Skip to comments.FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks
Posted on 02/19/2010 12:11:46 PM PST by Vidocq
The FBI has concluded that a former Army researcher was solely responsible for the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, ending a nearly nine-year investigation, NPR has learned from sources familiar with the case.
Officials planned to release new evidence Friday proving that Dr. Bruce Ivins, 62, mailed poison-laced letters to a handful of politicians and newspaper outlets a finding the bureau advanced during its preliminary investigation more than a year ago.
Five people died and 17 were sickened by the attacks. Government investigators were still several major legal steps away from indicting Ivins when he killed himself in 2008.
The case has been controversial because the FBI initially believed a different Army researcher, Steven Hatfill, was behind the attacks. Hatfill eventually cleared his name and won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the government for wrongly accusing him.
By formally closing the case, the bureau is no longer bound by grand jury secrecy requirements and is free to release new details and new evidence in the case. The FBI has already briefed the anthrax victims who survived the attack as well as the families of the five people who died after opening envelopes filled with anthrax spores.
In 2008, during the preliminary investigation, the FBI revealed that Ivins had logged long hours alone in his lab at the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. Investigators said Ivins used that time to process the anthrax for mailing. They also said Ivins tried to throw them off his trail by providing false leads specifically mentioning other people they should investigate and switching a batch of anthrax they had asked to examine, among other things.
The case took a bizarre turn in that summer as the FBI closed in on Ivins. In a bid to get the Army researcher to confess, investigators had been speaking with his lawyer and even showed Ivins some of the evidence they had gathered against him. Ivins took an overdose of Tylenol and died on July 29, 2008.
His suicide sent conspiracy theorists into overdrive. They pointed to the fact that the FBI had been convinced that Hatfill was their man before turning their sights on Ivins. What's more, some of the letters had been sent from New Jersey, and investigators couldn't place Ivins there.
People familiar with the case told NPR that the evidence to be released today will answer critics and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Ivins was behind the attacks and acted alone
Dr. Bruce Ivins, seen in this 2003 photo, committed suicide in July 2008 as investigators closed in.
“””””””Ivins took an overdose of Tylenol and died on July 29, 2008. “”””””””....if you say so.
What does it do ... shut down your liver??
That can't be pretty or quick ... doesn't seem to me to be a way to go ... especially for someone with a background in chemistry and biology
The weaponized material was coated with a silica derivative. No traces of such a material were ever recovered from any glassware used by Ivins. I trust they did get there man but I know a man close to the case that suggests Ivins was not the perp.
Depends on if it was laced with potassium cyanide like back in ‘82. There have been other recalls of it the last two years. Seems awfully convenient for the FBI.
The link says “doses of 4000 mg daily can be toxic.” How much does one tablet contain?
Yes folks - The dead man did it... and he acted alone.
I thought that went out with Oswald.
I mean, those first anthrax cases turned up days after 9-11 and ten miles from where Atta et. al. were staying. An American not in on 9-11 would not even be able to time something out like that.
There are only four nations which ever had weapon anthrax programs i.e. the US, England, Russia, and Iraq. Is it really that hard to figure out which of the four gave that **** to those lunatics? I mean, Atta and two or three of his homeys walk up to US, British, or even Russian authorities and ask for weapon anthrax, what do you think' s gonna happen to them?? I mean, think really hard...
That's before you even get to the Czechs having photos of Atta meeting with Hussein's top spy in Prague months prior to 9-11. Moreover, the Czech government has stuck with its story.
Is It Safe - Now?
No silica weaponizing equipment in the "perp's" reach.
We're the FBI. Richard Jewel. Stephen Hatfill.
How bout that Waco/OKCBomb thing.
We got Ted Kaczynski after seventeen years when his brother gave him up.
Colleen Rowley knows the real FBI.
As does Debbie Schlussel: FBI-Grown Terrorists: The Feds Chosen Islamic Extremists
Anybody involved in mailing those later letters was complicit in 9-11. Again, without being in on 9-11 nobody could have gotten such a thing together that quickly.
