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

Archive for September, 2011

* What was Department of Army Inspector General’s response to this FOIA request for IG report by McClatchy?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 29, 2011

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* There are no keycard access records for persons in Building 1425, Suite B5 with entry to the BSL-2 labs from August 2001 through November 2001

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 29, 2011

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* CNN … Death by Mail: The Anthrax Letters Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 29, 2011

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Death by Mail: The Anthrax Letters

Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m.

CNN’s Joe Johns reports for a documentary investigation into the anthrax letter attacks of 2001.  Letters written with jihadist language and laced with deadly anthrax spores were sent via U.S. Mail to members of the news media and Congress in the weeks following the September 11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.  Five people were ultimately killed and 17 others were sickened by exposure to the letters directed to The New York Post, Tom Brokaw at NBC News, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and others.

Drawing from recently released FBI and Justice Department documents of what is officially called the Amerithrax Investigation, Johns tells the story of the complex, seven-year investigation into what happened and who was allegedly responsible for the deadly letters, explaining the bizarre turns in the bioterrorism case that extended the nation’s horror.

Bruce Ivins committed suicide just as investigators appeared to be ready to bring formal charges against him.  No one has ever been officially charged with the anthrax letter attacks, though Johns’ report dissects the evidence, explains why doubts linger about the guilt of the main suspect, and asks if such an attack could ever happen again.

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* These are documents relating to the Inspector General visit to USAMRIID in Fall 2001 that reporters, GAO and Congressional staff should obtain

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 28, 2011

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* Memo on visits by foreign nationals to USAMRIID (filed yesterday in Florida federal district court)

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 28, 2011

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* While DOJ lets psychiatric report that it says was not commissioned or endorsed be sold for profit and receive national press, it excludes from public view most reliable Q and A on facts by Dr. Ivins not long after anthrax mailings

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 28, 2011

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* AMERITHRAX: DOJ argues in filing yesterday that “it is well recognized that authorized insiders can spirit biological material out of a laboratory in the absence of negligence”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 28, 2011

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* Plaintiff, in arguing Dr. Ivins was innocent, explains that FBI found that approximately 220 ml of RMR-1029 was unaccounted for prior to the mailings in 2001

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 27, 2011

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* Plaintiff: USAMRIID violated regulation requiring quantities being transferred to other facilities be accurately listed

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 27, 2011

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* Plaintiff: Inspector General and Sandia National Laboratories found security system inadequate to prevent access to laboratory by persons not cleared by security

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 27, 2011

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