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

* Was the 340 ml. of Ames anthrax sent on June 27, 2001 from Dugway to USAMRIID for irradiation the anthrax that reportedly went missing?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 6, 2015

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10 Responses to “* Was the 340 ml. of Ames anthrax sent on June 27, 2001 from Dugway to USAMRIID for irradiation the anthrax that reportedly went missing?”

  1. DXer said

    We need better bio counterintelligence — and more transparency and accountability when a diversion of pathogen occurs.

    The reality is that a lab technician, researcher, or other person similarly situated might simply have walked out of some lab that had it.

    For example, in mid-December 2003, two brothers, Michael Ray and James Stubbs, were arrested in a Manila suburb where they were fundraising for a charity that supported the militant islamists and allegedly in contact with militant brothers. Michael Ray, an American, had been a HVAC technician at Lawrence Livermore near San Francisco — until March 2000 — where the Defense Threat Reduction Agency had launched a program to combat the Bin Laden anthrax threat in 1998. He had a high security pass that he permitted him to go to labs throughout Lawrence Livermore, including those combatting the Bin Laden anthrax threat.

    His brother, James, Jr., also known as Jamil Daud Mujahid. James reportedly was monitored saying that he had been a classmate of bin Laden and had named his son Osama. James once was a policeman in California and a teacher in Missouri. James allegedly met with members of Abu Sayyef and Moro Islamic Liberation Front while in the Philippines doing charity fundraising. The brothers had been under surveillance at the time of their arrest. James Stubbs, according to some reports, had recently left a job as a teacher in California to study Arabic in Sudan. Other reports suggested that his recent work instead involved training dogs. Authorities allege that the brothers in May 2003 had met with several charity groups suspected of being al-Qaida fronts, founded by Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law Khalifa.

    In mid-April 2004, Patrick Hughes, Lieutenant General (Retired), Assistant Secretary for information Analysis, Homeland Security Department testified before the 9/11 Commission. He explained that interrogations and other evidence revealed that Al Qaeda wanted to strike the US with a nonconventional weapon, most notably anthrax.

    It’s naive and uninformed to think that Al Qaeda could not have obtained Ames just because it tended to be in labs associated with or funded by the US military.

    US Army Al Qaeda operative Sgt. Ali Mohammed accompanied Zawahiri in his travels in the US. (Ali Mohamed had been a major in the same unit of the Egyptian Army that produced Sadat’s assassin, Khaled Islambouli). Ali Al-Timimi was working in the building housing the Center for Biodefense funded by the DARPA and had access to the facilities at both the Center for Biodefense and the adjacent American Type Culture Collection. For example, Michael Ray Stubbs was an HVAC system technician at Lawrence Livermore Lab with a high-level security clearance permitting access; that was where the effort to combat the perceived Bin Laden anthrax threat was launched in 1998. Aafia Siddiqui, who attended classes at a building with the virulent Vollum strain. She later married a 9/11 plotter al-Balucchi, who was in UAE with al-Hawsawi, whose laptop, when seized at the home of a bacteriologist, had anthrax spraydrying documents on it. Indeed, Bruce Ivins had supplied virulent Ames to a non-citizen from Egypt whose friends and classmates had been recruited personally by Dr. Ayman Zawahiri. The leading DARPA Ames researchers shared a suite with a committed Salafist later convicted of sedition.

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

    • DXer said

      Ayman Zawahiri had a highly compartmentalized, elite bio program and had other operatives sharing food, office space, and anthrax with Ames anthrax researchers. For example, Ali Al-Timimi shared office space and a fax with the leading DARPA-funded Ames anthrax researchers. The work with virulent Ames was done by personnel at the Southern Research Institute at Frederick, Maryland.

      Ali Al-Timimi worked at George Mason University’s Discovery Hall throughout 2000 and 2002 period. The Mason Gazette in “Mason to Pursue Advanced Biodefense Research” on November 17, 2000 had announced: “The School of Computational Sciences (SCS) and Advanced Biosystems, Inc., a subsidiary of Hadron, Inc., of Alexandria, are pursuing a collaborative program at the Prince William Campus to enhance research and educational objectives in biodefense research. The article noted that the program was funded primarily by a grant awarded to Advanced Biosystems from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). A 2007 GMU PhD thesis explains that the “An Assessment of Exploitable Weaknesses in Universities” by Corinne M. Verzoni offices and research located in Discovery Hall, making this an attractive building on the Prince William Campus to target for information and technology.”

      Former USAMRIID Deputy Commander and Acting Commander Ames researcher Bailey coinvented, with Ken Alibek, the process to treat cell culture with hydrophobic silicon dioxide so as to permit greater concentration upon drying. He was in Room 156B of GMU’s Discovery Hall at the Center for Biodefense. The patent application was filed March 14, 2001. Rm 154A was Victor Morozov’s room number when he first assumed Timimi’s phone number in 2004 (and before he moved to the newly constructed Bull Run Hall). Morozov was the co-inventor with Dr. Bailey of the related cell culture process under which the silica was removed from the spore surface.

      Ken Alibek explained to me where the group’s virulent Ames research was done.

      The staff of Advanced Biosystems was in Rm. 160, 162, 177, 254E and several others. Computational sciences offices were intermixed among the Hadron personnel on the first floor of Prince William II to include 159, 161, 166A, 167, 181 B and 181C. Rm. 156B was Charles Bailey, former commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, who was head of the Center for Biodefense. Defense contractor Hadron had announced the appointment of Dr. Bailey as Vice-President of Advanced Biosystems in early April 2001.

