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

* Usual Principles Governing Exemption (b)(6) of FOIA Do Not Warrant Redaction of Room Numbers (e.g., Rm. 310 and Room 305 in B3) From the Protocols Describing Dr. Ivins Work Under the Animal Protocols in September and October 2001

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 27, 2011

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3 Responses to “* Usual Principles Governing Exemption (b)(6) of FOIA Do Not Warrant Redaction of Room Numbers (e.g., Rm. 310 and Room 305 in B3) From the Protocols Describing Dr. Ivins Work Under the Animal Protocols in September and October 2001”

  1. DXer said

    I believe the FOIA officer now agrees on this point. Those that have been so confused about Amerithrax were especially slow to understand Dr. Ivins work with the 52 rabbits in the formaldehyde experiment.

  2. DXer said

    USAMRIID should cause the blacking out of the room numbers as to these protocol issues to be unredacted. The (b)(6) privacy exemption, while made in good faith as part of routine processing, is not warranted. I did not appeal such issues because I was so appreciative of the FOIA officers continued good efforts.

  3. Personal privacy does not apply to doing their assigned work inside a government facility while a specific crime is alleged to have been committed in front of them.

    If a person is an employee in a government owned lab, doing their assigned work in the lab at the time they were assigned to and witnesses an alleged crime, like anthrax being stolen from the lab, then they have no right to privacy as to their testimony or deposition of what they saw while doing their work while the crime was committed. This is basic law.

    People who checked in the 9/11 terrorists as part of their job on 9/11 don’t have a right to privacy as to their deposition or routine work details such as to what aisle number a terrorist checked in at at the airport. Nor is there a right to privacy to the seat number of the terrorist or the numbers of the planes that flew into the Pentagon. The Pentagon can’t classify the flight number of the plane that hit the Pentagon or what airline it was or the name of the pilot. This is basic law not something fancy.

    The room number where Ivins is alleged to have done the illegal work or where he was attending animals at the time he was alleged to make the anthrax is not private information of DoD or some individual.

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