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

* DXer draws the links between several recent posts

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 16, 2014

GAO in its forthcoming report should pick up where this blog has now left off and chronicle Rauf Ahmad’s participation at the 1999 and 2000 conferences, to include producing the full copies of Rauf Ahmad’s authored presentations and video of the presentations.

In 2000, MI5 stopped Rauf Ahmad leaving the Dangerous Pathogens 2000 conference with samples.

But in 1999, Rauf Ahmad had already visited a lab with thousands of samples, and was given B3 training before being permitted access.

Abdur Rauf’s “I have successfully achieved” letter to Ayman al-Zawahiri
was posted on this blog on July 4, 2009 … https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/abdur-raufs-i-have-successfully-achieved-letter-to-ayman-al-zawahiri-what-justification-is-there-for-not-removing-the-redactions/

A sharp female CIA analyst in December 2001 noticed the Rauf Ahmad correspondence with Zawahiri that had been seized in Afghanistan.

By December 2001, the FBI knew that after the second lab visit in 1999, Rauf Ahmad wrote Ayman Zawahiri that the targets had been achieved. Rauf Ahmad had arranged the second visit (described in the typed letter) after the first lab did not have the pathogenic strain he sought. (The FBI had Rauf Ahmad’s research on killing the mice with anthrax, which was uploaded by DTIC in 2000.)

And so the question is: What strains did Rauf Ahmad obtain in 1999? He was stopped by MI5 with the samples in his luggage only in 2000 — he had already succeeded in 1999 upon his visit to the second lab.

If the FBI were to disclose who gave Rauf Ahmad the samples in 2000, we might learn the identity of the lab he visited in 1999 for the purpose of getting samples.

And then consider whether that lab had virulent Ames.

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20 Responses to “* DXer draws the links between several recent posts”

  1. DXer said

    The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy
    In-depth discussion on Dr. Graeme MacQueen’s new book

    By Graeme MacQueen and Julian Charles
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-2001-anthrax-deception-the-case-for-a-domestic-conspiracy/5414585

    In his book, which I read earlier this Fall, Graeme says that he is not getting into the true crime facts or evidence. And so how is that making a case? That is making a political argument — politics should have no role in true crime analysis.

    In his book, for example, Graeme nowhere addresses the fact that Al Qaeda anthrax scientist Rauf Ahmad co-authored a presentation on his work killing animals with anthrax spores in 2000. His presentation was a conference on Dangerous Pathogens sponsored by Porton Down, the UK biodefense facility. Then upon leaving the conference MI5 intercepted Rauf Ahmad and stopped him from taking additional virulent samples (beyond the virulent strain he was using to kill the animals). He and his colleagues killed the animals with 100 spores.

    The problem is that Rauf Ahmad had attended the 1999 conference on dangerous pathogens and also visited specific labs to acquire the right strain. He began his letter to Dr. Ayman Zawahiri with the announcement he had achieved his targets. The only reason he went to the second lab in 1999 was that the first lab had only nonpathogenic strains — the targeted pathogenic strain was his reason for going to the second lab in 1999. The strain(s) he obtained in 1999 were not the wild strain he isolated and used in his reported 2000 mice experiment.

    Graeme nowhere addresses my former Facebook Friend Yazid Sufaat’s claim to have worked for a Malaysian biological weapons program — or the fact that he and his two assistants were vaccinated. He nowhere appreciates that several tests were positive for Ames PCR, which is distinctive. See Joany Jackman’s lucid 2012 chapter. See also Relman’s “Science” article.

    In his book, Graeme nowhere addresses the fact that Adnan El-Shukrijumah entered the country sometime after September 1, 2001. Shukrijumah is widely associated with having been at McMasters, where Graeme was teaching at the time. Does Graeme know anything about the welter of contradictory and/debunked information about Shukrijumah being at McMasters? The Harvard WMD report by the former top CIA analyst seemed to be lending it credence but it is hard to know what, if any, details have been corroborated rather than debunked.

    The only way to get to the solution of Amerithrax — whatever it is — is to delve into the evidence, not newspaper articles. Most of all, people should not seek advantage by avoiding issues — or else they prove only that they cannot successfully address the merits. The problem with Graeme’s book lies primarily in not being able to address issues — so he needed to avoid the subject of Al Qaeda’s anthrax program entirely. So have Meryl and Barry and Frances. A claim that Al Qaeda is not responsible because it could have not have obtained virulent Ames is remarkably uninformed, even for political activists not concerned with primary evidence — or professionals too busy to roll up their sleeves. (Meryl is up to her eyeballs in ebola and so I’ve given her a pass). Frances, the Hamas lawyer, should at least get some students working on it if he is going to presume to weigh in on the subject. And Barry, being located in Frederick, and being such an effective advocate, should press on for documentary evidence of any of the outstanding issues.

    Graeme’s US biodefense argument is weak because it does not recognize that there was a third lab that made dried powder out of virulent Ames — not just the faraway Dugway and Battelle. See Mueller’s testimony where he said he could not answer the question about a third lab in open session. I’ve done all I can in terms of obtaining primary documents to shore up his argument — and I’ve given the documents regularly, over the course of years, to my friends Meryl, Barbara and Barry and others. Barry was Graeme’s key researcher. Meryl a key editor. I hope they return the favor by pressing for more documents — not by turning to a spokesperson who foolishly denies Al Qaeda is responsible for 911, and effectively dooms what yet could prove to be a viable theory as to the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    People have only been able to maintain their pet theories by not addressing the issues. My favorite one is by the pornographer who insists a First Grader wrote the Fall 2001 anthrax letters.

    p.s. As for Graeme’s book Al Qaeda was responsible for 911. Meryl and Barry made a big mistake associating themselves with someone denying that the hijackers got on the planes. But you know that guys, right? The evidence is overwhelming. Should the 28 pages from the 911 Joint Inquiry be released? Absolutely. The documents relating to Shukrijumah, Ali Al-Timimi and Awlaki should also be produced in the respective pending court actions. I think what you will learn about Prince Bandar, especially in light of his very strong influence on the Bush Administration on these issues, will shock you.

    Jeb should give up his presidential hopes because his brother left a big toxic mess called Amerithrax.

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

    • DXer said

      Graeme MacQuean writes:

      “After all, who’s Al-Qaeda? – a small, poorly-funded group with caves and crude training camps in Afghanistan. There’s no evidence that they had ever produced anthrax ..”

      Wrong.

