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

Archive for June, 2011

* Sample new lab notebook pages produced this week by USAMRIID (from Lab Notebook 4000)

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 29, 2011

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* Dr. Annette Hanson writes in Clinical Psychiatry News (6/21/11) … use of the psychological profile prepared by Dr. Saathoff’s EBAP to infer that Dr. Ivins was the anthrax mailer is problematic

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 23, 2011

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Dr. Gregory Saathoff ... chair of the EBAP panel which issued the report concluding that Dr. Ivins was the anthrax mailer

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 Dr. Annette Hanson writes in Clinical Psychiatry News (6/21/11) …

use of the psychological profile prepared by EBAP

to infer Ivins’s guilt is problematic

  • In March, a panel chaired by Dr. Gregory Saathoff, commonly known as the expert behavioral analysis panel (EBAP), released a report containing a summary and analysis of the investigation of Dr. Bruce Ivins, the suspected anthrax mailer.
  • The panel was convened at the request of the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Royce C. Lamberth.
  • The full report containing Dr. Ivins’s previously confidential and sealed medical information is being sold online by the Research Strategies Network, a non-profit organization that consults to the Department of Defense and whose president is Dr. Saathoff.

After reading the redacted executive summary,

I felt compelled to review the work of the panel in light of standards

set forth in the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law’s

Ethical Guidelines for the Practice of Forensic Psychiatry.

  • Although the panel undertook the investigation with “no predispositions with regard to [Dr. Ivins’s] guilt or innocence and in fact without a focus on that issue,” it nevertheless concluded that Dr. Ivins was the anthrax mailer.
  • Dr. Ivins’s guilt has never been established in a court of law since he committed suicide in August 2008 and was never charged with the deaths of the five anthrax victims.
  • This pronouncement of guilt is not consistent with the ethics and traditional practice of forensic psychiatry.
  • The use of a psychological profile to infer guilt is particularly problematic, since this evidence is not admissible in most jurisdictions.
  • From an ethical standpoint, the sale of the panel report is particularly problematic.

Annette Hanson, M.D. …  is a forensic psychiatrist and co-author of Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work. She is director of the University of Maryland forensic psychiatry fellowship where she teaches about many aspects of civil and criminal law including insanity, competence to stand trial, assessment of dangerousness, malpractice and child custody evaluations. She has evaluated and treated hundreds of mentally ill criminal defendants and has testified in murder trials involving the insanity defense. She has sixteen years of experience treating prisoners in a maximum-security setting. She lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland where she co-hosts the Shrink Rap blog (psychiatrist-blog.blogspot.com) and the My Three Shrinks podcast (mythreeshrinks.com).

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* Catherine Herridge’s NEXT WAVE: Anwar Awlaki, Ali Al-Timimi and why FBI Agent Wade Ammerman wanted to allow Anwar Awlaki to meet with Ali Al-Timimi in October 2002

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 21, 2011

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Catherine Herridge in her book out today reports her search for answers as to why the arrest warrant for Anwar Awlaki was rescinded in October 2002 at the same he was stopped at JFK upon entering the country.

She asked Edward McMahon, Jr, if he knew FBI Agent Wade Ammerman who she says was involved in the dropping of the arrest warrant.

“You bet I know him, Catherine, I told you when you started that Awlawki showed up in Ali [Al-Timimi’s] case…
McMahon tells me that Ammerman was the FBI’s number or number two agent in the Al-Timimi case.  Ammerman was also the agent who told customs to let the cleric go at JFK.”

Al-Timimi’s later counsel, Professor Turley, explained in a court filing unsealed in April 2008:

” [911 imam] Anwar Al-Aulaqi goes directly to Dr. Al-Timimi’s state of mind and his role in the alleged conspiracy.   The 9-11 Report indicates that Special Agent Ammerman interviewed Al-Aulaqi just before or shortly after his October 2002 visit to Dr. Al-Timimi’s home to discuss the attacks and his efforts to reach out to the U.S. government.”

In the court filing, Professor Turley describes his client Ali Al-Timimi, who shared a suite with the two leading DARPA-funded Ames anthrax researchers working with virulent Ames, as an “anthrax weapons suspect.”  The researchers used the contractor Southern Research Institute in Frederick, Maryland to do the B3 lab work.

Ali Al-Timimi came to be represented pro bono by the daughter of the head of the Amerithrax prosecution, Daniel Seikaly, who pled the Fifth Amendment in connection with leaking the hyped Hatfill stories about anthrax-smelling bloodhounds.

