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

* comments posted by DXer based on recent FOIA produced documents … Ivins did not have the knowledge, the skill or the equipment … so how could he be the sole perpetrator as the FBI continues to assert?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 21, 2013

The FBI has no case against this man ... but meanwhile he is dead and the real perpetrators are still out there.

The FBI has no case against this man … but meanwhile he is dead and the real perpetrators are still out there.

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from recent comments posted by DXer …

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BY MR. SCHULER:

Q.  Now, have you had the opportunity to review what’s in the public domain as far as the FBI’s analysis of the anthrax mailings case?
A  Yes.
Q  And do you have any opinion as to whether or not Dr. Ivins was the perpetrator?
A.  I have an opinion, yes.
Q  And what is that opinion?
A   He’s not guilty.
Q  And what do you base that on?
A  The time would be spent in preparing the amount of material required for what I’ve heard is in the letters would have taken him probably at least a year with the equipment that he had just to grow it, possibly purify it.  He had no skill, knowledge or way to dry it down.
Q  Why wouldn’t he have any skill, knowledge or way — now , you threw three things at me there.  Let’s talk about the skill first.  Why do you say he wouldn’t have the sklll to do it or couldn’t have developed the skill to do it?
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A  He’s never done it before, to my knowledge, I have never seen it done before in the Institute.  The piece of equipment that the FBI identified initially as a lyophilizer sits outside my laboratory in B5.  There’s no way that he could by himself pushed that thing down to BSL3, put it in the airlock, take it out of the airlock, push it down to a laboratory.  The thing is as big as a refrigerator.  He would have had to pick it up, that part, to prevent contamination of the entire suite.  He could not have done that and put that part in a biological safety cabinet.  it’s too big.

And to reverse it back the other way, he would have had to put it in airlock, schedule the decon, what people would, you know, want to know, it had been done on the weekend, they don’t decon things on weekends.  They’d have to clear the airlock before it could be moved out.   Then you would have to move it back down to where it was from our laboratory.

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Mr. Little at page 49 states:

“I don’t think he had the knowledge of how to do it.  We, um, to my knowledge it had never been discussed in our group.  He had never discussed anything similar in that direction to me.  Most of the work that he we had been doing was vaccine development.  We didn’t have the equipment to do the aerosol sprays.  It was all, you know, liquid.  You know, unless there’s evidence that is being sat on by the FBI, I don’t see how he could have done it at USAMRIID.”

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LMW COMMENT …

Yet the FBI will admit nothing. There is still stonewalling of FOIA requests. The GAO, which years ago was asked by Congressman Rush Holt, to review the FBI investigation, is way past any deadline any reasonable person would have set for a response.

I can imagine only 3 possible “actual” scenarios …

  1. The FBI has more evidence against Dr. Ivins but is, for some undisclosed reason, withholding that evidence … POSSIBLE BUT NOT SO LIKELY
  2. The FBI, despite the most expensive and extensive investigation in its history, has not solved the case and has no idea who prepared and mailed the anthrax letters that killed 5 Americans in 2001 … EVEN LESS LIKELY
  3. The FBI knows who did it (not Dr. Ivins) but is covering up the actual perpetrators, for undisclosed reasons … THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO

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