      At the Dangerous Pathogens 2000 Conference, Dr. Zawahiri’s infiltrating scientist Rauf Ahmad presented on the isolation of Bacillus Anthracis
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 15, 2014
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/at-the-dangerous-pathogens-2000-conference-dr-zawahiris-infiltrating-scientist-rauf-ahmad-presented-on-the-isolation-of-bacillus-anthracis/

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/in-have-we-met-the-enemy-science-3-february-2012-vol-335-no-6068-pp-540-541-dr-david-relman-who-had-been-vice-chairman-of-the-nas-committee-explains/

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/the-fbi-has-known-since-2001-that-a-paper-at-the-2000-uk-conference-chaired-by-the-lone-non-us-amerithrax-advisor-les-baillie-explained-how-al-qaedas-anthrax-lab-scientist-rauf-ahmad-had-killed-m/

      see also

      Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): “If you screw up in government, just mark it top secret.”
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 17, 2014
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/sen-patrick-leahy-d-vt-if-you-screw-up-in-government-just-mark-it-top-secret/

      Indeed, if you google the name of the Al Qaeda anthrax scientist and anthracis — the simplest type of research on the issue possible — you find the report of the animal experiment in which the Al Qaeda scientist Rauf Ahmad working for Dr. Ayman Zawahiri killed each mice with 100 spores — in 2000 no less!

      It was always there — Graeme’s researcher Barry just never bothered to do the google search.

      And this was provably known by the FBI by December 2001 when Rauf Ahmad was arrested. (After 9/11, FBI Agents could google).

      What good is served by Graeme’s political opinion when it is so important that the true crime facts be established and understood — that people get the facts right and then address them?

      But now with that fact established (see report on Rauf Ahmad’s research at the Porton Down), Graeme can adapt his argument and carry on with my blessing. And I do mean that.

      Yazid Sufaat and his two assistants were first working in Kabul and then in May 2001 moved their anthrax work to Kandahar — all the time vaccinated. What equipment does Graeme think Yazid Sufaat needed that he didn’t have? He had a dryer, for example. You don’t get vaccinated if you are not working with virulent anthrax. He was a member of a secret biological program in Malaysia, he says in a filmed interview. Does Graeme have any reason to dispute that? No. Yazid Sufaat does not deny responsibility in correspondence with me for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. He pleads the Fifth. I find it odd that a peace studies professor would be so disparaging of the scientific abilities of people from foreign countries, whether it be Pakistan or Malaysia. It is a very provincial approach. For his part, Yazid Sufaat tells me he could do magic.

      Once Graeme conforms his argument to the facts, then Graeme can go on to tackle who sent anthrax to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Gilani — but only an evidence-based approach is of any interest.

      Barry, Graeme’s key researcher, long ago told me he was only interested in politics, not the true crime facts. But why wouldn’t you want your politics informed by the facts? Isn’t that the entire point of having politics?

      Besides, if you are not right on the facts, you will not be persuasive.

      Graeme – So get your facts right on Al Qaeda’s anthrax program, if you would, but then have Barry go and find the third lab that was addressed by FBI Director in that closed session I mentioned. BHR and I always keep our mind open to the possibility of meeting at that lab.

    • DXer said

      Graeme realizes that in addition to a dryer, the lab at Kandahar had a fermenter, right?

    • DXer said

      I totally agree with Graeme on Iraq — and argued mightily along those lines at the time. And I agree with him on the flimsiness of the FBI’s Ivins Theory and am the only one I know who has read all the documents of any kind made public. (And by page count I personally made a majority of them public). But Graeme’s boat sinks on the mistakes he makes about Al Qaeda’s anthrax program. So he never makes it into harbor where things might be more interesting — where Al Qaeda had infiltrated UK and US biodefense.

      And in one tired particular he is just is wrong about the logic of how things unfolded. He writes:

      “So far, so good. However, we would be surprised if sales started going up before his death; in fact, a couple of weeks before he was diagnosed as having anthrax, which is to say mid-September, when nobody is supposed to have known that anthrax was in play. (Okay, there were some letters in the mail, but nobody had been diagnosed as having anthrax.) At that point, the run on Cipro begins. And it reached quite large proportions, to the point where it was being talked about in The New York Times. It was called an “anthrax scare.” ”

      There was an article in the NYT on September 18, 2001 about Atta’s inquiries about cropdusting. And if anyone bothered to google, they might have noticed that Ayman Zawahiri had announced that he planned to use anthrax to retaliate for the rendering of senior Egyptian Islamic Jihad leaders, including Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman. The threat was also relayed by the Blind Sheik’s lawyer, Montasser Al-Zayat and two EIJ shura members.

      So is it foreknowledge that evidences wrongdoing? No. It is foreknowledge of someone who pays attention to detail and knows how to do basic research using boolean searches. (Of course it helped to be searching the CIA’s FBIS). I bought my Cipro on 9/21, as I recall.

      I’m so f—- tired about the use of Cipro under these circumstances being used to evidence wrongdoing — if the Secret Service had not advised the President to take Cipro, that would have been negligent. It was known Dr. Ayman was planning to use anthrax — indeed, the MI5 had intercepted his scientist Rauf Ahmad trying to take additional strains home.

      (MI6, by the way, warned the US that OBL was planning to attack — and that is part of the reason Tenet was so frantic that summer).

      So I find it outrageous that Al Qaeda terrorists can make a threat — and then US-haters (who mistakenly cast themselves as peace activists) can follow up and point to preparedness as evidence of wrongdoing. Instead, it is evidence of preparedness to meet the threat.

      Of course, given the numerous outrageous lies and deceptions the Administration engaged in getting the public to support invasion of Iraq, the legitimacy of the cipro purchases is about the only wiggle room I’ll give them..

      Graeme is being intellectually dishonest , however, in not acknowledging that EIJ shura members and the Blind Sheik’s lawyer had announced that Dr. Ayman was going to use anthrax. Such a failure to acknowledge widely published information is morally wrong — and marks his views as political propagandist. This announcement that Ayman would use anthrax has been widely published.

      Graeme comes across as so remarkably uninformed about Al Qaeda that someone should ask him if he knows Adnan El-Shukrijumah from when Adnand and he were at McMasters. Or whether he knows Adnan from Afghanistan.

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

    • DXer said

      The quite lucid and articulate (albeit) discussion between Graeme and his interviewer continues:

      “JC: Absolutely, but could you argue something like the following? Well, perhaps they had intelligence that there might have been, say, unsophisticated anthrax coming from Al-Qaeda, and they didn’t want to alarm the population, so they just told certain people?

      GM: Well, you could say that, and I do explore that option in the book, but I don’t think it’s true. Part of the reason is that this was not good intelligence, because Iraq, in fact, had destroyed its stocks of anthrax years ago, and Al-Qaeda never had any, as far as we know.”

      But it IS good intelligence. MI5 KNEW Rauf Ahmad had anthrax. They just told certain people. Then I told Barry and Meryl. They just hadn’t opened up their minds.

