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

Archive for December 2nd, 2011

* Stephanie Yamkovenko of Frederick Gorilla summarizes elements of the FBI’s non-existent case against Dr. Ivins

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 2, 2011

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the FBI has charged a dead man without proof, and the Director must know it

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 Stephanie Yamkovenko writes on http://frederickgorilla.com

the Government stated (in Stevens case) and later retracted that Ivins could not be the anthrax killer …

  • federal lawyers submitted a filing stating that the Justice Department’s alleged, sole perpetrator, USAMRIID research scientist and Frederick resident Bruce Ivins, could not have been the anthrax killer. The stated reason: He did not have the equipment necessary to weaponize liquid anthrax into the lethal, aerosolized powder contained in the death-dealing letters.
  • Within 24 hours, the case’s presiding judge allowed the government lawyers to amend their problematic statements.
  • “The filing by the Justice Department—under oath, by the way—proves that the dried anthrax used in the letter attacks could not have been made at Fort Detrick,” says Rockville attorney Paul Kemp, Ivins’ former lawyer. “Their filing destroys any potential link between the attack anthrax and Dr. Ivins.”

behavioral analysts support DOJ assertion of Ivins guilt … without ever meeting him …

  • in July 2009, a federal judge asked a group of expert behavioral analysts to review Ivins’ mental health records.
  • The panel is on record as having said it entered into the review without presuming Ivins’ guilt or innocence. Once finished, however, they concluded that the records did support DOJ’s determination of Ivins’ guilt.
  • “Dr. Ivins did many things and said many things that demonstrated his guilt,” the panel’s final report states. “Dr. Ivins’ profound mental health struggles provide both a context for his motive to commit the crime and an explanation for how this person could commit such a horrific and tragic offense.”

 NAS holds that science does not prove Ivins guilt …

  • in early 2011, the National Academy of Sciences, which was asked by the FBI to review its procedures, published their findings. They held that it was not possible to definitively determine the origin of the anthrax in the letters.

by charging a dead man, the DOJ/FBI avoided the inconvenience of having to prove their assertions …

  • Because Ivins will never get to stand trial, he may never have his name cleared, even if he was innocent.
  • “I want Dr. Ivins’ friends and family to know that the validity of his science has never been challenged; that there is no case proving that he committed any crime and that he was betrayed by the mental health therapists in whom he reposited his trust for treatment of his various problems,” Ivins’ onetime lawyer Kemp says.
  • “They trash Dr. Ivins’ reputation, even though they have not shown a single link between Dr. Ivins and the letter attacks or the dried anthrax,” he adds. “

read the entire article at … http://frederickgorilla.com/broken-justice

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* Dr. Ivins’ January 29, 2002 302 interview statement about a visiting scientist was classified SECRET

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 2, 2011

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* Where is the 2002 or 2003 Washington Field Office Memo that analyzes Dr. Ivins’ whereabouts during the “windows of opportunity” (such as this one) ? Dr. Ivins had the largest repository of Ames by far and thus certainly it should have been a priority to do before records were lost.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 2, 2011

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* USAMRIID Building Security documented access by foreign national visitors on August 4, 2003; the document should be sought under FOIA so you can see just how badly the ball was dropped.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 2, 2011

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* A 1996 “Integrated Capabilities Assessment specifically indicated the risk that infectious agents could be stolen and end up in the hands of terrorists and utilized for biological warfare

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 2, 2011

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