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* DXer to David Willman: I’m troubled that your AP feature does not reflect what we now know from the production on May 11, 2011 of the lab notes showing that Dr. Ivins’ time was not at all unexplained.

Posted by DXer on June 6, 2011

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see also (just below this post) …

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DXer to David Willman (6/3/11) …

  • David, I found your book immensely readable and I admire your work ethic over the past 3 years.

But I’m troubled that …

your AP feature does not reflect

what we now know from the production on May 11, 2011

of the lab notes showing that Dr. Ivins’ time

was not at all unexplained.  

  • Patricia Fellows just spun it and then AUSA Rachel Lieber did also.
  • What is needed is to have your experts describe to you what is involved each of those numerous nights when the dead animals needed to be addressed.
  • Rachel Lieber just refused to give you the lab notebook pages — or else you didn’t ask.   Many more are still being withheld.
  • Your stature as an investigative journalist and status as a media requestor would get us the many additional lab notebooks being withheld by DOJ.”
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* DXer on David Willman’s “The Mirage Man”

Posted by DXer on June 6, 2011

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the priority now  is to turn to the documentary evidence

 … we invite Mr. Willman to re-think some of his conclusions

based on dramatic information which was

not available to him when he wrote “The Mirage Man.”

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  • Last week (May 2011) the USAMRIID for the first time produced the Fellows/Ivins notebook that showed that contrary to the government’s claims, Dr. Ivins had reason to be in the lab each of the nights that the prosecutor Rachel Lieber and the investigators, without basis, speculated he was making a dried powder.  
  • The lab notebook pages that show how Dr. Ivins spent his time on those nights — pages that were withheld by DOJ under FOIA  — were in a notebook maintained by Patricia Fellows.
  • Mr. Willman should also consider that the documentary evidence does not support the government’s contention that the April 2002 submission was made by Dr. Ivins.  
  • The initials on the April 2002 submission are not Bruce Ivins — they are “PF” (which seems to indicate that  his lab technician,  Patricia Fellows, submitted the samples).

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detailed comments on many relevant items follow …

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Kirkus’ Review summarize: “Much of the narrative reads like a brief for the prosecution, but in the process of trying to get to the bottom of the anthrax attacks, Willman makes clear that many involved in the investigation acted incompetently, maliciously or irresponsibly, including cocksure but ignorant members of the national media and FBI officials, who seem to have settled on the guilt of another obscure scientist, thus doing harm to the investigation by limiting its purview.”
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Isn’t an Ivins Theory merely Hatfill Theory Redux?   The “Hatfill Theory” was part of the same unstoppable train wreck as the “Ivins Theory.” There was a change of cars (investigators), but it was the same flawed train of reasoning and the investigators never overcame the earlier truncated emphasis of the investigation.

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Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 10, 2011
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/the-hatfill-theory-was-part-of-the-same-unstoppable-train-wreck-as-the-ivins-theory-there-was-a-change-of-cars-investigators-but-it-was-the-same-flawed-train-of-reasoning-and-the-inve/
http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/05/25/the-circumstantial-case-against-bruce-ivins-gets-weaker/

Anthrax Redux: Did the Feds Nab the Wrong Guy?  March 24, 2011

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/03/ff_anthrax_fbi/

Isn’t it too much at stake to be content with the latest investigators’ position that they do not know the what, how or why of the anthrax mailings?

http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20110518_3088.php

 

David Willman relies extensively upon Dr. Ivins’ first therapist, Judith M. McLean, who writes of how she acquired her psychic abilities in her book available for sale on Amazon.com — from a being from another planet …

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/david-willman-relies-extensively-upon-dr-ivins-first-therapist-judith-m-mclean-who-writes-of-how-she-acquired-her-psychic-abilities-in-her-book-available-for-sale-on-amazon-com/

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 extraterrestrial …

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/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/

To request an autographed copy of the book and urge that Mr. Willman use his experience as an investigative journalist to investigate the issues he has not yet addressed, you can go to hear him speak.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-ZAa0tblI0
http://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/david-willman-mirage-man

Who knows?  After further investigation, and studying the newly produced document about what Dr. Ivins was really doing on the nights that the DOJ speculated, without basis, that he was making a dried powdered anthrax, he might change his mind.

