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

* Excerpt from Toby Ewin’s August 2016 chapter discussing Al-Qaeda and anthrax

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 29, 2016

 

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11 Responses to “* Excerpt from Toby Ewin’s August 2016 chapter discussing Al-Qaeda and anthrax”

  1. DXer said

    7 Detained Over Gas Canisters Found Near Paris’ Notre Dame

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSSEPT. 8, 2016

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/08/world/europe/ap-eu-france-gas-canisters.html?_r=0

  2. DXer said

    Aum Shinrikyo: Final appeal relating to Tokyo subway sarin attack dismissed by Japan’s High Court
    By Rachel Mealey
    Posted about an hour ago
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-08/aum-shinrikyo-appeal-dismissed-by-high-court/7827254

    Japan’s High Court has dismissed a final appeal in the last criminal trial relating to a sarin gas attack on a Tokyo subway in 1995, paving the way for 13 of those responsible to be put to death by hanging.

    Key points:

    • Aum Shinrikyo cult released sarin gas on a Tokyo subway in 1995, killing 1
    • The head of the cult was found guilty in 2004, but his execution was postponed
    • Japan’s High Court has now dismissed a final appeal in the last criminal trial relating to the attack

    Japan’s High Court has dismissed a final appeal in the last criminal trial relating to a sarin gas attack on a Tokyo subway in 1995, paving the way for 13 of those responsible to be put to death by hanging.
    It has been 21 years since five men released the deadly nerve agent in carriages of crowded commuter trains during Tokyo’s morning rush-hour.

    Twelve people died, 50 people were left permanently injured, and thousands of others were temporarily blinded by the gas.

  3. DXer said

    Children left gasping for air after suspected gas attack in Aleppo

    By Angela Dewan, Hamdi Alkhshali and Donie O’Sullivan, CNN,

    Updated 10:48 PM ET, Tue September 6, 2016
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/06/middleeast/syria-aleppo-chemical-attack/

    (CNN)More than 80 people were suffering severe breathing difficulties in Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo after another chemical attack Tuesday on a rebel-held neighborhood, said the Syrian Civil Defense, a volunteer rescue group.

    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the attack, saying that medical sources accused regime warplanes of pounding the Sukkari neighborhood with barrel bombs “laden with poison gas.”

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    A UN investigation in late August found that chemical weapons had been used in Syria, both by the national air force and ISIS militants. It found two instances where regime forces had used chlorine as a chemical weapon, and one where ISIS had used mustard gas.

    In late August, a helicopter dropped two barrel bombs on a funeral wake for children in Aleppo, killing at least 16 people, Syrian monitoring groups said.

    • DXer said

      Syria conflict: Government helicopters ‘drop chlorine’ on Aleppo

      • 30 minutes ago
      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37291182

      Syrian government forces have been accused of dropping barrel bombs containing chlorine from helicopters on a suburb of Aleppo, injuring 80 people.

      Volunteer emergency workers say people suffered breathing difficulties after an attack on the Sukkari area.

      The reports could not be independently verified. A UN-led inquiry concluded last month the that government had used chlorine on at least two occasions.

      The Syrian government has always denied using chemical weapons.

      It comes as Syrian opposition leaders prepare to meet in London on Wednesday to launch a new plan for a political transition to try to end the five-year civil war.

      The umbrella group representing opposition factions, the High Negotiations Committee, will be hosted by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

      Foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria group of countries, which have supported the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad, will also attend.

      Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told the BBC that he still believed in a political solution to the conflict, and that Mr Assad was not in a “position of advantage or victory”, despite his forces’ recent advances.

      But the Syrian army, backed by powerful outside support, is making gains on the ground, through force, or local deals which amount to surrender. If this plan doesn’t work it will be back to Plan B – more military support to all sides in a devastating war.

      Distressed children

      A volunteer emergency response worker from the Syria Civil Defence said he had reached the scene of the Aleppo attack on Tuesday shortly after a helicopter had dropped barrels containing what he said were four chlorine cylinders.

      The Syria Civil Defence, an organisation that operates in rebel-held areas and is also known as the “White Helmets”, posted video on its Facebook page showing distressed children using oxygen masks to breathe….

      Chlorine is a common industrial chemical, but its use in weapons is banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention. If high concentrations of the chemical enter the lungs it can cause death.

      Opposition activists and medics accused the government of another chlorine attack in Aleppo in August.

      Russia, an ally of the Syrian government, has accused rebels of firing shells containing “toxic gas” at government-held areas in Aleppo.

  4. DXer said

    There are lots of tall tales out there — the stuff of legends of lost treasure and scary tales of the fanciful pursuits of struggling medical interns in search of a paying job.

    Has the Kenya anthrax plot story yet proved more than talk of posturing by terrorists — and the vague, unsubstantiated claims by underpaid Kenya policemen who would benefit from international funding?

    University students hot targets for terror groups
    Daily Nation-12 hours ago
    Security experts say while Isis has no reason to attack Kenya, the reported … police said they had foiled a large scale biological attack using anthrax on a scale …University students hot targets for terror groups

    For example, I think of the Beale treasure story as a fun fiction.

