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

* long-delayed GAO report, evaluating the FBI’s investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks, expected in September 2013, may be issued “some time next year”

Posted by DXer on July 30, 2013

GAO, Mueller & Ivins

There’s a story about Amerithrax in today’s Frederick News-Post with mention that GAO may issue its report sometime next year.

“Scientists who worked with Ivins still question government’s methods,” July 29, 2013 …

It is abundantly clear from thousands of posts on this blog that the FBI has not presented evidence that Dr. Bruce Ivins was even involved in the anthrax mailings, let alone, as they claim, the “sole perpetrator.”

What is the real story?

Why does the FBI continue to stick with its discredited assertions?

I see three possible reasons …

1. The FBI has more evidence against Ivins but won’t release it … HIGHLY UNLIKELY

2. The FBI has not solved the case, doesn’t know who prepared the anthrax and mailed the letters, but won’t admit its failure … POSSIBLE

3. The FBI knows who perpetrated the anthrax attacks (possibly Al Qaeda related) but will not say it … MOST LIKELY

I wrote a novel about this matter titled “CASE CLOSED.”  Many, including one highly placed in the U.S. Intelligence Community,  say my fictional scenario is more plausible than the FBI’s story.


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6 Responses to “* long-delayed GAO report, evaluating the FBI’s investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks, expected in September 2013, may be issued “some time next year””

  1. The ensuing investigation by the FBI and its partners—code-named “Amerithrax”—has been one of the largest and most complex in the history of law enforcement.

  2. gold price said

    The victims and family members of the 2001 anthrax mailings have waited patiently for nearly seven years to find out who was responsible for the worst case of bioterrorism in U.S. history. This morning during a special briefing at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert Mueller provided answers. The briefing took place several hours before the public release of documents relating to the investigation.

  3. DXer said

    Guantánamo Bay inmates will be freed vows al-Qaida chief Zawahiri
    Leader’s online recording condemns US over hunger-striking detainees at Cuba base and drone strikes ‘aimed at Islamists’

    Reuters in Dubai
    The Guardian, Wednesday 31 July 2013 11.42 EDT

    The al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has denounced US treatment of hunger-striking inmates at Guantánamo Bay, saying his organisation will spare no effort to free them, according to a recording posted online on Wednesday.

    “The [hunger] strike by our brothers at Guantánamo unmasks the true ugly face of America,” Zawahiri said in the audio recording on an Islamist website, the authenticity of which could not be verified.

    “We pledge to God that we will spare no effort to free all our prisoners, on top of whom are Omar Abdel Rahman, Aafia Siddiqui, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, and every oppressed Muslim everywhere,” he said, referring to prominent Islamist militants held by the US.

    He did not elaborate on what al-Qaida intended to do, but militants have in the past kidnapped westerners and sought to trade them for jailed comrades.


    Dr. Zawahiri’s continued emphasis on Aafia Sidiqui, in hindsight, elevates her important in analysis. The BOLO issued for Dr. Siddiqui at the same time as Shukirjumah and Jdey.

    At the time of the BOLO for Shukrijumah and Jdey and Aafia, a DOJ official emphasized that there was information that was not being disclosed. There is a $5 million reward for Shukrijumah and Jdey.

    I believe Shukrijumah is the mailer because he was living with KSM on or about 9/13/2001 when he called his mom in Florida (and insisted over her protests that he would be arrested) that he was coming to the US. Dr. Ken Dillon, in contrast, thinks Jdey is the mailer. Jdey left Montreal at about the time of the first mailing (whereabouts not publicly known). Yazid Sufaat also lived for a time with KSM and Yazid does not deny to me Al Qaeda’s responsibility for the anthrax mailings. The extent of Yazid’s cooperation with interrogators is classified.

    Dr. Zawahiri’s motivation for the anthrax mailings, I have long ventured, was to free Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman. His motive can be thought of as extortion.

  4. richard rowley said

    From the OP:
    Why does the FBI continue to stick with its discredited assertions?

    I see three possible reasons …

    1. The FBI has more evidence against Ivins but won’t release it … HIGHLY UNLIKELY

    2. The FBI has not solved the case, doesn’t know who prepared the anthrax and mailed the letters, but won’t admit its failure … POSSIBLE

    3. The FBI knows who perpetrated the anthrax attacks (possibly Al Qaeda related) but will not say it … MOST LIKELY
    Put me down, as ever, in favor of #2 hypothesis. It’s difficult for humans both as
    individuals and as members of teams/organizations to admit that they are wrong, ESPECIALLY when they are credited as ‘experts’ in a field.

    In this case (Amerithrax) I sense that they just weren’t able to get untracked. Instead of this loosening them up, it made them defensive and they doubled down on their ‘lead suspects’, Hatfill in the early years, Ivins in the latter ones.
    So, except for the genetic subtyping, the Case is as unsolved today as it was in October of 2001.

