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

* October 18, 2016 filing of amended complaint by former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert, relating to fingering and railroading of Bruce Ivins in face of daunting undisclosed exculpatory evidence

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 18, 2016

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15 Responses to “* October 18, 2016 filing of amended complaint by former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert, relating to fingering and railroading of Bruce Ivins in face of daunting undisclosed exculpatory evidence”

  1. DXer said

    Recommendations to the New President on Countering WMD and Terrorism

    By Rolf Mowatt-Larssen and Monica Duffy Toft
    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    This article draws on a paper co-authored by Rolf Mowatt-Larssen and Monica Toft that was commissioned by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). The authors wish to acknowledge NTI’s support in contributing this article and these recommendations for countering WMD terrorism. This post reflects the views of the authors alone and not the U.S. Navy.

    About the Authors

    Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He served as the Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the Department of Energy; Chief of the Europe Division in the Directorate of Operations; and Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Department, Counterterrorist Center.

    Monica Duffy Toft is Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College and is Professor of Government and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, where she is on leave this academic year.

  2. DXer said

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-11-18/trump-s-national-security-picks-want-to-air-obama-s-iran-secrets

    Trump’s National Security Picks Want to Air Obama’s Iran Secrets

    Bloomberg-Nov 18, 2016
    … relationship between Iran and al-Qaeda than previously disclosed. … that al-Qaeda was working on chemical and biological weapons in Iran.

  3. DXer said

    People rose up to speak up for mute swans. (My mute friend, Ernie, had formally retained me).

    Gov. Cuomo signs law saving mute swans from being euthanized by wildlife officials, November 30, 2016
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/gov-cuomo-signs-law-saving-mute-swans-euthanized-article-1.2893653

    In my written pitch to Governor Cuomo, I told him these graphics were written by a federal undercover — and that it was not helpful for me to have to be distracted by having to avoid Ernie being shot.

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

    It’s time that these politicians lobbying for money to be spent on biodefense speak up for FBI to produce the exculpatory documents (to the extent produceable under FOIA) that are being withheld.
    It will only be possible to get people on the same page — so that the history might be reliably written — upon such production.

    Reasonable people can disagree on the merits of the difficult whodunnit — but everyone should agree that producing documents under FOIA should be given priority. Justice and national security is often thwarted by bureaucratic delay intended to avoid bungling from coming to light.

    President Trump-elect should fire those responsible for any continuing withholding of documents produceable under FOIA pursuant to the long pending requests.

  4. DXer said

    Bipartisan bill to protect first responders from anthrax exposure heads to Obama for signature

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by HPN News Desk
    https://homelandprepnews.com/biological-threats/20335-bipartisan-bill-protect-first-responders-anthrax-exposure-heads-obama-signature/

    Legislation to protect first responders from anthrax exposure in the event of a biological attack passed the House on Tuesday and will now go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

    The First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act would authorize a pilot program for the Department of Homeland Security to provide first responders with surplus anthrax vaccines that would soon be expiring from the Strategic National Stockpile.

    The House bill, which drew bipartisan support, was initially introduced by U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Peter King (R-NY). In the Senate, Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) took the lead on introducing the legislation, which was unanimously passed on Nov. 16.

    “We are years removed from anthrax scares that had everyone’s attention, but the threat of weapons of mass destruction has not been removed,” said Pascrell, chair of the Congressional Fire Services and Congressional Law Enforcement Caucuses. “For more than a decade, I’ve been advocating for a comprehensive national strategy to address this threat, and this bill begins to strengthen our national response capability,” he added.

    Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in September 2001, letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices and two U.S. Senate offices, killing five people and infecting 17 others in what became the worst biological attacks in U.S. history.

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

  5. DXer said

    Here’s what lawmakers want from Obama to protect first responders from anthrax
    http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/11/house_clears_bill_to_protect_first_responders_from.html

    Shortly after 9/11, letters containing anthrax were sent to two U.S. Senate offices as well as to the media. Five people and 17 others were infected. Some of the letters passed through a postal facility in Hamilton, Mercer County.

    “We are years removed from anthrax scares that had everyone’s attention, but the threat of weapons of mass destruction has not been removed,” said Pascrell, who chairs the Congressional Fire Services and Congressional Law Enforcement caucuses.

    The legislation will protect first responders “from the threat of bioterrorism,” Booker said. “As a former mayor, I know the crucial role first responders play in protecting our families and keeping our communities safe.”

