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

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* DXer … the priority now is to turn to the documentary evidence available on the disputed issues

Posted by DXer on May 30, 2011

see also …

* DXer on David Willman’s “The Mirage Man”


… we invite Mr. Willman to re-think some of his conclusions

based on dramatic information

which was not available to him when he wrote “The Mirage Man.”


Excerpts from DXer’s recent comment 

see the entire comment at …


The priority now  is to turn to the documentary evidence available

on the disputed issues

  • It turns out that Gregory Saathoff, author and initiator of the psychiatrist report, was intimately involved in planning how the FBI interrogated Dr. Ivins throughout the Spring of 2008
    • Dr. Saathoff was definitely a stakeholder and not independent.  He was an active part of the investigation of Dr. Ivins.   He was the FBI’s expert.

I don’t see any evidence that Dr. Ivins was involved

in the anthrax mailings,

although I see lots of fascinating potential leads

in the documentary evidence.

  • All I see is a theory that has strong parallels to a Hatfill Theory accompanied by dramatic withholding of documents and mischaracterization or misunderstanding of the documents.
  • Respectfully, Special Agent Lawrence Alexander and his colleagues should ask that the DOJ FOIA office produce the nonsealed documents in the Stevens litigation.
  • Lawrence Alexander and AUSA Rachel Lieber should have DOJ produce the September 17, 2001 email from Bruce Ivins to Mara Linscott dated September 17, 2001.  Rachel claimed it had been written from Dr. Ivins work computer.  But USAMRC FOIA people emphatically dispute that after careful double-checking.

Let’s produce all of Dr. Ivins lab notebooks from the period

and develop the timeline.

  • I see an awful lot of disclosure about whether Dr. Ivins blindfolded Teddy Bears when he was 6 but so far have overlooked any disclosure that the FBI falsely told Dr. Ivins that Dr. Heine had fingered him.
    • They had told him that they were going to call his vulnerable daughter before the grand jury.
    • They insisted to Amanda that Dr. Ivins was a murderer.
    • Dr. Ivins fiercely loved his daughter and son and was very protective of Amanda given her previous suicide attempt.
  • I see an awful lot of effort to claim that Dr. Ivins made a dried powder on those specific dates — and at the same time AUSA Rachel Lieber  refused my written request to produce the lab notebook pages written on those nights.

Key lab notebook pages are still being withheld

and the GAO needs to probe

who is responsible for any continued withholding.

  •  The FBI took the only copy from USAMRIID and so USAMRIID cannot produce them.
  • The DOJ investigators and prosecutors should back full production under FOIA of Dr. Ivins lab notebooks for the relevant period — 1998 – 2001, as well as production of a copy of the 9/17/2001 email to Mara Linscott.

so certain ... and so wrong


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* a challenge to reporters covering the FBI’s anthrax investigation … it’s time for you to investigate !!!

Posted by DXer on April 12, 2011

reporters need to learn what the FBI hasn't told


DXer writes in a recent comment …

We need actual investigative reporting and not merely a retread of what we know.  That requires document discovery through FOIA and interview of people like Patricia Fellows, Mara Linscott, Terry Abshire and Joany Jackman about the DARPA research in which they all participated.  Holes pointed out by genetics experts are meaningless when the genetics only narrowed things to an estimated “up to 377” between Building 1412 and Building 1425 in the first place.

For example, perhaps USAMRIID has the documents relating to the necropsies conducted on the mice in late September 2001 and the rabbits in early October 2001.  It boggles my mind that no reporter has even bothered to obtain the 302 interview statements of the family members or the September 17, 2001 email to Mara Linscott (so as to be able to see the time it was sent). I realize these journalists are overworked (and handle a wide range of important matters) but it only takes minutes to submit a FOIA request.

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* from DXer … documents related to interactions between Dr. Bruce Ivins and University of Michigan researchers

Posted by DXer on March 1, 2010


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from DXer …

documents related to interactions

between Dr. Bruce Ivins

and University of Michigan researchers


… see documents below …

from DXer …

  • Records recently provided by the US DOJ suggest that Dr. Ivins did not know that one of the two researchers coming was not a US-citizen.
    • Tarek Hamouda, the head of a DARPA project, was from Cairo, Egypt and had a green card.
    • Permission was granted after his arrival to work with Bruce Ivins in the B3 laboratory.
  • The researcher, Tarek Hamouda, and his co-inventor,  James Baker, were working on a decontamination agent that later was tested at the US Capitol clean-up and pitched to postal workers as a hand cream.
    • Lab tech Michael Hayes accompanied Dr. Hamouda to do the work with Dr. Ivins in May 1998.
    • The Ann Arbor researchers thanked Bruce Ivins for supplying them the Ames and also thanked Patricia Fellows, Mara Linscott, and Arthur Friedlander for technical assistance.
  • DXer has reported that a lifelong childhood of Dr. Hamouda, “Tawfiq” Hamid, has published on his experience of being recruited into the Egyptian Islamic Jihad by Ayman Zawahiri in a room set aside for that purpose at the Cairo Medical School.
    • Dr. Hamid consults with the Intelligence Community.
    • The recruitment occurred while he and Dr. Hamouda were both attending Medical school.  Dr. Hamouda graduated in December 1982 and then got his PhD from Cairo Medical in 1994.  By 1997 he was in Ann Arbor  and head of the DARPA project.
  • Before 911, Dr. Hamid called his friend Dr. Hamouda to ask about patents and Dr. Hamouda reportedly said it was all in the marketing.
  • DXer reports that Dr. Hamid told him that Dr. Hamouda would visit Cairo from Khartoum and they would go to the comic store together with Dr. Hamid’s brother, a St. Louis MD.
  • DXer asks:
    • Why wasn’t Dr. Ivins told that he was being asked to supply virulent Ames to a non-citizen?
    • Why are the nearly 20 pages concerning that research not provided until 2005?
    • Why is it Dr. Ivins’ fault that a non-citizen was sprung on him without notice?

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