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

* Former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert quoted today: “The only avenue for remedying the government’s wealth of material omissions in this case would be through a congressional inquiry.”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 27, 2017

Trump Should “Drain the Swamp” at the FBI Before Terror Strikes …
Accuracy In Media-2 hours ago
Playing down the threat of jihadist bioterrorism is something that U.S. intelligence agencies, led by the FBI, did in the case of the anthrax attacks …

http://www.aim.org/aim-column/trump-should-drain-the-swamp-at-the-fbi-before-terror-strikes-again/

by Cliff Kincaid on February 27, 2017

Bill Gates was recently quoted as saying that bioterrorism could kill more people than nuclear war, but that Western governments are not ready to deal with it. The situation may be worse than he thinks. What stories about his remarks at the Munich Security Conference did not explain is that the FBI has still failed to resolve the question of who carried out the post-9/11 anthrax attacks on America.

Some of the evidence points to al Qaeda, and there are reports that other Islamic terrorist groups, such as ISIS, are now developing biological weapons.

The independent investigators, including historian Kenneth J. Dillon, a former Foreign Service officer and intelligence analyst, and attorney Ross Getman, an expert on al Qaeda’s biowarfare program, are asking President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to reopen the anthrax mailings investigation. This could lead, Dillon argues, to exonerating an innocent man, identifying the real al-Qaeda perpetrator, and getting to the bottom of what went wrong in America’s premier federal law enforcement agency.

In 2002, then-Rep. Pence wrote a letter asking why international links weren’t being probed in the anthrax mailings.

From the start of the FBI’s inquiry, the Bureau seemed determined to eliminate al Qaeda as a source of the attacks. Former government scientist Dr. Stephen Hatfill’s career was destroyed by the FBI as they sought to frame him. Eventually, the Department of Justice paid Hatfill a multi-million dollar settlement in recognition of the fact that they had persecuted an innocent man.

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When we asked him for an interview, Lambert declined, saying “All of the information the Justice Department is withholding from the American people is either restricted from disclosure by the Privacy Act, governed by non-disclosure, non-disparagement clauses in other settlement agreements, or classified as national security information. The only avenue for remedying the government’s wealth of material omissions in this case would be through a congressional inquiry. Although bills have been introduced in the past to establish such an inquiry committee, they never became law.”

The independent investigators believe that Freedom of Information Act requests that are now being stonewalled by the FBI could lead to major breakthroughs and the clearing of Ivins if the FBI is ordered by the Trump administration to cooperate.

In his remarks on possible bioterrorism, Bill Gates said, “Imagine if I told you that somewhere in this world, there’s a weapon that exists—or that could emerge—capable of killing tens of thousands, or millions, of people, bringing economies to a standstill, and throwing nations into chaos. You would say that we need to do everything possible to gather intelligence and develop effective countermeasures to reduce the threat.”

Such a weapon could be in the hands of radical Islamic extremists. But if the FBI still hasn’t solved the matter of the post-9/11 anthrax attacks, what assurance do we have that the Bureau could prevent or solve the next devastating wave of biological attacks?

President Trump and Vice President Pence have every reason in the world to be concerned about what is happening at the FBI. They could, and should, reopen the anthrax investigation. It would be an opportunity to expose and remove the corruption that may remain in the Bureau and makes us vulnerable to another biological terrorist attack.

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80 Responses to “* Former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert quoted today: “The only avenue for remedying the government’s wealth of material omissions in this case would be through a congressional inquiry.””

  1. DXer said

    Philip Baruth, in his biography of Senator Leahy, at page 215 writes:

    “Even as the Amerithrax task force laid its thick dossier of evidence before the public, even as a skeptical Tom Daschle came to accept the bureau’s conclusion as solid, Leahy remain convinced — and very publicly so — that the FBI had failed to ferret out the entire network behind the attacks. That alone was an explosive thought, and an even more explosive statement to enter into the public record.

    But after having been briefed in Vermont by FBI director Mueller on August 7, 2008, Leahy chose a packed Judiciary Committee oversight hearing nine days later to amplify the allegations he had first laid out for me the previous September.

    Voice low but steady, and pausing throughout for emphasis, Leahy alleged the existence of a full-blown criminal conspiracy, in language borrowed very deliberately from his days as a courtroom prosecutor. He had always had the instructs of a performer; he had spent long years honing his capacity for the sound bite. But behind this particular bite lay long years of resentment and anger and fear for his family. All of which gave five of Leahy’s sentences in particular a palpable force:

    “If [Ivins] is the one who sent the letter, I do not believe in way way, shape or manner that he is the only person involved in this attack on Congress and the American people. I do not believe that at all. I believe there are others involved either as accessories before or accessories after the fact. I believe there are others out there. I believe there are others who can be charged with murder.”

    Comment: Although Senator Leahy is the former prosecutor, not me, I don’t believe there is a statute of limitations for murder. A murder charge can be filed even decades after the alleged murder was committed. So it seems that Senator Leahy may be correct when he said that the case is not closed.

    • DXer said

      Senator Leahy (and I am a big fan) would like to see Amerithrax persuasively solved:

      “If [Ivins] is the one who sent the letter, I do not believe in way way, shape or manner that he is the only person involved in this attack on Congress and the American people. I do not believe that at all. I believe there are others involved either as accessories before or accessories after the fact. I believe there are others out there. I believe there are others who can be charged with murder.”

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

      Steve Kurkjian (and I am a big fan) wants to see the Isabella Gardner paintings returned: “We have got to generate public interest,” he said. “Not only in the mystery but in what was lost.”.

      Author wants to see Gardner heist solved
      By Bera Dunau The Foxboro Reporter
      Apr 6, 2017

      I just want to help you find Dutch Schultz’s missing millions in the hopes you’ll share the story and take me out to a nice dinner.

      The Ongoing Search For Dutch Schultz’s Missing Millions
      by Ross E. Getman

      “Blam!” “Blam!” “Blam!” When police arrived and asked Dutch Schultz who shot him, he replied, “I don’t know, but they were pretty good shots.”

      This is a true story of a treasure worth an estimated $50 million dollars hidden by Dutch Schultz before being gunned down. The iron chest containing the loot was hidden by Dutch Schultz and his bodyguard Lulu Rosenkrantz. It very likely was hidden in either Upstate New York or Fairfield County, Connecticut.

      In 1935, fresh from the successful conviction of Al Capone on tax evasion charges, federal authorities targeted Dutch for failing to report any of the millions he made on his bootlegging enterprise and numbers racket. While Dutch was awaiting his Syracuse trial on the tax charges, the United States Attorney allowed him to stay in Connecticut. The press soon caught up with him in early April, when he was discovered at a hideout in Norwalk. The home was nice — near the water on a peninsula. There was a tall fence in the backyard.

      Several years ago, my daughter and I learned that he and his bodyguard, Lulu Rosenkrantz had buried his chest in the backyard, in the garden — but then moved it.

      In addition to Liberty Bonds, Dutch put diamonds from the heist of a jewelry store in the chest. One of his lieutenants testified that he never put in a bill that was less than $1,000. Sometimes it was so full he would have to sit on it to close it. The FBI claimed that Schultz did six million dollars in business a year, and collected $825,000 in just the six weeks before he was murdered in October 1935. J.Edgar Hoover said: “That means one million every two months was being paid to just one racketeer.”

      Schultz had several options to take the chest after the press flushed him out.

      Tuckahoe

      First, he could take it to his secret residence in Tuckahoe, NY — en route to the trial in Syracuse. The big old Victorian house is at the corner of White Plains Road and Winterhill Road in Tuckahoe. The home has been converted into a dormitory, Koepchen Hall, by neighboring Concordia College. As an official of Eastchester Historical Society once commented to the press: “That’s where Dutch Schultz lived.” “We know it’s a fact.” “One of our members went to high school with his daughter.” The house was convenient to a brewery Dutch owned in Yonkers, NY through a proxy. There was a secret tunnel leading across the street to a historic tavern. Later it came to be known as the Stephen Ward House, which now also provides housing for college students. The tunnel between the two was filled in. At the Yonkers brewery, Dutch ran hoses under ground and delivered his beer to the taverns directly from the secret bootlegging operation at the Chicken Island brewery.

      Newburgh

      Second, another possibility was to take it to a house in Newburgh, NY, that a minion had fortified in 1932 (according to online real estate records). A local resident confides to me that there was a secret hiding place behind a book shelf that opened big enough for a chest. The house was not far from a tavern connected by a tunnel. Dutch and Lulu had been seen riding horses in the area in Fall 1934 when Dutch was still on the lam. The FBI dispatched agents to investigate. When Dutch turned himself in, a newspaper reported: “Ten days ago, the Commissioner added, he had information that Schultz was hunting ‘on his own private estate outside of Newburgh, N.Y.’ ” There was a tunnel from the house to the nearby speakeasy. At last report, the house has been put up for sale. The speakeasy is now the site of North Plank Road Tavern. The owner has described to me how, upon renovation, a secret trap door was discovered that concealed guns and booze under the kitchen.

      Lake George, NY

      Third, maybe he took the chest to Lake George. When spotted in Newburgh, a tip phoned in to New York City indicated that he first went to a “row of cottages” in Lake George. He spent 10 days there before turning himself in at Albany. He was worried about being shot by the federal men and State Troopers who were increasingly determined to get him. Rather than in Newburgh, about 110 miles from Saratoga, he now was reported “safe in a mountain hideaway not twenty-five miles from Saratoga Springs.” “[H]is hideaway, according to Saratoga report, defies discovery by anyone not familiar with the mountains.”

      The August 1935 issue of “Fortune”, in an article titled “Saratoga,” similarly reported that Dutch Schultz had been there that summer and that his hideout could be seen from the “highest point in Saratoga.” “The New York Sun,” November 26, 1934 announced “Dutch Schultz reported near Saratoga now: Federal Agents Gathering There for Search of Mountains.” When a 25-mile radius is drawn around Saratoga Springs, the area within the blue line of the Adirondacks includes both Lake George, NY in the north— and Northville, NY in the northwest.

      Dixie Davis, while he later was in the midst of disbarment proceedings and faced the risk of prosecution by Thomas Dewey, hunkered down with his girlfriend Hope Dare at a Lake George cottage. “We took a cottage at Lake George, in the Adirondacks, to wait and see what would happen.” Dixie knew a lot about Dutch’s whereabouts and travels, and so perhaps he and Hope Dare went to Lake George in search of the stash. Did they find it? Dixie later died of a heart attack upon a home invasion.

      In 1935, Davis was upset that Dutch had murdered a mob associate Jules Martin right in front of him at the Cohoes Harmony Hotel. It was unlikely that Dutch shared information about where he kept the chest with Dixie.

      Troy, NY

      Fourth, he and Lulu may have taken the chest to a hideout in Troy.
      After he pressed by police to leave the Hendrick Hudson hotel, and spending some time again in Lake George, Dutch turned to several Troy-area hideouts. Dutch and his attorney Dixie Davis sometimes walked through the city and once were at the old Drake’s drugstore about a block up from his residence at 4th & Congress St. He later moved to an apartment on the East Side that he rented under an assumed name. During this early 1935 period, he was also in Lansingburgh, a village in northern Troy. His wife Frances stayed with him for some of the time in Troy in February.

      Saratoga Springs, NY

      Fifth, another possibility was in Saratoga Springs itself. The Gideon Putnam hotel opened on July 27, 1935 amidst great fanfare. It is located in Saratoga Spa State Park. Gideon Putnam was the nephew of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, who famously waved back his sword at pursuing British solders and yelled “talk to the sword!” Dutch Schultz used the “talk to the sword!” phrase in his morphine-addled last words — quickly followed by “Shut up!, you got a big mouth!”

      Fairfield, Connecticut

      Or maybe he stashed the chest closer to where he hoped to settle. Once the scheduled April 1935 tax evasion trial in Syracuse was done, Dutch hoped to settle in Fairfield County in Connecticut. “I like it here,” Dutch said. “And if I win [the tax evasion trial] I will make this my permanent home.” He had some friends who were influential fraudsters living there in Fairfield under false identities. They had all the right connections — including connections in DC that Dutch hoped would avoid or quash the federal tax problems. His friend Phil Coster (Musica) lived on Mill Plain Road. Dutch and Lulu would ride the trail from the Dudley Brothwell’s nearby Brookside Stables. Dutch and Lulu would leave their entourage behind. Stable logs show in the summer of 1935 he rode his horse, Sun Tan, almost daily in August. “I like riding. It’s the only exercise I get.” He would have passed a lot on Campbell Road in Fairfield that was being built that summer (according to real estate records found at the local historical society). In the late 1930s, after Coster (Musica) wrote in his suicide note that there was no buried treasure, one local policeman was found digging under the dog house of Coster’s St. Bernard.

