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* Paul Gordon reacts to Paul Kemp’s speech … if the FBI could do this to Dr. Bruce Ivins, they can do it to any of us

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 9, 2011

has the FBI told the whole truth about their case against Dr. Ivins?

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Paul Gordon writes for gazette.net (6/8/11) …

  • Paul Kemp, Ivins’ attorney, claimed the evidence the FBI relied on to impugn the Fort Detrick researcher at USAMRIID “their smoking gun” is nothing more than “smoke and mirrors.”
  • This member of Frederick Rotary Club listened to the attorney’s story on June 1, and had a sick feeling … 

any one of us could face the same intrusion

into our family and personal affairs.

We could be accused on the basis of inconclusive facts

and be hounded publicly and so badly

that we become emotionally crushed.

  • Kemp believes had Ivins gone to trial, he would not have been convicted.

read the entire article at … http://www.gazette.net/article/20110609/OPINION/706099792/1033/a-treasure-trove-of-information-about-amerithrax&template=gazette

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LMW COMMENT … 

For me, the important part of this speaking event by Dr. Ivins’ attorney Paul Kemp was the reaction of former Frederick, Maryland Mayor Paul Gordon, who was in the audience.

  • The FBI hounded Dr. Bruce Ivins, but only after he had committed suicide did the FBI assert, in their August 8, 2008 press conference, that Ivins was the sole perpetrator.
  • The FBI’s “case” against Ivins is incredibly weak: no physical evidence, no witnesses, an impossible timeline (to get to Princeton to mail the letters), and science that so far surely proves nothing.
  • Since their August 2008 announcement, the FBI has withheld information doggedly. But as pieces of information dribble out, such as the recently released lab notebook pages, the FBI case gets even weaker.

It is embarrrassing as a nation to see this happen, and it is easy to understand Paul Gordon’s reaction as he squirmed in the audience, realizing that if the FBI could do this to Dr. Ivins, they could do it to any of us.

Somebody, we are hoping the GAO in their currently ongoing review of the FBI investigation, needs to make the FBI stand up and admit they blew it. Only then can the investigation be re-opened with the chance that the real perpetrators will be identified. Meanwhile, whoever they are, they are still out there, perhaps planning another attack.

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* Attorney Paul Kemp: the FBI investigation revealed no evidence against Ivins because he was not guilty

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 3, 2011

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Dr. John Ezzell, Lew Weinstein, Ross Getman, Dr. Meryl Nass, Dr. Ivins’ Attorney Paul Kemp and Dr. James Van de Velde at the November 29 anthrax seminar sponsored by the University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation and the UC Washington Center

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Katherine Heerbrandt writes for Gazette.net (6/2/11) …

  • Frederick attorney Paul Kemp believes he failed his former client, suspected anthrax killer Bruce Ivins, by not inspiring him to have more faith in the justice system.
  • Kemp identified holes in the FBI’s evidence against Ivins.
    • Despite nine search warrants that included his house, car and any vehicle he drove, the FBI obtained no solid evidence of Ivins’ complicity in the anthrax murders, Kemp said.
    • Nor could the FBI prove that Ivins was anywhere near Princeton, N.J., the source of the mailings, during the time in question.

“The investigation revealed no evidence against Ivins

because he was not guilty,” Kemp said. 

  • A May 19 article in the Miami Herald accuses the FBI of not pursuing other leads that could have led investigators to different conclusions, including the chemical makeup of the aerosolized anthrax in the FBI’s own laboratory reports.
  • In February, a panel of independent scientists questioned the veracity of the science used to name Ivins the killer.
  • Congressman Holt has called for a congressional commission to investigate the anthrax attacks, but that has been tabled for now because the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is in the process of reviewing the FBI case and plans to have a report out in the fall.

Kemp is convinced that the government

could not have convicted Ivins

on the evidence it had at the time of his death.

read the entire article at … http://www.gazette.net/stories/06022011/frednew164248_32546.php

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* the Nov 29 anthrax letters seminar

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 5, 2010

Dr. John Ezzell, Lew Weinstein, Ross Getman, Dr. Meryl Nass, Paul Kemp and Dr. James Van de Velde at the November 29 anthrax seminar sponsored by the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the UC Washington Center

LMW COMMENT …

Kudos to the Frederick News Post and to Megan Eckstein, the only media which still seems interested in this case.

Why does the FBI continue to hold back on crucial details about this case while continuing to assert without “proof beyond many reasonable doubts” that Dr. Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks?