  6. DXer said

    A lawyer from my old law firm was named White House Counsel and KT McFarland has been named Deputy National Security Director.

    KT McFarland, “Are we prepared for a biological attack?”

    http://ktmcfarland.com/?p=1782

    TRANSCRIPT

    This is DEFCON 3 by KT and I’m KT McFarland.
    Just when you thought things were going badly on the homeland security front, we get a report card from a Congressional Commission on how prepared we are for a biological attack. The grade? F.
    It should come as no surprise to anyone who tried to get flu shots this year. Last fall we were told there weren’t enough regular flu shots available because the industry was focused on making swine flu shots. But they goofed that one too – the swine flu vaccine wasn’t widely available until after swine flu had run its course. In the end the swine flu wasn’t as lethal as scientists predicted. That’s lucky since over 50 million people were infected – one out of six Americans.
    But counting on good luck is no way to protect the American people from biological or chemical attack. Anymore than counting on airline passengers to protect us from suicide bombers, as happened with the when a young Nigerian tried to blow up himself and everyone else on his Detroit bound flight.
    The Christmas Day bomber? – we failed to connect the dots. The Fort Hood Shooter? We failed to connect the dots. In our zeal to protect ourselves after September 11 we threw money at the problem and created huge, new government agencies – bloated, bureaucratic, and bungling. Our intelligence and counter terrorism agencies are more like the lumbering Michelin tire man than a swift, innovative, fast moving hero on 24.
    Eight years after the anthrax attacks and we still don’t have a rapid-response capability for dealing with disease outbreaks from bioterrorism. Eight years after Sept 11 and suicide bombers are still getting on airplanes. Who’s dropped the ball? Everybody. This isn’t partisan – it’s not a Republican or a Democrat foul-up. It’s a bureaucratic foul-up. And it’s happening more and more these days. And it’s got to change.
    That’s DEFCON 3 by KT and i’m KT MCFarland.

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

    • DXer said

      Since 2010, KT McFarland has been working as a national security analyst for FoxNews:

      http://video.foxnews.com/v/4184909385001/?#sp=show-clips

    • DXer said

      KT McFarland likely will have sufficient influence to encourage the disclosure of

      (a) the withheld traditional forensic tests that were exculpatory of Dr. Bruce Ivins (e.g., photocopy toner, photocopy tracks, ink, human hair DNA, paper).

      (b) the withheld credit card receipts and telephone records,

      (c) the withheld notebooks, to include the one with notation on the date of mailing,

      (d) the testing that showed detection of Ames at Sufaat’s Afghan lab,

      (e) documents identifying the lab that Rauf Ahmad infiltration on his quest to obtain virulent anthrax, etc.

      (f) Rauf Ahmad, Sufaat, al-Barq, and Hambali’s interrogation statements,

      (g) the interim memo authorized by former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert,

      (h) the 302 statements by Dr. Ivins family members,

      etc.

      Panel Finds No Conclusive Evidence to Identify Source of 2001 Anthrax Attacks
      By Catherine Herridge
      Published February 15, 2011
      FoxNews.com
      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/15/panel-releasing-review-science-fbi-anthrax-probe.html

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

  7. DXer said

    Senate passes bill to give anthrax vaccines to first responders

    Friday, November 18, 2016 by HPN News Desk
    The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Chris Coons (D-DE) that makes anthrax vaccines available to first responders.

    https://homelandprepnews.com/countermeasures/20257-senate-passes-bill-give-anthrax-vaccines-first-responders/

    The bill is expected to be signed into law by the president.

  8. DXer said

    My Take: the elected Administration could increase consensus on its world view by sharing information that previously has been withheld.

    Trump’s National Security Picks Want to Air Obama’s Iran Secrets
    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-11-18/trump-s-national-security-picks-want-to-air-obama-s-iran-secrets

    Bloomberg-Nov 18, 2016
    … relationship between Iran and al-Qaeda than previously disclosed. … that al-Qaeda was working on chemical and biological weapons in Iran.

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    in 2011 he ran a team at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that reviewed the troves of material captured in the 2011 Osama bin Laden raid.

    Under Obama, the intelligence community has declassified a small fraction of those documents and released them in drips and drabs. This prompted Flynn, after he retired in 2014, to charge that the disclosures were selective.

