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

* Al Qaeda PhD microbiologist Samar Al-Barq told US interrogators “I made the anthrax” — but then he recanted saying he had lied under coercion.

Posted by DXer on May 5, 2015


11 Responses to “* Al Qaeda PhD microbiologist Samar Al-Barq told US interrogators “I made the anthrax” — but then he recanted saying he had lied under coercion.”

  1. DXer said

    This account of Al-Barq — which is consistent with what was reported in the Senate Torture Report — is dated 2013. Is there more current information that is publicly available?


    Nationality: Palestinian
    Date of birth: unknown
    Place of birth: unknown
    Aliases: Samer Helmi al-Barq, Abu Bakr al-Filistini

    Capture: Islamabad, Pakistan, 15 July 2003

    SSCI prisoner number: 67

    Entered CIA custody: 28 July 2003 – 29 July 2003
    Period of CIA custody: 88-89 days
    Left CIA custody: 25 October 2003

    Detained:Pakistan; Afghanistan (COBALT/GRAY); Poland (BLUE); Romania (BLACK); Jordan; Israel

    Current status: detained, Israel (as of July 2013)

  2. DXer said

    No, there wasn’t an anthrax attack in Jerome, but these folks pretended like there was

    Comment: Is it a misallocation of resources to prepare in southern Idaho for a terrorist attack using anthrax? Why would ISIS or Al Qaeda attack such a place? Might the money be better spent on the issue of opioids?

  3. DXer said

    My daughter and I had a wonderful time last week filming in the Adirondacks with a great crew relating to the search for Dutch Schultz’s missing millions.

    Ongoing Search For Dutch Schultz’s Missing Millions

    But long before that episode airs, I separately will be tuned to the show I believe scheduled for the series on the same network on the same subject. The series is titled “Mission Declassified.”

    On the biological weapons front, there seems not to have been any real publicly-discussed learning on the subject for many years. I doubt more than a handful who attended the conference would even recognize the name Al Barq — discussed in the Table of Contents of the closely held memo that the federal district court now has before it.

    Experts meet in Washington to discuss how to prevent the next deadly biological threat
    by Tina Reed | Apr 17, 2019

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—It is only a “matter of time” until the world finds itself racing to protect itself against the next pathogen.

    So on Wednesday, a group of about 200 experts from government agencies, universities and private companies attended the National Biodefense Summit to talk about how to stop it.

    Gathered under the angular-domed auditorium of the National Academies of Sciences, they listened intently as some of the nation’s top scientific officials laid out the terrifying, but possible, scenarios. Pandemic flu. State-sponsored or terrorist use of biological weapons.


    The summit was organized to help address specific questions as the U.S. government seeks to build its National Biodefense Strategy, unveiled last September. An overall U.S. biodefense capabilities assessment is already underway with federal agencies expected to report back in May, said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

    “Biologic threats of a man-made, accidental or naturally-occurring nature are real and they are growing. As the world grows more interconnected, infectious disease can spread more rapidly and easily than ever before,” Azar said. “Today’s rapid technological advances have great potential to improve human health. But they also create the opportunity for new kinds threats and for small scale actors, even individuals, to make use of biological weapons.”

    Critics have previously called out government officials under both the Trump administration as well as the Obama administration for not doing enough to address the growing biological threats to the United States.

    Azar pointed to previous public health emergencies such as the anthrax attacks, as well as the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 …

  4. DXer said

    Have there been arrests of academics or students or scientists since the mailings (reportedly containing anthrax) in Tunisia?

    Tunisia: 31 Sentenced to Death for Terrorist Attack
    Thursday, 7 March, 2019

    In other news, 19 letters containing potentially deadly toxins addressed to prominent journalists, politicians and trade unionists, have been intercepted by police at the central Post Office in Tunis and taken for testing.

    The National Unit of Investigation for Terrorist Affairs and Organized Crime revealed that the toxic substance was made in Tunisia inside a laboratory.

    The Ministry of Interior indicated that it is monitoring the movements of the terrorist cells that plotted the attack, especially that the deadly poison was made with local Tunisian expertise and required huge financial support.

