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

* Who does former lead Amerithrax prosecutor Daniel Seikaly and his daughter, Ali Al-Timimi’s former defense counsel, think is responsible for the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 22, 2011

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  • In an October 2007 deposition, the head of the Amerithrax prosecution, Daniel Seikaly, pled the Fifth Amendment when asked if he leaked the (hyped) story about anthrax smelling bloodhounds who alerted when they sniffed Dr. Hatfill.    
  • Attorney Seikaly’s daughter represented “anthrax weapons suspect” Ali Al-Timimi, pro bono.   
  • In 2001, Ali Al-Timimi  was coordinating with Anwar Aulaqi and shared a suite with the DARPA-funded Ames anthrax researchers who had their work with virulent Ames done at Southern Research Institute in Frederick, MD.  
  • Anwar Awlaki wants to kill a million US citizens in a mass attack.  
  • Who does former prosecutor and his daughter, Ali Al-Timimi’s former defense counsel, think is responsible for the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001?

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6 Responses to “* Who does former lead Amerithrax prosecutor Daniel Seikaly and his daughter, Ali Al-Timimi’s former defense counsel, think is responsible for the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001?”

  1. DXer said

    http://news.blogs.wlu.edu/2013/02/25/wls-locy-writes-legal-reporting-text-book/

    But it was her time at USA Today that thrust Locy into the national spotlight.

    In 2008, she refused to comply with a federal judge’s order to reveal the identities of confidential sources who had provided information she used in reporting on the FBI’s investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people.

    A U.S. Army scientist, Dr. Steven Hatfill, was called a “person of interest” by then-attorney general John Ashcroft but Hatfill was never charged.

    “I didn’t like the term ‘person of interest’ because it’s so vague and highly negative,” recalled Locy. “I looked it up in the U.S. Attorney’s Manual and couldn’t find it because it’s not a legal term. If you name someone as a target of a grand jury investigation, there are certain things that kick into gear that prosecutors are supposed to do. So ‘person of interest’ is a squishy term designed to circumvent those rules.”

    Hatfill sued the government and claimed he needed the identities of reporters’ sources to prove that government officials had leaked information about him in violation of the Federal Privacy Act. When Locy refused, the judge held her in civil contempt of court.

    The judge, Reggie B. Walton, imposed fines on Locy that escalated to $5,000 a day over a three-week period. He also banned anyone—family, friends and her former employer—from helping her pay the fines. A federal appellate court granted Locy’s request to stay the fines pending her appeal. The U.S. Justice Department eventually settled Hatfill’s lawsuit, and Walton vacated the contempt order against Locy. The National Press Club awarded her the John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award because she protected her sources.
    Locy devotes a chapter in her book to the importance of protecting sources, with a sidebar about her experiences in the Hatfill case. “I have no regrets about the Hatfill case whatsoever,” said Locy. “I know I did the right thing, and I would do it again. If you’re going to develop sources, then you need to be prepared to protect those sources if a federal judge is yelling at you to reveal their names. If you make a promise to a source and don’t keep that promise, you hurt everyone else who comes after you. I know, because that happened to me. Reporters who had gotten into that kind of trouble before me made concessions that I was then forced to make, and that hurts the profession.”

  2. DXer said

    The lead Amerithrax prosecutor’s daughter represented anthrax suspect Ali Al-Timimi for free. Who does she think is responsible for the anthrax mailings? Is it true that Ali cut a deal and that the Amerithrax AUSA was forbidden by her supervisor from interviewing Ali? And then reprimanded when she did? Was Ali a Top Echelon informant? If so, was it a fruitful arrangement or did it just avoid embarrassment for the Bush Administration for it to be known that Saddam didn’t have anthrax — Andrew Card’s former assistant at Transportation did. And Ali even had a letter of commendation from the White House for his classified work for the Navy while at SRA. Ali’s lovely and gracious wife Ziyana once told me that she and I would be able to speak about it one day if Ali’s lawyer approved. Is it a good time?

    Does everyone appreciate that for so long as Dr. Ayman is still angry at the US, there may come a time where it is too late to correct the analysis in Amerithrax?

  3. DXer said

    Senator Grassley wants answers.

    Above the head of the Amerithrax prosecution Daniel Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment in connection with the questions about whether he leaked the hyped Hatfill stories.

    Sen. Grassley asks Justice Department to explain contradictory acts on anthrax

    By GREG GORDON, MIKE WISER AND STEPHEN ENGELBERG

    McClatchy Newspapers, Frontline and ProPublica

    In a letter this week to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said the department’s decision to quickly retract the contradictory filings “has produced a new set of questions regarding this unsolved crime.”

