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* Up To $150,000 Reward For Information Leading To the Arrest And Conviction Of This Sender Of Hoax Anthrax Letters

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 17, 2012

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  1. DXer said

    Los Angeles high school powder letter in the news today:

    “Ari Dekofsky, spokesperson with the Los Angeles office of the FBI, would not comment on the investigation but did say federal agents are working with local detectives on the case. Dekofsky said the sheriff’s major crimes unit is leading the investigation.

    “We get the federal assistance to make sure we have an efficient and thorough investigation from all the agencies involved,” said Capt. Don Aguilar with the sheriff’s office.

    Although police called the letter “threatening,” Ferguson would not comment about the letter or the envelope in which it was sent. The detective would not say if the envelope had a return address, the length of the letter, whether it was typed or handwritten, or what type of threats were made.

    Neither local nor federal officials would say where the envelope was being processed for evidence—fingerprints or DNA may be on the paper—or where the powder had been sent to be tested.

    • DXer said

      Occuring nearly a week ago, it appears to not have been one of the recurrent batches subject to the $150,000 reward.

  2. DXer said

    Although not the subject of the $150,000 reward, in a new hoax case involving possibly linked letters received at a local newspaper and the federal building, perhaps angry forum posts at the newspaper website provide a pointer.

    Monday, July 22, 2013
    FBI: Powder cases, threats could be linked
    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/fbi-powder-found-in-package-at-va-building-in-deka/nYzHk/

    In the Syracuse hoax case, maybe it could be solved if more content were released.

    • DXer said

      I believe the letter said: “You’d better watch what you put in your newspaper, you lying piece of (expletive).”

      http://www.macon.com/2013/07/19/2562672/fbi-investigating-anthrax-threat.html

      Apparently there was a second letter received by the Gazette.

      Barnesville is a city in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,755. The city is the county seat of Lamar County.

      Although I don’t think papers should bother reporting hoax incidents, if they occur, it always helps to solve them.

      The small newspaper has only written a certain number of stories this past month.

      http://www.barnesville.com/categories/5-Crime

      With that as a starting point, I expect there will be an arrest this week.

      It’s got to be one of the most pointless crimes there is.

      Once garbage and recycling is put out to the curb, no warrant is necessary to retrieve it.

      Perhaps the Mayor could lend the gendarmes a hand by having some garbage collected so that the FBI can compare inks and paper composition etc.

  3. DXer said

    I would ask supporters and former friends from Dallas of Wadih al-Hage if they have any ideas.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadih_el-Hage

    • DXer said

      I previously posted:

      “I think someone wants us to read through the white out. The last word seems to be “everything.” The first word in the last sentence seems to be “We”. Then I’m guessing the middle word has four letters — none of which go much above or below the line.

      Before that seems to be a parenthetical phrase where the sender is say what the “We are” doing. Perhaps a word ending with “ing.” Perhaps last word “agency.” Perhaps “working for your agency.”

      Perhaps it says “We are Al Qaeda, U.B.L, Al Qaeda, SS Nazi FBI, [working for your agency. We know everything."]

      My friend coincidentally in Dallas is excellent at deciphering white out — such as we did (but he did better) when we blew up Dr. Ivins’ email that some broadcast journalist briefly held up. I think that this would benefit from magnification and adjustments in photoshop for shadows, contrast, etc. [ .... ]

      [...]

      When I was corresponding with Yazid Sufaat on Facebook he never denied that Al Qaeda was responsible for the anthrax mailings. Instead, he pled the Fifth.

    • DXer said

      “It just rambles on and rattles on mentioning all kinds of weapons of mass destruction. There is nothing at all in the letters. Ok? Make that perfectly clear. No powder, nothing in the letters that was disturbing to us.”

      Read more: http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/boston/10010824252713/threatening-letters-mention-fbi-cia-and-al-qaeda/#ixzz2VZ5tUSQh

      So it is mentioning all kinds of weapons of mass destruction. There was no powder. So my guess from reading a few articles so far now is that it is by the same sender but not a photocopy of this text above as such.

      • DXer said

        To send to elementary schools and middle schools is very sick and ignorant. But it definitely fits the pattern of the fellow I think I have called the Scooby Doo mailer.

        Adams Elementary School
        Beethoven Elementary School
        Boston Community Leadership Academy
        Boston International High School
        Boston Latin Academy
        Charlestown High School
        Community Academy of Science and Health
        Dorchester Academy
        Edison K-8 School
        Fenway High School
        Gardner Pilot Academy
        Henderson Elementary School
        Irving Middle School
        Mather Elementary School
        McCormack Middle School
        McKinley South End Academy
        Murphy K-8 School
        O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science
        O’Donnell Elementary School
        Ohrenberger School
        Quincy Upper School
        Roger Clap Innovation School
        Russell Elementary School
        Tobin K-8 School

  4. DXer said

    My sense is that these letters are sent by the Texas letter for whom there is a $150,000 reward. Are the forensics otherwise a match to the Dallas postmarks? Are they again postmarked from Dallas? Do they mention anthrax? I don’t think there is any need to step up security (except in an overabundance of caution) but it would be worth putting that matter to bed.

    I would have to read my posts earlier in this thread to remind myself of the details and the specific hypothesis I was urging. Certainly, with each new mailing, a huge additional data point is created — relating to place of mailing on a particular date. As one possible theory, if I were in charge of NSA’s PRISM program I would look for someone with Zacarias’ background and beliefs and mine the accessing of this website (especially the Scooby Doo and Seikaly threads). (Zacarias had Scooby Doo shorts and I have Scooby Doo T-Shirts and posted relating to a vintage “Mystery Van” (Vanagon) we bought. But if it mentions ricin at all, I was also consider the timing relative to the Yemen AQ fellow mention of pounding castor beans. Access to that story could also be assessed given that it was not widely reported.

    Offhand, I think the Dallas hoax letter sender has been quiet for ages. There’s more risk at the traffic circle and parking lot from vehicle mishaps than in connection to any of these Dallas letters.

    http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/06/06/threatening-letters-prompt-boston-police-to-increase-security-around-schools/

    BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Police say they are stepping up security around the city’s public schools after a number of rambling letters were sent to several different schools in the city.

    An official tells WBZ, letters were sent to nearly a dozen schools including, Charlestown High, Dorchester Academy and O’Bryant School of Math and Science.

    Investigators did not indicate specifically what the letters included, but they say the letters “contain some threatening and disturbing content.”

    Police say the letters all appear to be similar and are all postmarked from Texas.

    “We do not know of any credible threat to our schools,” Boston police said in a release about the letters.

    Despite the lack of credible threat, the department says there will be an increased security presence in and around schools in the city.

    Boston Public Schools contacted all families through an automated call on Thursday.

    • DXer said

      It defiinitely seems to be the same mailer And very possibly the identical content. The obscuring of some of the content of past mailings avoids a copycat..

      Note that although referencing “Nazi” in past letters, the sender is referring to the SS Nazi FBI.

      “Boston Police say the letters referenced Al-Qaeda and weapons of mass destruction. There was some ranting and crazy language, but nothing geared at any particular school in Boston.

      All were photocopies of the same typed note and were sent from Texas. None of the letters were signed or had any reference to a name. The FBI in Boston confirms they are coordinating with the FBI office in Dallas, Texas”.

      So they were just photocopies of this same typed note perhaps? With advances regarding identification of photocopy toner, they can identify the make and model of a photocopier used to make copies. Indeed, since 2002, photocopies operate like scanners and so there is a record of the photocopy made in the machine.

      So I would actually consider that the mailer or his family has been questioned in the past by the FBI in regard to Bin Laden, Holy Land, or what-not.

      Time of mailing, if it can be pinpointed, might clarify the times the mailer is free to mail.

      • richard rowley said

        I agree that it’s the same mailer. That is to say “author”. By my lights
        it is the Amerithrax perp relaying through his South East Accomplice (SEA). When, a couple years ago, I started examining the mailings that emanated from Texas, I did data-base searches on both the SEA and the NEA (North East Accomplice). I found that the SEA had moved from Florida (his location at the time of Amerithrax and the general source of the St Pete mailings) to Texas. Sure, COULD be a coincidence. But
        that’s not my hypothesis.
        =================================================
        Also of interest for me is this: (Scooby Doo entry Wiki):
        ———
        Every episode of the original Scooby-Doo format contains a penultimate scene in which the kids unmask the ghost-of-the-week to reveal a real person in a costume, as in this scene from “Nowhere to Hyde”, an episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! originally aired on September 12, 1970.
        ——
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scooby-Doo

        Believe that thematic trope may be behind fascination of author for Scooby-Doo.
        at the time of Amerithrax and for several years thereafter)

  5. DXer said

    My favorite anthrax hoax case is this $150,000 reward in Texas.

    What’s this report today from Texas? Hazmat called after box of “Anthrax” tapes found in car?

    Boxes Labeled Anthrax Found After Deadly Shooting
    http://www.foxsanantonio.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/vid_15627.shtml

    • DXer said

      http://www.ksat.com/news/neighbor-shoots-kills-robbery-suspect-in-northwest-san-antonio/-/478452/20269064/-/s3k9ahz/-/index.htmlSAN ANTONIO -

      Neighbor shoots, kills robbery suspect in northwest San Antonio
      HazMat team called in for suspicious items in suspect’s car

      Author: Katrina Webber, Reporter, kwebber@ksat.com
      Published On: May 23 2013 07:08:54 AM CDT

      A neighbor came to the aid of a man being robbed outside his Northwest Side home, shooting and killing the armed suspect, San Antonio police said.

      A discovery made after the shooting, though, had police putting their investigation on hold temporarily.

      Investigators said a man arriving home at a duplex in the 8900 block of Hambledon Drive around 1 a.m. Thursday was confronted by the robbery suspect who had a gun.

      A neighbor happened to see what was going on, grabbed his own gun and ran outside, police said. The neighbor then shot and killed the suspect, they said.

      Police said a firefighter later noticed items in the trunk of the suspect’s car that were marked with the word “Anthrax”.

      A hazardous materials team was called in to investigate and found there was no actual threat, police said.

      During the anthrax scare, detectives temporarily had to shut down their investigation of the shooting and move away until the area was deemed safe.

      Police said “something about the way the suspect was dressed” also gave them reason for alarm, although they would not elaborate.

      However, people at the scene said he appeared to be wearing tactical gear, including a bullet proof vest.

      Police said the suspect was in his 20s but they did not release his name right away.

    • DXer said

      Deadly shooting leads to anthrax scare

      http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/Deadly-shooting-leads-to-anthrax-scare/etnTAIZreEWhh20hF8HeJw.cspx

      SAN ANTONIO – A man was shot and killed outside of a northwest side home. This happened shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday on Hambledon near Tezel and Culebra.

      Police say a man attempted to rob a couple as they arrived home. Neighbors saw what was happening and reportedly shot the man because they were in fear of their lives.

      The man who was killed reportedly had a car parked in front of the home. Police say they found boxes labeled anthrax inside his car. Investigators say no anthrax was found at the scene and there is no threat to the community.

    • DXer said

      Man killed in Texas had fake ‘anthrax’ containers
      Published 10:52 am, Thursday, May 23, 2013

      SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Police say an armed robbery suspect who was shot and killed in a South Texas neighborhood had containers falsely labeled “anthrax.”

      San Antonio police say no dangerous materials were found after the gunman was fatally shot early Thursday by a resident.

      Police believe the suspect followed a couple home in an apparent robbery attempt. Sgt. Richard Fischer says the suspect began making demands. A neighbor heard the commotion, grabbed his shotgun, went outside and shot the suspect.

      Police say the suspect’s car was found nearby. The trunk had containers labeled “anthrax.” Hazardous materials experts checked the items and found no dangerous substances.

      Police say charges likely won’t be filed against the neighbor who shot and killed the suspect. Further details on the investigation weren’t immediately available.

      Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/texas/article/Man-killed-in-Texas-had-fake-anthrax-containers-4542800.php#ixzz2U8n2dyV4

  6. DXer said

    Closer to home, what was learned about the apparent vial of anthrax vaccine and smallpox vaccine left at a storage unit that was abandoned in 2009?

    Jamie, the owner, now lives here in Liverpool where I canoed daily. I’ve emailed to see if he or someone can supplement or update that story.

    They searched Jamie’s home for seven-and–a-half hours. He wisely had taken the vaccine home with him from the abandoned storage unit rather than throw it out. (He seems like a very cool, smart guy).

    He’s living my dream — I love estate sales, auctions, and abandoned storage units. You never know what you might find.

    The auction house was in Schenectady but where was the abandoned storage unit?

    Businessman says his find led to FBI “anthrax” probe

    June 13, 2009 – 10:14 PM
    WRGB CBS 6 Albany NY

    On Saturday night, CBS 6 News was contacted by a man who says he’s the one who found two vials labelled “anthrax vaccine” and “smallpox vaccine”, the man whose find prompted the FBI investigation at an auction house in Schenectady and – according to Jamie Pendt – a seven-and-a-half hour search of his home at 56 Elm Street.

    According to Pendt, when federal agents searched a dumpster Friday at New York Surplus Auction, they were looking for a passport that he says he found with the two vials and a copy of the Quaran and some books written in Arabic about a week and a half ago.

    Pendt says he owns a company called Empire Property Solutions. He buys abandoned belongings left in storage then sells the good stuff and throws out whatever is worthless.

    He says he knew not to throw away the two vials but wasn’t sure what to do so he brought them home.

    Pendt told CBS 6 News’ Craig Smith that a friend who knows an FBI agent contacted the FBI for him, then the FBI came to his house at midnight Thursday night, searched the home, ran some tests for anthrax that Pendt says came back negative, then left at at seven-thirty.

    On Friday the FBI told CBS 6 News it has no reason to believe that what it is investigating poses a danger.

    • DXer said

      Perhaps Chomel when she next visits Yazid, could ask him where he and his two assistants got their anthrax vaccine and then pass it on.

    • DXer said

      Daily Gazette article
      Saturday, June 13, 2009
      http://www.dailygazette.com/

      Crews in hazardous materials suits fail to find any biological agents
      By Steven CookKathleen Moore
      Schenectady business combed for anthrax

      FBI and police investigate near Congress Street and Broadway in Schenectady on Friday.

      SCHENECTADY — An intense investigation into possible anthrax contamination led to a portion of Congress Street being closed for much of Friday as FBI, state and local authorities sifted through mounds of material, authorities said.
      But, after the daylong investigation, preliminary tests on items from the site, the New York Surplus Auction near Broadway, came back negative for any biological agents, county officials said.
      Emergency Management Director Tom Constantine said he was told that the preliminary tests showed none of the agent authorities were looking for.
      Meanwhile, the owner of the auction house, Les Plaine, said Friday evening he was contacted by the FBI after they were led there by an investigation into possible anthrax.
      The FBI found, elsewhere, a vial labeled “anthrax vaccine,” he said.
      “That led them to my place. They called me, asked me if I could run a computer report for them of my customers. I did.”
      He also consented to a search of all trash on his site. He said the FBI told him they had a lead that anthrax might have been thrown into his garbage at his auction house.
      “They went through it, piece by piece,” he said.
      They even searched through his panel truck, where he had tossed some trash because his Dumpster was full.
      “They came up empty.”
      He said the vaccine was described to him as a homeopathic vaccine for anthrax, which can be bought online.
      Tom Jensen was the FBI task force officer for the operation.
      Schenectady Police directed calls to the FBI. Officials there did not return calls for comment.
      Plaine said he did not know where the vial was found or what led the FBI to his business.
      The investigation had Congress Street from Broadway to Bailey Street closed most of the day as investigators worked behind the business.
      Men in white hazardous materials suits searched through garbage behind the business into the afternoon. At one point, two men were in a Dumpster, examining pieces and tossing them aside. Other pieces were placed in plastic bags.
      Other investigators walked around the site without the suits. A nearby Dunkin’ Donuts stayed open. The Congress Street bridge over the railroad tracks, while closed to traffic, was still open for pedestrians. The bridge also provided a direct view of the work site.
      Also on scene were Schenectady Fire Department officials and an ambulance.
      Many pedestrians came and went on the railroad bridge through the afternoon, wondering exactly what was happening.
      Plaine renovated the building behind the Dunkin’ Donuts on Congress Street several years ago and has operated the auction house there for the past two years. He has also built a cyclocross bike trail in the ravine behind the store.
      Plaine said he was taken by surprise by the entire operation, which began Thursday night when someone found the labeled vial and called the FBI. He was relieved that no anthrax was found — and was left feeling far safer than ever before.
      “Although it was not a great situation, it had a happy ending,” he said. “I was happy to know how thorough the people that protect us are. That put my mind at ease.”

  7. DXer said

    If there were a link, it would be knowable, I should think, from the forensics. There seems to be nothing in common with the forensics. At the most basic level, one is typed. One is handwritten.

    The FBI has the forensics and doesn’t link them and so they should be assumed not to be linked. Scooby Doo only meets Cthuhlu in the movies.

    • DXer said

      I believe the author refers to al Qaeda FBI and Nazi SS FBI. The Texas fellows seems mentally ill and perhaps would be known to be by his family and friends. $150.000 is a big incentive given that we are talking about someone at those zipcodes on all those numerous dates.

    • DXer said

      Same person suspected of sending 380 letters from Dallas since 2008

      http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Feds-Offer-150000-Reward-for-White-Powder-Sender-151702465.html

      At a news conference, agents revealed details about the letters, which have been sent in 13 batches, they said. …

      The mailings apparently started in December 2008, when the person sent white-powder letters to at least 40 governor’s offices and 19 U.S. embassies overseas.

      Comment: Huh. Most crimes nowadays have a cyber component to them. Here the component, in addition to printing the letters, possibly includes accessing the addresses of the Governor and embassy addresses — most likely on a computer. I suppose they have checked IPs accessing addresses in the Dallas area during December 2008. It seems that there are so many potential data points that a database of IPs could be of tremendous use. For example, with respect to disparate schools and businesses, where is he getting the addresses from? IF he accesses addresses using a the computer, how many IPs from Dallas access the webpage of a school in Connecticut?

      They also would know the model of his computer printer and likely the year of the model. Does the ink have identifying tags?

      If he isn’t using the computer, then where is getting the addresses? Does he go to his public library?

    • DXer said

      In terms of identifying the sender based on computer access to addresses, consider the batch sent from Knoxville to the Wall Street Journal executives in February 2009 along with one to Harvard Law School Dershowitz. The sender appears to have taken names from the WSJ masthead and gone down the list. So one might cross-reference IPs from Knoxville that at the time visited both the WSJ masthead and the HLS webpage.

      Professor Dershowitz, btw, wrote a nice commendation of one of Lew’s recent books. I believe he most famously wrote a book in the moral defense of torture although I haven’t read it.

      The mailing from Knoxvillle to WSJ and Professor Dershowitz was the month after the letters to the 40 governors and 18 embassies. I would have to google to learn whether they ever caught the Knoxville mailer or ask Professor Dershowitz.

      But query whether Inspired or a similar publication advised to send white powder as part of a campaign to disrupt things.

      The International Herald Tribune

      January 23, 2009 Friday

      White-powder mailings clear newspaper offices

      Richard Pérez-Peña and Christine Hauser – The New York Times Media Group

      Envelopes containing white powder arrived at The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday morning, addressed to top editors and executives of the newspaper, stirring recollections of the anthrax mailings of 2001 and prompting the evacuation of some of the paper’s offices.

      The powder, apparently flour- or food-based, was declared harmless after field tests by the city Department of Envi-ronmental Protection, said Paul Browne, the main spokesman for the New York Police Department.

      ”There were at least a dozen envelopes that we know of,” said a spokesman for the paper, Robert Christie. He would not say to whom the envelopes had been addressed, identifying the recipients only as executives.

      But Journal employees, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter, said that at least some envelopes had been sent to Robert Thomson, the managing editor; Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor; and Leslie Hinton, the chief executive of Dow Jones & Co., the unit of the News Corp. that owns the paper.

      Browne, the police spokesman, said, ”It appears that the individual or individuals took the masthead of The Wall Street Journal and just wrote down those names.” He put the total number of envelopes, with the addresses typewritten, at 10 to 12.

      In all, three envelopes were opened, he said, and each contained white powder and a blank piece of paper. Five em-ployees may have come into contact with the powder and underwent decontamination, he said.

      The Journal’s office is in a tower called 1 World Financial Center. Two of the letters were opened on the 11th floor, where The Journal’s executive offices and editorial board are housed, and the other was opened on the ninth floor, which contains much of The Journal’s newsroom. The other letters that were found, unopened, appeared to have come from the same source, Browne said.

      Each letter had a different name and return address, but all were postmarked from Knoxville, Tennessee.

      The 11th floor was evacuated before noon, and employees were prohibited from going to the 9th, 10th and 12th floors, which house news operations of The Journal and other Dow Jones news organizations, like Dow Jones Newswires, Barron’s and MarketWatch.com. By about 12:40 p.m., the ninth floor was also evacuated.

      A letter with similar markings, also postmarked from Tennessee, was received Wednesday at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, addressed to the legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, law enforcement officials said. And Browne said the incidents Wednesday might be linked to similar mailings of white powder to the Fox News Channel and to several conservative commentators in early December.

      The police dispatched emergency services units at 11:06 a.m. to The Journal’s office. Browne said the department was notified by the building’s management, Brookfield Properties.
      So one would gain access to the IPs from Knoxville area that accesses both the WSJ — and perhaps cross-reference with the IPs that accessed the Harvard Law website.
      I doubt many people access the HLS website from Knoxville. Professor Dershowitz, I noticed, commended one of Lew’s recent books.

      Dow Jones instructed employees who were not immediately needed to go home and set up a center for others in a near-by Marriott hotel to await word.

      Such mailings have arrived in New York City, mostly at media and financial institutions, several times in recent years, Browne said. Most of those incidents drew little attention, and the powder in the envelopes turned out to be harmless.

      But in 2001, anthrax was sent through the mail to several members of Congress and to news organizations, killing five people and shutting down post offices and a congressional office building. Last year, a scientist at a government labor-atory, whom federal investigators considered the prime suspect in the case, committed suicide. The investigation had previously focused on another scientist at the same lab, but he was exonerated.

