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

* U.S. Senator Grassley … “There are no more excuses for avoiding an independent review and assessment of how the FBI handled its investigation in the anthrax case.”

Posted by DXer on February 17, 2011

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)


Senator Chuck Grassley has released the following statement (2/16/11) …

  • “For years the FBI has claimed scientific evidence for its conclusion that that anthrax spores found in the letters were linked to the anthrax bacteria found in Dr. Ivins’ lab.
  • The National Academy of Sciences report released today shows that the science is not necessarily a slam dunk.

“There are no more excuses for avoiding

an independent review and assessment

of how the FBI handled its investigation

in the anthrax case.”

  • the National Academy did not review
    • FBI interview summaries,
    • grand jury testimony,
    • internal investigative memos,
    • other investigative documents.
  • The Academy only reviewed the science, not the detective work.
  • I believe we need an independent review of both…”

read the entire release at …



This is potentially important support from the other side of the aisle. Answers to the anthrax attacks and the FBI’s flawed and failed investigation should be a bipartisan concern.

This is how I addressed the need for a re-investigation when I wrote my novel CASE CLOSED in the days following the DOJ/FBI announcement in August 2008 that Dr. Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the anthrax attacks …

opening scene from Lew Weinstein’s novel CASE CLOSED …


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8 Responses to “* U.S. Senator Grassley … “There are no more excuses for avoiding an independent review and assessment of how the FBI handled its investigation in the anthrax case.””

  1. DXer said

    DOJ to investigate plea bargain awarded to Clinton-linked sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, but watchdogs say probe is tainted
    By Gregg Re | Fox News

    Inspector General Access Act:

    Last year, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley introduced legislation that would permit the independent IG to review allegations of attorney misconduct instead of OPR, and the House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved the measure by voice vote. The Inspector General Access Act is now pending before the senate.

    “Misconduct by DOJ attorneys is a serious matter and should be investigated by an independent Inspector General, not by other Department attorneys, so there is no real or perceived conflict of interest,” Grassley said in a statement last June. “This bill ensures that the Justice Department’s inspector general is able to access and independently evaluate allegations of misconduct by Justice Department attorneys.”


    Asked about keeping the deal confidential, Acosta suggested that he was following common practice.

    “Something that I think has changed over time is trust of government,” he said. “There was a time when keeping something confidential was less of an issue, but the public expectation today is that things be very public.

  2. DXer said

    Hopefully, Senator Jeff Sessions, newly named as Mr. Trump’s pick for Attorney General, will pay heed to the thoughtful issues raised by his Judiciary Committee colleague Senator Grassley.

  3. DXer said

    Why did Vahid Majidi repeat the same conclusory assertions? Why didn’t he seek to fill in the gaps in proof?

  4. DXer said

    Mr. Willman seems to be under the mistaken impression that the range of 302s were produced. Only those directly related to the government’s Ivins Theory were produced — and not even all of them. (For example, the 302s relating to the interviews of the family members — the alibi witnesses — were withheld).

    Materials submitted to the US Government Accountability Office to determine if there is any credible evidence of a connection between a foreign entity and the attacks on the United States in 2001 involving anthrax.
    Dated April 7, 2011. You click on the lower right to view all 120 pages full-screen.

  5. Anonymous said

    Science 18 February 2011:
    Vol. 331 no. 6019 p. 835
    DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6019.835
    News & Analysis
    Anthrax Investigation

    Science in Ivins Case Not Ironclad, NRC Says
    Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
    The scientific evidence behind the U.S. government’s implication of U.S. Army researcher Bruce Ivins as the perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks is not as strong as claimed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to a long-awaited review by the National Research Council released this week. Although the report agrees with the FBI on most of the conclusions drawn from the analysis of anthrax spores used in the mailings, it cautions that the science by itself does not definitively link the attack material to a flask under Ivins’s control at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, as the FBI asserted.

    • DXer said

      The Science article states:

      “Although the review panel agreed that the spores could have originated from RMR-1029, it did not agree with the investigative claim that the spores could only have come from RMR-1029. “Some of the mutations identified in the spores of the attack letters… might have arisen by parallel evolution rather than by derivation from RMR-1029,” the review concludes.

  6. Lew Weinstein said

    So far it’s just words. Sen. Grassley said the right words two years ago, then went strangely quiet. We’ll see if he actually does anything helpful this time. Also, Holt’s bill is in the House, where Grassley probably has no influence.

  7. Anonymous said

    Good that Senator Grassley has indepependently released his statement through his offices to the media. I take that as a sign he means business about getting Holt’s Bill passed.

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