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

* Study Funded By Homeland Security and Defense Threat Reduction Agency Challenges Earlier Untested Hypothesis Of FBI Expert Relied Upon In Amerithrax Investigation

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 14, 2012

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3 Responses to “* Study Funded By Homeland Security and Defense Threat Reduction Agency Challenges Earlier Untested Hypothesis Of FBI Expert Relied Upon In Amerithrax Investigation”

  1. DXer said

    Bioterrorism: the Impact of Particle Size on Aerosol Infectivity. William Patrick III.
    http://archive.org/details/BioterrorismTheImpactOfParticleSizeOnAerosolInfectivity.William

  2. DXer said

    The Free Mind of a Former Terrorist: Interview with Dr. Tawfik Hamid

    by Snapper S. Ploen
    Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2012 2:27 PM

    http://highbrowmagazine.com/1474-free-mind-former-terrorist-interview-dr-tawfik-hamid

    Comment: As I’ve often said, Dr. Hamid has long been a personal hero of mine — right up there with men like Archibald Cox, Ralph Nader, President Obama and Saul Alinsky. “Tawfik” was childhood friends and Cairo Medical schoolmates with the scientist, Tarek H., supplied virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins for DARPA research relating to a decontamination agent using a nanoemulsion. When I first called “Tawfiq” years ago, he told me that he called his friend Tarek before 911 to ask about patents. He called on the recommendation of his brother (who was CAIR-St. Louis). Tarek told “Tawfik” that it was all in the marketing. At the time I called, his brother from St. Louis had stopped talking to him because of his cooperation with intelligence agencies. His brother told the FBI (according to a radio interview he gave) that he would tell the FBI about a sleeper cell if he knew anything about one. (He had moved from Ann Arbor in about 2001). The St. Louis brother organized a conference, written up by Scott Shane of the NYT, in which the message was that for a doctor to participate in terrorism violates the admonition “First Do No Harm.” The Ann Arbor-based IANA publication (in Arabic) had extensive debate in 2000 and 2001 by deep thinkers in the Movement about the role that violence could play in advocacy for the Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman. That charity’s chief writer was Kamal Habib, the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the group led by Dr. Ayman Zawahiri. Imprisoned for 10 years in connection with the assassination of Sadat, Kamal is a friend of Dr. Ayman Zawahiri but is a proponent of implementation of shariah through democracy. The FBI should have translated that journal no later than the end of 2001.

    In numerous patents, TH, the scientist supplied virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins, thanked Ivins’ chief accuser PF for her technical assistance. He was taught microbiology by Ayman’s sister Heba. In 1999, Heba understandably was extremely distraught over the rendition of her brother Mohammed Zawahiri.

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

    Instead of investigative reporters getting answers to hard questions, we have folks commenting who don’t even bother to read the relevant books and articles on the subject.

    The correct solution to Amerithrax — whatever it is — needs to be established through highly probative and reliable evidence given the national security threat posed by a threatened aerosol attack using anthrax. Failure is not an option.

    In poker, what is at stake is known as “pot odds.” Here, a lot is in the kitty. It is time for GAO and Congress to prod the FBI to turn over its cards consistent with the applicable disclosure and privacy laws.

    It is time for there to be greater document disclosure so that people can get on the same page.

    • DXer said

      “Informaton linking Tariq to anthrax and biological weapons was found on a calendar belonging to Arif Qasmani, a Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LT) member and associate of [Abu-Zubaydah].”

      Tariq reportedly was in the pharmaceutical business.

      GAO: What exactly did the calendar say? Tariq (also transliterated as Tarique, Taariq, Tarek, Tareq, Taric, Tarick, Tarik, or Tarık, Arabic: طارق‎, Ṭāriq) is an Arabic male given name, common in the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia.

      Is it clear on its face or in the context to refer to the possible alleged anthrax operative in NYC, the pharmacist with the last name Tariq? Or might it mean the Tarek supplied virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins taught microbiology by Dr. Ayman’s sister.

      (You may recall that in the Ft. Hood shooting, there was miscommunication relating to the word “comm.” One analyst meant it to refer to a commissioned officer and another analyst thought it referred to “communications” officer.)

      Did the NYC Tariq in fact have access to anthrax vaccine? The anthrax vaccine used by Tarek (the scientist who came to work in the B3 with Bruce Ivins) is discussed in the correspondence between Dr. Baker and Dr. Ivins. (Tarek and a colleague received anthrax vaccine shots given at U of Mich.)

      I just got back from scrabble club where my learned friend from the Middle East was not certain that “axel” was acceptable (“axel”, “axil” and “axle” are all good).

      Someone asked me this week if Yazid knew Tarek. (I said that was unlikely.) I doubt that Yazid even knew Rauf Ahmad.

      Is there any reason at all that the Qasmani calendar be classified? Does overclassification and overcompartmentalization — and withholding under FOIA — increase the risk of missteps in the intelligence analysis? What does the NYC pharmacist Tariq, at last report back in Pakistan, say about this? Who does he think is responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

      Why is the informed person visiting this page about Qasmani (the one whose calendar mentioned “Tariq”)?

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/arif-qasmani-interpol-united-nations-security-council-special-notice/

      Has Qasmani been captured?

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