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

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* The Pulitzer may go to the definitive write-up on the issue of what Dr. Ivins was doing on the nights in September and early October 2001 that the Department of Justice speculated, without any basis, that he was making a dried aerosol powder. The lab notebook pages from those specific nights were only recently produced to DXer and then to this blog under FOIA.

Posted by DXer on July 20, 2011

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The Pulitzer may go to the definitive write-up on the issue of what Dr. Ivins was doing on the nights in September and early October 2001 that the Department of Justice speculated, without any basis, that he was making a dried aerosol powder.  The lab notebook pages from those specific nights were only recently produced to DXer and then to this blog under FOIA, resulting in these posts … 

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https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/dr-ivins-lab-notebook-establishes-that-there-were-lots-of-dead-mice-and-dead-rabbits-on-the-precise-dates-that-the-prosecutors-and-investigators-speculate-without-basis-that-dr-bruce-ivins-was/

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/

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/there-is-a-protocol-to-follow-in-the-handling-of-animals/

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/8464/

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/dxer-the-key-premise-of-the-dojs-ivins-theory-unexplained-time-in-the-b3-was-always-unmitigated-crap/

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* oops !!! … Justice Department retracts yesterday’s court filings that undercut FBI’s anthrax case … but the truth seems to have found a way to sneak through the suddenly leaky FBI stonewall … see the deposition statements quoted below

Posted by DXer on July 20, 2011

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see DOJ notice of errata at … 

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/department-of-justice-notice-of-errata-filed-july-19-2011/

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By GREG GORDON, MIKE WISER AND STEPHEN ENGELBERG- McClatchy Newspapers, ProPublica and Frontline (7/19/11) …

  • Rushing into court to undo a major gaffe, Justice Department lawyers defending a civil suit Tuesday retracted statements that seemed to undercut the FBI’s finding that a former Army microbiologist mailed the anthrax-filled letters that killed five people in 2001.
  • Although the seven-page correction, filed in federal court in Florida, addresses conflicts between lawyers in the Civil and Criminal Divisions, it does not erase depositions filed by the government that challenged the FBI’s finding that the late Bruce Ivins was the perpetrator.
  • The department’s legal dance stems from its two seemingly conflicting roles:
    • backing up the FBI’s finding that Ivins, who committed suicide in July 2008, was the killer,
    • and defending an Army bio-weapons lab at Fort Detrick, Md., against allegations of negligence.
  • The Civil Division is attempting to limit federal liability over the death of the first anthrax victim, a Boca Raton, Fla., man whose family is seeking $50 million in damages for alleged negligence by the lab at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, or USAMRIID.
  • In trying to minimize USAMRIID’s liability, government lawyers have had to walk a fine line, because the FBI says Ivins produced the anthrax powder at the facility while the civil lawyers are arguing it could have been prepared elsewhere.
  • In a legal filing last week, department lawyers said that the lab lacked the “specialized equipment in a containment suite” needed for Ivins to have dried the deadly powder.
  • That and other statements raised hackles at the FBI and among prosecutors in the case, leading to hurried huddles at the Justice Department.
  • While amending the filing, the Justice Department could not take back what government scientists had said in sworn depositions …
    • Stephen Little, a technician (actually senior scientist) at the Army lab, was asked whether the equipment could have been used to make the dried spore preparation used in the letters. “Not any equipment I have seen,” Little replied. Little said that there was “no way” Ivins could have moved the lyophilizer to the containment suite. “The thing is as big as a refrigerator,” Little said.
    • Another scientist, Susan Welkos, said, “We don’t have any way to produce the massive amount of material that would have been necessary to grow up and dry in a way that wouldn’t have killed everybody in the institute.”
  • Both quotations were highlighted by Justice Department lawyers in their submission to the court last week.
  • Friday’s filing also said that Ivins sent anthrax from a flask in his lab – a flask that the FBI contends provided the parent material for the letter anthrax – to two outside laboratories, the Battelle Memorial Institute in West Jefferson, Ohio, and a lab operated by BioPort in Lansing, Mich.
    • The amended filing said that Ivins sent the spores only to Battelle, narrowing the number of parties who might have been considered suspects.
  • Boyd said that the department and the FBI “have never wavered from that view that Dr. Ivins mailed the anthrax letters.”

(McClatchy Newspapers collaborated with the investigative newsroom ProPublica and PBS’s “Frontline” to produce this article. Engelberg works for ProPublica and Wiser is with “Frontline.”)

http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/19/2470057/justice-department-retracts-court.html#storylink=mirelated

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* DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NOTICE OF ERRATA filed July 19, 2011

Posted by DXer on July 20, 2011

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