Some issues and documents that Mr. Willman hopefully will someday address are below.   The country will benefit from his insights on the issues given the wide reading he has done on the subject of Amerithrax generally and access to the investigators  and prosecutors accusing Dr. Ivins.

Have Mr. Willman and the investigators serving as his sources learned from history regarding the Hatfill Theory — or merely recounted it?

The FBI’s key genetics experts debunk the FBI’s argument that the genetics points to Ivins in particular.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/dxer-a-washington-post-story-does-not-take-into-account-that-the-genetics-experts-dr-fraser-liggett-and-dr-keim-say-there-are-major-holes-in-the-genetics-case/

Claire Fraser-Liggett: the genetic analysis of the spores in Ivins’ flask do not indicate Ivins is guilty

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/clair-fraser-liggett-the-genetic-analysis-of-the-spores-in-ivins-flask-do-not-indicate-ivins-is-guilty/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/noah-schactman-did-the-feds-nab-the-wrong-guy-lmw-the-fbis-publicly-revealed-evidence-could-not-convict-ivins-the-2001-anthrax-case-needs-to-be-re-opened/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/the-genetics-inquiry-just-narrowed-things-from-over-700-to-up-to-377-individuals-who-had-access-to-ames-during-the-time-of-the-2001-mailings/
http://articles.courant.com/2011-02-15/news/hc-anthrax-investigation-0216-20110215_1_amerithrax-anthrax-expert-martin-hugh-jones-anthrax-attacks

Disturbing questions haunt the anthrax killings inquiry

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/19/2888302/disturbing-questions-haunt-anthrax.html
http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20110520_9829.php
http://my.firedoglake.com/jimwhite/2011/05/20/fbi-ignored-hid-data-potentially-excluding-bruce-ivins-as-anthrax-killer/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the documentary evidence of Agent Lambert’s concern … that the compartmentalization of the investigative squads ordered by Director Mueller would prevent investigators from connecting the dots.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/10/17/former-amerithrax-lead-investigator-richard-lampert-compartmentalization-within-the-amerithrax-task-force-would-inhibit-our-ability-to-connect-the-dots-among-the-three-squads-investigating/

Dr. Greg Saathoff, whose report Mr. Willman relies on heavily, is a longtime partner of FBI Quantico and instead spins his report as independent.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 23, 2011
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/dr-saarthoff-presenting-today-on-amerithrax-is-an-fbi-consultant/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the documentary evidence produced in May 2011 that now shows what Dr. Ivins was doing in the B3 and instead bought into the FBI’s mistaken narrative that Ivins had no reason to be in the B3 on those nights.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/14/the-newly-released-lab-notebook-pages-demonstrate-dr-bruce-ivins-was-tending-to-dead-animals-on-the-nights-he-alleged-was-preparing-dry-anthrax-in-light-of-an-ivins-theory-being-demolished-by-suc/

