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

* Handwritten notes produced by USAMRIID this week summarizing rabbit contract with Covance involving formaldehyde

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 24, 2011

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8 Responses to “* Handwritten notes produced by USAMRIID this week summarizing rabbit contract with Covance involving formaldehyde”

  1. DXer said

    GAO, although the delivery of the 52 rabbits from Covance (Denver, PA) to USAMRIID is not in reasonable dispute — anyone disputing it is just uninformed — note that to the extent it is disputed the Covance truck driver would have kept a log.

    https://sjobs.brassring.com//1033/ASP/TG/cim_jobdetail.asp?jobId=364804&partnerid=20090&siteid=5090

    “The driver will be required to make animal deliveries at various locations in the continental US and Canada and responsible for the care of the animals while in transit. …

    Drivers must be able to keep neat and accurate paperwork including driver logs, expense reports, and animal health documents.
    Education/Qualifications – High school diploma
    – Class A CDL
    Experience Minimum of 2 years driving experience with a clean MVR, some animal handling experience prefered ,able to use computer and cell phone, experience completing driver logs.”

  2. DXer said

    The telephone number for the company whose truck shipped the 52 rabbits to USAMRIID on 9/24/2001 is Covance Research Products, located in Denver, PA is 717-336-4921.

    http://www.truckdriver.com/trucking-company-directory/ShowDOTCo.cfm?CENSUS_NUM=276380

    They presently have 11 drivers. I don’t know how many drivers they had in 2001. I don’t know yet the truck driver who drove the 52 rabbits from Covance to USAMRIID on 9/24/2001 and haven’t interviewed him. But given the former FBI WMD head, Dr. Majidi, advises me that he was under the mistaken impression that the rabbits remained at Covance, wouldn’t it be interesting to talk to the truck driver so Vahid can come to accept that he was mistaken in his supposition? Vahid wrote that the experiment, he supposed, in the alternative that it was done “at some other facility.”

    Why does he claim in his September 2013 book that the FBI would correct their mistakes when it is not “the FBI’s mistake” — it is Vahid’s mistake. And he in fact is refusing to correct himself. FBI Director Mueller (and Jim Comey) were relying on HIM. He is the one who needs to correct his mistake so that the FBI can understand and correct ITS mistake.

    Would Vahid come to a different understanding if the truck driver sat down with Vahid at a Virginia diner and described his runs to USAMRIID and what he recalls about the 52 rabbits? What exactly will it take to prompt Vahid to address the rabbits and correct mistakes? If he wants to argue that Ivins was a diabolical multi-tasker, he is free to try to do so. As company, he will have the guy who argues a First Grader wrote the letters. It’s going to get mighty lonesome, mighty quick.

    But he shouldn’t lie and say Ivins had no reason to be in the lab. Because that is provably false.

    I, for example, was mistaken that 9/24/2001 constituted Week 9 rather than Week 5. (Challenge then was Week 6). And I make typos galore. But within the constraint that I can’t edit posts directly, and Lew is a very busy guy with many interests, I find it easy to correct mistakes.

    The documents show what the documents show. It is all just a matter of seeking ever better, more pertinent documents. I’m actually not interested in government accountability in the sense of finding blame for the botched analysis. The threat of government accountability for the withholding and destruction of documents is just a means of coercing the production of the pertinent documents.

    But like Richard Clarke always would say, most intelligence is open source.

    We simply don’t have to rely on the FBI to keep the country safe. We can locate the best documents and most pertinent contemporaneous evidence by finding that old computer, those old papers etc. and making them publicly available.

