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

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* a new email withheld for 2 years shows that Ivins recognized that some of his Ames was missing

Posted by DXer on May 25, 2010

The FBI’s case against Dr. Ivins is clearly bogus: no evidence, no witnesses, an impossible timeline. The real question is why the FBI persists in sticking to such a pathetic story. What are they hiding? I offer one “fictional” scenario in my novel CASE CLOSED, judged by many readers, including a highly respected official in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as “quite plausible.”

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* from DXer … the DOJ should disclose the 2004 article provided by Dr. Bruce Ivins to the FBI regarding silica and Bacillus spore suspensions

Posted by DXer on March 11, 2010

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The New York Times says the FBI’s anthrax case has “too many loose ends.” Find out where some of those looses ends might have originated in my novel CASE CLOSED. Sure it’s fiction, but many readers, including a highly respected member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, think my premise is actually “quite plausible.”

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* SBI, FBI … the temptation to hide information and to convict innocent people too often seems to be overwhelming … a recent NC case is not unrelated to the FBI’s fervent desire to hide information about its investigation of the 2001 anthrax case

Posted by DXer on October 2, 2009

CASE CLOSEDCASE CLOSED is a novel which answers the question “Why did the FBI fail to solve the 2001 anthrax case?” … click here to … buy CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein

Here’s what readers say about CASE CLOSED  …

“Lew Weinstein is a meticulous researcher and a determined storyteller. CASE CLOSED  will keep you up at night — reading, then worrying.”

“This scary scenario is as close to truth as fiction can come.”

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this recent NC case is not unrelated to the FBI’s fervent desire to hide information about its investigation of the 2001 anthrax case

Joseph Neff writes for NewsObserver.com (10/2/09) …

  • The (North Carolina) State Bureau of Investigation has agreed to a $3.9 million settlement with former death row inmate Alan Gell to end his lawsuit accusing the SBI of fabricating evidence and obstructing justice, according to documents made public Thursday. The state also spent $731,062.40 to defend the lawsuit.
  • The settlement was made on behalf of SBI special agent Dwight Ransome. He was the lead investigator into the 1995 killing of Allen Ray Jenkins, a retired truck driver in Aulander, about 120 miles east of Raleigh.
  • According to a case summary by the agent’s own lawyer, Ransome had decided that Gell was guilty early on, despite having statements from 17 independent witnesses who saw Jenkins alive after Gell was jailed on unrelated charges.
  • Ransome recommended Gell be charged with murder while failing to inform the prosecutor of a host of evidence favorable to Gell: taped telephone calls, a failed polygraph test and the 17 witness statements.
  • SBI Director Robin Pendergraft said Thursday that Ransome has been transferred to an administrative job in Raleigh and will not conduct any more investigations. His salary, $72,849, is unchanged.
  • Gell spent four of his nine years behind bars on death row.
  • The prosecutors were dismissed from the case because they enjoy absolute immunity from prosecution or lawsuits stemming from their official actions.

read the entire story at … http://www.newsobserver.com/news/crime_safety/story/122030.html

LMW COMMENT …

As I have said before (and written a novel about), police and prosecutorial abuse is a national disgrace and a plague on our criminal justice system.

Withholding information that is relevant to the defense is against the law, but those who do so are rarely punished. In this North Carolina case, the police officer who lied in court and sent an innocent man to death row, still has his job and salary, and the prosecutors (did they know? were they in collusion with the officer?) were, as almost always, excused from the case.

You will recall that a federal judge recently awarded $101.7 million in a Boston case because the FBI withheld evidence in violation of the law, thus knowingly convicting innocent men who spent decades in prison…

see related posts …

* the FBI is found to have withheld evidence in a Boston case … it happens a lot in America … is it happening in the FBI case against Dr. Bruce Ivins?

* more details about the FBI hiding evidence to convict the innocent in Boston case … who is safe when those responsible for upholding the law can break it to gain a conviction?

Is the NC case of withheld information related to the FBI’s anthrax investigation?