      Analysis

      While he was awaiting the Syracuse trial, Dutch spent the first ten days in April 1935 with Frances, who was five months pregnant, at the house in Norwalk, CT. Dutch had entered a two-month lease. He leased the home under his real name, Arthur Flegenheimer. He abruptly had to leave after 10 days because of the press attention. Headlines around the country reported that day that “Dutch Schultz Flees Curiosity Seekers.” His neighbors did not know that the quiet man who would nod at them when they passed was the notorious Dutch Schultz.

      Dutch turned in his keys to Mrs. Lyman Bracken, the woman who had rented it to him, on April 11, 1935. When my daughter and I visited the Norwalk residence some years ago, I asked “Did you know that Dutch Schultz, the famous gangster, lived here for 10 days in 1935?” Vivian, the gracious owner, described that she and her husband had heard the history. Whenever they renovated the house, they would look into every nook and cranny. Then, a couple years before our visit, upon digging in the garden they found a metal sheet that had covered a rectangular hole. She offered my young daughter ice cream as an added treat. The entire experience was wonderful Connecticut Yankee hospitality offered to New York neighbors.

      The key question that needs answering is: “Where did Dutch Schultz and Lulu Rosenkrantz sleep on the nights of April 11, 12 and 13, 1935?”

      On April 15, 1935, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported that “Flegenheimer arrived at Hotel Syracuse [on the 14th] shortly before 5midnight after a nine-hour drive from Connecticut.” Where did he leave the chest off? Did he really come directly from Connecticut? That more likely is the reporter’s assumption.

      Dutch gave interviews during the course of the trial. Schultz says he liked reading. His favorite book was by Stefan Zweigh — it was about Joseph Fouche, Napoleon’s head of intelligence. He said the characters reminded him of people he knew. He acknowledged that he was married. But when asked if he had children, he said “We’ll skip that. Just forget it.” He was furious when he learned that directly behind him, someone had written on a blackboard, in big letters, “ ‘X’ Marks The Spot.”

      Only he and Lulu knew where he took the chest. He didn’t tell his young wife Frances. His wife was left destitute after Dutch and Lulu were gunned down in October 1935, when they returned to New York City after Dutch was acquitted for tax evasion. There had been a hung jury in Syracuse. Then there was an outright acquittal upon a retrial in Malone, NY. Dutch had always been confident that he would be able to win the hearts and minds of the farmers and townspeople in Syracuse and Malone. After all, he was big spender and a man of good will. Back in New York, Dutch suggested to the “Commission” that prosecutor Tom Dewey needed to be killed — whether the Commission agreed or not. Dutch didn’t count on his business associates taking such a harsh view of his independent streak. He and Lulu were gunned down by Murder, Inc. killers at the Palace Chophouse in Newark, New Jersey in late October 1935. For the genealogy experts out there, his daughter Ann born 1934 and son John born in 1935, are nowhere to be found.

      The treasury bills reportedly have never been redeemed. Thomas Dewey, the famous prosecutor, Governor of New York and Presidential candidate, generated headlines like “Dewey Hunting Schultz Cache in Hines Case” as he prosecuted the corrupt Tammany Hall politicians.

      After he was acquitted in Malone, NY, Dutch returned to Syracuse to thank some “friends.” An August 5 newspaper quoted him saying from Malone: “I don’t know exactly what my plans are. I hope to get to New York by the end of the week. I’ll probably stop in Albany first. [Albany is where his attorney Noonan had an office]. Right now I’m interested in seeing my friends in Syracuse — friends I’ll never forget.” But soon after he arrived to the top floor of the Hotel Syracuse, there was a knock on the door. John Ross, a process server, had travelled from Albany by train to serve Dutch with notice that he was to be deposed in three days in Albany. He would have to testify under oath about the location of his assets or face contempt charges.

      Dutch’s entourage promptly made multiple diversionary reservations — on plane and train. A news report indicates that he stayed up late the morning of August 6th, Tuesday. One report at the time noted that he was planning a circuitous route on back roads. Was the report just to avoid being bumped off by rivals? Or was he planning a route that would take him and Lulu back to the chest. His friends in Syracuse likely included Charles Garzone, who had owned a stables and tavern on South Ave here in Syracuse. The place was known for gambling. Garzone’s grandson, a documentary filmmaker, says he uncovered evidence his grandfather was a mob associate, who may have reported to the Lucky Luciano-led Commission, which included Dutch.

      The chauffeur, “Mike”, made a conspicuous departure the next morning. But Dutch and Lulu snuck out the back way, using the Hotel Syracuse service elevator. The Syracuse Journal headline on August 6, 1935 blazed: “SCHULTZ FLEES FROM SYRACUSE.” They arrived at the Hotel Bridgeport, on August 7. But where had they spent the night of August 6? His lawyers caught up with them to plan how they would respond to this newest threat to his freedom. Dutch and Lulu snuck out the back of Hotel Bridgeport late August 7 just before midnight, returning at 5 a.m. The next day, speaking to a reporter at the hotel restaurant, Dutch suggested that he had been out with the boys playing poker.

      Phoenicia

      As for the widespread suggestion that the chest was hidden in the Catskills, that theory, in my long-considered opinion, was balderdash. It appears to have originated from a treasure writer in 1968 who first inserted a sentence in Dutch’s morphine-addled delirium at the hospital after he was shot. The sentence added was something like: “Hey, Lulu, let’s go up to Phoenicia and dig up the loot.” F.J. Lang was the court stenographer at Schultz’s bedside after he was shot in October. Lang’s transcript was published in the New York Times at the time. The sentence that has fueled documentaries and spawned an “Unsolved Mystery” episode does not appear in the transcript. Nor does it appear in the excellent book KILL THE DUTCHMAN, written by the late Paul Sann, Executive Director of the Daily News. Schultz and his colleagues were in Phoenicia a couple years earlier — in 1933. In particular, the treasure writer, Schurmacher, mistakenly described a scene from the Hotel Stratfield in Bridgeport, where Dutch reportedly loaded the chest in front of seven witnesses, as occurring in 1933 rather than 1935. If you come across a treasure theory that includes someone’s claimed psychic vision after seeing an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” — rather than corroborated historical evidence — you can safely leave your shovel at home.

      On the other hand, Phoenicia is between Syracuse and Bridgeport too — just like Yonkers, Newburgh, Troy, Saratoga and Lake George. Until the chest is found, we won’t know where it was hidden.

      Last Words

      Dutch’s last words are fascinating. His drug-addled narrative contains many possible clues and is provably rooted in the people and facts of his life. “French Canadian bean soup” and “Talk to the Sword!” are just two of the many curious phrases that await consideration of an arm-chair detective. It may have been “Oh, oh; dog biscuit, and when he is happy he doesn’t get snappy” that led the policeman to dig under the doghouse of a Schultz associate, Costa, in Fairfield. Then there are these words to live by: “Mother is the best bet and don’t let Satan draw you too fast.”

      We should crowd-source the solution of Dutch Schultz’s missing millions. You can keep the millions — or as Dutch said in his delirium, “open the soap duckets” — so long as I have a story to tell.

  2. DXer said

    How a preemptive strike on North Korea could end up killing millions

    http://theweek.com/articles/692872/how-preemptive-strike-north-korea-could-end-killing-millions

    Harry J. Kazianis

    From here, things get even worse. Kim launches dozens of chemical and biological weapons at South Korea and Japan. Sarin, VX ,and other toxins are lobbed at Tokyo, Pusan, and other large cities. Millions of people try to flee the impacted areas just as in Seoul — creating a panic not seen since World War II.

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    In just a few hours, hell is unleashed on the Korean peninsula. And while the United States and its allies would eventually win any war against North Korea, it is clear from the above — far from what could be the most extreme of examples of a Second Korean War — what damage the Kim regime could do in a military confrontation. Indeed, the price of such a victory could be millions of people dead and large sections of Korea rendered uninhabitable for decades, if not longer.

  3. DXer said

    How To Survive A Nuclear Attack
    http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-a-Nuclear-Attack

  4. DXer said

    Commentary: The next super weapon could be biological

    Reuters-Apr 19, 2017
    Last month Senator Joseph Lieberman – who has been warning of biological attack since before 9/11 and has said the United States has been …

    By Peter Apps
    With the threat of chemical weapons in Syria and nuclear arms in North Korea, the risk of biological weapons has largely dropped off the international agenda. But evolving technologies and genetic engineering may open the door to new dangers.

    Other than the “anthrax in the mail” attacks that followed 9/11, killing five people, there have been few serious attempts at biological attacks in recent years. Most global powers scaled back their biological weapons research in the 1970s, partly because of the difficulties of getting fragile bacteria and viruses to survive being dropped in bombs or missiles, or even sprayed.

    Militant groups like al Qaeda and Islamic State have largely embraced the other end of the technological spectrum, turning to basic but brutal tactics such as using a car or truck to attack pedestrians in Nice, Berlin and elsewhere.

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    Last month Senator Joseph Lieberman – who has been warning of biological attack since before 9/11 and has said the United States has been “damn lucky” to avoid it – called on President Donald Trump and Congress to make biodefense a national priority.
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    The greatest danger may come if any of the handful of people who have relevant expertise decide to mount solo attacks. After anthrax-filled envelopes began to appear in government and other offices in late 2001, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents concluded that a microbiologist and U.S. Army researcher, Bruce Ivins, was likely responsible and was believed to have acted alone. Ivins committed suicide in 2007, shortly before his planned arrest; a panel of scientists later cast doubt on the FBI’s evidence against him.

  5. DXer said

    Bill Gates: Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease like smallpox

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/19/bill-gates-terrorists-could-wipe-30-million-people-weaponising/

    “Bioterrorism is a much larger risk than a pandemic,” he said.

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    “Whether the next epidemic is unleashed by a quirk of nature or the hand of terrorist, scientists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. So the world does need to think about this.”

    Last year the Nuffield Council of Bioethics warned that ‘garage scientists’ could unleash dangerous genetically modified organisms into the environment using unregulated technology which is already available online.

    Chemistry kits which allow genetic editing can already be bought online for under £100.

    Scientists are concerned that a new technique, called Crispr, is now so cheap and widely available that amateurs will start experimenting at home, or in school labs.

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    So the scariest thing is something like the 1919 flu which really spreads everywhere and because people are moving around more it’s easier for it to spread than back in 1919. If 1919 came back we have no immunity to that strain.”

    Mr Gates urged Theresa May to maintain the 0.7 per cent GDP foreign aid pledge.

    “The UK’s foreign aid investments are, in fact, long term investments in the health and security of British citizens here at home,” he added.

    “A disease is more likely to become an epidemic when countries are unstable and have no functioning health system. We can’t build a wall to hold back the next global epidemic.”

    • DXer said

      Harvard study reveals how anthrax spores trigger harmful immune …

      Homeland Preparedness News-Apr 18, 2017
      Anthrax bacterium, called Bacillus anthracis, was used as a weaponized chemical agent in 2001, when a series of letters coated in the …

      Anthrax bacterium, called Bacillus anthracis, was used as a weaponized chemical agent in 2001, when a series of letters coated in the chemical agent were sent to two Democratic senators and various national news media offices. The attack resulted in the deaths of five people while injuring 17 others. In response to the event, a number of anthrax vaccine dosages are stored in the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile in the event of another bioterrorism incident.

  6. DXer said

    Sessions’ Justice Dep’t Will End Forensic Science Commission

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSAPRIL 10, 2017, 1:54 P.M. E.D.T.

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he is ending an Obama-era partnership with independent scientists that aimed to improve the reliability of forensic science, as longstanding concerns remain about the quality of such evidence in court cases.

