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

* Former Commander Eitzen: Fairly Easy For Perpetrator to Remove Anthrax From Laboratory Undetected

Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 16, 2011

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3 Responses to “* Former Commander Eitzen: Fairly Easy For Perpetrator to Remove Anthrax From Laboratory Undetected”

  1. DXer said

    GAO:

    If you look at the Historical Report Calendar Year 2001 on the USAMRIID FOIA Reading Room page, you will see that page 10 is missing.

    https://mrmc-www.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/USAMRIID%20Annual%20Reports/20020101_2001-RIID%20Annual%20Reports%20Redacted%201.pdf

    That page contains a chronology of the Commander’s comings and goings. Page 10 contains the relevant time period those weeks of September 2001 and October 2001. There is no basis for its withholding under FOIA and USAMRIID likely will provide it when the omission is pointed out after the holiday. (In any event, FOIA would require that the omission be identified by an inserted blank page with any applicable statutory exemption noted.

    Such official reports are useful in helping the public separate fiction from fact.

    Fort Detrick

    1.
    Preparing for a bioterrorist incident : linking the public health and medical communities : site visit report : October 4-5, 1999, Baltimore & Fort Detrick, Maryland.

    Author: George Washington University. National Health Policy Forum.
    Publisher: Washington, DC : National Health Policy Forum, George Washington University, [2000]

    2.
    Accounting for facilities-related charges at Fort Detrick

    Author: Monisha Mittal; Hugh E Reams; David R Gallay; Logistics Management Institute (U.S.)
    Publisher: McLean, VA : Logistics Management Institute, 2001.

    3.
    Inter-service support agreements at Fort Detrick

    Author: Monisha Mittal; Joanne Steingard; Logistics Management Institute (U.S.)
    Publisher: McLean, Va. : Logistics Management Institute, 2001.
    Edition/Format: Book : English

    4. The devil’s workshop : a novel

    Author: Stephen J Cannell
    Publisher: New York : William Morrow, ©2000.
    Edition/Format: Book : Fiction : English
    Summary:
    A biological weapon is developed by the U.S. Army to kill specific ethnic groups. It is discovered by microbiologist Stacy Richardson while investigating the death of her husband, also a microbiologist, who is said to have committed suicide while working on the base. Lots of people want the weapon to remain a secret and Stacy’s discovery puts her life in danger.

    5. Clouds of secrecy : the army’s germ warfare tests over populated areas

    Author: Leonard A Cole
    Publisher: Totowa, N.J. : Rowman & Littlefield, 1988.

    6.

    USAMRMC : 50 years of dedication to the warfighter, 1958-2008.

    Author: United States. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
    Publisher: [Fort Detrick, MD] : United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, [2008]
    Edition/Format: Book : National government publication : English
    Summary:
    From the Preface: This book marks the first 50 years of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). It documents a chronology highlighting some of the Command’s many contributions to ensuring that world-class medical technologies are available to our service men and women. Our organizations and programs have evolved to support the needs of the warfighter in training, pre-deployment operations, Read more…
    Ra

    7. Germs gone wild : how the unchecked development of domestic biodefense threatens America

    Author: Kenneth King
    Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2010.
    Edition/Format: Book : English : 1st Pegasus Books cloth ed
    Summary:
    Examines the public threat posed by the expansion of the United States biodefense research labs since September 11, 2001, describing controversies and accidents surrounding laboratories across the nation, the precautions in place to protect the public from deadly outbreaks of smallpox, Ebola, and influenza, and how safety standards could be improved.

    8.

    Legacy of excellence : the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 1862-2011

    Author: Paul Stone; Borden Institute (U.S.); US Army Medical Department Center and School.
    Publisher: Fort Detrick, Md. : Borden Institute ; Fort Sam Houson, Texas : US Army Medical Dept. Center and School ; Washington, D.C. : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2011.
    Edition/Format: Book : National government publication : English

  2. DXer said

    Montasser Al-Zayat, the prominent islamist attorney from Cairo, announced in March 1999 that Ayman intended to use weaponized anthrax against US targets. He was defense counsel in the trial of the “Albanian returnees” — the 107 defendants included the EIJ leaders Mabruk and al-Najjar, both of whom publicly said at the time Ayman was going to use weaponized anthrax. Al-Zayat said Ayman was likely to use anthrax to retaliate against the rendering of EIJ leaders.

