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

* Before Bruce Ivins’ suicide in July 2008, the US Army was preventing Dr. Ivins’ co-workers from communicating with his attorney; key DOJ misapprehensions of the facts (e.g., lyophilizer) could have been avoided had communication been allowed

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 7, 2014

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7 Responses to “* Before Bruce Ivins’ suicide in July 2008, the US Army was preventing Dr. Ivins’ co-workers from communicating with his attorney; key DOJ misapprehensions of the facts (e.g., lyophilizer) could have been avoided had communication been allowed”

  1. DXer said

    THE DRAMA OF BIOTERROR: PARANOIA AND THE RHETORIC OF DEFENSE

    Gittinger, George (2015) The Drama of Bioterror: Paranoia and the Rhetoric of Defense. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

    PDF – Primary Text

    (3) Following the 2001 anthrax mailings, the FBI defined a government scientist as an object of suspicion, Othering him to the point of suicide.

    http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/23756/

  2. DXer said

    JAG should produce under FOIA the attached photos of the Ames sent in 1998 to an outside researcher ; the handwriting on the vials was not Bruce Ivins’ handwriting

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch55/20040301_batch55(redacted).pdf

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda, and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense
    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      What does Pat Fellows say about the handwriting on the vials? Mara Linscott? We don’t know. DOJ Civil will not release the civil depositions — and the depositions apparently have been shredded.

    • DXer said

      Dr. Tarek Hamouda, who worked alongside Patricia Fellows and Mara Linscott and Bruce Ivins in the B3 in 1998, thanked Bruce Ivins for supplying virulent Ames in a published article and numerous patents. He presented his findings on that research at some 1998 and 1999 conferences. Dr. Hamouda would not discuss his research with me. (I had contacted him years ago to ask what former Egyptian Islamic Jihad members we knew in common from his days in Cairo and the Sudan). University of Michigan did not produce any documents pursuant to my FOIA request directed to it. And Dr. Hamouda’s colleague, when I called him, said “you don’t want to know.”

      This article by the UM researchers was the only peer-reviewed article that the FBI produced in production of documents relating to Amerithrax.

      Were these pictures of vials sent to the UM researchers?

      A Novel Surfactant Nanoemulsion with Broad-Spectrum Sporicidal Activity against BacillusSpecies
      http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/180/6/1939.long

      Presented in part: 98th general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Atlanta, May 1998 (poster A49); 38th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, San Diego, September 1998 (late-breaker slide session II, LB-9); 99th general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Chicago, May 1999 (poster A300).

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  3. DXer said

    Let’s avoid any continuing misapprehensions of fact that can be avoided. Toward that end, I have submitted a FOIA request to USAMRIID:

    “Re: FOIA request for specified attachments to emails (the emails were produced but not the attachments)

    Sandra,

    As you know USAMRIID has created an extensive reading room with requested documents relating to Dr. Bruce Ivins and the theory he was responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. …

    In advance of the GAO report due out this summer, may I obtain copies of the emails attached to the emails below?

    Thanks very much for your efforts that have embodied the purpose served by the Government in the Sunshine Act.

    — Ross”

    (1) the history of his culture collection, which he attached to his June 30, 2008 email.

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch86/20080602_batch86(redacted).pdf

    From:
    To:
    Subject:
    Date:
    Attachments:
    Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Strains in my culture collection (UNCLASSIFIED) Monday, June 30, 2008 10:49:12 AM
    (b)(6)
    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE
    Here is the history of my culture collection which will have to be given to somebody else eligible to receive them.
    -Bruce Bruce Ivins
    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE

    (2) The Research Progress report attached to the email dated September 20, 2001

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch35/20010912_batch35(redacted).pdf

    From: To: Subject: Date: Attachments:
    Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Research Progress report Thursday, September 20, 2001 9:52:09 AM
    (b) (6)
    I have enclosed my research progress report, with changes made as required by the Anthrax Steering Committee.
    – Bruce

    (3) Attachment to the email dated October 22, 2001 Re “Stabilizer in a new rPA vaccine”

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch36/20011008_batch36(redacted).pdf

    From: To: Subject: Date: Attachments:
    Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    FW: Stabilizer in a new rPA vaccine Monday, October 22, 2001 3:31:43 PM

    (4) The attachments attached to the email dated November 7, 2001 at 4: 13:42 PM

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch37/20011025_batch37(redacted).pdf

    From: To: Subject: Date: Attachments:
    Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Here you are,(b()b) Wednesday, November 07, 2001 4:13:42 PM
    Let me know if there’s anything more I can help with, – Bruce

    (5) The attachment to the October 10, 2001 email titled ELISA DATA RABBITS …

    >—–Original Message—–

    >From: >Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2001 5:11 PM
    >To: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID >Subject: ELISA DATA RABBITS > >

    (6) The attachments to the email dated October 23, 2001 titled “Read Ahead info.” …

    From: To: Subject: Date: Attachments:
    Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Read Ahead info Tuesday, October 23, 2001 9:39:13 AM
    (b) (6)
    (b)
    (6) Here is the read-ahead info. – Bruce

    • DXer said

      I keep messing up calling it the USAMRIID Electronic Reading Room when it is the MRMC Reading Room. I’m lucky if I can find where I parked my car. This morning I approached a food truck vendor and asked if I had illegally parked there (and was towed).

  4. DXer said

    Dr. Ivins found it very frustrating that at the same time they were preventing his coworkers from talking to his attorney, USAMRIID could not provide him the records he needed to reconstruct his events. AUSA Lieber and the FBI agents and Postal Inspectors should have provided him the documents and had him walk them through the documents. People cannot reconstruct events a half decade later. By failing to provide the documents — and with his coworkers blocked from talking to his attorney — the investigators and prosecutors were able to spin a cotton candy theory that did not withstand scrutiny.

    I hope to shortly arrange the uploading of the full civil depositions of the prosecutors and investigators when they were accusing Dr. Hatfill — rather than merely the lengthy excerpts currently uploaded.

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