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

* Army JAG has a copy of Notebook 4010 that the Army FOIA is refusing to provide and has been pretending it does not have; Ivins advised playing hide-the-ball regarding shipments of dry anthrax spores to other institutions. It’s time that USAMRIID produce Notebook 4010 relating to Flask 1029, claimed by the US DOJ and FBI to be the origin of the “murder weapon.”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 2, 2015

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12 Responses to “* Army JAG has a copy of Notebook 4010 that the Army FOIA is refusing to provide and has been pretending it does not have; Ivins advised playing hide-the-ball regarding shipments of dry anthrax spores to other institutions. It’s time that USAMRIID produce Notebook 4010 relating to Flask 1029, claimed by the US DOJ and FBI to be the origin of the “murder weapon.””

  1. 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.

  2. DXer said

    The Department of Defense testifies about the control of the distribution of deadly pathogens under the banner of “Quality Integrity and Accountability.”

    It makes for a nice slogan — nice public relations. But isn’t the Army’s failure to produce Notebook 4010 and Notebook 3655 — involving anthrax that was genetically identical to the mailed anthrax that killed five people — where the rubber hits the road?

    The DOD Inspector General should investigate the Army’s wrongful concealing and failing to produce Notebook 4010 and Notebook 3655

    The FBI Inspector General should similarly investigate the FBI’s failure to produce the notebooks, to include its failure to respond at all to the mid-July 2015 referred FOIA seeking three notebooks.

    http://www.dodig.mil/audit/reports/fy04/04-005.pdf

    October 7, 2003

    Testimony

    Statement of

    Shelton Young
    Director
    Readiness and Logistics Support Directorate

    Office of the Inspector General Department of Defense

    before the
    Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations House Committee on Government Reform on

    “Emerging Threats: Assessing DoD Controls of Critical Chemical and Biological Equipment and Material”

    Quality Integrity Accountability

    D-2004-005-T

    • DXer said

      Kristie Friend, a lab tech for Bruce Ivins, made a table of contents of lab notebooks such as Lab Notebook 4010

      “so that if people had to go through them, you would know what was on each page, could easily find something if you were looking for it.”

      Deposition of Kristie Friend, at page 24. (The deposition is uploaded in the USAMRMC Electronic Reading Room).

      USMRMC has not produced that table of contents either.

  3. DXer said

    So much taxpayer money is spent on these exercises.

    Health Department says thanks for preparing the community for anthrax attack.

    http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/health-department-says-thanks-for-preparing-the-community-for-anthrax-attack/83321&sa=U&ved=0CBkQqQIoADABahUKEwjAv_D-sabIAhWBeD4KHaieDF4&usg=AFQjCNE61oFv0Kux5CAw3OIBb8HrGp5XFw

    Yet I cannot even motivate the FBI or Army to pick up the telephone, do what it takes to locate the copy USAMRIID Notebook 4010 which related to the distribution of the claimed origin of the “murder weapon” and disclose a copy consistent with the FOIPA.

    Is everyone sure that we wouldn’t be more safe if no money was spent on biodefense at all? Why should taxpayer monies be spent when the agencies do not comply with the laws?

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

  4. DXer said

    The graphic artist confirms to me that the hands are the hands of Bruce Ivins — not Secretary of Army McHugh. (Artistically, the smaller scale is the tip-off).

  5. DXer said

    Justification for missing samples

  6. DXer said

  7. DXer said

    Pentagon adds Washington to states that received live anthrax shipments, June 2, 2015
    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article24785179.html

    Six days after the Pentagon first revealed that live anthrax was mistakenly shipped from an Army facility in Utah, the military acknowledged Tuesday that it still does not know the full extent of the problem.

    “I know there is a rush to get every little micron of information out there,” Warren said. “We want to be as transparent as possible, but we also want to be as precise as possible.”

    ***

    Anthrax burst into the American psyche one week after the 2001 terror attacks in New York and Washington, when over the course of several weeks five people died and 17 survived infection after anthrax-laced letters were sent to several news organization and to the offices of two U.S. senators.

    Two of the dead in 2001 were postal workers exposed to anthrax when the letters containing the spores passed through the Brentwood mail facility in Washington. Another was an employee of a Florida media company that had received one of the letters. How the other two victims were infected was not determined.

    Over the next seven years, the FBI and other prosecutors named two men as having possible ties to those anthrax attacks, Steven Hatfill and Bruce Ivins, but the government never brought charges against either of them.

    NATIONAL SECURITY

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article24785179.html#storylink=cpy

    Comment:

    Pentagon spokesman Steve Warren: The Army has concealed the Notebook relating to shipment of Dugway Ames spores by Bruce Ivins for nearly a decade and a half. That’s long enough, isn’t it. As for being precise, just upload the document in the USMRMC electronic reading room and the document will speak for itself. Won’t it?

    There is no such thing as transparency through press release and spin — especially where the review was lead by the former FBI officials (Christan Hassell and Vahid Majidi) who oversaw the withholding of Notebook 4010 in the first place.

    As for accountability, by all means, fire any employee who continues to withhold the key Ivins notebooks (to include Notebook 4010 and Notebook 3655) or continues to play hide-the-ball.

  8. DXer said

    JAG was part of the email and document review that involved culling of emails before they were produced by the DOJ, FBI and JAG.

    For example, JAG pulled 300 emails that were of a social nature — jokes, that sort of thing. But JAG graciously added them back (I believe it would be the last batch produced) when it was pointed out that emails are often important in establishing things like whereabouts.

    It’s time for USAMRMC to make its production relating to all documents relating to shipments to and from Dugway.– without any culling of documents. Such culling violates the FOIPA statute.

    Gibbs’ rules

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