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

* In Long Withheld Email, FBI’s Claim That Ivins Was Mailer Because Of A “FNY” Code It Perceived In Anthrax Letters Inconsistent With Ivins’ Stated Views On Yankees

Posted by DXer on January 19, 2018


6 Responses to “* In Long Withheld Email, FBI’s Claim That Ivins Was Mailer Because Of A “FNY” Code It Perceived In Anthrax Letters Inconsistent With Ivins’ Stated Views On Yankees”

  1. DXer said

    What do we know of Michael Bloomberg’s handling of the fallout from the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

    “Debbie Willhite, Bloomberg’s senior adviser for Western states, headlined Monday night’s meet-and-greet. Willhite has worked for eight Democratic presidential hopefuls, starting with Jimmy Carter’s campaign in 1980. Willhite said she grew to admire Bloomberg during his time as mayor of New York City.

    “I was senior vice president of the United States Postal Service and we had the anthrax attacks and they were very consequential in New York City,” Willhite said. ”(Bloomberg’s) administration was only three months old and he worked hand-in-hand with us to maintain the integrity of the Postal Service at a time when a lot of people were saying, ‘I didn’t want to get my mail anymore.’””

    Bloomberg adviser stops in Pueblo

  2. DXer said

    The FBI produced yesterday — after withholding it for years — an October 17, 2001 email at 7:13 a.m. to Mara Linscott referring to some humor he had shared.

    He mentioned a Baby Ruth he had sent in a care package, in part, as a reference to “your very lucky baseball team.” He writes: “Hope you are having a good week. Try to take care of yourself.” — Bruce

    Now why, you ask, did the FBI withhold the email?

    Does it support the FBI’s theory that Bruce Ivins sent deadly anthrax because he hates the Yankees? Whatever you make of it, it was highly relevant to the FBI’s theory.

    • DXer said

      Mara Linscott wrote Bruce Ivins on October 16, 2001, stating in part:

      “Hi Bruce –
      Thanks for the care package – it was in the complex office – just picked i up today. I’m eating an almond joy as we speak! That was so nice of you to send it – I know how busy you are!
      Sorry to hear that things are so chaotic down there.”
      [Then the FBI redacts a passage it had no right to redact.]

    • DXer said

      In an email dated October 16, 2001 to Mara Linscott, Ivins wrote “It’s a zoo around here. Total chaos…. [Then the FBI redacts a passage it had no right to redact]. “But others of us are in the thick of it.” [Then the FBI redacts a passage it had no right to redact].

  3. DXer said


    ORDERED that, within thirty days of the date of this Order, DOJ shall file a notice with the Court that provides possible explanations for why the FBI did not release the three emails purportedly sent to Mara Linscott that Dillon identified in his February 2018 letter to government counsel;

    Dated: January 17, 2019 RUDOLPH CONTRERAS United States District Judge

    Case 1:17-cv-01716-RC Document 26 Filed 01/17/19 Page 1 of 1

  4. DXer said

    Now look how the New York Post reported the investigators’ spin on the subject of the Yankees”: “Anthrax Doc Hated New York”

    “Ivins also harbored a hatred for the Yankees.

    “Dr. Ivins strongly associated [the former colleague Mara Linscott] with New York,” the report said. “His communications with her . . . in the years that followed were replete with references to the New York Yankees, her favorite baseball team, not always in the kindest of terms.”

    In the missives to The Post and former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, Ivins bolded some characters in the text. Investigators believe the sets of letters — “TTT AAT TAT” — correspond to the three-letter designations for three kinds of amino acid “codons” in DNA.

    These acids also have single letter designations, that can spell out “FNY.””

    Really? This is the reasoning that the United States Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation relied upon in solving its biggest whodunnit?

    It would be laughable if it were not so tragic and deadly serious.

    But the key take-home is that all the while they spun this in the media, they were WRONGFULLY WITHHOLDING the documentary evidence that was not consistent with their assertions.

    Rather than hating the Yankees, Ivins thought they made excellent purchases of players and deserved to win — and that the Orioles sucked.

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