The NEXT WAVE notes that defense counsel sought audiotapes made during the October 2002  meeting but prosecutors said there was no authority for the request.

Ms. Herridge writes:  “By now, we knew there was a connection between Al-Awlaki’s re-entry into the United States and a senior FBI agent.”

Catherine, known as the “Terror Pixie”, asks:

“What was the FBI’s motivation for allowing the cleric in?”

Well, for the answer,  let’s turn to previous reporting by the Washington Post on the subject.

The Washington Post explained in Fall 2006:

‘In late 2002, the FBI’s Washington field office received two similar tips from local Muslims: Timimi was running ‘an Islamic group known as the Dar al-Arqam’ that had ‘conducted military-style training,’ FBI special agent John Wyman would later write in an affidavit.

Wyman and another agent, Wade Ammerman, pounced on the tips. Searching the Internet, they found a speech by Timimi celebrating the crash of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003, according to the affidavit. The agents also found that Timimi was in contact with Sheikh Safar al-Hawali, a Saudi whose anti-Western speeches in the early 1990s had helped inspire bin Laden.

The agents reached an alarming conclusion: ‘Timimi is an Islamist supporter of Bin Laden’ who was leading a group ‘training for jihad,’ the agent wrote in the affidavit. The FBI even came to speculate that Timimi, a doctoral candidate pursuing cancer gene research, might have been involved in the anthrax attacks.”

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* Excerpts from David Willman’s key witness (from her book ASCENSION JOURNEY)

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 18, 2011

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David Willman’s key witness against Dr. Bruce Ivins

(see his Los Angeles Times article “A Troubled Mind” and his book)

writes in her 2009 book ASCENSION JOURNEY …

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– “The year following the September 11th terrorist attacks, I did bilocation work in both New York City and Afghanistan. As I traveled in astral form at night and back into my body in the morning, I found there were occasions where I was followed by Taliban entities. I became aware that many of the terrorists who died in Afghanistan during our war with them were the entities who followed me. They had continued their terrorist activities in the astral plane … I had to be very careful about self-protection and working with other beings of light. When I left my body at night, I went through a portal of energy that I had created. The portal of energy was a spiral vortex formed as an entrance into the astral plane. This had to be closed down after my discovery of the entities. A new portal of energy was constructed through which these entities could not follow. After a month or more of doing bilocation work in Afghanistan and at the World Trade Center site, I found myself physically exhausted. My allergies worsened, and I was aware I was bringing back toxins from the World Trade Center debris and its surrounding air into my physical body. … One form of self-protection I often use is to take the white light energy and build a geode type crystal energy shield around myself that seems impenetrable.”

— “In 1996, my mother called and informed that my cousin’s fiance was missing. The wedding was a week away and the bride, John, had disappeared. At that time, the police had insubstantial information or leads to find her. My cousin was frantic. That night in meditation, I received instructions that I should go to Joan. Using remote viewing (viewing long distance events through clairvoyance), I saw Joan in a forested area near or in a state park. I saw her lifeless body in a ravine. I bilocated my astral body to this area and tried to rouse her spirit. It seemed Joan had been drugged, causing her spirit to be confused, very groggy, and unaware of what had happened to her. I helped her remove myself from her physical body. Then, in a slow process, we moved together until I saw a vortex of light open from another dimension. Joan was afraid to move on and wanted to immediately incarnate again. It took some time to help her move through the dimensional vortex to the spirit helpers in the other realm. Throughout the next couple of days, I moved into that other dimensional awareness to make sure she was recovering. Her determination to reincarnate immediately was strong for quite a period of time. Later, she settled into an understanding of all that had happened with her death and was not so anxious to come back down to the earth plane. A few days after this occurrence, I called the police in Oregon and gave them a description of the area in which I had seen Joan’s body. Fortunately, they accepted psychic impressions. I described the type of area I had seen. They informed that she just had been found. She had been located in a forested area in a ravine, as I had described to them. Police discovered Joan had been murdered. My cousin was open to hearing this psychic information, and my experience greatly comforted him. Nevertheless, he grieved continuously for several years until Joan appeared to me and asked me to tell my cousin to let her go and move on with his life.”

— “As a clairvoyant, I can see these entities hanging around bars and am disgusted to see them affixing to drinking people like parasites. Parasitic entities attach themselves to the aura of the drinker and vicariously experience the sensation of drinking once more. Since alcohol, tobacco, and drugs cause ethic holes in the aura, the entity easily attaches or enmeshes itself with the energy body of the human and gratifies their lust for the substance. Heavy drinkers or drug users often come into treatment with attached entities that use them for their own etheric gratification.”

