Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 18, 2016
Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 21, 2016
EU Amends List of Terrorist Individuals, Organizations
Brussels-On 11 October 2016, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIS, al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities removed Yemeni national Nasir Abd al-Karim Abdullah al-Wahishi from the Sanctions List and enacted Malaysian Yazid Sufaat, also known as Joe, to the same list.
Sufaat was accused of being the founding member of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) who worked for al-Qaida’s biological weapons program, provided support to those involved in al-Qaida’s 11 Sep. 2001 attacks in the United States and was involved in JI bombing operations.
He was detained in Malaysia from 2001 till 2008 and was later arrested in 2013 and sentenced to 7 years in Jan. 2016 for failing to report information relating to terrorist acts.
Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 29, 2016
Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 14, 2016
Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 29, 2016
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 26, 2016
Re: Appeal No. DOJ-AP-2016-003776
FOIA Request No. 1327397-000
Office of Government Information Services:
I am an attorney representing Kenneth J. Dillon of Washington, D.C. in seeking your services in mediating with FBI and DOJ regarding his FOIA request for records on U.S. Army scientist Bruce Ivins in the anthrax mailings case. Dr. Dillon is a retired academic historian and retired foreign service officer. He requested records from September and October, 2001 regarding Ivins—specifically, unreleased emails, laboratory notebooks, paper and computer files, information about meetings, and telephone and credit card records, building entry and exit records, and records on Ivins’s animal experiments. The purpose was to show his activities and whereabouts, a crucial kind of alibi evidence.
The anthrax mailings case was the largest criminal investigation in FBI’s history. After Ivins committed suicide in 2008, FBI claimed that he had mailed the anthrax letters. But it only selectively released documents, and there was no trial. According to former chief investigator Richard Lambert, FBI has not released a “staggering amount of exculpatory evidence” (New York Times, April 8, 2015). There are good reasons to believe that the mailings were in fact an al Qaeda attack.
Attached are Dr. Dillon’s original request of April 18, 2015; his appeal to DOJ of June 19, 2016; DOJ’s November 24, 2015 remand of his request to FBI for a search for responsive records; his appeal to DOJ of June 6, 2016; and DOJ’s denial of August 23, 2016.
Among the documents requested is Ivins’s laboratory notebook #4282, which includes the days September 14-18, 2001 when Ivins was purportedly preparing and mailing the first anthrax letters. In spite of my request and Dr. Dillon’s request, FBI has never released this notebook.
Ross E. Getman
Member of DC and New York Bars
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 25, 2016
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 24, 2016
Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 22, 2016
Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 16, 2016
“This case was hailed at the time as the most important case in the history of the F.B.I.,” Mr. Lambert said. “But it was difficult for me to get experienced investigators assigned to it.”
He said that the effort was understaffed and plagued by turnover, and that 12 of 20 agents assigned to the case had no prior investigative experience. Senior bureau microbiologists were not made available, and two Ph.D. microbiologists who were put on the case were then removed for an 18-month Arabic language program in Israel. Fear of leaks led top officials to order the extreme compartmentalization of information, with investigators often unable to compare notes and share findings with colleagues, he said.
Source: Former F.B.I. Agent Sues, Claiming Retaliation Over Misgivings in Anthrax Case
By SCOTT SHANE … APRIL 8, 2015