* this recent DXer comment deserves its own post … do you find the behavior DXer describes as disgusting as I do?
Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 20, 2014
“That expert’s lab threw out Dr. Ivins’ February 2001 submission. (The FBI incredibly then used those same events to blame Ivins).”
Oops. February 2002. I mean that the FBI’s expert who made the dried powder from RMR 1029 threw out Dr. Ivins’ February 2002 submission.”
Given that the FBI had failed to disclose that its expert had made a dried powder out of RMR 1029 — in any of the thousands of pages produced — it was very wrong for the FBI to build a case based on Dr. Ivins’ sample being thrown out. The way to avoid or reduce the effect of a conflict of interest is through disclosure and transparency.
To his great credit, Dr. Ezzell admitted it when I telephoned him — explaining that he was under a gag order and that the FBI likely was wiretapping his phone.
There is a lot of uncertainty in this case — but I consider Dr. Ezzell’s courage and integrity to be one of the things that is very well-established. I expect that anyone who heard him voluntarily come forward and speak to these issues at the conference organized by UCLA that was moderated by Lew thinks the same thing. In the meantime, others at the FBI have continued to play hide-the-ball. As an example, the FBI refuses to produce the handwriting comparison done of Mohammed Atta’s handwriting and the anthrax letters.
The FBI’s FOIA person Dave Hardy does not view correcting the FBI’s missteps in Amerithrax to be a priority.
Indeed, an entire book was written by former WMD head Majidi where he never mentioned Dr. Ivins’ experiment with the 52 rabbits.