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/at-the-dangerous-pathogens-2000-conference-dr-zawahiris-infiltrating-scientist-rauf-ahmad-presented-on-the-isolation-of-bacillus-anthracis/

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/the-fbi-has-known-since-2001-that-a-paper-at-the-2000-uk-conference-chaired-by-the-lone-non-us-amerithrax-advisor-les-baillie-explained-how-al-qaedas-anthrax-lab-scientist-rauf-ahmad-had-killed-m/

      Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): “If you screw up in government, just mark it top secret.”
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 17, 2014
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/sen-patrick-leahy-d-vt-if-you-screw-up-in-government-just-mark-it-top-secret/

    • DXer said

      “So, the idea that these foreign Muslims were going to spread anthrax in the United States shortly after the 9/11 attacks is not good intelligence; in my view it’s not even faulty intelligence—it’s fraudulent intelligence.”

      Not good intelligence? For starters, the formal threat had been issued by the group’s lawyer and two members of its Shura, or governing body. Montasser Al-Zayat was available for Graeme to interview. The threat dates back to the seizure of Mabruk’s laptop in 1998. Mabruk was EIJ’s military commander and Zawahiri’s confidante. Mabruk also publicly confirmed Ayman’s plans, as did another shura member.

      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 on June 3, 2013
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/dxer-the-blind-sheiks-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/

      Source: “Islamist Lawyer on Bin Ladin Groups,” Al-Sharq al-Awsat, July 12, 1999, FBIS-NES-1999-0712.

      FBIS is CIA’s open source data base. Richard Clarke explained that most intelligence is open source.

      Did Graeme meet Adnan at McMasters post-2001. Does he know anyone who did? Because what he has taken on the role of an apologist for Al Qaeda who is ignoring publicly available and available information.

      • DXer said

        See also

        “Islamic Jihad ‘Confessions’ Described,” London Al-Sharq al-Awsat, (FBIS translation) March 3, 1999

        “Bin-Laden Men Reportedly Possess Biological Weapons,” Al-Sharaq al-Awsat, March 6, 1999 (FBIS/FTS 19990306000273)

        “Counterterrorism Analysts Take Note of New Threats From Egyptian Terrorist Group,” ERRI Daily Intelligence Report, April 20, 1999

        “US Said Interrogating Jihadist Over CBW,” Al-Hayat, April 21, 1999

        “Muslim Calls for Bio-Weapon Holy War,” Sunday Times, September 5, 1999

        “Cleric Urges Osama to Launch Biological War Against West,” Hindustan Times, September 6, 1999

        Undated typed correspondence from Pakistan (PCSIR) scientist Rauf Ahmad to Ayman Zawahiri (produced under FOIA)

        Undated handwritten correspondence from Pakistan (PCSIR) scientist Rauf Ahmad to Ayman Zawahiri (and associated notes) (produced under FOIA)

        “Bacterial envelope mailed to minister,” Medicine Hat News, February 1, 2001

    • DXer said

      Graeme writes:

      “The connections are many, but the most obvious one, I suppose, is Florida, where about 15 out of 19 of the Hijackers lived for quite a while. They didn’t just hang out there; they took flying lessons and various things there. Some of these guys were directly connected, or pretty directly connected, to the first anthrax death. For example, the woman who was the real estate agent of Robert Stevens (the first person to die of anthrax) was also the real estate agent of two of the 19 Hijackers—which is kind of weird—Hamza Alghamdi and Marwan al-Shehhi. Marwan al-Shehhi, by the way, she clearly knew; it wasn’t that they simply passed in the hall. She said: “Oh yeah, I remember them really well. Marwan would phone me and laugh, and then he wanted me to drive them around town, and I did that, you know; I hung out with them.” So, she remembered him very clearly. So, here she is, finding two apartments for 19 Hijacker guys, and each apartment is then occupied by two of the 19 Hijackers; so at this point we’ve got four Hijackers involved. And at one point, the St. Petersburg Times says that US intelligence has now linked nine of the Hijackers to a particular apartment in Florida, which this woman, Gloria Irish, found for them. So, Gloria Irish is connected to the Hijackers. And Gloria Irish is also connected to Robert Stevens. In fact, her husband, Mike Irish, is the editor of the newspaper that Stevens works for. She and her husband had known Stevens for years. So what does this mean?

      JC: So, Robert Stevens is the first guy to be sent an anthrax letter. Is that right?

      GM: Well, he’s not necessarily the first one to be sent it, but he’s the first one whose disease is diagnosed as anthrax. He’s diagnosed on October 3rd, dies on October 5th, and the building in which he works, America Media Incorporated, gets contaminated with anthrax. He works as a photo editor for a publication called The Sun. The editor of The Sun is Mike Irish, whose wife is the real estate agent. So, in other words, there’s a connection. Now, if this was the only connection, I suppose we might say: “Well gee, coincidences happen.” But it isn’t; we find a variety of connections between the 9/11 Hijackers and anthrax, including the fact that the so-called head of the Hijackers, Mohammed Atta, is going around shortly before 9/11 trying to get a crop-duster plane…

      JC: I do want to ask you about that in a moment, because that’s another incredible thing. But I don’t want to distract us from the improbability of what you’ve just been talking about. From everything you’ve just said, we now know that those alleged Hijackers wouldn’t have been sending the anthrax out, and yet it’s Robert Stevens, who’s closely linked into that whole situation, who receives this anthrax letter. That’s incredible. Out of the 350 million Americans who could have been targeted with this, how come he ends up being targeted? That is absolutely astonishing.

      GM: It is, and I don’t think it’s coincidence. So then, if it’s not coincidence, then we’re left saying: “Well gee, the 19 Hijackers are quite closely connected to the Anthrax Attacks.” There’s plenty of evidence that they are connected. So then we’ve got to decide which direction to go with this. We can say: “Well, the Hijackers were obviously authentic—after all, they carried out the 9/11 attacks—so maybe the Anthrax Attacks have to be authentic, after all.” That’s one direction we could go. ”

      Okay, GM, let’s go with that and stop there. (AQ was responsible for 911 and so your second alternative is a non-starter).

      But let me add some pretty pictures done by a federal undercover agent. Meryl could tell you that one immediately would know he was a spy because of his uncommon good looks, charm and easy confidence. It was not long after Dr. Ivins’ suicide and that day I expected an undercover was due to arrive. I told my email correspondents that — to include the person who posts on this board as “Anonymous.” The day of the barbecue, I asked: “Where are the undercovers?” That very day he flipped his first burger in front of me at the social gathering — and grinned broadly. My wife was in Ireland so I felt free to relish the moment.

      When Dr. Ivins had committed suicide (and it was the stained panties that upset him so) and the initial news reports broke, I was camping in the Pennsylvania wilds where I did not have communication. So after I came back I had been emailing Meryl extensively playing catch-up. Meryl and I have very different theories of Amerithrax but she knows I adore her so she tolerates me in good humor.