    In his letter, sent Wednesday, Grassley said the Justice Department’s initial filing in the court case “seemingly eliminated” the government’s circumstantial case against Ivins, who committed suicide in 2008 after learning that prosecutors planned to seek his indictment on five counts of capital murder.

    Grassley said he found the department’s contradictory filings “particularly troubling” because a National Academy of Sciences panel in February called into question the FBI’s assertion that genetic sequencing had definitively traced the source of the anthrax powder to a flask in Ivins’ lab. He noted that two USAMRIID scientists, in sworn depositions in the suit, disputed the FBI’s conclusion that Ivins could have made the powder in his laboratory.

    Grassley also asked for an update on a prolonged investigation into news leaks that publicly identified another former USAMRIID microbiologist as a subject of the FBI investigation. That microbiologist, Stephen Hatfill, ultimately filed a privacy infringement suit against the government and obtained a $5.8 million court settlement.

    Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/09/02/3117349/sen-grassley-asks-justice-department.html#ixzz1WqdUnVY5

  4. DXer said

    Anger over terror attacks triggers former U.S. Sen. Graham’s first novel

    • By Peter Pringle
    • Posted June 24, 2011 at 8:58 p.m.

    Bob Graham is promoting his first novel, “Keys to the Kingdom.”

    VERO BEACH — Bob Graham was among friends at the Vero Beach Book Center on Friday afternoon.

    The former U.S. senator and two-term Democratic governor of Florida was there to speak about his first novel, the political thriller “Keys to the Kingdom.” But many in the audience of close to 100 took the opportunity to recall that they had worked for him and voted for him.

    “I’ve been a Democrat all my life and campaigned for him for both governor and U.S. senator, but this will be the first time I’ve met him,” said Vero Beach resident Rosemary Gagliardi, a retired Indian River County elementary teacher and member of the county’s Democratic Women’s Club. “He was a caring public servant. I’m looking forward to reading the book.”

    Graham said the book — much of it factual with some fictional elaboration — was triggered by his anger that so many questions went unanswered in the 9/11 Congressional Joint Inquiry he co-chaired.

    “How could the United States have allowed the 19 hijackers to live here for so long and nobody noticed?” he asked. “Most of the questions revolve around Saudi Arabia. Their role was completely redacted in the inquiry’s report of more than 800 pages.”

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    “I have a special interest in 9/11 because my three sons are commercial airline pilots and two of them were flying on that day,” Dannahower said. “Fortunately, they were safe, but one of them was grounded in Los Angeles for three days after the attacks.”

    ***

    Asked how he thought 9/11 could have happened, Graham said one reason was that U.S. government agencies refused to share information. “We didn’t do a very good job. Al-Qaida did a very good job of planning, practicing and executing a very complicated plot. But it’s my belief that the hijackers were not acting alone. They got support from a network.”

  5. DXer said

    Rather than some innocuous small luncheon at the Pentagon, doesn’t the more important consideration that Catherine Herridge should focus on relate to Aulaqi’s coordination with Al-Timimi?

    Al-Timimi shared a suite with the DARPA-funded Ames researchers Charles Bailey and Ken Alibek. (David Willman makes no mention of this even though he repeatedly interviewed Dr. Bailey and also interviewed Dr. Alibek). The work with virulent Ames was done at Southern Research Institute in Frederick, where Patricia Fellows came to head the B3 when she wasn’t spinning her former colleague and confidante Bruce Ivins as guilty and having no reason to be in the lab.

    Vetting over access to the largest microbiological repository in the world at ATCC located at GMU by Ali Al-Timimi, who was coordinating with Anwar Awlaki, is far more important than vetting for a Pentagon luncheon in a conference room.

    Daniel Seikaly, the fellow who was head of the Amerithrax investigation, leaked the bloodhound story about Hatfill. He was the father of Al-Timimi’s pro bono lawyer. The family (he was born in Haifa in 1948) had a history of activism on Palestine issues. (Daniel then pled the Fifth Amendment at deposition. David Willman makes no mention of this in his new book.

    So Ms. Herridge’s uploading of the document relating to the luncheon is a nice first step. But is there going to be any meat served in her book THE NEXT WAVE due out June 21? Ms. Herridge did — in Spring 2008, I believe — what remains the most significant single story in the history of Amerithax reporting. The story related to an email by Ivins about dried aerosol being made. So if anyone could break the now closed Amerithrax wide open, it’s the Terror Pixie.

  6. Old Atlantic said

    Meanwhile they prosecute Thomas Drake under the espionage act over a document retention dispute. Another unquestionably loyal and patriotic American like Thomas C. Butler.

    http://www.whistleblower.org/blog/31-2010/1128-nsa-whistleblowers-on-60-minutes-911-could-have-been-prevented

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