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

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

Posted by DXer on June 18, 2011



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 …


– “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.”


29 Responses to “* Excerpts from David Willman’s key witness (from her book ASCENSION JOURNEY)”

  1. DXer said

    David WIllman, “Homeland Security replacing troubled biodefense system with another …”
    Los Angeles Times-1 hour ago (subscription)

  2. DXer said

    Fox, Steve Zaillian Developing ‘Mirage Man’ Movie About 2001 Anthrax Attacks

    by Jeff Sneider July 26, 2018

    20th Century Fox is developing an adaptation of David Willman‘s non-fiction book The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America’s Rush to War, Collider has learned.

    Steve Zaillian will produce via his Film Rites banner along with Anova Pictures principal Cybill Liu, …

    The Mirage Man chronicles the true story of the 2001 anthrax attacks, which began on Sept. 18 — exactly one week after 9/11 — and continued over a period of three weeks. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two U.S. Senators (Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont), ultimately killing five people and infecting 17 others. According to the FBI, the ensuing investigation became “one of the largest and most complex in the history of law enforcement.”

  3. DXer said

    Vajid Majidi in a book on the anthrax mailings relies on Dr. Ivins frustration with his first therapist. He may not be aware that in 2009 the therapist wrote a book explaining that she had received her instructions that year each night from an alien. She thought murderous astral entities attached to her patients in her new parti-time counseling gig were trying to kill. She would fly to Ground Zero and Afghanistan at night and then just barely escape the murderous entities by going through a vortex. Can you really blame Dr. Ivins for his frustration with the counselor?

    • DXer said

      He then relies on the second therapist who had been given Judith McLean’s file. She bought right into Judith’s fantasies about the murderous intent of her patients — to include Judith’s annotations to the file. Judith says she was protected from a diagnosis of being psychotic by her husband, who was in military personnel. The second addictions counselor, coming off home detention from another DWI, understandably was misled by what she found in the file.

      But why should Dr. Majidi be misled given that the first counselor has published a book. Do these scientists not read on the subject they are publishing — where it is a book accusing someone of murder? How is it moral or excusable to rely on anything associated with Dr. Ivins first counselor.

      Relatedly, for the psychiatrists not to have corrected their reliance on her in their report to the federal district court was very seriously wrong. They continued to promote the book that they had gone out of their way to publicize. Ditto for journalist David.

    • DXer said

      Majidi’s book is stupid. As the key evidence he relies on a genetic investigation that only narrowed things from something like 1000 to 200-300 (it was in both 1412 and 1425 despite Majidi’s confusion on the issue).

      And a smidgeon can go anywhere and be regrown.

      Amerithrax was truly and utterly botched.

  4. DXer said

    The head of the DC Field Office resigned in December 2008 for cheating on an open book exam how to conduct a national security investigation. (He was texted answers by the attorney).

    And the lead AUSA was the subject of a scathing federal district court opinion relating to prosecutorial misconduct in the Blackwater investigation.

    And the US Attorney went on to a high-paying job at an accounting firm.

    And so the officials never had the opportunity to address the central issue. They were majorly distracted.

    The FBI should not have relied on the chain of events involving the counselors that led to Dr. Ivins suicide as evidence of guilt. Dr. Ivins was understandably distraught and exasperated with his counselors. He was depressed. In contrast, his first counselor in a 2009 book wrote that she was psychotic and controlled by an alien — and in the news interview she gave the Washington Post in early August we learned that her file was given the second counselor that summer. That contributed greatly to the way the events unfolded. After Dr. Ivins’ death, CYA took hold among the government investigators and prosecutors.

    Forensic science should not rely on little green men — nor should criminal profiling.

    The utilization of forensic science and criminal profiling for capturing serial killers
    15 June 2011
    John H. White | David Lester | Matthew Gentile | Juliana Rosenbleeth

    Abstract: Movies and nightly television shows appear to emphasize highly efficient regimens in forensic science and criminal investigative analysis (profiling) that result in capturing serial killers and other perpetrators of homicide. Although some of the shows are apocryphal and unrealistic, they reflect major advancements that have been made in the fields of forensic science and criminal psychology during the past two decades that have helped police capture serial killers. Some of the advancements are outlined in this paper. In a study of 200 serial killers, we examined the variables that led to police focusing their attention on specific suspects. We developed 12 categories that describe how serial killers come to the attention of the police. The results of the present study indicate that most serial killers are captured as a result of citizens and surviving victims contributing information that resulted in police investigations that led to an arrest. The role of forensic science appears to be important in convicting the perpetrator, but not necessarily in identifying the perpetrator.

  5. DXer said

    The Navy shooter heard voices in his head.

    In Amerithrax, the only person who heard voices was Ivins’ first counselor. She describes her experience in a lucidly written 2009 book called ASCENSION JOURNEY. She says she was controlled by an alien who had implanted a microchip in her butt, pursued by murderous astral enttiies (including those attached to her clients in her part-time counseling gig). She says she received instructions from the alien at night. She says she was protected from a psychiatric diagnosis by her husband, who was in military personnel.

    This was a key witness for the FBI , the FBI’s Behavioral Science panel, the leading journalist who was content to channel the FBI’s “Ivins Theory.” The other accuser, the next counselor, was also strongly influenced by the first after receiving the file in summer 2008. The “Ivins-as-a-murderous-fiend” meme was right out of the fantasies of the first counselor who annotated the psychiatric file with her notes.

    It was very wrong for the consulting psychiatrists and journalist to market the report and book with the allegations from the first counselor — without ever excising the reliance on her claims from the report. Indeed, the psychiatrists had submitted their report to the federal district court and their failure to correct the report was all the more notable. There is a solemn obligation to correct submissions to a federal court. In the case of prosecutors, it rises to the level of enforceable professional obligation.

    Mr. Willman travelled to Scandinavia to interview the ex-wife of the Battelle vaccine manager not so long before his book draft was finished. So it is not like he was not both hard-working and open to pursuing alternative theories. Moreover, he has done important work relating to conflicts and financial interest. We all make mistakes. Everyone should be forthright in correcting course even after we have gone to press — and have our own conflict due to a financial interest. It is up to the Fifth Estate to point out where the Fourth Estate has gone off course or fallen short. It is up to mainstream media to guard against journalists publishing on subjects in which they have a financial conflict of interest.

    The first counselor’s 2009 book had been published but apparently was not read by the FBI or their psychiatrists or the journalist. That is very sloppy research and vetting of witnesses. It is as simple as a 4-second google search.

  6. DXer said

    The charges by the Board of Medicine against Dr. Ivins’ psychiatrist at the time of his death do not involve claims relating to his care. (Although the events cover the same time period, patients are not named).

    Dr. Ivins was involuntarily committed after being handed a file by the office manager that described him as a murderous fiend. Yet that was her delusion — she thought her patients had murderous astral entities attached to them. The file notes by the psychiatrists were annotated by the counselor.

    The first counselor in a 2009 books makes clear that she was not a reliable witness and should not have been seeing patients.