  7. DXer said

    In 1996, Dr. Randall Murch created the FBI’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit. Dr. John Ezzell was its anthrax expert and made a dried powder using Ames from Dr. Ivins’ Flask 1029. Dr. Murch, who played the key role in the investigation in its early years, has a new article on an effective microbial forensics program for law enforcement and national security purposes. He would be highly informed on any consideration of avoiding any conflict of interest of having Dr. Ezzell collect the samples of virulent Ames beginning in late 2001 and continuing in the spring of 2002. He could also describe the process by which the FBI sought to ensure that it collected all relevant samples under its method of having the scientists themselves submit samples. (JE’s lab did not submit a sample, for example, and so the methodology seems to have been flawed.)

    It is ironic that it was the FBI’s FHMRU scientist who made a dried powder out of the Ames from Flask 1029 — not Ivins — and yet the FBI scientists never submitted a sample from their own stock.

    Indeed, then the FHMRU scientist threw out the sample submitted by Ivins.

    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00005-014-0289-7

    June 2014, Volume 62, Issue 3, pp 179-185

    Designing an Effective Microbial Forensics Program for Law Enforcement and National Security Purposes

    • Randall S. Murch

    Abstract

    Forensic capabilities that provide lead information, and investigative, intelligence, prosecution and policy decision support can be invaluable for responding to and resolving bioterrorism events. Attributing biological attacks through scientific and other resources and processes is an important goal, for which science can be instrumental. Some even believe that having effective microbial forensics capabilities along with others can even deter adversaries from using biological weapons. For those nations that do not have such or wish to integrate or upgrade capabilities, thoughtful analysis and consideration of certain design principles will increase the likelihood that success will be attained.

    IAP Scientific Seminar “Natural or Deliberate Outbreak—How to Prevent or Detect and Trace its Origin: Biosecurity, Surveillance, Forensics” co-organized by the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology on 6 December 2013 in Warsaw.

    Dr. Murch defines attribution:

    Scientific Attribution: Assignment of a sample of
    questioned origin to a source of known origin to the
    highest degree of scientific certainty possible, at the
    same time excluding origination from other sources.
    Attribution requires the comparison of samples
    from one or more questioned sources (‘‘Q’’) with
    samples from one or more known sources (‘‘K’’),
    using samples that can be analyzed with highly
    discriminating methods. Attribution can be quantitatively
    and qualitatively expressed. Increasingly
    and more intensely, the science underlying ‘‘attribution’’
    is being scrutinized and expectations are
    increasing for accuracy, reliability, validity because
    of the importance and impact of legal decisions
    made that forensic science can contribute to.

    – Legal (or Policy) Attribution: A determination with
    respect to who committed acts of interest or who is
    otherwise involved, according to criteria accepted
    and applied within a legal system, e.g., ‘‘beyond a
    reasonable doubt’’ (the legal standard for conviction
    of a crime in legal systems such as in the U.S.).
    While science can inform an attribution decisions,
    they are rarely made based upon science alone.

    Comment:

    In Amerithrax, we now know that Dr. Ivins had the experiment with the 52 rabbits in the first week of October 2001 — and thus US Attorney Taylor was mistaken in claiming Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab. Similarly, we now know that the lyophilizer was not available to Dr. Ivins in the B3 as the US Attorney had indicated. It was the duty of the haz mat people to read Dr. Ivins’ email (according to Scott Decker) and so it was that squad that seems to have not merely dropped the ball, but encouraged the quarterback to throw it down in a Victory bounce before crossing the finish line.

    Amerithrax ranks as one of the greatest failures in intelligence analysis in the history of US — beginning with the profilers relied upon in October 2001 to develop a profile (rather than resorting to the available classified intelligence analysis) and ending with a false gloss of certainty encouraged by the scientific people… who, by the way, appear to have had a massive conflict of interest.

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

  8. DXer said

    In 2000, the year before the anthrax mailings, Randall Murch, the fellow who headed the Amerithrax investigation (the polygraphs, the anthrax smelling bloodhounds) etc. worked for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency as head of the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office.

    (He worked for DTRA between two stints at the FBI’s Laboratory.

    stupid question: Did John Ezzell make the dried powder out of Ivins’ genetically matching Ames strain for the fellow who headed the science investigation for Amerithrax for the first several years?

    Dartmouth Institute hosts public discussion on threat of bioterrorism July 7
    http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2000/june00/bio.html

    Posted 06/30/00

    Ken Alibek, Chief Scientist at Hadron Inc. and President of its Advanced Biosystems Inc. subsidiary, will head a panel of visiting experts at Dartmouth College examining the threat of biological terrorism in the United States on Friday July 7. The discussion is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the Thayer School of Engineering.

    Alibek, author of the new book Biohazard and former Deputy Director of the Soviet Union’s biological warfare program, will open the discussion with an overview titled “Is the American Public Safe From Bio-Terrorism?” His talk will be followed by a discussion with a panel of experts including George Baer, Chairman of Strategy and Planning at the U.S. Naval War College; David Franz, Vice President of the Chemical and Biological Defense Division of the Southern Research Institute; Milton Leitenberg, Senior Fellow, Center for International and Security Studies in the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland; Randall Murch, Director of the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Defense; and Raymond Zilinskas, Senior Scientist at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.

    The public session is part of a three-day conference and workshop sponsored by Dartmouth’s Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS) where experts from around the country will assess the threat posed by bioterrorism. Attendance at the rest of the workshop is by invitation only.

    • DXer said

      One of those robots taking over the world — and sending spam — mistakenly asked me to join Dr. Murch on his Linked-In Network yesterday.

      What does David Franz, who headed Southern Research Institute at Southern Research Institute, the contractor for Hadron who did the B3 work with the Ames strain, say about his and Alibek’s association with Randy Murch, the fellow who came to head the FBI’s science investigation?

      What does Ken Alibek and Charles Bailey (top DTRA biothreat assessment person) — the pair that shared a suite with convicted seditionist, Ali Al-Timimi — say?

      Gotta love those robots.

      I recall Charles Bailey in 2001 saying that he wasn’t going to talk about the detection of silica because he didn’t want to give terrorists any ideas.

      Oops. Too late.

      I may be annoyed at Dartmouth for not giving credit for AP courses anymore, but you gotta thank modern recording technology.

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

    • DXer said

      As Richard Preston, in Demons in the Freezer once explained,

      “”One evening, I drank beers with some FBI scientists at the Quantico Boardroom, a bare-bones cafeteria and pub, and they started tossing out all sorts of ideas about how you would actually solve a bioterrorist crime. Most of them were high-tech solutions, involving sensor machines and exotic lab techniques, but a section chief named Randall Murch, who had created the Hazardous Materials Response Unit, told the group that he thought that, in the end, traditional detective work would solve a biological crime. Ultimately, humans make mistake,” Murch said.”

      The fellow who came into my life and did my graphics for years once told me that after Ivins’ suicide, the focus turned to understanding who screwed the pooch in Amerithrax and why.

      What did he mean?

      What does Senator Leahy mean when he dramatically and publicly said that the case, in fact, is not closed?

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

    • DXer said

      Richard Preston – The Demon In The Freezer 2 – Project Avalon
      projectavalon.net/THE_DEMON_IN_THE_FREEZER_Richard_Preston.pdf
      by R Preston – ‎2001 – ‎Cited by 3 – ‎Related articles
      John Ezzell has been the anthrax specialist for the FBI’s Hazardous Materials …… Randall Murch, who had created the Hazardous Materials Response Unit, told …

    • DXer said

      Dr. Murch was right, wasn’t he? The science in the end did not come close to pinpointing a perp. The genetics limited things to up to 377 at USAMRIID alone. That hardly narrowed things to Dr. Ivins.

      And the stamp defects limited things to the States of Maryland and Virginia — if the FBI’s evidence is tested and credited. That hardly narrowed things to Dr. Ivins.

      There was no science that narrowed things to Dr. Ivins. In fact, Dr. Bartick’s photocopy examination expert report excludes the USAMRIID’s phtoocopiers, doesn’t it?

      In fact, as to how Dr. Ivins spent his time, the FBI is willfully withholding his contemporaneous notes.

      It was the FBI’s scientist who made a dried powder out of Flask 1029 — even though Dr. Murch and Agent Wilson never told us that.

      It was the FBI’s expert who made a dried powdered Ames that then was going to be subjected to a corona plasma discharge — — even though Dr. Murch and Agent Wilson never told us that..

      It was the FBI’s anthrax expert who made a dried powdered aerosol out of the “murder weapon” — and the FBI did all that it could to keep the fact a secret. So don’t add insult to injury, Randall, by disparaging taxpayers for being a suspicous lot.

      Outside observers don’t have to have an agenda to point to the FBI scientists and contractors who had (and have) a conflict of interest. Outside observers such as attorneys and the GAO trained in perceiving conflicts of interest may just sense that the FBI scientists didn’t want us to know because they thought they might get in trouble for the total lack of biosecurity that characterized government biodefense work under their watch.

      Dr. Murch was scheduled to speak at the conference that Ken Dillon organized and Lew moderated — but then Randy pulled out and instead John Ezzell appeared.

      I would have liked to hear Dr. Murch explain why it took Dr. Ezzell to first share such central and material facts relating to creating a dried aerosol at USAMRIID out of Ames supplied from Flask 1029.

      All of the FBI’s evidence against Dr. Ivins is tainted.

      When DC and NYC is attacked with anthrax by Ayman Zawahiri and Anwar Awlaki, all the FBI scientists will have wanted to overcome all past withholding of documents.

      The FBI profiler Candice may have thought Leahy is obscure. And she may not have known about Ayman Zawahiri’s plan to use anthrax against US targets using the cover of universities and charities even though it was known by the DIA from documentary evidence dating to 1998.

      But the FBI and CIA now has had 10 years to come to understand that Ayman Zawahiri does not make a threat he does not intend to try to keep.

      And he has threatened to destroy the District of Columbia and New York City.

      Is this really a time to overlook the uncertainties and tainted evidence that characterizes Amerithrax?

      Or is it time to do the John Ezzell/ Gary Cooper manly think to do and to own up to the facts so the bad guys can be brought to justice and the country kept safe.

      It is time for Vice President Pence to take the reins of biodefense — or at least prod the FBI into producing the contemporaneous notebooks that the FBI is outrageously refusing to produce.

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

  9. DXer said

    Be Prepared for an Emergency. Be Red Cross Ready!
    http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready/get-a-kit

  10. DXer said

    Harvard is having a contest to come up with a new line for the last sentence of their alma mater.

    The line about Puritans concludes a sentence that is “an exhortation to pursue the truth until a certain endpoint,” said Danielle S. Allen, a professor and political philosopher on the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, which launched the competition.

    Harvard’s motto is “Veritas,” Latin for “truth,” she noted, adding, “there shouldn’t be any endpoint to the pursuit of truth, nor should we imply that the pursuit of truth is for any particular ethnic group.”

    I’ve submitted:

    ’Til the dawn of true justice draws nigh.

  11. DXer said

    Back the late 1990s, the FBI was faced with the Congressional charge that there was a “cultural disease” within the FBI lab. The FBI had taken the position that there was no instance where the FBI Laboratory had withheld exculpatory evidence.

    FBI Crime Lab Subcommittee members heard testimony from current and former FBI officials on operations of the FBI Crime Lab since an April report…
    https://www.c-span.org/video/?92251-1/fbi-crime-lab

    Fast forward twenty years to 2017, we find that the former lead Amerithrax investigator says that the FBI is withholding a staggering amount of information exculpatory of Bruce Ivins.

    If we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.

    NYT interview of former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert: “a staggering amount of exculpatory evidence” regarding Dr. Ivins remains secret
    Posted on July 16, 2016
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/nyt-interview-of-former-lead-amerithrax-investigator-richard-lambert-a-staggering-amount-of-exculpatory-evidence-regarding-dr-ivins-remains-secret/

    I have long pointed to one such item being withheld as Ivins Notebook 4282. That notebook is not subject to any exemption beyond redaction of Patricia Fellow’s name in a few instances under (b)(6).

    The staff of the White House Principals Committee, which has oversight of matters of WMD-attribution, should ask that the FBI produce the document under FOIA — allowing for any redactions contemplated by the FOIPA statute.

    When the Notebook and other exculpatory evidence is produced, we will be able to better assess the FBI’s cotton-candy “Ivins Theory” of the case.