— “As a healer and psychotherapist, I treated sexually abused persons who came into therapy bringing abusive entities. It is a delicate matter bringing this up to a client. Sometimes the work of releasing this sexual predator must take place after session, while I am in meditation. The client’s belief system may not be able to handle an assertion that they may have an entity attached to them.”

— “[I]t was evident to me that an entity had attached itself at that time. Subsequently the child’s, and later adult’s, personality changed and that of the abusive spirt came forth. I exorcised this entity from my client, but found the entity then attached itself to me with a murderous intent. It took a little help from my spirit team to get this predator away from us and into a dimension where he could do no mischief.”

— “If they are negative spirits haunting or hurting others, I sometimes call in a team of spirit helpers, or “ghost busters,” to move the entities along. Spirit releasing and exorcism should not be feared, but you do need to know what you are doing or obtaining help with this task.”

— “An entity may be witnessed going around a house and living as though they are still alive. This is the type of experience I witnessed in Cape May, New Jersey. While staying at a bed and breakfast, I realized there were three old women entities living in this 1790 house. These women were quite active in their daily routine, having tea and visiting the neighbors. One woman was aware of me and told me she stayed earth bound with her sisters since they refused to move on. We discussed her responsibility to herself, and she decided to move through to another dimension. Her sisters remained in the house. The following evening, I found our room full of hundreds of spirits from the church where these women had belonged.”

— “Some individuals have a visitation, or several visitations, from extraterrestrials or ancient illuminated beings that help cleanse away cellular memories and implanted devices. Implants are specific coding devices often used by extraterrestrials to communicate with the person or obtain information from the brain of the person.”

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* Why did FBI Agent Darin Steele think that the “T” in NEXT was double-lined in concocting his interpretation of a code?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 17, 2011

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* CASE CLOSED is Lew Weinstein’s novel which explores possible alternatives to the unsupported conclusions of the FBI’s “botched” investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks … some readers say that certain aspects of Lew’s story are more plausible than the FBI’s publicly asserted case against Dr. Ivins … click below to read Lew’s opening scene … and learn what readers have to say about CASE CLOSED

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 17, 2011

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CASE CLOSED is not just a good book, but an important one. Author Lew Weinstein explains that he did not find the FBI’s stunningly abrupt conclusion to the nearly 7 year old Anthrax investigation in 2008 in any way convincing.  This novel is the result. 

  • My biggest problem with CASE CLOSED is it is too believable. I would not be at all surprised if Lewis Weinstein’s fictionalized novel about the FBI’s anthrax investigation turned out to be more truth than fiction. 

more reader comments about CASE CLOSED at …

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/case-closed-reader-comments/

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read the opening scene of CASE CLOSED …

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/case-closed-chapter-one/

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* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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* DXer … documents that must be produced … questions that must be asked … meanwhile, on the CASE CLOSED blog, 178,000 clicks and 12,000 comments have produced not a single shred of credible evidence that Dr. Bruce Ivins made the attack anthrax or mailed the letters

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 16, 2011

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extracts from a recent DXer comment …

  • Bruce Ivins supplied a Cairo Medical graduate, whose friends were personally recruited by Dr. Ayman, virulent Ames.
    • Dr. Ivins was directed to do so even though the researcher was not a US citizen.  Bruce did not know the researcher was a non-citizen until after the visiting scientist arrived at USAMRIID  for the visit in Spring 1998.   See generally  INSIDE JIHAD, by “Tawfiq” Hamid about Dr. Ayman’s recruitment at Cairo Medical.
    • Dr.  Tarek Hamouda was funded by DARPA.
    • The researchers who shared a suite with Ali Al-Timimi also were funded by DARPA.
    • Those researchers co-invented the microencapsulation patent used to concentrate anthrax with silicon dioxide.
    • Ali Al-Timimi was coordinating with fellow Falls Church imam, Anwar Awlaki.
  • The FBI’s anthrax expert, John Ezzell, spoke at DARPA about his dried aerosol project at USAMRIID.  Over the course of 5 years of trial and error, according to author DW, he experimented with making a dried powder.

The FBI never disclosed this — not to the public

and apparently not to the NAS.

  • We all just want the right answer.  That requires a Congressional Commission or a reopened Amerithrax investigation.
  • Agent Lawerence Alexander was not provided  the 16 pages of the research by the former Zawahiri associate
    alongside Bruce Ivins and Patricia Fellows in the B3  until well after he had started googling about sororities and developed the early forms of his “Ivins Theory.”
    • His theory, though speculative and complex, can be presumed to be in good faith.  But at the end of the day he needs to factor in what he now knows about the reliability of the first counselor as a witness.

