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

* In July, August and early September 2001, Dr. Ivins went to BL-3 was approximately 11 p.m. at night; he lived nearby. His office in B3 had computers.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 28, 2011

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2 Responses to “* In July, August and early September 2001, Dr. Ivins went to BL-3 was approximately 11 p.m. at night; he lived nearby. His office in B3 had computers.”

  1. We really are entitled to the schedule of everyone who entered the B suites in 2001 with their time card and what they were doing if after hours. Also the team that did dried powder. The Warren Commission would have released this in full in its 26 volume detailed records.

    We have a right to who did each of the animal checks from August to October and the complete records of the animal checks without any redactions of room numbers, names or anything else.

    There is no right to privacy to this type of information at an alleged crime scene.

    Moreover, the DOJ has said that in effect, an employee of the executive branch attacked the legislative branch and the press. This raises Constitutional issues that require a full accounting by the executive branch of government.

    • DXer said

      “We really are entitled to the schedule of everyone who entered the B suites in 2001 with their time card and what they were doing if after hours. Also the team that did dried powder.”

      No. You are only entitled to non-exempt documents responsive to FOIA requests you have filed. Not having filed any FOIA requests, you are not entitled to any documents whatsoever. If you don’t want to file a FOIA request for the documents of your interest, then that is your prerogative.

      As for anyone choosing to file requests for the documents of their interest, then they are entitled to non-exempt documents responsive to the requests that they file.

      It’s quite ridiculous that major media apparently did not pursue the documents relating to DSD’s creation of dried powder using Ames out of RMR-1029 (by the FBI’s expert). That is just about the biggest conflict of interest that could exist given that he and his assistant were collecting samples and then Dr. Ivins February 2002 sample was thrown out by some unnamed FBI scientist. The inquiries importantly could have addressed the related aerosol experiments done. I had not had a chance (or at least the presence of mind) to ask Dr. Ezzell at the filmed conference in DC. Dr. Ezzell was evidencing tremendous courage and integrity in answering any and all questions posed — it was just the questioning that was inadequate. A break was called and then he had a heart attack and was taken away by ambulance while I was next door. But newspapers have many matters to cover and do not have the resources to cover them all as thoroughly as they might like. Media has not even obtained an interview of Dr. Ezzell’s former assistant, Joanie Jackman, who I believe is the one who had special faciltiies made for the experiments. She then moved to Johns-Hopkins to continue the DARPA work. The former Zawahiri associate tested his decontamination agent at Johns-Hopkins although I don’t know the details. Joany needs to be asked whether some of the virulent Ames from RMR-1029 that Terry Abshire had kept in a tupperware container in the refrigerator went with her to Johns-Hopkins.

      If experience is any guide, Washington Post (if not WSJ or NYT) will do the next best work — perhaps making up for the ridiculous story that they ran in early August 2008 interviewing the first counselor, Judith McLean, who they did not name. The Washington Post never retracted the story after she published a 2009 book explaining that she thought she was controlled by an alien who had implanted a device in her butt. Ms. McLean feared nasty astral entities attached to her clients were trying to kill her. She provided the central narrative that threw gasoline on the fire of an Ivins Theory. I contacted both the Washington Post ombudsman and the reporters themselves and they let the story stand — and then that first counselor has served as the government’s central witness. See EBAP report. I told Joby it could slide given the great work the Post does as a general matter. But the timing of the report was critical coming just before US Attorney Taylor’s press conference that then got so many central facts wrong.

      But let’s see what Washington Post reporter Jerry Markon does.

      He at least knows has connections at DOJ, as a DOJ correspondent, and knows about the UAV that Al-Timimi’s associates arranged to buy for LeT. Jerry shares a water cooler with the accomplished Joby Warrick. Maybe Jerry can advance things based on interviews with Mara Linscott, Patricia Fellows, John Ezzell, Joanie Jackman or others involved in DARPA aerosol experiments using Ames from RMR1029. Or maybe he has insights on GAO’s ongoing work.

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