    If the book authors and the psychiatrists and the Washington Post will not correct their reporting on such an important part of the story underlying an Ivins Theory (which led to Dr. Ivins’ suicide), the issue merely gets buried with Dr. Ivins and a false narrative is written as history. Amerithrax is a national security matter in which the country cannot afford to be mistaken. Mistakes should be corrected.

    • DXer said

      Here is an article from late June 2008 about the advocacy of suboxone by Dr. Ivins’ counselor and psychiatrist. He committed suicide in late July 2008 immediately upon being released from the involuntary commitment.

      Suboxone provides promising treatment for prescription addicts
      Originally published June 29, 2008

      By Ashley Andyshak News-Post Staff

      The lifestyles of Jean Duley’s clients run the gamut: long-time street
      drug users, those who were prescribed powerful painkillers after an
      injury or operation and are now addicted, and middle-class housewives
      who abuse prescriptions, to name a few.

      “Prescription drug abuse is the biggest kept secret,” said Duley,
      program director at Comprehensive Counseling Associates in Frederick.
      “It’s a lot more prevalent than people can imagine.”

      In December, Comprehensive Counseling became one of three practices in
      Frederick County to prescribe suboxone, which Duley calls a “miracle
      drug” for those addicted to pain medication. The center now prescribes
      suboxone to about 50 clients.

      Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, containing enough buprenorphine
      (an opioid) to eliminate cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. The pill
      also contains naloxone, an opioid antagonist, which blocks the user’s
      ability to get high on any other drug, Duley said.

      Clients usually come to the center for suboxone in the midst of
      withdrawal, and with regular treatment, clients have gone from “living
      a nightmare, to feeling like they have a brain for the first time in a
      long time,” said Dr. Allan Levy, a psychiatrist at Comprehensive

      Duley said while some people lie about the severity of their pain to
      acquire their abused prescriptions legally, physicians themselves can
      fuel prescription addiction. Some prescribe increasing strengths of
      painkillers and then abruptly stop after patients have already become
      dependent, forcing them to get their fixes from either prescriptions
      sold on the street or illegal drugs like heroin.

      Others prescribe painkillers too loosely. Duley said some of the
      center’s suboxone clients have Percocet “handed to them like candy for
      every little ache and pain — it’s a culture of doctors not paying
      attention. The worst is OxyContin. That drug — is so highly
      addictive, it’s so difficult to come off of.”

      Some people can stop taking suboxone after a few months, but most
      continue for as much as a year before weaning themselves off, Levy
      said. For others, it becomes a lifelong maintenance drug.

      While suboxone addresses the neurological aspect of addiction, Duley
      said giving medication without regular therapy defeats the drug’s
      purpose. She facilitates a support group at the center three times a
      week, and suboxone users are asked to attend at least once a week.

      “They usually have all kinds of issues going on at the same time (as
      the addiction),” Duley said, including problems with employment,
      family and mental health. “You have to address the whole piece. The
      drug alone doesn’t work by itself.”

      And all addiction treatments should revolve around the key factor — a
      person’s health, Duley said.

      “(Beating addiction) is a complicated issue, but it’s very doable,”
      she said. “It’s not a moral issue, it’s not a criminal issue, it’s a
      health issue.”

      • DXer said

        From a quick google, I believe at the time of his death one month to the day of this June 29, 2008 article, Dr. Ivins had three prescriptions: Depakote, Citalopram, and Seroquel.

        Seroquel is used in the treatment of major depression and bipolar disorder.

        Depakote isused to treat acute manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Depakote also is used to prevent migraine headaches in adults.

        Citalopram is used to treat depression.

        Ivins’ prescription for anti-depression medication was doubled in June 2001. (FBI’s summary report – page 42)

        Wouldn’t you be depressed if your friends had been ordered not to speak with you? See November 2007 email.

      • DXer said

        Dr. Ivins was attending the group therapy with the addictions counselor, a recovered heroin, cocaine and PCP user, due to substance abuse. Dr. Ivins drank vodka.

        Tales of Addiction, Anxiety, Ranting

        Bruce E. Ivins committed suicide as authorities were preparing to indict him in the 2001 anthrax attacks. (By Skip Lawrence — Frederick News-post Via Ap)

        By Amy Goldstein, Nelson Hernandez and Anne Hull
        Washington Post Staff Writers
        Wednesday, August 6, 2008

        Late last fall, Bruce E. Ivins was drinking a liter of vodka some nights, taking large doses of sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs, and typing out rambling e-mails into the early morning hours, according to a fellow scientist who helped him through this period.

        It was around the time that FBI agents showed Ivins’s 24-year-old daughter pictures of the victims who had died in the 2001 anthrax attacks and told her, “Your father did this,” the scientist said. The agents also offered her twin brother the $2.5 million reward for solving the anthrax case — and the sports car of his choice.

        Ivins “was e-mailing me late at night with gobbledygook, ranting and raving” about what he called the “persecution” of his family, said the scientist, a recovering alcohol and drug user who had been sober for more than a decade. The scientist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that he had been contacted by a co-worker of Ivins’s at the sprawling Army biodefense laboratory in Fort Detrick and that the co-worker said the veteran anthrax researcher “has really gone down the tubes.”

        The scientist agreed to help Ivins, focusing on a 12-step recovery program. He was one of many people who intervened in Ivins’s life before he committed suicide last week as law officials were preparing to indict him in the anthrax attacks that killed five people.

        Before he died July 29 of a Tylenol overdose, Ivins, 62, had two inpatient stays at Maryland hospitals for detoxification and rehabilitation and attended two sets of therapy sessions with a counselor who eventually sought court protection from him.

        Ivins had just returned from a four-week stay at a psychiatric hospital in Western Maryland in late May when he wrote the fellow scientist in recovery a calm, six-sentence e-mail. “I hope,” it said, “that both of us avoid relapsing into our previous substance abuse.” Since his death, Ivins’s long-term mental health and the psychological effects of the investigation have become increasingly prominent questions.

        The counselor he saw for group therapy and biweekly individual sessions, who would eventually tell a judge that he was a “sociopathic, homicidal killer,” had a troubled past. Jean C. Duley, who worked until recent days for Comprehensive Counseling Associates in Frederick, is licensed as an entry-level drug counselor and was, according to one of her mentors, allowed to work with clients only under supervision of a more-seasoned professional.

        Shortly before she sought a “peace order” against Ivins, Duley had completed 90 days of home detention after a drunken-driving arrest in December, and she has acknowledged drug use in her past.

        In a 1999 interview with The Washington Post, Duley described her background as a motorcycle gang member and a drug user. “Heroin. Cocaine. PCP,” said Duley, who then used the name Jean Wittman. “You name it, I did it.”

        Ivins starting working with Duley after a stint in rehabilitation about six months ago. It was not the first time, though, that people sensed that he had an addiction problem. W. Russell Byrne, an infectious disease specialist who worked with Ivins in the bacteriology division at Fort Detrick until Byrne’s 2000 retirement from the Army, has kept up with his former colleagues. Byrne said he remembers offering Ivins a beer one night several years ago when Ivins made a rare appearance at a party at Bushwaller’s, an Irish pub in the heart of Frederick where their crowd of scientists sometimes gathered. “He declined,” Byrne recalled. “He said he had a family history of alcoholism.”