      On my second encounter with the federal undercover the next week, I asked him out of the blue whether he was a federal undercover. Without responding — he asked if I knew Meryl.

      His cover story when he had met with Meryl in Maine was incredibly lame — as it was with me for the first entire year or more. But he blamed it on his handler writing lousy scripts. I just patiently ignored him for the first year and a half as he spun his wheels like a remote controlled vehicle bumping up against a wall. My spies have always been much better than their spies. There are no secrets. (That’s not true but I say that as a double-fake-out).

      Then when the case was closed in February 2010 and, he says, he was first authorized to help (see internal legal memo), he made up for lost time.

      http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture-125-2-draft-beta/attachment/38476/

      http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=126

      http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture-125-3-draft-beta/screen-shot-2012-12-05-at-12-46-35-pm/

    • DXer said

      In my experience, a government undercover cannot — and will not — discuss leaked secret documents See DOJ undercover manual. (Typically, it is simply that they do not have even a secret clearance, such as in the case of a non-agent informant). I don’t recall that Graeme ever links any of the leaked Wikileaks material. For example, if he had, he would have known that:

      If Yazid Sufaat and his assistants had not been working with virulent anthrax at the Kandahar lab, there would have been no reason for them to have been vaccinated
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 22, 2014
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/if-yazid-sufaat-and-his-assistants-had-not-been-working-with-virulent-anthrax-at-the-kandahar-lab-there-would-have-been-no-reason-for-them-to-have-been-vaccinated/

      And so as a start, let’s get Graeme to link and discuss the detailed material about Al Qaeda’s anthrax program that he nowhere links and discusses. Is it because he has not worked hard enough — not read enough? His tidy citations — helpfully placed at the end of each chapter — could just as easily been written in 2003. Graeme simply overlooks and ignores the massive amount of leaked classified material that is the best guide to Al Qaeda’s anthrax program. For that matter, Meryl and Barry never cite or discuss it either. At the same time that it would explain why they appear so uninformed about Al Qaeda’s anthrax program — it ironically raises a possible red flag. I personally don’t mind undercovers — they at least will look at your zoo pictures and, most of all, they are following the same interesting true crime matter. But there is no harm that we ask Meryl, Barry and Graeme to discuss what is known about Al Qaeda’s anthrax program or to STFU. Discussing what is known about Al Qaeda’s anthrax program based on some 2002 and 2003 newspaper articles is ridiculous. Once Graeme is done with the leaked classified material, he can turn to my posted correspondence with Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat. As attorney for Hamas and other jihadists, Professor Boyle might be acting against a client’s interest to discuss the material so he can have a pass on discussing such material. He is expected to advocate for his client regardless of the merits.

      One of the men who set up Yazid Sufaat’s anthrax lab in Kandahar in May 2001 acknowledged association with Jaffar al-Tayyar aka (Adnan al-Shukrijumah) but apparently the interrogator was confused by the multiple aliases
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 22, 2014
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/one-of-the-men-who-set-up-yazid-sufaats-anthrax-lab-in-kandahar-in-may-2001-acknowledged-association-with-jaffar-al-tayyar-aka-adnan-al-shukrijumah-but-apparently-the-interrogator-was-confused/

      Mother Jones: Does an Al Qaeda anthrax operative own four pharmacies in New York City?
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 9, 2011
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/mother-jones-does-an-al-qaeda-anthrax-operative-own-four-pharmacies-in-new-york-city/

    • DXer said

      The Graeme (with Barry’s help) ties in the Johnelle Bryant report:

      GM: Well, this is a story that was mentioned in the press shortly after 9/11. (It was mentioned in its original form before the Anthrax Attacks had become public, although the long form of the story didn’t come out until 2002.) Anyway, here’s the story basically, in the long form, as reported by ABC news. Mohammed Atta, the so-called ringleader of the 19 Hijackers, has just come to the United States from Hamburg in Germany. While in Hamburg he’s supposedly being followed by US intelligence, and is seen purchasing chemicals, which he may then use to carry out biological or chemical warfare attacks in the United States. So, he leaves Hamburg after doing all that fishy stuff, comes to the United States and apparently decides: “Well, now I need a delivery vehicle. We can manufacture anthrax, or have it supplied to us, but how are we going to kill a lot of people? Well, the ideal way, apparently, would be to get a crop duster plane.” (It’s one of these little planes that flies over the fields and disperses substances – pesticides or whatever.) “If we could get one of those planes with all the little nozzles and stuff, and load our liquefied anthrax (or maybe even dry form) onto the plane, imagine how many people we could kill forming this vast aerosol.” That appears to be his thought, because he shows up at a US Department of Agriculture loan office in Florida, and talks to a loan officer by the name of Johnelle Bryant. Supposedly, this is all happening in the spring of 2001; that’s what Johnelle Bryant tells ABC news. And Atta says to her: “I’m originally from Egypt, but I’ve come to the United States via Afghanistan, and my dream is to fly planes. I’d like to dust American crops, and to that end I would like a loan, because I know you give out loans for agricultural purposes. And I want to make a special kind of crop-duster. I don’t want one of those little planes that you have to keep landing and reloading; I want a biggie, with a huge tank, so that I can do all the spraying I need in one go.” And the story goes from one ridiculous assertion to another. Bryant says to him fairly early on: “Well, I’m sorry, but you’re not an American citizen, so you’re not eligible for this.” And he becomes agitated and says: “Well, who’s to say I couldn’t just walk over and cut your throat, and then take the $650,000 that I want? I’ll take it from the safe.” So then, of course, she says: “You don’t scare me; I know karate.” I mean, the whole story is silly, but it gets worse. He then notices on her wall an aerial photograph of Washington D.C., and gets excited saying: “Oh, I’ve never seen a better view of Washington from the air. That’s really great; I would like to have that”, and he begins throwing cash on her desk to buy it. At some point in the conversation he points out the Pentagon and says: “How would you like it if people came to your country and destroyed your buildings and your monuments?” He goes on to say to Johnelle Bryant that he’d like to visit the World Trade Center, and asks: “Do you know what the security is like there? I’d really like to get in and check it out.” And he mentions Al-Qaeda, saying: “There’s a wonderful man in the world you may not have heard of called Osama bin Laden. Someday, he’ll be very well-known.” He actually implies that he’s associated with bin Laden in this ridiculous conversation. This is reported by Brian Ross of ABC news in detail in 2002; the story is given in very short form shortly after 9/11. And we are then supposed to believe that this is Mohammed Atta, the chief Hijacker, the ringleader of the Hijackers, the man who flew a plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Here he is, trying to buy a plane in order to carry out a biological attack on the United States.

      More interesting would have been a new interview of Johnelle Bryant. But absent actual investigative work, as background, let’s turn to some background documents.

