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

Archive for April 22nd, 2011

* The 2010 Amerithrax Investigative Summary only mentions subtilis in connection with a foreign born scientist alleged to be affiliated with the al-Qaeda and Answer al-Islam anthrax program. Given that the Summary was supposed to summarize the investigation for decision-makers, why didn’t the summary address the potentially crucial issue of this bacteriological contaminant and detail the extent of searches conducted?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 22, 2011

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LMW COMMENT … 

The FBI has, appropriately throughout the course of its investigation, released only that information it chose to release, in furtherance of its investigative objectives.

However, the rules should change once the FBI has reached a conclusion and closed the case, which it did beginning in August 2008. At this point, Americans deserve answers to all of the open questions that reduce confidence in the FBI’s assertion that Dr. Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the anthrax attacks, or even proof that he was involved at all.

All of the questions raised on this blog and elsewhere which raise serious doubts as to whether Ivins could have or did prepare the anthrax, and whether he could have or did mail the letters, need to be answered.

It is my view, shared by many on this blog, that 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
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* Did the FBI search the Aerobiology suites in Building 1412 where dry aerosol studies involving simulants were done and in Room 212 where dry powder was made by FBI anthrax expert from Flask 1029?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 22, 2011

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* The FBI reports that originally, the species of the non-anthracis Bacillus contaminant was incorrectly identified by multiple laboratories

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 22, 2011

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