        Gerry Andrews, who worked with Ivins at Fort Detrick for nine years and was the bacteriology division’s chief from 2000 to 2003, said that it was rare for Ivins to join the other researchers after work for beer and that Ivins drank so little he was kidded about being a teetotaler.

        Andrews said that after he retired from the Army, he kept in touch with Ivins via e-mail, sharing jokes and pondering scientific questions. Then in fall 2007, Andrews said, “he kind of fell off the radar screen. I found out that there was some issues with his house being surveilled.”

        According to the scientist, who said he spent about 80 hours with Ivins to help him recover from his addiction, the FBI agents pressured Ivins’s children, and they were pressuring Ivins in public places. One day in March, when Ivins was at a Frederick mall with his wife and son, the agents confronted the researcher and said, “You killed a bunch of people.” Then they turned to his wife and said, “Do you know he killed people?” according to the scientist.

        [Note: Ivins’ attorney Paul Kemp, as I recall, says he asked Andy if this happened and Andy denied it; Amanda or Andy or Mrs. Ivins could clear up the discrepancy].

        The same week, Ivins angrily told a former colleague that he suspected his therapist was cooperating with the FBI. On March 19, police were called to Ivins’s home and found him unconscious. He was evaluated at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

        Ivins was an inpatient in April at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, the scientist said, and it was during that time that Ivins and the scientist had especially intense visits. And in a late morning e-mail to him on May 26, Ivins wrote: “I just came back from 4 weeks of rehab at the Massie Unit of the Finan Center in Cumberland. It was a good program. . . . They talk about relapse triggers, relapse prevention, stress management, etc.”

        It is unclear when Ivins began to see Duley at Comprehensive Counseling, 1 1/2 miles from his home. According to a court filing last month, Duley said she had known Ivins for six months. Another source said Ivins began to see her after he left Suburban Hospital.

        A spokeswoman at Suburban, while not confirming whether Ivins had been a patient, said the behavioral medicine department there sometimes gives patients lists of places near their homes where they can pursue outpatient therapy, including Comprehensive Counseling.

        According to court records, Ivins also saw a psychiatrist, David Irwin, at Shady Grove Psychiatric Group in Gaithersburg, although it is unclear when he was a patient there. Neither Irwin nor Duley have returned repeated phone calls. Allan Levy, Duley’s boss and the director of Comprehensive Counseling, declined to comment.

        Duley, seeking the protective order against Ivins, testified before a Frederick County judge last month, saying that Ivins had said during a July group therapy session that he had bought a bulletproof vest and a gun to carry out “a very detailed plan to kill his co-workers.” When she sought to have him committed, she said, he threatened her. To this day, Duley is the only person who has said publicly that Ivins intended to kill. In court testimony, she said she was cooperating with the FBI.

        [Comment: If you listen to the actual audiotape of his telephone message, what he said was that if she thought he should be in the hospital he would have willingly gone and that it was wrong to seek an order for an involuntary commitment].

        Staff writers Aaron C. Davis and Michael E. Ruane and staff researchers Julie Tate and Meg Smith contributed to this report.

  7. DXer said

    One cannot fully understand the events in July 2008, addressed below by the Frederick News-Post reporter, without understanding that the office manager (the psychiatrist’s wife) handed Ms. Duley the earlier counselor’s file that month. Behind the scenes, Ms. McLean’s notes were key to understanding the bedlam that ensued in July.

    A shocking mockery
    Originally published August 12, 2009

    By: Katherine Heerbrandt

    With the anniversary of Bruce Ivins’ death and subsequent character assassination by the FBI and Department of Justice, comes “new” information supporting what many suspected at the outset of the events leading to his apparent suicide: Ivins was a suspect of convenience, a vulnerable, despairing man who couldn’t absorb the psychological blows dealt by a heavy-fisted FBI who sought to “beat” him into confession.
    The science touted that narrowed the suspects in the 2001 Amerithrax case that killed five and sickened 17 is being debunked on a daily basis.

    Still U.S. Rep. Rush Holt from New Jersey isn’t getting far in asking for a panel investigation into the case, similar to the 9/11 Commission Report. Perhaps some are worried that shining the light of truth will reveal the government’s role in Amerithrax. In the wake of Amerithrax, biolab funding grew from $4 million to $15 billion.

    Holt should keep pushing hard. The proposed National Academy of Sciences study is a waste of time because we already know the science doesn’t make a case against Ivins.

    The only case to be made is that Ivins had a mental breakdown, likely caused by his own mental frailty aggravated by the FBI’s harassment. Agents pounced on Ivins’ deficiencies, real and contrived, and fed them to a public eager for answers.

    For example, the phone messages from Ivins to therapist Jean Duley. A copy was obtained through a public information request to the Frederick Police Department, which did its own investigation into Ivins’ death last fall.

    The messages came from Ivins after Duley secured an emergency petition to have Ivins hospitalized. This happened less than a month before a grand jury was set to convene. Duley was signed on as a witness, despite her “confidential” relationship with Ivins.

    As a result, Duley, encouraged by the FBI who recorded the voicemails, took out a peace order against Ivins, citing “threatening” messages. The July 24 order broke the Ivins’ investigation to the world because the documents are open to the public. Duley made it known that Ivins was a suspect in the anthrax murders. She specifically referenced “threatening” messages. Listen for yourself, click here. No threats are made or implied in the messages. More the sad ramblings of a broken man who felt betrayed.

    Was making the investigation public another FBI attempt to coerce a confession? Or was it a way to allow Duley to testify outside the confines of a client/patient relationship? Either way, it succeeded on one level. Three days after the peace order, Ivins reportedly overdosed on acetaminophen.

    No grand jury hearing. No Duley testimony, which could’ve been extremely damaging. But, no trial meant Duley didn’t have to testify that she was on house arrest during her last sessions with Ivins, according to court records. Sentenced to three months beginning in mid-April, her detention was complete a week before she filed the peace order that ultimately broke Ivins.

    Surely that information, along with her lengthy list of DUI’s and other troubles, would’ve shredded her credibility as a witness.

    Trial or no, the public and the victims’ families, including the Ivins, deserve the truth about Amerithrax. The evidence presented by the FBI makes a mockery of our justice system and insults not only our intelligence, but the memory of those who died.

  8. DXer said

    Now there’s a pornographer who thinks a First Grader wrote the letters who also embraces the first counselor as a key witness and writes each week about his attempt to find an agent.

    He once told the FBI I was a terrorist and had committed terrorism — knowing full well that I had spent the day telling him he was an idiot.

    I fervently hope that he finds a publisher.

    Because the lies he has told were motivated by malice for being dropped from an email group that week and are still actionable given his tolling of the statute of limitations by his usual schtick. addressed to me along the same lines.

    He never corrected himself or apologized.

    That’s a key difference. I always contact the person I am writing about — whether Awlaki , Rauf Ahmad, Yazid Sufaat or whoever — to give them an opportunity to point out any factual errors.