Agent Lawrence Alexander and Postal Inspector Dellefera

have to themselves urge the Director that Amerithrax be reopened.

  • The small company of the former Zawahiri associate received millions from the venture fund headed by the man who then was put in charge of Pakistan and Afghanistan (the powerful #3 at Department of State).
  • That combined with the fact that Ali Al-Timimi had once been the assistant by the former White Chief of Staff (in another life at the Department of Transportation) may have made the correct solution of Amerithrax politically awkward.
  • Our United States Department of Justice closed its case based on someone who was having visions, hearing voices  and a series of mistaken claims and premises outlined at an August 8, 2008 conference.
  • our major media has not yet interviewed Tarek Hamouda, the former Zawahiri associate, to ask how well he knew Dr. Ayman Zawahiri and his sister, the microbiology professor.
  • No one has interviewed the subtilis expert who lived 20 miles from the Princeton mailbox who was in regular phone contact with the WTC 1993 plotters to ask how well he knew Ramzi Yousef, KSM’s nephew.
  • Dr. Hamouda, the former Zawahiri associate, thanked Patricia Fellows for providing technical assistance.
    • She is the one who spun Dr. Ivins as having no reason to be in the lab in early October.  See her 302.
    • For 2 1/2 years, the DOJ did not mention that Dr. Ivins was helping with the animal studies on not only the 5 nights in September that the DOJ was speculating that he was making a dried powder.
    • And even to this day they never have disclosed that the same animal work continued in October.

This withholding of documents is outrageous.

  • It is critical that the GAO probe who is responsible for the withholding of documents and force the disclosure of all documents relating to Amerithrax not exempt from FOIA.

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LMW COMMENT …

  • This CASE CLOSED blog has now received almost 178,000 clicks and just short of 12,000 comments.
  • It is an open blog. Anyone can contribute.
  • And yet, to the best of my recollection …

not a single person has presented

a single bit of documentation

in support of the FBI’s assertion that Dr. Ivins

made the attack anthrax and mailed the letters.

  • If you’re out there, and you have evidence that supports the FBI’s case, let’s see it.
  • Meanwhile, the mountain of grudgingly released documents continues to demolish the FBI’s assertions.
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* an article by Drs. Hugh-Jones, Rosenberg & Jacobsen highlights key unanswered questions in the FBI anthrax investigation … such as where and how were the anthrax spores in the attack letters prepared?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 13, 2011

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The 2001 Attack Anthrax:  Key Questions, Potential Answers

Martin E. Hugh-Jones, PhD, Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, PhD, Stuart Jacobsen, PhD

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Summary

Ten years after the anthrax attacks, almost three years after the FBI accused a dead man of perpetrating the 2001 anthrax attacks singlehandedly, and more than a year since they closed the case without further investigation, indictment or trial, the FBI has produced no concrete evidence on key questions:

1. Where and how were the anthrax spores in the attack letters prepared?  

  • The FBI has ignored the most likely laboratories, on the basis of unwarranted assumptions that the spores were made covertly, by the perpetrator(s) of the attack, and during the interval between 9/11 and the mailing of the letters.

2. How and why did the spore powders acquire the extraordinarily high levels of  Silicon and Tin found in them?  

  • The FBI has repeatedly insisted that the powders in the letters contained no additives, and that the Silicon in the powders was incorporated naturally during growth.  
  • But they also claim that they have  not been able to reproduce the high Silicon content in the powders.  
  • They have not admitted to any  attempt to determine the chemical form of the Silicon; and they have avoided mentioning the Tin content.  
  • We present a likely explanation for the elements and the properties of the spore preparations that have been observed.

3. Where did the anthrax spores become contaminated by a rare strain of B. subtilis?  

  • The FBI has never located the source of the strain, but they never searched in the most likely places.

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Next Steps

  • Concerns about the validity of the FBI’s conclusions will persist until these questions are addressed.  
  • Further scientific investigation may be the only way to bring the facts of the case to light.
  • That will require scientific expertise and political neutrality, ideally with full access to all that the FBI knows, and with the resources to commission additional work if the existing scientific information is inadequate.  

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read the entire article at …

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10ONTNGMiPAcQ0Z3jo4S1Y7eI2IdNtf6-8xe1bq__tNI/edit?hl=en_US&authkey=CNSH1YML

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The BioWeapons Prevention Project (BWPP) is a global network dedicated to the permanent elimination of biological weapons and of the possibility of their re-emergence. It was launched in 2003 by a group of non-governmental organizations concerned at the failure of governments to fortify the norm against the weaponization of disease. BWPP monitors governmental and other activities relevant to the treaties that codify that norm.