    8 places to find real buried treasure
    There are unearthed treasures out there. Are you up for the hunt?
    Josh Lew
    August 15, 2016
    http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/eco-tourism/stories/8-places-find-real-buried-treasure

    And I don’t credit that 1930s gangster Dutch Schultz ever mentioned Phoenicia (in the Catskills) in his death bed statement. (I obtained the best publicly available transcript of that morphine-addled statement in seeking to debunk the treasure story that took hold decades ago.)

    Dutch Schultz in Fairfield County, Connecticut in 1935 : his horses, his hiding places, and his missing millions | Ross Getman and Grace Getman
    July 16, 2010
    http://www.blurb.com/b/1475537-dutch-schultz-in-fairfield-county-connecticut-in-1

    True crime mysteries are a lot like treasure hunts. The real quest should be to obtain the best contemporaneous evidence and, if possible, suspend belief and any conclusion until you do. I’ve read more on the Amerithrax case than anyone I know. IMO, the evidence available is not sufficient to support confidence in any conclusion other than that the FBI is still withholding contemporaneous evidence that would help reconstruct what Dr. Ivins and others were doing at the time of the mailings.

  5. DXer said

    Bill calling for new national biodefense strategy awaits Senate floor action

    Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Tracy Rozens
    https://homelandprepnews.com/biological-threats/19643-bill-calling-new-national-biodefense-strategy-awaits-senate-floor-action/

    “The United States is underprepared for biological threats,” the panel’s report said.

    The need for strong federal biodefense policies has been evident since 2001 when deadly anthrax spores were mailed in letters to several offices in the United States, infecting 22 people and killing five.

  6. DXer said

    http://outbreaknewstoday.com/anthrax-attack-foiled-in-kenya-54696/

    Two years ago, a laptop was found in an Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) hideout, which contained a number of files including a 19-page document in Arabic on how to develop biological weapons and how to weaponize the bubonic plague from infected animals.

    Earlier this year, Turkish intelligence reported revealed plans by the Islamic terror group to attack Turkey water source with biological agents, including the bacterium that causes tularemia.

    Comment: Under the hadiths, jihadists would lose their soul under their own belief system. Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.

  7. DXer said

    NYT, Wash Po, ABC News and WTOP are running the AP story: 2 Arrested in Kenya, Accused of IS Anthrax Attack Plot

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/29/world/africa/ap-af-kenya-islamic-state-.html?_r=0

    http://wtop.com/africa/2016/08/2-arrested-in-kenya-accused-of-is-anthrax-attack-plot/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/2-arrested-in-kenya-accused-of-is-anthrax-attack-plot/2016/08/29/a560ae68-6df6-11e6-993f-73c693a89820_story.html

    • DXer said

      “They are both medical interns studying medicine at Saratov State Medical University in Russia.”

      Two medical students with links to ISIS terror group arrested at Malindi Hospital By Cyrus Ombati Updated Mon, August 29th 2016
      Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000213837/medical-students-with-links-to-isis-terror-group-arrested-at-a-kenya-hospital

      • DXer said

        http://www.edurussia.ru/entrant/universities/saratov-state-medical-university/

        At present, the University include about 6500 students from over 50 countries studying at the University, about 1000 professors, 7 educational buildings and laboratories, 3 hostels for students, the total area is 136 00 square meters. About 900 highly qualified specialists graduate from Saratov State Medical University every year. The University consists of 6 faculties: General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychology and also the Institute of Nursing.
        Training at the Faculty of General Medicine is carried out in Russian and in English…

        University’s international activities are being developed in two directions: training of foreign students and launching international projects in the areas of research and practical medicine. …

        The growth of intellectual potential of the University is proved by the fact that in the last five years there have been defended over 220 doctoral dissertations, published 162 monographs and impressive amount of methodological literature and articles. Nowadays Saratov State Medical University is a modern educational, scientific and cultural centre of Russia.
        Welcome to Saratov State Medical University!

    • DXer said

      Anti-terror police arrest two medical interns trying to join ISIS

      Aug. 29, 2016, 3:00 pm
      By CALVIN ONSARIGO

      http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2016/08/29/anti-terror-police-arrest-two-medical-interns-trying-to-join-isis_c1410818

      Police arrested two medical interns suspected to part of latest batch of university students radicalised and lured to join the ISIS terror group in Libya.

      Mohamed Shukri and Abdulrazak Abdinuur were arrested on Sunday* in a joint operation by Mombasa and Nairobi anti-terror police in Malindi.

      The two are attached to Malindi subcounty hospital.

      Initial investigations have revealed that Shukri is part of the earlier ISIS recruitment network that was discovered by police and who had been working on plans of using Anthrax to launch terrorist attacks.

      Shukri and Abdinuur have been evading police and were allegedly intending to relocate to Puntland in Somalia to join an ISIS cell in Somalia that is under Sheikh Muumin.

      … Intelligence reports indicate that they are among Biochemistry students allegedly lured to join the terror organisation while undergoing training in Russia.

      The suspects are from Mandera and had benefited from a government scholarship program to study medicine in Saratov University in Russia.

      They were living together at the time of their arrest

      Police intercepted communication indicating that they were travelling to join the Islamic State.

      They are linked to another medical intern, Mohammed Abdi Ali, who was arrested in May in connection with planning a biological attack.

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