    The CIA’s detection of the Ames strain of b. anthracis in Afghanistan was discarded by the FBI due to different testing results, sampling procedures, and methodology used by the FBI and IC (“Intelligence Community”)
    Posted on April 30, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/the-cias-detection-of-the-ames-strain-of-b-anthracis-in-afghanistan-was-discarded-by-the-fbi-due-to-different-testing-results-sampling-procedures-and-methodology-used-by-the-fbi-and-ic-intel/

  12. DXer said

    US launches cruise missiles against Syria
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-launches-missiles-against-syria-report-2017-04-06

    Justice League Official Trailer 1

  13. DXer said

    US fires missiles into Syria in response to chemical weapons attack

    Updated on April 6, 2017 at 10:13 PM Posted on April 6, 2017
    http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2017/04/breaking_us_launches_air_strikes_against_syria_base.html#incart_m-rpt-1

    • DXer said

      Syrian army says U.S.-led air strike on Wednesday hit IS poison gas depot, killing hundreds

      The Syrian army said that an air strike late on Wednesday by the U.S.-led coalition hit poison gas supplies belonging to Islamic State, releasing a toxic substance that killed “hundreds including many civilians.”
      The incident proved that Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked militants “possess chemical weapons”, a statement by the army flashed on Thursday by Syrian state TV said.
      There was no immediate independent confirmation.

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-gas-idUSKBN17F18D

    • DXer said

      North Korea may be able to arm missiles with sarin, Japan PM says
      By Yoko Wakatsuki and James Griffiths, CNN
      Updated 6:17 AM ET, Thu April 13, 2017
      http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/asia/north-korea-missiles-japan/

    • DXer said

      Syria chemical attack ‘fabricated’ – Assad

      7 minutes ago

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39588876

      Syria’s President Bashar-al Assad says reports of a chemical attack by his forces were “100% fabrication”.

      In an exclusive video interview with Agence France-Presse, he said his government had handed over all its chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013.

      However, the US, the World Health Organization (WHO) and chemical weapons inspectors have all cast doubt on the government’s claims.

      The alleged chemical attack on 4 April killed more than 80 people.

      Russia, a key ally of Syria, angered the West on Wednesday by vetoing a UN draft resolution over the attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, in the eastern province of Idlib.

      The resolution would have required Mr Assad’s government to co-operate with an investigation into the attack.

      “There was no order to make any attack,” Mr Assad told the AFP. “We gave up our arsenal a few years ago. Even if we have them, we wouldn’t use them.”

      He also said he would only allow what he called an “impartial” investigation into the attack, to ensure it would not be used for “politicised purposes”.

    • DXer said

      ISIS Militants Launch Multiple Chemical Weapons Attacks On Iraqi Troops

      By Tom O’Connor On 4/17/17 a
      http://www.newsweek.com/isis-militants-chemical-weapons-attack-soldiers-iraq-585174

      This weekend’s chemical weapons attacks followed an alleged gas attack earlier this month against civilians near the northwestern rebel-held city of Idlib in neighboring Syria. The U.S. and some other Western nations have blamed the incident on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and, in response, launched a volley of Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian airbase. The Syrian government and its Russian ally denied that the Syrian military was behind the attack and said a Syrian airstrike struck a hidden chemical weapons facility used by rebel groups, resulting in the deadly discharge that killed dozens of civilians. Russian President Vladimir Putin and the nation’s defense ministry also accused Syrian rebels and ISIS of staging chemical attacks and framing Assad to draw international support.

  14. DXer said

    The Unsung Equestrian Heroes Of World War I And The Plot To Poison Them

    April 6, 20175:08 AM ET
    Sarah McCammon

    http://www.npr.org/2017/04/06/522594344/the-unsung-equestrian-heroes-of-world-war-i-and-the-plot-to-poison-them

  15. DXer said

    What we know about Syria’s chemical weapons

    By Laura Smith-Spark and Juliet Perry, CNN
    Updated 9:52 AM ET, Wed April 5, 2017
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/05/middleeast/syria-sarin-chemical-weapons-explainer/

  16. DXer said

    World News | Tue Apr 4, 2017 | 3:25pm EDT
    U.S. believes sarin used in attack near Idlib: U.S. source

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-sarin-idUSKBN1762KV

    The U.S. government believes the chemical agent sarin was used in an attack in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday that was “almost certainly” carried out by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a U.S. government source said.

  17. DXer said

    Syria conflict: The spectre of nerve agents – again

    By Dan Kaszeta Chemical weapons specialist
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39489998

    The weapon used may not have been Sarin. It could plausibly have been one of the other nerve agents. …

    Documents released by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) show that the Assad government had the ability and supply chain to produce VX, a nerve agent that is a non-volatile liquid that can cause contamination that can last for weeks or months.

    ***

    The issue of where the precursor chemicals come from amidst sanctions is of concern.

    Chemical arms control appears a lost cause in the Syrian civil war, but also the international failure to enforce treaties damages arms control in the future.

    Chemical weapons, Sarin and others disproportionately punish civilians, particularly the young and old, and disrespecting chemical warfare bans sets a horrible precedent.

    Dan Kaszeta is a London-based consultant. He is a former US Army Chemical Corps officer and has worked in chemical defence issues for over 25 years, including assignments at the White House Military Office and the US Secret Service.

    • DXer said

      Background:

      U.N. Inspectors Find Sarin and VX Nerve Agents in Underground Syrian Regime Lab

      By Jack Moore On 9/19/16 at 12:14 PM

      The Syrian regime is continuing to produce chemical weapons in contravention of the deal to hand over all of its stockpile for destruction, according to a confidential report from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

      UN Inspectors Find Sarin and VX Nerve Agents in Underground …

      Newsweek-Sep 19, 2016
      The report alleges that its inspectors traced the deadly nerve agents Sarin and VX to an underground Syrian regime lab, according to journal …

      http://www.newsweek.com/un-inspectors-find-sarin-and-vx-nerve-agents-underground-syrian-regime-lab-500124

  18. DXer said

    World News | Tue Apr 4, 2017 | 8:27am EDT
    France wants U.N. Security Council to meet after ‘disgusting’ Syria gas attack

    France’s foreign minister called on Tuesday for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council after what he said was a “disgusting” gas attack on Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said a suspected chemical attack by Syrian government or Russian jets killed at least 58 people, including 11 children, in the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib.

    “A new and particularly serious chemical attack took place this morning in Idlib province. The first information suggests a large number of victims, including children. I condemn this disgusting act,” Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a statement.

    ***

    Russia, backed by China, cast its seventh veto to protect the Syrian authorities and Russian President Vladimir Putin described the draft resolution as “totally inappropriate.”

    Comment: Trump should condemn the use of chemical weapons and call for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. He should urge passage of a resolution condemning it and targeting those responsible with sanctions.

    It might help moderate the view that he is in league with Putin.

    Trump campaign adviser Carter Page met with Russian spy in 2013
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-carter-page-russian-spy-20170403-story.html

    Chicago Tribune-11 hours ago
    According to the court documents, Podobnyy tried to recruit Carter Page, an energy consultant working in New York at the time, as an .

  19. DXer said

    Dozens killed in suspected gas attack in Syria

    http://nypost.com/2017/04/04/dozens-killed-in-suspected-gas-attack-in-syria/

    BEIRUT — A suspected chemical attack in a town in Syria’s northern Idlib province killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country’s six-year civil war.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group put the death toll at 58, saying there were 11 children among the dead. Meanwhile, the Idlib Media Center said dozens of people had been killed.

    The media center published footage of medical workers appearing to intubate an unresponsive man stripped down to his underwear and hooking up a little girl foaming at the mouth to a ventilator.

    There was no comment from the government in Damascus or any international agency in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

    It was the third claim of a chemical attack in just over a week in Syria. The previous two were reported in Hama province, in an area not far from Khan Sheikhoun, the site of Tuesday’s alleged attack.

    ***

    The Syrian activists had no information on what agent could have been used in the assault. They claimed the attack was caused by an airstrike carried out either by the Syrian government or Russian warplanes.

  20. DXer said

    The ‘biological Chernobyl’: Day death came on the wind

    April 4, 2017
    http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/human-body/the-biological-chernobyl-day-death-came-on-the-wind/news-story/03bbe01846705463bd39800334d472bb

  21. DXer said

    Base X: The Isle of Anthrax
    By Rebecca Kreston | March 31, 2017
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/bodyhorrors/2017/03/31/isle-of-anthrax/

    Two bioterrorism stunts seem to have prompted the British Ministry of Defence to reconsider the status quo of Gruinard island. In 1981, a package was discovered on the property of the Chemical Defense Establishment at Porton Down filled with soil reportedly sourced from the island.(10) A group calling themselves “Dark Harvest” released a press statement declaring that two microbiologists had retrieved 300 pounds of Gruinard soil, a portion of which had been packaged and delivered to Portion Down in an attempt to return “the seeds of death” in protest of the experiments and the island’s uninhabitable state. Testing of the packaged soil found that it did indeed contain anthrax and that the soil appeared similar to samples from Gruinard. Four days later, a second package of apparent Gruinard soil was discovered at a meeting of the ruling Conservative Party, though the sample did not contain any anthrax.

  22. DXer said

    Author: How the Mall of America could become ‘as toxic and uninhabitable as Chernobyl’

    The Thread MPR News Staff , Tom Weber · Mar 29, 2017
    https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/28/books-deadliest-enemy

    In one chapter, Osterholm delves into the issue of bioterror and the devastating possibilities of an intentionally-released outbreak. He imagines a scenario: An anthrax attack at the Mall of America. Below is an excerpt:

    An excerpt from “Deadliest Enemy”

    Twenty years ago there were five class A agents of greatest concern for bioterrorism: anthrax, smallpox, plague, tularemia, and hemorrhagic fever viruses such as Ebola. Today, I worry primarily about anthrax, smallpox, and any microbe that we can change through our new hyperslab tools to be readily transmissible to people or animals and resistant to current treatments or vaccines.

    Anthrax — Bacillus anthracis — is a particularly effective biosweapon. It doesn’t transmit personstosperson, but when dried out, the bacteria preserve themselves as tiny, virtually weightless spores that are hardy enough to last for decades or longer. Archeologists have even found evidence of them in Egyptian tombs. When those spores are inhaled and reach the moist, comfortable environment of the lungs and gastrointestinal tract, they germinate, reverting back to their active form and releasing three deadly protein toxins. Inhalation of anthrax in the lungs causes pneumonia that kills between 45 and 85 percent of untreated victims. In dried form, anthrax can be hidden in any white powder and will not arouse the suspicion of airport security workers or anyone else.

    Back in 1993, the congressional Office of Technology Assessment produced a report entitled “Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Assessing the Risk,” comparing the potential impact of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons on Washington, DC. It concluded that a small airplane dispersing only 100 kilograms (about 220 pounds) of anthrax spores would kill more people than a Scudsclass missile carrying a hydrogen bomb. The Hsbomb would kill between 570,000 and 1.9 million in a 300ssquaresmile area, depending on such factors as weather and exactly where it was dropped. The anthrax dispersal would kill between 1 and 3 million under similar circumstances.

    The late William “Bill” Patrick was a brilliant scientist and a friend to both Mark and me. He used to head up the American bioweapons program at Fort Detrick. Bill made a habit of carrying around a vial containing 7.5 grams of a harmless bacterial culture that looks just like anthrax under a microscope. In March 1999, testifying on Capitol Hill before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he pulled out his vial, explained what it was, and declared, “I’ve been through all the major airports and security systems of the State Department, the Pentagon, even the CIA, and nobody has stopped me.” Seven and a half grams, by the way, would be just about the exact amount needed to kill everyone in a structure the size of a Senate or House office building.

    Anthrax can be treated with certain broadsspectrum antibiotics like ciprofloxacin (Cipro), but quick diagnosis is essential and treatment can take weeks or months. And experimental lab work has already proved how easy it would be to develop antibioticsresistant strains.

    Bioweapons are unlike any other of their brother weapons of mass destruction, and our response strategies for other WMDs will not work against them. As horrific as it is to think of two jetliners hitting and bringing down the World Trade Center towers, that was a readily “survivable” tragedy for New York City and the nation. At the end of the day on September 11, 2001, the terrorist act was over and the recovery could commence. With a bioterror event, the end of the day would be only the beginning, and no one would even know it yet. We likely wouldn’t recognize it for a week, by which time the initial victims would have carried their deadly infection to all parts of the United States and much of the world.