    And so the DOJ lawyer’s claim that it could not have been foreseen that stolen liquid anthrax would be turned into a weapon does not pass the “giggle test.”

    Montasser’s former law partner was Shehata, head of EIJ Special Branch/Civilian Operations.
    Shehata’s brother-in-law was Canadian detainee Jaballah. The anthrax was threatened to be sent if bail was denied for EIJ / Vanguards of Conquest #2 Mahmoud Mahjoub, OBL’s farm manager in Sudan and then was sent on October 6 after bail was denied on October 5, 2001.

    Montasser co-founded a political party in 1999 with a man (Mamdouh Ismail, as I recall the name offhand) who was arrested as Ayman’s conduit to jihadis in Egypt, Yemen and Iraq. His intermediary was the AQ spymaster who wrote about Amerithrax.

    In 1999, while planning tactics that would result in the release of blind sheik Abdel-Rahman, Montasser Al-Zayat was regularly in touch with Post Office employee Sattar (the blind sheik’s liasion); Islamic Group leader Taha (Abdel-Rahman’s successor); and Islamic Group military commander Hamza. Montasser was arguing in favor of the “cease-fire.” The blind sheik’s son who would lecture alongside Al-Timimi was part of the dialogue.

    Attorney Al-Zayat is allowed access to the Egyptian prison housing the Islamic Group shura members who issued the revisions. He was a chief proponent of the “cease-fire” after Luxor. His advocacy and actions have resulted in the release of hundreds, if not thousands, of imprisoned islamists.

    He is lawyer to the blind sheik.

    While Ayman’s friend, his disagreements over tactics with Ayman are genuine. His loyalty to the blind sheik is absolute.

    He has written two books — one translated, one not. The first is called something like “The Ayman Zawahiri I Knew.”

    Some would not be allowed clearance to go to Guantanamo.

    I hope he does. What would the Scopes trial have been without Clarence Darrow?

    But he would not be allowed access to classified information given his regular contact with senior AQ, IG and EIJ leaders.

    Cairo-based founders of a different political party in 1999 were the two key writers for Al-Timimi’s charity. Ali was on the advisory board when they wrote for the publication Assirat and then they started writing for the IANA quarterly publication which focused on tactics, democracy, targetting etc.

    One of them, Kamal Habib, was the founder of EIJ and leader of one of the cells that joined with Ayman’s cell in the late 1970s.

    The anthrax letters were sent on the anniversaries of Sadat’s assassination and approval of the Camp David Accords.

    The fact that these DOJ lawyers claim it could not have been foreseen that stolen liquid anthrax could be made into a weapon against US targets is Exhibit A in Plaintiffs’ (and observers) claim that the USG has been — and is — negligent in connection with Amerithrax.

    Now whether Plaintiffs’ record has made it part of the factual record is another matter. Like a barking dog in search of dinner, plaintiffs were led down the path of an Ivins Theory.

    I would recommend government publications prior to 9/11 — of which the the district court can take judicial notice — showing that it was foreseeable that liquid anthrax could be made into a weapon upon drying.

  3. DXer said

    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. Who does Ali think is responsible? https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/aaa_cocktail_rev.jpg

    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. Who does he think is responsible?
    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/

    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. Why did 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/

    This document seized in Afghanistan pointed to infiltration n of US biodefense. To what was the author referring?https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/aaa_kuwaiti_revised_horiz.jpg

    This Zawahiri correspondence with infiltrating scientist 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)?

    The documents dating from April 1999 show that Ayman Zawahiri’s plan was to recruit a specialist. Who else did Ayman Zawahiri succeed in recruiting? https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/aaa_planning.jpg

    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/

    Why did the FBI fail disclose that Jdey was detained and released as the same time as Moussaoui? https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/aaa_jdey-released.jpg

    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

    Shouldn’t the Intelligence Community have known that Ayman Zawahiri used “school” to refer to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad given that Ayman Zawahiri’s letter to his supporters (which was obtained by the CIA)?

    Isn’t it Ayman Zawahiri who used “school” and not Bruce Ivins who used “school” as code and had reason to do so? … https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/aaa_school.jpg

    While US government focuses on Anwar Al-Aulaqi, why does it continue 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? … https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/86_aaa_satphone_0.jpg

    Shouldn’t GAO subpoena the records relating to the connection between Ali Al-Timimi and the Ames researchers at the DARPA-funded Center for Biodefense? That is where he 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.


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