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

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

  1. BugMaster said

    Keep on Whistling, David, just keep On Whistling!

    • BugMaster said

      My apologies. It occurred to me that you in fact had no idea how tasty the fish were.

      Hell, if it was me, I would have had the reindeer steak!

    • anonymous said

      I’m not quite sure if this person is is David Willman’s or Ed Lake’s sister. Willman must be bursting with pride over his his discovery of the insane Judith McClean as the main source of his work of fiction called “Mirage Man”.

      http://www.gazette.net/article/20111006/OPINION/710069965/1014/telling-conclusions-in-book-on-anthrax-mailings&template=gazette
      Telling conclusions in book on anthrax mailings

      A new book by a Pulitzer Prize winner, David Willman, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, should put to rest any doubt about Bruce Ivins’ involvement in the five anthrax murders a decade ago.

      Willman spent years researching the case, and concluded that “there is a chain of evidence — pieces that, considered as a whole, reveal Ivins to be the perpetrator.” There is no confession; the Fort Detrick scientist killed himself three years ago.

      Willman’s account, stitched together from government documents, Ivins’ own emails to friends and colleagues, and hundreds of interviews, is the most compelling account so far.

      It comes five months after a blue-ribbon independent panel concluded that if Ivins had not been committed involuntarily to the hospital for a mental evaluation after displaying bizarre behavior, he could have killed more people.

      Willman writes that Ivins, who said he was “not a killer at heart,” also told his psychiatric group that he was angry at FBI investigators. He planned revenge. He had a bulletproof vest and guns. He told the group members, “I’m not going go down for five capital murders. … I am going to get them all,” according to an FBI report.

      Yet, many of his friends and colleagues continue to remember Ivins as a harmless eccentric who worked solitary, long, night-time hours but was incapable of killing anyone. He was just Bruce being Bruce.

      This book should disabuse them of such a naïve notion.

    • anonymous said

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      A new book by a Pulitzer Prize winner, David Willman, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, should put to rest any doubt about Bruce Ivins’ involvement in the five anthrax murders a decade ago.

      Willman spent years researching the case, and concluded that “there is a chain of evidence — pieces that, considered as a whole, reveal Ivins to be the perpetrator.” There is no confession; the Fort Detrick scientist killed himself three years ago.

      Willman’s account, stitched together from government documents, Ivins’ own emails to friends and colleagues, and hundreds of interviews, is the most compelling account so far.

      It comes five months after a blue-ribbon independent panel concluded that if Ivins had not been committed involuntarily to the hospital for a mental evaluation after displaying bizarre behavior, he could have killed more people.

      Willman writes that Ivins, who said he was “not a killer at heart,” also told his psychiatric group that he was angry at FBI investigators. He planned revenge. He had a bulletproof vest and guns. He told the group members, “I’m not going go down for five capital murders. … I am going to get them all,” according to an FBI report.

      Yet, many of his friends and colleagues continue to remember Ivins as a harmless eccentric who worked solitary, long, night-time hours but was incapable of killing anyone. He was just Bruce being Bruce.

      This book should disabuse them of such a naïve notion.

      • anonymous said

        Thanks for your knowledge Joe. I now understand why Bruce Ivins was guilty

        http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/04072011/fredcol161031_32536.php
        Joe Volz: Frederick massacre averted?
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        A number of well-meaning Frederick residents have contended that Bruce Ivins, the Fort Detrick scientist suspected by the FBI of killing five persons with anthrax, could not have been the murderer and was the victim of inconclusive circumstantial evidence.

        But they are wrong. All of them, according to a new report released through a nonprofit think tank, Research Strategies Network based in Vienna, Va. It’s time for those Frederick residents to admit they made a mistake.

        The Gazette’s Katherine Heerbrandt revealed last week that a new study suggested that if Ivins had not been involuntarily admitted for psychiatric treatment shortly before his suicide, he might have committed a mass shooting, fulfilling his promise to go out in a “blaze of glory.” (The story appeared on The Gazette’s website Friday, and is on page A6 in today’s paper.)

        “In obtaining his involuntary commitment, Dr. Ivins’ mental health professionals likely prevented a mass shooting,” The Gazette reported on its website Friday.

        Ivins killed himself with an overdose of Tylenol a few days after his release from the involuntary psychiatric treatment.

        Heerbrandt wrote: “‘The report paints a portrait of a man with a history of psychiatric problems since childhood. Given that, he should not have been given a security clearance in 1980 to work with dangerous pathogens at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick,’ the experts conclude.”

        So much for all of those residents who said the FBI, in a rush to find a killer, reached the wrong conclusion about Ivins.

        It now looks like the FBI was right and the Frederick residents, with a minimal amount of evidence, just didn’t want to believe that a hometown boy could have done such a thing, particularly a man noted for good works in the community. He had worked for the Red Cross and participated in church activities.

        They talked about a lot of loose ends still up in the air.

        No one has yet to be formally charged with the killings, but one thing FBI agents will tell you is that no case ever ties up all the loose ends. It would be nice if that happened, but it doesn’t.

        I covered the FBI for two decades, and there was never a case, even those with convictions “beyond a reasonable doubt,” where there wasn’t still some doubt. A huge number of Americans, for example, believe today that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the lone killer of President Kennedy.

        I looked more than 20,000 FBI documents on the killing and found no solid evidence of other killers. But there are still people, even so-called experts such as Jim Garrison (portrayed by Kevin Costner in the 1991 movie “JFK”), who believed there was more to the story.

        If anything, you could say many residents in Frederick were trying to cover up for Ivins by attacking the FBI. Granted, the Justice Department made mistakes, particularly by declaring another scientist at Detrick a “person of interest” and effectively ruining his career.

        But even if accusing the government of ruthless ineptness is a popular sport these days, it is wrong. We owe the FBI an apology and the Ivins family our sympathy.

        volzjoe2003@yahoo.com

      • DXer said

        Below are excerpts from david willman’s key witness, Judith McLean, in her 2009 book available from amazon.com for $10 – he continues to rely on her (as Mr. Volz does and apparently Katherine does if she has written up the EBAP report without addrressing the issue.

        The investigators and psychatrists in 2008 could not have known that in 2009 Dr. Ivins’ first therapist, Judith M. McLean, would write of how she acquired her psychic abilities in her book available for sale onAmazon.com — from a being from another planet … and that nasty astral entities were pursuing trying to kill her and that she needed to be exorcised of the murderous astral entities that would attach themselves from her clients etc. She would protect herself from the pursuing murderous entities following her from when she returned each night from Afghanistan by closing a vortex of light.

        She quit the profession and left the state after just months due to exhaustion from the psychic assaults.
        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/david-willman-relies-extensively-upon-dr-ivins-first-therapist-judith-m-mclean-who-writes-of-how-she-acquired-her-psychic-abilities-in-her-book-available-for-sale-on-amazon-com/

        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/in-addition-to-helping-the-fbi-with-amerithrax-the-psychic-relied-upon-by-david-willman-helped-with-911-by-her-astral-travelling-and-retrieval-of-etheric-body-parts-at-ground-zero/

        I am still waiting for the author or journalist that interviews the members of the EBAP panel that relied on the first counselor — to see if they say “oopsie.” and still waiting for the EBAP panel to submit corrections to the report submitted to the federal district court judge.

        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/excerpts-from-david-willmans-key-witness-in-his-book-mirage-man/

        The DOJ last week moved to exclude the EBAP report on the grounds that the panel was not commissioned to address the issues and that its conclusions were not endorsed.

