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

* Ivins was ordered by superior not to repeat the report that the powder closest to the mailed anthrax was made by DSD for DARPA

Posted by DXer on October 25, 2015


2 Responses to “* Ivins was ordered by superior not to repeat the report that the powder closest to the mailed anthrax was made by DSD for DARPA”

  1. DXer said

    July 30, 2018
    10 Years of emptywheel: Jim’s Dimestore


    Sandia National Laboratories image of attack spore. In the upper frame, silicon, in green, is found exclusively on the spore coat and not on the exosporium (outer pink border).

    Perhaps my favorite topic over the years has been a technical analysis of the evidence presented by the FBI in its Amerithrax investigation. It is absolutely clear from this analysis of the anthrax attacks of 2001 that the FBI failed to demonstrate how Bruce Ivins could have carried out the attacks on his own. This post goes deep into the technical weeds of how the spores in the attack material were treated so that they would disperse easily and seem to float on air. The bottom line is that high amounts of silicon are found inside these spores. The silicon could not have gotten there naturally, and it took very sophisticated chemistry to get it there and treat it to make sure it stayed. Ivins had neither the expertise nor the equipment to achieve this highly advanced bioweaponization. Earlier work I did in this series showed that Ivins also could not have grown the anthrax used in the attacks. My favorite candidate for where it was produced is an isolated lab built by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency on what is now called the Nevada National Security Site (formerly the Nevada Test Site) that Judy Miller described on September 4, 2001. That article by Miller has always stood out to me as the ultimate limited hangout presented by DoD before the fact, where we see a facility of the perfect size for producing the amount of material used in the anthrax attacks. Those attacks occurred just a short time after the article was published. Miller’s assurance in the article that the site only was used for production of harmless bacteria sharing some characteristics with anthrax just never smelled right to me.

  2. DXer said

    Ivins’ superior at the Army told Ivins to shut up — that the FBI situation was under control. And so when USAMRMC plays hide the ball and fails to produce the September – October 2001 emails relied upon in closing the case — and now the FOIA Officer Sandra Rogers has not been responding to my wonderfully endearing emails — who is calling the shots in this game of hide-the-ball?

    Who hid the ball first? The FBI or the Army?

    Or does it matter. The key FBI people (Hassell and Majidi) then moved over to the Army.

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