    Even with biologic agents that are not transmissible personstosperson, the challenge is daunting. The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, not far from where I live, is the largest shopping center in the United States, with an average of more than 100,000 visitors a day from all over the world. If anthrax were efficiently dispersed throughout the sprawling mall, there would easily be many thousands of cases and thousands of deaths as local healthcare systems were overwhelmed. The victims wouldn’t even know they’d been targeted until several days had passed and fever, chills, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting, and nausea set in. For many of them, recognition would come too late.

    It would be an event of historic proportions that could never be forgotten, not only because of all the death and disease and the almost unimaginable panic that would ensue, but also because it would simply be too big and complex a task to decontaminate the entire mall complex. And you couldn’t just tear it down, either. The AMI building in Florida was closed off for more than five years because of the risk of spreading the anthrax spores to the surrounding community. After a monumental cleanup effort it was finally declared anthraxsfree in 2007. A contaminated Mall of America — many times larger than the AMI building — would just sit there as an abandoned, hulking mass on the Minnesota prairie — as toxic and uninhabitable as Chernobyl.

    Excerpted from “Deadliest Enemy,” Copyright c 2017 by Dr. Mike Osterholm and Mark Olshaker. Used with permission of Little, Brown and Company, New York. All rights reserved.

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

  23. DXer said

    http://tass.com/society/937603

    Society & Culture, March 26,

    According to media reports, a flask with anthrax virus was found in a deserted building in central Moscow when it was being demolished

    MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. Russia’s emergencies ministry is checking media reports about a flask with anthrax virus found in central Moscow, a spokesman for the ministry’s Moscow department told TASS on Sunday.
    “Media reports are being verified,” the spokesman said.

    According to media reports, a flask with anthrax virus was found in a deserted building in central Moscow when it was being demolished.

    Comment: Anthrax is not a virus, it is bacteria.

  24. DXer said

    Congress’s Duty in the War With ISIS

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARDMARCH 25, 2017

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  25. DXer said

    “Inside the FBI: New York’: First Promo & Premiere Date For Dick Wolf’s USA Network Docuseries”

    by Erik Pedersen
    March 24, 2017 6:00pm
    http://deadline.com/2017/03/inside-the-fbi-new-york-promo-premiere-date-dick-wolf-usa-network-video-1202051501/

  26. DXer said

    Comment:

    If the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings were proved an act of international terrorism, there would be a massive financial recovery under this new statute, JASTA.

    The FBI, however, says it cannot find the notebook with the contemporaneous notes in Notebook 4282 showing why Ivins was in the lab those days.

    Funny how they were able to find all the other notebooks — but that the anthrax smelling dogs that the FBI relied upon (ha!) ate that one.

    I heard yesterday from the FBI FOIA person — who reports no progress.

    World News | Fri Mar 24, 2017 | 10:59am EDT
    Saudi Arabia faces $6 billion U.S. lawsuit by Sept. 11 insurers

    http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-saudi-sept-idUSL2N1H10GI

    Saudi Arabia is facing a renewed $6 billion lawsuit by dozens of insurers seeking to hold it responsible for business and property damage caused by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

    The lawsuit filed late Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan is the latest effort to hold Saudi Arabia liable for the attacks.

    Nearly 3,000 people died when hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., and a Pennsylvania field.

    Insurers, including Liberty Mutual, Safeco, Wausau and many Lloyd’s syndicates, accused Saudi Arabia and a state-affiliated charity of providing funding and other material support that enabled Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to conduct the attacks.

    The Saudi government has long denied involvement. Lawyers for the government and the charity, the Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia & Herzegovina, on Friday declined to comment or could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Saudi Arabia long had broad immunity from Sept. 11 lawsuits in the United States.

    That changed in September, when Congress overrode a veto by former President Barack Obama and adopted the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, permitting such lawsuits to proceed.

    The insurers said they plan to show that the Sept. 11 attacks were an “act of international terrorism” within the meaning of JASTA. They are seeking more than $2 billion in compensatory damages, plus triple and punitive damages.

    At least seven lawsuits were also filed in the Manhattan court on behalf of individuals.

  27. DXer said

    I was discussing with Dr. Dillon my disagreement with his theory of Amerithrax. And the week prior I was discussing my discussing with Hugh-Jones my disagreement with his theory.

    But if there weren’t differing theories, Amerithrax wouldn’t be an interesting true crime mystery.

    By analogy, finding the stolen Isabella Gardner paintings will validate, or not, any particular theory in that case.

    “Six theories behind the stolen Gardner Museum paintings”

    By Shelley Murphy and Stephen Kurkjian Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent March 18, 2017
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/03/18/six-theories-behind-stolen-gardner-museum-paintings/JmwHou86qo5MtBzX1fb9cI/story.html

    • DXer said

      In Unabomber it took a phone to break a long-suffering case. Same could be true in Amerithrax (or by analogy, Isabella Gardner).

      For example, my friend Steve’s article this week explains:

      “The investigation remains active and ongoing, according to Kristen Setera, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Boston office, who urged anyone with information about the whereabouts of the missing works to contact the FBI, the museum, or a third party.”

      Now if you like Chinese take-out in Herkimer, contact me and I’ll arrange for you and/or yours to get the $5 million reward.

      Steve already has the film rights and so I’m sure he would be happy for me to help with the reward and give his movie a dramatic ending.

      Similarly, I told a Kennedy School of Government researcher last week in connection with Amerithrax, that his focus on lessons to be learned for academic purposes could very well lead to a recovery of a $5 million or even $25 million dollar reward.

  28. DXer said

    Off-topic:

    Spring is here so it is time for me to make a one-time off-topic post in hopes of finding a partner for treasure hunting. Lew perhaps will indulge me this one time given that we all need an occasional respite from what is becoming an increasingly topsy-turvy world:

    The Ongoing Search For Dutch Schultz’s Missing Millions

    Blam! Blam! Blam! When police asked Dutch Schultz who shot him, he replied, “I don’t know, but they were pretty good shots.”

    This is a true story of a treasure worth an estimated $50 million hidden by Dutch Schultz before his precipitous death. The iron chest containing the loot was hidden by Dutch Schultz and his bodyguard Lulu. It very likely was hidden in either Upstate New York or Fairfield County, Connecticut.

    In 1935, fresh from the successful conviction of Al Capone on tax evasion charges, federal authorities targeted Dutch for failing to report any of the millions he made on his bootlegging enterprise and numbers racket. While Dutch was awaiting his trial on the tax charges, which was to be held in Syracuse, the US Attorney allowed him to stay in Connecticut. But the press soon caught up with him in early April, when he was discovered at a hideout in Norwalk. The home was nice — near the water on a peninsula. There was a tall fence in the backyard.

    In recent years, my daughter and I learned that he and his bodyguard, Lulu Rosenkrantz had buried his chest in the backyard, in the garden — but then moved it.

    In addition to Liberty Bonds, Dutch put diamonds from the heist of a jewelry store in the chest. One of his lieutenants testified that he never put in a bill that was less than $1,000. Sometimes it was so full he would have to sit on it to close it. The FBI claimed that Schultz did 6 million in business a year, and collected $825,000 in just the 6 weeks before he was murdered in October 1935. J.Edgar Hoover said: “That means $1 million every two months was being paid to just one racketeer.” DA Thomas Dewey described his lottery racket as a $100 million-a-year operation.

    Schultz had several options to take the chest after the press flushed him out. First, he could take it to his secret residence in Tuckahoe, NY — en route to the trial in Syracuse. The big old Victorian house is at the corner of White Plains Road and WInterhill Road in Tuckahoe. The home has been converted into a dormitory, Koepchen Hall, by neighboring Concordia College. As an official of Eastchester Historical Society once commented to the press: “That’s where Dutch Schultz lived.” “We know it’s a fact.” “One of our members went to high school with his daughter.” The house was convenient to a brewery Dutch owned in Yonkers, NY through a proxy. There was a secret tunnel leading across the street to a historic tavern. Later it came to be known as the Stephen Ward House. The tunnel was filled in. At the Yonkers brewery, Dutch ran hoses under ground and delivered his beer to the taverns directly from the secret bootlegging operation at the Chicken Island brewery.

    Second, another possibility was to take it to a house in Newburgh, NY, that a minion had fortified in 1932 (according to online real estate records). A local resident reports to me that there was a secret hiding place behind a book shelf that opened big enough for a chest. The house was not far from a tavern connected by a tunnel. Dutch and Lulu had been seen riding horses in the area in Fall 1934 when Dutch was still on the lamb. The FBI dispatched an agent to investigate. There was a tunnel from the house to a nearby speakeasy. At last report, the house has been put up for sale. The speakeasy is now the site of North Plank Road Tavern. The owner has described to me how, upon renovation, a secret trap door was discovered that concealed guns and booze under the kitchen.

    Yet another possibility was a home in Saratoga, where the bosses would stay. It was associated with one of the casino owners, a prominent Saratoga resident. Law enforcement was especially pliable in that County. The residence had a connection to Revolutionary War hero Putnam, who famously waved back his sword at pursuing British solders and yelled “Talk to the Sword!” A national magazine reported in August 1935 that Dutch had been seen in Saratoga that summer. Dutch used the “talk to the sword!” phrase in his morphine-addled last words.

    Once the scheduled April 1935 tax evasion trial in Syracuse was done, Dutch hoped to settle in Fairfield County in Connecticut. “I like it here,” Dutch said. “And if I win [the tax evasion trial] I will make this my permanent home.” He had some friends who were influential fraudsters living there in Fairfield under false identities. They had all the right connections — including connections in DC that Dutch hoped would avoid or quash the federal tax problems. His friend Phil Coster (Musica) lived on Mill Plain Road. Dutch and Lulu would ride the trail from the Dudley Brothwell’s nearby Brookside Stables. Dutch and Lulu would leave their entourage behind. Stable logs show in the summer of 1935 he rode his horse, Sun Tan, almost daily in August. “I like riding. It’s the only exercise I get.” He would have passed a lot on Campbell Road in Fairfield that was being built that summer (according to real estate records found at the local historical society). In the late 1930s, after Coster (Musica) wrote in his suicide note that there was no buried treasure, one local policeman was found digging under the dog house of Coster’s St. Bernard.

    While he was awaiting the Syracuse trial, Dutch spent the first 10 days in April 1935 with Frances, who was five months pregnant, at the house in Norwalk, CT. Dutch had entered a two-month lease. He leased the home under his real name, Arthur Flegenheimer. He abruptly had to leave after 10 days because of the press attention. Headlines around the country reported that day that “Dutch Schultz Flees Curiosity Seekers.” His neighbors did not know that the quiet man who would nod at them when they passed was the notorious Dutch Schultz.

    Dutch turned in his keys to Mrs. Lyman Bracken, the woman who had rented it to him, on April 11, 1935. When we visited the Norwalk residence some years ago, I asked “Did you know that Dutch Schultz, the famous gangster, lived here for 10 days in 1935?” Vivian, the gracious owner, described that she and her husband had heard the history. Whenever they renovated the house, they would look into every nook and cranny. Then, a couple years before our visit, upon digging in the garden they found a metal sheet that had covered a rectangular hole. She offered my young daughter ice cream as an added treat. The entire experience was wonderful Connecticut Yankee hospitality offered to New York neighbors.

    The key question that needs answering is: “Where did Dutch Schultz and Lulu Rosenkrantz sleep on the nights of April 11, 12 and 13, 1935?

    On April 15, 1935, the Syracuse Post Standard reported that “Flegenheimer arrived at Hotel Syracuse [on the 14th] shortly before midnight after a nine-hour drive from Connecticut.” Where did he leave the chest off? Did he really come directly from Connecticut? That more likely is the reporter’s assumption. Dutch gave interviews during the course of the trial. Schultz says he liked reading. His favorite book was by Stefan Zweigh — it was about Joseph Fouche, Napoleon’s head of intelligence. He said the characters reminded him of people he knew. He acknowledged that he was married. But when asked if he had children, he said “We’ll skip that. Just forget it.” He was furious when he learned that directly behind him, someone had written on a blackboard, in big letters, “ ‘X’ Marks The Spot.”