        I don’t care how busy reporters are. If they have the time to write up the allegations stemming from July 2000 — they have time to correct the record and fix the central mistakes that underlie the account in the EBAP report and Mr. Willman’s MIRAGE MAN. They have scrupulously avoided offering corrections.

        • anonymous said

          “They have scrupulously avoided offering corrections.”

          And they will continue to do so. Does anyone think Willman is about to release a public retraction saying “my main source was a certified nut job”?

  2. DXer said

    CNN Carries DOJ Water in Repeating Weak Amerithrax Accusations Against Ivins

    Posted on October 3, 2011 by Jim White
    http://www.emptywheel.net/2011/10/03/cnn-carries-doj-water-in-repeating-weak-amerithrax-accusations-against-ivins/

  3. What we learned from the CNN broadcast:

    1) The physical and chemical properties of the letter anthrax and how it behaved from the time it entered the mail system to the time all lab tests were done played no role whatsoever in the identification of or evidence against Bruce Ivins.

    2) The biological properties played a limited role relating to the morphs, but otherwise played no role whatever.

    3) Science had no role in the entire case except the morphs.

    4) The major evidence against Ivins was solely the KKG history. This includes being the only evidence linking Ivins to the mailbox or the mailing whatsoever.

    5) Ivins alleged growing and processing of the anthrax spores was undetected and therefore undetectable by any process of science, reconstruction or contemporaneous human observation.

    6) There was never an attempt to reconstruct from records including lab notebooks what equipment was available to Ivins and not in use by others or in other work.

    7) The only reliable and effective method in such cases is to put pressure on the scientists until someone cracks. That is the Gitmo mentality is the one used by the investigation and it does not work with scientists or scientific know-how. It breaks scientists it doesn’t talk with them.

    8) Ivins was never questioned on the equipment available in his lab for growing or processing anthrax.

    9) Ivins was never questioned on how long it would have taken him to grow anthrax in his lab or process it.

    10) Ivins was never asked to compare the physical and chemical properties of the letter anthrax to anthrax that might be produced in his lab. Not even to see his reaction.

    11) Ivins wsa never questioned by a scientist.

    12) Ivins was never questioned by anyone briefed by a scientist. No questions were prepared by a scientist in writing for the FBI or DOJ to ask Ivins. Or if prepared, were never used.

  4. anonymous said

    http://www.dtic.mil/descriptivesum/Y2000/DARPA/PE0602383E-R-1%2314.pdf

    Evaluate methods for removing micro-encapsulation of disguised pathogens and/or sensing through the micro-encapsulation.

  5. DXer said

    Cheney fears biological terror attack
    http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/29/cheney-fears-biological-terror-attack

    OTTAWA – Don’t worry about box cutters on planes, the next terrorist attack on the Western world could be biological or nuclear and the death toll could run in the hundreds of thousands, according to former vice president Dick Cheney.

    Comment: All individuals who have delayed production of documents by DOJ being withheld by FOIA should be fired. To allow AUSA Rachel Lieber to argue that the time in the lab was unexplained while withholding the documents explaining what he was doing in the lab is outrageous.

  6. In one of the anthrax letters, there is the line Allah is Great.

    K is the 11th letter of the English alphabet and L is the 12th.

    Kappa is the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet and lambda is the 11th.

    Thus the two ll’s in Allah are indicating the 11th letter in the alphabet, interpreting them as Greek, and thus the K in the English alphabet as the 11th letter and the K in the English is the Kappa in the Greek. Thus the two ll’s in Allah signify the Kappa in Greek and thus form KKG with the G in Great.

    Furthermore, the two ll’s can mean 11, which signifies K in English as the 11th letter in English and thus Kappa in Greek.

    We can also note that A is 10 in hexadecimal notation, and so signifies the 10th letter of the Greek which is Kappa. Thus the two A’s in Allah signify two Greek Kappas and form KKG. Note also the two a’s in kappa and two A’s in Allah. The very word Allah is very similar to Kappa in appearance, and in fact we can simply cycle the h to the front of Allah, to get Halla which parallels Kappa in appearance.

    It is also a practice in using letters as numbers that strokes through or over the numbers indicate a different number. This is true for Roman numerals. The stroke through the A can mean that one advances 10 counting the A as well as the last letter which gives the Kappa in Greek.

    H is the 8th letter in English, but this is 10 in octal and thus signifies the 10th letter in Greek, Kappa. Thus the H’s in Allah etc signify Kappas.

    None of this was mentioned despite its obvious import.

    • Also the stroke in A could mean add 10 in English in addition to A as one which is thus a sum of 11, which is K in English which is Kappa in Greek.

      • BugMaster said

        That’s amazing! And all these years I’ve been thinking it was a pathetic attempt to jump on the 9/11 bandwagon!

        • DXer said

          these pundits who say that it would not be used by a supporter of salafi jihadis don’t know sh** even about the language used by those involved in the anthrax planning or by the hijackers.

          for example, Atta announced “we have some planes” and the anthrax planners in a seminar left notes “you die now”

          what do you expect when you put postal inspectors and profilers who knew nothing about dr. ayman’s planning on profiling the crime.

          the suggestion that allah is not used is beyond stupid.

        • Re Bugmaster’s comment.

          Yes, it is amazing how far geometric logic can take you. I too was disoriented until the CNN broadcast showed that KKG was the true North of this case and the dominating focal point.

  7. DXer said

    Agents Montooth and Dellefera – and Jean Duley (the addictions counselor under house arrest for another driving offense) nowhere are asked or explain that they were privately convinced of Dr. Ivins’ guilt partly because of what they learned in mid-July from the notes from Dr. Ivins’ first counselor. Those claims were heavily relied upon by a panel of psychiatrists led by the psychiatrist who had guided the FBI’s approach to Ivins.

    The investigators and psychatrists in 2008 could not have known that in 2009 Dr. Ivins’ first therapist, Judith M. McLean, would write of how she acquired her psychic abilities in her book available for sale onAmazon.com — from a being from another planet …
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/david-willman-relies-extensively-upon-dr-ivins-first-therapist-judith-m-mclean-who-writes-of-how-she-acquired-her-psychic-abilities-in-her-book-available-for-sale-on-amazon-com/

    In addition to helping the FBI with Amerithrax, the psychic relied upon the government prosecutors and investigators helped with 911 by her astral travelling and retrieval of etheric body parts at Ground Zero … She reports she was granted her psychic abilities by a being claiming to be an extraterrestrial …

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/in-addition-to-helping-the-fbi-with-amerithrax-the-psychic-relied-upon-by-david-willman-helped-with-911-by-her-astral-travelling-and-retrieval-of-etheric-body-parts-at-ground-zero/

    I am still waiting for the author or journalist that interviews the members of the EBAP panel that relied on the first counselor — to see if they say “oopsie.”

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/10/17/former-amerithrax-lead-investigator-richard-lampert-compartmentalization-within-the-amerithrax-task-force-would-inhibit-our-ability-to-connect-the-dots-among-the-three-squads-investigating/

    Dr. Greg Saathoff, who gave the key psychiatric report about Dr. Ivins and after his death justified their approach arguing that Dr. Ivins likely was guilty, is a longtime partner of FBI Quantico and yet spun his report as independent.

