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

* Three notebooks from the FBI have now been released on the FOIA website

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 4, 2012

UPDATE 

heads up – Notebook 4241 is a blockbuster

– recounting his work on the rabbits – first week of October

… the formaldehyde experiment

DXer … Go directly to Notebook 4241.  Recounts the work with the rabbits in the formaldehyde experiment the first week of October 2001.  GAO needs to get to the bottom of how this notebook came to be withheld and how there was no mention of rabbits in the Amerithrax Investigative Summary.  There is a very serious issue raised by the withholding of this notebook that absolutely must be addressed.  The FBI’s stupid “Ivins Theory” was premised on its claim that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab.

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 Three additional notebooks from the FBI have now been released on the FOIA website
 
 

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6 Responses to “* Three notebooks from the FBI have now been released on the FOIA website”

  1. DXer said

    http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/fbi-must-pay-470k-for-journalists-legal-fees

    FREEDOM OF INFORMATION NEWS
    FBI must pay $470K for journalist’s legal fees
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WIRE REPORT
    Monday, October 22, 2012 …

    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has ordered the FBI to pay a journalist’s legal fees of $470,000 after a years-long legal battle for the release of agency documents. ….

    The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Rosenfeld had filed five FOIA lawsuits against the FBI, beginning in 1985, and that all but one has now been resolved. According to the newspaper, Rosenfeld was awarded more than $560,000 in attorneys’ fees related to previous lawsuits.

    • DXer said

      D.A. Says FBI Balks at Terror-Case Request
      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203922804578081142565006704.html

      Friday’s hearing was requested by Mr. Pimentel’s defense lawyers. They are asking Justice Farber to force the prosecution to turn over documents from the federal investigation that could clear their client. In criminal cases, prosecutors are required to turn over any potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense.

      Media reports at the time, citing unnamed FBI officials, said federal authorities balked at prosecuting Mr. Pimentel because of doubts about the confidential informant’s credibility ….

      To get material collected during the federal probe, the defense must show the FBI and NYPD collaborated. Defense lawyers Susan Walsh and Lori Cohen scoffed at Mr. Fields’s claim that the FBI contends their investigation was “parallel” and never crossed paths with the NYPD probe. The NYPD has officers assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, they said.

      Mr. Fields said those detectives are banned from sharing information even with their own department because they have a higher security clearance. Because of that, he said, the FBI has declined to answer two detailed letters seeking any material that could potentially help clear Mr. Pimentel.

      The prosecutor said he has requested a meeting with FBI officials, but at this point “we’re waiting for them to respond to our invitation.”

      The hearing ended without a publicly stated solution. Justice Farber called the dilemma “frustrating” but said he didn’t believe a state court justice had the power to force the FBI to turn over documents. Still, he said, “it doesn’t seem right” that the defense shouldn’t have access to information potentially favorable to their client’s case.

      Let’s just say Mr. Pimentel goes to trial, he’s convicted and sentenced, and five years later it came out this whole thing was set up by the informant,” the judge said. “That would be most unfortunate.”

      Comment: If I might be so bold as to read the tea leaves from a judge’s comments, there is a risk that she will dismiss the charge against the state terror defendant because of the alleged Brady violation.

      Here, the FBI effectively is knowingly using security classification to prevent the disclosure of exculpatory information.

      Shades of the Whitey Bulger mess where the FBI supervisor’s view was that he was not concerned with what the state prosecutor did. See Matthew Connolly’s new book DON’T EMBARRASS THE FAMILY (2012) which is rich with quotes from the state court testimony showing the lies that were allowed to stand as evidence because of the federal withholding of information.

      Informants lie all the time. That’s what they are paid to do. For example, consider PF’s lies about Dr. Ivins having no reason to be in the lab those nights. The Brady obligation is especially important in the case of someone making a living from making the target seem guilty of something.

      You start seeing cases spun on cute poems and “non denials denials” rather than real evidence — along with lies told about (and withholding of) the material evidence.

  2. DXer said

    http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/world/us-terror-hunt-has-new-blueprint-for-its-target-list-658903/

    U.S. terror hunt has new blueprint for its target list

    ‘Disposition matrix’ aims to coordinate handling of suspects
    October 24, 2012 12:35 am

    By Greg Miller / The Washington Post

    Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.”

    The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations.

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/world/us-terror-hunt-has-new-blueprint-for-its-target-list-658903/#ixzz2ACxk2fJc

    Comment: The USG deploys entire battleships to counter some threats. Just think of how the administration of justice might have proceeded differently if someone had applied a KINKOS card with a few bucks on it to copying the notebooks showing what Dr. Ivins did on those nights instead of removing the only copies from USAMRIID and not returning them to Dr. Ivins — or if Dr. Ivins or his counsel had made a copy or the notebooks before handing them over.

    The USG wasted millions on a genetic investigation that was not all probative (compared to the spin by the government prosecutors and investigators) when much more probative and exculpatory evidence was available by the simple copying of some documents, including forensic reports that were done but that are still being withheld. (such as on the photocopy machine used) (compare false innuendo in Investigative Summary) Withholding documents then allowed the DOJ to make numerous false statements in its Amerithrax Investigative Summary.

  3. DXer said

    They were posted Friday afternoon, although the webmaster put 8/24.

  4. DXer said

    Go directly to Notebook 4241. Recounts the work with the rabbits in the formaldehyde experiment the first week of October 2001. GAO needs to get to the bottom of how this notebook came to be withheld and how there was no mention of rabbits in the Amerithrax Investigative Summary. There is a very serious issue raised by the withholding of this notebook that absolutely must be addressed. The FBI’s stupid “Ivins Theory” was premised on its claim that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab.

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