      Some background:

      Anthrax Lab Director Yazid Sufaat Wrote This Letter Of Introduction For Zacarias Moussaoui, Who Made The Cropduster Inquiries
      Posted on January 23, 2012
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/anthrax-lab-director-yazid-sufaat-wrote-this-letter-of-introduction-for-zacarias-moussaoui-who-made-the-cropduster-inquiries/

      Note that Zacarias Moussaoui says from SuperMax that his money came from a Saudi Prince – let’s hear more about that. Who was the Saudi prince and what is the corroborating documentary evidence? (Moussaoui is a known liar and crazy-acting loose cannon; but it is still sometimes possible to learn from crazy guys). As I recall, authorities waffled on the source of the money and so I’m curious.

      From documents in the public domain, my understanding of Prince Bandar was that he paid for the combat configured (TOW-equipped) pesticide spraying helicopters to be used against Iranian infantry during the Iraq-Iran war. 800,000 died. Remember Halabja? And the meme that “Saddam used chemical weapons against his own people” that Bush used to set the stage for the invasion of Iraq? And so I have an open mind and will follow where the documents lead. Hopefully, these (hopefully well-meaning) “peace studies” types will follow the documents too — rather than unsupported inferences and the ridiculous 9/11 arguments that Graeme and some other colleagues make. (I don’t see that a person can be well-meaning if they think the hijackers didn’t get on the plane; that’s just really stupid).

      But to get everyone on the same pages, let’s start with the 28 pages and the documents relating to Shukrijumah and Al-Timimi and Awlaki — shall we?

      We simply cannot face the ISIS threat without taking care of old business. Too much is at stake. To include the $25 million outstanding reward for avoiding the next 9/11.

      As that wonderfully articulate punk Barry’s T-shirt says — while he speaks with a wonderful hoarseness due to his passion — war is not the answer. It never was.

      Barry just needs to place a greater priority on factual investigation.

      By all means, follow the money.

      But first and foremost, follow the documents and not your political views.

      This graphic below is not primary evidence of anything but is used to confirm the CIA’s public position.

      http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture-125-2-draft-beta/attachment/38475/

    • DXer said

      When you see someone deny Al Qaeda’s responsibility for WTC 1993 bombing and the 1998 embassy bombings, you don’t have to read any further. (see Graeme’s book). When you find they don’t list Ayman Zawahiri, Yazid Sufaat, Rauf Ahmad, or Hawsawi etc. in their index, you’ll have reason to know you wasted your money.

      People who do not straightforwardly address the merits are part of the problem of faulty analysis that leads to war — not the solution. The invasion of Iraq, for example, might have been avoided if the FBI in December 2001 had revealed that Rauf Ahmad, Al Qaeda’s anthrax scientist, had been provably working with virulent anthrax since at least 2000.

      Inside the beltway, it is all about CYA — not the grand, fanciful and literally impossible grand conspiracy imagined by Graeme. Porton Down scientist Les Baillie was inside the beltway on September 20, 2001, when he gave his presentation at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Center, in advance of going to work for the Navy at NMRC and the FBI in connection to Amerithrax.

      The massive conflict of interest that the (presumably well-intentioned) FBI scientists had doomed the investigation from the start.

      FBI Agent Borelli — who met with Rauf Ahmad at the iSI safehouse with two CIA agents — should be asked if he doesn’t, with the benefit of hindsight, see the connection of the FBI’s suppression of information relating to Rauf Ahmad and the subsequent invasion of Iraq, the loss of countless lives and billions of wasted taxpayer dollars.

      The withholding of information about Rauf Ahmad — although withholding will always be legitimate for law enforcement purposes — allowed the neocons to spin things toward invasion of Iraq.

      Fast-forward 13 years, it is sfam, co-sponsor of the 1999 and 2000 Porton Down conferences, that is withholding documents and information — having failed yesterday to provide a copy of the 1999 proceedings or a copy of the film of the 2000 presentations. I’ll know better if the material does not come later this week.

      Here are some more leaked secret documents that people who cannot handle the truth won’t link.

      Hambali: Recommendation for Continued Detention (excerpt)
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 25, 2011
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/hambali-recommendation-for-continued-detention-excerpt/

      Al Hawsawi, who had the anthrax processing documents scanned on his laptop, was closely affiliated with Adnan El-Shukrijumah
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 22, 2014
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/al-hawsawi-who-had-the-anthrax-processing-documents-scanned-on-his-laptop-was-closely-affiliated-with-adnan-el-shukrijumah/

      SECRET // NO FORN: GAO should obtain the document embodying what Al-Hadrami, in charge of operations in Lahore, told Sharqawi, in charge of operations in Karachi, about the individuals suspected of being responsible for the 2001 anthrax in the United States. (IIR 6 034 0040 07)
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 30, 2013
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/secret-no-forn-gao-should-obtain-the-document-embodying-what-al-hadrami-in-charge-of-operations-in-lahore-told-sharqawi-in-charge-of-operations-in-karachi-about-the-individuals-suspected-of/
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 8, 2011

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

  2. DXer said

    By all means, someone explain to me why Rauf Ahmad should still be working for the Pakistan institution that tested and confirmed the anthrax sent to Prime Minister Gilani. Or why the US should have countenanced him not being turned over for prosecution.

  3. DXer said

    Rauf Ahmad was very secretive — no person besides Ayman Zawahiri was to know of his efforts.

  4. DXer said

    For the article that was written by Joby Warrick, see

    Suspect and A Setback In Al-Qaeda Anthrax Case
    By Joby Warrick
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, October 31, 2006

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/30/AR2006103001250.html

    -I believe I have corresponded him on two different occasions some years ago. I wrote the email listed on the resume I believe to be his (that no longer works). Each time, he replied, would draw me out as to the reason for my interest over a number of emails, and then suggested that a sabbatical in the US. He would ask if there was any money available and then would lose contact when I explained there was no money.