      Agence France Presse — English

      December 25, 2008 Thursday 8:49 AM GMT
      White powder sent to US embassy in SKorea: police
      DATELINE: SEOUL, Dec 25 2008

      An envelope containing white powder was mailed to the US embassy in Seoul this week and is being tested for possible toxins, South Korean police said Thursday.

      Eighteen other US embassies have received white powder this month, as well as more than 40 governors’ offices in the United States. Initial tests showed the substance was harmless but the deliveries sparked security alerts.

      South Korea’s National Police Agency said an envelope postmarked Texas was delivered to the embassy Wednesday morning and has been taken away for testing.

      The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said most tests showed no harmful substance but details would be revealed after further examination.

      The embassy in Seoul is the second US mission in Asia to have received the sustance, after Tokyo.

      The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the mailings, has said the letters were all similar and post-marked from Texas.

      In 2001 letters containing anthrax killed five people in the United States and spread panic. Since then, police and fire officers have been called out to investigate suspicious mailings across the US — most of them harmless.

    • DXer said

      The Dallas sender, not likely to be the sharpest tool in the shed, likely likely would have left a copy of any photocopied letters on the internal hard drive of any digital photocopier he used.

      http://www.willassen.no/svein/pub/copier-en.pdf

      Many modern digital copiers store copied and printed information on internal hard drives. Such information may have value as evidence. In order to test the possiblities for evidence extraction from copiers, two digital copiers containing hard drives were dismantled and forensically analyzed. The analysis shows that it is possible to retrieve exact copies of documents that has previously been copied and/or printed on digital copiers. The analysis method is evaluated and found to be applicable on most digital copiers containing hard drives, unless special precautions have been taken to protect the stored material. The ability to retrieve documents that have previously been printed or copied on digital copiers is valuable within forensics, but also raises new questions within information security.

      ***

      The experiment shows that copied documents are actually stored within digital copiers, and that it is possible to retrieve those documents by performing a forensic analysis on the hard drive found inside most modern copiers. Such docuemnts may show to have crucial value as evidence in criminal as well as civil investigations.

  8. DXer said

    Although only two letters — and these to Banks — this case illustrates a political motive, along the lines of an Occupy Wall St. theme.

    Oct 15, 2012, 2:30pm EDT
    Buffalo man sentenced for Anthrax hoax

    Matt Chandler
    Buffalo Business First Reporter-
    Business First
    http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2012/10/15/buffalo-man-sentenced-for-anthrax-hoax.html

    I don’t think we know yet the motive of the man in Connecticut recently arrested. But my guess is it was from an angry constituent. A wild guess would be snow removal or something as stupid as a concert goer wanting to go to the casino faced with a ban of travel on the highway.

    HARTFORD — Connecticut police are investigating a threat against Governor Dannel P. Malloy made by someone claiming to have sent a letter to the Democrat containing anthrax.

    Now, authorities say they have spoken with and arrested the man behind the incident.

    On Tuesday, the state Capitol Police discovered the suspected letter in the state Capitol complex mailroom and cordoned off the area. An initial field test showed the letter tested negative for anthrax, an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria.

    The letter was transported to the state police crime laboratory for further testing.

    The state police Major Crimes Division is investigating the threat against Malloy, which consisted of a phone call to the governor’s constituent services office.

    In 2001, anthrax was deliberately spread through the U.S. postal system when letters with powder containing anthrax were sent, resulting in 22 cases of anthrax infection.

    The suspect has not yet been identified.

    - See more at: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/politics&id=8999596#sthash.i3QIVMj7.dpuf

    Overlooking the prisoner who sent letter with white powder to his little sister — with it intercepted by her mom — we have an incident in Philadelphia that perhaps involves someone involved in a civil or criminal court case there who was unhappy with the result. In my experience, court personnel would not get excited and given their druthers, would file such mail in the circular file.

    Federal courthouse in downtown Philadelphia partially evacuated after anthrax scare
    Published on February 21, 2013 by Ted Purlain

    http://www.bioprepwatch.com/weapons_of_bioterrorism/federal-courthouse-in-downtown-philadelphia-partially-evacuated-after-anthrax-scare/327772/

    Returning to the Dallas letters, it seems that it would take a pretty odd duck to send to elementary schools — or for that matter churches. It seems unlike the case where someone targeted a financial institution after losing a bunch of money due to what he perceived malfeasance.

    What is the motivation of sending nationwide to schools and churches?

  9. DXer said

    Consistent with Monterey’s copyright to their wonderful database, let’s mine their database and seek to solve either the Scooby Doo or Quebec hoax mailings.

    Data Base Links and Descriptions

    Monterey WMD Terrorism Database

    The Monterey WMD Terrorism Database is the largest open source catalog of worldwide incidents involving the acquisition, possession, threat and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by sub-state actors. Maintained by the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP), the database includes more than 1,100 incidents — from 1900 to the present — that relate to the use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials as possible weapons.

    The database is updated regularly based on data captured from hundreds of monitored sources — including news services, academic and trade journals, government reports, books, conferences proceedings, Internet sites and unpublished sources — in a variety of languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

  10. DXer said

    Police hunt for group behind mail hoax

    ‘Forces armées révolutionaires’ claims responsibility

    By MONIQUE MUISE, The Gazette June 7, 2012

    Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Police+hunt+group+behind+mail+hoax/6742644/story.html#ixzz1x6weh52w
    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Police+hunt+group+behind+mail+hoax/6742644/story.html

  11. DXer said

    Former Terre Haute inmate sentenced to 9 years for mailing anthrax threat to federal judge
    • THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    • First Posted: June 05, 2012 – 4:37 pm

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — An inmate at the federal prison near Terre Haute has been sentenced to more than nine years for mailing a death threat and anthrax hoax to a federal judge.

    Forty-three-year-old Michael Disch (Dish) was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson after pleading guilty to charges of mailing threatening communications.

    U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett says a 2009 letter sent by Disch was opened at the federal courthouse in Terre Haute before it reached Judge Larry McKinney. A powdery substance in that letter was determined to be benign.

    Hogsett says investigators don’t know why Disch targeted McKinney, but Disch had complained about the prison’s conditions and had sent previous letters to the judge.

    At the time of the mailing, Disch was in the Terre Haute prison serving time on similar charges.

  12. DXer said

    In this letter to the Manhattan school, the ” letter, postmarked from Texas, accused law enforcement agencies of being “Nazis” along with other rants. ” It was an elementary school, P.S. 40, on 20th Street and Park Avenue South

    Suspicious Letter with Powder Mailed to Manhattan School: Cops

    White powder tested negative, according to police
    By Jonathan Dienst| Friday, Mar 9, 2012

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/powder-suspicious-letters-mailed-manhattan-school-police-142119913.html

  13. DXer said

    Former Amerithrax Task Force member and FBI agent Brad Garrett explains how the FBI botched the anthrax case — they allowed people without relevant experience to chart the course.

    What is the experience brought to bear on the Scooby Doo anthrax hoax letters case?

    EXCLUSIVE: How the FBI Botched the Anthrax Case
    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5276220&page=2#.T8vqRL8STFc

    Lesson Two: Let only the most experienced chart the course.

    Agents pounding the streets in the investigation were required to give daily briefings of their progress to FBI management, including the director, Robert Mueller. In high profile cases, as information about the investigation passes from one boss to the next, each supervisor weighs in on what investigative actions should be taken next. As the information works its way to the top, each boss adds comments and translates the original information.

    The investigative experience of managers in the FBI varies widely. Some bosses may have investigated cases like the anthrax case before, but many may not have. Managers with less experience may devalue or over-value investigative techniques in their comments about an investigation. This can result in amateurish investigative techniques being suggested to more experienced agents, and can result in confusion at the top of the chain about the facts. The second lesson from the anthrax case is that only managers with considerable investigative experience should be making the big decisions or communicating with higher-ups.

  14. DXer said

    Although anthrax vaccine issues are beyond the scope of the blog, there are important public policy issues to be sure.

    As for the whodunnit of the hoax letters, I don’t see any financial motive.

    Anthrax vaccine – To the victor, the spoils
    By Judy Stone | May 30, 2012 |
    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/molecules-to-medicine/2012/05/30/anthrax-vaccine-to-the-victor-the-spoils/

  15. DXer said

    In the event the mailer were to prove a Moussaoui-type, here is an overview from a 2007 article in Newsmax of my understanding of the correct profiling of Amerithrax:

    http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2007/6/6/163931.shtml

    Anthrax Mystery: Evidence Points to al-Qaida
    Ross E. Getman
    Thursday, June 7, 2007
    The anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001 have faded from the media spotlight. The FBI appears to have pursued all possible leads, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee in January that FBI Director Mueller was committed to seeing it to “some kind of conclusion in the relatively near future.”

    But an analysis of the anthrax mailings suggests that U.S.-based supporters of one of Osama bin Laden’s closest advisers, Ayman al-Zawahiri, were responsible.

    Al-Zawahiri was head of al-Qaida’s biochemical program. He called it Zabadi or “curdled milk.” The Central Intelligence Agency has known of al-Zawahiri’s plans to use anthrax since July 1998, when the CIA seized a disc from the Egyptian Islamic Jihad military commander during his arrest by the CIA in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    The CIA refused to give the FBI the laptop that al-Zawahiri used. The FBI’s bin Laden expert, John O’Neill, head of the FBI’s New York office, tried to get around this by sending an agent to Azerbaijan to get copies of the computer files from the Azerbaijan government, who also had the files.

    The FBI finally got the files after O’Neill persuaded President Clinton to personally appeal to the president of Azerbaijan. O’Neill, who was head of the World Trade Center security, died in the 9/11 attacks. He died with the knowledge that al-Zawahiri planned to attack U.S. targets with anthrax and that al-Zawahiri does not make idle threats.

    At the time, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) set up a program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California to combat the bin Laden anthrax threat.

    The CIA also snatched a talkative member of the EIJ shura or policy-making council. His confession runs 140 pages. He confirmed al-Zawahiri’s intent to use anthrax against U.S. targets in connection with the detention of militant Islamists. Yet another friend of al-Zawahiri, this one a Cairo lawyer who was the blind sheik’s attorney in March 1999, said that bin Laden and al-Zawahiri were likely to resort to the biological and chemical agents they possessed given the extradition pressure senior al-Qaida leaders faced.

    Al-Zawahiri and his associates were seeking to recreate Muhammad’s taking of Mecca through violent attacks on Egyptian leaders. By the late 1990s, al-Zawahiri had determined that the Egyptian Islamic Jihad should focus on its struggle against the United States and hold off on further attacks against the Egyptian regime.

    Means

    E-mails in the Spring of 1999 from al-Zawahiri to Egyptian Mohammed Atef, al-Qaida’s military commander, and former Cairo police sergeant, indicate that al-Zawahiri was a close student of the the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) anthrax program. He believed that the Quran instructed that a jihadist should use the weapons used by the crusader. “What we know is that he’s always said it was a religious obligation to have the same weapons as their enemies,” former CIA bin Laden unit counter-terrorism chief Michael Scheuer said.

    In March 2003, handwritten notes and files on a laptop seized upon the capture of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, al-Qaida’s No. 3 man, included a feasible anthrax production plan using a spray dryer and addressed the recruitment of necessary expertise.

    KSM told his interrogators that Zacarias Moussaoui was not going to be part of 9/11 but was to be part of a “second wave.” Khalid explained that Moussaoui’s inquiries about crop-dusters may have been related to the anthrax work being done by U.S.-trained biochemist and al-Qaida operative, Yazid Sufaat.

    Microbiologist Abdul Qadoos Khan was charged along with his son, Ahmed, for harboring the fugitives. As of March 28, 2003, he was in a hospital for a cardiac problem and had been granted “pre-arrest bail.”

    In early June 2003, a CIA report publicly concluded that the reason for Atta’s and Moussaoui’s inquiries into crop-dusters was for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. It had long been known that bin Laden was interested in using crop-dusters to disperse biological agents (since the testimony of millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam).

    An early September 2003 Newsweek article included a rumor by a Taliban source that at a meeting in April 2003 bin Laden was planning an “unbelievable” biological attack, the plans for which had suffered a setback upon the arrest of Khalid.

    Anthrax lab coordinator Hambali was arrested in August 2003 in the quiet city of Ayuttullah, in Thailand. He was sent to Jordan. In Autumn 2003, extremely virulent anthrax was found at a house in Kandahar after regional operative Hambali was harshly interrogated.

    Al-Qaida had the extremely virulent anthrax before 9/11. Sufaat’s two principal assistants were also captured in 2003 and are in custody. They had been assisting Sufaat prior to 9/11. The FBI dropped the continuous conspicuous surveillance of Dr. Steve Hatfill in early Fall 2003, after extremely virulent anthrax that they knew could be readily weaponized was found at the house in Kandahar. Prior to that, the “Hatfill theory” had been an alternative hypothesis pursued by one of the squads within Amerithrax.

    In January 2007, Muhammad Hanif, a spokesman for the Taliban, spoke quietly to the camera. Taliban leader Mullah Omar, he said, was living in Quetta under the protection of the Pakistan ISI. In a press conference, the governor of the province on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan reported that they had found packets of powdered anthrax in his home upon his arrest.

    As reported by Afghan Islamic Press news agency and translated by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, the governor said: “A biological substance, anthrax, was also seized from those arrested. They planned to send the substance in envelopes addressed to government officials . . .” The governor’s claim has not yet been confirmed.

    In March 2007, Khalid confessed before a military tribunal that “I was directly in charge, after the death of Sheikh Abu Hafs [Atef] of managing and following up on the cell for the production of biological weapons, such as anthrax and others, and following up on dirty-bomb operations on American soil.”

    A key question is how al-Zawahiri acquired the anthrax strain the “Ames strain” first isolated by the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab in 1980. The U.S. Army recipe from the 1950s was not used, and obtaining the unprocessed Ames strain of anthrax does not warrant the weight given it by some press accounts. Although coveted as the “gold standard” in vaccine research, the “Ames strain” is known to have been at about a score of labs and over the years an estimated 1,000 people may have had access.

    Opportunity

    After a bombing raid at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan U.S. forces found over 100 typed and handwritten pages of documents that shed light on al-Qaida’s early anthrax planning.

    It was not clear whether or not they had yet acquired virulent anthrax or weaponized it, but it was clear that the planning was well along. When Cheney was briefed on the documents in late 2001, he immediately called a meeting of the FBI and CIA. “I’ll be very blunt,” the vice president started. “There is no priority of this government more important than finding out if there is a link between what’s happened here and what we’ve found over there with al-Qaida.”

    A June 1999 memo from Ayman to military commander Atef said that “said the program should seek cover and talent in educational institutions, which it said were more beneficial to us and allow easy access to specialists, which will greatly benefit us in the first stage, God willing.’”

    Thus, in determining whether al-Qaida was responsible for the anthrax mailings in 2001, the FBI and CIA knew, based on the growing documentary evidence available by December, that al-Qaida operatives were likely associated with non-governmental organizations and working under the cover of universities. From early on, the CIA and FBI knew that charity is as charity does.

    Among the supporters of these militant Islamists were people who blended into society and were available to act when another part of the network requested it. Two letters — one typed and an earlier handwritten one — written by a microbiologist named Rauf Ahmad detail his efforts to obtain a pathogenic strain of anthrax. The Defense Intelligence Agency, in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act, gave me a copy of a typed memo reporting on a lab visit, which included tour of a BioLevel 3 facility.

    The progress report to al-Zawahiri began ominously: “I successfully achieved the targets.” The memo mentioned the pending paperwork relating to export of the pathogens. A handwritten letter was reporting on a different, earlier visit, where the anthrax had been nonpathogenic.

    There are handwritten notes about the plan to use non-governmental-organizations (NGOs), technical institutes, and medical labs as cover for aspects of the work, and training requirements for the various personnel at the lab in Afghanistan.

    Ahmad attended conferences on anthrax and dangerous pathogens such as one in September 2000 at the University of Plymouth cosponsored by DERA, the UK Defense Evaluation, and Research Agency.

    A handwritten letter from 1999 is written on the letterhead of the oldest microbiology society in Great Britain. The 1999 Ahmad documents seized in Afghanistan by U.S. forces describe Ahmad’s visit to the special confidential room at the BL-3 facility where thousands of pathogenic cultures were kept; his consultation with other scientists on some of technical problems associated with weaponizing anthrax; the bioreactor and laminar flows to be used in al-Qaida’s anthrax lab; a conference on dangerous pathogens cosponsored by the U.K.’s Porton Down and Society for Applied Microbiology he attended, and the need for vaccination and containment.

    Ahmad had arranged to take a lengthy post-doc leave from his employer and was grousing that what the employer would be paying during that 12-month period was inadequate. Yazid Sufaat, who told his wife he was working for a Taliban medical brigade, got the job instead of Ahmad.

    In late February 2003, authorities searched the townhouse of Ali al-Timimi, a graduate student and employee in bioinformatics at George Mason University who shared a department fax with famed Russian bioweapons expert Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head and anthrax researcher Charles Bailey.

    Al-Timimi was a celebrated speaker and religious scholar associated with the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA), an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based charity. The Washington Post later summarized: “The agents reached an alarming conclusion: — al-Timimi is an Islamist supporter of bin Laden’ who was leading a group �training for jihad,’ the agent wrote in the affidavit.

    The FBI even came to speculate that al-Timimi, a doctoral candidate pursuing cancer gene research, might have been involved in the anthrax attacks.”

    In October 2002, al-Timimi drafted a letter from dissident Saudi Sheik al-Hawali threatening disastrous consequences if the U.S. invaded Iraq and had it hand-delivered to all members of Congress. Al-Hawali was one of two dissident Saudi sheiks who inspired bin Laden and remained in contact with him.

    Al-Timimi was thought of by colleagues as a “numbers guy” rather than having hands-on drying expertise, and was not known to have worked on any biodefense projects. There is every reason to think the FBI concluded that al-Timimi was neither the processor nor the mailer, given that the government never charged him with the anthrax crimes. And the FBI would know: The FBI knows what he had for dinner on Sept. 16, 2001, just two days before the first mailing.

    Brian Williams reports that investigators have told NBC that the water used to make the spores came from the northeastern United States based on an analysis of isotope ratios. That finding likely has served to focus the FBI’s investigation.

    Modus Operandi

    Just because al-Qaida likes its truck bombs and the like to be effective does not mean they do not see the value in a deadly missive. As Brian Jenkins once said, “terrorism is theater.” A sender purporting to be Islamist sent cyanide in both early 2002 and early 2003 in New Zealand and ingredients of nerve gas in Belgium in 2003. There’s even a chapter titled “Poisonous Letter” in the al-Qaida manual.

    Princeton Islamist scholar Bernard Lewis has explained that while Islamists may disagree about whether killing innocents is sanctioned by the laws of jihad, extremists like al-Zawahiri agree that notice must be given before biochemical weapons are used. “The Prophet’s guidance,” says Michael Scheuer, an al-Qaida analyst retired from the CIA who once headed its bin Laden unit, “was always, ‘Before you attack someone, warn them very clearly.’”

    The tactic of lethal letters was not merely the modus operandi of the militant Islamists inspired by al-Zawahiri, it was their signature. The Islamists sent letter bombs in late December 1996 from Alexandria, Egypt to newspaper offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. and people in symbolic positions. Musical Christmas cards apparently postmarked in Alexandria, Egypt on Dec. 21, 1996 (which is Laylat al-Qadr, literally the “Night of Decree”) contained improvised explosive devices.

    The letters were sent in connection with the earlier bombing of the World Trade Center and the imprisonment of the blind sheik Abdel Rahman. The former leader of the Egyptian Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya (“Islamic Group”), Abdel-Rahman was also a spiritual leader of al-Qaida. The FBI suspected the letter bombs were sent in connection with the treatment of the Egyptian Islamists imprisoned for the earlier attack on the WTC and a related plot.

    The purpose of the letter bombs — which resulted in minimal casualties — apparently was to send a message. There was no claim of responsibility. There was no explanation. Once one had been received, the next 10, mailed on two separate dates, were easily collected. Sound familiar?

    Two bombs were also sent to Leavenworth, where a key World Trade Center 1993 defendant was imprisoned, addressed to “Parole Officer.” (The position does not exist.) The FBI suspected the Vanguards of Conquest, a mysterious group led by Egyptian Islamic Jihad head al-Zawahiri. The group can be thought of as either the military wing of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad or perhaps just EIJ.

    The anthrax that infected the first victim, Bob Stevens, was contained in a letter to AMI, the publisher of tabloids � in a goofy love letter to Jennifer Lopez enclosing a Star of David and proposing marriage. A report, by the Center for Disease Control, of interviews with AMI employees (as well as detailed interviews by author Leonard Cole) supports the conclusion that there were not one, but two, such mailings containing anthrax. (The letters were to different AMI publications — one to the National Enquirer and another to The Sun.)

    The “Federal Eagle” stamp used in the anthrax mailings was a blue-green. It was widely published among the militant Islamists that martyrs go to paradise “in the hearts of green birds.” In the very interview in which they admitted 9/11 and described the codes used for the four plane targets, the masterminds admitted to the Jenny code, the code for representing the date 9/11, and used the symbolism of the “Green Birds.”

    Osama bin Laden later invoked the symbolism in his video “The 19 Martyrs.” A FAQ on the Azzam Publications Web site explained that “In the Hearts of Green Birds” refers to what is inside.

    The mailer’s use of “Greendale School” as the return address for the letters to the senators is also revealing. A May 2001 letter that al-Zawahiri sent to Egyptian Islamic Jihad members abroad establish that he used “school” as a code word for the Egyptian militant Islamists.

    Green symbolizes Islam and was the Prophet Muhammad’s color. By Greendale School, the anthrax perp likely was being cute, just as Yazid Sufaat was being cute in naming his lab Green Laboratory Medicine. “Dale” means “river valley.” Greendale likely refers to green river valley– i.e., Cairo’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad or the Islamic Group.

    The mailer probably is announcing that the anthrax is from either Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Egyptian Islamic Group or Jihad-al Qaida, which is actually the full name of the group after the merger of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al-Qaida. At the Darunta complex where jihadis trained, recruits would wear green uniforms, except for Friday when they were washed. In a Hadith the messenger of Allah explains that the souls of the martyrs are in the hearts of green birds that fly wherever they please in the Paradise.

    The “4th grade” in the return address “4th Grade, Greendale School,” is American slang for “sergeant” — the rank of the head of al-Qaida’s military commander Mohammed Atef, who along with al-Zawahiri had overseen Project Zabadi, al-Qaida’s biochemical program.

    The business-size sheet of stationery containing the anthrax to the National Enquirer was decorated with pink and blue clouds around the edges. In admitting that he had taken over supervising the development of anthrax for use against the U.S. upon Atef’s death (in November 2001), Khalid Sheikh Mohammed separately noted that “I was the Media Operations Director for Al-Sahab or ‘The Clouds,’ under Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri.”

    Motive

    As to the reason Sens. Daschle and Leahy would have been targeted, they are commonly simplistically viewed as “liberals.” Al-Zawahiri likely targeted Sens. Daschle and Leahy to receive anthrax letters, in addition to various media outlets, because of the appropriations made pursuant to the “Leahy Law” to military and security forces. That money has prevented the militant Islamists from achieving their goals.

    Al-Qaida members and sympathizers feel that the FBI’s involvement in countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines undermines their prospects of establishing a worldwide Caliphate. The fall 2001 letter from al-Qaida spokesman al-Kuwaiti, directed to the American public — but which was not released until 2006 — claimed that the green light had been given for a U.S. bio attack (1) from people who were U.S. based, (2) above suspicion, and (3) with access to U.S. government and intelligence information.

    He explained: “There is no animosity between us. You involved yourselves in this battle. The war is between us and the Jews. You interfered in our countries and influenced our governments to strike against the Moslems.”

    Sen. Leahy was chairman of both the Judiciary Committee overseeing the FBI and Appropriations Subcommittee in charge of foreign aid to these countries. In late September 2001, it was announced that the president was seeking a blanket waiver that would lift all restrictions on aid to military and security units in connection with pursuing the militant Islamists.

    This extradition and imprisonment of al-Qaida leaders, along with U.S. support for Israel and the Mubarak government in Egypt, remains foremost in the mind of al- Zawahiri. At the height of the development of his biological weapons program, his brother was extradited pursuant to a death sentence in the “Albanian returnees” case.

    It’s hard to keep up with the stories about billion dollar appropriations, debt forgiveness, and loan guarantees to countries like Egypt and Israel and now even Pakistan. Those appropriations pale in comparison to the many tens of billions in appropriations relating to the invasion of Iraq.

    In late January 2001, the immigration minister in Canada and the justice minister received an anthrax threat in the form of anthrax hoax letters. The letters were sent upon the announcement of bail hearing for a detained Egyptian Islamic Jihad leader who had managed bin Laden’s farm in Sudan. Canada announced on Jan. 18, 2001, that an Egyptian Islamic Jihad Shura member, Mahmoud Mahjoub, would have a Jan. 30 bail hearing.

    Soon after, someone sent an anthrax threat letter to the minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Minister Caplan had signed the security certificate authorizing Mahjoub’s detention.

    After arriving in Canada in 1996, Mahjoub continued to be in contact with high level militants, including his former supervisor, al-Duri, an Iraqi reputed to be bin Laden’s chief procurer of weapons of mass destruction.

    In February 2001, the CIA briefed the president in a Presidential Daily Bulletin (“PDB”) on “Bin Laden’s Interest in Biological and Radiological Weapons” in a still-classified briefing memorandum. Like the PDB on bin Laden’s threat to use planes to free the blind sheik, the February 2001 PDB likely would illustrate the wisdom that most intelligence is open source.

    The FBI’s Investigation

    In connection with defending a civil rights claim by former USAMRIID scientist Steve Hatfill, the FBI described the anthrax probe as “unprecedented in the FBI’s 95-year history.” Agents had spent 231,000 hours up to that date.

    The head of the investigation said that the investigation was “active and ongoing” and said agents’ time was divided between checking into individuals who might be connected to the attacks and a scientific effort to determine how the spores themselves were made using “cutting-edge forensic techniques and analysis.”

    The court papers did not indicate that Hatfill was still among those being investigated. Hatfill was labeled a “person of interest” in the probe in August 2002 by Attorney General John Ashcroft in responding to press inquiries for the reason for searches and surveillance that Hatfill had reported.

    By late 2003, all conspicuous surveillance had ended, according to two unnamed federal law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The head of the investigation cautioned that Hatfill’s lawsuit could force the FBI to divulge its “interest in specific individuals,” who could flee the country, destroy evidence, intimidate witnesses, or concoct alibis.

    In a statement issued June 16, 2004, the 9/11 Commission staff concluded that “al-Qaida had an ambitious biological weapons program and was making advances in its ability to produce anthrax prior to Sept. 11. According to Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, al-Qaida’s ability to conduct an anthrax attack is one of the most immediate threats the United States is likely to face.”

    Authorities had received information, for example, from at least one detainee at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that there was an anthrax storage facility in the Kabul area. Amerithrax Agents checked the Kabul area in May 2004 but came up empty. Then in November 2004, on further information, agents had spent several weeks unsuccessfully searching an area in the Kandahar mountains, several hundred miles outside of Kabul. In 2005, an internal report was prepared summarizing the status of the investigation.

    On March 31, 2005, the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, in its “Report to the President of the United States,” concluded “al-Qaida’s biological program was further along, particularly with regard to Agent X [anthrax], than pre-War intelligence indicated.

    The program was extensive, well-organized, and operated for two years before Sept. 11, but intelligence insights into the program were limited. The program involved several sites around Afghanistan. Two of these sites contained commercial equipment and were operated by individuals with special training.”

    MSNBC, relying on an unnamed FBI spokesperson, reported that the FBI has narrowed the pool of labs known to have had the US Army anthrax strain known as the “Ames strain” that was a match from 16 to four but could not rule out that it was obtained overseas. Thus, not only was it likely that an al-Qaida perpetrator was associated with an NGO and university, but there had to have been access to a virulent anthrax strain that was only in a score or so of known labs, most of which were affiliated in some way with the U.S. government.

    In a court filing dated May 20, 2005, an attorney for the United States Department of Justice wrote: “The investigation into the anthrax attacks is one of the largest and most complex investigations in law enforcement history. To bring those responsible to justice, the investigation remains intensely active.”

    In a press conference in October 2005, Director Mueller said that the FBI was pursuing all domestic and international leads. He said, “Remember Oklahoma City. Remember 9/11.” He declined to say if they had a suspect. That year, FBI agents visited Asia, Africa and Afghanistan in the course of the Amerithrax investigation.

    In his recent book, former CIA Director George Tenet noted: “The most startling revelation from this intelligence success story was that the anthrax program had been developed in parallel to 9/11 planning.”

    The FBI’s profile includes a U.S.-based supporter of the militant Islamists. Attorney General Ashcroft once explained that an “either-or” approach is not useful. The media has tended to overlook the fact that when the FBI uses the word “domestic” the word includes a U.S.-based, highly-educated supporter of the militant Islamists.

    Whatever your political persuasion, and whatever disagreements about individual issues relating to due process and civil liberties, the FBI and CIA deserve our support on this issue. The country, after all, is facing this threat together.

    First, the nature of such an investigation is that we lack sufficient information to second-guess (or even know) what the FBI agents and Postal Inspectors on the Amerithrax Task Force are doing. Media reports are a poor approximation of reality because of the lack of good sources. Indeed, there has been compartmentalization and divergent views even within the Task Force. After the leaks regarding Hatfill, Mueller instituted “stovepiping” even within the Task Force so as to minimize the risk of further leaks.

    Second, hindsight is 20/20.

    Third, now that the leaks relating to Hatfill seem to have long since been plugged, it is not likely we could do better in striking the appropriate balance between due process and national security.

    Based only on the “open source” material readily available through databases such as “Google News” and the CIA’s Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), it appears that the solution to the Amerithrax case lies at the intersection of Ayman Avenue and Rahman Road. If the FBI does not succeed in its investigation, we might be looking at a different crossroads altogether.

    Ross Getman is a New York-based lawyer who maintains a Web site devoted to the 2001 anthrax attacks ….

    • DXer said

      AUSA Lieber should understand that FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford — tasked with reviewing the argument that soda had no place in schools and benzene had no place in soft drinks — had tens of thousands of dollars of soda company and school lunch distributor stock. Two days before Dr. Crawford resigned abruptly without explanation, I had emailed his private email with information from a soda company whistleblower. The FDA did nothing — even though it knew soft drinks contained benzene, a fuel additive — until I got Germany and other countries to act.

      United States Attorney Jeffrey Taylor let Dr. Crawford plead to two misdemeanors. But Dr. Crawford and his former subordinates did nothing to undo his failure to act on benzene or school soda. United States Attorney Taylor was AUSA Lieber’s boss — he was the fellow who made so many central factual mistakes in early August 2008 in announcing the FBI’s conclusions in Amerithrax. Formerly from the White House, he was the titular head of Amerithrax.

      The United States should consider that even if the FBI is not up to the job, there are plenty of countries willing to act to avoid an anthrax aerosol attack on places like London.

      Change takes time. If things are not set right, there will be a day that all those who did not do the right thing with information from whistleblowers in Amerithrax are held accountable. There are no secrets. At least your secrets have long since left the building.

      And not even Plato Cacheris will be able to save you.

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  16. DXer said

    David Chase Taylor uses the phrase “Israel Al Qaeda.”

    Who does he think is responsible for the anthrax hoax letters out of the Dallas area?

  17. DXer said

    Al Qaeda’s “Triple Dealer Spies”

    The Scooby Doo, whatever his motivation, writes “you don’t know how to catch the triple dealer spy in your law enforcement.” He writes further that “you do not know how to arrest the bad cop in your law enforcement.” Who is he referring to?

    Now Ali Mohammed is a famous triple dealer spy. But he wasn’t really in law enforcement. At best, he was a snitch for one FBI agent on matters relating to smuggling aliens across the Mexican border. And while he worked at one point or points for the CIA, I don’t think of the CIA as law enforcement.

    There was a Sergeant Rasool in Fairfax County that got in serious trouble. But it is a pretty fine point even putting aside the importance of the investigation he screwed up. He tipped off the subject at the mosque that the license plates appeared to be law enforcement. Most people don’t follow the main plot threads let alone that episode. So for the Scooby Doo mailer to be referring to that would require likely would require that there be some connection to that case. (I don’t recall that the identity of the underlying target has not even been disclosed — and I vaguely recall that he may have fled the country on being tipped to the investigation.)

    The leaks by the head of the investigation who came from a family of Palestinian activists is too sensitive to discuss more than I already have. The payments his sister-in-law received from a Saudi foundation that she initially denied presumably related to her work in education in Texas. (In 1982, she told the Washington Post said she attended all the rallies on Palestine — to be born in Palestine is necessarily to be political). Relatedly, the fact that the lead Amerithrax prosecution’s daughter represented lead anthrax suspect Ali Al-Timimi raised only questions requiring a conflict of interest analysis by GAO. But I don’t think of that as the subject of the Scooby Doo’s reference. She is not in law enforcement and her father, the lead prosecutor, is not a cop.

    And although Ali Al-Timimi had a security clearance for work as a contractor for the Navy and got a letter of commendation from the White House, I don’t think of him in law enforcement.

    And unless the guy is just a nutter (which seems very possible), it is a head scratcher.

    By way of background, in 2000, IANA radio ran an item “CIA to Monitor Foreign Students.” The item as published on the IANA website read: “American anti-terrorism policies are ‘seriously deficient according to the US National Commission on Terrorism, a body created by Congress after the bombing of 2 US embassies in East Africa.’”

    In November 2007, FBI Director Mueller gave a speech in which he warned against the need to guard against spies at universities, who for example, may have access to pre-patent, pre-classification biochemistry information.

    “Al Qaeda is tremendously patient and thinks nothing about taking years to infiltrate persons in and finding the right personnel and opportunity to undertake an attack. And we cannot become complacent, because you look around the world, and whether it’s London or Madrid or Bali or recently Casablanca or Algiers, attacks are taking place.”

    Infiltrator Ali Mohamed was the “Teflon terrorist.” Ali Mohammed, an EIJ member who was associated with the unit that killed Sadat, had an alibi for the Sadat assassination. He was at an officer exchange program studying at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Green Beret and Delta Force officers trained there. After he was forced out of the Egyptian Army for his radical beliefs, he went to work at Egyptair. As a security advisor, where he learned how to hijack airliners. He then joined the CIA and the US Army. He was a supply sergeant at the US Army’s Fort Bragg. He lectured Green Beret and Delta Forces on the middle east. He stole high resolution maps from the map shack and brought them to Zawahirii in Afghanistan. In 1989, Ali Mohamed traveled from Fort Bragg to train men that would later commit WTC 1993. When Ali Mohammed traveled to Brooklyn, he stayed with Islamic Group and Abdel-Rahman’s bodyguard Nosair, the man who would assassinate Rabbi Kahane in 1990.

    In 1991, when Bin Laden wanted to move from Afghanistan to Sudan, Ali Mohammed served as his head of security and trained his bodyguards. Along with a former medical student, Khalid Dahab, Ali Mohamed recruited ten Americans for “sleeper cells.” After the 1998 embassy bombings, when FBI agents secretly swarmed his California residence, they found a document “Cocktail” detailing how cell members should operate. Even Al Qaeda central would not know the identity of members and different cells would not know each other’s identity. It was Ali Mohamed who was the source for the December 4, 1998 PDB to President Clinton explaining that the brother of Sadat’s assassin, Islambouli, was planning attacks on the US. In November 2001, did the Quantico profilers know of this egregious history of infiltration and harm flowing from treating the Nosair case as a
    “lone wolf” rather than an international conspiracy? One man’s “lone wolf” experiencing howling loneliness is another man’s Salafist operating under strict principles of cell security and “need-to-know.”

    A former FBI agent in the New York office who asked not to be identified, told author Peter Lance: “Understand what this means. You have an Al Qaeda spy who’s now a U.S. citizen, on active duty in the U.S. Army, and he brings along a video paid for by the U.S. government to train Green Beret officers and he’s using it to help train Islamic terrorists so they can turn their guns on us. By now the Afghan war is over.”

    Not even Ali Mohammed, however, could boast the letter of commendation from the White House once given Ali Al-Timimi, previous work for White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, or a high security clearance. Ali Mohammed did not even have a security clearance but was merely a supply sergeant at the base where Special Operations was located. ‘Dr. Ali Al-Timimi’s Support Committee’ in an email to supporters dated April 5, 2005 explained: “This is a summary of the court proceedings that took place yesterday April 4th 2005. We will send a summary everyday inshallah. *** “In his opening statement, Defense attorney Edward B. MacMahon Jr. said that Al-Timimi was born and raised in Washington DC. He has a degree in Biology and he is also a computer scientist, and a mathematician. He worked for Andrew Card, who’s now the White House chief of staff, at the Transportation Department in the early 1990s.”

    There was an elephant in the room no one talked about. A colleague of famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID Deputy Commander Charles Bailey, a prolific Ames strain researcher, has been convicted of sedition and sentenced to life plus 70 years in prison. He worked in a program co-sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection and had access to ATCC facilities, as well as facilities of the DARPA-funded Center for Biodefense at George Mason University then run by Dr. Alibek and Dr. Bailey. The bionformatics grad student once had a high security clearance for mathematical support work for the Navy.

    Many commentators have long held strong and divergent opinions of what has been published in the media about Amerithrax, what they knew and their political views. But it turns out that they apparently have just been seeing the elephant in the living room from a different angle. Actually, they’ve just been in a position to see the elephant’s rump from outside the living room door. One US law professor, Francis Boyle, who has represented islamists abroad, first publicized the theory that a US biodefense insider was responsible. He has served as legal advisor to the Palestinian Liberation Organization and as counsel for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Separately the theory was adopted by professor Barbara Rosenberg. But Professor Boyle and Rosenberg were not so far from the truth — just incorrect as to motive. The documentary shows that Zawahiri’s plan was to infiltrate the US and UK biodefense establishment, and the evidence shows that is exactly what he did.

    In a June 2005 interview in a Swiss (German language) weekly news magazine, Ken Alibek addresses the anthrax mailings:

    A. “What if I told you Swiss scientists are paid by Al Qaeda? You could believe it or not. It has become somewhat fashionable to disparage Russian scientists. Americans, Iraqis, or whoever could just as well be involved with Al Qaeda. Why doesn’t anyone speculate about that?”
    Q. “But could one of your students build a biological weapon in the garage?”
    A. “Let me reply philosophically: Two hundred years ago, it was unthinkable to believe that people would be using mobile telephones, wasn’t it? Everything changes. Our knowledge grows, and technology develops incredibly quickly. … I am not saying that a student is in a position to build a biological weapon all by himself. But the knowledge needed to do it is certainly there.”

    No one who responded to my inquiries ever knew Al-Timimi to ever have been involved in any biodefense project. For example, former Russian bioweaponeer Sergei Popov did not know of any such work by Al-Timimi. Anna Popova had only seen him in the hall on a very rare occasion. Dr. Alibek thought of him as a “numbers guy” rather than a hands-on type. Given that the FBI knows what Al-Timimi had for dinner on September 16, 2001 and lunch on September 17, it is very likely that the past years have involved a continued search for the mailer and/or processor. His attorney emphasizes that while they searched for materials related to a planned biological attack when they searched his townhouse in late February 2003, they came up empty.

    DOD official Peter Leitner, who also taught at GMU, supervised a 2007 PhD thesis by a graduate student that explores biosecurity issues at GMU. The PhD biodefense thesis on the vulnerability of the program to infiltration explains:

    “As a student in the biodefense program, the author is aware that students without background checks are permitted to work on grants, specifically Department of Defense, that has been awarded to NCBD under the Department of Molecular and Microbiology at GMU. Students are also permitted to do research separately from work in the lab for their studies. Work and studies are separate, but related by the lab. Thus, student access, research and activities go unchecked and unmonitored. Students have access to critical information and technology.”

    The author explains:

    “A principal investigator (PI) may hire a student based on a one on one interview, post doctoral or masters interest, technical abilities, publications, previous work and lab experience, whether student qualifications match the principal interrogators current research, whether there is a space, and if the timing is right. There is no formal screening process or background check that the author is aware of for teaching or research assistantships.”

    Other students took a “red cell” approach that have corroborated the findings of the thesis. Proliferation leads to great risk of infiltration.

    LSU researcher Martin Hugh-Jones explained: “There were no more than ten labs in the nation working with the organism, and now
    it’s about 310—and they all want virulent strains. In the old days virtually everyone was paid by Department of Defense to do their research because that’s the only place where money came from because the organism wasn’t thought to be of economic importance. Now that it’s a bioterrorist threat and money’s available for research, experts have come out of the walls. The whole damn thing is bizarre.”A 2004 Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services report: “Serious weaknesses compromised the security of select agents at the universities under review. Physical security of select agents at all 11 universities left select agents vulnerable to theft or loss, thus elevating the risk of public exposure.”

    Dr. Leitner in a letter to the Fairfax County Police Department wrote:

    “Now we see that Sergeant Rasool was the subject of a several-year long investigation – in fact, he was under investigation at the time he lodged his complaints against us — and was recently convicted of a very serious security breach involving misusing FBI databases to assist another person under FBI investigation for Federal terrorism charges.” Fairfax County Police Department Sergeant Rasool sought to stop the training work being done by Dr. Leitner, who taught biosecurity work at George Mason University’s Center for Biodefense.”

    • DXer said

      “Triple Dealer Spy” : Fall 2001 Greenlight of Biological Attack By US-Based Operatives Specifically Referred to Al Qaeda’s Penetration of US Intelligence/Government Agencies

      In October or November 2001, Al Qaeda’s spokesman al-Kuwaiti wrote a letter to the Administration claiming that they would use their biological weapons if the US did not stop their financial and military support for Israel and the muslim regimes. The letter from Abu ‘Abdullah Al-Kuwaiti outlined the next attack against the Americans and issued a statement to the Americans to let them know of their fighters’ readiness to kill hundreds of thousands with their nuclear and biological arsenal. The letter has been declassified (and was released by West Point Combating Terrorism Center in 2006).

      Your Brother Abu ‘Abdullah Al-Kuwaiti; 1- Announcing publicly the next attack.2- Announcing publicly that we gave some groups the green light to move.3- The groups that are present in America and Europe are above suspicion. 4- We obtain our intelligence information from your government and intelligence agencies.5- The statement/letter should be directed to the American people.A- There is no animosity between us. You involved yourselves in this battle. The war is between us and the Jews. You interfered in our countries and influenced our governments to strike against the Moslems.

      If the American people are ready to die as we are ready to die, then our combat groups along with our military, nuclear, and biological equipment will kill hundreds of thousands of people we don’t wish to fight.

      B- If you are ready to die as we are ready to die, the thousand present here in Afghanistan equals hundreds of thousands of Americans. I am pleased to inform you that the billions you spent fighting us so far have resulted in killing a small number of us. We consider them martyrs and they did not exceed (10) martyrs. We warn you that our war against you has not ended, but its effects will increase. Isn’t it time to end American arrogance and begin listening to your people before you experience more devastating disasters?

      In early October, Abu Graith had appeared on two widely-circulated videos on al Jazeera television to defend the attacks and threaten retaliation for the subsequent US invasion of Afghanistan, saying “Americans should know, the storm of the planes will not stop. There are thousands of the Islamic nation’s youths who are eager to die just as the Americans are eager to live.” Abu Gha’ith, Bin Laden’s spokesman, was from Kuwait and made a similar threat in a videotape released June 2002. In June, he renewed the biochem threat, more broadly, urging that under the koran, it was morally justified to kill up to 4 million Americans, including 1 million children, with biological or chemical weapons.

      Suleiman Abu Ghaith claimed that Al Qaeda has the right to murder four million Americans, in a three-part article “In the Shadow of the Lances,” posted in June 2002 on the web-site of the Center for Islamic Research and Studies, Abu Ghaith wrote:

      “The Americans have still not tasted from our hands what we have tasted from theirs. The [number of] killed in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were no more than fair exchange for the ones killed in the Al-’Amiriya shelter in Iraq, and are but a tiny part of the exchange for those killed in Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, the Philippines, Bosnia, Kashmir, Chechnya, and Afghanistan.”
      “We have not reached parity with them. We have the right to kill four million Americans – two million of them children – and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the [Americans'] chemical and biological weapons.”

      In July 2003, a Kuwaiti minister announced that the Iranian government had offered to extradite Abu Ghaith to Kuwait, but that Kuwait had refused the offer. After eventually being released, Abu Ghaith has had a change of heart and appreciates that such mass murder would be immoral and violate the koran.

  18. DXer said

    Hoax Letters That May Fly As Real Thing

    Did the same person write the powder-containing hoax letters to Howard Troxler of the St. Petersburg paper, Judith Miller of the New York Times (author of Germs), and to NBC’s Tom Brokaw as wrote the letters containing anthrax spores? The three all received a letter postmarked October 5, 2001 from St. Petersburg. The Troxler letter read: “Howard Troxler .. 1st case of disease now blow away this dust so you see how the real thing flys. Oklahoma-Ryder Truck! Skyway bridge-18 wheels.” Judith Miller is the author of the pre-9/11 book Germs.

    Was the hoaxer upset at Troxler for coverage of local professor who was detained and at Judy Miller, who knows the neo-cons on a first name basis? The professor Troxler had written about had been a friend of KSM while at North Carolina.

    Another letter that was closely considered is an anonymous letter sent to Quantico military police suggesting that Ayaad Assaad, a Coptic Christian Egyptian at Ft. Detrick was a potential bioterrorist — even though he was part of a group long persecuted by the Egyptian Salafist-Jihadis, rather than muslim. Under one view, that would appear to be an over-reported red herring and irrelevant to the correct Amerithrax analysis. Alternatively, it bears analysis because it may have been sent by the perpetrator to deflect suspicion. Dr. Assaad holds graduate degrees from Iowa State University and has lived in the United States since the mid-1970s. He is a Coptic Christian, a sect that has been frequently attacked by militant islamists in Egypt. Dr. Assaad’s attorney found it probative that such a letter about Egyptian scientist would be written claiming to warn about a potential bioterrorist (before the anthrax letters were known to have been sent). Dr. Assaad has commented, “My theory is, whoever this person is knew in advance what was going to happen [and named me as a] scapegoat for this action. You do not need to be a Nobel laureate to put two and two together.”

    Dr. Assad is confident Dr. Ivins, his friend, is innocent. Dr. Assad thinks the accusations against Dr. Ivins are the result of a “vicious plot.” Given that Assaad was a non-muslim Egyptian working for Ft. Detrick, was the letter an attempt by someone with information about US biodefense insiders to lay a false trail even more directly to Ft. Detrick?

    Anthrax experts, such as Dr. Koehler in Texas, already were publicly speaking on the subject as of September 20, 2001. A man in a biohazard suit was on the front cover of TIME magazine that week. Reuters, Associated Press, TIME and others all had stories about Atta’s crop duster inquiries and the possibility of an imminent anthrax attack before the Dr. Assaad letter was sent. It therefore is not at all surprising such a letter would be sent after Atta’s inquiries about cropdusters had been reported.

    Without more, it is not at all probative. The Assaad letter was sent to Quantico Military Police. There was nothing improper about the letter to the extent it was conveying factual information. It is regrettable that the letter writer has chosen to remain anonymous. The issue may be emotionally charged for Dr. Assaad because of unsuccessful employment litigation he may think related. Dr. Assaad, a Coptic Christian, explained: “Whoever sent the anthrax letters did this to divert attention. They knew the attacks would be eventually traced back to USAMRIID, and they used me as a scapegoat.”

  19. DXer said

    Why did Stephen Matthew Cutler, an emergency medical technician, send the hoaxes he sent in 2000? Did he ever say?

    Dallas-area man indicted in anthrax mailing scare
    Posted: Saturday, January 08, 2000
    SUSAN PARROTT
    The Associated Press

    DALLAS – A 27-year-old suburban Dallas man was indicted by a federal grand jury for anthrax hoaxes at a Coppell postal facility and a Dallas apartment complex.

    Federal officials said it was the first U.S. indictment involving the mailing of a substance alleged to be anthrax, an acute infectious disease that can be deadly.

    Steven Matthew Cutler, an emergency medical technician, was arrested Thursday night at his home in the northwest Dallas suburb of Lewisville.

    He was released on personal recognizance after appearing Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Jane Boyle. An arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday.

    Authorities said Cutler mailed a vial labeled as anthrax in a letter addressed to “Postmaster.”

    The vial, later identified by the FBI as water, was found at the postal processing center in Coppell on Dec. 4, 1998.

    Cutler also is charged with placing a vial labeled as anthrax in a Dallas apartment complex in January 1999. FBI tests also showed it to contain water.

    The vials were taken from a medical lab in Irving where Cutler worked at the time, officials said.

    Cutler is charged with two counts of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of making threatening communications through the Postal Service.

    Danny Defenbaugh, Dallas FBI special agent in charge, told reporters Friday the indictment was a wake-up call “that we will not tolerate any type of threats.”

    “It is a form of terrorism,” he said.

    He said authorities do not know why Cutler made the threats.

  20. DXer said

    If the FBI were check the IPs of Lew’s blog, one of the most fruitful subpages to consider would be where I have discussed the issue of triple agents. The letter writer says “you do not know how to catch the triple dealer spy in your law enforcement.”

    Now the discussion of triple agents most often has come up in connection Ali Mohammed, the head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad intelligence who infiltrated the FBI, CIA and US Army. He trained Dahab, a Cairo Medical dropout from the early 1980s, in mailing lethal letters. Dahab also trained in Afghanistan on ultralights.

    So subpages discussing Ali Mohammed would be of prime interest. When I wrote the CIA in December 2001 explaining my analysis, much of the discussion focused on who Ali Mohammed knew to recruit and Dr.Ayman’s connections to people in the United States from his days at Cairo Medical (where Ali Mohammed recruited). I suggested that authorities focus on Dr. Ayman’s travels in the US when he came and stayed with Ali Mohammed. I urged that maintaining secrecy of the investigation was critical so as to get the drop in electronic communication.

    By way of background, Aldrich Ames is another triple dealer spy. Head of counterintelligence for the CIA, he drove a corvette, I believe, and a different rolex depending on the day of the week. Authorities never bothered to sufficiently vet his claim of inheritance. Al Qaeda’s spymaster discusses Aldrich Ames in his discussion of Amerithrax. (A former resident of Arlington, VA, I believe I went to Aldrich Ames’ estate sale — I picture open boxes in a warehouse.) I explained that Al Qaeda’s webmaster wrote that “Al-Hukaymah pointed to the Aldrich Ames incident and the FBI’s inability to find the perpetrator of the anthrax mailings as evidence that U.S intelligence can be defeated.”

    So putting aside the motive of the hoax letter sender for a moment, let’s visit this issue of past “triple dealer spy” or two discussed on this blog.

    Maybe it will turn out that the sender is really a jihadist — and Madison Ruppert is just undercover FBI. ; ) Just kidding, Madison. But, seriously, let’s consider the hypothesis: that the sender is a Moussaoui-type. In response to my questions about the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings to Yazid Sufaat, and technical questions relating to his work with virulent anthrax in Afghanistan, a poster on Yazid Sufaat’s blog specifically noted that all you need to do nowadays is send white powder.

    As explained by author Peter Lance in Triple Cross, after the 1998 embassy bombings, a ten-member federal team secretly entered the California residence of Ali Mohamed, Zawahiri’s former head of intelligence. They copied Mohamed’s hard drives and removed a series of CD-ROM and floppy disks. A memo titled “Cocktail” appeared to be a draft manual on sleeper cell structure.

    The file on cell structure read in part:

    “Every member knows how to do everything.
    Every member has a legal job as a cover (Student, worker, trade).
    Safety is the main concern, so the contingency plan is very important. Before working on the target you have (to) specify a rally point to meet in case of separation for any reason.
    The communications between the different groups are conducted through the dead drop only.
    Each group does not know anything about the other group, even Majmouat (the word means “the collected” or “the collection”). Al-qeyada does not know how many group(s) under its leadership. Only the group know each other because the members of one group only working with each other.”

    Abu Jihad al-Masri took on Ali Mohammed’s role. Al Masri means the Egyptian. Also known as Al-Hukaymah, he was the author of the description of the Amerithrax investigation in 2002. Born in 1961, Abu Jihad al-Masri joined the Egyptian Islamic Group in 1979. He was arrested in 1981 after Sadat’s assassination. He once was arrested alongside the blind sheik Abdel-Rahman. Hukaymah is reportedly connected to the blind sheikh’s successor Taha, the Islamic Group head who was in close touch in 1999 and 2000 with the NY-based US postal employee Sattar, the blind sheik’s “surrogate.” Al-Hukaymah dedicated the treatise “[t]o the pious and the hidden who are not known when they come and who are not missed when they disappear — To those whom their God will answer when they pray to Him. To all the eyes that are vigilant late at night to bring victory to this religion.”

    The introduction of the 152-page book starts:

    “The Manhattan raid led to a radical change in the perception of American Security. After the northern half of the continent had been isolated from the rest of the world and its threats by two oceans, it now came from inside. The surprise hit the symbols of American power in its economic and security dimensions.”

    Published at al-Maqreze Center for Historical Studies website (www.almaqreze.com) by the one-time EIJ shura member al-Sibai, the section on the anthrax investigation appears to have been written in 2002.

    “The Anthrax Scandal:

    Over many months, there was an excited search for the person responsible for the worst biological terror attack on American soil. Six letters sent by mail to Leahy, Daschle, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, The New York Post and the offices of the National Enquirer in Florida, led to the sickening of 18 people and five deaths. The crime was especially scary because anthrax, which is a complex powder that scatters in the atmosphere, had spilled from the envelopes and spread through parts of the mail system and contaminated a Senate building. One year later, the main post office in Washington had not yet opened.
    The FBI is under great pressure to close this case, and the anthrax criminal is supposed to be alive and free. Two members of the Senate have asked to receive regular reports about this investigation from the FBI, and they have become increasingly impatient.”

    After a lengthy discussion of the focus on Hatfill, the author explains,

    “Until the investigators find material evidence that connects a person to the crime, they are forced to speculate about the motives and methods of the criminal. They are still casting a wide net. Law enforcement sources say they have issued hundreds of subpoenas and they are analyzing thousands of documents in search of new evidence.

    The evidence may be small and unseen – sweat or an odor on an envelope – but that is all that they need in order to attract the dogs.”

    Al-Hukaymah pointed to the Aldrich Ames incident and the FBI’s inability to find the perpetrator of the anthrax mailings as evidence that U.S intelligence can be defeated. Aldrich Ames, head of counterintelligence relating to the Russians, had a different rolex for different days of the week. He drove a new jaguar to work. Aldrich told the CIA that his money came from his wife’s foreign inheritance, and the CIA never required meaningful corroboration. So we should not be that surprised when someone known, to borrow Dr. Alibek’s description to me, as an “Islamic hardliner,” is given access to Center for Biodefense and ATCC facilities, to include a program funded by DARPA’s $13 million during the relevant period. Perhaps the focus should not be on more money for biodefense but on doing a better job at maintaining security. Perhaps focus should be on avoiding proliferation of know-how.

    Al-Hukaymah reportedly was Ayman’s connection to Mamdouh Ismail, an Egyptian defense attorney and a former member of “the Jihad group” who since the 1980′s has represented various Egyptians accused of terrorism offenses in Egypt. Mamdouh Ismail represented al-Nashar, the biochemist who was an expert on polymerization and had a key to the 7/7 bomber’s flat. Ismail was one of several hundred rounded up following the assassination of Anwar al-Sadat in 1981. He served three years. He represented Ayman Zawahiri’s family in connection with the rendition and detention of Ayman’s brother Muhammad in the Spring of 1999. Ismail was arrested on March 29, 2007.

    In 1999, Ismail was refused permission to establish an Islamist political party with the help of fellow lawyer attorney al-Zayat. After the blind sheik said in March 1999 that an attempt through a political party should not be attempted, Al-Zayat and Mamdouh Ismail deferred and Attorney Ismail has publicly objected to a reconciliation between Cairo and Egyptian Islamic Jihad. The two had worked with EIJ shura member al-Sibai before he took refuge in the UK. Mamdouh Ismail then was accused by the Mubarak regime of complicity in an “Egyptian project” of al-Qaeda, taking his orders from Ayman al-Zawahiri via al-Qaeda propaganda chief al-Hukaymah and the UK-based EIJ publicist Hani al-Sibai. Both al-Hukaymah and Al-Sibai denied the charge. Al Sibai considers himself historian of the movement and published his diaries in Al Hayat in 2004. He is at al-Maqreze Center for Historical Studies website that published the treatise that included the discussion of Amerithrax. According to one leaked document, he was thought to be #5 in the Egyptian Islamic JIhad hierarchy.

    Al-Hukaymah was apparently killed in a missile strike in late October 2008. Cairo-based IANA writer Kamal Habib says that the man was a member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad that had assassinated Sadat but was part of a second generation, not part of the first generation responsible for the assassination. Abu Jihad al-Masri was said by US authorities to operate in Iran as the head of media and propaganda for al-Qaeda, and “may also be the Chief of External Operations for al Qaeda”.

    Al-Hukaymah appeared in an August 2006 as-Sahab (al-Qaeda) video to announce the merger of al-Qaeda with part of the Egyptian Islamic Group. Ayman al-Zawahiri introduced him. The video claimed that al-Hukaymah joined al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya in 1979 and was arrested in connection with the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Al Sadat in 1981, and subsequently rearrested several times in various countries. Zawahiri claimed in that video that Muhammad al-Islambouli (brother of assassin Khalid al-Islambouli) had joined al-Qaeda with al-Hukaymah.

    In addition to the analysis of the American intelligence community, the next month al-Hukaymah wrote a short piece entitled Towards A New Strategy in Resisting the Occupier that appeared on a jihadist website. Abu Jihad Al-Masri emphasized the need to consider public opinion in planning operations. Now, I can’t imagine that sending anthrax hoax letters is good public relations. That is why I’ve suggested that the sender is reasonably profiled as a STEPHEN MICHAEL LONG -type rather than a MOUSSAOUI-type. But I think it is ambiguous and both possibilities are open.

    Because Dr. Ayman Zawahiri — as even his childhood friends would tell you — is a murderous fanatic. So respect for an adversary as a strategist should never confuse one into thinking that he is a nice guy.

    • DXer said

      Dr. Ayman Zawahiri has written a booklet titled “Covert Operations.” In the event that the hoax letter sender turns out to be a supporter of the jihadists, has he read Dr. Ayman’s booklet? . Mark A. Gabriel, PhD, once taught at Al-Azhar in Egypt. He wrote a very lucid book Journey Into The Mind Of An Islamist Terrorist. He discusses a booklet Zawahiri wrote titled COVERT OPERATIONS which is available online in Arabic. The Nigerian underpants bomber Abdulmutallab wrote his father asking “when is lying allowed to deceive the enemy?”

      If you want to know how Zawahiri views deceit on such issues as battle plans and spying, read his own words online.

      Gabriel explains:

      “Ayman al-Zawahiri leads a busy terrorist organization, and he must solve practical problems. For example, he may want some Al-Qaeda members to blend in and live in the United States. If these men wore full beards and went to ultraconservative mosques to pray, they they would arouse suspicion and get put on a watch list. Instead, al-Zawahiri would want these operatives to go undercover and blend into society. However, these devout Muslims will not go undercover unless they believe they have permission to do so from the teachings of Islam.

      As a result, al-Zawahiri wrote a booklet titled COVERT OPERATIONS, which goes deep into Islamic teaching and history to describe how deceit can be a tool in Muslim life.”

      The entire book by al-Zawahiri is posted in the Arabic language website for al-Tawheed Jihad (The Pulpit of Monotheism and Jihad). Zawahiri concluded that “hiding one’s faith and being secretive was allowed especially in time of fear from prosecution of the infidels.” Indeed, his student group in Cairo in the 1970s was known as the “shaven beards.” The founder of one of the cells merged with Ayman’s to form the Egyptian Islamic Jihad then wrote for Al-Timimi’s charity IANA.

      Al-Zawahiri discussed two specific ways Muhammad used deceit in battle: (1) keeping battle plans secret, and (2) spying. The author writes: “Al-Zawahiri specifically gave radicals permission not to pray in the mosque or attend Friday sermons if it would compromise their position.” He noted that Al-Zawahiri sealed his argument with a very important quote from Ibn Taymiyyah (who was quoted by Al-Timimi upon his his indictment). Ever the practical man, Muhammad approved lying in three circumstances (1) during war, (2) to reconcile between two feuding parties, and (3) to a spouse in order to please her.

      Ali Al-Timimi’s former fellow Falls Church imam Anwar al-Aulaqi in “44 Ways To Support Jihad” similarly urges that a lot of jihad work by its nature is secret and clandestine in nature. He advises that everything should be on a need-to-know basis (in other words, don’t tell your wife). Secrecy and cell compartmentalization was a key organizing principle of how the anthrax mailings were accomplished.

      “Protecting the mujahideen and preserving their secrets

      We need to guard our tongues. Sometimes you could end up endangering your brothers unwillingly by your words. A Muslim should develop the habit of being able to
      keep secrets. We have an incident from seerah where a sahabi refused to tell his own wife about a secret mentioned to him by the Messenger of Allah. Sometimes you want to protect the secrets from the closest people to you: your wife, parents, children and brothers, because they might be the most vulnerable. A Muslim should learn to not say more than what needs to be said, to work on a ‘need to know basis’.” “A lot of Jihad work is secret and clandestine by nature. Therefore, brothers and sisters should be very careful with their words. A lot of harm was inflicted on Jihad work because of otherwise good and sincere brothers who had loose tongues.” “The enemies of Allah will try to recruit Muslims to infiltrate Islamic work. They will tell them that we are doing this to protect the Muslims. They may carry along with them scholars who would approve that.”

      • DXer said

        WMD And The Hunt For Moles

        Raymond Zilinskas, who was researching a history of the Soviet bioweapons program, told The Baltimore Sun a couple years ago that “his sources now say that Soviet intelligence routinely obtained details of work at USAMRIID that went beyond the descriptions in scientific journals.” The Sun quoted him saying: “It was clear there was somebody at Fort Detrick” who worked for Soviet intelligence. Alexander Kouzminov, a biophysicist who says he once worked for the KGB, had first made the claim in a book, Biological Espionage: Special Operations of the Soviet and Russian Foreign Intelligence Services in the West. Initially, Dr. Zilinskas had dismissed the memoir because the Russian had made separate fanciful inferences about the US program being offensive and some specific claims unrelated to infiltration of the US program.

        The Sun article explained that then “another former Soviet scientist told the Sun that his lab routinely received dangerous pathogens and other materials from Western labs through a clandestine channel like the one Kouzminov described.” A second unnamed “U.S. arms control specialist” told the Sun he had independent evidence of a Soviet spy at Fort Detrick.”

        The Baltimore Sun, in the 2006 article, also relied on Serguei Popov, who was “a scientist once based in a Soviet bioweapons lab in Obolensk, south of Moscow.” Dr. Popov “said that by the early 1980s his colleagues had obtained at least two strains of anthrax commonly studied in Detrick and affiliated labs. They included the Ames strain, first identified at Detrick in the early 1980s.” Ames was used for testing U.S. military vaccines and was the strain used in the 2001 anthrax letters that killed five people and infected 23 in the U.S. Dr. Popov is now at George Mason University’s National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Disease in Fairfax, Va.

        “If you wanted ’special materials,’ you had to fill out a request,” he said. “And, essentially, those materials were provided. How and by whom, I can’t say.” One colleague, Popov told the Sun, used this “special materials” program to obtain a strain of Yersinia pestis, a plague bacterium being studied in a Western lab. But he didn’t know whether that particular germ came from Ft. Detrick. Former KGB operative and author Kouzminov says the KGB wanted specific items from Western labs — including Detrick — that were closely held and were willing to pay for the privilege. The Soviets also wanted the aerosol powders U.S. scientists developed for testing during vaccine tests

  21. DXer said

    Do authorities have the Scooby Doo mailer on camera at the Grapevine Post Office?

    Mar 8, 2012 -
    Authorities in Washington, D.C. are investigating three more suspicious letters containing white powder that may have been sent from the Dallas area.
    http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-White-Powder-Letters-Found-in-DC-141966143.html

    Federal law enforcement released a bulletin about the recent mailings:

    A series of “white powder letters” were received in the District of Columbia in October, 2010 and May, 2011. Similar letters were received at various locations around the country March 6, 2012 and additional letters may be in the mail system pending delivery. Specially trained response teams are prepared to investigate and collect any suspicious letters.

    The letters are postmarked Dallas,Texas and contain a letter with the words AL AQEDA-FBI or similar language and contain a white powder. They are typically addressed using a computer printed label.

    The FBI has declined to discuss whether all the letters are connected, however NBC investigations have revealed some letters and packages contained postmarks from Grapevine and Dallas, TX

    “If a letter is actually postmarked Grapevine, that would mean it would have to come across the counter,” said Amanda McMurrey, of USPIS.

  22. DXer said

    A 2007 hoax incident involvinig the defendant Lindsay may be the closest case to the Scooby Doo mailer. Al Qaeda was mentioned. The defendant was a disturbed individual and wanted to show people how easy it was. His mother testified that he had been sexually abused as a child.

    In Amerithrax, it was the goverment’s main witness against Dr. Ivins (see EBAP) who in a 2009 says heard voices when she met several times with Dr. Ivins, was psychotic, and hallucinated that her patients were murderous fiends.

    But in US v. Lindsay, it was the defendant.

    • DXer said

      I am mistaken. Rather than Lindsay, it is the Lousiana case involving STEPHEN MICHAEL LONG that seems may have very close parallels and may have informed the profiling. Indeed, the case very possibly strongly influenced the approach in Amerithrax. The Amerithrax investigators and prosecutors apparently did not know that it was their central witness — who played a key role in the way things unfolded in July 2008 — who was the one who had the auditory hallucinations and psychotic episodes and paranoid views.