    COVANCE RESEARCH PRODUCTS INC
    ALSO DOING BUSINESS AS: CRP
    310 SWAMPBRIDGE ROAD
    DENVER, PA 17517

    Phone: 717-336-4921
    Fax: 717-336-5344

    USDOT Number:
    276380

    Dun & Bradstreet Number:
    103927463

    Cargo Types
    General Freight
    Livestock
    Paper Products
    HAZMAT – Hazardous Materials

    Fleet Information
    Fleet Size: 9-11 power unit(s)
    MCS-150 Mileage: 378,526
    MCS-150 Mileage Year: 2010
    Total Trucks: 11
    Total Drivers: 11

    Last Update for this record: 8/31/2011

    • DXer said

      It might be easier to get documents from PETA about the shipping of the 52 rabbits from Covance (Denver, PA) to USAMRIID on 9/24/2001 than it has been from the FBI.

      http://www.covance.com/investors/financial-info/press-releases/press-release.php?reqtype=releasetxt&reqid=785612

      Press Releases
      Covance Files Lawsuit Against PETA And Its Infiltrator

      Princeton, New Jersey, June 6, 2005 — Covance Inc. ( NYSE: CVD ) has announced that it filed a lawsuit against PETA and its agent Lisa Leitten, charging fraud, violation of employee contract, and conspiracy to harm the company’s business by deceitfully infiltrating and videotaping the company’s Vienna, Virginia facility.

      In the lawsuit, Covance charges Ms. Leitten with lying about her true intentions to gain employment at Covance and deliberately violating her confidentiality agreement with the company. Covance also charges PETA with engaging in a conspiracy with Ms. Leitten to harm the company’s business and that PETA has interfered with Covance’s contract with Ms. Leitten.

      “This type of malicious activity by PETA, in which it conspires with individuals to lie about their intentions, to videotape and potentially disrupt medical research, and to then launch vile disinformation campaigns against pharmaceutical research companies, has got to stop,” said James Lovett, Covance’s General Counsel. “These deceitful acts do nothing to improve the care of research animals and only serve to impede the development of safe and effective new medicines to treat HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, heart disease, leukemia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.”

      In addition to an order against similar improper acts in the future, Covance seeks the return of all video, audio and other materials taken by PETA and Ms. Leitten in light of their legal obligations, except copies already provided to the regulatory authorities. Return of all original footage is especially important so that it can be examined for evidence of both (i) what Covance considers PETA’s unsubstantiated claims of misconduct and (ii) potential distortion by PETA to further its aim to end all animal-related research for new treatments for serious diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and diabetes.

      About Covance
      Covance, with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies with annual revenues greater than $1 billion, global operations in 17 countries, and approximately 6,800 employees worldwide. Information on Covance’s products and services, recent press releases , and SEC filings can be obtained through the Covance website.

      • DXer said

        http://www.animalliberationfront.com/ALFront/Interviews/LisaLeiten.htm

        Lisa Leitten is finished living her double life. For the past three years, the soft-spoken, 30-year old moved from Missouri to Texas to Virginia, applying for jobs at businesses dealing with animals. She gave her real name, and some real details about herself: a master’s degree in animal psychology and prior work at a primate sanctuary in Florida.

        What she didn’t reveal was that she was also working for an animal welfare organization, and that she wore a hidden camera to document instances in which animals were treated with what she calls horrific neglect and cruelty.

        Leitten called her last assignment for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals her most wrenching: nine months in a Virginia lab owned by Princeton, N.J.-based biomedical firm Covance Co. There, she says, monkeys were denied medical care and abused by technicians. The company denies the claims, says it treats the animals properly and has accused Leitten of illegally working under cover.

        Two weeks ago, PETA presented Leitten’s assertions about Covance in video footage and a massive report to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and Virginia prosecutors, calling for regulators to shutter the company’s Vienna, Va., lab.

        “This was my third assignment, and my final one,”‘ Leitten said in a recent interview with The Press, the first time she has publicly revealed her identity. “You never forget the things that you’ve seen.”

        ***

        While in college, Leitten had become a vegetarian and found herself increasingly concerned about animal welfare. PETA was a natural fit.

        But she was more comfortable working behind the scenes than marching in rallies. The intrigue of undercover work outweighed her initial worries.