    Only he and Lulu knew where he took the chest. He didn’t tell his young wife Frances. His wife was left destitute after Dutch and Lulu were gunned down in October 1935, when they returned to New York City after Dutch was acquitted for tax evasion. There had been a hung jury in Syracuse. Then there was an outright acquittal upon a retrial in Malone, NY. Dutch had always been confident that he would be able to win the hearts and minds of the farmers and townspeople in Syracuse and Malone. After all, he was big spender and a man of good will. Back in New York, Dutch suggested to the “Commission” that prosecutor Tom Dewey needed to be killed — whether the Commission agreed or not. Dutch didn’t count on his business associates taking such a harsh view of his independent streak. He and Lulu were gunned down by a Murder, Inc. killers at the Palace Chophouse in Newark, New Jersey in late October 1935. For the genealogy experts out there, his daughter Ann born 1934 and son John born in 1935, are nowhere to be found.

    The treasury bills reportedly have never been redeemed. Thomas Dewey, the famous prosecutor, Governor of New York and Presidential candidate, generated headlines like “Dewey Hunting Schultz Cache in Hines Case” as he prosecuted Tammany Hall.

    After he was acquitted in Malone, NY, Dutch returned to Syracuse to thank some “friends.” An August 5 newspaper quoted him saying from Malone: “I don’t know exactly what my plans are. I hope to get to New York by the end of the week. I’ll probably stop in Albany first. [Albany is where his attorney Noonan had an office]. Right now I’m interested in seeing my friends in Syracuse — friends I’ll never forget.” But soon after he arrived to the top floor of the Hotel Syracuse, there was a knock on the door. John Ross, a process server, had travelled from Albany by train to serve Dutch with notice that he was to be deposed in three days in Albany. He would have to testify under oath about the location of his assets or face contempt charges.

    Dutch’s entourage promptly made multiple diversionary reservations — on plane and train. A news report indicates that he stayed up late the morning of August 6th, Tuesday. One report at the time noted that he was planning a circuitous route on roads. Was the report just to avoid being bumped off by rivals? Or was he planning a route that would take him and Lulu back to the chest. His friends in Syracuse likely included Charles Garzone, who had owned a stables and tavern on South Ave here. The place was known for gambling. Garzone’s grandson, a documentary filmmaker, says he uncovered evidence his grandfather was a mob associate, who may have reported to the Lucky Luciano-led Commission, which included Dutch.

    The chauffeur, “Mike”, made a conspicuous departure the next morning. But Dutch and Lulu snuck out the back way, using the Hotel Syracuse service elevator. The Syracuse Journal headline on August 6, 1935 blazed: “SCHULTZ FLEES FROM SYRACUSE.” They arrived at the Hotel Bridgeport, on August 7. But where had they spent the night of August 6? His lawyers caught up with them to plan how they would respond to this newest threat to his freedom. Dutch and Lulu snuck out the back of Hotel Bridgeport late August 7 just before midnight, returning at 5 a.m. The next day, speaking to a reporter at the hotel restaurant, Dutch suggested that he had been out with the boys playing poker.

    As for the widespread suggestion that the chest was hidden in the Catskills, that theory, in my considered opinion, was balderdash. It appears to have originated from a treasure writer in the late 1950s who first inserted a sentence in Dutch’s morphine-addled delirium at the hospital after he was shot. The sentence added was something like: “Hey, Lulu, let’s go up to Phoenicia and dig up the loot.” F.J. Lang was the court stenographer at Schultz’s bedside after he was shot in October. Lang’s transcript was published in the New York Times at the time. The sentence that has fueled documentaries and spawned an “Unsolved Mystery” episode does not appear in the transcript. Nor does it appear in the excellent book KILL THE DUTCHMAN, written by the late Paul Sann, Executive Director of the Daily News. Schultz and his colleagues were in Phoenicia a couple years earlier — in 1933. In particular, the treasure writer, Schurmacher, mistakenly described a scene from the Hotel Stratfield in Bridgeport, where Dutch reportedly loaded the chest as occurring in 1933 rather than 1935. If you come across a treasure theory that includes someone’s claimed psychic vision after seeing an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” — rather than corroborated historical evidence — you can safely leave your shovel at home.

    Life is short. Play hard but don’t waste precious time. On the other hand, Phoenicia is between Syracuse and Bridgeport too — just like Yonkers, Newburgh and Saratoga. Until the chest is found, we won’t know where it was hidden.

    Dutch’s last words are fascinating. His drug-addled narrative contains many possible clues and is provably rooted in the people and facts of his life. The verbatim full-text is available at your local library or at blurb dot com. “French Canadian bean soup” and“Talk to the Sword! are just two of the many curious phrases that await consideration of an arm-chair detective. It may have been “Oh, oh; dog biscuit, and when he is happy he doesn’t get snappy” that led the policeman to dig under the doghouse of a Schultz associate, Costa, in Fairfield.

    We should crowd-source the solution of Dutch Schultz’s missing millions. You can keep the millions so long as I have a story to tell.

  29. DXer said

    FBI Director Comey is testifying that the FBI is probing the Russian interference with the election and that he cannot comment on a pending investigation.

    I can.

    Syracuse Opera: Artists hope you’ll pick their Faberge eggs to honor ‘Eugene Onegin’
    http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/03/syracuse_opera_artists_hope_youll_pick_their_faberge_eggs_to_honor_eugene_onegin.html#incart_river_home

  30. DXer said

    “Time to Worry about Anthrax Again,” in the current issue of Scientific American.

    Authors are Paul S. Keim, David H. Walker & Raymond A. Zilinskas

    “Dozens of people died of anthrax in a Central Asian city in 1979. Only later did it become clear that the outbreak had occurred because of an accident in a secret Soviet bioweapons facility.
    The bacterium that causes anthrax, known as Bacillus anthracis, is particularly well suited for arming unconventional weapons. Some parts of the former Soviet program were verifiably dismantled in the 1990s.

    Recent revelations underscore new concerns that the Russian government may be relaunching its bioweapons program, which would be a violation of an international treaty first signed in 1972.”

  31. DXer said

    Time to Worry about Anthrax Again

    Recent insights into a long-ago accident show just how deadly bioweapons can be

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/time-to-worry-about-anthrax-again/

  32. DXer said

    Biosafety coordinator presents on bioterrorism

    Published March 13, 2017
    http://isanticountynews.com/2017/03/13/biosafety-coordinator-presents-on-bioterrorism/

    One of the most famous acts of bioterrorism in U.S. history was the anthrax attacks that occurred a few days after 9/11, in which envelopes containing anthrax spores were mailed to the offices of a pair of U.S. senators and several news media organizations….

    A big component of biosafety monitoring is BioWatch, an air monitoring program started by the Bush administration after 9/11. There are filters at secret locations throughout the state that are used to test the air for the presence of infectious or viral agents that could be weaponized by bioterrorists. These filters are meant to detect possible bioterrorist attacks quickly.

    ***

    Although Minnesota does not have much of a history of bioterrorism, it is not completely without potential targets for such attacks. One example Lundquist mentioned was the Mall of America, which is both a national landmark and a highly populated space. Lundquist said the ramifications of an attack there would go beyond the loss of life during the attack itself: The mall could be turned into a Chernobyl-like permanent biosafety danger zone due to the hardiness of dangerous pathogens used by bioterrorists.

    “It would be impossible to clean the Mall of America,” Lundquist said. The mall also could not be torn down after such an attack because doing so would cause residual bacteria or virus spores to disburse over many miles through the air.

    ***

    Anthrax spores carry an electrostatic charge that cause them to stick to surfaces, Lundquist said. Weaponization of anthrax, which gained so much press coverage after the post-9/11 anthrax attacks, requires the would-be bioterrorists to remove that charge.

    Comment: The Al Qaeda manual chapter on preparing deadly letters sought to avoid harming anyone other than the recipient by the use of tape or wiping it down with a silicone sealant — the manual specifically instructed on avoiding harming the mail carrier.

    A lot of contradictory stuff gets said about electrostatic charge. William Patrick specifically published that the Fall 2001 anthrax powder, fortunately, did have an electrostatic charge, causing it to stick.

    I agree with the assessment of one DIA/then CIA CTC analyst who said, in his view, that forensics had never been sufficient to rule in or rule out a suspect.

  33. DXer said

    U.S. Navy Film Reveals Crazy Cold War Chemical Weapons Plans

    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/us-navy-film-reveals-crazy-cold-war-chemical-weapons-plans-19763

  34. DXer said

    http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/daily-news-analysis/single-article/agro-terrorism-threats-to-nations-food-supply-addressed-in-house-senate-bills/9cc2f1365f04fb90506c665084711594.html

    Agro-Terrorism Threats to Nation’s Food Supply Addressed in House, Senate Bills
    By: Anthony Kimery, Editor-in-Chief
    03/02/2017 ( 9:24pm)
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    Bipartisan bills to address the threat of agro-terrorism and high-risk events which pose serious threats to food, agriculture and livestock industries across the United States were jointly introduced by legislators in both the House and Senate this week.

    It’s “imperative we take precautions and have preparedness policies in place to mitigate potential risks,” they said in a joint announcement.

    The legislation comes at a time when authorities have repeatedly warned that public health preparedness nationwide is in serious disarray, as Homeland Security Today has reported.

    The Securing our Agriculture and Food Act was introduced by Rep. David Young (R-IA), Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) and Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), and Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

    In their joint announcement, they said, “Our nation faces global and complex national security challenges. Agro-terrorism, and other high-risk events, pose serious threats to our food, agriculture and livestock industries across the United States. It is imperative we have preparedness policies in place to quickly respond to events threatening US agriculture or food production systems – ultimately protecting these key industries which impact every Americans on a daily basis.”

    ***

    In a USA Today op-ed last October, Tom Daschle, a former Senate majority leader and a member of the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, and Richard B. Myers, a retired Air Force general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote, “The 15th anniversary of September 11 honored the far-too-many who lost their lives that horrific day. Almost unnoticed was the 15th anniversary of the US anthrax attacks that occurred soon thereafter and left 5 dead, 17 infected and more than 10,000 at risk of exposure. The magnitude of those attacks clarified the need to address bioterrorism more comprehensively in the United States.”

    However, they pointed out, “Americans rarely consider the potential for our enemies to attack our nation’s agricultural infrastructure and food supply with biological weapons. They should. Agriculture security is national security.”

    “Fourteen years ago,” they said, US Navy SEALs found a list of pathogens and a schematic in an Afghanistan cave that Al Qaeda planned to use to produce bioweapons. In addition to six human pathogens, ten pathogens targeted food, six targeted livestock and poultry and four targeted crops. Clearly, Al Qaeda was considering agro-terrorism.”

    Comment:

    It would violate the hadiths to attack livestock or crops.

  35. DXer said

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgpU5M6gtBI ;

    The FBI’s Most Notorious Cover-Up

    Bill Gates was recently quoted as saying that bioterrorism could kill more people than nuclear war, but that Western governments are not ready to deal with it. The situation may be worse than he thinks. What stories about his remarks at the Munich Security Conference did not explain is that the FBI has still failed to resolve the question of who carried out the post-9/11 anthrax attacks on America. ;

    • DXer said

      In the 43 minute interview above, which I am listening to now, Cliff Kincaid interviews Ken Dillon. Ken was the organizer of a UCLA-sponsored conference in DC on the Amerithrax mailings that Lew Weinstein moderated. He is a former foreign service officer and intelligence analyst. His PhD in history is from Cornell.

      I do not agree with all of the particulars of Ken’s theory but I do not discount it. He and I totally agree that, absent a reopening of the investigation, the way to get people on the same page is to obtain additional key documents under FOIA currently being withheld. Ken’s thoughtfulness and Cliff’s lucidity are a powerful combination. I hope they contact Senator Grassley and the White House to seek assistance on outstanding FOIA requests, or more dramatically, seek to have the investigation reopened.

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

  36. DXer said

    https://www.tapinto.net/towns/flemington-slash-raritan/articles/emergency-drill-tests-anthrax-response

    Emergency Drill Tests Anthrax Response
    By TAPINTO FLEMINGTON-RARITAN STAFF
    March 2, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, NJ – The county conducted a drill recently to test its response to an emergency such as an anthrax attack.

