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

* December 23 USAMRIID FOIA Response: There was no key card access system in May 1998 that recorded access to the B3 with Ivins by the former Zawahiri associate supplied with Ames.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 23, 2011

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3 Responses to “* December 23 USAMRIID FOIA Response: There was no key card access system in May 1998 that recorded access to the B3 with Ivins by the former Zawahiri associate supplied with Ames.”

  1. DXer said

    In the newly produced civil depo of Dr. Jahrling, here is discussion of the IG investigation. Note that although he rolled up his sleeves, he didn’t get this correspondence about this research — which is quite absurd. The correspondence was first faxed from AF’s number to the FBI in March 2005, after it was obtained from Bruce.

    “Q Did you have any contact with the Inspector General’s team or Colonel Elliot when he came in?

    A Um, yeah. I remember when he came in, and he came in with the presumption that the anthrax must have come from USAMRIID and by God he was going to find out how it got out. And, you know, so it was frankly an antagonistic thing to start, like I’m here to find the smoking gun, you know. So I mean we had prepped for it. I mean my job was actually to sort of give him an introduction, and you know, he cut me off after about ten minutes, like yeah, yeah, yeah, I heard all that, you now I want to get, you know, roll up my 20 sleeves.”

    Page 22.

  2. DXer said

    Vahid Majidi disagrees with the official reports on the subjec of access to Ames.

    “The existing security procedures — described in two long-secret reports — were so lax they would have allowed any researcher, aide or temporary worker to walk out of the Army bio-weapons lab at Fort Detrick, Md., with a few drops of anthrax — starter germs that could grow the trillions of spores used to fill anthrax-laced letters sent to Congress and the media.

    The two reports, which have not been made public for more than nine years, describe a haphazard system in which personnel lists included dozens of former employees, where new hires were allowed to work with deadly germs before background checks were done and where stocks of anthrax and other pathogens weren’t adequately controlled.”

    http://www.propublica.org/article/secret-reports-with-security-spotty-many-had-access-to-anthrax

  3. DXer said

    Tarek thanked Arthur Friedlander for providing technical assistance. AF first provided 16 pages about the research to the FBI in 2005. (Or at least the documents were faxed from his telephone number). He had obtained the documents from Ivins who had been the principal contact for correspondence.

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