        “At first I thought, ‘There’s no way.’ The fear of everything, of having to wear covert equipment and move around. But then it sounded sort of exciting at the same time,” she said.

        Her first job began in May 2002, a nine-month stint at a Missouri lab that produced pet food for Proctor & Gamble’s Iams label. There, she claimed she found animals that were injured, had untended wounds and receiving unnecessary surgeries. Leitten documented her findings, quietly left the job and let PETA make her allegations public.

        “You never forget the things that you’ve seen.”

        Retailer PetSmart and Iams severed contracts with the lab, which laid off nearly half of its workers. Its owner accused PETA of playing on corporations’ fear of negative publicity rather than exposing legitimate concerns.

        By July of 2003, Leitten resurfaced at her next assignment, a wildlife refuge in Amarillo, Texas. PETA said it had received complaints of tigers and monkeys housed in waste-laden cages and being fed spoiled food.

        Six months later, Leitten slipped out of Texas, and PETA held another news conference with another damning video. A subsequent USDA review backed up the group’s assertions.

        For what she says was her final assignment, Leitten was hired as a primate technician for Covance. …

        Mary Beth Sweetland, PETA’s research and investigations director, said she now has two staffers working covertly, the latest of dozens of investigations conducted by the group’s over 25 years.

        In some instances, as at Covance, PETA says its moles have signed nondisclosure forms and claim to try to stay within the law by never removing anything from work sites or by revealing proprietary information.

  3. DXer said

    The GAO not only should interview the person who wrote these notes summarizing the animal rabbit experiment — whose identity is unknown to me — but should obtain a copy of the contract with Covance (1137-0002). The person’s nice handwriting likely could be identified by his or her colleagues. That person then could be asked for sourcing on particulars. Under GAO procedural rules, that interview then should be disclosed.

    The paper trail, in addition to the invoice relating to the shipment of 52 rabbits on 9/24/2001, would include signatures upon receipt of the rabbits. Such signatures, nowadays at least, are collected electronically and thus very well may be are stored and accessible by Covance or the shipper. Although observations continued for 24 days, under the proposal Ivins was only obligated under the protocol to participate in the monitoring for 7 days. The logic of this is that most of the rabbits will have died. Although I would have to remind myself, I believe you then have 4 rabbits as a control group who were not challenged and would be happily munching their lettuce for the duration.

    Who was the shipper?

    Now zealous prosecutors or earnest investigators may earnestly urge: “Well, maybe Ivins was good at multi-tasking.”

    Fine, we can have that conversation.

    But first we need to address the 52 rabbits based on the contemporaneous documents.

    We need to address the fact that Bruce E. Ivins DID have reason to be in the lab.

  4. DXer said

    There were no death sheets because the animal caretaker shot out the cage cards in 2004.

  5. I read this as indicating there was a rabbit challenge starting Oct 1, 2001. This would directly contradict the statements of USDOJ. This contradiction to USDOJ statements can be used as the basis of a FOIA for the depositions in the Florida case.

    • DXer said

      By email October 5, 2001 Dr. Ivins summarized the number of deaths in the 3 days since challenge.

      Note that the document is either exempt or it isn’t. (The reason for asking doesn’t matter except for the purpose of a fee waiver). Here, exemption was invoked based on the court’s sealing order pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c). As a matter of practice, the parties agree together to seal something and then the judge rubber-stamps it. It can be challenged by a third party movant but wasn’t. By now, the depositions of interest (Pat and Mara) have been shredded. It would be easier just to invite Patricia to the local coffee shop in Frederick and wear a wire (as she did when she met with Bruce). It might be fruitful to cold call Mr. Bassett, the animal lab technician. He also would be a fount of information. If reporters have not called Mara, Pat and Anthony, I have no idea why not. Pat and Mara may still have a copy of their depositions. Couldn’t hurt to ask.

      I emailed Mr. B, but did not hear back.

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