    • DXer said

      If he were to lose out to Mitt Romney for Secretary of State, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani could possibly be the next director of national intelligence, according to Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway Tuesday morning.

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

  9. DXer said

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/top-intel-official-al-qaeda-worked-on-wmd-in-iran/article/2003264/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=t.co&utm_campaign=20160713_TWS-blog-top-intel-official-al-qaeda-worked-on-wmd-in-iran-3_twitter&utm_content=TWS

    “Al Qaeda operatives based in Iran worked on chemical and biological weapons, according to a letter written to Osama bin Laden that is described in a new book by a top former U.S. intelligence official.

    The letter was captured by a U.S. military sensitive site exploitation team during the raid on bin Laden’s Abbottabad headquarters in May 2011. It is described in Field of Fight, out Tuesday from Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Michael Ledeen of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

    “One letter to bin Laden reveals that al Qaeda was working on chemical and biological weapons in Iran,” Flynn writes.

    Flynn’s claim, if true, significantly advances what we know about al Qaeda’s activity in Iran. The book was cleared by the intelligence community’s classification review process. And U.S. intelligence sources familiar with the bin Laden documents tell us the disclosure on al Qaeda’s WMD work is accurate.

    Flynn notes that only a small subset of bin Laden’s files have been released to the public. The “Defense Intelligence Agency’s numerous summaries and analyses of the files remain classified,” too, Flynn writes. “But even the public peek gives us considerable insight into the capabilities of this very dangerous global organization.”

    It’s not just al Qaeda.

    “There’s a lot of information on Iran in the files and computer discs captured at the Pakistan hideout of Osama bin Laden,” Flynn writes in the introduction. The authors note that the relationship between Iran and al Qaeda “has always been strained” and “[s]ometimes bin Laden himself would erupt angrily at the Iranians.” Previously released documents and other evidence show that al Qaeda kidnapped an Iranian diplomat in order to force a hostage exchange and bin Laden was very concerned about the Iranians’ ability to track his family members.

    And yet the book makes clear that Flynn believes there is much more to the al Qaeda-Iran relationship than the public has been told. And that’s not an accident. Obama administration “censors have been busy,” Flynn writes, blocking the release of the bin Laden documents to the public and, in some cases, to analysts inside the U.S. intelligence community. “Some of it—a tiny fraction—has been declassified and released, but the bulk of it is still under official seal. Those of us who have read bin Laden’s material know how important it is…”

  10. DXer said

    Asked if Mr. Trump would ask for FBI Director James Comey’s resignation, Jason Miller was noncommittal. I think the FBI Director will remain. But if is replaced, my guess would be that Mr. Trump would pick Kallstrom, who once headed the NY Office. Kallstrom was a strong Trump supporter. I have no idea what Mr. Kallstrom knows or thinks of Amerithrax. FWIW, though, my first insights were gained in late 2001 from a hockey-loving colleague of Mr. Kallstrom.

    Historically, there was a lot of learning about Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri in that NYC FBI Field office.

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

    I have no idea whether Mr. Trump will pick Guiliani or Romney, but I think Mitt Romney would gain widespread praise.

    As the former NYC Mayor, Guiliani would have anthrax stories to tell. His company then had the contract to clean up the AMI building in Florida.

  11. DXer said

    One possible pick for Secretary of State is Rudolph Giuliani, whose company was involved with cleaning up the AMI Building.

    Giuliani Co. Cleaning Up Anthrax
    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&authuser=0&q=%22mute+swan%22&oq=%22mute+swan%22&gs_l=news-cc.3..43j43i53.2463.4766.0.5094.11.11.0.0.0.0.110.904.9j2.11.0…0.0…1ac.1.1i5X4OxQriM#q=Giuliani+AMI+Building&hl=en&gl=us&authuser=0

  12. DXer said

    The erudite former lead Amerithrax investigator writes in his federal court filing:

    “Following the announcement of its circumstantial case against Ivins, Defendants DOJ and FBI crafted an elaborate perception management campaign to bolster their assertion of Ivins’ guilt. These efforts included press conferences and highly selective evidentiary presentations which were replete with material omissions.”

    Comment:

    Michael Flynn: The two key FBI people then went to work for the DOD. The perception management then continued courtesy of the truncation of the DOD probe into the uncontrolled distribution of virulent Ames anthrax. (It was limited to analysis of post-2002 distributions). Stop tweeting and being a politician — and get to work. Your country needs you to keep it safe.

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

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