    Claire Fraser-Liggett: the genetic analysis of the spores in Ivins’ flask do not indicate Ivins is guilty — CNN quotes Nancy Connell on the subject.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/clair-fraser-liggett-the-genetic-analysis-of-the-spores-in-ivins-flask-do-not-indicate-ivins-is-guilty/
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/noah-schactman-did-the-feds-nab-the-wrong-guy-lmw-the-fbis-publicly-revealed-evidence-could-not-convict-ivins-the-2001-anthrax-case-needs-to-be-re-opened/
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/the-genetics-inquiry-just-narrowed-things-from-over-700-to-up-to-377-individuals-who-had-access-to-ames-during-the-time-of-the-2001-mailings/
    http://articles.courant.com/2011-02-15/news/hc-anthrax-investigation-0216-20110215_1_amerithrax-anthrax-expert-martin-hugh-jones-anthrax-attacks

    Disturbing questions haunt the anthrax killings inquiry

    http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/19/2888302/disturbing-questions-haunt-anthrax.html
    http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20110520_9829.php
    http://my.firedoglake.com/jimwhite/2011/05/20/fbi-ignored-hid-data-potentially-excluding-bruce-ivins-as-anthrax-killer/

    CNN nowhere addresses the documentary evidence of Agent Lambert’s concern … that the compartmentalization of the investigative squads ordered by Director Mueller would prevent investigators from connecting the dots. there is nothing to indicate that Montooth or Dellefera have any expertise in Dr. Ayman’s anthrax planning — instead they were expert on the misguided use of bloodhounds in hounding Hatfill.

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 23, 2011

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/dr-saarthoff-presenting-today-on-amerithrax-is-an-fbi-consultant/

    CNN nowhere addresses the documentary evidence produced in May 2011 that now shows what Dr. Ivins was doing in the B3 and instead bought into the FBI’s mistaken narrative that Ivins had no reason to be in the B3 on those nights. I am less interested in an academic saying the perpetrator may never be identified than some journalist writing up the notes that were withheld for three years (along with other even more revealing lab notes).

    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/

    How could CNN not have requested from the FBI the record showing what Dr. Ivins was actually doing on the nights that the investigators, without basis, speculated he was making a powdered anthrax? I haven’t seen record of a single FOIA request submitted by CNN.

    CNN nowhere notes or even mentions that anthrax in the New York Post letter was 10% silica or silicates but importantly does emphasize that the government had long been told that if they find the person growing anthrax in silicates, they may have found their perpetrator.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/promed-post-by-dr-martin-hugh-jones-an-oft-quoted-and-much-respected-anthrax-expert-and-promed-moderator/
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/congressman-jerrold-nadler-complains-to-fbi-director-robert-mueller-that-answers-to-questions-he-first-asked-in-september-2008-regarding-silicon-content-in-the-anthrax-in-several-of-the-2001-attack-le/
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/fbi-now-admits-the-silicon-concentration-in-the-attack-anthrax-is-too-high/
    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/26/2237197/congressman-presses-fbi-for-anthrax.html
    http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/19/2887751/fbi-lab-reports-on-anthrax-attacks.html

    The Technical Review Panel Summary notes that the NY Post sample had apparently been treated with hydrophilic silica.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/unclassified-formerly-secret-technical-review-panel-meeting-summary-14-nov-2001/
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    CNN nowhere suggests that the USG has explained how Dr. Ivins’ processing could have resulted in the Silicon Signature.
    .
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/congressman-jerrold-nadler-complains-to-fbi-director-robert-mueller-that-answers-to-questions-he-first-asked-in-september-2008-regarding-silicon-content-in-the-anthrax-in-several-of-the-2001-attack-le/
    .

    To credit that the silicon signature did not relate to “weaponization” – as many of us do — does not avoid the fact that it is potentially highly probative, and without more tends to be exculpatory of Dr. Ivins. For example, if it relates to “microencapsulation” using hydrophilic silica, that might be a huge lead. So in an hour episode, why does CNN fail to address such a central issue — instead focusing on graffiti from the early 1980s?
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    It is important to recognize that none other than government-funded experts Weber and Velsko, key experts on the nonmicrobiological signature signature, think that further study is warranted to determine the source of the Silicon Signature.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/greg-gordon-mcclatchy-the-apparent-failure-of-the-fbi-to-pursue-this-avenue-of-investigation-raises-the-ominous-possibility-that-the-killer-is-still-on-the-loose-stuart-jacobsen-it-is-outrag/

    CNN nowhere mentions the 302 interview statement that checking the health of the animals typically would take 2 hours and was a one person job. This is important background in understanding the lab notes produced on May 11, 2011.

    CNN does not address the sworn deposition testimony in the Stevens v. United States case of Patricia Worsham or Stephen Little casting doubt on the FBI’s Ivins Theory.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/statements-by-scientists-in-florida-court-case-raise-doubts-regarding-the-fbi-conclusion-that-dr-bruce-ivins-prepared-the-anthrax-used-in-the-2001-attacks/
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/excerpt-from-plaintiffs-filing-in-amerithrax-civil-suit-explaining-why-dr-ivins-is-not-perpetrator-dr-byrnes-deposition/
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/excerpt-from-plaintiffs-filing-in-amerithrax-civil-suit-explaining-why-dr-ivins-is-not-perpetrator-dr-andrews-deposition/

    CNN does not address the fact that US Attorney Taylor in explaining Ivins’ overtime in Fall 2001, including November and December, did not realize that new rules in 2002 precluded such overtime, working alone in B3. In his FOIA to the Army, David Willman did not seek access records from the earlier or later period and I don’t see that CNN submitted any FOIAs to Army (and I don’t know offhand about DOJ). While CNN talks about the two-person rule later in discussing policy, CNN and Mr. Willman seem unaware of changes in 2002 at USAMRIID that would have prevented the same pattern of hours.

    Source: “An eye on safety” by Alison Walker … http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/special_sections/detrick/day3.htm
    “Better enforcement … In 2002, USAMRIID officials mandated a two-person rule, which creates peer pressure to follow safety protocol by requiring material be handled by two people of equal experience, training and qualification. USAMRIID is phasing out the rule due to space and staff limitations, replacing the physical presence of another person with video surveillance.”

    CNN does not mention, but it is important to note, that Dr. Ivins had no access to the filters and thus there would have been traces in the filters if the anthrax had been made in that B3.

    CNN does not address the weaponized anthrax that Dr. Ivins says he had heard had been shipped to Ft. Detrick and then went missing though she makes passing mention of CIA experiments involving Battelle and Dugway early on. She mentions that James Burans learned how to culture anthrax from Dr. Ivins. He was the lead Navy fellow and Al-Timimi had a security clearance to work on a Navy project while at SRA in 1999 — all this talk about missing weaponized anthrax prompts me to wonder what experiments the Navy was doing in Spring 2001. I know (but perhaps shouldn’t) that there were aerosol experiments involving ships. (I presume simulants but have no information; Greg Knudson, who had obtained the Ames originally, then went to work for NMRC and the CIA, I believe.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/will-it-take-congressional-subpena-power-to-fill-in-the-blanks-in-the-email-asking-about-weaponized-anthrax-that-came-to-detrick-and-then-was-shipped-out-and-some-was-missing/

    CNN nowhere mentions that USAMRIID’s John Ezzell, the FBI’s anthrax expert, prior to 9/11, made a dried aerosol using Ames supplied by Bruce Ivins and sent to Johns-Hopkins Applied Physics.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/john-ezzell-forthrightly-to-my-way-of-thinking-heroically-answered-all-my-dxers-questions-relating-to-the-darpa-research-in-which-flask-1029-the-“murder-weapon”-to-borrow-us/

    CNN does not address Ivins’ email of 6-28-05 that discusses powder deemed closest to attack anthrax … in which Ivins says, “but I told ??? we didn’t make spore powder”

    CNN nowhere addresses the fact that the FBI removed the original of Lab Notebook 4010 (and other notebooks that were subpoenaed) without leaving a copy. Why won’t the FBI produce the relevant pages from the lab notebooks it took?

