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

* DXer calls on authors Laurie Garrett, Jeanne Guillemin and David Willman for help in obtaining documents still being withheld

Posted by DXer on September 2, 2011


Laurie Garrett, Jeanne Guillemin, David Willman


DXer’s challenge … 

In Amerithrax, the way to pursue “tough questions” is to pursue the contemporaneous documents being withheld that show what Dr. Ivins was doing in the lab in September and October 2001.  Accomplished book authors such as Garrett, Guillemin and Willman are entitled to fee waivers.

It is unacceptable that these authors and pundits do not place a priority on obtaining and reviewing the documentary evidence still being withheld. 

But it is never too late for them to do so and I urge them to focus on obtaining the documentary evidence that will permit an accurate chronology of Dr. Ivins’ activities in September and October 2001.  Once those documents are produced, we will be in a position to assess the evidence.


3 Responses to “* DXer calls on authors Laurie Garrett, Jeanne Guillemin and David Willman for help in obtaining documents still being withheld”

  1. DXer said

    Published: September 11, 2011

    Congressman Pence on Anthrax Mailings: “I don’t know who sent it” — I am afraid we may have missed the off-ramp to the truth.”

    The 2001 anthrax mailings were the work of an Army microbiologist who killed himself in 2008, the U.S. Justice Department concluded last year.

    Health and science writer Laurie Garrett doesn’t buy it.

    “I get outraged because the FBI completely botched the investigation on the anthrax,” she said in a recent interview on NPR’s “Science Friday.”

    “I get outraged because there is so much evidence that al-Qaida was behind the anthrax mailings and that at least as strong a circumstantial case as was made against Bruce Ivins can be made against al-Qaida, even stronger.”

    Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize winner, makes her case in “I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks.” The ebook became available in July at Amazon.

    Among the evidence she cited to NPR: The same anthrax strain was found in the cave in Tora Bora, Afghanistan, where al-Qaida leader and Sept. 11 planner Osama bin Laden had hidden, and a terrorist who helped hijack the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania tested positive for anthrax.

    Rep. Mike Pence, R-6th, had his doubts about the anthrax source early on. In 2002, he wrote a letter to then Attorney General John Ashcroft to ask why international links weren’t being probed in the mailings that killed five people in three states and Washington, D.C.

    “I am concerned we may possibly have missed the off-ramp to the truth,” Pence wrote.

    Pence, who is running for governor, said in a recent interview he “expressed our frustration periodically” with the anthrax investigation. But he is not ready to try to name a suspect.

    “I don’t know where the weaponized anthrax bacillius came from,” Pence said. “I don’t know who sent it.”

    His office was among three in the Longworth House Office Building and 50 in the Hart Senate Office Building where at least traces of powdered anthrax bacterium were found in or on mail in October 2001. Pence and his staff had to take the powerful antibiotic Cipro for 90 days and move out of their suite for a similar duration while it was sealed and cleaned. They told recent visitors to the office of their possible exposure.

  2. DXer said

    Our views: Ready for bioterror? (Sept 11)

    Florida Today (Gannett) – 5 hours ago
    The anthrax attacks launched by mail on Sept. 17, 2001, represented the first … The still-unsolved crime killed at least two others in the Northeast and …

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