    And I always correct (with Lew’s help) any errors discovered or pointed out. The proponents of an Ivins Theory have steadfastly refused to correct their mistakes.

  9. DXer said

    Why would David WIllman and Nancy Haigwood think the September 21 email by Dr. Ivins in which he said that security at USAMRIID was being ramped up (see Amerithrax Investigative Summary) was unusual or anything approaching even circumstantial evidence of murder? Isn’t it just part of their storytelling?

    Part of the “Ivins Theory” cobbled together by a concocted code in which the “T” in NEXT was falsely said to be double-lined?

    Delivered along with the outrageously false claim by US Attorney Taylor that the letter was sold uniquely in Dr. Ivins Post Office (the one serving Ft. Detrick) rather than sold through Maryland and Virginia?

    Fueled by the bullshit semantics claiming that genetics pinpointed the killer when instead it merely narrowed those with access at USAMRIIID from 700 to up to 300?

    (And anyone with access could simply pass it on ad infinitum).

    Built on the false claim that it was only available in Building 1425 and not also 1412?

    Lying solidly on the outright misrepresentation that the lyophilizer was available for Dr. Ivins to use? (given that it was not located where he was)…. In short, there was nothing to the Ivins theory except such story telling. The key premise was that his time was unexplained but that was just a LIE — made possible only by the willful withholding of the documents relating to his work with the 52 rabbits.

    And these folks refuse to correct their mistakes. A fragile man had committed suicide after they swabbed him for DNA and told him that they were going to call his family members in front of the grand jury to confirm he was unhappy at home. After that, all the story telling and withholding of probative documents was part of CYA. Then it became part of a book tour by the reporter used by the investigators to spin their conclusion. Then another author, wife of an FBI consultant, has joined him.

    Missteps are common and all Mr. Willman (and to a lesser extent J. Guillermin) needed to do was address the evidence and stop telling the bedtime stories on NPR in selling their books for profit.

    It’s never too late to be right.

    Unless, of course, it is too late. Then I assure you people will say it is all your fault.

    At the time of the September 21 email that Mr. Willman says Dr. Ivins wrote, the issue was already being discussed in the Washington papers.

    The Washington Times: Safer for the battle ahead

    Washington Times – Sep 23, 2001
    Over the last several days, we have seen a parade of “Chicken Little” characters purporting that bin Laden and his cronies are about to unleash anthrax, …

    By September 2001. The Associated Press had already written a widely distributed article on the subject.
    “Chemical and Biological Weapons Pose Threat,” Associated Press, September 17, 2001

    It was featured on CNN.
    “David Siegrist: The threat from biological terrorism,” CNN, September 20, 2001

    It was appearing widely in the press.
    Austin American-Statesman – Sep 21, 2001
    Henderson said he fears that low-paid Russian scientists and security personnel may have leaked pathogens — anthrax, botulinum toxin, tularemia, …
    Biological Attack Poses A Small, But…‎ Tuscaloosa News
    Biological Attack Is Small But Real…‎ The Dispatch

    It had been featured by WIRED.

    Indeed, it was already being discussed where Al Qaeda would have obtained it (with reference being made to the 1999 confessions when Dr. Zawahiri’s confidantes said that the Vanguards of Conquest had already obtained it.
    Gross: Czech Republic has no supplies of anthrax or botulism

    The Interior Minister Stanislav Gross has said there are no significant amounts of the deadly biological agents anthrax and botulism available either legally or illegally in the Czech Republic. Mr Gross said samples had been provided in the past to two military bodies and several civil laboratories, but added that these should have been destroyed. He said an investigation was now underway to confirm this was the case. Earlier the Health Ministry said that only two laboratories had samples of the biological agents but they were kept under the strictest supervision. Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper claimed this week that members of an Albanian-based terrorist group linked to the Saudi militant Osama bin Laden had bought phials of anthrax and botulism from a laboratory in the Czech Republic. The claims were made by an expert on Islamic terrorism, and were based on transcripts of interrogations of the group’s members by Egyptian police.

    A slippery foe | The Economist
    The Economist – Sep 24, 2001
    A cloud of anthrax spores released over a city could infect tens of thousands. Those who failed to find treatment in time could die. …

    Former Defense Secretary Warns Of Further Terrorism .
    Lawrence Journal-World – Sep 22, 2001
    Cohen said a 5-pound bag of anthrax released from a small plane over Washington could wipe out 70 percent of that city’s population. …

    • Suspect Eyed Crop-dusters, Pilots Say
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Sep 24, 2001
    The two men said they also realized the plane could have been loaded with some kind of biological warfare compound like anthrax or a lethal chemical The …
    Atta Asked About Planes, Fla. Pair Say‎ Star-News
    Atta Looked At Crop-dusters .‎ Gainesville Sun
    all 32 news articles »
    • Austin American-Statesman : BIOTERRORISM: Threat of…

    Published on Saturday, September 22, 2001
    Averting Bioterrorism Begins with US Reforms
    by Edward Hammond

    Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO) – September 23, 2001

    Bioterror fear builds after loss in attacks Recognition would be key to stopping horror Imagine a lethal cloud of anthrax spores released from an aircraft circling above Colorado Springs or unleashed in a crowded facility. There is no warning: The aerosol cloud is colorless, odorless, invisible. Within a few days, hospitals and doctor offices begin to fill with people complaining of a fever or a cough. A cold perhaps, or the flu. As the cases pile up, as fatalities mount, the realization comes: We have been attacked. Possibilities like this are…

    It was on everyone’s mind that week and newspapers around the country were calling experts at USAMRIID and elsewhere for interviews.

    Author: Fran Hathaway Date: September 23, 2001 Publication: Palm Beach Post, The (FL) Page Number: 2E Word Count: 637

    Perhaps now we can discuss openly what terrorism experts and health officials have fretted over for years: Are Americans prepared for a chemical attack, say, a nerve gas dispersed by an innocent-looking small plane? How about mass death by microbes after the release of anthrax in the heart of a major city?

    See also

    No one was prepared for the grisly attacks on the World Trade Center or Pentagon, either. So now we must imagine the unimaginable, not to increase people’s fear but to
    “Bioterrorism: Next Threat?”, Time Magazine, September 24, 2001

    “Crop-Dusters Thought to Interest Suspects,” Washington Post, September 24, 2001, A1

    “WHO warns of biowarfare threat,” MSNBC, September 24, 2001

    “Waiver Would Allow Military Assistance to Once-Shunned Nations,” Washington Post, September 24, 2001

    “Cropdusters grounded in poison alert: Toxic threat Pesticide planes could be used to spray cities,” Guardian, September 24, 2001

    “Airborne biological weapon attacks are serious concern,” New Scientist, September 24, 2001

    “Bioterror Threat: Myth or Reality,” FoxNews, September 25, 2001

    “National Crop-Duster Ban Expected to Be Lifted,” Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News, September 25, 2001

    • DXer said

      Now in making my points, I have cited the wide range of periodicals given that I know Dr. Ivins read about current events on the internet, I assume he read from a wide variety of sources, especially where they related to his field of defense against an anthrax attack.

