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

* A ’98 Vulnerability Assessment of Ft. Detrick Assessed The Threat By PETA and ALF to be higher than the Egyptian Islamic Jihad; senior EIJ leaders had not yet publicly announced Zawahiri’s intention to use anthrax as a weapon against the US

Posted by DXer on March 13, 2014


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2 Responses to “* A ’98 Vulnerability Assessment of Ft. Detrick Assessed The Threat By PETA and ALF to be higher than the Egyptian Islamic Jihad; senior EIJ leaders had not yet publicly announced Zawahiri’s intention to use anthrax as a weapon against the US”

  1. DXer said

    I think the Vulnerability Assessment in February 1998 was perfectly reasonable.

    It was the next month, in March 1998, that the CIA grabbed the EIJ military commander Mabruk and obtained his laptop that addressed Dr. Zawahiri’s anthrax plans.

    Then there were confessions by Mabruk and Al-Najjar to Egyptian security.

    Then there was the public announcement of the threat — based on comments by the former EIJ military commander Mabruk, the former EIJ shura member Al-Najjar, and Montasser Al-Zayat, the blind sheik’s attorney.

    Animal rights activist wanted in California bombings may be in Hawaii: FBI

    Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:00pm EDT

    The fugitive, Daniel Andreas San Diego, is a suspect in connection with a bomb blast at abiotechnology firm near Oakland in August 2003. A second bomb found there was deactivated by authorities and possibly intended to target first responders.

    San Diego, 36, was also suspected of involvement in a nail-filled bomb blast at a nutritional products company in the San Francisco-area suburb of Pleasanton the following month.

    “He may or may not actually be on Hawaii Island, but we are taking this lead seriously out of genuine concern for local residents.” said Special Agent Tom Simon, spokesman for the FBI’s Honolulu office, referring to the island’s official name.

    San Diego, who has been in hiding since 2003, was indicted in federal court in northern California the following year in connection with the pre-dawn bombings.

    The bombings, which led to property damage but no injuries, are believed to be linked to San Diego’s militant animal rights views, said Peter Lee, spokesman for the FBI’s San Francisco office.

    An entity calling itself the Revolutionary Cells claimed responsibility for both attacks in statements posted to a pro-animal rights website, citing the firms’ alleged links to Huntingdon Life Sciences, which has been criticized by animal rights activists over its use of animal testing.

    DXer: The Blind Sheik’s Lawyer Montasser Al-Zayat Announced In 1999 That Ayman Zawahiri Would Use Anthrax Against US Targets To Retaliate For Imprisonment Of Senior EIJ Leaders, Most Notably Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 3, 2013

    Ayman’s recruiting network for his anthrax planning and the announcement of his plans in March 1999

    • DXer said

      The 1996 assessment is meatier — detailing the concern by USAMRIID scientists that animal rightists represented a security threat and comparing it to the threat of a transnational terrorist group. (Portions of the 1998 assessment are redacted for security reasons). Those conducting the assessment disagreed with the USAMRIID as to terrorism — viewing that while ALF might be a high threat, it was a mistake to underestimate the threat from transnational terrorist groups. (Egyptian Islamic Jihad is a transnational group and Zawahiri had already joined Bin Laden when Bin Laden had announced his plans to attack the US in 1996). Those conducting the review emphasized that if an agent were stolen — even a small amount — the theft might wreak havoc in terms of disruption. USAMRIID Command seems to have been asleep at the switch in not responding to these assessments — for example, by requiring a security check before granting a visiting foreign scientist who had been taught microbiology by Dr. Ayman Zawahiri’s sister Heba (and whose friends had been recruited into jihad) national access to the B3 lab to work with virulent Ames alongside Bruce Ivins.

      The 1996 Vulnerability Assessment explains that PETA was perceived as sometimes channeling communications from ALF. There is a fascinating book on the subject, by a person associated with ALF. But animal rights has become such a mainstream movement that I think any activists who ever thought that violence was useful in public advocacy likely have changed their view. (At the same time, the infiltration of labs and undercover videos might have been continued and might even be favored by a broad spectrum of the public.)

      The release of animals by an animal rights group would pose a problem.

      Sherlock Holmes in Season 2 had a show (the one about the Baskerville Hound) featuring a bunny mistakenly brought home as a pet that glowed in the dark.

      Although I have not followed the case, hopefully the FBI will catch the fellow accused of setting off the bomb in California. At last report, they had a lead that he was in Hawaii. Maybe if he is caught, he will give up accomplices which then could be national news.

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