  5. DXer said

    Putting aside for now whether these mailings were in fact a hoax (and a false positive for anthrax),

    it is hard to learn the lesson from history if the US FBI is playing hide-the-ball because of some career-minded former investigators and prosecutors (and their document-eating dog) did not want to disclose evidence that does not support their controversial “Ivins Theory.”

    Envelopes Containing Anthrax Delivered to Major Tunisian Figures
    Sunday, 3 March, 2019 – 08:15

    “The Tunisian counter-terrorism agencies have revealed in their preliminary investigations that the envelopes delivered to politicians, journalists and syndicate members contained the Anthrax toxin.

    President of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) Noureddine Taboubi and assistant secretaries Bu Ali Mubaraki, and Sami al-Tahiri were among the targets, revealed “high-ranking” Tunisian media sources.

    Sufian al-Sulaiti, a spokesman for the counter-terrorism apparatus, affirmed that the agencies will listen in the upcoming period to the testimonies of 15 of the targeted figures.

    Furthermore, several terrorist group experts said that toxic substance letters is a method that has been adopted by several terrorist organizations in the past.

    They urged the need to amend strategies and derive lessons from foreign experiences, such as attacks in Afghanistan, in order to confront terrorism in Tunisia.”

  6. DXer said

    Wisconsin mother of two charged with trying to recruit for ISIS, hacking social media accounts

    by Pete Williams / Jun.15.2018 / 9:26 AM ET / Updated 9:28 AM ET

    Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old Waheba Issa Dais hacked into Facebook accounts belong to others and used them and Twitter to spread pro-ISIS propaganda, urge followers to join the terror group, and circulate instructions on how to build bombs and biological weapons.


    Dais faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

  7. DXer said

    What does Gina Haspel, the new CIA Deputy Director, think of the statement by Yazid Sufaat’s assistant, Al-Barq, that he made anthrax?

    Did the interrogation of Al-Barq lead to false statements or to a truthful acknowledgment?

    In a comfortable armchair, Yazid Sufaat would later admit that they had made anthrax but that he felt that it was only good for sabotage; he preferred something that killed more quickly and reliably).

    Yazid Sufaat says that, contrary to some media reports, he was successful in developing anthrax, but prefers other bugs; he views anthrax as good for sabotaging, but not killing
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 30, 2015

    Indeed, in written communication with me Yazid Sufaat does not deny that he made anthrax but merely pleads the Fifth Amendment relating to what strain of anthrax he was using. (He’s really quite an affable fellow and quite the romantic).

    In written correspondence with the Case Closed blog, the Sacramento State graduate and former Malaysian Army Captain Yazid Sufaat has invoked the “Fifth Amendment” and declined to disclose the b. anthracis strain he was using.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 28, 2015

    New C.I.A. Deputy Director, Gina Haspel, Had Leading Role in Torture

    Did the FBI ever tell the CIA that Al Qaeda’s leading anthrax scientist setting up the anthrax lab had published on isolating anthrax before 911 — at Porton Down no less?

    Rauf Ahmad is Exhibit A on the importance of vetting. Les Baillie (and Peter Turnbull, for that matter) have never acknowledged this — not publicly and not while helping the FBI in advising the Amerithrax investigation.

    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 Qaeda’s anthrax lab scientist Rauf Ahmad had killed mice with 100 injected spores.

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 16, 2014

  8. DXer said

    Is Al Barq still in an Israeli prison?

  9. DXer said

    Kenya anthrax plot story –

    “Alleged accomplice Farah Dagane, medical interns in the western town of Kitale, have gone into hiding. Rights activists have since Friday suggested that police could be involved in the medics’ disappearance.”

    Was this Farah Dagane at issue?

    This person’s skills and expertise are listed to include food microbiology, food microbiology and safety. Topics include microbiology, microbiology techniques etc. Have his “followers” seen him lately?

  10. DXer said

    Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat’s former assistant indicted in Israel for holding biological weapons
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 5, 2014

    Senate Torture Report: Yazid Sufaat’s assistant Al-Barq alternately would say “I made the anthrax” or “I lied”
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 10, 2014

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

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