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

* Ken Dillon was successful in his appeal of denial of his FOIA request relating to documents from Sep and Oct 2001 relating to Bruce Ivins that have not yet been provided

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 24, 2015

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3 Responses to “* Ken Dillon was successful in his appeal of denial of his FOIA request relating to documents from Sep and Oct 2001 relating to Bruce Ivins that have not yet been provided”

  1. DXer said

    It broke his heart for Bruce to realize that his new friend was really a federal undercover and that her friendship was insincere and she was only out to hurt him.

    Bruce Ivins once wrote a female undercover FBI agent (think blond, Swedish and sexy legs contestant) on August 24, 2007:

    “If you stare at this picture long enough you should be able to see a giraffe. This is weird. Give it a try.
    – bruce”

    Anyone see a giraffe yet in the recent documents?

    In an August 10, 2007, upon returning from the cruise they both took, she peppered him with more questions. ( If the formatting seems a little confusing, I have provided the link where you can find the actual email in case it is clearer.)

    But suffice it to say that she was very good at manipulating his emotions and fleshing out the psych theory on which they wanted to pin their case — given the lack of any actual evidence. You remember the psychiatrist, right? He’s the one who relied on a witness who wrote a 2009 book about taking her instructions in 2000 from an alien who controlled a microchip in her butt; she feared the murderous astral entities attached to the clients in her new part-time counseling gig.

    Do you think this undercover actually was privy to relevant evidence in the matter? Isn’t it just the case that this hammer found a nail? Didn’t the FBI in fact drive Bruce Ivins to suicide while continuing for years to withhold from the public the most relevant evidence of the crime?

    Betrayed, isolated and humiliated, he then later committed suicide.

    His true friends were told in November 2007 by the Commander not to talk to him. (see uploaded memo)

    Now, all these years, the FBI is still withholding a staggering amount of exculpatory evidence according to former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert — including the key laboratory notebooks.

    https://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch88/20000307_batch88(redacted).pdf

    From: [ Sent: Fr)day, August 10, 2007 2:01 PM
    To: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
    Subject: RE: More smiles (UNCLASSIFIED)

    Dear Bruce,

    A BIG FAT HELLO!! and apology for not writing sooner!!!!

    **************** I’m really happy to hear from you, You and are my two favorite people from the cruise. You both were SO nice to . I hope you had a great time on your cruise. Instead of the “luck of the Irish,” you must have the “luck of the Swedish” to have won at the slot machines!
    All is well.. Now. remember on the cruise that I had a cold? Well, it got worse since I got back (probably from the travel planes, trains, and automobiles) and I have been fighting it ever since!!! So not in the mood to email and when I did try the stupid computer went down…. I tried on Sat when I got back and again on Tues)

    **************
    Sorry you’re still feeling “under the weather.” I remember than said you had a cold. I thought on the ship it might have been a reaction to some cleaning chemical or fragrance that they had on board. I know that I have a hard time breathing when I’m around somebody with lots of cologne or perfume on. I’m glad your computer is back “on-line.” I think I’ll send most of my “personal” emails from my AOL account, since the administration here wants people to use computers mainly for “official business.” They don’t want us to access “adult” sites or send chain letters, but they do allow some personal use. I frequently check the internet news and weather, look stuff up on Google, and send some emails to friends. I have most of my funny things (like the Garden of Eden) and the cute pictures here, so you’ll probably get things from both my AOL and this address.
    Do you have any remedies for me???

    *********** Chicken soup?
    For head colds, lots of fluids is really good. Not too much caffeine, however, as that can actually cause your body to dehydrate. Another thing for headcolds (especially in the winter) is to inhale steam, or use a vaporizer or room humidifier. I’m sure that you are in a really dry area in that part of the country. For chest colds, Guaifenisin (it’s in “Mucinex” and in a lot of cough syrups) helps to break up the congestion. You can take Tylenol (acetominophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve (sodium naproxen) for headaches or muscle aches and pains.
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    (b) (6)The fluids and inhaling moist air wouldn’t present any problem though.)

    Can you invent something for me? You are my new scientist friend who should have all the answers!!!!!!!!!!! ; )

    ***************

    I wish I had ANY answers, After working with a lot of people for twenty years to invent a better anthrax vaccine, it seems a(s6)though the only thing I know that I can do is trip over my own shoelaces!😦
    Do you ever work with cold remedies or flu like stuff????

    ***********

    I’m really interested in health matters,

    Flu and the “common cold” are caused by viruses, which are smaller than bacteria and have to actually live
    inside the cells of the person they are making sick. Some bacteria are that way, but a lot of bacteria – which are several times larger than viruses – live outside human cells. Some bacteria can also live in the environment. I was always really curious, and I like helping people, so going into biomedical science was almost a natural thing for me. Since I was a teenager I wanted to go into science. In graduate school I worked with diphtheria bacteria. Afterward I worked on “parrot fever,” cholera, and anthrax. I came here in December of 1980 and have been working on anthrax ever since. The neatest things we did here were done in the very early 1980s. Bacteria usually carry their genetic information on one good-sized piece of DNA. We found that anthrax bacteria have two “extra” pieces of DNA which have genes that are necessary for the anthrax bacteria to cause disease. We did some good anthrax vaccine work, but it didn’t really come to anything. That’s why I’m basically depressed about my work here. After so many years, we don’t have anything.

    I feel better. I too have to tell you that it was so great to meet you! I haven’t laughed so much in a long time, Keep me laughing please!!!!

    *****************

    I hope that we can email each other!!! I’m sorry

    So, basically, my return trip was a comedy of errors, but all I can do is laugh about it. Got lost getting to the airport, was scrambling for change (tolls every where in Florida – none in Sweden), plane changes (mechanical problems that I wish they would not tell me), and of course all the other little things, lost luggage etc…. that make me look back and wish I was on the ship with you, laughing as we did almost every night!

    ******************

    Oh, my! I had a delayed flight, but that was all. Sorry about all of the problems. I hope you didn’t have to make a whole lot of flight connections. I had a non-stop from Orlando to Dulles Airport, then I took a wrong exit in Frederick and wound up going back west on Interstate 70. You’d think that I could at least find my way around where I live, but I have an awful, AWFUL sense of direction! I think I’ve only lost luggage once, when USAMRIID sent a coworker and me up to Lansing, Michigan to help the people who make the current human vaccine for anthrax. We were told about it Friday afternoon and had to run around like chickens without heads for the rest of the day. We left on Sunday and got in at night, didn’t have our luggage, were hungry, and just about every restaurant was closed at 10 pm. We finally found one that was open and we got our luggage in a few hours.
    I am very happy for my tan. And I am no exception. I can not wait to be back to my regular size, swim and sun tan myself.
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    And there
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    is no air conditioning there, so you really melt. so you try and sleep with the windows open and cant sleep bc its too sunny…. Nothing is easy. ; )

    ****************

    Do they have “black-out” shades, which don’t let any light in at all? Sleeping when it’s hot is very hard for me, and I don’t like humidity
    Other than that, I have lots of pictures I need to send to you from the cruise. I dont have that many of us, but I do have a funny one of me and one funny one of I need to share, —> we are tied up (like in the head lock/hand lock pirate thing) (you know where your head and hands are between wood and you are bending forward???) Do I make any sense???
    *************

    The stocks! I remember those from when I visited Williamsburg in Virginia. People who committed certain offenses were put into the stocks and subjected to public ridicule (maybe a few eggs or tomatoes as well). The pirate museum said that when pirates were caught, they were hung in public to show what the fate of pirates was. Gross. We also learned that “walking the plank” was pretty much fictional as far as what pirates did to people. It was a neat museum.
    I’d love to see your pictures! I took some of the I even took some of the little animals they made for us in our staterooms!
    Well that thing. I wish you guys were on our tour that day, our tour was awesome and the funny pictures afterwards make me laugh!

    ***************

    Is this the dolphin adventure or the parasailing? I wish I had done both. The dolphin one would have been very enjoyable!
    I will send that one soon. Also I have one of all of us from breakfast that last day. Why didnt we take more pictures??? What was I thinking?

    **************
    You’re making me sad, missing you and fun and good times on the ship and the islands! When I got home I immediately went to the store and bought a big bottle of Bahama Mamas!
    So enough about me, sorry I will tend to ramble and ramble….

    ************** Don’t be sorry at all! I thought that I was the one who went on and on and on when we were on the ship. Please “ramble” as much and as often as possible!
    How are you?

    *********

    I’m doing OK, but I am down now that I’m back. There were tons of emails at work, and some voicemails as well. Diddly stuff that had to be done, like on-line training, Questions about our work, etc.
    What are you up to?

    ***********

    At home, except in our bedroom where I put in the window air conditioner, it’s really hot. I like to watch the news and the Weather Channel, also “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, but the TV is in the living room, so if you want to watch, you have to perspire!
    read some. I like some of Stephen King’s work. I think my favorite piece that he wrote isn’t horror at all, it’s a very tender story about a guy and his sister that he never seemed to have any time for. It’s called “The Last Rung on the Ladder.” It was
    a sad story, very well written. How is work?
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    Work has been a drag for about 10 years! The vaccine work went down the drain, and the company that was supposed to pick up on it (the vaccine) made a mess of it. The scientists here can’t talk to them about what they did wrong, because that would be a conflict of interest and a definite ethics violation, so I’m just basically putting in time here until I retire. It’s a terrible attitude, and I sorry I have it, but I’m just so beaten down.
    Be careful, dont get sick!!!!
    ***********

    I won’t get anthrax, that’s for sure. The vaccine works well, but it stings a lot, and it has a lot of material in it that probably isn’t needed in the vaccine. We were trying to make one that was pure, and wouldn’t hurt when injected. Failure. Oh, well….
    How often do you work?

    **************

    I work Monday through Friday. I used to come in a lot on weekends and in the evenings, but I don’t anymore.
    Do you like it? In the 1980s it was fun and enjoyable. I LOVED coming to work then. About the time of the First Gulf War, we got a new division chief who was a micromanager (Boo!) and then we got another immediate supervisor (just under the division chief) who was even MORE of a micromanager. Then funds started drying up and programs got cut back. Things had started to pick up a bit with our research when 9/11, followed by the anthrax letters, hit. If 9/11 and the anthrax letters hadn’t happened, I think that we would have been doing well in our vaccine research, but we can’t change sad history, and that’s that.

    Good boss?

    **********
    My current immediate supervisor is very good – very energetic and ambitious – and the division chief doesn’t micromanage us. Also the administration above us (above the division level) is good.
    Sad that your co worker left?

    ****************
    Very, VERY much! from technician to world-respected investigator. I was incredibly proud
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    of honestly a lot smarter than I am and a lot more technically capable than I’ll ever be. and we still keep in touch by email and phone, a(n6d)
    sometimes meet for coffee in the mornings a neat person. Of all the people I ever worked with, the best, and one I miss most.
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    I tend to get really, really close to people and then they disappear from my life and I am sad. I promise I am a faithful friend and will always be loyal!!! I think you seem to be the same

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    I’m as close as email! Regardless whether you’re I like people, but I’m uncomfortable frequently in crowds. (I thought the “sexiest legs” contest was fun, but I would have been SO BAD if I had to dance up to the “judges” and strut around!) Small groups of people are nice because then they can really get to know each other.
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    : ) Plus you are so funny!!!! And know so much! I was really interested in that trivia you were telling me (the game you won on the ship!!) I really really wish I was there for that and could have been on your team and been a BADGER too!!!! Can you make me an honorary one??? ; ) ************
    You can CERTAINLY be a badger! It was one of our division chiefs that gave me that name (not the micromanager). It was a guy named be. He came into the office one day in the 1990s and said, “I need to talk to King Badger!” That was very funny, and he just wanted to ask a question about the anthrax vaccine, but the name kind of stuck in our lab. When we
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    got home, I had to pick a name, so I picked the name.
    So what else? Tell me everything!

    *****************

    The two things that have worn me down the most are the work here and the anthrax letters investigation. As I said, things had started to look up about 2000 or early 2001, then the fall of 2001 brought tragedy, sadness, war. Extremely, EXTREMELY depressing.
    Hope all is well and you are relaxed from your trip.

    ********************* I’m slowly recovering at work, but the cruise and people like you an
    I miss so much. Thanks for the pictures, I love little animals and babies.
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    – he already is.
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    Send my best to me laugh too!!! He is too cute!

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    I’m so thankful that you’re writing!! Again, sorry it took me sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long to write, but I am back on my
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    feet – and excited to hear from you!!!!! **************
    BIG FAT HUGS!!!!! Stay in touch…. ************* (6) Thanks so much for writing!!!! I remember watching the Winter Olympics on TV in 1960, when they were held at Lake Tahoe. There was a really good American skier there named Penny Pitou who won two silver medals, one in the downhill, and one in the giant slalom. I think that she was my first “crush.” I was 13 at the time. Time flies….Have a great weekend, Here are some more pictures you might like!! (6) -bruce

  2. DXer said

    I guess that it is no secret that the FBI is hiding evidence in the anthrax case. Amerithrax will be a test of just how broken the FBI’s FOIA operation is.

    Former FBI director alleges agency concealing evidence in anthrax …
    Fox News-Apr 15, 2015
    An ex-director of the FBI’s anthrax investigation says the agency is hiding evidence that casts doubt on its conclusion that Army scientist Bruce …
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/16/former-fbi-director-alleges-agency-concealing-evidence-in-anthrax-case.html

    Ex-FBI official: Agency is hiding evidence in anthrax case
    The Seattle Times-Apr 15, 2015
    http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/ex-fbi-official-agency-is-hiding-evidence-in-anthrax-case/
    Explore in depth (61 more articles)

    I’ve always admired that Dillon thinks big when it comes to FOIA. In contrast, I prefer to nibble around my favorite FOIA officer’s ear. With the FBI FOIA officer is as unhelpful to me as the FBI FOIA officer typically is, I try to avoid the FBI entirely.

    • DXer said

      FBI tests web-based FIOA requests
      • By Derek Major

      • Dec 02, 2015

      In an effort to begin to streamline Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request processing, the FBI recently began open beta testing of eFOIA, its new web-based system that allows users to request FBI records and receive access to view and download the released information.

      In the past, FOIA requests were made through regular mail, fax or email, and all responsive material was sent to the requester through regular mail, either in paper or disc format.

      According to David Hardy, chief of the FBI’s Record/Information Dissemination Section, the number of FOIA requests have risen substantially in the past few years and the new process should increase FBI efficiency and decrease administrative costs.

      “Requests have increased over the past decade by as much as a third,” he said. “Over the past year, we’ve received approximately 18,500 requests, and, thanks to a skilled workforce and increasing automation, we were able to review for release 1.1 million pages.” Hardy also noted the new process should increase FBI efficiency and decrease administrative costs.

      According to the FBI, users can request information on organizations, events, or deceased individuals. In order to have their request processed, users will need to provide a valid e-mail address and a government-issued ID in .pdf, .doc, .png, .gif, .jpg, or .jpeg formats. In addition, users are limited to one request per day.

      The FBI encourages requesters to try eFOIA and to email foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov with any questions or problems. In several months, the FBI plans to move eFOIA into full production mode.

      https://gcn.com/articles/2015/12/02/fbi-efoia-website.aspx

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