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

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* Wrongfully Withheld Sept 7, 2001 email shows what Ivins was really doing late at night: sharing fart humor

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 19, 2018

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* In a long withheld and recently produced email to Mara Linscott, Ivins discusses work with Ames in Building 1412 (not 1425) and how they might have to someday do challenges of hundreds of rabbits for Bioport.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 19, 2018

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* In long withheld July 4, 2000 Email to former assistant Mara Linscott, Bruce Ivins is revealed to be closet scrabble player

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 19, 2018

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* 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 Lew Weinstein on January 19, 2018

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* URGENT -PENDING LITIGATION – FBI’s Dave Hardy should also produce the requested Notebook 4010 and 4037

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 14, 2017

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* The FBI should return a copy of Notebook 4010, relating to Flask 1029, the so-called “murder weapon”, to USAMRIID so that it may be uploaded as required by FOIA

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 12, 2017

DXer emailed a request (12-11-17) to FBI’s Kris Weart, an FBI FOIA analyst, asking:

Isn’t it about time that the FBI return Lab Notebook 4010 to USAMRIID — a complete copy — to USAMRIID for uploading along with Ivins’ other notebooks?  It relates to Flask 1029, the so-called “murder weapon”.  No exemptions apply except for the occasional (b)(6) redaction of a proper name.  USAMRIID is the originating agency and so it is the USAMRMC FOIA officer who is charged with making any necessary redactions.  USAMRMC made a formal request that all Ivins notebooks be returned long ago.  The notebooks are all contained on a CD that was obtained by the FBI.   The notebooks had been scanned by a contractor.

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* FOIA Complaint filed by Ken Dillon in federal court against the US DOJ filed last week

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 29, 2017

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DXer:

Here is the link to the FOIA Complaint filed by Ken Dillon in federal court against the US DOJ filed last week.

http://foiaproject.org/dc_view/?id=3954341-DC-1-2017cv01716-complaint

Over the past two years, through numerous requests, letters, appeals, calls and emails, academic researcher Ken Dillon has exhausted all attempts to obtain the Notebook 4282 with the entries from the time of the first Fall 2001 anthrax mailing and the prior week.  The FBI’s “Ivins Theory”, you’ll recall, was premised on the claim that Ivins had no reason to be in the B3 laboratory.

The FBI should have returned a copy of all the Ivins notebooks to the USAMRIID — as the USAMRMC FOIA Officer Rogers long ago requested — for uploading in the USAMRMC’s excellent reading room which contains most of his numerous other notebooks.

I see a reference in the FBI’s “Vault” that the notebooks relating to the distribution of Ames strain were added as “a 1A to the FD-340 section of the file, serial 7825.”  The USAMRMC FOIA Officer explained to me last week that there also is a CD containing all the Ivins notebooks that were in the library that is still being withheld by the FBI.  For example, the FBI has not produced the 88 pages of Notebook 4010, the Notebook relating to the so-called (and inaptly named) “murder weapon” (which it imagines to be Flask 1029).

Lots of people have different theories of the difficult and complex Amerithrax whodunnit.  But Dr. Dillon’s efforts will serve to help get people “on the same page.”  I urge that everyone support this request that the FBI comply with the rule of law embodied by the FOIA.  Importantly, an additional item Dillon is seeking is the lengthy memorandum by lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert, who has publicly said that the FBI is withholding a staggering amount of evidence that is exculpatory of Bruce Ivins.  

As a start, though, given that the FBI, I believe, has already located Notebook 4282, all that is left for them to do is to shoot it over to USAMRIID so that USAMRMC FOIA Officer Sandra Rogers can process it under FOIA.  (USAMRIID, not the FBI, is the “originating agency” and so it is up to USAMRIID to process it like it did all the other of Ivins’ notebooks that eventually were returned by the FBI.)

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

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 18, 2016

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* Ali Al-Timimi’s has filed an October 25, 2016 Motion for Acquittal In District Court Under Recent Supreme Court Authority

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 18, 2016

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