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

* The newly released lab notebook pages demonstrate Dr. Bruce Ivins was tending to dead animals on the nights it was alleged by the FBI he was preparing dry anthrax. In light of an Ivins theory being demolished by such astonishing evidence, GAO should ask why were investigators told Ivins’ time in the lab was “unjustified”? How will Dr. Pat Fellows, AUSA Rachel Lieber and AUSA Kenneth Kohl respond?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 14, 2011

******

******

Advertisements

5 Responses to “* The newly released lab notebook pages demonstrate Dr. Bruce Ivins was tending to dead animals on the nights it was alleged by the FBI he was preparing dry anthrax. In light of an Ivins theory being demolished by such astonishing evidence, GAO should ask why were investigators told Ivins’ time in the lab was “unjustified”? How will Dr. Pat Fellows, AUSA Rachel Lieber and AUSA Kenneth Kohl respond?”

  1. DXer said

    If you consider the effort that was expended in creating their database of documents, and then appreciate that they have kept pressing, they deserve even more than a Pulitzer.

  2. DXer said

    Patricia Fellows was deposed in this matter and may be one of several sealed depositions. The DOJ, if it stood for justice in this matter, would promptly produce all of Dr. Ivins lab notes from September and October 2001. The GAO needs to probe the issue of DOJ’s failure to comply with FOIA and its withholding of documents from the NAS. Contemporaneous lab notations made on all of the very nights DOJ says Dr. Ivins’ time was unexplained were in fact explained by his lab notes.

    The DOJ, advised by Dr. Saathoff, told Dr. Ivins that they would subpoena his family members to confirm that he spent time in the lab because of his unhappiness at home. When actually, they had (and have withheld) his lab notebook pages showing why he was in the lab. At the time, they were swabbing him for DNA — not for anything relating to the anthrax letters — but to test against semen on panties taken from his garbage. Dr. Saathoff claims that his advice was for the purpose of making sure that the investigation was not too emotionally upsetting to Dr. Ivins when the record shows otherwise. He was intentionally isolated from his support network.

    Then the EBAP report was strictly CYA given Dr. Ivins took his own life — wracked by depression.

    Anyone likely would have been severely depressed – and many would have been suicidal.

  3. DXer said

    And, on August 4, The New York Times reported:

    “The evidence amassed by F.B.I. investigators against Dr. Bruce E. Ivins, the Army scientist who killed himself last week after learning that he was likely to be charged in the anthrax letter attacks of 2001, was largely circumstantial, and a grand jury in Washington was planning to hear several more weeks of testimony before issuing an indictment, a person who has been briefed on the investigation said on Sunday.”

    Had Kenneth Kohl presented these lab notes to a grand jury? Was he going to? If they were relevant to present to a grand jury, why weren’t they relevant enough to produce among the 3500 pages? Why weren’t they produced under FOIA by DOJ?

  4. DXer said

    FBI overstated science behind anthrax probe, experts say

    David Dishneau | Associated Press

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Federal investigators overstated the strength of the scientific evidence against a late Army researcher blamed for the anthrax mailings that killed five people in 2001, a panel of scientists said Tuesday after an 18-month review.

    ***

    The panel said the science didn’t support the Justice Department’s statement in a 2010 report that “the anthrax mailer must have possessed significant technical skill,” an assertion that narrowed who could have been responsible.

    ***

    The committee said the methods used in the inconclusive tests should be explored in more detail.

    Comment:

    We’ve now seen that Dr. Ivins was scheduled to check on the animals — and most groups had a 0% survival rate.

    Who is responsible for withholding these lab notes above and spinning Dr. Ivins time in the lab as unexplained? Who has been briefed on these notes and then withheld the documents explaining them from others? Who is responsible for withholding these and other lab notes?

    In fact, absent evidence Dr. Ivins was the processor or mailer, the assertion that Dr. Ivins’ time in the lab on the specified nights was unexplained was the central tenet underpinning the FBI’s case. The FBI went so far as to ignore the fact that the 2-person rule prevented such hours alone beginning early 2002.

    Who is responsible for the DOJ’s footdragging on pending FOIA requests at DOJ? (such as the 9/17 email)

    • DXer said

      Postal Worker’s Son Sues Over Anthrax Death
      Posted by admin on May 18, 2011

      The son of a US postal worker who died of inhalation anthrax has filed a lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente alleging a doctor at the health maintenance organization misdiagnosed his father’s illness, the Washington Post reported in its Wednesday editions.

      According to the lawsuit, Thomas Morris, Jr., 55, was treated for cold symptoms and advised to take Tylenol even though he told the doctor he thought he had inhaled anthrax spores at Washington’s Brentwood mail processing center, the newspaper reported.

      An anthrax-contaminated letter mailed to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle passed through the Brentwood center and is suspected in the deaths of Morris and another postal worker at the facility. They were among four people who have died of inhalation anthrax since early October.

      There have been 17 confirmed cases of anthrax in the United States. Victims were infected by contaminated letters mailed following the September 11 hijacking attacks that killed more than 4,500 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

      The lawsuit, filed by Morris’s son, Thomas Morris III, also accuses Kaiser Permanente of negligence for failing to prescribe the antibiotic Cipro even though Morris was in a known risk group for anthrax, the Post said.

      Morris died on October 21, three days after he sought medical care at a Kaiser Permanente facility in Marlow Heights, Maryland, the report said.

      Morris complained in the office visit about trouble breathing, muscle pain, headaches and tightness in the chest, the plaintiff’s attorney, Jimmy Bell, told the Post.

      “He informed his physician right up front that he was exposed to anthrax,” Bell said. “He believed his doctor.”

      Kaiser officials told the newspaper that the lawsuit was riddled with errors and that the HMO’s staff meticulously followed the guidance they had at the time from health officials.

      “We will defend their allegations quite vigorously and with great passion,” Kaiser spokeswoman Susan Whyte Simon was quoted as saying.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: