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

* Upon Issuance Of Its Forthcoming Report Regarding Amerithrax, GAO Should Provide Copies Of Interviews Created By GAO pursuant to Sec. 81.5

Posted by DXer on July 7, 2012

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  1. DXer said

    “ – Jul 21,2012 – Grassley Opening Remarks of Senate Judiciary Committee Executive Committee Meeting

    Before we turn to the agenda, I want to say a few words about the hearing on forensics and a letter I sent to the Attorney General on Tuesday. We heard from experts about the current state of forensic science in the courts. One of the topics of
    discussion was the recent reports by The Washington Post regarding “sloppy” and “unreliable” work at the FBI crime lab that may have led to innocent people being convicted.

    The Post also detailed a 2004 review conducted by the Justice Department to identify cases where flawed work by the FBI crime lab may have been involved. By all accounts, that review was poorly done and it appears that defense attorneys
    may not have been notified about cases where problems existed.

    These are stunning developments given my work with Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, a former FBI Agent who blew the whistle on problems with the FBI Crime lab in the 1990s. Dr. Whitehurst’s disclosures came at a great cost to him personally as he
    faced retaliation from the FBI. However, his disclosures led to an Inspector General report that led to many reforms that have strengthened the FBI crime lab.

    Given the recent reports by The Washington Post, Chairman Leahy and I sent a letter on May 21 seeking information from the FBI Director. Unfortunately, that letter has gone unanswered for over 60 days.”


    If the DOJ just ignores letters from the heads of the Senate Judiciary Committee, do you really think that they are going to bother to give GAO documents that undermines the correctness of their assertions in Amerithrax?

    DOJ thinks that Congressional oversight is a joke.

    • DXer said

      Senator Leahy has had confidence in the FBI Director’s approach to Amerithrax. Director Mueller would call the Senator at home and answer questions. As an experienced prosecutor, however, Senator Leahy should trust in the importance of document production and review of those documents by people who have the time to study the details.

      Although a recipient of one of the letters, Senator Leahy has many momentous responsibilities. Senator Leahy has emphasized that the importance of validated forensics is important not just to avoid sending an innocent man to prison but to make sure that the guilty party or parties are in fact caught.

      Oral assurances from a man whose intelligence and good faith he justifiedly doesn’t doubt doesn’t begin to cut it in terms of proving a case. Subject to redactions or withholding required under applicable laws, Senator Leahy should join Senator Grassley in pushing for a full production of documents to GAO.

  2. DXer said

    The Webcast of yesteray’s Senate hearing on “Improving Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System” can be viewed here:

    • DXer said

      What’s Going on in Forensic Science Legislation
      by Amy Driver

      The Rockefeller bill, titled the Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2012(S. 3378 and H.R. 6106), places almost all of the money and decision-making power with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Leahy’s bill (theCriminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act, S. 132) puts an Office of Forensic Science in the Department of Justice.

    • DXer said

      You can skip most of the video but I would join it with Peter Neufeld at 53 minutes. 11 FBI examiners so far already have been identified as having given testimony not consistent with the scientific limitations, including the Trace section chief. The examiners were allowed to overstate the probativeness of the evidence not justified by the science. Not bad people, bad science. Need validation of testing method.

      My concern is the GAO will unduly focus on its own expertise in this subject area — such as the validation of testing of environmental samples. More mundane issues are also critical — such as how Agent Steele and the US Attorney’s Office was allowed to advance its code theory based on double-lining without disclosing the forensic evidence showing that the “T” in NEXT was not in fact double-lined. It is subject to proof that is reliable (through magnification of the ink). Production of the documents that are relevant — and not just the ones that the DOJ wanted NAS to focus on — is critical.

      Production of the mass spec on the photocopy toner is another key example. It identifies the model photocopy used which excludes the photocopiers at USAMRIID, contrary to the AUSA’s innuendo.

      On the critical reason Dr. Ivins was in the lab those nights, that is a simple matter of requiring all the relevant documents be produced.

      It was wrong for the DOJ to shred Patricia Fellows’ civil deposition. For all this talk about implementing standards, how about this one: don’t destroy relevant evidence.

  3. DXer said

    Grassley questions integrity of FBI crime lab results

    Sen. Charles Grassley

    Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:46 am, Thu Jul 19, 2012.
    By Tim Rohwer

    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday he has requested information on the scientific integrity of the FBI crime lab and on the internal review by the U.S. Department of Justice on past prosecutions based on that crime lab data.
    Grassley, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Iowa reporters that “sloppy and unreliable forensic work may have led to the incarceration of hundreds of innocent people.”

    The Justice Department and the FBI last week announced a broad review of criminal cases where defendants may have been wrongly convicted because of flawed forensic work in the FBI crime lab.
    Grassley said he sent a letter Monday to Attorney General Eric Holder seeking information from this review.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting hearings this week on this issue. According to his office, Grassley’s goals from these hearings include ways to improve forensic science without impacting the positive work that goes on daily.

  4. DXer said

    FBI to review thousands of old cases for contaminated evidence
    By Isolde Raftery,

    When he raised these issues, a coworker told him, “Before you embarrass the FBI in a court of law, you’ll perjure yourself. We all do it.”

    After the first World Trade Center bombing, Whitehurst testified that supervisors pressured him to concoct misleading scientific reports. When he refused to testify that a urea nitrate bomb had been the source of the explosion, the FBI found another lab technician to testify.

    But other problems arose, Whitehurst told He learned that an agent had, for the previous nine years, rewritten his scientific reports to support the prosecution. When he complained, he said he was told the agent hadn’t done anything wrong.

    “You get patted on the head if you’re the guy who saves the case,” Whitehurst said, explaining why agents would provide misleading information. “They get promoted; they’re the guys everyone crowds around. It’s a very tight family. A scientist who asks a question and doesn’t go along, he gets isolated.”

    Corrupt lab technicians remained employed even after Whitehurst started speaking out about the lab, said David Colapinto, general counsel for the National Whistleblowers Center.

    In 1995, Whitehurst told Larry King on CNN, “I dislike being called a whistleblower, I’m a law enforcement officer and if I see violations of the law abuses of authority corruption. I’m required to report those.”

  5. DXer said

    FBI reviewing faulty lab evidence

    Published: July 11, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) — The FBI will review thousands of convictions in the largest study in its history to find out if faulty lab work led to wrongful convictions, officials say.

    The focus is on work done by hair and fiber specialists at the FBI laboratory, which does forensic work for local and state as well as national law enforcement agencies, The Washington Post reported. The agency plans to review all cases dating back to at least 1985.

    “The Department and the FBI are in the process of identifying historical cases for review where a microscopic hair examination conducted by the FBI was among the evidence in a case that resulted in a conviction,” Nanda Chitre, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said in a statement Tuesday. “We have dedicated considerable time and resources to addressing these issues, with the goal of reaching final determinations in the coming months.”

    The Innocence Project, which uses DNA testing to help clear the wrongly convicted, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers will help with the review, Chitre said.

    The Post reported in April that the Justice Department knew of faulty work at the FBI lab but had not reviewed cases in which the findings might have led to a wrongful conviction or notified those convicted or their lawyers of possibly dubious evidence.

    Read more:

    Compare Amerithrax.

    –The DOJ withheld the documents showing that Dr. Ivins was in the lab those nights in early October working with the rabbits.

    –The DOJ withheld all documents about the overseas testing in Afghanistan until 9 months after the last presentation to NAS — on the eve of when the NAS report was to issue. The DOJ then refused to produce most of the documents.

    –The DOJ withheld all documents relating to the positive test for Ames from the remains of the hijacker coming from Kandahar with the leg lesion. (where the anthrax lab was) The DOJ claimed that the positive test was due to lab contamination but failed to provide the documents relating to the testing.

    –The DOJ nowhere disclosed that Al Qaeda’s anthrax lab director had been part of the Malaysian biological weapons program. (Yazid Sufaat tells me that the plan is “on the way”).

    –The US Attorney Taylor in a nationally televised press conference says that the postage stamp was uniquely sold in Dr. Ivins Post Office when in fact it was sold throughout Virginia and Maryland (even crediting the FBI’s evidence). The false story ran on AP that it was sold only in his Post Office and was never corrected.

    –The FBI concocted a “code theory” that required the “T” in NEXT to be double-lined when in fact it wasn’t.

    –The DOJ and FBI allowed massive conflicts of interest to exist in the collection of evidence — and never disclosed that the scientists collecting the evidence for the FBI had made a dried powder out of Ames from Flask 1029 (which the US Attorney calls the “murder weapon”)

    –The US Attorney falsely suggested Dr. Ivins used a lyophilizer when in fact the USG knew the lyophilizer was not where Dr. Ivins was located on the nights the DOJ claims he processed the anthrax.

    –The US Attorney claims that his Flask was the murder weapon when in fact it is known that anthrax taken directly from the Flask was not used.

    –The US Attorney makes it seem that the genetics pointed to Dr. Ivins when in fact the genetics just narrowed things from 700 to up to 300 — with anyone who had access being in a position to pass it on further. Access was based on voluntary reporting and a perpetrator would have no reason not to conceal his tracks. Indeed, transfers made at USAMRIID were not recorded prior to 2002.

    –The DOJ had not yet confirmed Dr. Ivins alibi and it turns out in fact he had group therapy on both nights of mailing.

    –The DOJ withheld the family’s 302s and has not produced them pursuant to a FOIA request even though they establish Dr. Ivins’ alibi.

    –The FBI did not obtain the records of the work done in the B3 alongside Bruce Ivins by a former Zawahiri associate until March 2005.

    –A subtilis expert called the number associated with Ramzi Yousef and the 1993 WTC bombers up until the minute the Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman was arrested. A reporting call after WTC 1993 was made from the dorm room of the subtilis expert to a Pakistan charity. The FBI submitted no evidence that they swabbed his laboratory for the genetically distinctive subtilis. He was an expert on mutations due to nutrient starvation. (Mutations were observed in the mailed anthrax).

    –The two key witnesses were Patricia Fellows and Mara Linscott. The DOJ shredded their civil deposition. His accuser, Patricia, was his assistant thanked by the former Zawahiri associate for her technical assistance.

    –The DOJ’s central witness wrote a 2009 book in which she explains that she was psychotic in 2000 and controlled by an alien who had implanted a microchip in her butt. She received instructions from the alien each night. The DOJ nonetheless allowed a report to be issued that is centrally based on her claims without any disclosure (or evidencing any awareness) that she was not a reliable witness. Until complaints, the psychiatrists even sold the report. Now they offer the false claims for free. There is no indication that the psychiatrists ever contacted the federal court to correct their mistaken reliance on the witness.

    –The DOJ (advised by those same psychiatrists who had a vested interest in the matter) submitted stained panties for DNA analysis and told Dr. Ivins that they were going to call his family to confirm he was unhappy at home. The semen on the panties was not pertinent to the case other than to put pressure on a man known to have attempted suicide just a few months earlier. Previously, his friends had been told in November 2007 not to talk to him.

    –On information and belief, the AUSA was told by her supervisor that she could not interview Ali Al-TImimi in prison because a deal had been cut in another matter. On information and belief, the AUSA was reprimanded after (to her credit) she went to the prison anyway. On information and belief, the pressure from above forced things in the direction of an Ivins Theory.

    Amerithrax is the greatest failure in law enforcement history because the national security threat posed by the anthrax mailings is unresolved absent an authoritative resolution.

  6. DXer said


    • DXer said

      Did the Cairo Medical alum working with virulent Ames alongside Bruce Ivins know the Egyptian Islamic Jihad members in Khartoum from the early 1990s? His mother worked at the distinguished university there as an accounting professor. I once emailed Tarek to ask but he didn’t respond.

      “Toward the end of 1990 or early in 1991, Hassan Turabi, the spiritual leader of the Islamic Salvation Front, which had taken power in Sudan after a military coup in 1989, invited Bin Laden to move to his own country, and to bring Al Qaeda and its training operations there. Al-Fadl was present at the deliberations that ensued at bin Laden’s Peshaware headquarters.”

      Source: Richard Bernstein and the staff of the New York Times, Out of the Blue: The Story of September 11, 2001, from Jihad to Ground Zero

      In the 1990s, Bin Laden’s office for handling financial minutiae relating to his sprawling organization was on McNimr Street in Khartoum. A common complaint was that the Egyptians were paid more than others.

      The location had 8 or 9 offices. Fadl worked there and he came to cooperate with US authorities after embezzling $100,000.

      Even Bin Laden Has to Deal With the Mundane
      Trial: From personnel to land issues, the fugitive is involved in the minutiae of running his militant group, a former aide testifies.
      February 11, 2001|JOHN J. GOLDMAN | TIMES STAFF WRITER

      Bin Laden paid $250,000 for a farm north of the City. Fadl paid the money given to him by Dr. Zawahiri.

      Who knew who in Khartoum? A source on the organizations and individuals in Cairo dating to the assassination of Sadat — and Khartoum in the early 1990s — was the original book written by Cairo Medical alum and EIJ official Sharif. It was titled “The Compendium of the Pursuit of Divine Knowledge.” The original draft was highly specific as to organizations and individuals.

      More than a 1000 pages, Sharif used the pseudonym Abdul Qader bin Abdul Aziz. It opens with the assertion that: “A man may enter the faith in many ways, yet be expelled from it by just one deed.”

      According to Fadl, Zawahiri was delighted with the result, saying, “this book is a victory from Almighty God.” But Zawahiri edited it without Sharif’s permission — deleting “a barbed critique of the jihadi movement” and specific organizations and individuals – including al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya (the Islamic Group) with whom Zawahiri was attempting to arrange a merger. Dr. Ayman changed the title to “Guide to the Path of Righteousness for Jihad and Belief.” Dr. Al-Sharif was livid at Dr. Zawahiri when he learned his book had been changed without permission and he refused to accept Ayman’s apology. “I do not know anyone in the history of Islam prior to Ayman al-Zawahiri who engaged in such lying, cheating, forgery, and betrayal of trust by transgressing against someone else’s book.”

      How much did the agent who concocted a code by claiming that the “T” in NEXT was double-lined (when it wasn’t) know about the relationship between the Cairo Medical alum working alongside Bruce Ivins in the B3? How much did he know about who knew who at Cairo Medical and in Khartoum?

      Were the AUSAs who omitted any mention of rabbits in the Amerithrax Investigative Summary — and then speciously claimed that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab and thus must be guilty of the murders — widely read on Dr.Zawahir’s anthrax planning and past associations in Cairo and Khartoum?

      Did they ever bother to read Al-Nashar’s lengthy 1998 confession on Dr. Ayman’s plan to use anthrax to retaliate against the rendering of senior EIJ leaders?

      How did such an important case come to be derailed over a theft of a sorority book a quarter century earlier and some stained panties? How did it come to be so crucially influenced by a witness who by 2009 had published a book explaining that in 2000 she got her instructions from an alien who had implanted a chip in her butt? …who explained that she had psychotic delusions that nasty astral entities attached to the patients in her new part-time counseling gig were trying to kill her?

      GAO: Which of the AUSA and investigators had read that counselor’s book in 2009 before recommending that the case be closed in February 2010?

      • DXer said

        Dr. Fadl (Al-Sharif) was arrested in Yemen in 2001 after 9/11.

        Imprisoned in Egypt, in 1998 he recanted his previous ruthless views.

        But now that there is a new Sheriff in Dodge, where does he stand on his earlier change of heart?

        Dr. Ayman has responded to Al-Sharif’s 1998 revisions.

        • DXer said

          Errata – his revision was in 2008. Here is Pt. 2 of a discussion of his changes.

          He explains it would be wrong to attack a country that had allowed you to come and live.

  7. DXer said

    GAO: Where is the missing anthrax made by Dr. Ivins’ lab assistants?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 31, 2011

    In the depositions that the Department of Justice shredded, did they say that they had given it to the former Zawahiri associate for tests of NanoBio’s decontamination agent? GAO: You did think to interview the two single key witnesses, didn’t you?

  8. DXer said

    Mohamed Morsi to visit US as White House pledges ‘new partnership’ , Sunday 8 July 2012
    Egypt’s new Islamist president will visit the US during UN general assembly following invitation from Barack Obama

    • DXer said

      As Islamists Gain Influence, Washington Reassesses Who Its Friends Are
      Published: July 9, 2012


      Gamaa al-Islamiyya appears to be another case of a terrorist organization gradually changing its tactics. The group carried out a brutal campaign of violence in the 1990s, killing Egyptian soldiers and police officers and foreign tourists. But it renounced violence in 2003, and since then has sought to enter the political mainstream.

      The sheik, 74, now in a federal prison for ailing convicts at Butner, N.C., was a leading figure in the group during its violent days. He was sentenced in 1996 for plotting a “war of urban terrorism” against the United States, beginning with the bombings of tunnels and landmarks in New York City.

      But his guilt is questioned by many Egyptians, who see him as the victim of a conspiracy by the United States and Mr. Mubarak.

      Michele Dunne, an Egypt expert at the Atlantic Council, a Washington research institution, said Mr. Morsi’s mention of the case was a political gesture toward ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafis, like Mr. Eldin. It remains to be seen, she said, whether Mr. Morsi will follow up with American officials, who are certain to dismiss any request for the sheik’s release.

      The major Egyptian terrorists, including the sheik and the current leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, were shaped by their rage against the Mubarak dictatorship, Ms. Dunne said. The movement of Islamists into mainstream politics should reduce the terrorism threat, she said.

      When it appeared last month that the Egyptian military might intervene and block Mr. Morsi from taking power, Ms. Dunne said, that development appeared to hang in the balance.

      “If Islamist groups like the Brotherhood lose faith in democracy,” she said, “that’s when there could be dire consequences.”


      The announcement in Spring 1999 that Dr. Ayman was going to use anthrax against US targets coincided exactly with the Blind Sheik’s rejection of Egyptian Islamic Group’s participation in democratic processes. One party was led by the blind sheik’s lawyer, Montasser Al-Zayat and Mamdouh Ismail (Ismail is the fellow who now is in the legislature). Another party was led by the writers for the Ann Arbor charity IANA, Kamal Habib and Gamal Sultan. Al-TImimi was on the board at another publication (Assirat) and was IANA’s most celebrated speaker. The same time the blind sheik rejected the idea of forming a party, Montasser Al-Zayat, who represented some of the defendants in a massive trial, announced that anthrax was going to be used against US targets. And so point made by Ms. Dunne above about democracy is very apt.

      The job of a New York Times correspondent has got to be just about the most exciting jobs one could have. These journalists come to be so influential precisely by mastering such a wide variety of topics. If you compare the job to say, that of a prosecutor, I think the journalist has much greater influence. In a week — in a single article — he can have more influence than a prosecutor might (subject to what a jury decides) in a matter taking months and years.

      Mr. Shane’s expertise extends over a wide range of topics of my interest — to include Awlaki who will be back in the news at the end of this week. The USG has prevented the NYT from having in-person access to the prisoners at Terre Haute. See Shane December 2011 article. NYT no doubt has had top-notch legal talent looking at such issues but it is disappointing that the rule has not been established that such a blanket lack of access is inconsistent with the First Amendment. For example, there is common law to affidavits in support of warrants — the documents detailing the USG view. Why isn’t there a common law right to the point of view of the convicted defendants? How would we learn of a wrongful conviction if the defendants are not allowed to tell their side of the story?

      • DXer said

        Egypt: A Democratic Example Would Pound ‘A Stake Through the Heart of Al-Qaeda’
        BY JOYCE HACKEL ⋅ JUNE 26, 2012

        [Lawrence] Wright: Ayman al-Zawahiri hates the Muslim Brothers. He wrote a book called “Bitter Harvest” in which he denounced them. It would be very, very difficult for him to accommodate to what’s happening now because the Brothers, their acceptance of democracy is the very opposite of what al-Qaeda stands for. In Zawahiri’s opinion, the Brothers have walked away from the original idea of the Muslim Brotherhood which was God’s law, it takes precedence over man’s law. And the Brothers believe this, but they just believe that democracy is the best way of enforcing that kind of change in Egyptian society and other Islamic societies. Zawahiri doesn’t believe in democracy at all. He would prefer to see a religious theocracy take control, and that once was the vision of the Muslim Brothers as well, but it doesn’t seem to be so predominant in their thinking today. You know, the truth is al-Qaeda is fighting for it’s life. The main thing that would put a stake in it’s heart is a successful democratic experience in Egypt. And if the Muslim Brothers can demonstrate responsible leadership in Egypt that is tolerant and progressive, that will be the end of al-Qaeda. If they fail, it will be a different story.

      • DXer said

        If Washington Post had corrected its reporting in early August 2008 in which it reported the breathless claims of the first counselor — without naming her — Amerithrax likely would have taken an entirely different direction. The first counselor in a 2009 book explained that she had been psychotic in 2000. She says she was controlled by an alien who had implanted a microchip in her butt. She says she had delusions about the murderous astral entities attached to her patients in her new part-time counseling gig. The file which was handed to the next counselor — with her annotations of the comments by psychiatrists — in July 2008 then led to a commitment order and Dr. Ivins’ suicide. But the Washington Post never corrected the story (even after I contacted the Ombudsman and individual reporters). The Washington Post did have editorial about how the FBI needed to roll up its sleeve on Amerithrax and reopen the investigation to get authoritative answers to unresolved questions. But that was not nearly as important as the article about the counselor in early August 2008. The article about the counselor’s claims — which made the grievous mistake of keeping her identity secret as she breached her obligations of confidentiality — was just a day or so before the US Attorney gave his press conference incorrectly spinning key forensic issues. That article set the stage for the tale told by US Attorney Taylor.

        With great influence comes great responsibility to get things right. Or alternatively upon discovery of an error to correct the record.

        Illustrating that it is never too late to get things right, and demonstrating the importance of the Washington Post, it was a single article in the Washington Post that has now moved the DOJ and FBI to review use of forensic evidence in thousands of cases.

        Justice Dept., FBI to review use of forensic evidence in thousands of cases

        By Spencer S. Hsu, Published: July 10

        The Justice Department and the FBI have launched a review of thousands of criminal cases to determine whether any defendants were wrongly convicted or deserve a new trial because of flawed forensic evidence, officials said Tuesday.

        The undertaking is the largest post-conviction review ever done by the FBI. It will include cases conducted by all FBI Laboratory hair and fiber examiners since at least 1985 and may reach earlier if records are available, people familiar with the process said. Such FBI examinations have taken place in federal and local cases across the country, often in violent crimes, such as rape, murder and robbery.

        The review comes after The Washington Post reported in April that Justice Department officials had known for years that flawed forensic work might have led to the convictions of potentially innocent people but had not performed a thorough review of the cases. In addition, prosecutors did not notify defendants or their attorneys even in many cases they knew were troubled.

        On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that it will conduct the more expansive review.

        “The Department and the FBI are in the process of identifying historical cases for review where a microscopic hair examination conducted by the FBI was among the evidence in a case that resulted in a conviction,” spokeswoman Nanda Chitre said in a statement. “We have dedicated considerable time and resources to addressing these issues, with the goal of reaching final determinations in the coming months.”

        • Lew Weinstein said

          was just a day or so *before/after ??? *US Attorney ************************************ Lewis M. Weinstein … *read about Lew’s novels at *… … THE HERETIC … THE POPE’S CONSPIRACY … A GOOD CONVICTION … CASE CLOSED … HEREJE … the Spanish edition of THE HERETIC published in 2012

  9. DXer said

    Nosair, who killed radical rabbi Kehane in 1990, recently moved to overturn his conviction given that the USG was working closely with Ali Mohammed, Zawahiri’s chief of intelligence.

    Ali Mohammed had taught Cairo Medical alum Dahab to make lethal letters. Ali Mohammed and Dahab travelled to Afghanistan to report on 10 sleepers they had recruited.

    Ali Mohammed would stay with Nosair when he came to visit the NYC area.

    Montasser Al-Zayat, the blind sheik’s lawyer, was on Nosair’s defense team. In the Spring 1999 he explained that Dr. Zawahiri was going to use anthrax to retaliate for the imprisonment of EIJ members,

    The appeal of one former blind sheik lawyer was recently denied and another blind sheik lawyer was recently indicted on tax charges.

    Had Nosair known the subtilis expert calling Ramzi Youssef’s number up until the time he was arrested? Did the subtilis expert ever visit Nosair in Attica? (See handwritten list of visitors). Nosair was the fellow who shot radical rabbi Kehane in 1990.

    Nosair was related to and shared an address with Salameh, one of the 1993 WTC bombers.

    Abdul-Yasin, the Iraqi closely connected to the subtilis expert calling the apartment, was brought into the WTC 1993 bombing plot by Salameh and Ramzi Youssef, KSM’s nephew.

    Nosair was originally sentenced to serve his time in Attica State Prison in New York. It was reported that prior to his arrest, Omar Abdul-Rahman (the “Blind Sheikh”) and his followers conducted detailed surveillance of the facility and had discussed plans to use a truck bomb attack combined with an armed assault to rescue Nosair from prison.

    Nosair was still serving time in prison on the New York state assault and weapons charges when he was convicted as part of the federal trial of the “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman. Both received life sentences without parole for a terror conspiracy, in Nosair’s case life plus 15 years imprisonment. It was ruled that Kahane’s death was part of the total “seditious conspiracy,” so Nosair was also convicted of killing Kahane. He is serving his sentence in Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute, in Terre Haute, Indiana.

    President Obama has invited Morsi, newly elected in Egypt, to come to the White House. Morse has vowed to seek the release of the Blind Sheikh and other detainees. Does he also plan to seek the release of Nosair?

    The WTC 1993 bomber who got away, Yasin, in a 2002 interview says he is sorry for what he did. Yasin says that the bombers, whom he said he met for the first time while living in a Jersey City apartment building, talked him into it.

    “[Yousef and Salameh] used to tell me how Arabs suffered a great deal and that we have to send a message that this is not right … to revenge for my Palestinian brothers and my brothers in Saudi Arabia.”

    Was Tarek Hamouda, whose friends from Cairo Medical were recruited to jihad by Ayman Zawahiri, a supporter of the Blind Sheik?

    Michael Hayes, the lab tech who went with him to work alongside Bruce Ivins in the B3, when I called him, told me when I called that I don’t want to know.

    But I do. If President Morsi is going to meet with President Obama, it is important that the United States Department of Justice acknowledge that its case against Dr. Ivins is not supported by the evidence.

    • DXer said

      Ali’s defense counsel explained to the federal district court, upon a remand by the appeals court, that Mr. Timimi was interviewed by an FBI agent and a Secret Service agent as early as February 1994 in connection with the first World Trade Center attack. The agents left their business cards which the family kept. Did the WTC 1993 bombers know Ali Al-Timimi? Did the subtilis expert?

  10. DXer said

    Kandahar Souvenir: Hijacker Ahmed’s Blackened Leg Lesion

    Interviews of D.A. Henderson, who served on the NAS panel, and his former colleague Tara O’Toole, now head of biosecurity at Homeland Security, would be interesting. The scientists previously rendered an opinion on hijacker Ahmed’s blackened leg lesion. The hijacker’s remains tested positive for exposure to anthrax but the FBI dismissed the finding as due to lab contamination. An FBI agent involved managing the scene describes in a new book how she focused on angels she perceived in the mist — she did see any bodies. But interviews of the FBI lab personnel who could shed light on the claimed lab contamination would be more illuminating. (I see sensuous women in the flames of campfires; it is not surprising that one would perceive images in mist upon a crash that had just created such a crater). The public need as much time spent on disclosures concerning the claimed contamination in the testing of the remains as spent on spiritual accounts of the FBI personnel working at the site who report post-traumatic stress syndrome.

    One of the hijackers, Ahmed Al-Haznawi, went to the ER on June 25, 2001 with what now appears to have been cutaneous anthrax, according to Dr. Tsonas, the doctor who treated him, and other experts. “No one is dismissing this,” said CIA Director Tenet. Alhaznawi had just arrived in the country on June 8. He had traveled with al Shehri from Dubai, United Arab Emirates via London-Gatwick, England to Miami, Florida. His exposure perhaps related to a camp he had been in Afghanistan. He said he got the blackened gash-like lesion when he bumped his leg on a suitcase two months earlier. Two months earlier he had been in camp near Kandahar (according to a videotape he later made serving as his last Will and Testament). His last will and testament is mixed in with the footage by the al-Qaeda’s Sahab Institute for Media Production that includes Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Sulaiman Abu Ghaith. There are some spiders that on rare occasions bite and cause such a blackened eschar (notably the Brown Recluse Spider found in some parts of the United States).

    Dr. Tara O’Toole of the Biodefense Center at John Hopkins, now head of biosecurity at Homeland Security, concluded it related to exposure to anthrax. The former head of that group, Dr. Henderson, and National Academy of Sciences anthrax science review panel member, explained: “The probability of someone this age having such an ulcer, if he’s not an addict and doesn’t have diabetes or something like that, is very low. It certainly makes one awfully suspicious.” The FBI says no anthrax was found where the hijackers were. Although no doubt there are some other diseases that lead to similar sores, it is reasonable to credit that it was cutaneous anthrax considering all the circumstances, to include the finding by the 9/11 Commission that ” in 2001, Sufaat would spend several months attempting to cultivate anthrax for al Qaeda in a laboratory he set up near the Kandahar airport.” Now that Kandahar reportedly is where the extremely virulent anthrax was located, it makes it more likely that the Johns Hopkins people were correct that the lesion was cautions anthrax.

    At the time, CBS reported that “U.S. troops are said to have found another biological weapons research lab near Kandahar, one that that was eyeing anthrax.” But CBS and FBI spokesman further noted that “Those searches found extensive evidence that al-Qaida wanted to develop biological weapons, but came up with no evidence the terrorist group actually had anthrax or other deadly germs, they said.” Only years later did author Suskind claim that in fact there was extremely virulent anthrax at Kandahar. Thus, a factual predicate important to assessment of the Johns Hopkins report on the leg lesion needed to be reevaluated after Hambali’s interrogation in Jordan.

    Another intriguing potential lead concerned a report about Atta’s red hands. Shortly before 9/11, Atta went to a pharmacy with red hands, as if he had been working with bleach or detergent. Delray Beach, Florida pharmacist Greg Chadderton explained:

    “There are two fellows, well dressed, and I asked if there was anything I could do to help them. And the one fellow turned over to me and he showed me his hands, and he said “They’re itching and they’re burning, do you have a cream for this?” His hands were red from this area down (indicating from wrist down) on both of his hands, they were red. Not the normal colour you and I would have from just being like this, but they were red. They weren’t blistering – they were simply red. They were red as if you had taken your hands and dunked them in a bucket of perhaps bleach or something. But they weren’t red on this side (backs of hands) where you would think. That’s what puzzled me, it was very perplexing that this side (palms?) was all red, it was almost as if he had touched something like this.”

    He was given a cream called acid mantle. The explanation I favor is that it was just a latex allergy from wearing gloves. Maybe his red hands related to use of gloves while making a gas or spray later used to subdue passengers such as the red pepper spray introduced as an exhibit in the Moussaoui trial. But there is another disturbing, less likely possibility. The late Midhat Mursi aka Abu Khabab, the chemist helping Zawahiri with his Zabadi, or Curdled Milk, project, worked with a chemical additive for his pesticide/nerve agent. It increased absorption into the skin. Saponin, a natural detergent, is used for that purpose in a variety of commercial contexts. In late 2002, a plot was foiled when an attempt to purchase 1100 pounds of saponin was noticed by a chemical company and stopped. Authorities are not talking. A final even more remote possibility for Atta’s red hands concerns the use of chlorine bleach to decontaminate anthrax.

  11. DXer said

    Hani and Nawaf on the Straight Path with Anwar Awlaki: Connecting the Kuala Lumpur, Falls Church and New Jersey Dots

    Nawaf Al-Hazmi was one of the two hijackers who had been at the meeting at anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat’s Malaysian condominium in January 2000. Nawaf Hazmi and a colleague had arrived the previous year in San Diego, where they had been unsuccessful in learning to fly. Upon arriving in San Diego in 2000, he met with Imam Anwar Awlaki (Aulaqi) — perhaps even the same day as arriving. The 911 Commission Report said that Nawaf and his fellow hijacker and “developed a close relationship with him.” One pilot at the flight school in Arabic said that Nawaf wanted to learn to jets right away, rather than start with small planes. The pilot man thought Nawaf and his colleague, Khalid al-Mihdar, were either joking or dreaming.They were joined in San Diego by Hani Hanjour, a good friend of Nawaf’s from Saudi Arabia. Hani was the pilot of flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. He was one of the most conservative and religiously observant of the hijackers.

    Hani had first come to the United States in 1991. After short stay in the US in Tucson where he studied in English, he returned to Saudi Arabia until 1996, when he worked in Afghanistan for a relief agency. He eventually earned his commercial pilot training in 1998. Hani had been at al-Qaeda’s al-Faruq camp when Bin Laden or Atef told him “to report to KSM, who then trained Hanjour for a few days in the use of code words.” Hani then met with Aafia Siddiqui’s future husband al-Baluchhi in United Arab Emirates. Al-Balucchi opened an account for Hani who then traveled to San Diego.

    Aulaqi in early 2001 moved to Falls Church. Several months later, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid Almihdhar, who by then had joined them in San Diego in December 2000, also moved to Falls Church, Virginia. On April 1, 2001, Nawaf al-Hazmi received a ticket for speeding in Oklahoma, apparently while driving cross-country from San Diego to Falls Church, Virginia. Nawaf Alhazmi and Hani Hanjour rented an apartment in Falls Church, Virginia, for about a month, with the assistance of a man they met at Aulaqi’s mosque. They lived at 3355 Row St., Apt. 3 in Falls Church. The hijackers attended sermons at the Dar al Hijrah mosque, where Aulaqi was now located. Ali Al-Timimi attended the mosque until he established the nearby center. Police later found the phone number of the Falls Church mosque when they searched the apartment of 9/11 and CBRN planner Ramzi bin al-Shibh in Germany. Various instructors have confirmed that Hani continued to have poor english and flying skills. Nawaf’s english and flying skills also remained poor.

    On May 1, 2001, Nawaf reported to police that men tried to take his wallet outside a Fairfax, Virginia residence. Before the county officer left, al-Hazmi signed a “statement of release” indicating he did not want the incident investigated. Hani and Nawaf then moved to Paterson, New Jersey, renting a one-bedroom apartment where they lived with some of the other hijackers. On June 30th, his car was involved in a minor traffic accident on the east-bound George Washington Bridge. Hani was stopped by police on August 1, 2001 for driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone in Arlington, Virginia. On August 22, 2001, Nawaf al Hazmi purchased a Leatherman Wave Multi-tool from a Target department store in Laurel, Maryland.

    Hani and Nawaf moved out of the New Jersey apartment on September 1. Hani was photographed a few days later using an ATM with a fellow hijacker in Laurel, Maryland, where all five Flight 77 hijackers had purchased a 1-week membership in a local Gold’s Gym. On September 10, 2001, Hanjour, al-Mihdhar, and al-Hazmi checked into the Marriott Residence Inn in Herndon, Virginia where Saleh Ibn Abdul Rahman Hussayen, a prominent Saudi government official — who later was appointed to head the mosques at Mecca and Medina — was staying. He was the uncle of Sami al-Hussayen, the webmaster of the Islamic Assembly of North America (“IANA”).

    • DXer said

      “The Straight Path”: Connecting the Dots

      Al-Timimi’s attorney explained in a court filing that unsealed in April 2008 that Ali “was a participant in dozens of international overseas calls to individuals known to have been under suspicion of Al-Qaeda ties like Al-Hawali” and “was described during his trial by FBI agent John Wyman as having ‘extensive ties’ with the ‘broader al-Qaeda network.” Al-Timimi was on an advisory board member of Assirat al-Mustaqueem (”The Straight Path”), an international Arabic language magazine. Assirat, produced in Pittsburgh beginning in 1991, was the creation of a group of North American muslims, many of whom were senior members of IANA. Its Advisory Committee included Bassem Khafagi and Ali Al-Timimi. As Al-Timimi’s counsel explained in a court filing unsealed in April 2008:

      “[IANA head] Bassem Khafagi was questioned about Dr. Al-Timimi before 9-11 in Jordan, purportedly at the behest of American intelligence. [redacted passage ] He was specifically asked about Dr. Al-Timimi’s connection to Bin Laden prior to Dr. Al-Timimi’s arrest. He was later interviewed by the FBI about Dr. Al-Timimi. Clearly, such early investigations go directly to the allegations of Dr. Al-Timimi’s connections to terrorists and Bin Laden.”

      Two staff members who wrote for Assirat then joined IANA’s staff when it folded in 2000.

      They had been members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and were activists in the movement. One of the former EIJ members, Gamal Sultan, was the editor of the quarterly IANA magazine in 2002.The most prominent writer was the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Kamal Habib. He led the Egyptian Islamic Jihad at the time of Anwar Sadat’s assassination when young doctor Zawahiri’s cell merged with a few other cells to form the EIJ. Two writers for Assirat in Pittsburgh had once shared a Portland, Oregon address with Al Qaeda member Wadih El-Hage. Wadih al Hage was Ali Mohammed’s friend and served as Bin Laden’s “personal secretary.”

      Kamal Habib had been a founding member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad and had spent 10 years in jail for the assassination of Anwar Sadat. In the late 1970s, the cell run by the young doctor Zawahiri joined with three other groups to become Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) under Habib’s leadership. After a visit in 2000, Gamal Sultan said Pittsburgh was known as the “American Kandahar,” given its rolling hills. In Egypt he formed the Islah (“Reform”) party with Gamal Sultan. While contributing to Al Manar al Jadeed, the Ann Arbor-based IANA’s quarterly journal, the pair sought the blind sheik’s endorsement of their political party venture in March 1999. They were not seeking the official participation of organizations like the Egyptian Islamic Jihad or the Egyptian Islamic Group. They were just hoping the groups would not oppose it. The pair wanted members of the movement to be free to join in peaceful partisan activity. They were not deterred when the blind sheik responded that the project was pointless, at the same he withdrew his support for the cease-fire initiative that had been backed by the imprisoned leaders of the Egyptian Islamic Group.

      In early April 2001, Nawaf Alhazmi and Hani Hanjour rented an apartment in Falls Church, Virginia, for about a month, with the assistance of a man they met at the mosque. Nawaf Al-Hazmi had been at the January 2000 meeting at Yazid Sufaat’s Malaysian condominium in January 2000. Hijackers Nawaf and Hani Hanjour, a fellow pilot who was his friend from Saudi Arabia, attended sermons at the Dar al Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, where Al-Timimi was located until he established the nearby center. The FBI reports that at an imam named Awlawki who had recently also moved from San Diego had closed door meetings with hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar in 2000 while all three of them were living in San Diego. Police later found the phone number of the Falls Church mosque when they searched the apartment of 9/11 planner Ramzi bin al-Shibh in Germany. In his 2007 book, Center of the Storm, George Tenet noted that Ramzi bin al-Shibh had a CBRN role.

      Yusuf Wells, who was a fundraiser for the Benevolence International Foundation, visited Northern Virginia over the April 14-15, 2001 weekend. The previous month he had been at Iowa State University on a similar visit. On April 15, 2001, he was brought to a paintball game. In the second season, they had become more secretive after an inquiry by an FBI Special Agent was made in 2000 of one of the members about the games. Part of BIF fundraiser Wells’ job involved writing reports about his fund raising trips. In his April 15, 2001 report he writes:

      “I was taken on a trip to the woods where a group of twenty brothers get together to play Paintball. It is a very secret and elite group and as I understand it, it is an honor to be invited to come. The brothers are fully geared up in camouflage fatigues, facemasks, and state of the art paintball weaponry. They call it ‘training’ and are very serious about it. I knew at least 4 or 5 of them were ex US military, the rest varied.
      Most all of them young men between the ages of 17-35. I was asked by the amir of the group to give a talk after Thuhr prayer. I spoke about seeing the conditions of Muslims overseas while with BIF, and how the fire of Islam is still very much alive in the hearts of the people even in the midst of extreme oppression. I also stressed the idea of being balanced. That we should not just be jihadis and perfect our fighting skills, but we should also work to perfect our character and strengthen our knowledge of Islam. I also said that Muslims are not just book reading cowards either, and that they should be commended for forming such a group.
      Many were confused as to why I had been ‘trusted’ to join the group so quickly, but were comforted after my brief talk. Some offered to help me get presentations on their respective localities.”

      A man named Kwon recalled driving Al-Timimi home from the mosque September 11, 2001 after the terrorist attacks. He said Al-Timimi and another scholar argued, with Al-Timimi characterizing the attacks as a punishment of America from God. “He told me to gather some brothers, to have a contingency plan in case there were mass hostilities toward Muslims in America.” Kwon said Al-Timimi told the group that the effort to spread Islam in the United States was over and that the only other options open to them were to repent, leave the U.S. and join the mujahadeen —preparing to defend Afghanistan against the coming U.S. invasion.

      After 9/11, although a dinner that night was cancelled in light of the events of the day, Al-Timimi sought “to organize a plan in case of anti-Muslim backlash and to get the brothers together.” The group got together on September 16. Al-Timimi when he came in told the group to turn of their phones, unplug the answering machine, and pull down the curtains. Al-Timimi told the group that Mullah Omar had called upon Muslims to defend Afghanistan. Al-Timimi read parts of the al-Uqla fatwa to the group and gave the fatwa to Khan with the instructions to burn it after he read it. Al Timimi said the duty to engage in jihad is “fard ayn” — an individual duty of all Muslims. Over a lunch with two of the group on September 19, Al-Timimi told them not to carry anything suspicious and if they were stopped on the way to Pakistan to ask for their mother and cry like a baby. He told them to carry a magazine. The next day the pair left for Pakistan. The group from the September 16 meeting met again in early October, and a number left for Pakistan immediately after that meeting.

      Al-Timimi’s lawyer explains that Al-Timimi was in telephone contact with Al-Hawali on September 16, 2001 and September 19, 2001:

      “The conversation with Al-Hawali on September 19, 2001 was central to the indictment and raised at trial. Al-Timimi called Dr. Hawali after the dinner with Kwon on September 16, 2001 and just two hours before he met with Kwon and Hassan for the last time on September 19, 2001.”

      Al-Timimi was urging the young men go defend the Taliban against the imminent US invasion. A recent open letter to Ayman Zawahiri from a senior Libyan jihadist, Bin-Uthman, now living in London, confirms that Ayman Zawahiri and Atef, at a several day meeting in Kandahar in the Summer of 2000, viewed WMD as a deterrent to the invasion of Afghanistan.

      Kwon, who had just become a U.S. citizen in August 2001, went to the mountain training camps of Lashkar-e-Taiba. The U.S. placed on its terrorist list in December 2001. Kwon practiced with a semi-automatic weapons and learned to fire a grenade launcher, but he was not able to join the Taliban. The border between Afghanistan and Pakistan closed as
      U.S. forces took control of Afghanistan shortly before Kwon completed his training. His trainers suggested that he instead go back to the United States and gather information for the holy warriors. Kwon told jurors at al-Timimi’s trial how he first heard Al-Timimi speak in 1997 at an Islamic Assembly of North America conference in Chicago and then found that Al-Timimi lectured locally near his home in Northern Virginia. “Russian Hell” — a jihad video that featured bloody clips of a Chechen Muslim rebel leader executing a Russian prisoner of war — was a favorite among the videos that the group exchanged and discussed. “They (the videos) motivated us. It was like they gave us inspiration,” Kwon told the jurors.

      In 2001, Al-Timimi kept the personal papers of IANA President Khafagi at his home for safekeeping. His taped audio lecturers were among the most popular at the charity Islamic Assembly of North America in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He knew its President, Khafagi, both through work with CAIR and IANA. The same nondescript office building at 360 S. Washington St. in Falls Church where Timimi used to lecture at Dar al Arqam housed the Muslim World League.

      Al Timimi was close to his former teacher Safar al Hawali, the dissident Saudi sheik whose writings hail what he calls the inevitable downfall of the West. (Under pressure from authorities after 9/11, Al Hawali has played a public role in mediating between Saudi militants and the government.) Al-Timimi sought to represent and explain the views of radical sheik Al-Hawali in a letter he sent to members of Congress on the first anniversary of the mailing to the US Senators Daschle and Leahy. The Hawali October 6, 2002 letter drafted by Al-Timimi was hand delivered to every member of the US Congress just before their vote authorizing the use of force against Iraq, warning of the disastrous consequences that would follow an invasion of Iraq. Dr. Timimi’s defense committee explained on their website:

      “Because Dr. Al-Timimi felt that he did not have enough stature to send a letter in his name on behalf of Muslims, he contacted Dr. Al-Hawali among others to send the letter. Dr. Al-Hawali agreed and sent a revised version which Dr. Al-Timimi then edited and had hand delivered to every member of Congress.”

      In addition to the October 6, 2002 letter, drafted by Al-Timimi, Hawali had sent a lengthy October 15, 2001 “Open Letter” to President Bush in which he had rejoiced in the 9/11 attacks. One Al-Hawali lecture, sought to be introduced in the prosecution of the IANA webmaster, applauded the killing of Jews and called for more killing, praised suicide bombings, and said of Israel that it’s time to “fight and expel this hated country that consists of those unclean, defiled, the cursed.”

      Bin Laden referred to Sheik al-Hawali in his 1996 Declaration of War on America. Prior to the 1998 embassy bombings, Ayman’s London cell sent letters to three different media outlets in Europe claiming responsibility for the bombings and referring to Hawali’s imprisonment. In two of the letters, the conditions laid out as to how the violence would stop were (1) release of Sheik al-Hawali (who along with another had been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia in 1994) and (2) the release of blind sheik Abdel Rahman (who had been imprisoned in connection with WTC 1993). Hawali was released in 1999 after he agreed to stop advocating against the Saudi regime.

      Now the newly elected President Morsi has been invited by President Obama to deliver the same message personally as the elected representative of the Egyptian people.

      Amerithrax represents the greatest failure in intelligence analysis in the history of the United States.

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