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

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

  1. DXer said

    There are other documents relating to the Inspector General’s visit that are not exempt under FOIA that have not yet been produced.

  2. DXer said

    The GAO report is still quite a way’s off — GAO was on the phone with Congress seeking guidance as to procedural issues. GAO should take the opportunity to get an expansion of the task by Congress to delve into the documentary evidence that does not go to science issues as such but questions like what the lab notebooks being withheld from September and October 2001 say.

    • BugMaster said

      The notebook from the September 18 visit to Covance, and what work was performed there, why is that being withheld?

  3. DXer said

    DAIG Records Release Office can be contacted at:

    The U.S. Army Inspector General Agency (SAIG-ZXR) 1700 Army Pentagon, Room 1E132 Washington, DC 20310-1700

    Emailed: office.saig-zxl@ignet.army.mil

    The fax number for the records release office is: (703) 545-4585.

    • DXer said

      It appears that I am over a full month behind a McClatchy journalist in even requesting the report. It is a pleasure to be trying to play catch-up with a pro.

      • DXer said

        USAMRIID reviewed the IG report and advised DAIG that “no recommended redactions/withholding of information pertaining to OTSG/MEDCOM is indicated.”

        And, so pray tell, why is DOJ and the Plaintiff (it would appear) filing it under seal?

        Have you hugged a USAMRIID FOIA officer today or invited him to a second Thanksgiving dinner?

        • DXer said

          Government email correspondence on this issue provides:

          “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am Ms Peggy Baines, Records Release/Deputy Legal, Army IG. We received a Freedom of Information Act request for the attached inspection report, the Nov 01 “U.S. Army Biological Defense Program – Anthrax.” Please keep this report close hold.

          I need each of your organizations to review this report and tell me which portions – down to the exact words, if possible – should be withheld or redacted. Please give me your input by COB 7 Sep 11. I’ve sent this to the AMC/ATEC/MEDCOM IG offices and to AMC/ATEC/MEDCOM/Safety Office/G3 points of contact indicated to me by the DAIG Technical Inspections division.

          Keep in mind that the only possible legal justification I can conceive of for withholding any of this is if the ten-year-old findings reveal current security weaknesses at these labs that could be exploited, thanks to this report. I hope this is not the case. Assuming that the deficiencies in this report have been remedied, I intend to advocate for release of all of this report (minus personally identifiable information) to the requestor [the hard working, roll-up-his-sleeves GG at McClatchy] at this point, unless one of you convinces me otherwise. Please feel free to coordinate with your legal/FOIA personnel on this.”

          A congressional committee should consider whether the DOJ is needlessly preventing information from disclosure by overuse of the sealing provisions afforded by F.R.Civ. P. 26.

          DOJ is provably failing to provide key documents under FOIA — such as key notebooks it took from USAMRIID.

          There need to be consequences for the continued wrongful withholding of material documents.

        • DXer said

      • DXer said

        Other requests filed in August and September by the Frontline/ProPublica/McClatchy group whose documentary airs October 11 include USAMRIID control numbers 1108012, 1108020, 1108030, 1108042, 1108062, and 1108063.

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