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

* Canadian Historian Donald Avery Discusses Amerithrax in “Pathogens For War” (May 28, 2013)

Posted by DXer on June 27, 2013

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2 Responses to “* Canadian Historian Donald Avery Discusses Amerithrax in “Pathogens For War” (May 28, 2013)”

  1. DXer said

    Biological weapons
    Posted on 2013-10-01 01:11:00

    In 1995, the Anum Shinrikyo cult used sarin gas in the Tokyo subway, killing 12 and injuring over 5000 passengers. [After] September 11, 2001, unidentified offenders sent out anthrax contaminated letters, killing 5 people. Many hoaxes of bioweapons had to be taken seriously after anthrax mailings in the USA which caused loss of US $100 million. These examples show that anyone with enough determination can potentially obtain bioweapons.

  2. DXer said

    Al Qaeda’s Anthrax

    Is Osama bin Laden behind the mail attacks?

    • By Richard A. Muller on April 16, 2002

    A study posted on the Web by the Defence Research Establishment Suffield in Alberta, Canada on September well before the anthrax letters were mailed-suggested that envelope-borne anthrax spores could be aerosolized very effectively by the simple act of opening the mail. The report stated that anthrax dispersal from letters was “far more effective than initially suspected”; greater than 99% of the respirable aerosol particles in an envelope were released into the air when test envelopes were opened. (Steven Block of Stanford alerted me to this site.) The report concludes that lethal doses can spread rapidly throughout a room where an anthrax-laden envelope is opened. Any terrorist checking the Web in early September might have found this report and decided to act on it.


    At the time of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings, the September 2001 Canadian study had not yet been posted on the web (although this is subject to corroboration and sourcing using the Wayback machine).

    Instead, fewer than 20 people knew about the study in the US. (In one account, a precise figure was given — perhaps 16 — and so it seems that someone in the government kept careful track). It was after the mailing of anthrax that the report was declassified.

    The lead investigator at the CDC was emailed a copy but he says he did not read it in the rush of events.

    Briefings, however, were given as early as Spring 2001 to some US researchers.

    The FBI should have made it part of their investigation to identify the researchers briefed in Spring 2001.

    For example, do you think Ali Al-Timimi’s suite member Ken Alibek, the leading DARPA-funded researcher, was briefed? (I don’t know).

    Was the former Zawahiri associate Tarek, who was supplied virulent Ames by Bruce, briefed? (I don’t know).

    Given Suffield was given virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins, it is only natural to ascertain what researchers were privy to the finding on the distribution of mailed anthrax.

    The surrogate used in that study was processed by a dairy farmer in Wisconsin using a fermenter. Thus, the Suffield study also is an important data point on the issues of processing.

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