    Here are some related resources:

    what BL-3 lab did Abdur Rauf visit?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 29, 2009

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/what-bl-3-lab-did-abdur-rauf-visit/

    Tracing the path of Abdur Rauf … did al-Qaeda acquire anthrax capabilities? when? where?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 2, 2009

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/tracing-the-path-of-abdur-rauf-did-al-qaeda-acquire-anthrax-capabilities-when-where/

    Abdur Rauf’s “I have successfully achieved” letter to Ayman al-Zawahiri
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 4, 2009

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/abdur-raufs-i-have-successfully-achieved-letter-to-ayman-al-zawahiri-what-justification-is-there-for-not-removing-the-redactions/

    • DXer said

      Additional background –

      Abdur Rauf’s notes … as he went about his mission of obtaining anthrax spores and weaponing technology for al-Qaeda prior to the 2001 anthrax attacks.
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 4, 2009

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/abdur-raufs-notes/

      from DXer … infiltration of U.S. Biodefense? … Zawahiri’s Correspondence With Infiltrating Scientist Was Part of Parallel Compartmentalized Cell Operation
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 20, 2010

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/from-dxer-infiltration-of-u-s-biodefense-zawahiris-correspondence-with-infiltrating-scientist-was-part-of-parallel-compartmentalized-cell-operation/

      from DXer … email from Ayman al-Zawahiri to Muhammed Atef … April 15, 1999
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 8, 2010

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/from-dxer-email-from-ayman-al-zawahiri-to-muhammed-atef-april-15-1999/

      Here an earlier hand-written note from Abdur Rauf to Ayman al-Zawahiri about his visit to the first lab in 1999, necessitating his lab to the second lab (see typed letter): “Unfortunately, I did not find the required culture of B. anthrax …”

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 4, 2009

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/hand-written-note-from-abdur-rauf-to-ayman-al-zawahiri-unfortunately-i-did-not-find-the-required-culture-of-b-anthrax/

    • DXer said

      GAO’s help is needed to illuminate the nature and origin of this powdered anthrax reportedly sent to Pakistan’s Prime Minister in Pakistan in 2012. For example, what strain was it? Was the listed sender the actual sender?
      http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/02/08/city/islamabad/investigation-into-anthrax-letter-case-halted/

      1. Investigation into anthrax letter case halted
      The Prime Minister Secretariat is using delaying tactics in handing over parcel containing anthrax, which was sent to the PM by a woman from Jamshoro University Sindh, to police for investigations. A source in police informed Pakistan Today that despite repeated requests, the PM Secretariat was not handing the said parcel to police for starting investigations.

      He said that the anthrax-filled letter was posted by a female associate professor of Jamshoro University . Police said that it was learnt that the professor’s real brother is Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Sindh and he was allegedly playing a role for settling the matter.
      The police on Thursday had approached the Prime Minister’s Secretariat requesting the PM’s security staff to give them the parcel containing anthrax for starting investigations into the matter, however, till today the staff at PM secretariat have not handed over the parcel to the police. The police sources revealed that perhaps the said professor got anthrax powder from University’s laboratory. It is relevant to note here that the Secretariat Police on January 31, 2011 had registered an FIR against an unidentified accused, who apparently in an assassination attempt had sent a parcel containing ‘anthrax’ to the PM’s Secretariat for PM Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani. The envelope was sent from the Sindh University Campus Colony, Jamshoro, and was received at the PM’s Secretariat on December 18, 2011.

      Later, PM Secretariat Administration Deputy Secretary Abdul Hafeez lodged an application with the Secretariat Police for registration of an FIR. It is relevant to note here that FIA was also given the task to probe into the matter but no development has surfaced so far. Police said, without getting the said parcel they could not start proper investigation into the case. In 2001, several people died and were infected in United State of America after receiving anthrax filled letters. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two Democratic US Senators.

      2. Police seeks record from PM’s Secretariat regarding anthrax parcel
      http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/02/03/national/police-seeks-record-from-pm’s-secretariat-regarding-anthrax-parcel/

      FEBRUARY 3, 2012 BY STAFF REPORT
      The Islamabad City Police on Thursday approached the Prime Minister’s Secretariat requesting the PM’s security staff to give them the parcel containing anthrax, which was allegedly sent to the PM by a woman from Jamshoro, Sindh, for investigation.
      Sources said that a request had been sent to the PM’s Secretariat for getting the said anthrax-filled letter for expediting investigation into the matter. The Secretariat Police on Tuesday had registered an FIR against unidentified people, who apparently in an assassination attempt had sent a parcel containing ‘anthrax’ to the PM’s Secretariat for PM Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani. The envelope was sent from the Sindh University Campus Colony, Jamshoro, and received at the PM’s Secretariat on December 18, 2011. On Wednesday, PM Secretariat Administration Deputy Secretary Abdul Hafeez lodged an application with the Secretariat Police for registration of a FIR against the unidentified sender. According to sources, a female associate professor of Jamshoro University allegedly posted the said anthrax-filled letter to the PM. But police said that after getting the said letter they would start proper investigation.

      3. Police probe anthrax parcel sent to PM’s House
      • National
      FEBRUARY 2, 2012 BY AFP/STAFF REPORT

      Police on Wednesday said they were investigating how and why a parcel containing anthrax was sent to the prime minister’s official residence in Islamabad last month. It appeared to be the first reported case of anthrax sent to a government office in the country. “The parcel containing anthrax powder was sent last month, about 20 days ago. After the laboratory test confirmed that the parcel contained anthrax we registered a case against unknown people,” said police officer Hakim Khan.

      In his application, PM Secretariat Administration Deputy Secretary Abdul Hafeez told secretariat police that on October 18, 2011, during the scanning of Prime Minster’s mails, they found a letter which carried anthrax. Upon this, the secretariat police registered an FIR under section (270) against unidentified accused on Tuesday night. There was no immediate confirmation from the Prime Minister’s House. Neither was it immediately clear who was responsible, or how they could have accessed anthrax, of any quality, in Pakistan. Police said the parcel was posted from the Jamshoro district in Sindh.
      “We have sent a police team to investigate it and to find the culprits there,” said Khan, an officer at the secretariat police station. But in Jamshoro, 180 kilometres (113 miles) northeast of Karachi, police said they had not been informed by Islamabad of any anthrax delivery, instead finding out through local media reports. “We have not yet received any instructions from the government to investigate this matter,” local police official Bashir Ahmed told AFP. “We have asked the local post office protectively to check their records to know about the sender. “We can’t say how long it will take to complete the investigation. We expect a quick result if the sender’s identity is not fake.”

    • DXer said

      What do the “stained panties” advocates of an Ivins Theory make of the New York TImes report that the Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani was sent anthrax spores?

      It was Rauf Ahmad’s employer, Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, a government laboratory, that did the testing.

      NYTimes – Pakistan Reveals Prime Minister Gilani Was Sent Anthrax Spores
      http://www.nytimes.com/…/pakistan-reveals-prime-minister-gilani-was-sent-anthrax.html‎

      Feb 1, 2012 … ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, received a postal package containing anthrax spores four months ago, …

      Pakistan Says Prime Minister Was Mailed Anthrax Spores

      By SALMAN MASOOD

      Published: February 1, 2012

      ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, received a postal package containing anthrax spores four months ago, his spokesman said Wednesday, adding a new dimension to the security threats faced by the country’s political and military leadership.

      The package was intercepted by the prime minister’s security staff in October, according to the spokesman, Akram Shaheedi. The Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, a government laboratory, established that the suspicious white powder it contained was anthrax spores, he said. A criminal case was filed on Tuesday, according to an Islamabad police officer, The Associated Press reported.