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Instead, Mr. Willman reiterates the FBI’s false claim that the time in the B3 was unexplained.  This, without anything more, demolishes the FBI’s and Mr. Willman’s “Ivins Theory” … on the facts rather the bullshit theory he was “creepy.”
How could the longtime FBI Quantico psychiatrists or the author not have requested from the FBI the record showing what Dr. Ivins was actually doing on the nights that the investigators, without basis, speculated he was making a  powdered anthrax?
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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere notes or even mentions that anthrax in the New York Post letter was 10% silica or silicates. Mr. Willman thoughtfully addresses the general question of the Silicon Signature as part of an Appendix that is important not to overlook.  It appears after the Epilogue.
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The Technical Review Panel Summary notes that the NY Post sample had apparently been treated with hydrophilic silica.  The term “weaponization” is used as a straw man to avoid the potential key probativeness of the silicon signature.
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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere explains how Dr. Ivins’ processing could have resulted in the Silicon Signature.
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To credit that the silicon signature did not relate to “weaponization” – as many of us do — does not avoid the fact that it is potentially highly probative, and without more tends to be exculpatory of Dr. Ivins.  For example, if it relates to “microencapsulation” using hydrophilic silica, that might be a huge lead.
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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere notes that experts Weber and Velsko, key experts on the nonmicrobiological signature signature, think that further study is warranted to determine the source of the Silicon Signature.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/greg-gordon-mcclatchy-the-apparent-failure-of-the-fbi-to-pursue-this-avenue-of-investigation-raises-the-ominous-possibility-that-the-killer-is-still-on-the-loose-stuart-jacobsen-it-is-outrag/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere mentions the 302 interview statement that checking the health of the animals typically would take 2 hours and was a one person job.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/aaa_302-interviews_revised_revised.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the sworn deposition testimony in the Stevens v. United States case casting doubt on the FBI’s Ivins Theory.  Does he even quote the former chiefs of bacteriology who all agree — to a man — that he has been wrongfully accused?

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/statements-by-scientists-in-florida-court-case-raise-doubts-regarding-the-fbi-conclusion-that-dr-bruce-ivins-prepared-the-anthrax-used-in-the-2001-attacks/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/excerpt-from-plaintiffs-filing-in-amerithrax-civil-suit-explaining-why-dr-ivins-is-not-perpetrator-dr-byrnes-deposition/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/excerpt-from-plaintiffs-filing-in-amerithrax-civil-suit-explaining-why-dr-ivins-is-not-perpetrator-dr-andrews-deposition/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses why  US Attorney Taylor in explaining Ivins’ overtime in Fall 2001, including November and December,  did not realize that  the 2-person rule that in 2002 precluded such overtime.  In his FOIA to the Army, he did not seek access records from the earlier or later period.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/ivins-noble-eagle.jpg

Source: “An eye on safety” by Alison Walker … http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/special_sections/detrick/day3.htm
“Better enforcement … In 2002, USAMRIID officials mandated a two-person rule, which creates peer pressure to follow safety protocol by requiring material be handled by two people of equal experience, training and qualification. USAMRIID is phasing out the rule due to space and staff limitations, replacing the physical presence of another person with video surveillance.”

As an example, he nowhere addresses that Dr. Ivins had no access to the filters and thus there would have been traces in the filters if the anthrax had been made in that B3.

David Willman in Mirage Man interviewed Dr. Ivins’ brother Charles,  who told me about the two undercover FBI agents who had befriended him and Bruce on the cruise.  Here is an email Dr. Ivins wrote to one of the agents.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/dr-ivins-email-to-one-of-the-two-undercover-fbi-agents-who-had-befriended-him-on-the-cruise/

According to this email, Dr. Ivins was not in fact taking the sleeping aid ambien in Fall 2001.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/according-to-dr-ivins-email-with-former-colleague-1-mara-linscott-produced-last-week-by-usamriid-withheld-for-2-years-by-jag-bruce-was-not-taking-ambien-the-sleeping-aid-in-fall-2001/

David Willman in Mirage Man no where addresses the weaponized anthrax that Dr. Ivins says he had heard had been shipped to Ft. Detrick and then went missing.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/will-it-take-congressional-subpena-power-to-fill-in-the-blanks-in-the-email-asking-about-weaponized-anthrax-that-came-to-detrick-and-then-was-shipped-out-and-some-was-missing/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses that  USAMRIID’s John Ezzell, the FBI’s anthrax expert, prior to 9/11, made a dried aerosol using Ames supplied by Bruce Ivins and sent to Johns-Hopkins Applied Physics.  He never addresses whether those spores show a silicon signature.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/83_aaa_jhapl_4.jpg
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/john-ezzell-forthrightly-to-my-way-of-thinking-heroically-answered-all-my-dxers-questions-relating-to-the-darpa-research-in-which-flask-1029-the-“murder-weapon”-to-borrow-us/