  5. DXer said

    This blog has emphasized documents.

    But are there audio and video soundbytes especially useful to analysis?

    Jean Duley’s claims in August 2008 were based significantly on what Dr. Ivins earlier therapist claimed — Judith McLean’s report about Ivins trying to poison someone in 2000. Judith McClean, however, has written a book explaining that in 2000 she was psychotic, and got her instructions at night from an alien who had implanted a microchip in her butt. In Summer 2008, Judith called into the office and had her file, with its annotations of psychiatrist notes handed off to Judith. Judith now explains that she had a psychotic fear of being pursued by astral enttiies attached to the clients in her part-time counseling gig.

    Somewhere there is a great interview of Judith describing her psychic powers, the extraterrestial etc.

    Dr. Ivins’ first therapist, Judith M. McLean, who writes of how she acquired her psychic abilities in her book available for sale on — from a being from another planet …

    In addition to helping the FBI with Amerithrax, the psychic relied upon the government prosecutors and investigators helped with 911 by her astral travelling and retrieval of etheric body parts at Ground Zero … She reports she was granted her psychic abilities by a being claiming to be an extraterrestrial …

    We don’t seem to have audio or video of Mara Linscott’s point that (in the 302 interview) that checking the health of the animals typically would take 2 hours and was a one person job. This is important background in understanding the lab notes produced on May 11, 2011.

    The audio and video we most easily can find are of scientists like Dr. Andrews, Adamovicz and Heine who make key substantive points to persuasive effect.

    Of course, there is a wealth of soundbytes where US Attorney Taylor just gets things flat wrong — such as when in explaining Ivins’ overtime in Fall 2001, including November and December, he and his colleagues did not realize that new rules in 2002 precluded such overtime, working alone in B3.

    Source: “An eye on safety” by Alison Walker …
    “Better enforcement … In 2002, USAMRIID officials mandated a two-person rule, which creates peer pressure to follow safety protocol by requiring material be handled by two people of equal experience, training and qualification. USAMRIID is phasing out the rule due to space and staff limitations, replacing the physical presence of another person with video surveillance.”

    As another example, the US Attorney and AP created the impression that the Federal Eagle stamp was uniquely sold in Ivins’ post office (near USAMRIID) when it in fact was sold throughout Maryland and Virginia. This misstatement by the US Attorney (picked up by AP) was as great as any misstep in connection with a “Hatfill Theory”. These are important part of the bullshit “totality” that the DOJ relied upon.

    Pat Fellows has never been interviewed — indeed the civil deposition, which may have been videotaped, was shredded.

    Thus, we have not heard her address the weaponized anthrax that Dr. Ivins says he had heard had been shipped to Ft. Detrick and then went missing.

    My favorite video is of John Ezzell, the FBI’s anthrax expert, prior to 9/11, who made a dried aerosol using Ames supplied by Bruce Ivins and sent to Johns-Hopkins Applied Physics. It was to his great credit that he came forward to address the issues and video excerpts have been uploaded.“murder-weapon”-to-borrow-us/

    There is no audio or video, as I recall, of Ivins being interviewed — for example about Ivins’ email of 6-28-05 that discusses powder deemed closest to attack anthrax … in which Ivins says, “but I told ??? we didn’t make spore powder”

    We have no audio or video of Dr. Ivins discussing missing Ames anthrax — just documents.

    We do not have audio or video of the FBI’s expert who told Dr. Ivins not to get his “panties in a bind over this”?

    To the best of my knowledge, we have no audio or video of lead Amerithrax prosecutor Daniel Seikaly when he pled the Fifth Amendment in connection with the leaks relating to Hatfill or notes that his daughter represented “anthrax weapons suspect” Ali Timimi pro boon. Although if his deposition was videotaped, that would be dynamite footage.

    The FBI failed to disclose that the photocopier mentioned in the Amerithrax Summary could be excluded as the source of the Amerithrax letters. That is the sort of evidence that makes for a strong scientific case — or demolishes one. This is different from the less the much less significant issue of “tracks” made by the photocopier gripper. Yet not only do we not have audio or video, but the FBI is withholding the documents.

    There may be a video of USAMRIID General John Parker’s mistaken claim that USAMRIID did not make dried powder — when the FBI and the scientists overseeing the investigation knew its own expert had made dried powdered aerosol using Ames.

    We have no audio or video addressing the email withheld for 2 years that shows Dr. Ivins knew that 5 ml of virulent Ames had been taken from Building 1412.

    Or, again, the email asking about weaponized anthrax that came to Detrick and then was shipped out and some was missing.

    We likely have no audio or video addressing what happened to the other slant sent from Texas, or interviews the original researcher who obtained the slants from Texas who then went to work for the CIA.

