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

* USAMRIID Notebook #4010, which the FBI took from USAMRIID and has refused to produce, chronicled the shipment of Dugway Ames spores to Battelle in May 2001

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 1, 2015

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6 Responses to “* USAMRIID Notebook #4010, which the FBI took from USAMRIID and has refused to produce, chronicled the shipment of Dugway Ames spores to Battelle in May 2001”

  1. DXer said

    Notebook 4010 chronicled the shipments of genetically matching Ames fr Ivins’ Flask 1029 to Battelle in June 2001. It is beyond outrageous that the FBI is withholding it — along with the memo written by Richard Lambert summarizing the investigation and the Ivins Theory. After retiring from the FBI, Attorney Lambert then went to work for a Battelle-managed lab without obtaining an ethics opinion. (In hindsight, I’m sure Richard wishes he had obtained one; I expect the employment would have been approved and then he could have avoided the heartbreak of ensuing events). Richard, the former lead Amerithrax investigator, eventually was raided by the FBI. And the former criminal prosecutor Seikaly, whose daughter would represent Al-Timimi (who shared a suite with the Battelle aerosol consultants), would plead the Fifth Amendment in civil deposition. There is an acute need for compliance with FOIA to neutralize the potential conflicts of interest swirling in this matter like a frosty vapor in Ivins’ B3 cold room.

    Heck, who did my graphic artist — who did for free the cool Halloween-themed graphic (and a couple hundred others) — actually work for? (I never knew). Who signed his paycheck? Was it Battelle? Battelle does bio counterintelligence for the CIA in the United States. If so, was I subtly steered toward Al Qaeda and away from Battelle? That is the beauty of FOIA. It gets peple on the same page — under the framework of the rule of law — and overcomes all potential biases and conflicts of interest that may exist. That ultimately is the principle underlying this blog. Our job is not to spin — like Decker has done — but to obtain and disclose the relevant documents (consistent with the FOIPA statute) so as to get people on the same page. The FOIPA statute contains privacy, national security and law enforcement exemptions. But the FBI violates the law by claiming that the dog ate Notebook 4010.

    • DXer said

      Early in the process of the graphic artist helping me, I asked him and his close senior associate to set up a meeting with a fellow who I knew to be the VA-based head of Battelle’s counterintelligence on bio matters. The only question that came back was why — I needed to articulate why I wanted the meeting. So for anyone out there with a Battelle Theory, understand that I was compromised years ago. And it may take their extra help to get relevant documents produced; it may take their help to balance the evidence scales.

      Perhaps anyone with a Battelle Theory could join in the demand that the FBI produce the Notebook 4010 associated with the so-called “murder weapon” without further delay.

    • DXer said

      My pursuit of a Battelle Theory involved contacting the Battelle vaccine manager. I gained his cooperation by explaining to him that David Willman (Decker’s friend and media contact for leaks) had gone to Scandinavia to interview his ex-wife — and that she had lots to say. Although people often aren’t keen on responding to inquiries on this sort of topic, he did respond to my request for information relating to a Battelle Theory. It certainly is true that it would be difficult to travel from Ohio to Princeton unnoticed — twice.

  2. DXer said

    The Army has always claimed that the FBI took Notebook 4010 and did not return it (or a copy). Is that true? If so, why would the Army not want and need a copy of the Notebook associated with the so-called (inaptly named) “murder weapon”?

  3. DXer said

    Both the Army and the FBI have failed to upload Lab Notebook 4010 pertaining to Flask 1029 — which the US Attorney insisting on describing as the “murder weapon.” Dr. Dillon should bring suit against the FBI for the FBI’s failure to produce it.

  4. DXer said

    In November 2001, Dr. Ivins addressed the issue where USAMRIID shipped the Dugway spores.

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch38/20011113_batch38(redacted).pdf

    From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    To:
    Subject: Ames strain
    Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 9:24:57 AM

    In view of recent comments by ___________ and to the press about the supposed ease of getting anthrax strains (especially the Ames strain) from ____________ and USAMRIID, perhaps it should be pointed out to people that neither of the above individuals got the strain from us. The Ames strain was sent to Porton Down in the mid 1980s. From there, the Brits sent the strain to ________________ who, in turn sent it to _______________. Also, it should be pointed out that this is not a “Fort Detrick strain.” It was a strain from the USDA National Veterinary Service Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. Neither they, nor Iowa State University (which conveniently autoclaved all of its B. anthracis strains in October) are able (or willing) to provide a record of all the individuals and institutions that received the Ames strain from them. We know EXACTLY who received the Ames strain (and other B. anthracis strains) from us:

    1) Porton Down, mid 1980s
    2) 1992, Dugway Proving Ground
    3) 1998, DRES (Canada)
    4) 2001, Battelle (Columbus, Ohio)
    5) 2001, U. of New Mexico Health Science Center (Albequerque)

    The assertion that we basically just provided that strain and other strains willy-nilly to whoever asked for them is incorrect.

    Perhaps it should also be pointed out that the biosecurity here at USAMRIID (keycard access to specific biocontainment suiets by specific individuals) has historically been very stringent. In contrast, the biosecurity at the labs of and have only recenly been tightened.

    – Bruce

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