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

Archive for March 2nd, 2011

* Congressman Holt: the FBI’s “botched investigation” must be reopened … LMW: please write to your Congressman or woman and urge support for Holt’s Anthrax Commission bill

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 2, 2011

 

Congressman Holt is Dr. Bruce Ivins best chance for a deserved posthumous exoneration

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see prior posts …

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

* help Congressman Holt’s Anthrax Commission bill become law … lobby the members of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security … names and links provided

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see also …   * Congressman Holt defeats “Watson” at Jeopardy

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Congressman Rush Holt’s

letter to the editor – NYT (3/1/11) …

  • The National Academy of Sciences, in issuing its much-anticipated report on the F.B.I.’s use of scientific and technical evidence during its investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks, concluded that there needs to be further investigation of the attacks and the federal government’s response to and investigation of the attacks.
  • Recently, I reintroduced legislation to create an independent commission modeled after the 9/11 Commission to review the entire episode …

the attacks,

the response,

the botched investigation,

and to determine whether our nation is prepared

to deal with a biological attack in the future.

  • The commission would make recommendations to the president and Congress on how the country can best prevent and respond to any future bioterrorism attack. This legislation can be passed now, just as it could have been enacted any time in the last four years.
  • We need the most advanced and well-vetted bioterrorism prevention, detection, forensics and recovery capabilities, and not simply to ensure the swift apprehension and prosecution of future perpetrators.
  • In the anthrax case, the F.B.I.’s jumping to conclusions led to tragic consequences for a relatively limited number of people. Another bioterror attack on this country could catapult us into war if it is as poorly investigated as the last one and if, based on faulty investigation, it is attributed to the wrong foreign state. It is long past time that we learned the right lessons from the anthrax case.

Rush Holt
Member of Congress, 12th Dist., N.J.
Hopewell Township, N.J., Feb. 24, 2011

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/opinion/lweb02anthrax.html?_r=1&src=twrhp

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LMW COMMENT …

  • We are thrilled that Congressman Holt, even in the face of stonewalling intransigence from the FBI, has not given up.
  • Please write to your Congressmen and women to support Holt’s bill to get the 2001 anthrax case properly investigated and resolved.

* help Congressman Holt’s Anthrax Commission bill become law … lobby the members of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security … names and links provided

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CASE CLOSED

is a novel about the FBI’s “botched” investigation

of the 2001 anthrax attacks

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read the opening scene of CASE CLOSED …

 

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