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

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* DOJ and FBI desperately continue to keep the truth about the anthrax murders from the American people … What reality could be so frightful as to cause this stonewalling coverup?

Posted by DXer on October 11, 2011

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these are the people struggling relentlessly to keep the truth from the American people ... WHY?

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from a recent DXer comment …

  • The DOJ is simply withholding documents under FOIA.
  • Now what they’ve done is sweep even an official IG report (and a related Sandia report) under the rug by “sealing” them even though the FOIA officers all agree the document is not otherwise exempt under FOIA.
  • Note that this should be viewed in the context of DOJ’s failure to provide the lab notebooks from September and October 2001 — after they took the only copy!
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LMW COMMENT … 

  • This behavior by the DOJ is disgraceful.
  • The DOJ & FBI are clearly hiding something big, and getting more desperate as the day of reckoning gets closer.

In my view, and it’s just an opinion I can’t prove, they know who committed the anthrax murders, and where they got the anthrax … and it wasn’t Bruce Ivins.

  • What reality could be so frightful as to cause this obvious stonewalling coverup? 
  • Perhaps the GAO will tell us.
  • Perhaps Congressman Holt will finally get his anthrax commission.
  • Perhaps President Obama will tell Holder and Mueller to come forward with the truth.
  • Perhaps.
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* DIAG refuses to produce IG report ; if this were the rule, civil litigants would gut agency’s independent obligations under FOIA to produce official reports

Posted by DXer on October 11, 2011

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* watch FRONTLINE’s ANTHRAX PROGRAM NOW !!!

Posted by DXer on October 11, 2011

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/anthrax-files/

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* Jeffrey Adamovicz and Gerry Andrews, the people who knew Dr. Ivins and his lab capabilities better than anyone else, make powerful arguments that the FBI has not made its case … and Adamovicz says “he feels morally obligated to continue to pursue the case.”

Posted by DXer on October 11, 2011

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 Jeremy Pelzer writes in the Casper Star-Tribune (10/11/11) …

  • The case against Ivins closed in July 2008, when he overdosed on Tylenol in an apparent suicide soon after learning that criminal charges were likely to be filed against him.
  • However, the controversy still continues, as the family of one of the anthrax victims has filed a civil lawsuit against the U.S. government alleging negligence in handling anthrax at the Army lab.
  • Government investigators compiled a list of circumstantial evidence against Ivins.
  • But both Adamovicz, who was Ivins’ supervisor, and UW assistant veterinary sciences professor Gerry Andrews, who worked with Ivins for years, said the FBI’s case against their former colleague was very weak.
  • For one thing, they said, Ivins would have needed several months to prepare the amount of anthrax used in the attacks — much longer than the couple of weeks alleged by the government.
  • Ivins also worked with wet spores, Adamovicz said, not the dry spores used in the attack. If Ivins dried his spores, he said, they wouldn’t have the same composition as those found in the letters.
  • Ivins used a similar anthrax strain to the type found in the letters, Andrews said, but that same strain was also farmed out to a number of other labs.
  • Also, having worked with him for years, both Adamovicz and Andrews said Ivins gave no indication of being someone who would want to send lethal bacteria to kill innocent people.
  • even 10 years and thousands of miles removed from Bruce Ivins, Adamovicz said the mystery of the anthrax attacks is still a major part of his life.
  • “It’s almost like the white whale in a way,” Adamovicz said, referring to Captain Ahab’s continually out-of-reach nemesis in Moby Dick.
  • “It is something that I feel morally obligated to continue to pursue.”

read the entire article at … http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_83fbc2f4-1314-5369-a04e-fe57c6cf720f.html

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* ProPublica, McClatchy Newspapers and PBS’ Frontline … the FBI’s case against anthrax suspect rife with questions

Posted by DXer on October 11, 2011

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Watch FRONTLINE TUES OCT 11 at 9:00 pm

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 By STEPHEN ENGELBERG, GREG GORDON, JIM GILMORE AND MIKE WISER, ProPublica, McClatchy Newspapers and PBS’ Frontline

  • In December 2001, long before he became the prime suspect in the anthrax mailings that had terrorized the nation, Army biologist Bruce Ivins sent his superiors an email offering to help scientists trace the killer.
  • Ivins said he had several variants of Ames anthrax – the rare strain that an FBI science consultant concluded was used in the attack – that could be tested to find the origins of the powder that had killed five people.
  • To many of Ivins’ former colleagues at the U.S. Army germ research center in Fort Detrick, Md., his invitation to test anthrax in his own inventory is among numerous indications that the FBI got the wrong man.
  • What kind of murderer, they wonder, would ask the cops to test his own gun for ballistics?

Ten years after the attack, an in-depth examination of the case against Ivins

by PBS’ “Frontline,” McClatchy Newspapers and ProPublica

raises fresh doubts about the government’s evidence

and questions whether – despite a $100 million investigation –

the real anthrax killer remains on the loose.

  • The news organizations conducted dozens of interviews and reviewed thousands of pages of FBI files over the past year.
  • While not exonerating Ivins, a gifted but tortured scientist with a history of obsessive behavior, the documents and accounts are at odds with some of the science and circumstantial evidence that the government said would have led to his conviction for capital crimes:
  • Prosecutors continue to vehemently defend their case, arguing that the inconsistencies and unanswered questions are trumped by a long chain of evidence that they think would have convinced a jury that Ivins prepared the lethal powder that was mailed to news media outlets and two U.S. senators.
  • One week after Ivins died following an overdose of over-the-counter medication in July 2008, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor proclaimed at a news conference: “Based on the totality of the evidence we had gathered against him, we are confident that Dr. Ivins was the only person responsible for these attacks.”

(This is a condensed story summarizing a three-part series produced jointly by McClatchy, the investigative newsroom ProPublica and PBS’ “Frontline.” The full series is online at http://www.mcclatchydc.com/anthrax. Gordon works for McClatchy. Engelberg works for ProPublica, and Wiser and Gilmore are with “Frontline.” Gary Matsumoto of ProPublica contributed to this report.)

read the entire story at … http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/11/3199777/fbis-case-against-anthrax-suspect.html

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* Intern who opened anthrax letter describes experience to Frontline

Posted by DXer on October 11, 2011

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Watch the Grant Leslie full episode.

Watch FRONTLINE TUES OCT 11 at 9:00 pm

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For the first time, Grant Leslie tells Frontline what happened when she opened a letter addressed to then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) on October 15, 2001 and white powder “poured onto her lap, her shoes and the floor.”

For years, she hid her strange place in American history. “I didn’t want to be known as Grant Leslie, the girl who got anthrax.”

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/10/10/the_intern_who_opened_an_anthrax_letter.html

 

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