      But we also know that he read The Frederick Post. He often sent in letters to the editor.

      When was the threat of a bioterror attack first discussed in connection with the 911 attacks in the Frederick Post?

      Well, I don’t know without researching it further but a quick google results in this front page article dated September 17, 2001 — four days before the September 21 email relied upon by Mr. Willman.

      Bioterror: Ultimate attack

      So I submit to you that David Willman’s two key witnesses, Judith McLean and Nancy Haigwood, provide no support for his theory at all.

      And he instead should turn to the evidence.

      By all means, if there is corroborating documentary evidence related to his two key players in his bedtime story, let’s focus on that. For example, let’s parse the language of the actual September 21 email. I got no response from Dr. Haigwood when I wrote to correct the false story and claim that Dr. Ivins followed her to Gaithersburg.

      Some years ago I asked J. McLean if there was any documentary evidence that supported her claims and she had none. (If the file were produced, you could see that she annotated the notes of her psychiatrists and then the EBAP panel relied upon her notes; the DOJ avoided deposition of Dr. Saathoff to avoid these issues. They could afford to buy the Plaintiff Stevens off because they were using taxpayer money.)

      Dr. Ivins had told the FBI in November 2007 that he was very upset that they were going to find a bag of stained panties in the basement. He was physically upset and needed to be sedated. So who advised the FBI that it made sense to submit the panties to the lab for testing, swab Dr. Ivins for DNA, and tell him that they were going to call his family to get to the reason he was unhappy at home?

      Who was responsible for letting someone work with Dr. Ivins about his drinking problem in 2000 who reports she was controlled by an alien who had implanted a microchip in her butt and felt pursued by nasty astral entitites attached to her clients who were trying to kill her?

      I don’t think Dr. Ivins has been treated very well — except by his friends. His friends have shown great courage.

      We should all be so lucky to have such good friends who stand by us — and insist that the evidence be addressed — even after we have passed.

      Evidence that shows, for example, that the AUSA’s reference to the library was spurious can that Dr. Bartick’s study EXCLUDES the USAMRIID’s photocopiers.

      Evidence, for example, that shows that the “T” in NEXT was NOT double-lined (which was necessary for the code concocted by the Agent.

      Framing the issue is a huge part of advocacy. The DOJ took great care in framing issues to NAS that did not even reach probative matters.

      • DXer said

        Let’s turn to explore further Mr. Willman’s and Dr. Haigwood’s crock suggestion that the September 21, 2001 email to her in any way was evidence that Dr. Ivins committed the murders. Specifically, let’s pull other articles that Dr. Ivins was reading in the News-Post the day of the email and the days immediately preceding the email that David Willman thinks is so important. (See Diane Rehm’s transcript from June 2011).

        A Frederick News Post editorial had said the same thing about the risk of a biological attack that very morning.

        And an article two days earlier had discussed the ramping up of security at Ft. Detrick.

        Originally published September 19, 2001

        It is even more outrageous that Dr. Haigwood would rely on as evidence of murder the holiday greeting he sent of photoshopped anthrax spores — he sent it widely to a group of email recipients.
        By Douglas Tallman
        News-Post Staff

        “Since last Tuesday’s attacks on New York and Virginia, some area residents have wondered whether Frederick will join the list of cities facing monumental disasters.

        Is Fort Detrick, the largest government presence for miles, in the terrorists’ crosshairs?


        “Detrick always could be a target as any military installation.”

        But he said Detrick “has a way” to handle such threats.

        Now, the base is on “force protection condition charlie,” post spokesman Chuck Dasey said.

        The “charlie” level is one level down from the “delta” level of last week. The distinction could be lost on visitors and people who work on the post. They’ll still need to present identification and their cars could be searched.

        Mr. Dasey said “delta” means the attack has occurred and “charlie” means a threat is imminent.

        Mr. Dasey declined to speculate whether Detrick is a potential target for terrorists. He did say the mission of the post — medical research, medical logistics and communications — are important functions of the Defense department.”

        Technological terror
        Originally published September 21, 2001


        “Technology seems destined to be a bigger and bigger player in the war of terrorism — on both sides. As horrific as airliners crashing into skyscrapers is, there are other terrorist scenarios that should frighten us even more. Biological, chemical and even nuclear weapons are the new threats to our cities and people. Opinions of those who study these things are mixed, but many believe that one or all of these attack modes are not only feasible, they are likely.

        The biggest problem in defending against such destructive technologies as biological agents like anthrax and smallpox, and poisonous gases like sarin is that the technology to create, package, transport and deploy them is either here or could be developed. The packages could be small, and an ordinary suitcase might hold enough anthrax bacteria or sarin gas to sicken or kill tens of thousand or more. ***

        Technology will also be an important club in our bag. However, for us it will more likely involve sophisticated communications and detection equipment. Hearing and seeing, spying if you will, is perhaps the most important activity in the effort to undermine terrorist activity and plans. Keeping track of people and their communications is critical, and we are necessarily developing new and better ways to do that.

        The attacks of Sept. 11 in the end resulted in the use of garden-variety force, with planes being hijacked at knifepoint, and then turned into massive weapons that were hurled against us. Next time, there may be no such dramatic prologue, as terrorists may bring their own weapon, concealed in a suitcase, and will have little need for such primitive ones as knives.

        We must do everything possible — technologically, diplomatically, militarily and economically to prevent such a thing from happening, for if it ever did, it could be the beginning of a quick, confused chain of events that pushes the whole world to the brink.”

        • DXer said

          Here is the transcript to the June 20, 2011 Diane Rehms show.

          The interview occurs after I wrote to him about Judith McLean and asked him to correct his reliance on her but he chose not to do so. Instead, he simply turned to emphasize his specious reliance on this September 21, 2001 email that Dr. Ivins reportedly wrote Nancy Haigwood that he fancied crucial evidence.

          I admire any book that is so readable and provides citations to so many interviews with investigators. Now we have a road map of sorts to what investigators thought and did.
          And I admire any journalist who hopped a flight to Finland to meet with the angry wife of the Battelle vaccine manager, Mr. Tuttle (even though I or Bob could have told him that he had no connection with the matter until much later.) But there should be less reliance in such a matter on people who have axes to grind or asses to cover. There should be more reliance on documentary evidence. For example, the relevant email is the October 5, 2001 email in which Dr. Ivins explains the number of rabbits that had died each day in the study nowhere mentioned by the AUSAs.

          By the time of this June 2011 interview, DW should have been discussing the NAS report and not smearing Dr. Ivins with the subjective impressions of someone who hated him. Although I think Mr. Willman has a conflict of interest that should disqualify him for writing on these issues for the Los Angeles Times, I am not schooled on the subject of journalistic conflicts of interest. Maybe they have lower standards than apply to lawyers, investigators, scientists and government officials. Certainly, no one could doubt that he has a thorough knowledge of the matter. I just hope, given his undeniable influence, he turns to the actual relevant evidence.

        • DXer said

          In his email to Nancy Haigwood on September 21, Dr. Ivins was repeating the substance that appeared in the News-Post on 9/19 and 9/21 — both about the ramping up of security and the issue whether it might have been a target of the planes.

