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

* Congressman Holt, what do you have to say about the GAO’s failure to say anything about the FBI’s investigation?

Posted by DXer on January 16, 2014

Congressman Holt is Dr. Bruce Ivins only chance for a deserved exoneration

Here are just a few of the many links to posts on this blog regarding the long-delayed GAO response to Congressman Holt’s request for a review of the FBI anthrax investigation …


3/2/2011 … * Congressman Holt: the FBI’s “botched investigation” must be reopened …

3/29/2011 … * “I wouldn’t want to be the lawyer taking this (the FBI case against Dr. Bruce Ivins) to court,” said U.S. Rep. Rush Holt …

3/30/2011 … * the GAO review of the FBI’s anthrax investigation has begun … a report is expected to be issued by September 30, 2011 …

9/18/2011 … * Congressman Rush Holt: The FBI repeatedly bungled the anthrax investigation … I have introduced legislation that would create a special committee to investigate the anthrax attacks …

7/20/2013 … * 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” …


6 Responses to “* Congressman Holt, what do you have to say about the GAO’s failure to say anything about the FBI’s investigation?”

  1. Lew Weinstein said

    Does anyone have any information on the status of the GAO review. Is there an estimated completion date? Actually … is there really a review ongoing?

    • richard rowley said

      Does anyone have any information on the status of the GAO review.[?]
      Not I. And not being conversant with the ways of the GAO, I’m not even sure of the avenue to inquire.

  2. DXer said

    In Jack Ryan, the movie, check out the analysis he used to find the Pennsylvania farmhouse. What did it take? About 45 seconds?

    But didn’t the Farm teach him about pocket litter?

  3. DXer said

    Many years ago I did a hand drawn network analysis titled the “Grapes of Wrath” laying out my analysis of the Fall 2001 anthrax incidents.

    The federal undercover took my picture and did this network analysis.

    Although it was based solely on my open-source work, his rendering was much more sophisticated and polished-looking than mine. I had liked mine only because I was proud that in using a green crayon to color in the grapes I had stayed within the lines.

    There are existing public tools that permit network analysis based, for example, on published articles.

    “Is a network analysis that relies on Bruce Ivins’ publications sufficient?”
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 24, 2010

    Although this network of Ivins’ publications above included many articles, the FBI only produced one article in its production — and that is because it was the one of the greatest potential significance for analysis

    Non-public tools based on telephone calls and emails, for example, would be far more powerful in getting at this question of “who knew who.” The farther back such meta data went — the more powerful the tool.

    For decades there has been an online tool based on mentions in open-source publications. I don’t have a link handy and don’t recall its name offhand. It would be powerful tool in creating a visual image of Al Qaeda’s anthrax program if it incorporated Wikileaks interrogation statements. You could then figure out where detainees abroad might have the most pertinent information on a particular issue.

    I don’t have an academic orientation. But for those who do, there is a new Stanford course on network analysis offered by Coursera “Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis.”

    And I highly recommend being open to learning new things and so would recommend Coursera and the other free online course offerings. “World Music” is the only course I’ve seen that interests me so far but I’m going to keep looking.

  4. DXer said

    Anthrax Guidelines Address Nonpregnant, Pregnant Adults
    Laurie Barclay, MD

    January 15, 2014

    Reasons that B anthracis is a potential threat include its availability and ease of dissemination and the high mortality of systemic anthrax infections. Therefore, anthrax has been a high-priority threat and a major focus of national emergency preparedness planning since the 2001 anthrax attack.

  5. DXer said

    Rush Holt, PhD who prevailed against IBM’s “Big Blue” in a Jeopardy match, understands the importance of basing opinions on contemporaneous documents.

    Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 11:24 p.m.

    “Rush Holt encourages students to form opinions based on evidence”

    “The five time Jeopardy winner and 15-year representative of New Jersey’s 12th district also called on students then to think critically and use the scientific method as a guide to decision making.”

    In approaching the issue whether Dr. Ivins had reason to be in the lab, Rep. Holt might have his assistant pull the rabbit /formaldehyde protocol, the emails from September and early October 2001, the reports to colleagues about the experiment, the lab notebooks etc.

    Dr. Worsham explained that the lab notebooks were not brought into the B3 because of the contamination issue.

    Rep. Holt was on an intelligence committee and he cannot discuss classified matters.

    These graphics were done by a federal undercover precisely for the benefit of people like Rep. Rush Holt.

    His assistant is former CIA who appreciates that things are not always as publicly billed.

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