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

* Pursuant to the Recommendation Of the NAS Committee, GAO Should Direct The FBI That All Remaining Case-Associated Materials Be Preserved — No Further Evidence Should Be Destroyed

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 3, 2012


Dr. Ivins committed suicide after intense harassment by the FBI. Is it too much to ask that all FBI evidence relative to the FBI assertion that he was the “sole perpetrator” be made available to GAO and ultimately, to the public?




8 Responses to “* Pursuant to the Recommendation Of the NAS Committee, GAO Should Direct The FBI That All Remaining Case-Associated Materials Be Preserved — No Further Evidence Should Be Destroyed”

  1. DXer said

    FBI To Review 2,100 Cases For Unfounded Science Claims

    U.S. agencies have been doing a lot over the past year to try to fix weaknesses in forensic science.
    By Francie DiepPosted 07.23.2013

    So this is what happens when you exaggerate the power of your science. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced last week that it’s going to review 2,100 cases it solved between 1985 and 2000 to see if forensic analysts overstated their evidence or reported their evidence inaccurately.

    The cases all have to do with microscopic hair analysis, in which analysts examine hairs under a microscope for characteristics such as color and thickness. The cases up for re-examination include ones in which defendants already have execution dates, McClatchy reports.

    Forensic analysis techniques have come under fire over the past decade, as scientists have have questioned whether analyses are truly as ironclad as they may seem on the witness stand. Now, we’re finally seeing several different efforts from federal agencies to fix the flaws in forensic science. In 2012, the Department of Justice announced it would review at least 21,000 cases that went through the FBI’s hair and fibers unit. This February, the department created a commission that will set certification standards for analysts.

    In the hair microscopy cases, the FBI will offer free DNA tests to those defendants whose cases have errors. The Department of Justice has agreed not to raise certain objections, such as the statute of limitations, against defendants who want to challenge their convictions based on a microscopic hair analysis.

    It isn’t clear how accurate non-DNA hair analysis is. In its 2009 report, the National Academy of Sciences found no good studies of the technique’s error rates. The academy concluded that it has “limited probative value” and isn’t able to pinpoint individual defendants.

    The FBI isn’t ready to give up on the analysis just yet, however. “There is no reason to believe the FBI Laboratory employed ‘flawed’ forensic techniques,” FBI Special Agent Ann Todd, a spokeswoman for the bureau, told McClatchy. It’s still used in labs, she said. Todd emphasized that the review is about analysts’ testimony.

  2. DXer said

    FBI has announced that it will be producing emails written by Bruce Ivins from September 2001 and October 2001 and make them available at I am not clear on what is being produced exactly. But Mr. Hardy will want to make sure that all the documents that the inbox of USMRC’s John Peterson indicated were culled from USAMRIID’s production over the course of two years are uploaded. None were properly exempt under production under FOIA. In erring in favor of disclosure, everyone should consider how 18 U.S.C Sec. 1519 applies given GAO, an outside regulatory agency, has requested the same documents. We can all overlook past withholding and just move forward — appreciating that DOJ/FBI are the good guys and Dr. Ayman is the bad guy.

    • DXer said

      18 USC § 1519 – Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations…

      Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

    • DXer said

      Through rain, sleet, snow _ and bioterror attack

      By ALEXANDRA TEMPUS Associated Press , The Associated Press – ST. PAUL, Minn.

  3. DXer said

    Congress and the GAO should act to prevent the Department of Justice from destroying the depositions of Patricia Fellows and Mara Linscott – by subpoena if necessary

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 30, 2011

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