Where does Mr. Willman address Ivins’ email  of 6-28-05 that discusses powder deemed closest to attack anthrax … in which Ivins says,  “but I told ??? we didn’t make spore powder”

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/91_1.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the email in which Dr. Ivins discusses missing Ames anthrax.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/87_aaa_missing-ames_1.jpg

Was it the FBI’s anthrax expert who made a dried aerosol out of Flask 1029 who told Dr. Ivins not to get his “panties in a bind over this”?

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/77_aaa_cya.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the fact that the FBI removed the original of Lab Notebook 4010 (and other notebooks that were subpoenaed) without leaving a copy.  Why won’t the FBI produce the relevant pages from the lab notebooks it took?

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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere explains that Daniel Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment in connection with the leaks relating to Hatfill or notes that his daughter represented “anthrax weapons suspect” Ali Timimi pro bono.
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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses why the US Attorney and AP created the impression that the Federal Eagle stamp was uniquely sold in Ivins’ post office (near USAMRIID) when it in fact was sold throughout Maryland and Virginia.  This misstatement by the US Attorney (picked up by AP) was as great as any misstep in connection with a “Hatfill Theory”.
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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses why  the FBI failed to disclose that the photocopier mentioned in the Amerithrax Summary could be excluded as the source of the Amerithrax letters.  That is the sort of evidence that makes for a strong scientific case — or demolishes one.  He instead relies on the much less significant issue of “tracks” and the investigators relied upon apparently do not realize that copies made in September and October 2001 could have been compared, even if the machines were not checked until February 2002.
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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses why the FBI let USAMRIID General John Parker’s false claim that USAMRIID did not make dried powder stand — when the FBI and the scientists overseeing the investigation knew its own expert had made dried powdered aerosol using Ames.
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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the identity of the colleague with whom Dr. Heine says he did research regarding antifoam in creating aerosols or Dr. Heine’s report that the FBI falsely told Dr. Ivins that Dr. Heine had accused him of the anthrax mailings.  This is a huge issue because the investigators then used Dr. Ivins’ rage as proof of his guilt — rather than evidence of his innocence.

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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses why the FBI never disclosed the email withheld for 2 years that shows Dr. Ivins knew that 5 ml of virulent Ames had been taken from Building 1412.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/a-new-email-withheld-for-2-years-shows-that-ivins-recognized-that-some-of-his-ames-was-missing

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the email asking about weaponized anthrax that came to Detrick and then was shipped out and some was missing.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/98_aaaaa_subpoena.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere, given that the FBI estimates that up to 377 had access required elimination (allowing for some duplication who had access in both 1425 and 1412), why US Taylor falsely claimed that only 100 needed to be eliminated — only those with access at Building 1425.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/dr-henry-heine-former-colleague-of-dr-bruce-ivins-freed-of-the-gag-order-interviewed-on-his-last-day-at-usamriid

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the reason the location of the flasks (initially there were two flasks) was carefully whited out so as to change its location from Building 1412 to Building 1425.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/25/usamriid-rmr-records-flask-1029/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses to whom Dr. Ivins was writing about the Ames missing from building 1412 and the autoclaving of samples there.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/87_aaa_missing-ames_1.jp\

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses what happened to the other slant sent from Texas, or interviews the original researcher who obtained the slants from Texas who then went to work for the CIA.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/92_aaaaa_texas.jpg
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/93_2_aaaaa_work.jpg

