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* Of the 10 Ivins notebooks seized by the FBI that USAMRIID has but is known not to have uploaded, is the one involving the former Zawahiri associate’s research with Ames in the B3 Notebook 4037?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 15, 2016

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Targeted assassination and mailed deadly letters were always a modus operandi, if not the signature, of Dr. Ayman Zawahiri’s supporters.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 6, 2015

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* CIA and FBI Knew Rauf Ahmad harvested “anthrax spore concentrate” for Al Qaeda for experiment on guinea pigs on “7-4-001” – handwriting on anthrax spore concentrate is same as handwriting of Rauf Ahmad in correspondence planning anthrax lab with Ayman Zawahiri

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 26, 2014

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* Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat’s former assistant indicted in Israel for holding biological weapons

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 5, 2014

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* Excerpt on Ayman Zawahiri from 2012 Georgetown thesis

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 26, 2012

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* Excerpt: FBI WFO [Washington Field Office] Report on Samples from an Overseas Site Identified by Intelligence: Were Zawahiri’s Plans To Decontaminate The Anthrax Lab Regularly With Insecticide Ineffective To Destroy Evidence of Ames?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 22, 2012

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* GAO: On Rauf’s Quest For Virulent Anthrax For Ayman Zawahiri, Was The Second Lab He Visited A BL-3 Lab at Porton Down? Was He Cleared To Go?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 21, 2012

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* USAMRIID reports it cannot locate records relating to work by foreign Egyptian national with virulent Ames alongside Dr. Ivins in the BL-3 suite; friends of the scientist were recruited by Dr. ZAWAHIRI who planned to attack US with anthrax.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 29, 2011

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* Fox News adds to the growing snowball: Doubts Persist About FBI’s Anthrax Investigation 10 Years Later Amid New Bio-Terror Concerns … Senator Susan Collins: the new head of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has the right background to wage a biological attack in the coming years.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 19, 2011

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Catherine Herridge writes for Fox News (10/18/11) …

  • Ten years after a mail-borne anthrax attack killed five in the worst bio-terror attack on U.S. soil, there are new questions about the strength of the FBI’s case against the only suspect, as a leading expert on bio-terror attacks warned that budget deficits are likely to hinder the nation’s ability to respond in the future.

Sen. Susan Collins, the Senate Homeland Security Committee ‘s

ranking Republican, said the new head of al QaedaAyman al-Zawahiri,

had the right background to wage a biological attack in the coming years.

  • Al-Zawahiri “has a medical background that raises concerns that he may have an even greater interest in pursuing chemical and biological terrorism,” Collins told the witnesses.
  • In 2008, Army scientist Bruce Ivins was identified by the FBI as the lead and only suspect in their investigation.
  • More recently, court filings have cast more doubt on the strength of the FBI’s case against Ivins, when it was shown his lab did not have the equipment needed to make the anthrax powder.
  • Nor was Ivins the only army scientist with access to the source of anthrax believed to be a flask at Fort Detrick in Maryland.
  • Rep. Rush Holt saw the FBI investigation up close because the letters were mailed from his New Jersey district.
  • In a recent opinion piece published in the Asbury Park Press, Holt said the bureau’s investigation did not inspire confidence …

“As FBI Director Robert Mueller ultimately acknowledged to me,

the case against Ivins was almost entirely circumstantial.

The FBI has said it does not have any direct, physical evidence

tying Ivins to the attack.” 

  • Rep. Holt wants a special committee to investigate whether the U.S. is better prepared to handle similar bio-attacks in the future and why the FBI seemed to pursue the wrong leads in the anthrax case for so long — including scientist Steven Hatfill, who earned a $5.8 million settlement because the feds publicly identified him as a person of interest.
  • National Correspondent Catherine Herridge’s bestselling book “The Next Wave: On the Hunt for al Qaeda’s American Recruits” was published by Crown on June 21st. It draws on her reporting for Fox News into al-Awlaki and his new generation of recruits – al Qaeda 2.0. It is the first book to fully investigate al-Awlaki, an American citizen, who was killed by a CIA-led operation in Yemenlast month.

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* Congress initiates probe into Awlaki pre-911 involvement in terrorist attacks; seeks documents relating to Ziyad Khaleel who bought the satellite phone – connected to both Anwar and Ayman

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 17, 2011

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