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* the material on the CASE CLOSED blog about Judith McLean (see prior posts linked below) is relevant to an evaluation of the validity of David Willman’s conclusions in his recently published “The Mirage Man” … because Willman himself, in his publicity blurb (see below), shows just how much he relied on the psychic who says … she was granted her abilities by an extraterrestrial being … got sick in 2001 from doing astral recovery work at Ground Zero and in Afghanistan after 9/11 … and was pursued by nasty Taliban entities

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 12, 2011

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David Willman, Judith McLean & their books

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as published in “The Daily Beast” …  

journalist David Willman, in an excerpt from “The Mirage Man,” 

reveals his take on the troubled psychiatric history of Bruce Ivins,

and bases his analysis on therapist Judith McLean,

the psychic who says she was granted her abilities by an extraterrestrial being

extracts from the excerpt chosen by David Willman,

presumably among the strongest parts of his case against Dr. Ivins.

  • As part of his care, in June 2000 Ivins submitted to weekly one-on-one talk therapy with a clinical counselor, Judith M. McLean, based at Comprehensive Counseling Associates in Frederick, an organization headed by Dr. Allan L. Levy, who had recently become Ivins’ psychiatrist.
  • McLean learned from Ivins that he was an accomplished scientist and had access to dangerous substances, but she did not know anthrax was among them. Ivins began opening up to her about his life outside science: He had harsh things to say about his deceased mother and described a painful childhood, during which he never fit in with other kids and felt as if he had no friends. He said he had sometimes committed acts of anonymous vandalism against those who wronged him. Ivins had earlier told a psychiatrist that he carried a loaded gun at college. Imagining stationary objects inside of buildings as his enemies, he said he fired at them, once destroying a wall clock. He told McLean about people from his childhood against whom he wanted to exact revenge.
  • On the afternoon of July 18, 2000, Ivins arrived for his fourth session with McLean. They began discussing anew his obsession with Mara. He said he felt deeply attached to her, but she did not show the same interest in him. She was not responding regularly to his e-mails, and this angered him.
  • In a matter-of-fact manner, Ivins described how he had driven recently to upstate New York to watch Mara play in a soccer match, and how he had brought along a jug of wine that he had spiked with poison. If Mara had not been injured during the match, he would have offered her the wine when they met for a casual visit afterward. He had the ability, he told McLean, to create “lethal poisons” and the expertise to use them for revenge.
  • He said he saw himself as an “avenging angel of death.”
  • McLean informed Ivins that she was duty bound to report to the authorities any homicidal threat. Given what she regarded as Ivins’ compulsive, vengeful state, McLean asked if he would be willing to submit to an evaluation by a psychiatrist. Ivins agreed to do so as soon as it could be arranged. Before he left that day, McLean persuaded him to sign a statement pledging not to harm anyone and to contact her immediately if he had further “homicidal thoughts.”
  • McLean was trying to stay outwardly calm and nonjudgmental, yet she was afraid of what Ivins might do—to her or to someone else. She found him “creepy, scary, spooky,” and was determined to sound a warning. On the day Ivins revealed his poisoning plot, McLean’s supervisor, Dr. Levy, who was Ivins’ psychiatrist, was on vacation, so she called the psychiatrist who was covering for him, Dr. Orrin Palmer, who in turn phoned Ivins. McLean also called the Frederick police that night and spoke to an officer who said it sounded as if no crime had been committed. She got a similar response when she called a lawyer who represented the practice she worked for, Comprehensive Counseling.
  • The next day, July 19, 2000, McLean reached Dr. David Irwin, who had once been Ivins’ psychiatrist, about performing the mental evaluation to which Ivins had agreed. Irwin said that Ivins had been like an “overstretched rubber band”—the “scariest” patient he had ever treated.

***From the book, The Mirage Man by David Willman. Copyright © 2011 by David Willman. Reprinted by arrangement with Bantam Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

***David Willman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist whose reporting for the Los Angeles Times brought to light the pivotal developments surrounding the 2001 anthrax letter attacks.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-06-02/the-mirage-man-by-david-willman-anthrax-attacker-bruce-ivinss-obsessions/2/

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* In addition to helping the FBI with Amerithrax, the psychic relied upon by David Willman helped with 911 by her astral travelling and retrieval of etheric body parts at Ground Zero … She reports she was granted her psychic abilities by a being claiming to be an extraterrestial

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 11, 2011

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