    The purpose of the drill was to evaluate the county’s Division of Public Health ability to distribute medication during a public health crisis.

    The county maintains a “Fixed Facility Plan” that would provide medication to employees of county businesses to protect them and their families in such an event.

  37. DXer said

    Donald Trump announced last night that he will form a new agency to publish a regular list of all crimes committed by immigrants.

    Leaving the wisdom of the President’s proposed VOICE agency to one side (to debate at the dinner table or in Congress), let’s consider one of the leading entries should be on such a list: Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

    Steve Bannon,

    What crime(s) did green card holder Adnan El-Shukrijumah commit?

    Are terrorists crossing the US-Mexico border? Excerpts from the …
    Christian Science Monitor-Jan 15, 2017
    Mr. Shukrijumah, a green-card holder from Saudi Arabia who had lived … on to say that one of the three men is “likely Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, .

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2017/0115/Are-terrorists-crossing-the-US-Mexico-border-Excerpts-from-the-case-file

    Let me suggest to you, and then prove to you (with your assistance)…

    DXer says … Adnan El-Shukrijumah, son of Saudi missionary, was the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer and FBI is withholding relevant documents
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 12, 2016
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/dxer-says-adnan-el-shukrijumah-son-of-saudi-missionary-was-the-fall-2001-anthrax-mailer-and-fbi-is-withholding-relevant-documents/

    In February 2003, the FBI announced that “Jafar the Pilot” (aka Adnan El-Shukrijumah) had entered the country sometime after September 1, 2001
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 26, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/in-february-2003-the-fbi-announced-that-jafar-the-pilot-aka-adnan-el-shukrijumah-had-entered-the-country-sometime-after-september-1-2001/

  38. DXer said

    Former Congressman Mike Pence long ago opined in a public letter that Al Qaeda was involved in the anthrax mailings. He now is slated to be the country’s next Vice-President. Will Notebook 4282 from the date of mailing now be produced so as to help to finally resolve the issue? A government mediator wrote a couple weeks ago and was preparing to contact the FBI.

    But if Vice-President Pence were to order a review of Amerithrax, the FBI would find that it was no longer business as usual in Washington.

    “Many observers, including most outside scientists, have argued that the FBI’s “Ivins Theory” was unpersuasive. The FBI reasoned that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab on particular dates. Some DOJ and FBI officials reasoned he must have been making and preparing a powderized anthrax to kill 5 people. I have interviewed the Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat, however, and he does not deny responsibility for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    Yazid Sufaat says that, contrary to some media reports, he was successful in developing anthrax, but prefers other bugs; he views anthrax as good for sabotaging, but not killing
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 30, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/yazid-sufaat-says-that-contrary-to-some-media-reports-he-was-successful-in-developing-anthrax-but-prefers-other-bugs-he-views-anthrax-as-good-for-sabotaging-but-not-killing/

    Al Qaeda anthrax lab technician tells DXer that he realizes that by addressing these issues he may “jack myself up” but says that the “plan is on the way” — what does he mean when he says the “plan is on the way”?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 1, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/al-qaeda-anthrax-lab-technician-tells-dxer-by-chat-that-he-realizes-that-by-addressing-these-issues-he-may-jack-myself-up-but-says-that-the-plan-is-on-the-way-what-does-he-mean-when-he-s/

    ***

    DXer says … Adnan El-Shukrijumah, son of Saudi missionary, was the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer and FBI is withholding relevant documents

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 12, 2016
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/dxer-says-adnan-el-shukrijumah-son-of-saudi-missionary-was-the-fall-2001-anthrax-mailer-and-fbi-is-withholding-relevant-documents/

    DXer says: Adnan El-Shukrijumah is the anthrax mailer … on or about 9/13/2001, he phoned from KSM’s house to tell his mom he was coming to the US
    Posted on June 6, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/dxer-adnan-el-shukrijumah-is-the-anthrax-mailer-on-9132001-he-phoned-from-ksms-house-to-tell-his-mom-he-was-coming-to-the-us/

    • DXer said

      FOIA requestor Dr. Dillon is an academic and publisher. He is a former intelligence analyst associated with the US State Department. In testing the FBI’s theory that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab, he has sought Lab Notebook 4282 which contains contemporaneous handwritten notes about one of the many experiments he was working on (at pages 65-70). The pages were first obtained by the FBI in 2003 and put in Part 1A of an FBI 302 report. See 1A GJ 1100.

      In response to Dillon’s FOIA request for information relating to Ivins’ activities in Sep.-Oct. 2001, the FBI falsely claimed that it had uploaded the information (such as Notebook 4282) to the FBI’s “Vault”
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 15, 2015
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/in-response-to-dillons-foia-request-for-information-relating-to-ivins-activities-in-sep-oct-2001-the-fbi-falsely-claimed-that-it-had-uploaded-the-information-such-as-notebook-4282-to-the-f/

      The original was then seized again in 2007 and not returned. An FBI agent in an excel spreadsheet that has been produced explains that the notebook has entries from the time of the mailings. (See Part 55 of 59 of Amerithrax documents in the FBI’s “Vault.”) The FBI and DOJ have failed to produce the notebook despite requests by both me and Dr. Dillon. Specifically, there are notations from September 14, 15 and from September 18, 2001, the date of the first mailing.

      The Army has sought the return of the notebooks taken by Dr. Ivins for years — and has uploaded all those that it has and that eventually were returned by the FBI. Notebook 4282, however, still has not been returned. According to USMRMC FOIA Officer Sandra Rogers, the FBI still has not returned Notebooks 4037, 4010 and 4282, preventing the Army from uploading them in USAMRMC’s excellent reading room that was created containing my FOIA requests directed to USAMRIID.
      http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/index.cfm?pageid=foia_reading_room.overview

      I have uploaded the FBI discussing the documents relating to Notebook 4282 that is still subject of the DOJ and FBI’s game of hide-the-ball at the hyperlinks above. I have forwarded them to Attorney Matt Hurd. Attorney Hurd, who has been very gracious, has expressed a willingness to have an attorney reconsider the denial. But that will lead to an attorney doing the same ineffectual searches in the decades-old database being used of words like “Notebook” “USMRMC.” Instead, Attorney Hurd should pick up the phone and call FOIA analyst Meredith Savary or former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert or someone currently at the FBI who would know and ask where to find the documents. To claim that the dog ate the lab pages in Dr. Ivins’ notebook on the date of mailing of anthrax that killed 5 people is unacceptable. I am advised by FOIA Officer Ms. Rogers that the Notebook 4282 that the FBI has not returned is titled “Anthrax.”

      This past year, Hambali, the supervisor of Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat, saw the light of a courtroom for the first time since his capture in 2003. That’s an incredible 13 years without any transparency about his involvement in Al Qaeda’s anthrax program.

      On this issue of the FBI blaming Dr. Bruce Ivins for the anthrax mailings,however, there is no justification for there not to be government in the sunshine. The Department of Justice and FBI should comply with FOIPA. The Department of Justice and FBI, first and foremost, should stand for the rule of law.

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

  39. DXer said

    Mr. Bannon,

    Here’s a plan to keep in mind in moving forward.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/floor-plan-of-suite-at-gmus-discovery-hall-in-2001-with-ali-al-timimi-and-leading-anthrax-scientists/

  40. DXer said

    Senator Grassley,

    Perhaps you could could call Kris Weart at the FBI and ask if him he’s found Notebook 4282, the notebook with the notebook entries on the date of Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. He’s working on it but it would help for him to know his efforts are appreciated.

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

  41. DXer said

    For those with a different agenda, when Yazid Sufaat’s assistant said “I made the anthrax”, he was lying under coercion.

    Senate Torture Report: Yazid Sufaat’s assistant Al-Barq alternately would say “I made the anthrax” or “I lied”
    Posted on December 10, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/senate-torture-report-yazid-sufaats-assistant-al-barq-alternately-would-say-i-made-the-anthrax-or-i-lied/

    And when Yazid Sufaat said he made the anthrax, the couch was the wrong color and he was too affable.

    Yazid Sufaat says that, contrary to some media reports, he was successful in developing anthrax, but prefers other bugs; he views anthrax as good for sabotaging, but not killing
    Posted on April 30, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/yazid-sufaat-says-that-contrary-to-some-media-reports-he-was-successful-in-developing-anthrax-but-prefers-other-bugs-he-views-anthrax-as-good-for-sabotaging-but-not-killing/

    And when Rauf Ahmad reported on his visit to [REDACTED; Porton Down] to obtain just the right laboratory strain of anthrax, and said he had successfully achieved his targets, that just meant that his flight was on time.

    Or that the use of the bioreactor by Rauf Ahmad confirmed he was a no-talent and Steve Hatfill, who had to fake an PhD to get the job, was a talented and skilled lab technician because he had a bioreactor.

    Abdur Rauf’s “I have successfully achieved” letter to Ayman al-Zawahiri
    Posted on July 4, 2009
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/abdur-raufs-i-have-successfully-achieved-letter-to-ayman-al-zawahiri-what-justification-is-there-for-not-removing-the-redactions/

    And I guess when Rauf Ahmad/and his colleagues presented on having isolated anthrax at Porton Down conference (see item linked in this thread), it justified these same people arguing that Al Qaeda had not succeeded in isolating anthrax for a decade and a half even though Rauf Ahmad’s paper was in the public domain — and of these same scientists attended the conference where he presented — and knew he had attended when I first disclosed his name in 2002.

    Foreign scientists, I guess, are just not as skilled as Americans. Is that really the argument?

    Heck, Ali Timimi read a genomics argument while the jury was deliberating.

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

  42. DXer said

    I have to disagree with anyone who says that Yazid Sufaat could have made more (but didn’t) from his Malaysian jail cell

    or al-Barq from a secret Jordanian and then Israeli prison. Or the assistant who was killed.

    If Al Qaeda was guilty, Atef was followed up after a bomb was dropped on his head. (He was in charge of the anthrax program).

    Moreover, I have to disagree with an American scientist that has such a poor opinion of foreign scientists,

    whether working alongside and learning from Peter Turnbull at Porton Down or Porton Down-sponsored conferences,

    or working alongside and learning from Bruce Ivins and Arthur Friedlander and Pat Fellows at USAMRIID,

    or working alongside and learning from and having access to Ken Alibek’s computers in the lab at the Center for Biodefense at GMU and ATCC,

    or working alongside and learning from Kimothy Smith at LSU.

    The FBI and Ken Alibek disagrees with such pundits on the difficulty — Alibek has made the stuff where these pundits like my friend Stuart and his co-authors haven’t.

    Alibek’s position was always that a sometimes sophistication lies in simplicity — the brilliance of a method can be that the simple method results in a sophisticated product.

    Specifically, my dear and dear friend Stuart Jacobsen published an ill-considered article arguing that the sophistication pointed to Iraq. (See Shoham and Jacobsen article).

    Now some would carry on the tradition and say the floatability of the anthrax points away from Al Qaeda. “The letter-fill was too sophisticated for the Al Quaeda bunch”, they say.

    Well, in contrast, I have a lot of respect for the abilities of foreign scientists. Heck, Dr. Ayman had 40 doctors in his family — more doctors than many people meet in a lifetime.

    More to the point, the experts who actually know how to make the stuff disagree — and my expert, JP, was head of the Air Force lab that did controlled experiments.

    Politics and preconceptions have no role in true crime or intelligence analysis.

    If people don’t want to join in seeking Notebook 4282, with notes from the date of mailing — because they have loosey-goosey deductions about what Al Qaeda should have or could have done — they should just sit on their hands. There’s a new Sheriff in town and hopefully his deputy (Pence) will to not allow such loosey-goosey deductions put our country at risk. Hopefully, Vice-President will politely encourage the FBI to cough up the Notebook 4282 and identify the second lab that Rauf Ahmad visited.

    I, for one, am tired of politics and just want the contemporaneous documents. And I want the second lab that Rauf Ahmad visited to be publicly identified. You will be shocked!

  43. DXer said

    what BL-3 lab did Abdur Rauf visit?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 29, 2009
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/what-bl-3-lab-did-abdur-rauf-visit/

    If a person does know this, then why would you seek to undermine an Al Qaeda theory? Politics? Preconceptions? Personal interest? instead, the focus should be on getting the answer to this question.