          His email tracks the theme of the News-Post article that day. He writes:

          “Here at USAMRIID we are constantly getting security updates, and since we are the primary BW [biological warfare] research center in this country, we are all more than a bit on edge. It’s believed that Fort Detrick may have been one of the possible targets for the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.” (Indeed, that was what was being reported on the front page of his newspaper over the past 3 days).

          Those of us who saw how a Hatfill Theory was stitched together by such speculation see it for what is. There are lots of parallels. For example, Dr. Hatfill forged his PhD certificate. Dr. Ivins forged a letter to the editor. Dr. Berry forged a will signature. The point is that smearing cannot serve as a substitute for probative evidence. There will always be elaborate rationalizations that permit it fit within an overall construct that seems to make sense. For example, famously “Greendale School” was said in a Hatfill Theory to refer to the SAS scouts and in Dr. Ivins case to refer to a Supreme Court decision involving a baptist school that was reported in a newsletter to which Mrs. Ivins subscribed.

          Mr. Willman should have seen it for what it was when the woman says she knew he was murderer when he sent his friends and family a picture of him working in the lab in November. True crime analysis is supposed to center on analysis — not gut feelings by someone who loathed Dr. Ivins.

  10. DXer said

    From a 2011 interview on NPR on the Diane Rehms show:


    To tie off the story very quickly, Diane, Nancy Haigwood is crucial here because on September 21, 2001, which is three days after only the perpetrator knows, that the first round of anthrax letters had been postmarked up in New Jersey, Bruce Ivins contacts Nancy Haigwood out of the blue and predicts a big event, a big terrorist event that’s going to put Fort Detrick front and center with 24/7 on-call emergency response. And again, if you look at Bruce Ivins’ life, he lives for the attention, for the approval and this was almost a predictive event.


    Nancy Haigwood gets this letter in Seattle, Washington and puts it together with all of her life experience with Bruce Ivins, including the predictive September 21, 2001 email and email that he also sent her that had pictures of him handling the plates of anthrax as he was helping the quote “investigation” in the immediate aftermath of the Daschle letter going up there.



    Well, Nancy Haigwood, and I’ve spent a lot of time with her, obviously, is anything but a melodramatic person

    Comment: Is David WIllman correctly characterizing the email? Contrary to what he says it says, according to the Amerithrax Investigative Summary :

    Friday, September 21 – Ivins sends an email to Nancy Haigwood “describing the increased security measures at USAMRIID in the wake of 9/11, and inquiring about whether she was still active in KKG.” (FBI Summary report, page 48.)

    If the DOJ is correctly characterizing what the email says, that of course was a simple statement of fact. Dr. Zawahiri had announced that he intended to use anthrax against US targets which was known to US intelligence and the White House. It might not have known by David but it should have been known. (US media did not report it and one needed to resort to translations of foreign press using the CIA’s Foreign Broadcast Information System, which is publicly available). (Now, I believe, one accesses via DIALOG).

    It is also a fact that Nancy was extremely upset about an article in the Washington Post that week that described her work as “cold fusion” and “weird science”. She was livid at the idea that Bruce Ivins was the unattributed source for the quote. She got an email from him within a couple of days of the article, making her think (reasonably) he was the source. (And if you don’t believe me, David, then ask her).

    Mr. Willman says she is not a melodramatic person and yet the moment he sent her a group of friends a picture of him in the lab “she knew it was him” — knew he had murdered the people. She reasons that scientists don’t send pictures of themselves. Ummmm… David, that’s a bit melodramatic, wouldn’t you say? Indeed, I’m sure Yazid Sufaat would be eager to send me a picture of him working with anthrax in the lab. And we don’t have to rely on outrageous bullshit speculation to know his intent because he is publicly rejoicing that 3,000 Americans died on 9/11 while pleading the Fifth about the anthrax mailings.

    Did Mr. Willman stop to think that maybe none of what he describes is evidence of the anthrax mailings? But it IS evidence that Nancy understandably didn’t like Bruce — that she had malice toward him. And if DW had googled he would know that her work had been called (by someone) as “weird science” and tantamount to “cold fusion” within hours she got the 9/21 email from Bruce. Now might Dr. Ivins have been the source of the Wash Po mention? I have no idea. Might the comment have been unfair and maddening? Might this have been a mean or thoughtless thing Bruce did? Very possibly. But Mr. Willman confuses things that can make a person look bad with probative evidence of murder. David and Judith McLean and Nancy Haigwood all have worked very hard to make Bruce look bad. David has done it with mastery of an experienced journalist — with copious footnoting of interviews with investigators.

    But here’s a clue, David. There’s no reason to think the investigators are right when you actually focus on the evidence rather than whether Bruce Ivins succeeded in getting a kiss on his prom night in high school.

    David’s story telling only works when you assume your conclusion.

    One should do just the opposite. For example, if I think Yazid Sufaat is a deluded, murderous cretin who has justified the murder of 3,000 innocents — and only turned to religion to please his mother-in-law — it is nonetheless appropriate for me to be respectful and compliment on his romantic adoration of his wife and confidante. I call Dr. Zawahiri Dr. Ayman precisely to show a little respect for someone who is described as a murderous fanatic by his childhood friend who grew up down the street from him in Maadi.

    Of course, it is far easier to dance on someone’s grave after they are dead and cannot defend themselves. But that’s when you should be especially scrupulous and realize that what Dr. Haigwood describes is not evidence of the anthrax mailings at all. In fact, a story ran nationally that Dr. Ivins followed her to Gaithersburg (laying groundwork for the stalker narrative) when actually it was the other way around. He had lived in Gaithersburg first and then she moved there.

    Any NPR listener should have realized that if the guy who wrote the book thinks to point to this as evidence, then maybe there is a reason he wrote the entire book smearing Dr. Ivins — and onlyaddressed the actually evidence in an appendix to the epilogue.

    In other words, he just assumed Dr. Ivins guilt because that was who the FBI investigators suspected.

    It might be fine for making money selling books but it doesn’t cut it as for our American Justice.

    Here is the Washington Post article from the weekend Nancy says Bruce got in touch out of the blue.

    The Washington Post
    September 23, 2001 Sunday
    Final Edition

    Trials and Errors
    BYLINE: Reviewed by Lorraine Adams ( a staff writer for the Washington Post)


    Struggle for an AIDS Vaccine
    By Patricia Thomas
    There is Nancy Haigwood, 31, a molecular biologist whose vaccine was ridiculed for years as “weird science” or “cold fusion.”

    And upon research Mr. Willman would known she was furious about the rejection at journals of an article related to her research that turned a key turning point causing it not to lead to honors and rewards. See literature on vaccine research. In other words, given Dr. Ivins’ service on the review panels at vaccine journals, he may have been responsible for causing her great setbacks in her research. She had every reason to hate him and accuse him of murder with no basis at all.

    In his NPR intervew, Mr. Willman has those insights regarding Hatfill — fed to him by the last crop of investigators who wanted to dump on the work of their predecessors.