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    CNN nowhere explains that Daniel Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment in connection with the leaks relating to Hatfill or notes that his daughter represented “anthrax weapons suspect” Ali Timimi pro bono.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/who-does-former-prosecutor-daniel-seikaly-and-his-daughter-ali-al-timimis-former-defense-counsel-think-is-responsible-for-the-anthrax-mailings-of-fall-2001/
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    CNN nowhere addresses why the US Attorney and AP created the impression that the Federal Eagle stamp was uniquely sold in Ivins’ post office (near USAMRIID) when it in fact was sold throughout Maryland and Virginia. This misstatement by the US Attorney (picked up by AP) was as great as any misstep in connection with a “Hatfill Theory”.
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/postofficeissuegraphic.jp
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    CNN nowhere addresses why the FBI failed to disclose that the photocopier mentioned in the Amerithrax Summary could be excluded as the source of the Amerithrax letters. That is the sort of evidence that makes for a strong scientific case — or demolishes one. This is different from the less the much less significant issue of “tracks” made by the photocopier gripper.

    .
    CNN nowhere addresses why the FBI let USAMRIID General John Parker’s false claim that USAMRIID did not make dried powder stand — when the FBI and the scientists overseeing the investigation knew its own expert had made dried powdered aerosol using Ames.

    .
    CNN nowhere addresses the identity of the colleague with whom Dr. Heine says he did research regarding antifoam in creating aerosols or Dr. Heine’s report that the FBI falsely told Dr. Ivins that Dr. Heine had accused him of the anthrax mailings. This is a huge issue because the investigators then used Dr. Ivins’ rage as proof of his guilt — rather than evidence of his innocence.


    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/dr-henry-heine-former-colleague-of-dr-bruce-ivins-freed-of-the-gag-order-interviewed-on-his-last-day-at-usamriid/
    .

    CNN nowhere addresses why the FBI never disclosed the email withheld for 2 years that shows Dr. Ivins knew that 5 ml of virulent Ames had been taken from Building 1412.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/a-new-email-withheld-for-2-years-shows-that-ivins-recognized-that-some-of-his-ames-was-missing

    CNN nowhere addresses the email asking about weaponized anthrax that came to Detrick and then was shipped out and some was missing.

    CNN does not emphasize that the FBI estimates that up to 377 had access required elimination (allowing for some duplication who had access in both 1425 and 1412). US Taylor falsely claimed that only 100 needed to be eliminated — only those with access at Building 1425.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/dr-henry-heine-former-colleague-of-dr-bruce-ivins-freed-of-the-gag-order-interviewed-on-his-last-day-at-usamriid

    CNN nowhere addresses to whom Dr. Ivins was writing about the Ames missing from building 1412 and the autoclaving of samples there.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/87_aaa_missing-ames_1.jp

    CNN nowhere addresses what happened to the other slant sent from Texas, or interviews the original researcher who obtained the slants from Texas who then went to work for the CIA. On a minor note, she is mistaken that the inventory destroyed in Iowa was only a single sample (I interviewed the professors involved in the destruction).

    CNN nowhere addresses Dr. Ivins’ concern expressed to a superior that he was missing samples — only to be told to shut up. He never identifies the superior telling Ivins that everything was under control.
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/from-dxer-infiltration-of-u-s-biodefense-bruce-ivins-concern-that-he-was-missing-samples/
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/28/bruce-ivins-we-cant-make-any-assurances-that-we-have-exactly-what-were-supposed-to-have/

    CNN nowhere addresses when Southern Research Institute first obtained virulent Ames and from whom.

    CNN nowhere addresses where the research on the corona plasma discharge and sonicator on Ames spores supplied by Bruce Ivins was conducted for DARPA. She nowhere addresses where else the DARPA aerosol studies using dried powder were done. Given the performance of the dried aerosol, the technical question of whether the floatability is due to use of a CPD or sonicator should be addressed by the scientific experts.

    CNN nowhere addresses the fact that the only expert interviewed by the FBI about the code in the letters for which documents were produced disagreed with the FBI’s theory of code in the letters and that all the letters needed for the FBI’s interpretation of the code were NOT in fact double-lined. Once this understood, one realizes what a crock of a case the FBI concocted.

    CNN nowhere addresses why the FBI was asking everyone whether they had seen olive oil in one of the aerosol rooms.

    CNN does not addresses whether olive oil was what the bloodhounds smelled at Denny’s when the FBI assumed they were tracking Steve Hatfill who had visited the day before.

    CNN nowhere uses the name Ayman Zawahiri — the man whose close associates had announced he was going to use anthrax against US targets to retaliate for the rendering and detention. T

    CNN nowhere addresses the 16 pages which were not obtained by the FBI until February 2005 — those pages involved distribution of Ames to a former Zawahiri associate. I don’t mind that reporters and academic don’t write of such things — indeed, given the history that Amerithrax took with the hyping of the Hatfill story by the chief prosecutor whose daughter came to represent Ali Al-Timimi, I totally understand it. But the fact that they don’t make relevant phone calls supports the view that investigative reporting is dead in this country. Nowadays, writing up a filed court document, interviewing a prosecutor or reading documents the FBI submits to NAS is deemed a substitute. For broadcast, getting interviews of people journalists have quoted suffices. And of course, when you are channeling investigators, interviewing the dead guy’s prom date is what passes for investigation. Heaven forbid that someone would pick up the phone and seek an interview with Rauf Ahmad who was working with Dr. Zawahiri.

    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/https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/from-dxer-documents-related-to-university-of-michigan/

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/newly-released-ivins-emails-show-that-no-record-was-kept-of-transfers-to-former-zawahiri-associate-because-it-was-done-at-usamriid/
    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/
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/tracking-dr-ivins’-rmr-1029-anthrax-more-questions-for-um-and-lsu-researchers/

    CNN nowhere addresses the work that Yazid Sufaat and his lab assistant did at Omar Hospital in May 2001 while the equipment was en route to the lab being established at Kandahar.

    The Detainee Assessments on this subject are part of the public record and so why did they not inform the discussion? Is the GAO report going to be similarly bereft of highly relevant information?

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/marwan-hadid-al-suri-who-was-assisting-yazid-sufaat-at-omar-hospital-in-may-2001-and-then-helped-set-up-the-anthrax-lab-in-kandahar-later-that-month-was-killed-in-2006-in-northwestern-pakistan-m/

    CNN nowhere addresses that FBI experts found that Dr. Ivins handwriting does not match the handwriting in the anthrax letters but is understandably highly skeptical of the FBI’s sorority theory.
    Don’t get me wrong. On her overall approach to an Ivins Theory, I totally agree with her just as I did Laurie Garrett (although there are key differences in the approach of the two authors).

    CNN nowhere addresses a “Waly Samar” who was a microbiologist connected to the WTC 1993 participants based on phone records and reportedly lived in the Trenton area in 2001 — an estimated 20 miles from the mailbox. I called and left a message last month but hadn’t hear back when I last checked for messages.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/laurie-mylroie-in-a-2001-book-described-a-waly-samar-who-was-a-microbiologist-connected-to-the-wtc-1993-participants-based-on-phone-records-was-he-the-subtilis-expert-allegedly-connected-to-al/

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/former-amerithrax-investigator-bradley-garrett-who-took-the-lead-on-the-hatfill-searches-rode-on-the-plane-with-ksms-nephew-wtc-bomber-ramzi-yousef-upon-his-rendering-to-the-us-how-did-agen/

    CNN nowhere addresses the claim that a pharmacist Najmut Tariq in New York City was connected to Al Qaeda anthrax program and apparently no effort was made to contact him in Pakistan. But someone like the Wash Po correspondent in Pakistan should attempt an interview.

