Archive for April, 2014
* The List Of Comparisons Done By FBI’s Handwriting Analyst Who Found Ivins Probably DId Not Write The Anthrax Letters Is 22 Pages Long; The FBI Advises DXer That No Comparison Of Mohammed Atta’s Handwriting Is Among The Many Dozens Listed That Were Provided The Amerithrax Task Force
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 28, 2014
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 26, 2014
* Microbiologist Robert J. Hawley, Chief of USAMRIID’s Safety Office, in his deposition produced today, testified that prior to 2002, security check of foreign nationals accessing B3 labs at USAMRIID was not a responsibility of the safety office.
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 23, 2014
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 20, 2014
THE REAL CASE … The FBI has never told the true story of the anthrax attacks or its own investigation. The FBI assertion that Dr. Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator does not stand up. Every element of the FBI case has been thoroughly demolished on this blog. The real perpetrators are still out there.
MY NOVEL … CASE CLOSED presents one possible (fictional) sequence of events to explain the FBI’s failure. It begins with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) initiating an investigation into the FBI’s failure to solve the case. Blending history and fiction, the DIA trail uncovers the involvement of the White House, the role of the Iraq war, and the real perpetrators. Says one well-placed source in the Intelligence Community … This story, unfortunately, is “all too plausible.”
* purchase CASE CLOSED at amazon
$4.99 kindle … $8.96 paperback
Here is a YouTube interview I did several years ago regarding the FBI’s failed case against Bruce Ivins and the need for the American people to know the truth.
What readers say
about CASE CLOSED …
Case Closed is a fast-paced thriller.
The writing is sparse, driven by a plausible plot that allows the reader to think through the crime/mystery along with the protagonist.
a thoroughly enjoyable and illuminating read.
CASE CLOSED is excellent, a great page-turner. I was impressed with how deftly Weinstein moved between fact and fiction.
I think (fear?) that this novel tells the real story of the 2001 anthrax attacks.
This book serves as an example of one of the great uses of fiction: using the power of imagination to make a point, build a case through the power of story, when the writer can’t access the facts (here the facts are hidden in the back rooms of power).
CASE CLOSED opened my mind.
Case Closed leaves you with the thought that perhaps someone else could really have been accountable for this horrendous crime.
My biggest problem with CASE CLOSED is it is too believable. I would not be at all surprised if Lewis Weinstein’s fictionalized novel about the FBI’s anthrax investigation turned out to be more truth than fiction.
the CASE is far from CLOSED.
This is not just a good book, but an important one.
Weinstein knew there were demons embedded in the FBI’s story, and they haunted him. For weeks he could not rest until he’d put pen to paper. This novel is the result.
Case Closed provides a solid background of the 2001 anthrax case which could not have been attained through the news media. It was concise and informative and offered credibility to the events which in my opinion could have very likely occurred.
Fiction?? Maybe?? But I don’t think so!! More likely an excellent interpretation of what may have really happened.
The FBI’s mishandling of the anthrax attacks investigation is just another example of the way the past administration “managed” events to fit their agenda.
Lew is a great investigative writer.
The book is compelling, once you start you cannot put it down … and the end is … Well you will have to read it to find out.
Case Closed reads fast and well. It could have happened just the way the author said. Full of intrigue mixed in with almost current events. The real people are just behind the fictional ones.
The author states loud and clear that this book is fiction … but the investigation of the Anthrax attacks makes one stop and really think about it.
Weinstein raises some very interesting and disturbing theories. If it was not meant to make one think about the real situation, the book would still be a great read.
It is suspenseful and a real page turner. Please tell me it’s not true!
* Will the FBI produce long withheld documents about DXer’s anthrax mailing suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah?
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 19, 2014
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 16, 2014
* GAO should interview and obtain the documents from the CID agents and DOD agent discussed in the deposition of Inspector General team leader Colonel Elliott
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 16, 2014
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 14, 2014
Oxford Woman, 94, An Unlikely Victim Of Anthrax Attacks
For weeks Ottilie Lundgren hadn’t been able to shake a pesky cold, so when her niece Shirley Davis visited her Oxford home on a Friday morning and found the 94-year-old woman was having difficulty breathing, they went to the hospital.
“I remember she kept telling me, ‘I don’t know why I am so sick. What could have happened to me that I’m still sick?’ I’ve never had anything like this before,’ ” Davis recalled recently. “Oh Lord, if she only knew the truth.”
Lundgren loved to read a good mystery but seemed an unlikely candidate to become a central character in one.
But that is exactly what happened after Davis brought her to Griffin Hospital in Derby on Nov. 16, 2001. For days doctors did tests trying to find out what was making Lundgren so sick. It wasn’t until one doctor tested for anthrax that the reality set in — somehow a mostly housebound elderly woman had been poisoned with the same anthrax that had been sent to U.S. senators and media outlets.
Davis was called back to the hospital and told there was urgent news about Lundgren and that she was not to talk to anyone. When Davis got to Griffin she was taken to a room where there must have been “35 people in there” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI, state police and the state health department. Davis remembers a doctor telling her that “Ottie had been attacked by the anthrax virus.”
When Davis was taken to see Lundgren, she was in isolation, enclosed in a plastic tent.
“They told me to stay away from her, don’t go near her or try to kiss her and that was very upsetting,” Davis said. “I couldn’t rationalize that my poor aunt who didn’t hurt a fly could have been affected by this powder and that there was nothing they could do for her.”
Within days Lundgren became the fifth and last victim of the anthrax attacks that changed the way mail is handled, made Cipro a household drug, created the phrase “person of interest” and led to one of the most expensive and controversial FBI investigations ever.
Even 13 years later Davis still has days when she thinks about the shock of being told Lundgren had anthrax poisoning and the randomness of her aunt’s death.
“I still remember the men in their space suits coming in and vacuuming everywhere — even in my house — trying to find spores,” Davis said. “They went into every single little space they could and tested everything in and around her house.”
Davis said she remembers Lundgren sitting in her living room chair opening her mail and bringing it up close to her face so she could read it.
“She’d complain about all the junk mail she used to get, and then she’d toss it into the trash can,” Davis said.
Investigators believe that one of those pieces of junk mail that Lundgren received crossed paths with one of two anthrax-laden letters sent to Congress that went through a sorting machine in Trenton, N.J.
The violent shaking of the letters through the sorting machines forced some of the highly aerosolized anthrax spores out of the letters onto the machines and other mail that came in contact with them.
That is how two postal employees in Washington, D.C. — Thomas Morris Jr. and Joseph Curseen — inhaled the anthrax that later killed them. And it’s the reason that post offices from Wallingford to Virginia were closed down and cleaned because of anthrax spores escaping. Overall 22 people were known to have been infected.
Bob Stevens, a photographer with the tabloid Sun in Florida, was the first to die. Investigators believe that victim Kathy Nguyen, a woman who lived alone in a New York City apartment, also died because she inhaled the deadly anthrax from a piece of mail.
Davis said investigators told her that Lundgren’s respiratory problems coupled with her advanced age made her susceptible to the anthrax.
* Military Authors in Journal for Applied Microbiology (April 2014): “Further treatment of the bioagent (e.g., applying a uniform change to the particles, adding a fluidizing agent) can enhance the ability of the powder to disperse by inhibiting particle agglomeration (Matsumoto, 2003), as observed in the 2001 attacks.”
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 5, 2014