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

* 11/15/12 Leonard A. Cole Before the Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence (excerpt)

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 15, 2012

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4 Responses to “* 11/15/12 Leonard A. Cole Before the Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence (excerpt)”

  1. DXer said

    US Official News

    November 20, 2012 Tuesday

    Washington: Homeland Security Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on WMD Terrorism

    LENGTH: 497 words

    DATELINE: Washington

    US Committee on Homeland Security, The Government of USA has issued the following news release:

    The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, chaired by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), will hold a hearing entitled “WMD Terrorism: Assessing the Continued Homeland Threat” tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Room 210 Cannon House Office Building.

    In December 2008, the bipartisan Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (WMD Commission) determined that WMD terrorism is a continuing and serious threat to the homeland. At the request of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group’s WMD Working Group has conducted an examination of the current terrorist threat associated with these weapons; U.S. readiness to address the threat; and proposals to strengthen preparedness.

    At tomorrow’s hearing, the Aspen Institute will release the findings of this examination in a report entitled “WMD Terrorism: An Update on the Recommendations of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism,” providing Committee Members expert testimony on the threat of WMD terrorism today.

    Meehan said: “Only weeks after the attacks of 9/11, a nationwide anthrax attack sickened 22 people and took five lives. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the economic impacts of what became known as the ‘Amerithrax’ case ultimately exceeded $1 billion. Had the public health response been delayed, or had the attack been the first wave of a sustained campaign by a terrorist group or hostile nation state, tens of thousands could have been killed.

    “Now, four years after the Congressionally-mandated Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (“WMD Commission”) released its sobering assessment of the gravity of the WMD threat, the time is ripe for re-analysis to ensure that resources are being targeted wisely. Al-Qaeda leaders continue to push for the development and deployment of biological weapons. Syria, Iran, and Pakistan all possess active WMD programs that could be leveraged by a hostile government or fall into the hands of terrorist groups. And rapid advances in biotechnology in the last few years could be leveraged for malicious intent as easily as for their beneficial uses.

    “Since 9/11, a host of government agencies and non-governmental organizations have worked diligently on issues related to WMD terrorism, and in many ways our readiness has improved. But the threat remains. The Aspen Institute’s WMD Working Group has assessed that WMD terrorism is a continuing and serious threat to the U.S. homeland. At this hearing, we will hear from the Aspen Institute on where we are and where we need to go. I look forward to receiving testimony from noted experts about the threat, risks, and what steps are necessary to continue to keep us safe.”

    Comment: I don’t know the identity of the second lab Rauf Ahmad visited — the one that was the subject of the typed letter in which Rauf told Ayman that he had achieved the targets. Leonard tells me that he doesn’t either. GAO, there is no good reason for that information to be withheld.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      Here is a February 2013 article about the persistence of anthrax in soi (silica).

      I have oft-mentioned that Dr. Koehler in Texas (see Aafia discussion) had a $100,000 grant from the CIA in 2001 to study the persistence of anthrax in soil, that the lab was upgraded to B3 in March 2001 (Melissa Drysdale inserted x101 and x102 in avirulent strains), that the B3 was unlocked (see TK’s Fall 2001 NPR interview), that the basement lab was destroyed by a flood in June 2001, and that Aafia’s sister-in-law’s office was down the hall from TK.

      I have also mentioned that the author of this article below, Dr. Baillie, was a sponsor of the Porton Down conferences attended by Rauf Ahmad in 1999 and 2000.
      Was the lab with the thousands of pathogens in its B3 Porton Down? Why is it acceptable to keep that from the public?

      Journal of Applied Microbiology

      Volume 114, Issue 2, February 2013, Pages 396-403

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      The role of the exosporium in the environmental distribution of anthrax

      Williams, G., Linley, E. , Nicholas, R., Baillie, L.

      Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

      Abstract

      Aims: To determine the contribution of the exosporium, the outer layer of the Bacillus anthracis spore, to soil attachment. Persistence of spores in soil and their ability to infect animals has been linked to a range of factors which include the presence of organic material and calcium (OMC), pH > 6·0, temperatures above 15·5°C and cycles of local flooding which are thought to transport buried spores to the surface. Methods and Results: The ability of wild type (exosporium +ve) and sonicated (exosporium -ve) spores to bind to soils which differed in their composition was determined using a flow-through soil column-based method. A statistically significant difference (P < 0·05) in the binding of wild type spores was observed with spores adhering more firmly to the soil with the highest OMC content. We also found that the removal of the exosporium increased the ability of the spore to adhere to both soil types. Conclusion: Structures within the exosporium affected the ability of B. anthracis spores to bind to different soil types. Not surprisingly, wild type spores adhered to soil which has been shown to favour the persistence of the pathogen. Significance and Impact of the Study: The ability to persist in and colonise the soil surface is a key requirement of a pathogen which infects grazing animals. By characterising the process involved, we will be better placed to develop strategies to disrupt the infection cycle. © 2012 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  2. DXer said

    Professor Cole forwards this link to his testimony on YouTube.

  3. DXer said

    Ed in his new self-published account A CRIME UNLIKE ANY OTHER notes that “In October of 2003, a book titled Anthrax Letters, written by Leonard Cole was published. It pointed to al Qaeda as being behind the anthrax attacks and suggested that the so-called J-Lo Letter was the “holy grail” in the evidence confirming Cole’s hypothesis. (p. 231).

    Ed argues that it must have been Dr. Ivins sent the letter! (which he notes was mailed BEFORE 9/11). (pp. 57-58) That does not trouble Ed, mind you, because Ed argues that Dr. Ivins was already juggling for the First Grader as part of tricking him into writing the anthrax letters on August 27, 2001! Hey, Ed, that’s quite a juggling act. :0) The kid doesn’t exist but on a minor point, if he did I think that would have been his first day of school that year — not August 20. Ed apparently did not think to check the calendar of the local elementary schools.

    I find Dr. Cole (he is a doctor dental medicine) to be very cautious in his conclusions and more academically and policy oriented.

    But no one can deny that he was especially well-spoken at the DC conference moderated by Lew Weinstein where Dr. Cole addressed these issues at length. I believe I have uploaded film of his talk but don’t see the URL offhand.

    see generally

    Rutgers professor and Amerithrax expert Dr. Leonard Cole … there remain important gaps in the FBI’s evidence against Dr. Bruce Ivins

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 6, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/rutgers-professor-and-amerithrax-expert-dr-leonard-coles-“there-remain-important-gaps-in-the-evidence-”/

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