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/04/al-qaeda-anthrax-operative-new-york-pharmacies
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/the-fbi-has-previously-explained-that-it-ruled-out-various-scientists-alleged-to-have-connections-to-al-qaeda-and-ansar-al-islam-andor-its-anthrax-program-among-those-who-the-fbi-is-confident-cou/

    CNN does not address how the FBI was able to exclude Abderraouf Yousef Jdey as the mailer if the FBI doesn’t know where he was and, according to former top CIA analyst Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Jdey was released before the mailings.

    • Intelligence analysis, for example, would point out that Dr. Assaad was Coptic Christian and the Blind Sheik’s group primary mission is to persecute Coptic Christians. For people including JG to miss this is to miss the possible significance of that anonymous letter that some view as an intentional “red herring” pointing to Dr. Assaad. (Dr. Assaad, for his part, thinks that the claims against Dr. Ivins are part of a vicious plot).
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/how-was-the-fbi-able-to-exclude-abderraouf-yousef-jdey-as-the-mailer-if-the-fbi-doesnt-know-where-he-was-and-according-to-former-top-cia-analyst-rolf-mowatt-larssen-jdey-was-released-before-the/
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/11/
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/ken-dillon-asks-…-who-was-the-real-anthrax-mailer-the-key-people-in-the-anthrax-mailings-were-not-bruce-ivins-or-steven-hatfill-his-predecessor-as-the-fbis-target-instead-they-app/

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/page/2/

    CNN nowhere addresses experiments led by Egyptian Abu Khabab killing rabbits with poisons under during the month before 9/11 at a camp outside Kabul.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/experiments-led-by-egyptian-abu-khabab-killing-rabbits-with-poisons-under-during-the-month-before-911-at-a-camp-outside-kabul/

    CNN nowhere addresses the training in late 2001 at the training camp outside Kandahar to introduce poison into water systems. Given that the recent claims about ricin and the lack of any direct evidence that the planning in fact related to bombs, this sort of consideration is very important in any book on the subject of biodefense and the threat faced by the country.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/in-late-2001-the-training-camp-outside-kandahar-in-training-to-introduce-poison-into-water-systems-what-was-the-poison-contemplated/

    CNN. nowhere addresses the capture of Mustafa Hawsawi and his laptop containing anthrax spray drying documents.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/capture-of-mustafa-hawsawi-and-laptop-with-anthrax-spray-drying-documents/

    You’ll recall that it was McClatchy that emphasized the potentially critical importance of b. subtilis contaminant found in the Brokaw and New York Post anthrax letters … not connected to Dr. Ivins … and substantially ignored by the FBI. The public is expecting great things from McClatchy/Frontline/ProPublica — let’s just hope on the silica issues they move things along to what should be the proper frame of the issue — the probative importance of the Silicon Signature. The framing of the debate in 2003 missed the point entirely. The key consideration is what processing might Dr. Ivins have used that would have resulted in the signature.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/greg-gordon-raises-importance-of-b-subtilis-contaminant-in-the-brokaw-and-new-york-post-anthrax-letters-not-connected-to-dr-ivins-substantially-ignored-by-the-fbi/

    CNN nowhere addresses the fact that Anwar Aulaqi was coordinating with Ali Al-Timimi who shared a suite with the two leading Ames researchers. Heck, if she doesn’t so much as name the head of Al Qaeda’s specific anthrax planning and sending of scientists to attend USAMRIID conferences, this is not surprising. But Rauf Ahmad’s attendance of Porton Down conferences is far more relevant to the issue of biosecurity — on which she organizes her thesis — than it is that Dr. Ivins attended a presentation she gave at Ft. Detrick on Sverdlosk in 2002. People need to address the issue and stop being ostriches with their head in the sand. That is precisely how lapses in biosecurity occur.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/attorney-jonathan-turley-regarding-his-client-al-timini-is-this-the-kind-of-connection-it-is-critical-for-the-house-committee-to-investigate/

    CNN nowhere addresses the documents from peer reviewed literature in Ayman Zawahiri’s possession.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/05/17/dxer-documents-in-the-possession-of-ayman-zawahiri-and-his-associates-illustrate-the-dangers-of-scientific-openness/

    CNN nowhere addresses the spraydrying documents on Al-Hawsawi’s laptop.

    CNN nowhere addresses Rauf Ahmad’s notes and handwritten letter (he was one of the scientists working for Ayman Zawahiri).


    CNN nowhere addresses the typed correspondence from a later visit by Rauf Ahmad indicating that he had successfully achieved the targets. (And, no, Milton L. did not systematically refute the matter in discussing the correspondence in his book – he avoided quoting this critical language altogether!)

    CNN nowhere addresses 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.

    CNN nowhere addresses the Egyptian visitor in the B3 who was the lifelong friend of a former Egyptian Islamic Jihad member, a schoolmate, recruited by Ayman Zawahiri.

    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

    CNN nowhere addresses the fact that 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 and that 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/

    CNN nowhere addresses the fact that this document seized in Afghanistan pointed to infiltration of US biodefense. To what was the author referring?

    CNN nowhere addresses this Zawahiri correspondence with infiltrating scientist that 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)?

    CNN nowhere addresses the documents dating from April 1999 showing that Ayman Zawahiri’s plan was to recruit a specialist. Who else did Ayman Zawahiri succeed in recruiting?

    CNN nowhere addresses the fact that 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/

    CNN nowhere addresses why the FBI failed to disclose that Jdey was detained and released as the same time as Moussaoui.

    CNN nowhere addresses the fact that 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?

    CNN nowhere addresses the fact that Ayman Zawahiri used “school” to refer to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad but does poke fun at the FBI’s theory as to why “school” was used.

    CNN nowhere addresses the documentary evidence showing that Ayman Zawahiri used “school” as code and not Bruce Ivins.

    CNN nowhere addresses the fact that while the US government focuses on Anwar Al-Aulaqi, the media continues 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.

    CNN nowhere addresses the fact that Ali Al-Timimi 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.
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/aaa_aulaqi-new-2-turley-re-al-timini.jpg …https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/anthraxandalqaeda_discoveryhall.jpg

    Why does CNN use the word “investigates” at all in connection with its summary of the FBI’s Ivins theory?

  8. So far, the CNN program has not discussed any of the issues in production or processing to produce the letter anthrax. The issue of how much silicon is in it for example is not mentioned.

  9. anonymous said

    This is how today’s broadcast is being described in CNN’s line-up:

    CNN Presents: Death by Mail: The Anthrax Letters: A look into the anthrax letters after the 9/11 attacks revealing the possibility that the government accused the wrong man.

    • anonymous said

      http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/

      • BugMaster said

        Wow! Based on past performances of the David and Dina show, I expected this would be more of the same, as in:

        All shilling, and no grilling!

        Might be worth watching after all!

        • anonymous said

          Yes, exactly what I thought. After seeing David Willman and Nancy Haigwood gossiping about sororities in the trailers I though this was going to be a FBI love fest,

          But they obviously have another angle they have not shown clips of yet. I’ll post again in a couple of hours.

        • anonymous said

          Oh well. I guess it was a shill job after all.

          I almost puked at Jean Duley and her fake breakdown into tears.