      Compare the many hundreds of emails written by Dr. Ivins with the forthright and courageous explanations in the 2009 book by Dr. Ivins’ first counsel explaining her hallucinations and views that she was controlled by an alien who had implanted a chip in her butt.

      But then ask yourself: How did the finest investigative institution in the world and a blue panel of psychiatrists (organized by the psychiatrist who had consulted on how to pressure Dr. Ivins) not read the book available to read — written by its central witness — in 2009. The book was published BEFORE DOJ closed the multi-million investigation. The book was published BEFORE the psychiatrists wrote and sold and widely publicized the allegations made by the woman who says she was psychotic at the time she met several times with Dr. Ivins.

      Billed as the most complex and expensive investigation in law enforcement in history, is it a case that the investigators and psychiatrists and prosecutors negligently had not read the book? Or that they read it and then allowed misrepresentations to be made to the federal court judge on this very subject.

      Long seems to have close parallels with what may very well turn out to be the case in the Scooby Doo mailings.

      UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee v. STEPHEN MICHAEL LONG, Defendant-Appellant

      UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

      562 F.3d 325; 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 4544

      March 5, 2009, Filed

      OVERVIEW: The district court rejected the instruction before the government presented its rebuttal; thus, there was no government expert testimony. The diagnostic classification was evidence of what a reasonable juror could conclude was defendant’s mental state and motivation. His expert’s testimony that psychotic episodes could have occurred during the course of defendant’s illness supported defendant’s testimony that he experienced hallucinations and delusions when he acted. The expert testified defendant’s disorder was the most severe type of personality disorder, associated with bizarre thinking and paranoid mentation, that it involved periods of psychosis during which a patient would lose contact with reality. The assessment of defendant’s ability to appreciate the nature, quality, and wrongfulness of his acts at the times he committed them necessitated some degree of inference. The government’s theory that efforts to evade detection prevented any reasonable juror from concluding that the defendant was insane was rejected. Defendant had presented sufficient evidence to entitle him to the insanity jury instruction.

      OUTCOME: The convictions were reversed and the case was remanded for further proceedings. …

      At the heart of this appeal lies the question whether the district court erred reversibly in denying Defendant-Appellant Stephen Michael Long his requested insanity instruction to the jury. In our de novo review of this purely legal question, we must at all times keep as frontlets before our eyes the overarching core distinction of this appeal: It is not a garden-variety fact issue of sufficiency of the evidence to support a jury’s finding on insanity; rather, it is the legal issue whether the district court, as gatekeeper and not as factfinder, should have granted the defendant’s request to put his affirmative defense of insanity to the jury in the first place. With this distinction ever present in our minds, we [**2] proceed with our non-deferential, de novo review.

      Long was charged with thirty-eight counts of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction, thirty-seven counts of mailing threatening communications, and four counts of transmitting threats by wire, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ßß 875(c), 876, and 2332a(a)(2). These charges arose from mailings that he made to approximately 200 persons in Lafayette, Louisiana and elsewhere, which mailings contained a white powder, bomb threats, and rambling diatribes about politics, child abuse, and terrorism. Long attempted to mount an affirmative defense of legal insanity, but, after he presented his evidence at trial, the district court refused to give an insanity instruction to the jury. In the absence of that instruction, the jury convicted Long on all counts. He timely appealed, claiming that the district court’s refusal to give the insanity instruction was reversible error. We address today only Long’s entitlement to a jury determination on insanity, not whether a jury would have or should have found him insane. Satisfied that, as a matter of law, Long presented [*329] sufficient evidence to entitle him to have the trial court instruct the jury to determine [**3] whether Long was legally insane, we reverse his convictions and remand for further consistent proceedings.

      I. FACTS AND PROCEEDINGS

      Together, Long and the government adduced the following facts. In April 2002, threatening letters containing a white powder — later identified as harmless baby powder — were received by residents in the Lafayette, Louisiana area and elsewhere. The letters spoke of al Qaeda and bombs planted throughout Lafayette (no bombs were ever found), and also made reference to Cipro (a drug used to treat anthrax infections) and to The Anarchist Cookbook. Because the attacks of September 11, 2001 (“9/11″) and the 2001 anthrax mailings were still fresh in the minds of the public, the letters caused widespread panic in the region.

      A few months after the mailings, in June 2002, a local television station received e-mails that contained wording and references similar to the threatening letters. The e-mails were sent from an account linked to Long and included a number of details (such as information about his wife’s medical history and his signature using his middle name) that identified Long as the author. The police tracked down Long and used the June e-mails to connect [**4] him to the letters mailed in April. After his arrest, Long confessed to sending the letters, expressed surprise that the police had taken so long to find him, and provided a variety of reasons for having sent the letters. He explained that he had written the letters after suffering psychological distress following 9/11 and that he had wanted to, inter alia, test the government’s resources, teach people to protect and pay attention to their children, show that criminals frequently go free, and demonstrate that the chaos of 9/11 was easy to create.

      Before trial, Long gave notice that he would assert an affirmative defense of insanity. He attempted to prove insanity at trial by offering evidence of his history of mental illness. His mother testified that at age thirteen, Long was institutionalized for six months and diagnosed with a paranoid psychosis. She also testified that once when she walked in on him, he had a gun in his mouth and claimed that he needed to stop “them” from tormenting him. She stated that he claimed that the government communicates through contrails in the sky. She also established that Long had been sexually abused and suffered various illnesses as a child.

      Long himself [**5] testified that he began having visual hallucinations and hearing voices in October 2001. In December 2001, Long testified that the voices and hallucinations “really got bad” and began to co-occur. He also testified that three or four voices told him to mail the letters to test the weaknesses of “the system” and to “make people aware” of those weaknesses.

      Long’s mental health expert was Dr. F.T. Friedberg, a clinical psychologist. He testified that Long suffers from an Axis II psychiatric illness, schizotypal personality disorder, under the classification system of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition) (“DSM-IV”).

      On appeal, the government makes several representations about what its expert concluded (including that he also believed that Long suffers from schizotypal personality disorder), but the district court’s rejection of the insanity instruction before the government presented its rebuttal prevents our reviewing any testimony from [*330] the government’s expert. 1 Dr. Friedberg, whose testimony we do have before us, stated that schizotypal personality disorder is the most severe Axis II illness and causes bizarre ideation, [**6] paranoid mentation, and psychotic episodes, during which a patient loses contact with reality. The disease borders on psychosis, but, unlike some Axis I disorders, is not itself a psychosis. It is unclear whether Long told Dr. Friedberg that he heard voices, but Long’s uncontradicted testimony is that he [*331] did tell the government’s expert that he had auditory hallucinations. …

      The government highlights several circumstances surrounding Long’s crimes that it claims demonstrate that he was “able to appreciate the nature and quality [and] the wrongfulness of his acts.” 2 Long used self-adhesive stamps on his mailings so as not to leave saliva for DNA detection, and he purchased [**10] the stamps during busy times at the post office to make it unlikely that he would be remembered. He copied the letters at Kinko’s, threw away the top and bottom copies so as not to leave fingerprints, and stuffed the envelopes using gloves. He mailed the letters from various post offices to cover his tracks further. And he burned down his own house to destroy evidence of his crimes. The government contends that, in combination, these actions and explanations, many of which are known only because Long revealed them, indicate that he knew what he was doing and knew that it was wrong.

      • DXer said

        Excerpts from the book by the central witness relied upon by the report by the psychiatrists who have reasoned that Dr. Ivins likely was responsible are linked below. I sent these excerpts to the psychiatrists recruited by Dr. Saathoff and yet, as far as what is publicly known, none of them corrected their mistake, revised the report, or deleted their reliance on the witness. They continue to publicize the allegations — initially, Dr. Saathoff even sold the publication until I complained. Everyone makes mistakes. But people should be sure to correct their mistakes where they have undertaken to comment on issues involving questions of public safety.

        In the case of a prosecutor, you can be darn sure that a federal district court would require that the court be advised of the new information and that reliance on such a witness was withdrawn.

        Here, we only have the GAO to rely upon to do the research that should have been done on this issue by the investigators, prosecutors and psychiatrists.

        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/in-addition-to-helping-the-fbi-with-amerithrax-the-psychic-relied-upon-by-david-willman-helped-with-911-by-her-astral-travelling-and-retrieval-of-etheric-body-parts-at-ground-zero/

        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/david-willman-relies-extensively-upon-dr-ivins-first-therapist-judith-m-mclean-who-writes-of-how-she-acquired-her-psychic-abilities-in-her-book-available-for-sale-on-amazon-com/

        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/excerpts-from-david-willmans-key-witness-in-his-book-mirage-man/

        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/doj-has-successfully-avoided-deposition-of-amerithrax-consultant-who-extensively-and-uncritically-relied-on-the-ivins-accuser-granted-her-psychic-abilities-by-an-alien-from-another-planet/

        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/why-is-all-this-material-about-judith-mclean-relevant-to-an-evaluation-of-the-validity-of-david-willman%E2%80%99s-conclusions-in-his-recently-published-%E2%80%9Cthe-mirage-man%E2%80%9D-because/

      • DXer said

        http://www.klfy.com/global/story.asp?s=9977210

        Stephen Long Granted New Trial

        Posted: Mar 10, 2009 7:18 AM EDT

        Stephen Michael Long
        A federal appeals court has over turned the conviction of an Acadiana man who was convicted of mailing out more than 200 bomb threats and bogus anthrax letters in the Lafayette area in the wake of 9/11.

        In a rare two to one vote the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled the presiding judge should have allowed the attorney for Stephen Michael Long to present an insanity defense.

        Long was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in a federal prison in Arkansas. Two of the governments witnesses included two TV10 employees; former news director Dee Stanley, who now serves as the second in command in the Durel Administration, and long time anchor Blue Rolfes.

        Mrs. Rolfes testified she received a large number of rambling e-mails from Long. But, when the threatening letters were sent out, TV10 was the only Hub City broadcasting outlet that did not receive one.

        At trial, government prosecutors admitted Long had a history of mental illness. But, they argued he knew right from wrong because he went so far as to burn down his house to try and destroy evidence of his crimes.

        As a result of this weeks ruling Long will now be entitled to a new trial.

        Comment: The argument that burning down one’s house is evidence of one’s sanity seems a weak argument.

      • DXer said

        The Lafayette case pretty clearly involved a nutter. 5 to 15 Postal Inspectors worked it. This may have influenced the profiling of Amerithrax.

        The Threat of a Threat
        If the mail is once again used as a weapon of fear in Lafayette, will we be ready?

        The Times of Acadiana
        Nick Pittman / Assistant Editor

        Posted on May 29, 2002

        “I really hope, that in the community, that maybe this is a positive thing,” says Craig Noel of Argus Security. What he refers to as a “positive thing” – surprisingly enough – is the rash of hoax letters that flooded Lafayette residences and businesses, such as Argus, April 19.

        On that day some 200 letters arrived at destinations throughout town and even as far away as Baton Rouge and San Antonio, Texas. The letters, printed with a font that resembled handwriting, promised that 25 bombs would detonate April 27 during the height of Festival International de Louisiane. Some letters were also coated in a powdery substance that has since tested negative for anthrax. The letters also pinned responsibility on someone or something called “the Brothers” and contained two lines of Hebrew and Arabic writing.

        Once translated, the mishmash of letters and accents broke down into meaningless gibberish. According to a translator, “I suppose the one who wrote these two lines knows very little Arabic and (they) didn’t even come up with one single word.”

        No arrests have been made in the case [check HERE for information about the later arrest], but U.S. Attorney Donald Washington recently announced that his office is closing in on two suspects. However, the office would not divulge if the suspects matched the FBI profile previously given of “a loner with no friends.

        Strasburg states that there were between five and 15 inspectors working on the Lafayette case. These inspectors’ annual salaries, which vary depending on their tenure with the department, range from $40,000 to $95,000. These salaries do not account for travel expenses, lodging, lab costs and the inspectors’ support staff.

        • DXer said

          Seeds of Mistrust

          NO ONE EVER BELIEVED STEPHEN MICHAEL LONG,PERHAPS THEY SHOULD HAVE LISTENED.

          Louis Rom
          Posted on July 3, 2002
          The Times of Acadiana

          The seeds of mistrust were planted early in Stephen Michael Long, the 37-year-old Rayne man accused of mailing more than 200 letters in April containing bomb threats and a white powder that turned out to be baby powder, not anthrax.

          Long claims he was molested at age 11 by a Houma karate instructor in 1976 and that his life has spiraled out of control ever since.

          “I would consider the first 10 years of my life as very normal,” he wrote in an 83-page autobiography in the late 1980s.

          Long wrote often about being raped by his instructor, about suffering guilt over a girlfriend’s abortion, about fears that Long the victim might become Long the perpetrator. And, almost without fail, the doctors and lawyers who interviewed him over the years believed little, if anything, of his unwieldy tales.

          He also claims that while being treated for depression and suicidal tendencies stemming from the ’76 rape, he was molested again – this time at a mental health facility in Acadiana.

          Neither of the alleged molestations were ever prosecuted. But one thing is certain: Stephen Michael Long, the former Michael Brunet, did come into contact with a man named Wayne Hunt in late July of 1976, when Brunet was 11.

          According to a lawsuit filed in 1977 against Hunt’s employer, the Terrebonne Parish Parks Department, Brunet was raped by Hunt on a boat named the Sandpiper that was moored behind a pool hall on the Intercoastal Canal. Days later, Brunet’s good friend from Lacache Middle School in Chauvin was also raped by Hunt, according to the lawsuit.

          Brunet’s family went to the sheriff days after their son told them of the molestation, according to the lawsuit. But investigators did not believe him and Hunt was never interviewed, let alone arrested or prosecuted.

          At the time of the complaint, Hunt, then 30 years old, was on probation for sex abuse involving a minor in Sacramento, Calif. He had already been arrested at least nine times and convicted three times.

          His subpoena to show up for court in the case stemming from his alleged abuse of Long was mailed to a federal prison in Atlanta, where Hunt was serving time on an unrelated kidnapping charge (Hunt was convicted in 1977 of taking a Louisiana boy across state lines into Illinois).

          Today, Hunt, 55, is serving a maximum of 25 years at Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion, N.Y., about an hour north of Buffalo. His current sentence stems from 20 convictions, including nine for sodomy and two for kidnapping.

          The Brunet’s $225,000 lawsuit against the parks department, the sheriff and the parish coroner was settled in 1981 for $10,000.

          Defense attorneys claimed Brunet’s parents were “contributorily negligent” because they allowed their son to “stay out all hours of the night” with Hunt. They also suggested that young Michael was partially responsible for the rape of his friend because he failed to immediately report his encounter with Hunt.

        • DXer said

          In the fascinating article by is public life editor for The Times., Louis Rom explains Long’s “Dark Journey”:

          A Dark Journey

          In the 20 years that have since passed, doctors have diagnosed Stephen Michael Long as suffering from anxiety and depression, experiencing psychotic and neurotic tendencies and enduring fits of paranoia. There is little indication in medical records that they believed Long had actually been molested.

          For years, Long has stuttered and experienced such nervousness that he recalls his hair falling out in clumps.

          At one point, his mental anguish was so debilitating, he says he forgot how to read.

          “I lost the ability to read and write for a long time and I gradually started teaching myself again,” he wrote.

          The mother of his childhood friend who was allegedly raped by Hunt says Long was a deeply troubled young man.

          “He was a very nervous kind of little boy – fearful of everything,” said the woman, who spoke with The Times on the condition that she remain anonymous.

          “My son is doing fine. He’s got a great job, a great family. I don’t want him to have to relive this all over again,” she says.

          The woman says Long’s mother, Shirley Faye, was constantly talking about how she wanted revenge against the sheriff and the doctors for not taking her son’s abuse complaint seriously. Long’s mother, now divorced and using her maiden name, Jones, would not comment for this story.

          The woman says Michael Brunet stuttered when she first met him shortly after the alleged rapes took place.

          “A fear would come to him and he would stutter,” she says

          When told of the current charges facing Long, she says, “I just feel sorry for him, I really do. I think he was living a fantasy of revenge.”

          Later, Long would tell one of his physicians that he had memories of possibly molesting a child, then claims to have told doctors the child’s name, where and when it happened. It’s unclear if any molestation occurred or if authorities ever followed up with his story. Prior to his arrest earlier this month, Long had never been arrested in Lafayette or Terrebonne parish.

          As a young adult, Long struggled to gain independence from his mother, whom he described in court documents as overbearing and manipulative.

          By his own admission, and by numerous doctors’ observations, Long wrestled with his sexual orientation at an early age, struggling with the possibility that he might be gay or bisexual. In the mid to late 1980s, he hung around the gay scene in Lafayette and reports having a boyfriend with whom he shared an apartment.

          Sometime around 1983, Long met Jordan Henry, a Lafayette man, at Frank’s, a popular Downtown gay bar. Henry, who now is an ordained minister and heads up a nondenominational gay church, says Long was very insecure, often depressed and in need of constant reassurance. But he also describes him as quite intelligent, thoughtful and hard-working.

          When Henry met him, Long was living with his mother and brother across the street from the Lafayette Parish Library and just beginning to explore the gay scene. Long asked Henry to introduce him around the community.

          “They didn’t accept him,” says Henry. “He was weird.”

          “He was always bitching about doctors,” Henry says. “Always angry at someone. He was never violent, but you could just feel the rage. I could always tell there was an underlying resentment.”

          Harboring Ill Feelings

          In court documents, Long voiced resentment toward doctors and lawyers, law enforcement and the government. And his mother.

          Long says he began to stutter soon after Hunt molested him, but doctors who examined him in the mid 1980s repeatedly noted that the stuttering peaked when he was discussing his relationship troubles with his mother.

          Between 1983 and 1985, Long was hospitalized four times for psychological problems and treated on an outpatient basis more than 40 times.

          It appears Long was first hospitalized as early as 1978 when he was 13 years old. Doctors said he was experiencing an “anxious reaction to adolescence” and was plagued with paranoia.

          Over the years, Long told several doctors he was fearful “of being around” children. “I had a fear of me attacking children,” he told one doctor in 1985. “I just couldn’t understand what would make someone do what they did to me. I was scared. I was just scared that I would black out and do something like that.”

          In 1988, at the age of 24, Long filed his first of two medical malpractice suits against Acadiana mental health institutions. Long alleged in the lawsuits that doctors repeatedly misdiagnosed him and gave him the wrong medication. He complained also about mental health physicians releasing “confidential information” to physicians to whom it was not relevant.

          In an 83-page document, which he entered into the 1988 lawsuit’s file, Long predicted a dangerous future for himself.

          The document, which he titled, “David v. Goliath Once Again,” starts out with a promise that Long will become “one of the most dynamic, untrackable serial killers or terrorists” of all time, then spirals into a redundant lament about his physical and mental illness, doctors who were constantly failing him, lawyers who were trying to defeat him and several other authority figures who Long blamed for his problems.

          He wrote that he respects only serial killers and terrorists, such as Henry Lee Lucas, the famed serial killer of the 1970s and 1980s who confessed to hundreds of murders.

          Gary McGoffin, a lawyer for the defense in the 1988 suit, described Long as seriously disturbed.

          “All of us knew that he was a deeply troubled young man,” McGoffin says today. “We were considering talking to his mother about having him committed.”

          The lawyers were so disturbed by Long’s behavior that they brought Mace canisters to the conference room where they deposed Long – “so if he ever did anything we’d be ready,” McGoffin says. The attorneys also hired a bodyguard, whom they identified to Long as a fellow attorney, to sit beside Long in case he tried to hurt anyone, McGoffin says.

          Long represented himself in both suits. Though they were both dismissed, a lawyer for the defense complimented him on his articulate and thorough work, asking if he had secured help from an attorney in drafting the papers.

          It would be more than 10 years before McGoffin ever saw or heard of Long again. But not long enough for him to forget the troubled person now believed to be behind the 200-plus menacing missives mailed in April.

          “When I saw the picture in the paper, I was convinced that they had the right guy,” says McGoffin.

          Long’s attorney David Willard has not commented on whether he would use the insanity defense to keep Long from prison.

          Henry says he can understand what would cause Long to act out, but says that doesn’t remove his responsibility from the act. He wishes that more people would have just listened to him.

          “He was telling the truth,” Henry says. “And nobody ever believed him.”

        • DXer said

          Some hoax letters involving mentally ill senders are easier than others.

          Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Anthrax Hoax
          Nine Letters Sent To Police Contained White Powder
          Posted: 4:48 p.m. MDT August 27, 2002

          COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The first Coloradan to be federally prosecuted for an anthrax hoax pleaded guilty Tuesday to mailing threatening communications.

          Thanh Ha Nguyen faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 11.

          ***

          Nguyen mailed the letters to get the relatives he listed on the return addresses in trouble, according to court documents.

          Fingerprints on one letter matched Nguyen, and he also later told an FBI special agent he wrote all the letters, according to the plea agreement.

          Nguyen’s mother also identified her son as the author, based on the handwriting on the letters, according to court documents.

          One letter included the statements, …All police officers are dead meat! …

          The plea agreement indicated Nguyen had a “previous mental history” that cast doubt on the seriousness of the threats and his ability to carry them out. …

  23. DXer said

    While the letters to schools, judging by one report, may not have included return addresses, the letters to churches and governors apparently did. In connection with one letter, he spelled “El Paso” wrong. How did the mailer spell it?

    The Dallas Morning News (Texas)

    Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News

    August 9, 2010 Monday

    Richardson pastor is 14th victim of bioterror hoax

    BYLINE: Richard Abshire, The Dallas Morning News

    Aug. 09–A Richardson pastor opened his church’s mail Saturday and became the 14th local victim of a bioterror hoax in the last week.

    “It looked like standard business mail,” said the Rev. Jay Matthews of St. Stephen’s Anglican Catholic Church.

    There was a sheet of paper inside the envelope, but Matthews wouldn’t say if there was a message.

    The envelope was letter size and addressed to the church, and it bore an unfamiliar return address. Both addresses looked computer-generated.

    Thirteen similar envelopes showed up late last week at businesses, Catholic and Protestant churches, a mosque, Dallas Love Field and high-tech companies in Dallas, Arlington, Carrollton, Garland, Grand Prairie and Richardson.

