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

* Who told the reporter that RIID sent Ames to ATCC?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 4, 2018

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3 Responses to “* Who told the reporter that RIID sent Ames to ATCC?”

  1. DXer said

    As for whether it was sent to ATCC in Northern VA — who told the RIID reporter that ATCC was given Ames? James Bannan, the leading FBI scientist, had been the scientist in charge of the bacteriology section of that culture repository. ATCC shared space with Ken Alibek’s company, Hadron, at GMU. Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek told me — and the documents show — that his company was supplied Ames by 1999. (It came from an Israeli scientist, as I recall offhand, who was working at NIH). He had virulent Ames — the work was done at Southern Research Institute. (I spoke with Ken about the outside company that did the research).

    Pat Fellows came to head the BL-3 lab at Southern Research Institute there not so long after this email from Bruce. While Bruce may not have been the one to supply ATCC/Alibek Ames, it was the FBI and Pat Fellows who would have known about Alibek’s company with Ames — that is, along with FBI’s scientists. In September 2002, when it was reported that Alibek was of keen investigative interest, Ivins forwarded the article with an exclamation “Very interesting!”

    A whistleblower once called me to tell me that convicted seditionist who had an office next to Alibek had full access to the ATCC culture repository — you know, the one that the FBI scientist JB oversaw. Ali Al-TImimi received two life sentences for some conversations he had with some young jihadis who wanted to go abroad to defend their faith. An attorney who had BL-4 experience, she was let go within her 2 week probationary period when raised the issue of the incredibly lax security.

    Do you think the FBI maybe should release the emails to Pat Fellows and Mara Linscott it quoted and relied upon in its Amerithrax Summary to see if they have fairly characterized them? By my count, they are withholding every freaking one they quoted and relied upon in closing the case. I appreciate that conflicts of interest are sometimes difficult to avoid in a small field — and I credit everyone’s good faith except Dr. Ayman Zawahiri — but those conflicts of interest require the utmost transparency. Here, the lead FBI scientist Jason B. might have been subject to millions in civil liability if it was found that he had allowed a convicted seditionsist access to the largest microbiological repository in the world. (As it is, have you ever wondered why Ali Al-Timimi’s trial is partly classified? As Senator Leahy has said, the FBI just classifies its mistakes so they don’t come to light. Sunlight — compliance with the law, with FOIA — is the best disinfectant.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

    • DXer said

      Because of some sort of computer difficulty, I can’t get into the USAMRMC Electronic Reading Room anymore — as of a few minutes ago.

      It seems that it would be cool if I could re-post all the relevant documents posted on this blog over the past years — but this time with the redactions eliminated — so we can put an end to the FBI’s spin, eh?

      But the Oscars are tonight. And the FBI knows I take analysis of the Oscars very seriously.

    • DXer said

      In this thread above, I wrote:

      “Pat Fellows came to head the BL-3 lab at Southern Research Institute there not so long after this email from Bruce.”

      But then the unredacted version of the October 30 email from Bruce to Pat has not yet been posted by Lew. My assurance to him that I had full authority to post the unredacted version may not have yet convinced him. Or he may just be otherwise occupied.

      In any event, for your convenience, I’ll retype the email thusly:

      “From: Ivins, Bruce E Dr USAMRIID
      Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 20011 7:05 AM”
      To: Pat Fellows in Florida (E-mail)
      Subject: FW New Yorker urgently asks fact-check on one question. Please.

      Can you believe this, QB?? Deborah McKenzie now says that we have “weaponized” the Ames strain. INCREDIBLE!!!!”

      If necessary, future unredacted versions of previously produced emails can be uploaded at

      Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

      It is the FBI that is out of compliance with the law, with FOIPA — by its withholding from Dillon the emails from Bruce to Mara and Pat and others in September and October 2001 bearing on how he was spending his time before the mailings. The FBI’s wrongful withholding combined with its selective quoting and false assertions has resulted in its BS “Ivins Theory” that has served CYA purposes, and not served any national security interests.

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