        • BugMaster said

          I still don’t understand how an obsession with a sorority is proof of the crime. How would anyone even know there was a KKG sorority office (also referred in the past as “storage space”) in a building “several doors down” from the mailbox? Was there a mailing address associated with the “office / storage space”?

          The only conclusion I came to after watching this is:

          What a lame case! That’s all they have, and based on that, we should all rest easy, since the killer is no longer at large?

  10. DXer said

    Terror and Bioterror: 9/11 to 10/4 (Part 4)
    • By Maryn McKenna
    • October 2, 2011 |
    • 8:03 am |

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/10/terror-bioterror-excerpt4/

  11. Anonymous said

    By way of background, the investigators were privately convinced of Dr. Ivins’ guilt partly because of what they learned in mid-July from the notes from Dr. Ivins’ first counselor. Those claims were heavily relied upon by a panel of psychiatrists led by the psychiatrist who had guided the FBI’s approach to Ivins. The investigators and psychatrists in 2008 could not have known that in 2009 Dr. Ivins’ first therapist, Judith M. McLean, would write of how she acquired her psychic abilities from a being from another planet …

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/david-willman-relies-extensively-upon-dr-ivins-first-therapist-judith-m-mclean-who-writes-of-how-she-acquired-her-psychic-abilities-in-her-book-available-for-sale-on-amazon-com/

    In addition to helping the FBI with Amerithrax, the psychic relied upon the government prosecutors and investigators helped with 911 by her astral travelling and retrieval of etheric body parts at Ground Zero … She reports she was pursued by nasty astral entities that were trying to kill her…

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/in-addition-to-helping-the-fbi-with-amerithrax-the-psychic-relied-upon-by-david-willman-helped-with-911-by-her-astral-travelling-and-retrieval-of-etheric-body-parts-at-ground-zero/

    I am still waiting for the author or journalist that interviews the members of the EBAP panel that relied on the first counselor — to see if they say “oopsie.” It apparently isn’t going to be CNN which recklessly adopts the counselor’s allegations and characterizations from July 2000.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/10/17/former-amerithrax-lead-investigator-richard-lampert-compartmentalization-within-the-amerithrax-task-force-would-inhibit-our-ability-to-connect-the-dots-among-the-three-squads-investigating/

  12. Anonymous said

    CNN is relying on psychiatric evidence offered up by this woman!

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/in-addition-to-helping-the-fbi-with-amerithrax-the-psychic-relied-upon-by-david-willman-helped-with-911-by-her-astral-travelling-and-retrieval-of-etheric-body-parts-at-ground-zero/

  13. DXer said

    Strange sorority fixation was link that led to anthrax suspect

    By Joe Johns and Andy Segal, CNN
    October 1, 2011 — Updated 1801 GMT (0201 HKT)
    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/01/us/anthrax-killer-case/

    The press has been making fun at Italian prosecutors in the Amanda Knox case.

    The Italian press likely looks at this discussion of what passes as evidence in support of an Ivins theory and similarly shake their heads.

    • Anonymous said

      http://www.gwhatchet.com/2010/10/28/kappa-kappa-gamma-faces-hazing-allegations/

      Kappa Kappa Gamma faces hazing allegations

      by Madeleine Morgenstern

      Issue: October 28, 2010 | News

      Kappa Kappa Gamma is under investigation for allegations of hazing and underage drinking, both the University and the sorority’s national chapter confirmed this week.

      Several sources have come forward, alleging that underage alcohol consumption and hazing may have taken place “recently,” Tara Pereira, the assistant dean of students and director of Student Judicial Services, said in a letter to the sorority.

      “We are investigating these allegations, which we take very seriously,” Pereira said.

      Pereira said she does not have a timeline for the investigation.

      “The more [cooperative] the people that we need to talk to are, the faster it will go,” Pereira said. “We have to do it very deliberately and very thoughtfully so I’m not looking to rush it.”

      Pereira acknowledged that this is a difficult time for the chapter.

      “We recognize that students are concerned about it, we don’t want to drag it out either. We’re going to do it for as long as we have to do it,” she said.

      If the allegations are found to be true, Pereira said Kappa Kappa Gamma could potentially lose its recognition at GW.

      “The worst-case scenario is that they lose their chapter,” she said.

      The sorority also occupies a University townhouse, but Pereira said she was not sure what could happen to it if the chapter is found in violation of the hazing and underage drinking allegations.

      “We have never shut down a chapter on Townhouse Row so I don’t know what would happen,” Pereira said.

      Beth Black, Kappa Kappa Gamma’s national vice president, said the national chapter is working with GW officials during the investigation.

      “Kappa has a very strong stance against hazing. We are partnering with the University to find out more about these alleged incidents. Together we will continue to educate our members to ensure their safety and well-being here at George Washington,” Black said.

      Jenna Gabe, Kappa Kappa Gamma’s president, declined to comment on the allegations and the investigation.

      These allegations come one month after a record high year for Panhellenic recruitment, where there was a 15 percent increase in women joining Greek-letter life. Approximately one-quarter of GW students are involved in Greek-letter life.

      The last reported incident of hazing in GW’s Greek-letter life community occurred last December, when the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was found in violation of providing alcohol to minors. After a monthlong investigation, the University lifted the fraternity’s suspension and Phi Kappa Psi remained fully recognized at GW.

      The University’s Code of Student Conduct defines hazing as “any action taken or situation created, intentionally, with or without consent, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.”

      Hazing activities “include but are not limited to paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips, or any other such activities carried on outside the confines of the house or organization; wearing, publicly, apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with the academic mission of the University.”

      • Anonymous said

        Purdue Hazing Penalties for Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Lambda Phi Epsilon
        http://www.jconline.com/article/2009…EWS09/90311020

        Excerpt from report ^ :

        Purdue University has placed three of its Greek organizations on probation for violating its hazing policies.

        According to a university press release, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, 629 University St., and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, 325 Waldron St., were placed on probation after new fraternity members were required to drink alcohol and perform tasks for active sorority members at a Big Sis Night.

        The fraternity Lambda Phi Epsilon was placed on probation after new members were subjected to psychological and physical abuse, including depriving them of sleep.


        Kappa Kappa Gamma’s probation is through the end of fall semester 2009. …

        • Anonymous said

          KKG Dartmouth charged for hazing, alcohol
          Kappa to be charged with College violations
          By Dan Duray, The Dartmouth Staff
          Published on Thursday, October 26, 2006

          The Office of Undergraduate Judicial Affairs notified Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority Wednesday that the organization, and several of its individual members, will be charged with violations of various College standards of conduct.

          The charges brought against the sorority will include causing or threatening to cause harm to new members of the organization, hazing, alcohol policy infractions and violation of the sorority’s terms of probation, according to a statement issued by Acting Associate Dean of the College Mary Liscinsky.

          The alleged offenses committed by the individual members, the number of members charged, and other personal information have been held by the College in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

          The charges are the result of an investigation following the Oct. 9 new member event at an Enfield, N.H., rollerskating rink that resulted in the arrest of 11 members. On that Monday night, an ambulance and the police were called by older members because several new members were highly intoxicated.

          Director of UJA April Thompson said that the charges against the sorority would be heard by the Organizational Adjudication Committee and that the Committee on Standards would handle the charges against the individuals. Both committees will be independent in their arbitration, as well as in their respective decisions about any possible consequences.

          “We’re at an allegations stage, which is a very early stage,” Thompson said. “The OAC will be informed by precedent. That’s what will guide the committee, that’s what will guide their decisions if the organization is found to be responsible.”

