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

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* Washington Post editorial (10/21/11) calls for independent review of FBI investigation of Dr. Bruce Ivins in 2001 anthrax attacks … LMW: it is long past time to hold FBI Director Mueller accountable for the pathetically botched Amerithrax investigation

Posted by DXer on October 22, 2011

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it is long past time to hold FBI Director Mueller accountable for the pathetically botched FBI Amerithrax investigation and also for the withholding of documents in violation of FOIA

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a Washington Post editorial (10/21/11) …

  • BRUCE E. IVINS has been dead for three years, but questions still abound about whether he carried out the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and seriously sickened 17 others.
  • The FBI compiled what appeared to be an overwhelming case against the former microbiologist at Maryland’s Fort Detrick.
  • Mr. Ivins took his own life in 2008 just as the Justice Department was preparing to charge him.

serious questions about the accuracy of the FBI investigation

have been raised

  • This scientific evidence came under fire in February when the National Academy of Sciences, which was commissioned by the FBI to review the case, reported that the bureau had not performed enough tests or been precise enough to conclude definitively that Mr. Ivins was the lone culprit.
  • Now three independent scientists have teamed up to publish a paper in the Journal of Bioterrorism and Biodefense that points to other alleged failings in the FBI’s testing procedures.
  • Also this month, a joint investigation by PBS’s “Frontline” newsmagazine, the ProPublica online newsroom and McClatchy Newspapers raised additional questions about the accuracy of the FBI investigation.

the uncertainty is unacceptable … 

Congress should convene a panel

of independent law enforcement specialists and scientists

to pore over the evidence collected in the course of the FBI investigation —

including classified information that was withheld from the NAS panel.

read the entire editorial at … http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/new-questions-about-fbi-anthrax-inquiry-deserve-scrutiny/2011/10/21/gIQAdE4h4L_story.html

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* Washington Post editorial calls for Congressional commission to probe all evidence in the anthrax case

Posted by DXer on February 18, 2011

Dr. Bruce Ivins may be getting closer to a posthumous exoneration

from the Washington Post editorial (2-17-11) …

  • The Justice Department and the FBI identified Maryland scientist Bruce E. Ivins as having single-handedly carried out the attacks that killed five people and seriously sickened 17 others.
  • The department was on the verge of seeking an indictment in 2008 when Mr. Ivins took his own life.
  • Doubts lingered about Mr. Ivins’s guilt.
  • Now, a report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) raises new questions about whether Mr. Ivins was wrongly accused.
  • The lengthy report cites several instances in which the Justice Department appears to have overstated the strength of the scientific evidence against Mr. Ivins.
  • The report insinuates throughout that FBI failure to perform more tests or to be more precise could have erroneously eliminated other suspects or prematurely settled on Mr. Ivins as a suspect.
  • Congress should convene a nonpartisan commission staffed with individuals experienced in law enforcement to probe all of the evidence in the case, including that which the FBI claims shows Mr. Ivins had the opportunity and the wherewithal to carry out the 2001 attack.
  • The inquiry should explore why and how the Justice Department eliminated other scientists who had access to RMR-1029 as suspects, and it should examine the security protocols at repositories for biological weapons.
  • The exploration also should focus on the country’s preparedness to deal with such an attack in the future.

read the entire editorial at … http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/17/AR2011021706135.html

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LMW COMMENT …

Amazingly, we may just learn the truth that the FBI has been withholding all these years.

As I have repeatedly stated on this blog, the FBI’s publicly presented case against Dr. Ivins is clearly bogus: no evidence, no witnesses, an impossible timeline, science that proves innocence instead of guilt. So what really happened? And why doesn’t the FBI offer America a credible story?

As regular readers of this blog well know, 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.

* buy CASE CLOSED at amazon *

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Here’s the opening scene from Lew Weinstein’s novel CASE CLOSED …

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