David Willman nowhere addresses Dr. Ivins’ concern expressed to a superior that he was missing samples — only to be told to shut up.  He never identifies the superior telling Ivins that everything was under control.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/from-dxer-infiltration-of-u-s-biodefense-bruce-ivins-concern-that-he-was-missing-samples/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/28/bruce-ivins-we-cant-make-any-assurances-that-we-have-exactly-what-were-supposed-to-have/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses when Southern Research Institute first obtained virulent Ames and from whom.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/aaa_sri_dash.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses where the research on the corona plasma discharge and sonicator on Ames spores supplied by Bruce Ivins was conducted for DARPA.   He nowhere addresses where else the DARPA aerosol studies using dried powder were done.   Given the performance of the dried aerosol, the technical question of whether the floatability is due to use of a CPD or sonicator should be addressed by the scientific experts.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/58_aaa_words.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the fact that the only expert interviewed by the FBI about the code in the letters for which documents were produced disagreed with the FBI’s theory of code in the letters and that all the letters needed for the FBI’s interpretation of the code were NOT in fact double-lined.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/theory-of-the-code.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses why the FBI was asking everyone whether they had seen olive oil in one of the aerosol rooms.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/aaa_oliveoyle_rev.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses whether  olive oil was what the bloodhounds smelled at Denny’s when the FBI assumed they were tracking Steve Hatfill who had visited the day before.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/aaa_bloodhound_6.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the 16 pages which were not obtained by the FBI until February 2005.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/dxer-reports-that-ivins-hosted-one-egyptian-visitor-in-the-b3-who-was-the-lifelong-friend-of-a-former-egyptian-islamic-jihad-member-a-schoolmate-recruited-by-ayman-zawahiri/https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/from-dxer-documents-related-to-university-of-michigan/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/aaa_um-researcher.jpg
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/newly-released-ivins-emails-show-that-no-record-was-kept-of-transfers-to-former-zawahiri-associate-because-it-was-done-at-usamriid/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-lifelong-friends-of-dr-tarek-hamouda-supplied-virulent-ames-by-bruce-ivins-actively-denounce-their-former-medical-school-associate-ayman-zawahiri-as-a-fanatic-one-serving-as-president-of-ca/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/tracking-dr-ivins’-rmr-1029-anthrax-more-questions-for-um-and-lsu-researchers/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the work that Yazid Sufaat and his lab assistant did at Omar Hospital in May 2001 while the equipment was en route to the lab being established at Kandahar.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/marwan-hadid-al-suri-who-was-assisting-yazid-sufaat-at-omar-hospital-in-may-2001-and-then-helped-set-up-the-anthrax-lab-in-kandahar-later-that-month-was-killed-in-2006-in-northwestern-pakistan-m/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the anthrax made by Dr. Ivins that is missing but instead adopts the prosecutor’s claim he had made it in September and October 2001 (when the evidence now shows he was having to address numerous dead animals that had died on those days).

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/01/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/14/the-newly-released-lab-notebook-pages-demonstrate-dr-bruce-ivins-was-tending-to-dead-animals-on-the-nights-he-alleged-was-preparing-dry-anthrax-in-light-of-an-ivins-theory-being-demolished-by-suc/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses that FBI experts found that Dr. Ivins handwriting does not match the handwriting in the anthrax letters.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/today-usamriid-produced-an-additional-lab-notebook-3919-providing-still-more-exemplars-of-dr-ivins-handwriting-the-gao-should-request-a-copy-of-the-fbis-handwriting-report-which-found-that-d/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses a “Waly Samar” who was a microbiologist connected to the WTC 1993 participants based on phone records and reportedly lived in the Trenton area in 2001 — an estimated 3 miles from the mailbox.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/laurie-mylroie-in-a-2001-book-described-a-waly-samar-who-was-a-microbiologist-connected-to-the-wtc-1993-participants-based-on-phone-records-was-he-the-subtilis-expert-allegedly-connected-to-al/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/former-amerithrax-investigator-bradley-garrett-who-took-the-lead-on-the-hatfill-searches-rode-on-the-plane-with-ksms-nephew-wtc-bomber-ramzi-yousef-upon-his-rendering-to-the-us-how-did-agen/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the claim that a pharmacist Najmut Tariq in New York City was connected to Al Qaeda anthrax program and apparently no effort was made to contact him in Pakistan.