      Government officials gave contradictory accounts of the identity of the sender, and they offered little sense of motive. While Islamist militants have repeatedly targeted senior government officials in suicide and bomb attacks, an assassination attempt using biological weapons would be an anomaly.

      Mr. Shaheedi said that law enforcement authorities had identified the sender as an associate professor at Jamshoro University in the southern province of Sindh. But he could not say whether the professor, a Ms. Zulekha, had been arrested or detained.

      A senior police officer in charge of presidential security, Hakim Khan, gave a different account. He denied any knowledge of the suspect Mr. Shaheedi named, but he confirmed that a police team had been sent to Jamshoro to investigate. The packet had been sent from a small post office on the Jamshoro University campus, he said.

      Mr. Khan said the case had been registered under a provision of Pakistan’s penal code that deals with the act of sending poison with the intention of causing harm.

      In November 2001, suspicious letters containing anthrax spores were sent to three private businesses, including the country’s largest Urdu-language daily, Jang, in the southern port city of Karachi. No motive was ever determined.

      ——-

      Advocates of an Ivins Theory were curious enough to know swab Ivins for DNA in connection with the panties — shortly before his suicide. Surely having curious minds, they will be curious about this New York Times report about someone sending anthrax spores to Pakistan’s Prime Minister.

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/15/why-the-fbi-s-suicide-note-to-mlk-still-matters.html

      Why the FBI’s Suicide Note to MLK Still Matters
      A reminder that Washington has been toying with and lying to Americans for a long, long time.
      The more we learn about the government these days, the less we can trust it. Forget about the simple incompetence that used to fire up libertarian critics of an expansive government—that’s a complaint that seems almost quaint given recent and ongoing revelations about official fraud and deception. It’s looking more and more like the government tends toward evil and mean-spiritedness, and it’s going to take real change to reverse eroding faith among citizens.

    • DXer said

      Anthrax Mailed to Pakistan’s Prime Minister: Linked to US 2001?

      Posted on March 23, 2012 by Laurie Garrett
      http://lauriegarrett.com/blog/2013/1/30/anthrax-mailed-to-pakistans-prime-minister-linked-to-us-2001

      Ten years after anthrax spores were mailed to political and media leaders in the United States, somebody reportedly sent similarly lethal missives to Pakistan’s Prime Minister. Though the episode has garnered little attention in the U.S. it was big news in Pakistan, and may have implications for Americans.

      Before going further, we should in fairness note that top Pakistan-watchers in the U.S. intelligence and think tank communities warn that wild conspiracy allegations are common features of both Pakistani media and political affairs. It is possible, they warn, that none of this is true. It is also possible that the reason all news coverage of this incident suddenly came to a full stop in Pakistan a couple of weeks ago is because there is, indeed, a great deal of truth to this tale and powerful individuals in the country have a stake in hushing it up. Given the near-impossibility of sifting fact and fiction in Islamabad these days I would probably have shrugged this off myself, had I not written a book about anthrax and 9/11.

      Here is the tale.

      A letter laced with anthrax spores, apparently mimicking those sent to American targets in 2001, was delivered to the office of Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gilani on October 18, 2011. The episode was announced to Pakistani media in February after scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research on February 2 confirmed that the spores were Bacillus anthracis. Why six months elapsed before police and Gilani publicly acknowledged the event is merely one of a long list of mysteries and plot twists. An official police report was not filed in Islamabad until January 31, 2012. The case came to widespread Pakistani media attention on February 3 when a formal notice of investigation was filed in Islamabad court.

      In 2001, amid the anthrax nightmare in the U.S., Pakistani police arrested two men in November, charging them with mailing anthrax to The Daily Jang¸ the country’s biggest newspaper. Two separate anthrax-laden mailings were delivered to the newspaper. Officials have said nothing regarding possible links between the old newspaper case and the latest allegedly-attempted poisoning of the Prime Minster.

      In January 2012, Gilani’s press secretary told reporters that the culprit behind the mailing was a female professor from Jamshoro University in Islamabad. Or the mysterious professor may have been at Sindh University (Police officials say the envelope bore the stamp of Sindh University Campus Colony, Jamshoro, Pakistan). The professor may be mentally ill, government spokesmen said, and have easily stolen anthrax from a university lab, mailing the spores to Gilani without homicidal intent. The Prime Minister never touched the envelope and nobody in his office was exposed, as the mailing trigged an anthrax scanning device. It managed to bypass other screening steps before the Prime Minister’s office, including a postal office run by state intelligence services.

      The intent behind this mailing is cloudy. The culprit inserted spores inside a sealed plastic bag, which did not leak or spill. The assailant in 2001 in the U.S. did not do so: those spores were placed loosely inside paper envelopes, from which they escaped to contaminate the American postal system.

      By early February the official police story changed completely. There was no mysterious female Sindh University professor involved, the university stamps were not on the envelope, and the investigation had no clues. “The probe into tracing the culprits behind the parcel has apparently reached a dead end but still efforts are under way to avoid recurrence of such incidents in [the] future,” a police official told reporters on February 5. “There is no concrete evidence to link the parcel with the professor.”

      Two weeks later the investigation, as well as the anthrax samples and envelope, were apparently trapped in jurisdictional disputes between the police and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) – a fight akin to NYPD and FBI declining to share information and evidence. After a week of media buzz regarding the jurisdictional squabbles and whereabouts of the evidence the entire story died, and no further news on the matter has issued from Islamabad.

      Pakistan’s leadership has for many months been locked in crises of coups and scandal amid “Memogate.” A memo was allegedly written by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington and businessman Mansoor Ijaz, and sent to Admiral Mike Mullen, requesting American military support to protect President Asif Ali Zardari. The memo, which appeared in Foreign Policy in November, named top leaders of the Pakistani military that are tied to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and harbored Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. It requested U.S. military help to prevent a coup, as Pakistan’s military reacted to the assassination of bin Laden and subsequent allegations of their collaboration with al-Qaeda.

      The culprit anthrax mailing arrived at the Prime Minister’s office one week after the “Memogate” document was leaked to U.S. and Pakistani media.

      In the three weeks after the anthrax letter was allegedly found, Pakistan’s President Zardari fled to Dubai, supposedly for medical care; Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. was forced to resign; the country’s High Court opened an investigation into Memogate, which is ongoing; and Gilani reportedly ordered a cover-up on the anthrax mailing, telling police the incident was too volatile to disclose in the Memogate environment.

      Currently, it is not clear where the anthrax/letter evidence is located. It may not even exist. Federal investigators claim to have left the materials in the hands of police, while police officials insist the FIA seized all evidence.

