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

* NAS Panel Member Nancy D. Connell in new treatise: Amerithrax May Never Be Solved

Posted by DXer on August 20, 2012




14 Responses to “* NAS Panel Member Nancy D. Connell in new treatise: Amerithrax May Never Be Solved”

  1. DXer said

    Omicron reportedly has mild symptoms but judging from the stats in South Africa spreads quickly. Stock futures are up premarket, bouncing from Friday’s drop. But will news that omicron is in the US cause stocks to drop today? Should it? China, already strict, is not presently changing its course.

  2. DXer said

    Connell of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity speaks about the future of biosecurity research, ethics

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Claudia Adrien

    Could you explain your work on the anthrax attacks of 2001?

    One National Academies committee I was on was the FBI investigation on the analysis of the anthrax attack, which was finished in 2010. We were analyzing the FBI’s forensic capabilities and the research that went into the case. It was the longest and most expensive investigation in FBI history and we reviewed more than 6,000 pages of data.

    Here was the question: These spores show up in the mail and where did they come from?

    People had been thinking about microbial forensics but there hadn’t really been a case yet. In 2001, DNA sequencing was in its infancy. With the advances in technology now, if this investigation happened today it would be an entirely different affair. So, it took them several months to get the sequence of the attack string and then to go back and figure out what lab it came from. It was fascinating.

    The FBI based much of its claim on the DNA sequencing results, but there were other things they tried to look at, too. One, for instance, was carbon dating. They used that to determine the spores were newly grown and were only two years old from the date of the crime. That says something very large: the spores didn’t come from a Soviet stockpile from the black market, or something. It was a new event. Someone had made this stuff in a lab and had dried it and processed it and put it into envelopes and sent them out.

    I have to say that although I’ve been thinking about biological weapons my whole career, I couldn’t believe the anthrax attacks were happening.

  3. DXer said

    Google FBI and forensics for major story in wash po and others on review of forensics in capital cases. Compare pr spin to bs in amerithrax.

    • Anonymous said
      “One of the things good scientists do is question their assumptions,” David Christian Hassell, director of the FBI Laboratory, told the Post. “No matter what the field, what the discipline, those questions should be up for debate. That’s as true in forensics as anything else.”

      This comes from the Chris Hassell, the guy who tried to hide the 10% silicon content found in the NYP anthrax sample when directly asked by Congress.

    • DXer said

      WSJ has a good new article “Flawed Evidence Under The Microscope.”

      Here there was no evidence pointing to Ivins that was flawed — because there was no scientific evidence pointing to Ivins.

      The FBI has not produced forensic evidence that would be useful in identifying the mailer — to include the study of the toner, paper and ink.

  4. DXer said

    Leonard Cole’s co-author Nancy Connell was on the Amerithrax NAS panel. They write in their book that Amerithrax may never be solved. In his testimony today before a Congressional Committee, Dr. Cole should emphasize the priority that GAO broadly interpret its assignment regarding view of all the science used in Amerithrax — regardless of whether it was used to support the Ivins Theory. (There wasn’t any that pointed to Dr. Ivins — just some that DOJ sought to spin as being supportive of its theory). The other forensic issues that were exculpatory are even more important — given that the DOJ has withheld those documents. Moreover, Dr. Cole should seek an explanation from GAO a reason for the 2 year delay in getting started. Finally, he should urge that the legislators light a fire under GAO and ensure that they are free of any interference from the FBI or CIA.

  5. DXer said

    Co-editor Leonard Cole gave masterful presentations at a November conference in D.C. moderated by Lew. Professor Cole was one of the two anchor presenters who drew concluding broad implications in a discussion with a UCLA professor. I have uploaded tape of Leonard’s presentation. He would be a great choice to speak on this topic in front of any audience and has published a book on the Amerithrax investigation. He was writing on bioterrorism long before Amerithrax. I mentioned only Dr. Cole in the headline because authorship of different chapters varied. She had a different co-author on the particular chapter quoted.

  6. DXer said

    Former New York City Captain of Police Detectives concludes in his downloadable Sherlock Holmes-themed Kindle book:

    “In either case, the anthrax investigation should be reopened. There are just too many questions unanswered….
    I think Sherlock would agree.
    Re-open the case.