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/04/al-qaeda-anthrax-operative-new-york-pharmacies
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/the-fbi-has-previously-explained-that-it-ruled-out-various-scientists-alleged-to-have-connections-to-al-qaeda-and-ansar-al-islam-andor-its-anthrax-program-among-those-who-the-fbi-is-confident-cou/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses how the FBI was able to exclude Abderraouf Yousef Jdey as the mailer if the FBI doesn’t know where he was and, according to former top CIA analyst Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Jdey was released before the mailings.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/how-was-the-fbi-able-to-exclude-abderraouf-yousef-jdey-as-the-mailer-if-the-fbi-doesnt-know-where-he-was-and-according-to-former-top-cia-analyst-rolf-mowatt-larssen-jdey-was-released-before-the/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/11/
https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/ken-dillon-asks-…-who-was-the-real-anthrax-mailer-the-key-people-in-the-anthrax-mailings-were-not-bruce-ivins-or-steven-hatfill-his-predecessor-as-the-fbis-target-instead-they-app/

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/page/2/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the strain of the virulent anthrax used in one or more of the Al Qaeda labs, for which Sufaat and his assistants were vaccinated.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/wikileaks-guantanamo-doesnt-the-united-states-know-the-strain-of-the-virulent-anthrax-used-in-one-or-more-of-the-al-qaeda-labs-for-which-sufaat-and-his-assistants-were-vaccinated-based-on-in/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses experiments led by Egyptian Abu Khabab killing rabbits with poisons under during the month before 9/11 at a camp outside Kabul.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/experiments-led-by-egyptian-abu-khabab-killing-rabbits-with-poisons-under-during-the-month-before-911-at-a-camp-outside-kabul/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the training in late 2001 at the training camp outside Kandahar to introduce poison into water systems.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/in-late-2001-the-training-camp-outside-kandahar-in-training-to-introduce-poison-into-water-systems-what-was-the-poison-contemplated/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the capture of Mustafa Hawsawi and his laptop containing anthrax spray drying documents.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/capture-of-mustafa-hawsawi-and-laptop-with-anthrax-spray-drying-documents/

In an appendix after the Epilogue, David Willman in Mirage Man addresses the potentially critical importance of b. subtilis contaminant found in the Brokaw and New York Post anthrax letters … not connected to Dr. Ivins … and substantially ignored by the FBI.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/greg-gordon-raises-importance-of-b-subtilis-contaminant-in-the-brokaw-and-new-york-post-anthrax-letters-not-connected-to-dr-ivins-substantially-ignored-by-the-fbi/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the fact that Anwar Aulaqi was coordinating with Ali Al-Timimi who shared a suite with the two leading Ames researchers.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/attorney-jonathan-turley-regarding-his-client-al-timini-is-this-the-kind-of-connection-it-is-critical-for-the-house-committee-to-investigate/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the documents from peer reviewed literature in Ayman Zawahiri’s possession.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/05/17/dxer-documents-in-the-possession-of-ayman-zawahiri-and-his-associates-illustrate-the-dangers-of-scientific-openness/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the spraydrying documents on Al-Hawsawi’s laptop.

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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses Rauf Ahmad’s notes and handwritten letter (he was one of the scientists working for Ayman Zawahiri).

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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the typed correspondence from a later visit by Rauf Ahmad indicating that he had successfully achieved the targets.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/abdur-rauf-i-have-achieved-letter.jpeg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses Ali Mohammed, the head of intelligence for Egyptian Islamic Jihad who had a document on his computer seized by the FBI that outlined principles of cell security that would be followed, trained Dahab, a Cairo medical drop-out, to make deadly letters. 

