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

* Did someone at USAMRIID spoliate these documents in violation of a common law duty to preserve them? USAMRIID should look harder for all responsive documents.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 29, 2011

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2 Responses to “* Did someone at USAMRIID spoliate these documents in violation of a common law duty to preserve them? USAMRIID should look harder for all responsive documents.”

  1. DXer said

    Efforts to locate responsive documents should be understood in the context of the last time you lost your keys. It’s often not easy to find things — let alone documents from 1998 involving a scientist who has passed and others who have left the organization. And so I remain of the view of USAMRIID/USAMRC FOIA has been consistently conscientious.

    I always end up finding my car keys right where I left them — my wife usually has to remind me where to look.

    In this case, one can start with the list of foreign visiting scientists from May 1998 which misspelled the scientist’s name. Relatedly, a couple years after 9/11, USAMRIID Security created a list of all visiting foreign scientists — and the name would also be on that list. (The FBI certainly cannot say that it did not learn of the research until February 2005 when the 16 pages were faxed. Subpoenas to University of Michigan and LSU went out in 2001, long before subpoenas went out to other institutions). There are lots of emails from Fall 2001 (including by Bruce Ivins) discussing the visit that are being wrongfully withheld.

    The name is also on the roster of people with access to the B3 in Building 1425 — though it has not yet been produced. (Even though key card access records don’t exist, a roster of those with access does.)

  2. DXer said

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