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

* Of the 10 Ivins notebooks seized by the FBI that USAMRIID has but is known not to have uploaded, is the one involving the former Zawahiri associate’s research with Ames in the B3 Notebook 4037?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 15, 2016

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6 Responses to “* Of the 10 Ivins notebooks seized by the FBI that USAMRIID has but is known not to have uploaded, is the one involving the former Zawahiri associate’s research with Ames in the B3 Notebook 4037?”

  1. DXer said

    Who is the employee “primarily responsible for the withholding” of Notebook 4037 when I asked for it some years ago — and USAMRMC FOIA officer Sandra Rogers asked US DOJ that copies of all of the notebooks be returned to USAMRIID?

    Who is the “officer or employee primarily responsible for the withholding” of the other notebooks she requested be returned? (For example, the notebooks copied at the USAMRIID Library and put on a CD (or seized and not returned in 2007), would have included Notebook 4037 ).

    Who is the “officer or employee primarily responsible for the withholding” of Notebook 4037 when Ken Dillon initially asked for it — before he had to avail himself of the services of OGIS?

    Who is the “officer or employee primarily responsible for the withholding” of Notebook 4037 in recent months?

    What about the recent days and weeks after I pointed out that USAMRIID was the originating agency and long ago had asked that it be returned to USAMRIID for processing?

    5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(F) provides:

    (i)
    Whenever the court orders the production of any agency records improperly withheld from the complainant and assesses against the United States reasonable attorney fees and other litigation costs, and the court additionally issues a written finding that the circumstances surrounding the withholding raise questions whether agency personnel acted arbitrarily or capriciously with respect to the withholding, the Special Counsel shall promptly initiate a proceeding to determine whether disciplinary action is warranted against the officer or employee who was primarily responsible for the withholding. The Special Counsel, after investigation and consideration of the evidence submitted, shall submit his findings and recommendations to the administrative authority of the agency concerned and shall send copies of the findings and recommendations to the officer or employee or his representative. The administrative authority shall take the corrective action that the Special Counsel recommends.

  2. DXer said

    With respect to this Notebook 4000, do you think it really began on the page numbered 13? Or were the first 12 pages dating from the receipt of the Dugway spores in late 1997 (that came to constitute Flask 1029) destroyed or withheld from production. (I don’t know).

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Lab%20Notebooks/19980106_LabNotebook4000(redacted).pdf

  3. DXer said

    House passes national spending bill that restores funding to Fort Detrick lab

    By Danielle E. Gaines and Kate Masters dgaines@newspost.com, kmasters@newspost.com
    11 hrs ago

    https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/house-passes-national-spending-bill-that-restores-funding-to-fort/article_9d38ae45-4787-502a-b494-7b624e33a87f.html

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

  4. DXer said

    As the months pass, the FOIA mediation efforts have not produced any result — don’t expect Notebook 4282 or Notebook 4037 to be produced. Too many people are comfortable with avoiding disclosure that risks unsettling established narratives on which careers have been built.

  5. DXer said

    The U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) is a direct reporting unit of the U.S. Army that provides command and control of the Army’s fixed-facility medical, dental, and veterinary treatment facilities, providing preventive care, medical research and development and training institutions. One of its subordinate commands of MEDCOM is U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). What appears to have happened is the FBI referred hundreds of pages of documents to MEDCOM which then were never uploaded to the USMRMC Electronic Reading Room — and USAMRIID personnel were put to the burden of looking for documents for which, in the case of many documents (such as Notebook 4010), the FBI had taken the only copy. MEDCOM should now upload to the reading room all the documents referred by the FBI. (The referral would have been in 2010 or so at the time that Amerithrax was closed and FOIA documents released. There will be both an FBI number and a corresponding Army number for each referral. I would ask that the Army identify the correct FBI and Army numbers and then upload the documents. Given the good faith of the USAMRMC FOIA Officer and USAMRIID personnel looking for documents, all we can do now is this request is expedited so as to not add add to the five years of unnecessary delay in getting people on the same page. In its FOIA production, the FBI never identified the agency to which it had referred the documents or given the POC. The Vault would be immensely improved if it did that in the future with such FOIA productions.

  6. DXer said

    Elgin part of statewide drill focusing on anthrax attack

    Chicago Tribune-1 hour ago
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-elgin-anthrax-drill-st-0616-20160615-story.html

    Anthrax has been used as a bioweapon, too, most notably in late 2001 when letters laced with it and sent through the United States Postal Service killed five people and sickened another 17, according to the FBI.

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