    But he is not showing the same concern with the relevant, probative evidence relating to Dr. Ivins.

    For example, he has specifically declined to correct his mistakes regarding his central reliance on Judith McLean.

    It is like arguing that Zimmerman is guilty of the crimes because as an 8 year-old he played kissy face or worse with a 6 year-old cousin.

    The central witnesses in David Willman are Judith McClean and Nancy Haigwood. They have no information at all about the probative evidence.

    It is time to talk about the probative evidence — such as the documents about the rabbits (which explained why he was in the lab).

    • DXer said

      This isn’t really a case of flawed forensic evidence. There WAS no forensic evidence implicating Dr. Ivins. This is a case of storytelling and the wrongful, knowing withholding of documents.

  11. DXer said,0,4906062.story

    Live discussion: Crying wolf about biological attacks?

    July 9, 2012, 9:43 a.m.

    In his 2003 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush announced deployment of “the nation’s first early-warning network of sensors to detect a biological attack.”

    Known as BioWatch, the system consists of air samplers installed in more than 30 cities across the United States. Every day, filters are removed from the devices and taken to public health laboratories for analysis. BioWatch is supposed to detect traces of the pathogens that cause anthrax, smallpox, plague and other infectious diseases.

    As David Willman reported Sunday in the Los Angeles Times, BioWatch has been plagued by false positives – 56 of them by the end of 2008. State and local health officials have so little confidence in the system that not once have they ordered evacuations or distributed emergency medicines in response to a positive reading. None of BioWatch’s alerts has corresponded to an actual biological attack, and field testing and computer modeling suggest the system would be unlikely to detect one.

    Despite these shortcomings, bipartisan majorities of Congress have unfailingly supported additional spending for BioWatch. The system has cost taxpayers about $1 billion so far. The Obama administration is considering whether to award a contract for a next-generation version that would cost an additional $3.1 billion over five years.

    Today at 10 a.m. Pacific, Willman and Los Angeles Times deputy managing editor Marc Duvoisin are hosting a live discussion here, taking reader questions about the BioWatch program and Willman’s article.

  12. DXer said

    The criticism of FBI’s forensic work is not as germane to Amerithrax as one might think. There was no scientific evidence that pointed to Dr. Ivins. Instead, inference, interpretation and innuendo served as a substitute.

    This woman was a key witness relied upon by the proponents of an Ivins Theory.

  13. DXer said

    David Willman, like Ed Montooth, in a Los Angeles Times article (for which he writes again) still relies on the events in July 2000 reported by counselor Judith McLean and the homicidal plot she described. (Ed Montooth mentioned it also when he was interviewed by Frontline. see transcript).

    The investigators and psychatrists in 2008 could not have known that in 2009 Dr. Ivins’ first therapist, Judith M. McLean, who described the plot, would write of how she acquired her psychic abilities in her book available for sale — from a being from another planet …

    In addition to helping the FBI with Amerithrax, the psychic relied upon the government prosecutors and investigators helped with 911 by her astral travelling and retrieval of etheric body parts at Ground Zero … she thought she was being pursued by murderous astral entities.

    Judith McLean annotated the notes of the psychiatrists. Gregory Saathoff never spoke to the counselor or the psychiatrists in his EBAP report. ( Dr. Saathoff released the report after the closed the case but prosecutors and investigators had relied upon it in their decision-making; he incredibly spun his role as independent and did not make plain that he had guided the aggressive approach to Dr. Ivins from the start.)

    Dr. Saathoff never corrected their report that they provided to federal district court judge Lamberth; separately, the DOJ has moved to exclude it in the Florida litigation on the grounds that the EBAP report was neither endorsed nor commissioned by the DOJ.

    But Ed Montooth continues to rely on the July 2000 events.

    And David Willman has never withdrawn his reliance on this central witness in his book.

    Mr. Willman’s key witness (see his book and its index) got her instructions at night from an alien who had granted her psychic powers and controlled her through a device in her butt. I don’t know what would be more startling.

    Equally starting is the fact that neither Mr. Willman, investigator Montooth, or prosecutor have ever mentioned the word “rabbits” or explained what the new documents show as to why Dr. Ivins was in the lab.

    Mr. Willman writes “Other records showed that in the weeks preceding the mailings, he spent unusual late-night hours alone in his specially equipped Army lab.” without addressing the new documents showing his reason for being in the lab. It is very wrong for the Los Angeles Times to rely on a book author promoting book sales to cover the issue — instead a different LA Times journalist should have written up the newly produced documents showing why Dr. Ivins was in the lab … and the notes and his night checks and the dozens of animals relate to each and every night that the prosecutors and investigators claimed he had no reason to be in the lab. Like the prosecutors and investigators, Mr. Willman seeks to shove 52 rabbits back into the hat.

    On the science, which Mr. Willman addressed in an appendix to the epilogue in his book, he still frames the issue in terms of the FBI’s straw man argument of floatability rather than microencapsulation which instead is done to make spores more stable and resistant to being destroyed by sunlight and heat. See DARPA budget documents that have been linked showing that mass spec work that was testing the effect of a sonicator and corona plasma discharge was also testing spores that had been microencapsulated… to see if the mass spec could make a correct identification through the matrix.

    Willman quotes Michaels saying: “But Michael said that if tin or silicon had been intentionally added, it probably would have coated the exterior surfaces. He said he found trace levels of tin and silicon only inside the spores.” Michaels is speaking beyond his expertise and continues to prove an FBI sock puppet. Instead, in the microdroplet cell culture, the silica-based substance is put in the growth medium and would be incorporated through natural processes… just as Dr. Majidi, lead WMD scientist, says.

    As for the other scientists, the lead genetics expert says she would acquit. The lead FBI and CIA internal genetics person says the genetics evidence would not have been admissible because it had not been validated. (And Keim agrees). Was Rachel really telling a suicidal and depressed guy (who had been calculatedly alienated from his friends) she was seeking the death penalty when she had not shared the documents concerning rabbits and she had been told the genetics expert was inadmissible? If she had given Paul Kemp the rabbit documents he would have realized that she was desperately trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear because of the pressure she felt back at the office to close the case.

    Dr. Majidi has said that the forensics indicate that the silicon signature likely was due to being absorbed from the growth medium. (This would apply to the tin signature also). That points to the DARPA-funded patent that arrived in Ali-Al-Timimi’s in Spring 2001. He shared a suite with leading Ames researchers Alibek and Bailey. After serving as the acting commander of USAMRIID, Bailey worked for years for DIA on threat assessment while still at USAMRIID in Building 1425. In 2001 and before, Southern Research Institute in Frederick did the B3 work with virulent Ames for the DARPA Center for Biodefense.

    The Los Angeles Times ombudsman should address why they do not have such stories addressed by a journalist not promoting book sales on the very subject. If the critique of the science, then his book should file his book in the circular file. That constitutes a huge conflict of interest.

