.htm?StoryID=117013

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LMW COMMENT …

  • The anthrax attacks in 2001 were a devastating blow to our national security.
  • Equally so is the FBI’s failed investigation of those attacks.
  • The real questions are …
    • Did the FBI actually fail to solve the case?
    • Was the FBI prevented from solving the case?
    • Does the FBI actually know who prepared and mailed the lethal anthrax (not Ivins) but for some reason is withholding the truth from the American people?
  • There is growing pressure (from Congressman Rush Holt and now others) to re-open the investigation.
  • It will be very hard to do so. The FBI is nobody’s patsie, and if they don’t want to say something, it will be very hard to force them to do so.
  • But exactly that path is the way we must go.
  • We must all support Congressman Holt and the few others who have begun to speak out.
  • We must get to the truth.

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here is the opening scene from Lew’s novel CASE CLOSED …

this is the opening scene of Lew Weinstein's novel CASE CLOSED

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* Colin Powell blames others for his own disgraceful conduct in promoting the Bush/Cheney “war of choice” in Iraq

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 20, 2011

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see prior post …

* Powell claims Saddam has anthrax and the means to deliver it

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CBSNews reports (2/16/11) …

  • in an interview with The Guardian, Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain why they failed to notify him of unreliability of a key source who claimed knowledge of Saddam Hussein’s bio-weapons capability.

source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/02/16/501364/main20032561.shtml

LMW COMMENT …

  • Colin Powell had every reason to doubt the information pandered by the Bush/Cheney crowd, and he was certainly positioned to find out for himself.
  • The best spin on the matter is that Powell did not have the courage and the independence to investigate.
  • The worst spin is that he knew the truth – no WMD, no anthrax – and supported the call for war anyway.
  • This is the most disgraceful episode of Powell’s otherwise mostly distinguished career and he compounds the problem now by blaming others for his own shortcomings and moral inadequacies.

It is a premise of my novel CASE CLOSED,

fictional as I wrote it but I believe worthy of investigation,

that the Bush/Cheney crowd did not want the anthrax case to be solved

because it was a valuable component in their case of lies

to convince Congress and the American people

to support their “war of choice” in Iraq.

Colin Powell’s disgraceful testimony at the UN

was a major part of making that case.

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CASE CLOSED is a novel about the FBI’s failed investigation

of the 2001 anthrax attacks

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read the opening scene of CASE CLOSED …

* CASE CLOSED – opening scene … the DIA re-investigates the FBI’s failed case

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* Washington Post editorial calls for Congressional commission to probe all evidence in the anthrax case

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 18, 2011

Dr. Bruce Ivins may be getting closer to a posthumous exoneration

from the Washington Post editorial (2-17-11) …

  • The Justice Department and the FBI identified Maryland scientist Bruce E. Ivins as having single-handedly carried out the attacks that killed five people and seriously sickened 17 others.
  • The department was on the verge of seeking an indictment in 2008 when Mr. Ivins took his own life.
  • Doubts lingered about Mr. Ivins’s guilt.
  • Now, a report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) raises new questions about whether Mr. Ivins was wrongly accused.
  • The lengthy report cites several instances in which the Justice Department appears to have overstated the strength of the scientific evidence against Mr. Ivins.
  • The report insinuates throughout that FBI failure to perform more tests or to be more precise could have erroneously eliminated other suspects or prematurely settled on Mr. Ivins as a suspect.
  • Congress should convene a nonpartisan commission staffed with individuals experienced in law enforcement to probe all of the evidence in the case, including that which the FBI claims shows Mr. Ivins had the opportunity and the wherewithal to carry out the 2001 attack.
  • The inquiry should explore why and how the Justice Department eliminated other scientists who had access to RMR-1029 as suspects, and it should examine the security protocols at repositories for biological weapons.
  • The exploration also should focus on the country’s preparedness to deal with such an attack in the future.

read the entire editorial at … http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/17/AR2011021706135.html

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LMW COMMENT …

Amazingly, we may just learn the truth that the FBI has been withholding all these years.

As I have repeatedly stated on this blog, 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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* Is the Flight 93 Hijacker discussed in the NAS report the same fellow who had the leg lesion Homeland Security biosecurity head Tara O’Toole thought consistent with anthrax?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 18, 2011

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CASE CLOSED is a novel about the FBI’s failed investigation

of the 2001 anthrax attacks

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read the opening scene of CASE CLOSED …

* CASE CLOSED – opening scene … the DIA re-investigates the FBI’s failed case

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* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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