          Thompson also praised the members who called 911 on behalf of their intoxicated peers, calling the action “a really amazing and courageous decision.”

          Liscinsky stated that the Good Samaritan Policy may apply to the members who were hospitalized during the incident. The Office of the Dean of the College will judge whether or not the policy applies to this incident, which occurred far from campus. Acting Dean of the College Dan Nelson said he believes the spirit of the policy applies, though it would be rare to employ the policy in an off campus incident.

          “The College’s standards of conduct apply to students on and off campus, and in crafting and refocusing, over the years, the College’s Good Samaritan policy, that attention and focus is really on student safety,” Nelson said. “We believe strongly that the policy should apply to students whether they call from the basement of a fraternity, the floor of a residential hall or some space off campus.”

          If the Good Samaritan policy is cited, the organization and its members could be freed of alcohol violations, though charges such as hazing could remain.

          Nelson also praised the members for calling 911.

          “One of the best things that happened in this otherwise very unfortunate situation is that somebody called for help for students who needed it,” he said. “It’s important for students to do that and I’m very pleased that that happened in this case, as troubled and concerned as I am about the rest of the reports about what might have happened that evening.”

          Thompson went on to emphasize that the charges are by no means an implication of the organization’s guilt.

          “I wouldn’t want the community to point fingers,” she said. “There are a lot of questions that need to be asked and the organization needs to talk to a committee about the answers to those questions.”

          Kappa President Whitney Dickerson ’07 did not return phone calls for comment.

    • Anonymous said

      Posted at 5:25 PM ET, 01/27/2011
      GWU fraternities, sorority to lose campus houses this spring
      By Jenna Johnson
      Jenna Johnson

      George Washington University officials announced late Wednesday that two fraternities and one sorority will lose their spots in campus townhouses at the end of this school year because of hazing and underage drinking.

      The university would not provide details of the incidents that led Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kappa Kappa Gamma to be charged earlier this month with hazing, providing alcohol to minors and underage consumption of alcohol. All three groups have decided not to challenge the charges in the university’s judicial system.

      GWU Dean of Students Peter Konwerski said in a statement that “hazing in any form is unacceptable… alcohol-related hazing is particularly unacceptable and dangerous.”

      Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kappa Kappa Gamma have been placed on “social and disciplinary probation,” said Tara Pereira, assistant dean of students in a statement. Although the three groups will lose their leases for spots in the university’s Townhouse Row, they will continue to be active chapters that can accept new members.

      Sigma Phi Epsilon President Adam Kelsey said in an e-mail that the charges were the result of “an isolated incident.” He said the fraternity decided to accept the sanctions so that it could move forward.

      Pi Kappa Alpha President Michael Waterman said in a statement that his fraternity is also “excited to move forward as a positive and active member of the GW community.” The statement acknowledged that last fall there was an “unfortunate incident involving underage drinking that was not condoned by our Fraternity.”

      Kappa Kappa Gamma President Bianca Timiraos said in a statement that the chapter is “confident that our sisterhood will be strengthened as we work with our organization and university officials to facilitate positive change in our Greek community.”

      The hazing charges, which the university first began to investigate in the fall, have prompted the campus Greek community to reflect and make “some important cultural changes,” Konwerski said in the statement. GWU Greek Affairs officials plan to be more visible at chapter meetings and events, and implement programs that increase student awareness of alcohol and hazing issues.

    • Anonymous said

      DePauw University’s Kappa Kappa Gamma faces charges of hazing.

      http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=SvxJAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Jx4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=2412,5658917&dq=kappa-kappa-gamma+hazing&hl=en

    • Anonymous said

      I understand that Kappa Kappa Gamma has had a long history of hazing, expulsion of members, suspension of chapters etc. but Nancy Haigwood is mistaken in thinking that Dr. Ivins’ objection to such practices. is reliable evidence of the anthrax mailings. She similarly was mistaken in August 2008 when she told AP that he followed her to Gaithersburg when it was the other way around. Her points are best understood as evidence that she hated him. Her alarm that he would know that her son went to the university was odd given that it is common for people to google for information — and only paranoid to think that there is something wrong about that. A Hatfill Theory had far substantial speculation.

      The “predator” business stems from the first counselor who thought murderous entities attached themselves to her patients. She says she was protected from a psychiatric diagnosis by her husband. She received her instructions each night and travelled to Afghanistan and would be chased home by nasty astral entities trying to kill her. It is journalistic negligence to go anywhere near reliance on her assessment and claims about Dr. Ivins. Judith McLean describes her psychiatric breakdown in 2001 due to the perceived psychic attacks in her lucidly written 2009 book for sale at amazon.com for $10. I recommend the book. If you aren’t familiar with what Judith says in her book, then you have no business discussing the psychiatric issues and the claims she made about Dr. Ivins. They were central to the prosecutor’s suspicions.

    • DXer said

      Nancy Haigwood was furious because of this Washington Post article.

      Struggle for an AIDS Vaccine
      Subscription – Washington Post – HighBeam Research – Sep 23, 2001
      There is Nancy Haigwood, 31, a molecular biologist whose vaccine was ridiculed for years as “weird science” or “cold fusion.”

      Nancy hated Bruce.

      I have no idea whether Bruce was the source of the quote or rejection of articles from vaccine publications.

      But her hatred of Bruce and her gut instincts should not be a substitute for a void of evidence relating to the anthrax mailings.

  14. DXer said

    Note that instead of doing real reporting by mastering documents, the media reports regularly on white powder scares. Receiving white powder — it happens regularly all around the country on a daily basis — is not newsworthy, but it is an easy story to write up.

    • richard rowley said

      Posted by DXer:
      ——————-
      Note that instead of doing real reporting by mastering documents, the media reports regularly on white powder scares.[…]
      ———————————————————-
      Yes. That’s one take-home lesson from a close examination of Amerithrax: 95 to 99% of self-described ‘reporters’ don’t really do any investigating themselves: they report press releases, newsconferences, ‘FINAL REPORTS’ etc. and basically just repackage stuff you could get from a wire service. That means they are usually trying to curry favor with ‘sources close to the investigation’ for leaks etc. Puts them in the worst possible position to look CRITICALLY at what investigators/prosecutors are claiming at any given moment. Lack of critical distance..

      • BugMaster said

        From Wikipedia:

        “The concept of the media or press as a fourth branch stems from a belief that the news media’s responsibility to inform the populace is essential to the healthy functioning of the democracy.”

        Antiquated beliefs these days, right, David?

      • DXer said

        Now as for David, he did extensive interviewing over two years and has copious footnotes providing the dates of interviews People (like me) can disagree with his conclusions, but no one can question his work ethic, intelligence, judgment, or expertise as an investigative journalist etc. A Battelle (Ohio) theory is best discounted for the reasons explained at length by the Plaintiff’s counsel. BM, without proof of travel, your theory was always dead in the water as to an Ohio mailer. But I think it is a fair and very damning criticism that he has not acknowledged the issue of the first counselor — given that it was central to his narrative. Investigative journalism principles should not stop once publication occurs and sales are only at issue.

        As for journalism, we need to keep in mind the economics. Reporters do not have the luxury of spending a lot of time on a story. They regularly are given new assignments. Moreover, they are tasked with writing news, not analysis. There are reporters (like NYT’s SS) who are tasked as just one of many responsibilities with writing up wikileaks — it is mind-boggling the range of subject matters that some are expected to master. I sense McClatchy’s GG regularly has only a week to master an entire new subject and then write authoritatively on it.