I can imagine only 3 possible “actual” scenarios …

  1. The FBI has more evidence against Dr. Ivins but is, for some undisclosed reason, withholding that evidence … POSSIBLE BUT NOT SO LIKELY
  2. The FBI, despite the most expensive and extensive investigation in its history, has not solved the case and has no idea who prepared and mailed the anthrax letters that killed 5 Americans in 2001 … EVEN LESS LIKELY
  3. The FBI knows who did it (not Dr. Ivins) but is covering up the actual perpetrators, for undisclosed reasons … THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO

The “fictional” scenario in my novel CASE CLOSED has been judged by many readers, including a highly respected official in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as perhaps more plausible than the FBI’s unproven assertions regarding Dr. Ivins.

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* Anonymous Scientist summarizes the FBI’s case against Dr. Bruce Ivins … if it wasn’t so serious, it would be laughable

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 10, 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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* Questions arising from a reading of the Summary of the FBI Investigation of Dr. Bruce E. Ivins

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Anonymous Scientist offers this summary …

It has been two weeks since the FBI announced the official closing of Amerithrax, its 8+ year investigation  into the 2001 Anthrax Atttacks – eighteen months after the “suicide” of their prime suspect.

  • Even the FBI’s head office wasn’t particularly proud of its anthrax detectives. It released the report suddenly with no fanfare, no press opportunities in the deadest of news dead zones–Friday afternoon at 4, the same day as Tiger Wood’s mea culpa. It was no contest.
  • The media spent one breathless day on it and then it was over, we had closure. The biggest FBI investigation in history ended with a whimper and it wasn’t even on the mop-up segments of cable news debating parlors. The only real traction the story  got was in the low precincts where Ivins’ off-hour  interests in bondage, blind-folded women and sororities titillated.

While mainstream reaction was muted, a hearty band of skeptics came out swinging: They say the case against Dr. Ivins, which never has to be proven in court, screams reasonable doubt.

  • There is no incriminating physical evidence.
  • Ivins had even passed his polygraph.
  • Narrative inconsistencies.
  • Hearsay quotes.
  • Scientific implausibility.
  • Selective prosecution based on circumstantial evidence requiring an X-Files like leap of faith into  Mulder and Scully-land.

Paul Kemp,  Ivins’  former lawyer, thundered:”There’s absolutely no evidence he did anything…”

Rep. Rush D. Holt, a Democrat from central New Jersey, grumbled: “This has been a closed-minded, closed process from the beginning. Arbitrarily closing the case on a Friday afternoon should not mean the end of this investigation… The evidence the FBI produced would not, I think, stand up in court. But because their prime suspect is dead, and they’re not going to court; they seem satisfied with barely a circumstantial case. The National Academies of Science review of the FBI’s scientific methods in this case won’t be released until summer, but the FBI doesn’t seem to care.”

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D–NY) echoed Holt’s skepticism and called for a probe of the FBI’s casework.

Sen. Leahy

But the cagey Sen. Patrick Leahy, one of the targets of the attacks and a critic of the FBI’s performance, held his fire. The Senator who’s told FBI Director Mueller directly that there was conspiracy and cover-up at the core of the anthrax murders  had no comment and refused interviews on the topic. What’s up with that?

The best detailed blog-response came from Dr. Merryl Nass, named in the report as an activist critic who drove  Ivins nuts while he was working on a controversial anthrax vaccine for the Army with the private company BioPort.

Forensically, the FBI was taken to task for sidestepping the crucial issue of ‘weaponization” of the attack powder, ignoring Army data and the FBI’s own admission of high levels of the additive silicon—a story we broke on this blog last July.

This failure to grapple with the hard science was picked up by Richard Bernstein in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune which followed veteran investigative reporter and author Edward Jay Epstein’s much discussed piece in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks prior to the closing of the case.

Bottom line, the FBI report did nothing to mollify leading mainstream opinion recently outlined by Salon’s Glenn Greenwald:

“The case against Ivins is so riddled with logical and evidentiary holes that it has generated extreme doubts not merely from typical government skeptics but from the most mainstream establishment-revering, and ideologically disparate sources. ”

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AP … Congressman Holt, Ivins’ attorney Kemp comment on FBI’s closing of the 2001 anthrax case … they’re not happy!

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 20, 2010

NOT PROVEN GUILTY

Dr. Bruce Ivins

DEVLIN BARRETT and PETE YOST, Associated Press Writers …

To the FBI’s critics, the mountain of new documents could not paper over what they say are glaring holes in the case.

  • “The evidence the FBI produced would not, I think, stand up in court,” said Rep. Rush Holt, a Democrat whose New Jersey district includes the Princeton mailbox used in the attacks. “But because their prime suspect is dead and they’re not going to court, they seem satisfied with barely a circumstantial case.”
  • Ivins’ lawyer, Paul Kemp, said he saw nothing new in the findings. “All they have confirmed is that they suspected him belatedly after finding out he had psychological problems,” he said. “Sadly, they substitute that for proof.”

Read the entire article at …

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100220/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_anthrax_investigation

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