Not directly, of course, but it is not hard to see the pattern …

When the same FBI found to have illegally withheld information in the above cited Boston case uses every possible strategy to avoid turning over information related to its 2001 anthrax case investigation …

  • accusing a dead man (Dr. Ivins) and thus never having to present its case in court under oath
  • hounding another USAMRIID scientist (Dr. Hatfil) for years and then paying $5.8 million to avoid going to court to defend their actions
  • still not closing the case against Dr. Ivins 13 months after stating in August 2008 that Dr. Ivins was the sole perpetrator, and more than two months after repeating that the closing of the case was imminent, thus avoiding FOIA requests for documents that should now be part of the public record
  • agreeing with NAS not to turn over documents until the conclusion of the NAS study, in apparent violation of FOIA regulations
  • limiting the scope of the NAS study in ways that seem to hinder an effort to learn the truth as to whether or not the FBI’s science points to Dr. Ivins or merely to the scores of scientists who had access to flask RMR-1029
  • refusing to make public the contract between the NAS and the FBI so that the restrictions of NAS in that contract could be clearly known
  • failing (for almost two years now) to answer direct questions about the anthrax case posed by U.S. Congressmen and Senators

… then there is a loss of confidence in the FBI’s willingness to stay within the law and behave according to the rules of our justice system.

This inability to have faith in the FBI is, in my judgment, a major national issue.

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A reader comment about A Good Conviction

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* the FBI is found to have withheld evidence in a Boston case … it happens a lot in America … is it happening in the FBI case against Dr. Bruce Ivins?

Posted by DXer on August 28, 2009

CASE CLOSEDCASE CLOSED is a novel which answers the question “Why did the FBI fail to solve the 2001 anthrax case?” … click here to … buy CASE CLOSED by Lew Weinstein

Here’s what readers say about CASE CLOSED  …

“CASE CLOSED takes headline events and weaves a credible scenario around the anthrax scare and government departments working under the radar.”

“As the facts develop, and the characters weigh in, CASE CLOSED becomes an engaging and thought provoking ride that you will want to stay on until you know the truth.”

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the FBI is found to have withheld evidence in a Boston case

… it happens a lot in America

… is it happening in the FBI case against Dr. Bruce Ivins?

There has been a lot of discussion on this blog recently about whether the FBI had a case against Dr. Bruce Ivins. Some participants seem to think that just because the FBI says it has a case, it actually does. Anyone who accepts that premise is obviously not familiar with the substantial record of not guilty verdicts and false convictions caused by prosecutor or police abuse.

The novel I wrote before CASE CLOSED, titled A GOOD CONVICTION, deals with the case of a young man in Sing Sing prison, convicted of a murder by a NYC prosecutor who knew he didn’t commit the crime and withheld evidence from the defense that would have proven his innocence.

What I wrote in A GOOD CONVICTION was fiction, but unfortunately, it happens for real every day in America.

And until the FBI comes clean in the anthrax case, the suspicion must remain high that this is exactly what is happening in the FBI’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins.

Here’s a case in point (By AP writer Rodrique Ngowi) …

  • BOSTON, Aug 27, 2009—A federal appeals court has upheld a $101.7 million judgment against the government for withholding evidence that could have cleared four men men who spent decades in prison, including two who died there for a murder they didn’t commit. The Justice Department had appealed the 2007 award by a federal judge who found Boston FBI agents protecting informants withheld evidence they knew could prove the men were not involved in a 1965 killing. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday acknowledged the award was high, but said it was appropriate for the harm suffered. Joseph Salvati and Peter Limone were freed in 2001 after three decades in prison. Henry Tameleo and Louis Greco died in prison. A Justice Department spokesman declined immediate comment.

False convictions due to prosecutor/police/FBI misconduct happen all the time. Multi-million dollar awards like this are very rare, although more now than before.

What almost never happens is criminal prosecution of the prosecutors/police officers/FBI agents who knowingly and purposely break the law to get a conviction. If that happened more often, it would discourage such illegal behavior and go a long way toward improving our justice system.

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A Good Conviction is a novel, written by Lew Weinstein, about a young man convicted of murder by a NYC prosecutor A GOOD CONVICTIONwho knew he was innocent.

A reader comment about A Good Conviction

This gripping story demonstrates how one’s life can take a 180 degree turn in a moment. Weinstein is a great story teller and this is a very well crafted story.”

click here to … * buy A GOOD CONVICTION by Lew Weinstein

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