    Postal inspectors and FBI agents aren’t saying whether they think the culprit might have been behind similar incidents over the last two years.

    In June, authorities quarantined the mayor’s suite at Dallas City Hall after staff opened a mailed envelope to find white powder.

    In April, school officials evacuated two Garland elementary schools under similar circumstances.

    In November 2009, someone sent letters containing suspicious but benign white powder with Dallas-area postmarks to five foreign missions at the U.N. in New York. All the missions represented countries with troops in Iraq.

    In December 2008, the FBI’s Dallas field office took the lead in a national investigation of hoax-powder letters with local postmarks that were sent to the governors of Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Rhode Island and Texas.

    Postal inspectors said then that the postmarks indicated the letters were sent from either Dallas or “North Texas,” meaning any of several ZIP codes beginning with 750 and routed through the Postal Service’s plant in Coppell.

    The return addresses were for FBI offices in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and El Paso, though some were outdated and incorrect, and the mailer misspelled “El Paso.”

    …” In October 2001, someone mailed the tainted letters to newspapers and television networks and to government buildings in Washington.

    The unsolved attacks sparked a national panic, with local first responders swamped with calls about suspicious packages.

    • DXer said

      Were only elementary schools sent letters? Had the localities recently changed their policy on vaccination — eliminating a philosophical objection to vaccination? Relatedly, who was the Baylor MD sent powder? Was that person involved in either vaccination or psychiatric drugs?

      • DXer said

        In March, a recipient was the Sunset High School, according to the Dallas Morning News, March 15, 2012. “Latest white powder scare linked to Dallas mailings.”

  24. DXer said

    Although a possible posited motive is often described as “sounding the alarm” or “waking the people up”, we can also think of it as intended to “stir debate.”

    APNewsBreak: FBI affidavit says Minn. man plotted attack against Mexican consulate

    By Associated Press, Published: May 17

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man with suspected ties to white supremacist groups planned to attack the Mexican consulate in St. Paul, believing it would stir debate on immigration amnesty issues ahead of the 2012 presidential election, according to a federal affidavit obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

  25. DXer said

    U.B.L. , when limited by “Bin Laden” gets 1,510,000. There the person is using initials for “Usama Bin Laden.”

    O.B.L., when limited by “Bin Laden” gets 114,000,000.

    Thus, we have a difference by a factor of 100 which I think is notable.

    But even more notable perhaps is the aspect highlighted by the FBI about the missing period at the end of a three-letter abbreviation. (after U.S.A and in the phrase U.B.L FBI )

    What does the handwriting analysis literature say about missing periods after a three letter abbreviation?

    • DXer said

      The FBI has a database of thousands of threatening notes. Does Quantico have any learning in its experience on missing period?

      Here is some amateur sleuthing about the missing period on the Jon Benet note.

      http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4896

      Several commentators discuss the point:

      “I have been of the opinion that the “missing period” is not really missing. Think about it. You have never seen a quality reproduction of the note, not even from the Ramseys themselves, where the entirety of every preprinted line on the paper was visible. You see scattered pieces of lines, but chunks are missing. Why would this be? Why would some parts of the preprinted lines show up on a photocopy, but not others? I believe the “missing period” is missing for the same reason those pieces of lines are; because the photocopying process of the original was not optimal to begin with, and the subsequent generations have certainly gotten no better.”

      “Since the lack of a period after the C would be a subtle clue, I doubt the notewriter did it on purpose. WN has an interesting idea that it might have been faint and not shown up on a copy. Or maybe the writer forgot it, or they were inconsistent in their writing( spelling) and left it out, or maybe they wanted to finish it but their mind was racing ahead and they didn’t notice.”
      __________________

      ” don’t see any words or punctuations missing or unclear in my copy of the ransom note, not one. They are in heavy black and clear. The only thing that doesn’t reproduce clearly are the thin pre-printed horizontal lines on the paper. The reason the horizontal lines don’t reproduce very well is because they are in light blue, a color that doesn’t reproduce very well in copying machines. It’s obvious to me the period after the C in S.B.T.C was never written.”

      In the Scooby Doo case, it is missing after both U.S.A and U.B.L

      Does it point to a foreign writer or someone who does not have mastery of english?

  26. DXer said

    The google web search for the spelling “Al Qaida” gets 31.5 million hits – the spelling “Al Qaeda” gets twice that. A writer may sometimes use either or both — inconsistently — to take advantage of the nature of google searches.

    For example, I sometimes spell Awlaki — and sometimes spell it Aulaqi.

  27. DXer said

    believe the FBI and Postal Inspectors likely view the Chad Conrad Castagana case study as having some parallels.

    It most famously is known for involving the mailing of powder to Keith Olbermann. Castagana was identified by an astute postal employee based on the antique stamp used. After the fact, he was identified by his internet postings on the internet. I believe the standard profile is that where batches of letters are sent, it is usually political rather than personal. He was sent to a psychiatric facility for 5 years.

    At this URL, there is a link to
    http://www.olbermannwatch.com/archives/2008/02/no_jail_time_fo.php

    Grand Jury Indictment
    Affidavit, FBI Agent
    Search Warrant for Castagana’s residence

    On or about September 26, 2006, Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart, Sumner Redstone, David Letterman, Nancy Pelosi, and Charles Schumer received letters with a California postmark which contained a batch of white powder and a note warning Olbermann. An NYPD HazMat unit indentified the substance as soap powder. Chad Castagana was convicted on 14 felony counts in relation to this event.

    http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Fake_anthrax_hoax_by_conservative_blogger_1113.html

    Alleged anthrax hoaxer may be Free Republic poster

    Larisa Alexandrovna and Brian Beutler
    Published: Monday November 13, 2006

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    The man arrested on Saturday for sending more than a dozen envelopes containing “fake anthrax” to anti-war celebrities, journalists, and politicians may have ties to the conservative supersite Free Republic, RAW STORY has found.

    Chad Castagana, a 39 year old Californian named as the FBI’s prime suspect in the case, is due in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles today, where procecutors are expected to file criminal complaint against him for sending threatening letters through the U.S. mail. Castagana has an extensive online history, often writing about science fiction and conservative politics, and many bloggers are convinced that he is also a contributor at the conservative activist Free Republic website under the name Marc Costanzo, whose online profile, once available here was suspended after this story first ran this morning.

    Earlier today, users at the liberal websites Democratic Underground and Daily Kos brought to light the similarities between Castagana’s Internet footprint and Costanzo’s writings at Free Republic, and RAW STORY has found a series of eyebrow-raising connections between the two men.

    In one Free Republic post, Costanzo contends that he hails from the town of Woodlands Hills; the same city where Castagana was arrested.

    “Sorry I was so late in replying, but this room were I am working online from is a scorcher in the afternoon,” Constanzo wrote in July of this year. “Tempertures were 106 degrees in the shade this Saturday, here in Woodland Hills.”

    Liberal bloggers noticed the possible connection after doing a Google search on writings by Castagana.

    In a letter posted to the website of the magazine Science Fiction Weekly at the time of their August 26, 2002 issue, Castagana wrote, “The future is not the current events of our world thrown into outer space. The future is not with the Liberals, not with the Multiculturalists (both hate America), and it is certainly not to be found in Canada! The future is not written, the future is unformed.”

    Nearly four years later, the following passage was written by Marc Costanzo of Free Republic:

    ***
    The future is not with the Liberals, not with the Multiculturalists (both hate America), and it is certainly not to be found in some cheapo TV production made in Canada! The future is not written, the future is unformed.
    The similarities implicate Costanzo in�at the least�plagiarism of the anthrax-hoax suspect, but there are other points of contact between the two men.

    Most striking is this Costanzo comment from September, weeks before the anti-Bush MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann was sent a threatening fake anthrax letter in New York: “This partisan loudmouth Olbermann is a demagogue! Someone should find out where he lives and mail him a Ted Kazcinski letter.”

    After Olbermann received the fake anthrax, Costanzo posted the following:”

    Not to make light of the situation, but drama queen Olbermann put on quite a production even after he’d been told the powder was harmless and checked out by doctors and told he was fine. He demanded that he be rushed to the hospital for more tests. I wouldn’t be even remotely surprised if he mailed it to himself. I’ve never seen someone more desperate for attention and approval. I heard from a liberal blog that Olbermann was a prima donna at the hospital, giving the medical staff and the cops a hard time. Keith is a whiny little b@tch! Accepting that, I do not believe he sent it to himself. But that is just guess work.
    A few weeks later, after fake anthrax was sent to the New York offices of Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, Costanzo wrote, “Hold it here now, what are the facts? The links provide few details. This info is very sketchy!”

    And when the Washington Post recently received a piece of mail with suspicious white powder, Costanzo commented, “I heard recently that The Washington Post got interrupted beifly the other day becaue of a ‘suspicious letter’. I read about this at Wonkette.com They said that this letter only contained harmless powder of Boric Acid.”

    Costanzo’s profile at Free Republic, now removed from their site, once read in part, “I have an Associates Degree in the Science of Electronics.” Castagana’s web history indicates an extensive interest in technological gadgets and an understanding of electronics.

    No Jail Time for Olberstalker; Anthrax Hoaxer Gets Five Years on Funny Farm
    **World Exclusive**
    **Must Credit OLBERMANN WATCH**

    Chad Conrad Castagana sentenced for anthrax hoax on celebrities and politicians

    (Los Angeles, CA) – A man convicted of mailing threatening letters laced with white powder to Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and other high-profile figures, was sentenced Friday to five years probation and remanded to the Gateways Community Corrections Center in Los Angeles, CA where he will receive psychiatric treatment and medication until such time as doctors believe he is longer a threat not to exceed the length of his probation. Chad Conrad Castagana, 40, was arrested in November 2006 and charged with conveying false information and sending threats by the U.S. mail. He was convicted last year and has been ordered not to have contact with the six individuals he targeted.

    Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ordered that prior to sentencing Castagana be examined by Dr. Saul Faerstein, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist in order to provide the court with a diagnosis of Castagana as well as recommendations on treatment. Based on those recommendations, Castagana was remanded for custody to a yet-as-unidentified community corrections center.

    Castagana, of Woodland Hills, CA, admitted to mailing 17 threatening letters including letters to Olbermann (4), Stewart (6), Pelosi (1) as well as Sen. Charles Schumer (1), Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone (1) and David Letterman (1), according to court records. The letters contained a white power, which Castagana told the FBI was whatever household items he had available including baking soda, laundry detergent and AJAX.

    According to the 14-count federal indictment handed down by the Grand Jury in October 2006, the first letter was sent on September 9, 2006 intended for Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” but other court records show the letter, postmarked Santa Clarita, CA, was sent to another man with a New York address with the same name. A second letter was sent to Stewart on September 25, 2006. A letter was sent to Olbermann on September 26th. Another letter was sent to both Stewart, on September 27th, and to Olbermann, on September 29th. A fourth letter was sent to Stewart on October 13, 2006 and a fifth on October 23rd. A letter was sent to Sumner Redstone on October 25th. A sixth letter was sent to Stewart on October 30, 2006. On November 1st , 2006 a letter was sent to Nancy Pelosi. On November 1st, 2006 a third letter was sent to Olbermann. On November 2nd a letter was sent to Letterman. On November 3rd a letter was sent to Schumer. On November 9th a fourth letter was sent to Olbermann. It was this letter that FBI agents observed Castagana mailing. The other three letters were not mentioned in the indictment but other records indicate two may have been intercepted by postal workers when they began to leak powder. Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is also mentioned in the search warrant for Castagana’s home in Woodland Hills.

    One of the letters addressed to Olbermann read “There are too many demagogues in America. All of you are poisoning the well ! Time to give your kind a taste of your own medicine . . .” and inside the envelope was a white powder which when tested was not found to be hazardous. Letters to other recipients referenced Alan Berg, a Denver-based talk show host who was murdered in 1984, and photos of cadavers. Return addresses on the letters included names like Barry White, Jay Leno, and William Shatner.

    Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Los Angeles, made up of FBI agents and local police, arrested Castagana after observing him mailing what turned out to be a letter similar to the ones previously sent to Olbermann, Stewart and others. Investigators were given an initial description of Castagana by a postal worker who noticed him because he was sending mail using antique stamps. They later made a positive identification using a postal money order made out to “Friends of Katherine Harris”, a then-candidate for U.S. Senate from the State of Florida. Harris, a former Congresswoman, played a key role in the 2000 presidential election when, as Secretary of State of Florida, she certified the Republican slate of electors thereby giving George W. Bush a narrow victory in the electoral college.

    • DXer said

      Castagna says he mailed the letters at a different location than where he lived to throw investigators off. See 9th Cir. 2010 decisionin US v. Constagna..

      Factual and Procedural Background
      The Letters
      Between September 7 and November 9, 2006, Castagana mailed a total of fourteen envelopes containing notes with threatening language along with a white powdery substance, which was in fact not a biological weapon, but rather a mixture of laundry soap and cleanser. These letters were sent to comedians Jon Stewart and David Letterman, Viacom executive Sumner Redstone, Representative Nancy Pelosi, Senator Charles Schumer, and MSNBC political commentator Keith Olbermann. The letters threatened their recipients and expressed hostility to their assumed left-wing political views. A few examples follow:

      Do you remember what happened to that loudmouth Alan Berg back in the 1980s? You should Mr. Jon Stewart –
      New York City is so full of demagogues, I hope your kind live to see your city destroyed in your lifetime!

      (Gov’t Trial Ex. 3.)
      Keith Olbermann,
      There are too many demagogues in America.

      All of you are poisoning the well!

      Time to give your kind –

      a taste of your own medicine . . .

      (Gov’t Trial Ex. 4.)
      Hey Jon Stewart
      We Americans have ways of dealing with demagogues like you!

      You poison our well with your leftwing vitriol

      We return [**3] the action . . .

      (Gov’t Trial Ex. 5.)
      Death to Demagogues
      [*1162] NYC = Judas City

      (Gov’t Trial Ex. 9.)

      The letters with their white powder understandably caused massive and costly reactions in the offices of the recipients and relevant government agencies. Within days of sending the last letter, Castagana was apprehended at his home. After being advised of his Miranda rights, he admitted to having sent the letters. He stated that he had not intended to hurt anyone, but also described various steps he had engaged in to avoid being caught: he wore gloves to avoid leaving finger-prints on the letters, he mixed various powders together to make them harder to identify, he mailed the letters from a location away from his home to make them harder to track, and he used fictitious return addresses of celebrities to make it more likely that the celebrity recipients would open the envelopes. Castagana expressed regret that he had sent the letters himself, as well as surprise at being caught so quickly.”

  28. DXer said

    For statistics and case studies on anthrax hoaxes, see “Anthrax Hoaxes: A Case Study”.

    • Monterey WMD-Terrorism Database Staff,
    • Jacqueline N. Joliat
    Published Online: 15 JUL 2011

    The term “anthrax hoax” refers to a case when a perpetrator threatens a target by alleging to have exposed them to Bacillus anthracis, a potentially highly lethal pathogen of particular interest to bioterrorists, usually via a letter or package containing a white powdery substance intended to resemble actual spores of anthrax bacteria. Beginning in the 1990s, there was an alarming surge in anthrax hoaxes, and authorities still respond to hundreds of these cases each year. The so-called “epidemic” of anthrax hoaxes has come in two major waves: those preceding the deadly 2001 bioterrorist attacks in the U.S. using actual B. anthracis, and those that have taken place since. Prior to the first wave, there were also a number of events which occurred that served to introduce terrorism, bioterrorism, and anthrax to the public, and cumulatively created the ideal fearful atmosphere in which hoaxers’ goals could be realized. It has become such a problem and has cost so many resources that perpetrators now face serious legal repercussions if convicted. This entry explains the recent history of the anthrax hoax epidemic, briefly covers a number of specific cases, and provides an overview of the legal repercussions and legislation that have resulted from this issue.

    • DXer said

      Conspiracy also is subject to five years in prison. For example, collecting the addresses, driving the mailer…

      http://www.mailroomsafety.us/june2010.html

      Alabama Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy in Anthrax Threat Letter Case (St. Clair Times, 6/30/2010)

      In his plea agreement, Darden acknowledged he allowed Dodd to prepare and address letters containing white powder while sitting in Darden;s truck in the parking lot of a Pell City store on April 24. Darden then drove Dodd to the post office, where Dodd placed the letters in a drop box, according to the plea agreement.

      The maximum penalty for conspiracy to mail hoax anthrax letters is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Darden’s sentencing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4.

    • DXer said

      The Monterey WMD Terrorism Database is the largest open source catalog of worldwide incidents involving the acquisition, possession, threat and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by sub-state actors.

      “Maintained by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies’ WMD Terrorism Research Program, the database includes more than 1,100 incidents — from 1900 to the present — that relate to the use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials as possible weapons.

      The database is updated regularly based on data captured from hundreds of monitored sources — including news services, academic and trade journals, government reports, books, conferences proceedings, Internet sites and unpublished sources — in a variety of languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

      For additional information about the database, read more about its:

      Copyright and Terms of Use”

      Welcome to the Monterey WMD Terrorism Database
      http://wmddb.miis.edu/accounts/login/?next=/agents/9/hoax/

      My assumptions about jihadists and schools would be greatly weakened in the event it is shown that the Taliban is responsible for 150 girls and teachers in Afghanistan.

      1733: 2012-04-18 • Afghanistan

      “There was something mixed with the water that was kept in containers in the schools. When the girls drank it they became sick.” [A...[read more]

      From the Monterey WMD Database, we see cyanide and hand cream is again raised by jihadi posts in Arabic. The crisp-writing Dick Destiny, who consulted as an expert witness for the accused jihadists in London relating to the alleged ricin plot by Bourgass, has derided the feasibility of such a plot in connection with ricin. I don’t recall the specifics of such an issue with regard to cyanide.

      1729: 2012-03-26 • Europe

      Al-Qaeda fanatics are using the web to plot a deadly cyanide poison attack on the London Olympics,which start on July 27. Extremists on the website with links to the terror groups have posted instructions in Arabic on how to cause mass casualties at this summer’s Game. The web posts should be taken seriously by the security services as an extremist who called himself Abu Hija Ansari said the poison should be mixed with a hand cream that would enable cyanide to be absorbed through the skin. On th…[read more]

      It apparently is unlawful in the UK to have possession of such information. It seems that such information is downloaded at one’s peril given the forensic capability of UK law enforcement.

      1724: 2012-01-28 • United Kingdom

      Asim Kausar, 25, a British Muslim from Manchester, was jailed for two years and three months at Manchester Crown Court, for possession of a computer memory stick with details on the toxin ricin, assassination and torture techniques, and instructions to improvise explosive devices. The memory stick was handed to police after Kausar’s family was burgled. [A] [B] Kausar’s hoard of terror-related information was found when police analyzed the memory stick. He admitted to have downloaded the informa…[read more]

      Bourgass himself is in the news having complained about segregation.

      1731: 2012-03-27 • London, United Kingdom

      Terrorists Lose Isolation Case Two high-profile Islamic terrorist prisoners who claimed their human rights were violated when they were segregated for extended periods failed to persuade leading judges that their treatment was unlawful. Bourgass, 35, an Algerian, is serving 17 years for conspiracy to commit public nuisance by using poisons or explosives in relation to the 2002 Ricin terrorist plot. He injured four officers during the attack and is serving sentence for attempted murder of two …[read more]

      • DXer said

        The wonderful Monterey WMD Terrorism Database at the time of the anthrax mailings was managed by Jason Pate. Its information could be sorted to include, for example

        Box 1: Incidents Per Year Incidents Per Year, Box 3: Hoaxes By Region, or Box 8: Incidents By Motive Type.

        By number of mailings, the vast majority of the white powder incident listed in the Monterey WMD Terrorism Database for the Year 2000 were abortion-related (politically motivated).

        http://cns.miis.edu/reports/cbrn2k.htm

        • DXer said

          The Monterey WMD Terrorism database has been useful to law enforcement in profiling hoax letters over over a decade.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/15/us/nation-challenged-false-alarms-anthrax-hoaxes-hinder-effort-cope-with-real.html

          A NATION CHALLENGED: FALSE ALARMS; Anthrax Hoaxes Hinder Effort To Cope With Real Threats

          By ERICA GOODE

          Published: October 15, 2001

          Anthrax has been a favorite of hoaxers since 1998, when the coverage of bioterrorism in the news increased sharply.

          From January 1998 to last April, 172 false anthrax threats were made in the United States, according to the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, Calif., which maintains a database of such incidents. Justin Pate, a senior researcher at the center, said 75 to 100 more hoaxes may not have been made public.

          In many cases, the threats were made in letters; some contained talcum powder or other substances. It was not uncommon, Mr. Pate said, for the letters to end with the words ”Ha, ha, ha,” or with a smiley face. Many hoaxers misspelled anthrax.

          In a detailed study of 171 cases, Mr. Pate found that two-thirds were perpetrated by ”lone actors with motivations all over the map.”

          One man, an employee of a packing plant in Newark, Calif., called 911 and said anthrax had been released in the building, apparently in an effort to get out of work early. The man had a heavy accent and the emergency operator at first thought he had said Amtrak.

          Mr. Pate said an ideological motive was evident in only about one-third of the cases. Fifty-eight threats were letters sent to abortion clinics. But all carried postmarks from the same region, indicating they might have been sent by one person or group. Nine letters were sent to antiabortion organizations.

          Of the 40 hoaxes in which the perpetrators were caught, Mr. Pate said, 12 were made by children ages 12 through 18, who were trying to avoid homework. Among adult hoaxers, some had drug or alcohol problems. Others were mentally ill.

          Mr. McCrary, the former F.B.I. agent, said that in his experience, hoaxes by mentally ill people were easier to detect because the threats were often incoherent.

          More disturbing, Mr. McCrary said, were threats by people who were not mentally ill but wanted to stir fear or make headlines.

          ”These are people who are the losers in life,” Mr. McCrary said, ”who feel powerless and are attempting to exert some sort of twisted power and control over others.”

          The relationship between news media coverage of biological warfare and the number of false anthrax threats was striking, Mr. Pate said.

          Only two anthrax hoaxes were recorded before 1998, according to the study center’s database, one in Tysons Corner, Va., in 1992 and the other in Washington in 1997. Both coincided with increased coverage of biological weapons.

