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

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

Posted by DXer 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.

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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Here’s the opening scene from Lew Weinstein’s novel CASE CLOSED …

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

  1. DXer said

    The Washington Post, likes the New York Times, agrees with Lew that a Congressional probe is needed.

  2. DXer said

    All the major media outlets called for the FBI to reopen Amerithrax but the FBI refused.

  3. DXer said

    Thursday, February 17, 2011

    New Scientific Report Increases Doubt About Amerithrax Case Closure. FBI Case Against Bruce Ivins Doubted.

    By Ennealogic
    http://politicalgates.blogspot.com/2011/02/new-scientific-report-increases-doubt.html

  4. DXer said

    Another USAMRIID scientist — who like the FBI anthrax expert at USAMRIID Dr. JE — has shown great forthrightness, integrity and even courage in addressing questions, is Henry Heine, quoted by the Daily Princetonian. I have corresponded with many USAMRIID scientists. Everyone one of them — such as the various chiefs of bacteriology — has shown the same forthrightness and strength of character.

    http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2011/02/18/27664/

    “Many of the questions that we raised even before Dr. Ivins’ death, I think, the NAS report pointed out very clearly,” said Heine.

    “I do believe that whoever did this is still out there on the loose,” said Heine. “As much as it’s been a pain for my life, I hope that the FBI reopens the investigation.”

    It’s the ones who don’t answer questions that one simply lacks information on so as to be in a position to judge.

  5. DXer said

    What is the position of the New York Times editorial board?

    • richard rowley said

      I haven’t seen an editorial on that yet. But I was disappointed that the story by Scott Shane on the NAS findings was way back on page A-14 (Wednesday’s NYTIMES). Understandable, given Tunisia, Egypt, Afghanistan etc. But it’s not the type of media emphasis that would create a groundswell of public support for a thorough reexamination of the case….

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