        Having said that, we’ll all know that when mainstream medium says “recently released” they actually mean released February 2010. When this blog uses the phrase “recently released”, we likely mean released a few minutes ago. :0) I am hopeful that Frontline will advance the story. I loved last week’s show on the ground zero mosque — love the narrator’s voice and the insighful, nuanced storytelling. But I am not seeing dramatic documents go over to the transom to the documentary makers. We’ll see. Hopefully, they have achieved breakthrough interviews (such as of Pat Fellows).

        In general, I mean more to point to the sad state of economics of print and broadcast journalism. I wish there were more incentive and rewards for digging I wish they were paid more and were able to spend longer on a particular subject — more often able to engage in analysis (labeled as such) rather than news.

        It’s certainly a dream job and I envy them each day they wake up with their incredible list of things to do.

        For example, see if SS is not faced today with the difficult task of confirming the report by the Yemeni defense minister that Aulaqi was killed.

      • DXer said

        Indeed, we can hardly criticize journalists for not obtaining the IG report relating to biosecurity issues at USAMRIID dating to the 2001 era when we are the ones who don’t yet have it. And it was McClatchy that paved the way for its release. After the IG report, it is the Sandia report we need. The same rationale as to exemptions not applying should warrant its release.

        The existence of an IG report should have been clear to us years ago when those 2001 emails discussing the visit by the IG inspectors was first released.

        http://wwwpublic.ignet.army.mil/FOIA_index.htm

        Submit your request in writing to the IG office where you believe the records are located, or to:
        (Print this form: FOIA request form)

        Office of the Inspector General
        ATTN: SAIG-ZXR
        1700 Army Pentagon
        Room 1E132
        Washington, DC 20310-1700
        Telephone: (703) 545-4591
        DSN: 685-4591
        E-mail: office.saig-zxl@ignet.army.mil
        Fax COM: (703) 545-4585
        Fax DSN: 685-4585

        How to Appeal the results of a FOIA Request
        You may file a FOIA appeal in writing by mail, e-mail, or fax for any of the following reasons:

        Denial in whole or in part, disapproval of a request for fee waiver/reduction of fees, review of a determination not to grant expedited access to agency records, or failure to provide a response determination within the statutory time limits.

        Submit the appeal to the address listed above. Please include a copy of your initial FOIA request, a copy of the response letter, and a brief statement explaining why you believe your appeal should be granted. We will forward your appeal to the Army Office of General Counsel for adjudication.

        DAIG Public Liaison Office
        For questions regarding a DAIG release of records, please contact:

        Ms. Margaret B. Baines
        Office of the Inspector General
        ATTN: SAIG-ZXR, 1700 Army Pentagon
        Washington, DC 20310-1700
        Phone: (703) 545-4591

        DAIG FOIA Request Form

  15. DXer said

    Here is the email explaining how Dr. Ivins was spending his time that was withheld by the DOJ and apparently was not seen by AUSA Lieber (or else she wouldn’t have made the incorrect statements she did in her Amerthrax Investigative Summary).

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/from-dxer-10501-email-from-dr-ivins-explaining-how-he-was-spending-his-time-in-b3-on-the-nights-the-doj-says-he-was-aerosolizing-anthrax/

    Why are Dr. Ivins contemporaneous lab notebook pages from 2001 (September 28, 29 & 30, and October 1 & 2) being withheld? … these are the nights that Rachel Lieber and Kenneth Kohl speculate he was making a powderized anthrax.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/why-are-dr-ivins-lab-notebook-pages-being-withheld/

    Rachel says that such hours never continued after the anthrax mailings. Bulls—. That is not true even on the data she selectively provides. They continued in November and December 2001.

    and is that a surprise? Anthrax had been mailed and his lab was centrally involved in OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE.

    They did not continue in 2002 because of a regulation that was implemented.

    She says they never occurred before and yet records were not even kept prior to summer 2008 and no data has been provided for the period 8/2008- 2009 or 2010 …

    The long hours started in August 2001 after problems arose in connection with the Bioport contract.

    AUSA Rachel Lieber needs to address the documentary evidence relating to the time Dr. Ivins spent in connection with the aerosol challenge involving the 52 rabbits.

    To not do so is extremely wrong — and makes her (along with Agent Montooth and Dellefera and the others) the official spokespersons for the greatest failure in intelligence analysis in the history of the United States.

    David Willman continues to focus on psychiatric issues without ever acknowledging that it was baseless to continue rely on his central witness, Judith McLean, as he has in soliciting press coverage promoting his book sales.

    For example, AUSA Rachel Lieber and the investigator Ed Montooth were privately convinced of Dr. Ivins’ guilt partly because of what they learned in mid-July from the notes from Dr. Ivins’ first counselor. Those claims were heavily relied upon by a panel of psychiatrists led by the psychiatrist who had guided the FBI’s aggressive approach to Ivins.

    The investigators and psychatrists in 2008 could not have known that in 2009 Dr. Ivins’ first therapist, Judith M. McLean, would write of how she acquired her psychic abilities in her book available for sale onAmazon.com — from a being from another planet …

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/david-willman-relies-extensively-upon-dr-ivins-first-therapist-judith-m-mclean-who-writes-of-how-she-acquired-her-psychic-abilities-in-her-book-available-for-sale-on-amazon-com/

    But NOW THEY DO and so where is the reassessment?

    In addition to helping the FBI with Amerithrax, the psychic relied upon the government prosecutors and investigators helped with 911 by her astral travelling and retrieval of etheric body parts at Ground Zero … She reports she was granted her psychic abilities by a being claiming to be an extraterrestrial …

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/in-addition-to-helping-the-fbi-with-amerithrax-the-psychic-relied-upon-by-david-willman-helped-with-911-by-her-astral-travelling-and-retrieval-of-etheric-body-parts-at-ground-zero/

    I am still waiting for the author or journalist that interviews the members of the EBAP panel or these investigators or prosecutors that relied on the first counselor — to see if they say “oopsie.”

    • DXer said

      Let’s revisit July 2000 and this question of Paranoid Personality Disorder.

      It was his counselor Judith McClean in July 2000 who had a Paranoid Personality Disorder. She reports for example in 2001 that she thought nasty Taliban astral entities were trying to kill her. Each night she would fly to ground zero and Afghanistan — after receiving her instructions. On the way back from Afghanistan each night she would be pursued by the nasty astral Taliban entities trying to poison her and she would escape only by closing a vortex of light. She says she was protected from a psychiatric diagnosis by her husband.

      Dr. Ivins OTOH thought two women he liked from the lab were talking about him and saying mean things behind his back — and they were.

      • DXer said

        Dr. Ivins’ counselor says she thought the murderous spiritual entities of her patients would attach themselves to her and she would need to have an exorcist eliminate the murderous spiritual entity that had attached itself. She is the one with the Paranoid Personality Disorder.

        Her powers include remote viewing (she discovered the body of a nephew’s fiance in a park). She helped get rid of the ghosts that haunted a local gym or massage parlor (I forget which) that was near the cemetery. (It was embarrassing that the ghosts would open bathroom doors at an inopportune time.) She talks to rocks and plants.

        She only practiced counseling for a matter of months given she was exhausted by all the psychic attacks she perceived from the astral world.

        Is investigative journalism really dead in this country? Is the best that reporters can do is review documents produced by a prosecutor and quote a defense counsel saying that there is no evidence that his client was guilty?

        Why did CNN content itself with interviewing a prosecutor about what Dr. Ivins did on particular evenings without asking her for the contemporaneous handwritten notes that Dr. Ivins wrote on those nights — that the DOJ is still withholding?

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