          In 1998, that coverage expanded exponentially, after Larry Wayne Harris, a microbiologist, was arrested in Nevada on charges of possessing a nonlethal medical strain of the bacteria. Anthrax was mentioned 10,472 times in American newspapers and magazines in 1998, Mr. Pate said, up from 1,692 in 1997.

          Anthrax hoaxes also increased. Law enforcement officials fielded 51 threats in 1998 alone.

          News media coverage of anthrax scares sets up a cycle of copycat behavior, experts said, producing clusters like those seen after school shootings, tampering incidents like the Tylenol poisonings in 1982 and other widely covered events.

  29. DXer said

    By Alexandra Seltzer
    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    Updated: 7:06 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012

    While the spate of recent white powder incidents might seem to signal they are increasing, the number has remained about 300 incidents per year nationally since 2008, according to FBI statistics.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/mar/08/nation/na-anthrax-threats8

    So the 150 sent out in 2008 by the Dallas sender were a big part of the problem.

    Anthrax hoaxes pile up, as does their cost
    March 08, 2009 Bob Drogin
    ***

    The FBI has investigated about 1,000 such “white powder events” as possible terrorist threats since the start of 2007, spokesman Richard Kolko said. The bureau responds if a letter contains a written threat or is mailed to a federal official.

    The FBI is trying to figure out who mailed about 150 letters late last year that contained powder and threatening notes. The envelopes were sent from the Dallas area to U.S. embassies in various countries and to most U.S. governors.

    In terms of striking the balance between disclosure and hold-back, perhaps the dates of mailing would help develop a lead.

  30. DXer said

    Angry inmates mail to target judges, law enforcement and other inmates.

    “Sovereign citizen” tax protesters mail to IRS.

    Disgruntled investors mail to the financial institutions.

    Radical pro-lifers mail to abortion clinics.

    Perhaps here the mailer’s earliest targets best represent his motive.

    • DXer said

      Who sends to manufacturers of drones? Well, not only supporters of the jihadists being killed by them who threaten the use of biological weapon. … but those who have a paranoid fear of surveillance in the US of drones.

      Who threatens a biological attack broadly — governors, embassies and schools? Well, as to embassies, not only supporters of the jihadists who want their brothers freed. But also those who have a paranoid and irrational fear of a “false flag” bio attack on the US.

      On schools, I just don’t see supporters of jihadists doing it at all. The justification of the use of weapons even where innocents are killed only applies where they are used as a shield. It does not apply to targeting them specifically. That would be really bad PR and the jihadists know it. They would miss out on all those virgins.

      The profilers were faced a fascinating ambiguity and acquitted themselves well by the restraint shown on the face of the profile. Privately, though, they seem to be leaning to the latter based on a comment or two accompanying the report. And their apparent conclusion seems to make perfect sense and I now agree with it wholeheartedly.

      I would focus on the issue of a conspiracy theory relating to the use of drones domestically for surveillance — combined with a sincere, and irrational view that there will be a “false flag” bio attack by US government on the US population.

      Now, as you may know, I think Dr. Ayman plans to attack the US with anthrax — because he tends to stick to an idea when he likes it. But it wouldn’t be a false flag attack. Using spies to infiltrate is entirely different than a “false flag” attack.

      So I’m thinking that articulate and likable Madison Ruppert is likely to have the keenest insights into whether there is anyone who was in the Dallas area on those dates who fits the description. (He’s not from the Dallas area and so is not in any way implicated).

      I don’t offhand see how the Richardson places of worship fit into the theory above. So maybe I should keep half a stack on red and half on black. But i do think the issue of drones should be considered carefully in profling the motive.

      • DXer said

        It seems that this early batch — involving a confluence of the aerospace and Richardson religious recipients — will be most revealing. What was the mosque? Dr. Ayman’s deep thinkers have said that they would never use anthrax on muslim soil (e.g., the home of Mecca and Medina). So would a jihad supporter ever target a mosque? It seems unlikely. But what was the mosque? A common scenario is that a moderate mosque will kick out an unruly young man spouting aggressive rhetoric. (FBI undercover agents sometimes get kicked out for that reason; one Southern California mosque had to take out a restraining order against the agent provocateur because he was such a troublemaker. :0) ) And so under one scenario that the FBI no doubt has considered, it is conceivable that a troubled young man got kicked out of that mosque. Perhaps a poor ESL student. But it seems that if that were the case, the matter would have long ago been resolved and so it seems a low probability possibility. They likely have studied the Holy Land charity investigation files closely.

        Whatever the perp’s motive turns out to be, this excerpt from an article describes the batch that I find most revealing — when combined with the perp’s views on bioterrorism. In the case of each POI, the FBI no doubt is considering the person’s views on religion. (I was raised under a WASP tradition that it was impolite to talk about politics and religion which is why I almost never reveal I’m an atheist and fan of Ralph Nader.)

        “The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors confirm they are investigating the delivery of more suspicious letters in North Texas. They now say the total number of letters is 13, following the discovery of the newest one in North Dallas late Friday afternoon.

        The first letters were found on August 5. By 5 p.m. six letters containing white powder had been delivered to locations across the metroplex. By 11 a.m. on August 6 CBS 11 News learned of five additional letters that had been received.

        By 5 p.m. on the 6th, the total had risen to 13, according to investigators.

        Four additional letters arrived the morning of August 6th. They were delivered to a company in Arlington, the Raytheon in Garland, another aerospace company in Grand Prairie, a Raytheon plant on the property of Texas Instruments in Dallas, and Rocket Air Supply company on 111th Street in Arlington.

        Friday afternoon it was learned that two letters were also found at a Raytheon office in the Boston area.

        Ramona Layne, with the Raytheon Company, issued a statement about Friday’s events that said, “The safety and security of our employees is paramount. Raytheon contacted Dallas emergency services immediately upon discovery of unknown powder substance at two sites, North Dallas and Garland facilities. Employees at both sites are safe and were unharmed.”

        The powder in all of the letters found as of 5 p.m. Friday had tested as non-hazardous, but is being sent to labs for more testing. The powder in some of the letters found Thursday was corn starch, according to investigators. The others are still being tested.

        Early in the afternoon of August 5 CBS 11 News reported that five suspicious envelopes had been received. The letters began arriving that morning and federal officials were busy trying to determine who sent them.

        The first case was reported around 11 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Richardson. Richardson fire officials later said there was another incident in their city; that one involving white powder delivered to the First Baptist Church.

        Around the same time as the St. Joseph’s incident, a letter came into the mail room at Microsoft’s offices located in the 7000 block of State Highway 121 in Irving.

        The Spenro Industrial Supply Company, in the 1500 block of West North Carrier Parkway, was the first Grand Prairie aerospace company to receive a ‘white powder’ letter.

        Just after 2:00 p.m. police and rescuers were sent to Dallas Love Field Airport, where an envelope was found in Hanger E.

        The sixth envelope was discovered at a mosque in Richardson.

        There’s no word on if all the letters were sent from the same person or location and investigators. While federal officials won’t say if the envelopes contained anything besides the white powder, they are investigating if all of the letter deliveries are related, including an addtional one found in the mailroom of the Israeli Embassy in Washington.?”

    • DXer said

      Presumably, authorities found no forensic comparison with this 2002 white powder hoax sent to the Oregon government.

      No anthrax, smallpox in threatening Oregon letter.

      26 September 2002
      11:57
      Reuters News

      (c) 2002 Reuters Limited

      PORTLAND, Ore., Sept 26 (Reuters) – The FBI on Thursday said that a letter believed sent from Pakistan containing white powder and threats against Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber tested negative for both anthrax and smallpox.

      The Centers for Disease Control Laboratory in Atlanta was conducting additional tests on the powder, which would take several days, the FBI said in a release.

      After the letter was opened at the Oregon state capitol in Salem on Wednesday, officials evacuated the building and ordered the decontamination of four people exposed to the powder. None of the four showed any signs of illness.

      Local media reported the envelope had a Pakistan postmark, but an FBI spokeswoman said she could not confirm that report.

      The FBI has not determined that the letter was a “credible” threat, but noted that a person who threatens use of a weapon of mass destruction could face life in prison if convicted.

  31. DXer said

    It appears that the mailing to schools is not new as of May 2012 but Dallas letters were sent to Washington, D.C. area schools last May.

    The Dallas Morning News

    Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News

    March 15, 2012 Thursday

    Latest white-powder scare again linked to Dallas mailings

    BYLINE: Selwyn Crawford, The Dallas Morning News

    SECTION: STATE AND REGIONAL NEWS

    LENGTH: 844 words

    March 15–Federal authorities are investigating a new spate of incidents in which white powder has been mailed to schools and other locations locally and nationwide, with most bearing a Dallas postmark and return address.

    “I can confirm that we are investigating, but I cannot say more because it is an ongoing investigation,” said Dallas FBI spokeswoman Beverly Esselbach. “So far, all of the packages that have been tested have been nonhazardous.”

    Federal officials have been sporadically plagued with batches of such mailings in recent years, many from the Dallas area.

    The perpetrator of the recent white powder scares is unknown. Envelopes bearing the substance have been sent to schools as far away as Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as to some in North Texas. In a few cases, schools have been evacuated or delayed. No one has been harmed.

    On Monday, authorities were called to a DeSoto doctor’s office after a white substance was found there. The powder was later determined to be cornstarch, the same substance found in most of the other envelopes.

    Last week, Sunset High School, along with three schools in Plano and Wylie, received suspicious envelopes on the same day, all containing cornstarch.

    “We kind of went on lockdown at Sunset and it took all of about an hour to get it all figured out,” Dallas schools spokesman Jon Dahlander said Wednesday. “We turned it over to the FBI and the postmaster general.”

    Federal officials believe the person who sent letters containing white powder to some U.S. embassies and governors’ offices in 2008 also sent 30 similar letters to houses of worship and businesses in Texas, Illinois and Massachusetts in 2010.

    Last May, the FBI investigated the mailings of nearly three dozen letters containing a nontoxic white powder to schools in the Washington, D.C., area. The envelopes for those letters also bore a Dallas postmark.

    • DXer said

      In May 2011, in addition to some in the DC area, numerous schools in Houston were sent the powder by the Scooby Doo mailer.

      Those letters apparently did not have a return address. The address was typed onto a white label.

      I believe printing those labels involves a common software and the use of that software likely could readily be determined by one of FBI’s computer experts. You type in the number associated with the label.

      The manufacturer of the labels (such as Avery) likely could be determined but perhaps the same labels/paper is sold nationwide.

      More importantly, although it may seem very basic to those who have done it, many people have never printed such labels.

      The mailers’ girlfriend, roommate, or mother very likely knows when the person they know has printed such labels.

      Indeed, he probably has used the same labels in other mailings. Query whether as between production runs of such blank labels there are variations that could be probative.

      In Amerithrax, they did what seems a principled study of printing defects in regards to Amerithrax but then shamelessly misrepresented the results in the August 2008 press conference.

      The study involving the Pennsylvania printer narrowed things to the states of Maryland and Virginia and yet US Attorney Taylor made it seem that it was uniquely sold in Dr. Ivins post office (and the AP so reported based on Taylor’s claim).

      That was an absolutely outrageous misuse of — and gross misrepresentation of — the science relied upon in the Amerithrax investigation (even crediting the underlying study as correct in its findings). Who wrote US Attorney’s prepared remarks? GAO should be given a draft and the person who wrote it should be identified.

      FBI Examines White-Powder Letters Sent To D.C. Schools (Examiner, 5/7/2011)

      Washington, DC–District emergency response crews, police, and the FBI’s Washington Field Office are investigating suspicious letters containing powder showing up at at least 7 schools in the city.

      More than three dozen letters sent to D.C. schools containing a suspicious white powder and references to al Qaeda are being analyzed at the FBI’s Virginia lab before officials ship them to Dallas, where a larger investigation is unfolding.

      In Quantico, Va., agents are conducting additional tests to identify the powder, which is apparently nonhazardous, that caused several District schools to evacuate or lock down on Thursday and Friday. Forensic analysts will review the 39 letters, postmarked from Dallas, before sending them to Texas.

      “We would like to catch him yesterday,” said Mark White, a special agent in the FBI’s Dallas office. “The investigation here will look at [the letters] for similarities and try to match them up to letters of the same type, and find clues based on what’s on the letter itself and on the envelope.”

      White said the FBI has been working “very closely” with the U.S. Postal Service since the letters first surfaced, but declined to give details.

      Last August, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Service announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the sender’s capture after dozens of envelopes containing white powder and referring to terrorism were mailed to religious organizations and businesses around North Texas. Additional letters turned up in Austin and Lubbock in Texas, and Chicago.

      In October, several D.C. schools and dozens in Houston received similar letters.

      The Bureau is not sure when the spree began. “If they’re associated, we’re talking years, not weeks,” said White.

      Lindsay Godwin, a spokeswoman for the FBI Washington Field Office, said D.C. schools are the only recipients the FBI was aware of on Thursday and Friday. No new letters were received Saturday, FBI and D.C. police officials said.

      The sender typed the school’s addresses onto white seals and affixed them on envelopes with no return address. The letters read “AL AQEDA-FBI” and were coated in roughly two pill capsules worth of white powder, according to individuals who received them.

      Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday evening that “there is a plan in place” to keep these letters arriving at schools, but declined to elaborate on details.

      After 29 letters sent D.C. emergency squads rushing around the District on Thursday, six more schools received letters on Friday, and the post office intercepted an additional four.

      “We do not characterize it as a prank,” said James McJunkin, the assistant director for the FBI’s Washington office. “What they have done is commit a serious criminal offense.”

  32. DXer said

    As a possible case study, consider the case in 2010 successfully resolved by Postal Inspectors.

    The Annual Report FY 2010 states:

    “A man pled guilty in August to federal charges of mailing threatening communications and white powder. Postal inspectors proved he was responsible for mailing 26 letters to the President, elected government officials, foreign embassies, consulates, and private citizens throughout the United States. His mailings contained handwritten threats and a suspicious powder, and several cited health care reform, also noting “Take a whiff of this.”

    • DXer said

      Wikipedia summarizes some cases:

      “One of the most prolific hoaxers was Clayton Waagner, an anti-abortion activist who mailed hundreds of anthrax hoax letters to abortion clinics in late 2001[19] and who was convicted in December 2003.[20][21] A Sacramento man, Marc M. Keyser, admitted to sending around 120 packages marked as containing anthrax in October 2008, which he says was to highlight the lack of preparedness of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and public for an anthrax attack. He was convicted in September 2009 of five counts of hoaxes and making threats[22][23] and sentenced to four years in prison in late April 2010.[24]

      In November 2008, white powder was mailed to temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, causing both to be closed temporarily while the mailings were investigated. There was speculation the mailings were in protest of the support by the Church for Proposition 8.[25]

      Notable recipients of anthrax hoax letters include journalist Judith Miller, author of Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, who received one at the New York Times offices in October 2001.[26]“

      • DXer said

        The Goyette case is an example of we can call the “payback scenario”:

        Slate Magazine

        January 30, 2012 Monday 5:03 PM GMT

        The Curse of the White Powder;
        How fake bioterrorism attacks became a real problem.

        BYLINE: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

        How Fake Bioterrorism Attacks Became a Real Problem

        At first glance, the 53 letters mailed in October 2008 from Amarillo, Texas, to Chase banks around the country looked like the multitude of letters that companies and government agencies receive from regular people every day: addressed to the institution at large and not anybody in particular, an implicit sign of the power differential between hapless sender and indifferent receiver. The content of the Amarillo letters, however, was intended to invert this relationship, at least temporarily. The first of them was opened by an employee at a Chase bank in Norman, Okla., a little after 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20. A white powder, soft as talcum, spilled out of the envelope, landing on the employee’s desk. Inside was a typewritten note that read, in part, “It’s payback time. What you breathed in will kill you within 10 days.”

        The employee recoiled in alarm. Ever since letters filled with anthrax spores killed five people in the United States and sickened 17 in the fall of 2001, the discovery of white powder in packages and mail has come to evoke instant fear of a biological attack. The bank called 911, and police and firefighters rushed to the building. In short order, hazardous materials personnel wearing gas masks had arrived on the scene.

        Almost simultaneously, a similar drama was unfolding at a Chase bank inside a supermarket in a Denver suburb, where another Chase employee opened an identical letter. When emergency responders ordered an evacuation, dazed customers abandoned their shopping carts in the aisles and checkout lanes to hurry out of the store. Inside, hazardous materials experts collected a sample of the powder and began running a series of tests to check for anthrax and other biological agents, as well as nuclear, explosive, and chemical threats.

        By the middle of the afternoon, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., had received word of similar scenes playing out at more than a dozen other locations in Colorado and Oklahoma. The anxiety sparked by the letters died down within hours as field tests showed the powder to be harmless, although it would still take two to three days of further testing at regional labs to completely rule out a hazard. More letters postmarked at Amarillo continued to arrive over the next few days; one was cut open by a machine at a Chase card payment facility in Elgin, Ill., sending white powder swirling about the room.

        In all, 64 addresses around the country had been targeted-including the U.S. government’s Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-costing local, state, and federal agencies tens of thousands of dollars in resources and manpower deployed to respond to the scares. The specific motivation behind the letters would become clear only in the months ahead, but a link to the financial crisis was evident. The attacks were in effect an act of faux terrorism, a vengeful form of protest somewhere between a threatening phone call and outright arson. They were also a kind of criminal offense that federal law enforcement officials have sought to prosecute aggressively in recent years.

        No matter how benign it may be physically, a white powder packed into a letter or package has become in the post-9/11 world what you might call an interactive weapon: an ordinary substance transformed by fear into an agent of psychological warfare. In the decade following the 2001 anthrax attacks, white-powder hoaxes have proliferated into an epidemic in the United States, perpetrated in most instances to make a statement or exact revenge. There are more than 800 incidents reported across the country every year-involving baking soda, sugar, ground-up antacids, corn starch, baby powder, dried toothpaste and every other manner of white powder available. Although only a small percentage of these rise to the level of a federal investigation, the volume is large enough that the FBI’s WMD Directorate-created to investigate WMD crimes-finds itself having to spend nearly 60 percent of its time on such cases.

        The white-powder phenomenon arose in the wake of the 2001 anthrax mailings, which terrorized a nation already shaken by the strikes on Sept. 11. Hoax threats had of course been around for a long time – there were many occasions in the ’90s when emergency responders had to evacuate courthouses following a verbal or written threat of a biological agent having been released in the building. White powder lent credibility to the hoax by leaving less to the imagination. “Now you actually had a substance that had to be tested,” Donald Alway, an FBI agent with the WMD Directorate told me. “It quickly gained notoriety because of the copycat factor.” Within a year of the original anthrax letters, there were 50,000 incidents. “We had to set up special call boxes to deal with the volume,” Alway said.

        The tsunami died down eventually, but the idea of white powder as ammunition had taken root, a new expression in the dictionary of the disgruntled, the annoyed, the enraged and the anarchic. Today, hardly a week goes by without an anthrax scare at a government office or a business, an individual residence or a public place. Agents at FBI’s field offices and the WMD Directorate find themselves reacting to the incidents paradoxically, with a mix of tedium and high alert. “Every time we get a call, it evokes a sense of ‘here we go again,’” Vahid Majidi, a chemist who heads the WMD Directorate, told me. At the same time, he said, officials must respond to every white-powder attack as a potential terrorism threat.

        Most white-powder hoaxes are themselves a reaction to situations ranging from the merely irksome-like receiving junk mail from a company-to the deeply troubling. Angry spouses have used fake anthrax as a tool of revenge, as have individuals out to settle a score with an employer or an abusive boss. In many instances, white powder letters are a way to make a political statement. “Every year around tax filing time, people annoyed with the tax system will send their returns back with white powder and hate mail to the IRS,” Michael Varacelli, an FBI special agent, told me. When the stimulus package was passed by Congress in 2009, there was a spike in white-powder mailings to lawmakers and government officials. The health care debate in 2010 generated another big wave.

        Inmates of state prisons have been known to send white-powder letters to acquire a federal charge, so that they might be transferred to a federal prison, where conditions are better. Occasionally, the hoaxer is simply looking for attention, as was the case involving an aspiring rap artiste who placed envelopes filled with white powder on the windshields of 30 vehicles in a hospital parking lot in Miami in April 2009. Each had a smiley face on the back, and a note inside that said “define anthrax.” The hospital was shut down for 12 hours when somebody discovered the envelope and brought it inside the building. The FBI tracked down the perpetrator, 19-year-old Jerron Moffitt, and an accomplice a few days later. “Ultimately, what it came down to was that the individual was looking to work his way into jail to earn some street credibility as a rapper,” Greg Tarbert, an FBI agent who helped with the case, said. The plan evidently worked: In July, 2009 Moffitt was handed down a three-year prison sentence.

        The price exacted on victims of white powder hoaxes is at a minimum a few hours of anxiety while field tests are completed. During this period, it is not uncommon for victims to develop psychosomatic symptoms like itching, burning, and shortness of breath-the opposite of a placebo response. Some are put on antibiotics as a precaution before conclusive lab results come in, which can take two days or longer. “Even if the field screening tells you with a 98 percent certainty that it is baking soda, to the victim that almost means nothing,” Alway told me.

        * * *

        Three days after the first Amarillo letters were received, the United States Postal Inspection Service announced a $100,000 reward for information that could help find the sender. The FBI assigned the case to a special agent in Texas named John Whitworth, who had in the months prior investigated a much rarer, real WMD case involving the attempted sale of a large consignment of cyanide bricks.

        Whitworth quickly learned what the different entities targeted by the attack-JPMorgan Chase, the Office of Thrift Supervision and FDIC-had in common. The link was Washington Mutual or WaMu, a bank that had grown into the country’s largest savings and loan association over the prior decade before collapsing in the weeks before the letters were sent out. OTS seized WaMu on Sept. 25, 2008 and placed it under the receivership of the FDIC, which then sold it to Chase for a price so low that WaMu shares were rendered nearly worthless.