    Dr. Ivins expressed his concern expressed to a superior that he was missing samples — only to be told to shut up. He never identifies the superior telling Ivins that everything was under control.

    We have no audio or video addressing the work that Yazid Sufaat and his lab assistant did at Omar Hospital in May 2001 while the equipment was en route to the lab being established at Kandahar.

    The Detainee Assessments on this subject are part of the public record and so why did they not inform the discussion? Is the GAO report going to be similarly bereft of highly relevant information?

    Matters relating to anthrax seem to be classified in the ongoing Gitmos proceeding. So it seems we will not hear:

    –about “Waly Samar” who was a microbiologist connected to the WTC 1993 participants based on phone records and reportedly lived in the Trenton area in 2001 — an estimated 20 miles from the mailbox.

    –pharmacist Najmut Tariq in New York City who documents suggest was connected to Al Qaeda anthrax program.

    –Abderraouf Yousef Jdey who was released before the mailings.…-who-was-the-real-anthrax-mailer-the-key-people-in-the-anthrax-mailings-were-not-bruce-ivins-or-steven-hatfill-his-predecessor-as-the-fbis-target-instead-they-app/

    –the experiments led by Egyptian Abu Khabab killing rabbits with poisons under during the month before 9/11 at a camp outside Kabul.

    –the training in late 2001 at the training camp outside Kandahar to introduce poison into water systems.

    –the capture of Mustafa Hawsawi and his laptop containing anthrax spray drying documents.
    the documents from peer reviewed literature in Ayman Zawahiri’s possession.

    the spraydrying documents on Al-Hawsawi’s laptop.

    –Rauf Ahmad’s notes and handwritten letter (he was one of the scientists working for Ayman Zawahiri).

    –the typed correspondence from a later visit by Rauf Ahmad indicating that he had successfully achieved the targets. (And, no, Milton L. did not systematically refute the matter in discussing the correspondence in his book – he avoided quoting this critical language altogether!)

    –Ali Mohammed, the head of intelligence for Egyptian Islamic Jihad who had a document on his computer seized by the FBI that outlined principles of cell security that would be followed, trained Dahab, a Cairo medical drop-out, to make deadly letters.

    –the Egyptian visitor in the B3 who was the lifelong friend of a former Egyptian Islamic Jihad member, a schoolmate, recruited by Ayman Zawahiri.

    –the fact that Dr. Bruce Ivins hosted one Egyptian visitor in the B3 who was the lifelong friend of a former Egyptian Islamic Jihad member, a schoolmate, recruited by Ayman Zawahiri and that the FBI not obtain the relevant documents until February 2005.

    –the fact that this document seized in Afghanistan pointed to infiltration of US biodefense. To what was the author referring?

    — this Zawahiri correspondence with infiltrating scientist that was part of parallel compartmentalized cell operation. Who else did Ayman attempt to recruit (besides the schoolmate and close friend of Bruce Ivins’ co-worker)?

    –the documents dating from April 1999 showing that Ayman Zawahiri’s plan was to recruit a specialist. Who else did Ayman Zawahiri succeed in recruiting?

    –the fact that the lifelong friends of Dr. Tarek Hamouda, supplied virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins, actively denounce their former medical school associate Ayman Zawahiri as a fanatic – one serving as President of CAIR-St. Louis and the other as author of INSIDE JIHAD. After the FBI first obtained in 2005 the documents relating to Dr. Hamouda’s work with Dr. Ivins, did they contact Dr. Hamid who reports he was recruited into the Egyptian Islamic Group by Ayman Zawahiri while in medical school? Did they contact his brother who publicly announced that he could not identify a sleeper cell if he did not know about it?

    – the fact that FBI failed to disclose that Jdey was detained and released as the same time as Moussaoui.

    — the fact that Ayman Zawahiri had an extensive recruiting network for his anthrax planning and the announcement of his plans in March 1999, including the blind sheik’s son who spoke alongside Ali Al-Timimi and was on Al Qaeda’s 3-member WMD society. Did the blind sheik’s son recruit Ali Al-Timimi?

    –the fact that Ayman Zawahiri used “school” to refer to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad but does poke fun at the FBI’s theory as to why “school” was used.

    –the documentary evidence showing that Ayman Zawahiri used “school” as code and not Bruce Ivins.

    — the fact that while the US government focuses on Anwar Al-Aulaqi, the media continues to overlook Aulaqi’s connection to fellow Falls Church imam, a scientist sharing the suite with the leading bioweapons Ames anthrax researchers with whom defense counsel says Aulaqi was coordinating.

    — the fact that Ali Al-Timimi had unfettered access to the largest microbiological repository in the world where the bacteriology collection scientist was the future head of the Amerithrax science investigation who would guide the NAS review and the production of documents from the FBI to NAS. …

    Documents are nice but sound bytes are even nicer.

    Of course, NSA has lots of great soundbytes — but they don’t share.

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