    P.S. I’m certain that Bruce Ivins could never be found “guilty” in a court of law. And yes, we know that doesn’t prove he’s innocent. That’s just another reason to re-open the case. Why? Because there’s a question to answer: Is there a monster or monsters out there just waiting to strike again? Just waiting for a catastrophic event, i.e., a war in the Middle East!”

    • DXer said

      A Sherlock Holmes-themed downloadable book by a former New York City Captain of Detectives covers a number of crimes and has a chapter on Amerithrax. The author writes:

      “Here again, my purpose is not to review this entire investigation, but to determine if this case was properly closed as solved by the FBI on February 19, 2010.”

      He concludes not — he urges that the case be reopened. He notes the observation once made by Sherlock Holmes: “Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing.”

      • anonymous said

        LOL, I love how “Sherlock Holmes” extracts the initials B.I. from the Daschle letter. Capt. Walker is correct about one thing. If the FBI had noticed it, they would have included in their preposterous “code” analysis “proving” Bruce Ivins was the perp.

        Yet another professional who discredits the FBI “solving” of the case. It is clear how history will record the frame up of Bruce Ivins.

        • anonymous said

          We know another Key West resident who is also an author 🙂

          This is not fiction. This is the true story of how a former New York City Police Captain of Detectives used his extensive knowledge of the deductive methods of Sherlock Holmes to provide the FBI and other agencies with “break the case” clues to some of the most baffling and horrific criminal cases of the last half century. Not only does the author provide “break the case” clues to The Unabomber, BTK Killer, and Son of Sam cases, but on the Anthrax Killer case he has uncovered a secret code, one not found by the FBI, which will re-open the debate on the FBI’s closing of the case as solved. If you love detective stories, be they true or fiction, or a true crime deductive challenge, you shouldn’t miss this fascinating journey with the author and the World’s Greatest Detective, Sherlock Holmes.

          Tom WalkerNotify me of new titles added by this author
          Twenty years ago Tom Walker – an Ohio native – vacationed in Key West. He drank rum on the beach, ate mangoes fresh off the tree, was stunned by the scent from the island’s tropical efflorescence, swayed back and forth like an inept white guy to the sound of steel drums, nearly drowned diving for lobsters, forgot where he parked his rental car, got horribly sunburned and eventualy decided he had found a home. Since 1991 his writings and poetry have been published in local and national publications. As a writer and columnist for the Key West Citizen newspaper from 2000 to the present, Tom?s column “View from the Hammock” was recognized as best in its category by the Florida Society of Newspaper editors in 2002. Since then he hasn?t garnered any awards. He blames global warming. Currenty Tom resides in Key West with his wife Jennifer and sons Jon and jack…and three turtles and two dogs…also a loud bird.

      • DXer said

        Anonymous, you may be thinking of a different author by the same last name.

        “Tom Walker is a friend of the Baker Street Irregulars. He is a retired police captain and the author of 6 books including Return to Fort Apache. He lives in the Bronx with his wife Mary and 5 children.”

        “More than thirty years ago, Tom Walker published Fort Apache: New York’s Most Violent Precinct, introducing the world to the 4-1, a South Bronx precinct that was home to more murders than the entire city of San Francisco. To this day, his story about life as police lieutenant in the 4-1 precinct remains the definitive account of the vicious cycle of violence that griped urban America in the late twentieth century.

        The battle between criminals and law enforcement did not end in 1971, but massive controversy over the book’s publication precluded the release of a sequel-until now. With Return to Fort Apache: Memoir of an NYPD Captain, Walker finally tells the rest of his fascinating life story.

        Return to Fort Apache was written to counter the prevailing politically correct opinion that the officers in Fort Apache used their weapons first and their wits last. In addition, Walker hopes to memorialize the courageous officers he served with in the 4-1, to remember forever their sacrifices, their courage, and their daily brushes with death and violence.”

        The Captain tells a great joke here at the end:

  7. DXer said

    Compare the scope that Nancy D. Connell’s facility received at the end of the January 2002 with the scope that University of Michigan and LSU received in late 2001:

    “And the FBI is adding to its list of labs and researchers that have handled anthrax. On Jan. 30, a grand jury subpoena went to a lab at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, demanding records of all anthrax at the lab and people with access to it for the past 10 years – or 20 years for dry, powdered anthrax, said Nancy D. Connell, director of the university’s Center for Biodefense, where anthrax work is planned but none has taken place.”

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