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/aaa_cocktail_rev.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the Egyptian visitor in the B3 who was the lifelong friend of a former Egyptian Islamic Jihad member, a schoolmate, recruited by Ayman Zawahiri.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/dxer-reports-that-ivins-hosted-one-egyptian-visitor-in-the-b3-who-was-the-lifelong-friend-of-a-former-egyptian-islamic-jihad-member-a-schoolmate-recruited-by-ayman-zawahiri

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the fact that Dr. Bruce Ivins hosted one Egyptian visitor in the B3 who was the lifelong friend of a former Egyptian Islamic Jihad member, a schoolmate, recruited by Ayman Zawahiri and that the FBI not obtain the relevant documents until February 2005.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/dxer-reports-that-ivins-hosted-one-egyptian-visitor-in-the-b3-who-was-the-lifelong-friend-of-a-former-egyptian-islamic-jihad-member-a-schoolmate-recruited-by-ayman-zawahiri/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the fact that this document seized in Afghanistan pointed to infiltration of US biodefense.  To what was the author referring?

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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses this Zawahiri correspondence with infiltrating scientist that was part of parallel compartmentalized cell operation.  Who else did Ayman attempt to recruit (besides the schoolmate and close friend of Bruce Ivins’ co-worker)?

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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the documents dating from April 1999 showing that Ayman Zawahiri’s plan was to recruit a specialist.  Who else did Ayman Zawahiri succeed in recruiting?

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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the fact that the lifelong friends of Dr. Tarek Hamouda, supplied virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins, actively denounce their former medical school associate Ayman Zawahiri as a fanatic – one serving as President of CAIR-St. Louis and the other as author of INSIDE JIHAD. After the FBI first obtained in 2005 the documents relating to Dr. Hamouda’s work with Dr. Ivins, did they contact Dr. Hamid who reports he was recruited into the Egyptian Islamic Group by Ayman Zawahiri while in medical school? Did they contact his brother who publicly announced that he could not identify a sleeper cell if he did not know about it?

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-lifelong-friends-of-dr-tarek-hamouda-supplied-virulent-ames-by-bruce-ivins-actively-denounce-their-former-medical-school-associate-ayman-zawahiri-as-a-fanatic-one-serving-as-president-of-ca/

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses why the FBI failed to disclose that Jdey was detained and released as the same time as Moussaoui.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/aaa_jdey-released.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the fact that Ayman Zawahiri had an extensive recruiting network for his anthrax planning and the announcement of his plans in March 1999, including the blind sheik’s son who spoke alongside Ali Al-Timimi and was on Al Qaeda’s 3-member WMD society.  Did the blind sheik’s son recruit Ali Al-Timimi?

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/anthraxandalqaeda_voc_31.jpg

David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the fact that  Ayman Zawahiri used “school” to refer to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the documentary evidence showing that Ayman Zawahiri used “school” as code and not Bruce Ivins.

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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the fact that while the US government focuses on Anwar Al-Aulaqi, the media continues  to overlook Aulaqi’s connection to fellow Falls Church imam, a scientist sharing the suite with the leading bioweapons Ames anthrax researchers with whom defense counsel says Aulaqi was coordinating.

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David Willman in Mirage Man nowhere addresses the fact that Ali Al-Timimi had unfettered access to the largest microbiological repository in the world where the bacteriology collection scientist was the future head of the Amerithrax science investigation who would guide the NAS review and the production of documents from the FBI to NAS.

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/aaa_aulaqi-new-2-turley-re-al-timini.jpg … https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/anthraxandalqaeda_discoveryhall.jpg

Given the questions not addressed, isn’t there a very real chance that an Ivins Theory is just a Hatfill Theory redux — and had the same effect of narrowing the investigative focus?  I mean, did Agent Lawrence Alexander – with 6 years on the safe streets task force — who was an important architect of an Ivins Theory — have any counterintelligence or intelligence analysis background whatsoever?