    If allowed to write on the subject he should have taken this opportunity to acknowledge the issue rather than rely on the first counsel witness and her story again by reference to homicidal plot. In his book, he does an admirable job in providing copious and detailed footnotes recounting what interviews he conducted. ( I do not know the standard that applies but it surprises me that LA Times would not give the story to a different reporter for decorum’s sake at the very least) But because of the footnotes, you can thus see his missteps — to include reliance on the counselor who interviewed on a number of occasions. One is left to wonder why neither he nor Dr. Saathoof nor commentator Barbara Martin read the book available for $10 at amazon by the counselor explaining her acutely paranoid psychotic delusions that dominated her daily life. Dr. Saathoff chose to spent $38,000 in expenses on a psychiatric report without spending $10 on a book destroying his case written by Dr. Ivins first counsel. She says she was protected by a psychiatric diagnosis by her husband who was in military personnel and quit the profession and left the state in 2001 due to her exhaustion from the psychic attacks my murderous psychic astral entities. (She would protect herself each night returning from Afghanistan in 2001, for example, by closing a vortex of light that the nasty astral entities couldn’t pass; in Afghanistan each night, she was doing psychic DNA reconstruction).

    When I mentioned Mr. Willman’s failure to address the issue, he said well reporters tend to dig in and defend a position they staked out. (All of Mr. Willman’s book before the appendix after the epilogue was on the psychiatric narrative). Huh? That’s not what reporting is supposed to be about. Instead, they are supposed to do things like press for new documents and new information and then write them up. Not even Frontline has written up the documents about Dr. Ivins work with rabbits produced in the last 2 months by USAMRIID. And instead Frontline merely panned over lab notes produced in May 2011. The rabbit documents, without more, demolish the FBI’s science case that was premised on unexplained time in the lab.

  14. DXer said

    Judith M. McLean was deposed by Plaintiff and testified under oath on January 12, 2011.

  15. DXer said

    The EBAP report explains that it was Dr. #3 [Dr. Levy], who is available by email, who was Dr. Ivins psychiatrist from May 2000 on. (Insurance coverage and location issues had required a switch). The EBAP report notes that JM left the practice in part because he did not agree with her in regards to Dr. Ivins. She explains the context of leaving the State and practice in her 2009 book.

    For the next eight years — from May 2000 until mid-July 2008 —
    Dr. #3 and his staff provided Dr. Ivins with individual psychotherapy,
    group psychotherapy, and medication management. The staff
    members who provided care other than medication management,
    which was provided by Dr. #3, were all therapists employed in Dr. #3’s
    practice. They will be referred to here as Therapist #1, Therapist #2
    and Therapist #3.

  16. DXer said

    For summer reading, here is a fascinating book on this subject by a former FBI agent who “served as the inspiration and model for the character Clarice Starling in Thomas Harris’ novel “The Silence of the Lambs.” (which was a great movie). From Waynesboro, the hometown of Dr. Ivins former counselor relied upon so heavily by the behavioral analysis (EBAP) panel in Amerithrax and Mr. Willman.

    The former FBI agent works with a psychic to solve cases. She also was on the committee that helped design McGruff the Crime Dog.

    Heinecker adds psychic abilities to a new book

    Franklin County, Pa. —

    “I’m so sick and tired of Gettysburg ghosts. I wanted Franklin County to get the attention for once,” said Athena Varounis, a retired FBI agent, who recently published her first book, “Franklin County Ghosts.”

    Varounis, who lives near Waynesboro, was born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y. She graduated from Wilson College in 1976 with a bachelor of fine arts degree.

    She “always wanted to be a cop,” she recalled, so after graduation, she took a job with the Edison Township (N.J.) police department as a crime analyst.


    part of the committee that helped design McGruff the Crime Dog. She also, as the only female agent in the criminal investigation unit, served as the inspiration and model for the character Clarice Starling in Thomas Harris’ novel “The Silence of the Lambs.”

    When she retired from the FBI in 2004, she began collecting stories for her book.

    “I left out the folklore, the ones I could explain away,” Varounis said. “I interviewed people as if I were on a case. I looked for a consistency of stories, people telling me the same thing.”

    Once she had enough evidence of a haunting, she began researching the history of the location, digging into its past for its previous inhabitants or visitors, anyone who would have left a psychic energy in the walls of the building.

    The haunted places around Franklin County include Wilson College, Penn State Mont Alto, Renfrew Museum and Park, the Allison-Antrim Museum, the Old Jail and the Heritage Center.

    The women also have formed a company, Vesuvius Investigative Consultants, which will provide investigative assistance using traditional and non-traditional methods to solve missing persons, homicides, cold cases, kidnappings and those concerning paranormal phenomena, according to the Web site:

    “Investigations Concerning Paranormal Phenomena
    Vesuvius Investigative Consultants attempts to identify sources of paranormal phenomena in private homes and public institutions at the request of the homeowner or appropriate authority. Descriptions and explanations are provided.”

    Deb got started on her career as a psychic when she helped the Baltimore police department find their missing bloodhound.

    “Early one morning in July 1991, she read an article in the local newspaper about a Montgomery County Police canine that had gone missing following a training exercise. Deborah’s unique psychic abilities allowed her to clearly “see” that the dog’s lead had broken and had gotten caught on a downed tree near a stream in the woods. Deborah’s love for animals overcame her reluctance to make her abilities known. She contacted the police and within hours led them to the canine, found exactly as she had predicted, with its lead caught on a downed tree near a stream in the woods.

    Although Deborah had requested anonymity, the media announced that a “psychic” had found the missing canine. An article in the Washington Post brought hundreds of telephones call and letters requesting her assistance in everything from missing persons cases to lost property.”

    So FBI Director Mueller need not fret over David Willman’s criticism that he was fixated on the reliability of the investigative lead provided by the bloodhounds. He can always turn to psychics in case Tinkerbelle and Lucy ever go missing.

    “In May 1993, Deborah was profiled on a WUSA Channel 9 News (Washington, D.C.) series entitled “Visions of Crime.” Her cases were profiled for an entire week during the evening news hour and featured testimony by police and FBI regarding the veracity of her work.”

    In a change of pace from the serious nature of her usual work, Deborah’s first paranormal investigations began in the fall of 2007 when she joined retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Athena Varounis to investigate haunted locations throughout Franklin County.

    • DXer said

      At the Washington Field Office, Athena worked with Jodie Foster at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Athena was later invited by Thomas Harris to take the book jacket photographs for new editions of The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. Now how cool is that!

      At the Washington Field Office, “she was responsible for investigations concerning threats and assaults against the President, Cabinet, Congress, and the Supreme Court.” “Her objectivity led to assignments in some of the most sensitive internal matters, to include the Ruby Ridge and Richard Jewell matters.”

      Appointed Unit Chief of the FBI’s Defensive Programs Unit in 2001, Athena took charge of this newly created unit responsible for classified technical security equipment and policies, technical threat assessments, and the technical and physical security of all FBI personnel and facilities worldwide. This highly classified and sensitive work required international travel and the monitoring of FBI personnel in perilous locations.”

      This former FBI agent from near Waynesboro is expert therefore both in protecting members of Congress from attack by Dr. Ayman Zawahiri and the use of psychics in investigations. She also has expertise in the history of the Richard Jewell investigation.

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