      President Zardari’s spokesperson through all of this was a stand-in for his official media advisor, Farahnaz Ispahani, who fled Pakistan in mid-January claiming she was at risk of assassination. Ispahani is married toHusain Haqqani, the former Ambassador to the U.S. who was accused of collaborating in the Memogate incident. Haqqani was under house arrest in Pakistan, facing charges of treason in the high court investigation of the memo. He denies all claims of involvement in the memo incident. After fleeing the country Ispahani told reporters, “What we’re seeing is the systematic killing or silencing of anyone who stands up to the institutionalisation of a militarised Islamist state, who advocates positive relations with the West or stands up for tolerance. I’m scared, even the government can’t even protect itself.”

      Mysteriously, Haqqani recently turned up in London, having been released from his house arrest. According to his lawyer the former Ambassador is either currently in the U.S. or UK.

      In a few days Prime Minister Gilani will meet with President Barak Obama at the nuclear summit in Seoul. Though North Korea and Iran top the list of nuclear concerns at the moment, Pakistan, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, is undergoing the most rapid build-up of nuclear weapons in the world, and now has more than 150 warheads. Relations between Pakistan and the U.S. have been icy since the Osama bin Laden killing, the November NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and the entire Memogate unfolded. On March 20 the Pakistani Parliament called for a complete review of relations between the country and the U.S. in response to American use of drone attacks inside Pakistani territory, which have killed 38 people in recent months.

      In the lead-up to this March 27 summit tensions inside Pakistan have further worsened, in what amounts to a 3-way battle between the Judiciary (which is executing legal actions against Zardari on corruption charges, and separately in the Memogate fiasco against key Zardari allies), the Inter-Services Intelligence (or ISI, which is Pakistan’s secret police and top national security establishment) and Zardari’s supporters. Zardari opponents are leading Parliamentary attacks. And, in a routine change-of-command, a new leadership has coincidentally taken over the ISI and Pakistani Air Force.

      Amid this chaos it seems unlikely we will hear more about the alleged Bacillus anthracis mailing. Did it occur? If so, where is the deadly envelope full of spores? Has anybody determined the strain of anthrax inside that envelope?

      If any of this anthrax saga is true, I would like to know if the spores are Ames strain Bacillus anthracis. According to evidence provided by the FBI to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in late 2010 Ames strain anthrax was found in a laboratory located in Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in a set of caves in which Osama bin Laden hid after the 9/11 attacks. Raided by U.S. Special Forces in late 2001, the laboratory was swabbed twice for spores, testing positive for the Ames strain on both occasions (though negative years later when swabbed by the FBI). As discussed in my book, I Heard the Sirens Scream, the Ames strain was deployed in Amerithrax, and is not native to the Indian subcontinent. If Pakistan’s Prime Minister Gilani was targeted with Ames strain anthrax, links between the 2001 mailings in the U.S. and Pakistan, protection of al-Qaeda’s leadership inside Pakistan, Memogate, and the unfolding drama surrounding possession of anthrax evidence may become apparent.

    • DXer said

      I believe this headline today “Armi batteriologiche, esperti malesi arrivano nello Stato Islamico” translates to

      “Malaysian biological weapons expert arrive in Islamic State.”

      But Yazid Sufaat did NOT travel to Syria or Iraq — after his release it is my understanding that he travelled to Pakistan.

      In January 2012 I asked where Yazid Sufaat was after my friend at the CIA’s CTC sent a local Pakistan article expressing concern that he had arrived there. (I’m sure I posted the article).

      That was the month that Prime Minister Gilani reportedly was sent the virulent powderized anthrax. What strain was that?

      Yazid Sufaat, if you were to confess to being responsible for the anthrax sent Gilani, perhaps the tightwads at the State Department would give me a multimillion reward and I could put your utterly enchanting daughter through graduate school. Any one who loves books as much as she does should be allowed to study her passion.

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/where-is-yazid-sufaat/

      GAO: What genetic strain was the anthrax reportedly sent to Prime Minister Gilani? Did guinea pigs die when exposed to it so as to rule out possibility of a false positive? Was there a Silicon Signature?

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 2, 2012
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/gao-what-genetic-strain-was-the-anthrax-reportedly-sent-to-prime-minister-gilani-did-guinea-pigs-die-when-exposed-to-it-so-as-to-rule-out-possibility-of-a-false-positive-was-there-a-silicon-signa/

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    • DXer said

      It was after Yazid Sufaat was released unexpectedly in December 2008, that he reportedly left the country. (see February 2009 article below)

      If so, how did he manage the documents he used for travel?

      If he in fact went to Pakistan as reported, did he meet anthrax letters suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah, who currently is head of Al Qaeda’s External Operations? (El-Shukrijumah at the time, I believe, was in Pakistan).

      I would be very surprised if he was still in Pakistan in January 2012 when the Gilani letter was mailed. After I asked where he was, at some point (I don’t have the date handy) he posted his GPS location on his Facebook — pointing to his wife’s food stall.

      Here is the article about the Pakistan security agencies looking for him.

      Pakistan: Security Agencies Looking for Suspected Malaysian Al-Qa’ida Operative
      Report by MANSOOR KHAN: “Qaeda suspect present in country: Report”
      The Nation
      Saturday, February 28, 2009

      KARACHI – The secret service agencies who are looking for a suspected Malaysian national Al-Qaeda (Al-Qa’ida) operative believe that he has arrived in Pakistan, The Nation learnt here on Thursday (26 February).

      According to the report, one of the masterminds of the 9 /11 and expert of Anthrax, namely Yazid Bin Sufaat who is believed to have close links with Osama Bin Laden and professionally a microbiologist has reached Pakistan.

      A letter written by an intelligence agency revealed to this scribe that Yazid Bin Sufaat, an operative of Al-Qaeda had vanished since his release from the custody of Malaysian authorities.

      In the letter written by a joint director of a secret agency asserted that Sufaat, who was born on January 20, 1964 at Johor, Malaysia, bears a passport number A-10472263 and Malaysian ID card number 640120-015529, has disappeared after serving a seven-year detention in Malaysia.

      It is believed that Sufaat could be in Pakistan, therefore it has also been asserted, “The individual is a concrete and significant security threat and has been at the watch-list of western countries.” It was also pointed out that the said suspect has links with various terrorist groups, head a group name “Jemaah Islamiyah” and has been masterminding the Al-Qaeda’s Anthrax programme.

      It has also been asserted that he may also try to conduct a terror attack in Pakistan.

      In the letter, authorities have sought information about Sufaat’s whereabouts and directed to freeze his financial assets. The letter stated that it was requested that any information of Yazid including his previous visits to Pakistan must be shared with SRHQ-IB for necessary action. The said agency has dispatched the said letter to the Home Secretary Sindh Arif Ahmed Khan and Inspector General Sindh Police Salahuddin Baber Khattack.

      (Description of Source: Islamabad The Nation in English — Conservative daily, part of the Nawa-i-Waqt publishing group. Circulation around 20,000.)

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