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/a-challenge-to-reporters-covering-the-fbis-anthrax-investigation-its-time-to-investigate/

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* For 3 years, the FBI has withheld the 302 interview statements which would reveal the aggressive tactics that Dr. Ivins found so upsetting

Posted by DXer on June 6, 2011

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LMW COMMENT …

The failure to produce records in accordance with FOIA requests is a continuing issue in the aftermath of the FBI investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks and its undocumented, unproven assertion that Dr. Bruce Ivins is the perpetrator.

Why are documents being withheld? What can be done to insist they be released?

Here is an opportunity for investigative journalists to make a real contribution.

  • Make your own requests. 
  • Write stories about the documents being withheld. 
  • Write to the FBI, the DOJ, and any other agency which is stonewalling legitimate requests for information.
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Here are some of the many previous posts on the CASE CLOSED blog dealing with failure to produce documents under FOIA.
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* FBI failure to produce documents under FOIA: April 19, 2011 FOIA for Ivins’ E-mail to Linscott on Sept 17, 2001, as quoted and relied upon in the Amerithrax Investigative Summary, February 2010

* The DOJ should disclose under FOIA the 2004 article provided by Dr. Bruce Ivins to the FBI regarding silica and Bacillus spore suspensions

* The FBI did not provide the list of attendees at the June 2001 Annapolis International Anthrax Conference pursuant to FOIA even though a Zawahiri infiltrator Rauf Ahmad attended the conferences for Zawahiri in 1999 and 2000.

* Dr. Bruce Ivins’ July 2003 through February 2004 emails will finally be released next week … there is still no satisfactory answer for the extended (unlawful) delays which amount to nothing less than a purposeful withholding of relevant information from the public and from the U.S. Congress … who is responsible for these delays? FBI Director Mueller? Attorney General Holder?

* DXer … the DOJ continues to interfere with lawful production of documents under FOIA

* from DXer … why has the DOJ failed to provide critical cited references under FOIA?

* from DXer … more FOIA materials not produced? a violation of the law? who is responsible for this?

* DXer … Why weren’t all of Dr. Ivins emails provided as required under the Freedom of Information Act?

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To refresh your memories, here is what FOIA is about and also the only legal exceptions to providing information as requested. Read the exceptions carefully and see if you can find legal justification for the information willfully being withheld.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the U.S. Government.

see … http://www.justice.gov/oip/foia_updates/Vol_XVII_4/page2.htm

Twenty days to respond to requests …

Each agency, upon any request for records made under paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection, shall (i) determine within twenty days (excepting Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) after the receipt of any such request whether to comply with such request and shall immediately notify the person making such request of such determination and the reasons therefor, and of the right of such person to appeal to the head of the agency any adverse determination

Exceptions where information may be legally withheld …

This section does not apply to matters that are–

(1)(A) specifically authorized under criteria established by an Executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy and (B) are in fact properly classified pursuant to such Executive order;

(2) related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of an agency;

(3) specifically exempted from disclosure by statute (other than section 552b of this title), provided that such statute (A) requires that the matters be withheld from the public in such a manner as to leave no discretion on the issue, or (B) establishes particular criteria for withholding or refers to particular types of matters to be withheld;

(4) trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential;

(5) inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency;

(6) personnel and medical files and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;

(7) records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of such law enforcement records or information (A) could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings, (B) would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication, (C) could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, (D) could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source, including a State, local, or foreign agency or authority or any private institution which furnished information on a confidential basis, and, in the case of a record or information compiled by a criminal law enforcement authority in the course of a criminal investigation or by an agency conducting a lawful national security intelligence investigation, information furnished by a confidential source, (E) would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law, or (F) could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual;

(8) contained in or related to examination, operating, or condition reports prepared by, on behalf of, or for the use of an agency responsible for the regulation or supervision of financial institutions; or

(9) geological and geophysical information and data, including maps, concerning wells.

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