    The NYT in mid-2000 was misled by Milton who mistakenly interpreted the order of the undated letters from Rauf to Ayman.

  44. DXer said

    People should ground discussion on Rauf Ahmad’s correspondence with Ayman Zawahiri from 1999.

    from DXer … infiltration of U.S. Biodefense? … Zawahiri’s Correspondence With Infiltrating Scientist Was Part of Parallel Compartmentalized Cell Operation
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 20, 2010

    • DXer said

      Martin:

      Rauf Ahmad told Dr. Ayman that he had learned processing tricks from his internet acquaintance that he met at the conference – Les B.? Peter T.? Kimothy? Bruce? Arthur? John? Pat? Someone at GMU/ Center of Biodefense?

      Because of the compartmentalization of the investigation — which lead investigator Lambert says messed the investigation up in his memo to Director Mueller — those investigating Bruce would know nothing about the processing tricks learned by Rauf Ahmad from the scientist he met (very likely from Porton Down or USAMRIID).

      Thus, the conflict of interest could not be revealed if, say, it was Les and he was the one who (working for the FBI at Maryland) discarded the CIA’s detection of Ames at the Afghan lab.

      I’ll assume that his internet correspondent was not Martin who attended the conference and met Rauf Ahmad — though I need to ask given the early subpoenas that went to LSU and University of Michigan, long before the other labs generally.

      And I won’t know it wasn’t Kimothy unless someone tells me. (But working for Paul Keim, it would have been a very profound conflict of interest.)

      In fact, there would have been a breathtaking conflict of interest in the case of almost any of the individuals, given that most all of them worked on the investigation.

      The Philly head of forensics, Garvey, the former CIA scientist, who said that the FBI’s discarding of the CIA’s detection of Ames in Afghan was tantamount to a sexual predator doing the forensic tests in the rape case.

      I appreciate that such conflicts of interest are not particularly of anyone one’s making — it was a small world back then and there would be numerous overlapping ties. (I guess it depends on the nature of the “processing tricks.”)

      But can we at least rule you/MHJ out? Am I correct Rauf Ahmad did not learn any processing tricks from MJH and that he did not have internet correspondence with him?

      Note that Rauf Ahmad’s work in 1999 was long before any spinning of things toward Iraq by the Bush Administration that took office in 2001. Al Qaeda’s anthrax program needs to be understood through the contemporary documents and not the spin by political activists.

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

  45. DXer said

    In written correspondence with the Case Closed blog, the Sacramento State graduate and former Malaysian Army Captain Yazid Sufaat has invoked the “Fifth Amendment” and declined to disclose the b. anthracis strain he was using.
    Posted on April 28, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/in-written-correspondence-with-the-case-closed-blog-the-sacramento-state-graduate-and-former-malaysian-army-captain-yazid-sufaat-has-invoked-the-fifth-amendment-and-declined-to-disclose-the-b/

    Trentonian (10/20/13) … Congressman Rush Holt: “Myriad questions remain about the anthrax attacks and the government’s response to the attacks.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 21, 2013
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/trentonian-102013-congressman-rush-holt-myriad-questions-remain-about-the-anthrax-attacks-and-the-governments-response-to-the-attacks/

    The head of the Amerithrax prosecution Daniel Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment about leaking the hyped Hatfill stories that derailed the Amerithrax investigation for 7 years. His daughter later came to represent “anthrax weapons suspect” (to borrow defense counsel’s phrase) Ali Al-Timimi pro bono. GAO: Was an apparent conflict of interest avoided on the grounds that her representation began after her father left DOJ? Or was there a continuing appearance of a conflict of interest?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 3, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/the-head-of-the-amerithrax-prosecution-daniel-seikaly-pled-the-fifth-amendment-about-leaking-the-hyped-hatfill-stories-that-derailed-the-amerithrax-investigation-for-7-years-his-daughter-later-ca/

    floor plan of suite at GMU’s Discovery Hall in 2001 with Ali Al-Timimi and leading anthrax scientists
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 7, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/floor-plan-of-suite-at-gmus-discovery-hall-in-2001-with-ali-al-timimi-and-leading-anthrax-scientists/

  46. DXer said

    Many observers, including most outside scientists, have argued that the FBI’s “Ivins Theory” was unpersuasive. The FBI reasoned that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab on particular dates. Some DOJ and FBI officials reasoned he must have been making and preparing a powderized anthrax to kill 5 people. I have interviewed the Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat, however, and he does not deny responsibility for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    Yazid Sufaat says that, contrary to some media reports, he was successful in developing anthrax, but prefers other bugs; he views anthrax as good for sabotaging, but not killing
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 30, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/yazid-sufaat-says-that-contrary-to-some-media-reports-he-was-successful-in-developing-anthrax-but-prefers-other-bugs-he-views-anthrax-as-good-for-sabotaging-but-not-killing/

    Hambali: Recommendation for Continued Detention (excerpt)
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 25, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/hambali-recommendation-for-continued-detention-excerpt/

    There were Al Qaeda operatives meeting with Mohammed Atta in the United States that were not caught (or were caught and released).

    Atta Was Coordinating With Jdey’s Associate Al-Hazmi, First In Fort Lee, NJ In Late August 2001 And Then In Laurel, MD in September 2001 ; Jdey’s Associate Nawaf Al-Hazmi Had Been At The Planning Meeting At Yazid Sufaat’s Kuala Lumpur Condo With Anthrax Planner Hambali And Anthrax Lab Director Yazid Sufaat And Yet The FBI Never Told The Public That Jdey Had Been Detained Along With Moussaoui In August 2001 (With Biology Textbooks) And Then Released
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 25, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/atta-was-coordinating-with-jdeys-associate-al-hazmi-first-in-fort-lee-nj-in-late-august-2001-and-then-in-laurel-md-in-september-2001-jdeys-associate-nawaf-al-hazmi-had-been-at-the-planning/

    DXer says … Adnan El-Shukrijumah, son of Saudi missionary, was the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer and FBI is withholding relevant documents
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 12, 2016
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/dxer-says-adnan-el-shukrijumah-son-of-saudi-missionary-was-the-fall-2001-anthrax-mailer-and-fbi-is-withholding-relevant-documents/

    • DXer said

      Requestor Dr. Dillon is an academic and publisher. He is a former intelligence analyst associated with the US State Department. In testing the FBI’s theory that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab, he has sought Lab Notebook 4282 which contains contemporaneous handwritten notes about one of the many experiments he was working on (at pages 65-70). The pages were first obtained by the FBI in 2003 and put in Part 1A of an FBI 302 report. See 1A GJ 1100.

      In response to Dillon’s FOIA request for information relating to Ivins’ activities in Sep.-Oct. 2001, the FBI falsely claimed that it had uploaded the information (such as Notebook 4282) to the FBI’s “Vault”
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 15, 2015
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/in-response-to-dillons-foia-request-for-information-relating-to-ivins-activities-in-sep-oct-2001-the-fbi-falsely-claimed-that-it-had-uploaded-the-information-such-as-notebook-4282-to-the-f/

      The original was seized again in 2007 and, according to the Army, not returned. An FBI agent in an excel spreadsheet that has been produced explains that the notebook has entries from the time of the mailings. (See Part 55 of 59 of Amerithrax documents in the FBI’s “Vault.”) The FBI and DOJ have failed to produce the notebook despite requests by both me and Dr. Dillon. Specifically, there are notations from September 14, 15 and from September 18, 2001, the date of the first mailing.

      The Army has sought the return of the notebooks taken by Dr. Ivins for years — and has uploaded all those that it has and that eventually were returned by the FBI. Notebook 4282, however, still has not been returned. According to USMRMC FOIA Officer Sandra Rogers, the FBI still has not returned Notebooks 4037, 4010 and 4282, preventing the Army from uploading them in USAMRMC’s excellent reading room that was created containing my FOIA requests directed to USAMRIID.
      http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/index.cfm?pageid=foia_reading_room.overview

      I have uploaded the FBI discussing the documents relating to Notebook 4282 that is still subject of the DOJ and FBI’s game of hide-the-ball at the hyperlinks above. I have forwarded them to Attorney Matt Hurd. Attorney Hurd, who has been very gracious, has expressed a willingness to have an attorney reconsider the denial. But that lead to an attorney doing the same ineffectual searches in the decades-old database being used of words like “Notebook” “USMRMC.” Instead, Attorney Hurd should pick up the phone and call a can-do FOIA specialists who could lay his hands on the pages from the notebook.

      On this issue of the FBI blaming Dr. Bruce Ivins for the anthrax mailings,however, there is no justification for there not to be government in the sunshine in accordance with FOIA. The Department of Justice and FBI should comply with FOIPA. The Department of Justice and FBI, first and foremost, should stand for the rule of law and provide Notebook 4282.

      Contrary to the slightly overbroad suggestion by Attorney Lambert today, the notebook is not subject to a FOIA exemption and is not classified. Amerithrax is closed. The FBI has said so and so for FOIA purposes, it must be deemed closed.

      Of course, when the FBI retrieves the notebook pages from its files, the FBI can redact what it likes. Then pursuant to the statute, those litigations could be appealed administratively, and if necessary, then litigated.

      But to say that the dog ate the notebook is unacceptable.

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

  47. DXer said

    Some Background:

    NYT interview of former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert: “a staggering amount of exculpatory evidence” regarding Dr. Ivins remains secret
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 16, 2016
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/nyt-interview-of-former-lead-amerithrax-investigator-richard-lambert-a-staggering-amount-of-exculpatory-evidence-regarding-dr-ivins-remains-secret/

    FOX NEWS interview with RICHARD LAMBERT … Former agent claims FBI concealing evidence in anthrax case
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 22, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/fox-news-interview-with-richard-lambert-former-agent-claims-fbi-concealing-evidence-in-anthrax-case/

    FBI cannot locate anthrax case lab notebook for the day first letters were mailed!
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 25, 2016https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/fbi-cannot-locate-anthrax-case-lab-notebook-for-the-day-first-letters-were-mailed/

    Al Qaeda anthrax lab technician tells DXer that he realizes that by addressing these issues he may “jack myself up” but says that the “plan is on the way” — what does he mean when he says the “plan is on the way”?
    Posted on May 1, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/al-qaeda-anthrax-lab-technician-tells-dxer-by-chat-that-he-realizes-that-by-addressing-these-issues-he-may-jack-myself-up-but-says-that-the-plan-is-on-the-way-what-does-he-mean-when-he-s/

  48. DXer said

    Some Background:

    Tom Ridge, former Homeland Secretary (from ’03-’05), this week said that “al-Qaida did experiments on anthrax in animals” — did AQ use the “Ames strain” like Dr. Garvey reports the CIA detected at the Afghan lab?
    Posted on November 15, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/tom-ridge-former-homeland-secretary-from-03-05-this-week-said-that-al-qaida-did-experiments-on-anthrax-in-animals-did-aq-use-the-ames-strain-like-dr-garvey-reports/

    The CIA’s detection of the Ames strain of b. anthracis in Afghanistan was discarded by the FBI due to different testing results, sampling procedures, and methodology used by the FBI and IC (“Intelligence Community”)
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 30, 2015
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/the-cias-detection-of-the-ames-strain-of-b-anthracis-in-afghanistan-was-discarded-by-the-fbi-due-to-different-testing-results-sampling-procedures-and-methodology-used-by-the-fbi-and-ic-intel/

    Congressman Mike Pence & Pulitzer prize winning science writer Laurie Garrett agree on Anthrax Mailings.. Pence: “I don’t know who sent it” — I am afraid we may have missed the off-ramp to the truth.” … Garrett: “I get outraged because the FBI completely botched the investigation on the anthrax.”
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 11, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/congressman-mike-pence-pulitzer-prize-winning-science-writer-laurie-garrett-agree-on-anthrax-mailings-pence-i-dont-know-who-sent-it-i-am-afraid-we-may-have-missed-the-off-ramp-to-t/

    DXer asks Vice President Pence: Who at the FBI is responsible for withholding Ivins’ Notebook 4282, containing the notes from the time of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 17, 2017
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/dxer-asks-vice-president-pence-who-at-the-fbi-is-responsible-for-withholding-ivins-notebook-4282-containing-the-notes-from-the-time-of-the-fall-2001-anthrax-mailings/comment-page-1/#comment-46874

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