        Whitworth eventually traced the letters back to a 48-year-old man named Richard Goyette who worked at an Albuquerque power plant and lived in a trailer. A shareholder of Washington Mutual, Goyette lost $65,000 when WaMu was sold. FBI agents arrested Goyette on Feb. 1, 2009, as he was about to board a flight from Albuquerque to Chicago, where he was to interview for a job. “He told us that when he first got upset about the Washington Mutual deal, he tried to address it by sending letters to his Congressman and the FDIC, and he was very disappointed with the boilerplate responses he got,” Whitworth said. “He got very frustrated and angry and decided to lash out.”

        Goyette saved money compulsively, living like a broke college student rather than somebody who owned stock worth tens of thousands of dollars. He didn’t indulge even in small luxuries, making spaghetti on the weekends and eating leftovers the rest of the week. Even in executing his plot, Goyette showed a remarkable thriftiness. After typing the threatening notes and addresses on a computer at the University of New Mexico, he saved the files on a thumb drive and drove to Central New Mexico Community College to print them because printouts would cost a few cents a page at UNM but were free at the other campus. Back at his trailer, he put on gloves and scooped out some ant killer powder from an old container he had lying around.

        I asked FBI agents if finding and punishing hoaxers like Goyette was helping to stem the tide of such incidents, or if it was simply making white-powder hoaxes a bigger drain on government resources than they would otherwise be. Could it be that the time spent by law enforcement in tracking down perpetrators of a white-powder hoax would be seen as an added incentive by those looking to commit the crime?

        No one would give a clear answer to that question, but agents explained that ignoring hoaxes or hoaxers was not an option for the government. “We have to look at every white powder letter as the next big Amerithrax attack,” the FBI’s Mike Varacelli told me. “There’s really no way to rule that out unless you go through the first 72 hours of response.” He also did not doubt that punishing hoaxers was worth the effort. “It has acted as a significant deterrent,” he said.

    • DXer said

      In what likely is a recent typical case study involving a “sovereign citizen” / tax protester scenario:

      BYLINE: States News Service

      The following information was released by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado:

      Matthew ONeill, aka Matt ONeill, age 52, of Kremmling, Colorado, pled guilty earlier this week to one count of providing false information related to a terrorism offense, U.S. Attorney John Walsh, FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge James Yacone, and Acting U.S. Postal Inspector in Charge Tommy Coke announced today. ONeill, who was originally charged by Criminal Complaint on May 27, 2011 and indicted by a federal grand jury on June 6, 2011, will be sentenced on June 4, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger.

      According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, on May 25, 2011, a mail room employee with the Colorado Department of Revenue received a legal sized manila envelope with a return address of M. ONeill . . . Kremmling CO. It was mailed to the State of Colorado; Colorado Dept of Revenue; 1375 Sherman Street; Denver, CO. The envelope had postal markings on it indicating that the envelope went through the mail, originating from the U.S. Post Office in Kremmling, Colorado. The mail room employee opened the envelope, stapled documents that were inside the envelope, and routed it to the intended recipient. This process was common for how the Colorado Department of Revenue handled mailed. The recipient placed the envelope on her desk, at which point an unidentified white powder fell out of the envelope onto the desk. The Revenue employee then took the contents to another persons office. Together they set it on the desk, left the office and locked the door. They then notified the floor manager who immediately contacted the Colorado State Patrol and 911. Believing they had both been exposed to some kind of harmful chemical or biological substance, the two attempted to decontaminate themselves by washing their hands. They then waited for the Denver Fire Department and the Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) team. The building was subsequently evacuated.

      The Denver Fire Departments HAZMAT team entered the building, utilizing proper protective equipment to maintain their safety while dealing with an unknown hazardous material. The team field tested the powder in the envelope, which turned out to be sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). The Department of Revenues intended recipient was interviewed and stated that ONeill has sent several documents that express his views as a sovereign citizen, and that he believes that he does not have to pay state or federal taxes. She further stated that she felt threatened by the contents of the envelope, fearing that the white powder was some sort of harmful substance.

      The FBI and a U.S. Postal Inspector interviewed a U.S. Postal employee in Kremmling, Colorado. The postal employee stated that on May 17, 2011, ONeil was in the facility, filled out documents for certified or registered mail. He then left and reentered several times before finally mailing the envelope.

      ONeill was questioned on May 31, 2011 by law enforcement. During that interview it was determined that he mailed the package with white powder with hopes of leading the Department of Revenue to believe they were receiving a dangerous biological or chemical agent.

      Those who mail a threat, especially one containing material simulating a biological or chemical agent, will face felony criminal consequences, said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.

      All threatening communications are taken seriously, the recipient of these types of threats cannot determine the true nature of the implied, or stated danger, said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge James Yacone. The FBI wants to remind everyone that mailing a threatening communication that contains a hoax of any kind in a parcel will be aggressively investigated. We will continue to respond to such threats, along with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, through the combined resources of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

      Though the powder contained in the mailing was not harmful, the threatening mailings not only constitute a federal crime, but cause alarm to victims and victim institutions, said Denver Division Acting Postal Inspector in Charge Tommy Coke. Postal Inspectors will continue to ensure the safety of the U.S. Mail through aggressive investigation of anyone who mails these types of threats real or hoax.

      ONeill faces not more than 5 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.

      This case was investigated by the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Colorado State Patrol through their investigators assigned to the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force.ONeill is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Barrett.

    • DXer said

      Here is an example of a recent case, perhaps representative of an “angry inmate” scenario.

      US Fed News

      December 1, 2011 Thursday 6:02 PM EST

      TALLADEGA COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 51 MONTHS FOR MAILING SERIES OF HOAX ANTHRAX LETTERS

      BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 1 — The U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Birmingham Field Office issued the following press release:

      A federal judge today sentenced a Talladega County man to four years and three months in prison for mailing a series of hoax anthrax letters in Alabama in March and April last year, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

      U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon sentenced CLIFTON LAMAR “CLIFF” DODD, 40, of Lincoln, on 23 counts of mailing letters that contained a threat in the form of white powder that could reasonably have been perceived as the biological toxin, anthrax. Dodd pleaded guilty to the charges just before his trial was to begin in July.

      One of the threat letters was delivered to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby’s office in the Robert S. Vance Federal on March 8, 2010. Other white-powder letters Dodd has pleaded guilty to sending were addressed to: Alabama Sen. Jim Preuitt of Talladega, two Talladega County state court judges, Talladega County Sheriff Jerry Studdard, several Talladega County Jail inmates who were in the jail at the same time as Dodd, and police investigators from both the Lincoln and Oxford police departments who previously had interviewed Dodd.

      Dodd acknowledged sending 15 hoax anthrax letters between March 6 and April 5, 2010. He also pleaded guilty to mailing another eight letters containing white powder on April 24, 2010, and to conspiring with another man to mail those letters. His co-defendant pleaded guilty last year to the conspiracy charge.

  33. DXer said

    Let’s consider who the behavioral consultants identified as their key witness in the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    In addition to helping the FBI with Amerithrax, the psychic relied upon by David Willman helped with 911 by her astral travelling and retrieval of etheric body parts at Ground Zero … She reports she was granted her psychic abilities by a being claiming to be an extraterrestial
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 11, 2011

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/in-addition-to-helping-the-fbi-with-amerithrax-the-psychic-relied-upon-by-david-willman-helped-with-911-by-her-astral-travelling-and-retrieval-of-etheric-body-parts-at-ground-zero/

    David Willman relies extensively upon Dr. Ivins’ first therapist, Judith M. McLean, who writes of how she acquired her psychic abilities in her book available for sale on Amazon.com — from a being from another planet
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 11, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/david-willman-relies-extensively-upon-dr-ivins-first-therapist-judith-m-mclean-who-writes-of-how-she-acquired-her-psychic-abilities-in-her-book-available-for-sale-on-amazon-com/

    Excerpts from David Willman’s key witness (from her book ASCENSION JOURNEY)
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 18, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/excerpts-from-david-willmans-key-witness-in-his-book-mirage-man/

    DOJ has successfully avoided deposition of Amerithrax consultant Gregory Saathoff who extensively and uncritically relied on the Ivins’ accuser who claims she was granted her psychic abilities by an alien from another planet
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 13, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/doj-has-successfully-avoided-deposition-of-amerithrax-consultant-who-extensively-and-uncritically-relied-on-the-ivins-accuser-granted-her-psychic-abilities-by-an-alien-from-another-planet/

    the material on the CASE CLOSED blog about Judith McLean (see prior posts linked below) is relevant to an evaluation of the validity of David Willman’s conclusions in his recently published “The Mirage Man” … because Willman himself, in his publicity blurb (see below), shows just how much he relied on the psychic who says … she was granted her abilities by an extraterrestrial being … got sick in 2001 from doing astral recovery work at Ground Zero and in Afghanistan after 9/11 … and was pursued by nasty Taliban entities

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 12, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/why-is-all-this-material-about-judith-mclean-relevant-to-an-evaluation-of-the-validity-of-david-willman%E2%80%99s-conclusions-in-his-recently-published-%E2%80%9Cthe-mirage-man%E2%80%9D-because/

  34. DXer said

    It seems that the letters to governors, U.S. embassies and aerospace companies during the 2008-2010 period may have “contained the same neatly typed but cryptic message: “Al Qaeda FBi in America.”FN/

    Personally, it sounds to me like someone like Moussaoui, with early targeting pointing to Richardson and a focus on drones. Jihadists very commonly have mental issues too.

    But going with the FBI’s profile, it seems that the letters were xeroxed. If so, the brand photocopier can be identified by mass spec or other means. I would disclose the brand copier while continuing to hold back the brand computer or typewriter (apparently used in addressing envelopes). I haven’t yet seen an article describing how the addressing is done.

    FN/ Mailroom Safety News

    http://www.mailroomsafety.us/images/081010.pdf
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View
    the Raytheon in Garland, another aerospace company. In this issue … white-powder letters sent to governors, U.S. embassies and other locations all contained the same neatly typed but cryptic message: “Al Qaeda FBI in America.” FBI … The mailings appear to have started in December 2008, when someone sent letters …

    • DXer said

      The addresses on the letter were computer generated.

      Texas Pastor Is 14th Victim Of Bioterror Hoax (Dallas Morning News, 10/9/2010)

      Dallas, TX–A Richardson pastor opened his church’s mail Saturday and became the 14th local victim of a bioterror hoax in the last week.

      “It looked like standard business mail,” said the Rev. Jay Matthews of St. Stephen’s Anglican Catholic Church.

      There was a sheet of paper inside the envelope, but Matthews wouldn’t say if there was a message.

      The envelope was letter size and addressed to the church, and it bore an unfamiliar return address. Both addresses looked computer-generated.

      Thirteen similar envelopes showed up late last week at businesses, Catholic and Protestant churches, a mosque, Dallas Love Field and high-tech companies in Dallas, Arlington, Carrollton, Garland, Grand Prairie and Richardson.

      • DXer said

        I believe that the FBI would know both the brand ink his computer uses and the photocopier he is using (in the event he is using one rather than printing multiple copies of the same letter out).

        (In Amerithrax, if it GAO obtains Dr. Bartick’s work on the photocopy toner, the work on the toner will show the AUSA’s comments and innuendo in the Amerithrax Investigative Summary about Ivins and photocopiers to be a baseless crock contradicted by the forensics known to DOJ and FBI). (One can infer this because if it provided support, the AUSAs would have mentioned it).

        John McClelland is the expert who could explain his work for Homeland Security — or at least explain the current literature.

        Indeed, there may be tags in the ink the mailer is using that provide express identification.

        Mailing threatening letters in the modern age of forensic identification of toners and inks and surveillance cameras is a very stupid crime — done only by stupid criminals.

        More than one case involving threatening letters involving threatening letters has been cracked by systematic collection of exemplars on the same subject. Some law enforcement officer did deep reading and found psycholinguistic comparisons that then led to a successful forensic comparison of other aspects.

        http://www.ameslab.gov/epsci/multi-analyses-data-library-and-search-plan-forensic-identification-inks-and-toners

        Multi-Analyses Data Library and Search Plan for the Forensic Identification of Inks and Toners

        DESCRIPTION:

        This project will develop a multi-analytical-instrument data library on printing inks and toners and a computerized search plan for forensic identification of inks and toners. The goal is to achieve better identification accuracy by selecting the best combination of instrumental methods and search plan.

        FUNDING SOURCE:

        Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

        • DXer said

          Some high-quality color printers and copiers steganographically embed their identification code into the printed pages, as fine and almost invisible patterns of yellow dots. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has demonstrated how the Xerox DocuColor printer’s serial number, as well as the date and time of the printout, are encoded in a repeating 8×15 dot pattern in the yellow channel. EFF is working to reverse engineer additional printers. The US government has been reported to have asked these companies to apply such a tracking scheme. Implication? Don’t ever print or type anything that wouldn’t make your momma proud.

          Modern photocopiers also present a fascinating forensic issue. People don’t realize that modern photocopiers now keep an image of everything photocopied. Major corporations unload their photocopiers and then end up in a warehouse in Bangkok — and any foreign power can simply buy a warehouse full of proprietary secrets. Implication? Tell Shrute to stop photocopying his butt if he doesn’t want his momma to know. The FBI is aware of this issue even if photocopier users are not. Unfortunately, this development occurred beginning in 2002 and so is not likely of use in connection with the photocopied Amerithrax letters. It may be critical in the Scooby Doo letters case, however — the perp’s photocopy machine may have scans of all the letters he photocopied.

          In the Amerithrax case, the FBI has film of Atta and his colleagues using the paper cutter and copiers at KINKOs that the FBI should give the GAO.

      • DXer said

        Rocket Air Supply Division is a dba for Rkr Technologies, Ltd. Vendor . It is my understanding that it distributes Gladiator inertial navigation systems, a navigation aid that uses a computer, motion sensors (accelerometers) and rotation sensors (gyroscopes) to continuously calculate via dead reckoning the position, orientation, and velocity (direction and speed of movement) of a moving object without the need for external references. It is my understanding that it is used on vehicles such as drones. So in profiling the crime, Manchester and Manhattan elementary schools, while of interest, may be less probative in profiling than these outliers such as Raytheon relating to the manufacture of drones or distribution of drone technology.

        A part from a downed drone in Afghanistan might traceable to the manufacturer. But here, under this line of thinking, Rocket Air Supply was merely a distributor of such parts. It seems that would require that the person has researched and is knowledgeable about drones.

        And as I’ve often said recently, perps routinely underestimate the FBI’s ability to recover deleted data — and so about now they’ll be buying themselves a new computer and literally be scrapping their old one.

        But I’m not sure the IPs of Rocket Air Supply would necessarily be the most fruitful possible source of leads given that it is pretty narrowly related to parts and price info type information.

        But there must be government servers with drone research which would not even require approval to access to the IPs.

        http://www.rocketairsupply.com/

  35. DXer said

    So I believe the $150,000 reward applies to the person who in 2008 mailed about 150 letters to U.S. embassies in various countries and to most U.S. governors.

    One was sent to Romney and marked “return to sender” — the return address was the FBI office in El Paso.

    I believe based on this description that these letters are separate from the Goyette letters to banks and other institutions in October.

    Very stupid question: what postage does one use to mail to a U.S. embassy in various countries? How does one calculate the postage?

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/04/17/a-continuing-flood-of-anthrax-hoaxes/
    The FBI is trying to figure out who mailed about 150 letters late last year that contained powder and threatening notes. The envelopes were sent from the Dallas area to U.S. embassies in various countries and to most U.S. governors.

    “It’s possible that the final two or three letters went to governors who are no longer in office,” said Mark White, an FBI spokesman in Dallas. “They may still trickle in.”

    One letter, for example, was addressed to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who left office two years ago. When it arrived in Boston, someone marked “return to sender” on the envelope and popped it back in the mail. The return address was the FBI office in El Paso.

    White powder spilled out when an FBI clerk there opened it Feb. 12. Anxious officials emptied the Federal Justice Center, sending more than 300 FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement personnel home. The powder proved to be baking soda, White said.

    The Justice Department was able to bring criminal charges in two other high-profile cases.

    Richard L. Goyette, 47, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Amarillo, Texas, to charges of mailing 65 threatening letters to banks and other financial institutions in October. The envelopes contained white powder and a warning that the recipient would die within 10 days.

    According to prosecutors, Goyette was distraught after losing $63,525 when federal regulators seized Washington Mutual Bank and placed it in receivership. The FBI said it traced him through angry e-mails that he sent to the banks.

    • DXer said

      - all the letters have been typewritten

      - The sender appears to taunt federal agents. In some cases, the return address on the envelopes has been current or former FBI offices. More recently, some of the return addresses are medical facilities.

      - The letters have been sent to every state except Ohio and Kentucky and to embassies and consulates in numerous foreign countries, agents said.* (Note: Of course, letters to Ohio and Kentucky may just not have been reported).

      - The letters were all postmarked from the postal processing center in Coppell, but that facility handles mail from 1,600 individual mailboxes scattered across much of North Texas.

      - The mailings apparently started in December 2008, when the person sent white-powder letters to at least 40 governor’s offices and 19 U.S. embassies overseas.

      http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Feds-Offer-150000-Reward-for-White-Powder-Sender-151702465.html

      –In 2008, one report indicated that letters had also been reported in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

      –A graphic from an NBC5 report seems to suggest that postmarks have included Sherman, Paris, Sulphur Springs, Corsicana, Fort Worth, Coppell and Dallas. Those localities all are in different directions from Dallas — north, south, east and west.

      -I believe the targeting in the in one August 2010 batch included Richardson churches and aerospace companies involved in military sales. It seems that the early targeting and the shift in targeting over time is a key pattern that should inform the profiling.

      Aerospace targets — assuming the same sender — included Raytheon in Garland, another aerospace company in Grand Prairie (which I believe was Spenro Industrial Supply Company), a Raytheon plant on the property of Texas Instruments in Dallas, and Rocket Air Supply in Arlington. Also Raytheon in the Boston area.

      There were several churches in Richardson, including one mosque.

      https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:xsp3DtS1IhoJ:www.mailroomsafety.us/images/081010.pdf+%22white+powder%22+anthrax+governors+2008+aerospace&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgDYZkgu8MkzMo5g70qnb_iVecg-gfsZqmpHthAVrhvPVnJx2uvlebMS0gjHdhA2B3gkeTgngVKzzKEnNXwAwcyTUwfQ117cZfodPmjo4LrfPY1guv4TpGLgvsr_ymbP1TcwJYd&sig=AHIEtbSkb-teyXhxx_JBibBsV1grNXtEig

      Here is sample article from August 2010.
      Mass. co. receives anthrax hoax letters

      Published on August 16, 2010 by Ted Purlain

      Raytheon last week joined a growing list of companies to receive threatening envelopes in the mail that contained a suspicious white powder and a note mentioning the terror group Al-Qaeda.

      Although the Raytheon office is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, the two envelopes are believed to be connected to a series of 25 similar bioterror hoaxes that have occurred predominantly in North Texas over the last ten days, according to NECN. In the Dallas area cases, two Raytheon offices were targeted.

      Other victims of the hoaxes include elementary schools, churches, mosques, and aeronautics and technology companies like Raytheon. In all of the cases, the white powder was tested by the FBI and found to be innocuous. In at least some of the cases, the powder was identified as cornstarch.

      The envelopes have all had a postmark from North Texas, a similar return address and contained a single typed sentence. An FBI official told NECN that the letters, containing a single sentence, make no sense, but that they match up with over 200 letters that were sent to governor’s offices and U.S. embassies in 2008.

      The FBI said that the letters mentioned the terror group Al-Qaeda, but noted that they were not well-articulated, so their meaning remains undetermined.

      Postal officials say that since the 2001 anthrax scare, all mail is scanned for biohazards. Suspicious packages, however, still require precautions and cause disruptions

  36. DXer said

    I wonder if the Quantico folks knew that Moussaoui wore Scooby Doo boxer shorts. :0)

    FBI agent warned superiors 70 times about Moussaoui.(Harry Samit …
    http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-144869630.html
    Apr 17, 2006 – 11 terror attacks, would-be terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui had allergy problems, Scooby-Doo boxer shorts and a story that just didn’t add up.

    • DXer said

      Ironically, Harry Samit tried to get the FBI behavioral folks to give an opinion in support of getting into Moussaoui’s laptop.

      From: Harry Samit
      To: CYynthia McGrath, David Rapp, Greg Jones, John Wees
      Date: 8/18/01 6:33PM
      Subject: BAP

      What does everyone think of calling in the NSD Behavioral Assessment quacks? They probably have a psych profile for an Islamic Martyr and could tell us if our 747 guys fit.

      If anyone has a contact there, let me know, otherwise, I can call the guy who came to an in-service I was at who is a field BAP guy in Tampa.

      Harry.

  37. DXer said

    I think someone wants us to read through the white out. The last word seems to be “everything.” The first word in the last sentence seems to be “We”. Then I’m guessing the middle word has four letters — none of which go much above or below the line.

    Before that seems to be a parenthetical phrase where the sender is say what the “We are” doing. Perhaps a word ending with “ing.” Perhaps last word “agency.” Perhaps “working for your agency.”

    Perhaps it says “We are Al Qaeda, U.B.L, Al Qaeda, SS Nazi FBI, [working for your agency. We know everything."]

    My friend coincidentally in Dallas is excellent at deciphering white out — such as we did (but he did better) when we blew up Dr. Ivins’ email that some broadcast journalist briefly held up. I think that this would benefit from magnification and adjustments in photoshop for shadows, contrast, etc. I’ll do that perhaps late tonight or tomorrow.

    But if that’s what it says, in the event Prime Minister really did receive anthrax — and it wasn’t just a false positive (I have no idea) — then I would double the reward and put CIA analysts on the job.

    When I was corresponding with Yazid Sufaat on Facebook he never denied that Al Qaeda was responsible for the anthrax mailings. Instead, he pled the Fifth.

    • DXer said

      Someone else on his Facebook page commented that only white powder was needed. And Yazid himself used code relating to “jowf” that was used on the Al Qaeda website mirrored in New Brunswick in 2001/2002.

      But Salafist-Jihadis would never target schools with anthrax, I don’t think. They would know that they would lose their souls. (I’m not entirely confident that the same applies where the powder is fake but the same probably holds true).

      So the FBI’s profile sits fine with me but it is important that they provide more evidence. Otherwise, it is a real missed opportunity, I think.

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