      Dr. Charles Bailey for DIA wrote extensively on the the biothreat posed by other countries (and presumably terrorists). He shared a fax number with Al-Timimi. What came over that fax line in Spring and Summer of 2001? At some point, Dr. Al-Timimi, Dr. Alibek and Dr. Bailey also shared the same maildrop.

      In a late September 2001 interview on NPR on the anthrax threat, Dr. Alibek said: “When we talk and deal with, for example, nuclear weapons, it’s not really difficult to count how much of one or another substance we’ve got in the hands. When you talk about biological agents, in this case it’s absolutely impossible to say whether or not something has been stolen.”

      Al-Timimi worked for SRA in 1999 where he had a high security clearance for work for the Navy. At a conference on countering biological terrorism in 1999 sponsored by the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Alibek was introduced by a former colleague of Dr. Bailey: “Dr. Llewellyn: This is rather strange because I just met Dr. Alibek today. He was introduced to me by Dr. Charlie Bailey, who now works for SRA. But Charlie and I were associated with the Army Medical Research and Development Command Defense Program for over 20 years.”

      When I emailed Dr. Bailey in December 2007 to confirm Ali had the room right near his at Discovery Hall and whether he had worked with Al-Timimi at SRA he politely referred me to counsel and took no questions.

    • DXer said

      http://www.nbc.com/fallon-tonight/video/demi-lovato-confident/2929496

  2. DXer said

    http://www.selectagents.gov/faq-transfers.html

    Special Requirements for Select Agents

    If a package containing select agents has not been received within 48 hours after the expected delivery time or has been damaged to the extent that a release of a select agent may have occurred, the recipient must immediately report this incident to DSAT or AgSAS. In addition to the initial reporting, the entity must follow up with a written report (APHIS/CDC Form 3 – Report of Theft, Loss, or Release of Select Agents and Toxins) within 7 calendar days of the incident. Specific guidance on this form is available at: http://www.selectagents.gov/form3.html. Additional guidance on specific scenarios which would require an entity to report a theft, loss, or release of a select agent to DSAT or AgSAS is available at:http://www.selectagent.gov/resources/CompleteTHEFT%20LOSS%20%20RELEASE%20guidance%20document%20June82010_FINAL.pdf. Upon receipt of the report of the incident, AgSAS or DSAT will review the report to determine the appropriate action, which could include requesting additional information, administrative action, inspection, and/or referral to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for further investigation. If there is a threat to the public, AgSAS or DSAT will notify the appropriate local, state, and federal agencies.

  3. DXer said

    Gamma-irradiated Ames was used at U.S. Army Edgewood under Bio-Safety 1 (BSL-1).

    Did Dr. Lloyd Larsen send the Stern, Ames and Vollum to Dr. John Ezzell in August 2000 and June 2001 for Army-funded biodetection and decontamination experiments at Aberdeen in 2000 and 2001?

    The flow cytometry of Bacillus anthracis spores revisited †
    • Peter J. Stopa*
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1097-0320(20001201)41:4%3C237::AID-CYTO1%3E3.0.CO;2-3/full

    Article first published online: 13 NOV 2000

    Work with gamma-irradiated spores of BA and other strains of Bacillus was performed at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC) under Bio-Safety Level 1 (BSL-1) practices. Work that required the use of live BA spores was performed under Bio-Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) practices at the Baker Lifesciences Test Facility (BLTF), U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground.

    Gamma-Irradiated spores of BA (strains: Sterne, Ames, and Vollum) were obtained from Dr. John Ezzell of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). …

    Live spores of BA were provided by Dr. Lloyd Larsen (BLTF) for experiments that were conducted under BSL-3 conditions at Dugway Proving Ground.

    For cross-reactivity studies, Bacillus globigii (BG; now known as Bacillus subtilis var. niger) was obtained from Dr. Bruce Harper (BLTF). BG was supplied as either a dry powder or as spore suspensions in water.

    The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center, 5183 Blackhawk Road, AMSSB-RRT-DD E3160, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5424 …

  4. DXer said

    Where was the sterility check done — if it in fact was irradiated?

    If the 340 ml. Ames was, in fact, irradiated and that a sterility check was done, was it concluded that it had been successfully inactivated?

    Hopefully the unauthorized entry into the biocontainment suite that month was a one-time thing.

    Newly produced Andrews deposition: In June 2001, someone caught a civilian contractor exiting the USAMRIID biocontainment who had no authorization to be there
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 2, 2014

  5. DXer said

    Dr. Christian Hassell never provided NAS the Notebook 3655, which related to Flask 1030 and was the seed stock sent to Dugway to make both Flask 1029 and the 340 ml. Ames then sent to USAMRIID in June 2001

  6. DXer said

    USMRMC/USAMRIID should produce the documents revealing whether

    (1) the Dugway was irradiated, (there should be irradiation forms)
    (2) that irradiation was successful (there should be notes by Bruce Ivins)
    (3) where it was shipped (if it was shipped).

    If it was used to murder the elderly Ottilie Lundgren (and others) — by person or persons unknown — by all means, that should be disclosed also. It is fair to suggest that it was genetically identical to the mailed anthrax and that its seed stock was Ivins’ Flask 1030, which also served as seed stock for Flask 1029.

    The same documents should be provided under FOIPA for the shipment of 175 ml. of Ames in August 2000.

    How can the Army claim its probe was extensive when it didn’t reach these questions or address the pre-2001 Dugway shipments?

    The same former FBI officials who oversaw Amerithrax guided the truncated DOD Review, which only addressed post-2001 irradiation.

    Background:

    Army Mistakenly Shipped Live Anthrax Via FedEx | NBC Nightly News
    NBC News

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