[Tylenol? This guy was a chemist?]
Lol, my son’s a Chemist - he’d probably laugh.
FBI had to ‘pick’ a perp after they were wrong on the first ‘pick’ and somebody probably OD’ed him for convenience.
I don’t trust any of them anymore.......sadly.
9 years? Gee I wish they’d slow down and take their time on these things. They always plow thru so fast. /s
Gee: another Friday news dump, another public burial....
You would have to consume in excess of 7000mg and even then it would make you sick for days and maybe shut down your kidneys and liver
and that's a maybe
I don't see a chemist taking this way out
Strange long and convoluted site there.
So, who did do it?
Middle Eastern students stole a sample from ISU in 1990.
With the capture of numerous Taliban leaders, someone will spill the beans and maybe soon.
I have a family member who did it. It’s ugly.
>So, who did do it?
From what I’ve read it as a guy who posted here calling himself “The Great Satan”.
Lost interest huh?
It ain’t over.
There is a LOT of very damning evidence in it - more than enough to convince almost any jury. And, contrary to what some people seem to believe, circumstantial evidence IS valid and usable in court. In fact, most cases that go to trial depend entirely on circumstantial evidence. If there are movies of the crime being committed, or if there's a confession, there usually is no need for a trial. Plea bargaining eliminates the need.
Ivins' lawyer may think there isn't enough evidence to convict, but that's his job. Rush Holt may want more, but he's a politician who evidently sees some political reason to question the FBI's findings.
I hope that Holt gets his commission to investigate the investigation. It can only make the solid evidence against Dr. Ivins more clear to the world.
Anthrax Vaccine — posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.
Does the FBI stand for the Federal Bureau of Invention?
Friday, February 19, 2010
FBI: CASE CLOSED (and Ivins did it)
But FBI’s report was released on Friday afternoon... which means the FBI anticipated doubt and ridicule. And the National Academy of Science (NAS) is several months away from issuing its report on the microbial forensics, suggesting a) asking NAS to investigate the FBI’s science was just a charade to placate Congress, and/or b) NAS’ investigation might be uncovering things the FBI would prefer to bury, so FBI decided to preempt the NAS panel’s report.
Here are today’s reports from the Justice Department, AP, Washington Post and NY Times. The WaPo article ends,
The FBI’s handling of the investigation has been criticized by Ivins’s colleagues and by independent analysts who have pointed out multiple gaps, including a lack of hair, fiber other physical evidence directly linking Ivins to the anthrax letters. But despite long delays and false leads, Justice officials Friday expressed satisfaction with the outcome.
The evidence “established that Dr. Ivins, alone, mailed the anthrax letters,” the Justice summary stated.
Actually, the 96 page FBI report is predicated on the assumption that the anthrax letters attack was carried out by a “lone nut.” The FBI report fails to entertain the possibility that the letters attack could have involved more than one actor. The FBI admits that about 400 people may have had access to Ivins’ RMR-1029 anthrax preparation, but asserts all were “ruled out” as lone perpetrators. FBI never tried to rule any out as part of a conspiracy, however.
That is only the first of many holes in FBI’s case. Here is a sampling of some more.
The report assumes Ivins manufactured, purified and dried the spore prep in the anthrax hot room at US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). His colleagues say the equipment available was insufficient to do so on the scale required.
But even more important, the letter spores contained a Bacillus subtilis contaminant, and silicon to enhance dispersal. FBI has never found the Bacillus subtilis strain at USAMRIID, and it has never acknowledged finding silicon there, either. If the letters anthrax was made at USAMRIID, at least small amounts of both would be there.
Drs. Perry Mikesell, Ayaad Assaad and Stephen Hatfill were 3 earlier suspects. All had circumstantial evidence linking them to the case. In Hatfill’s case, especially, are hints he could have been “set up.” Greendale, the return address on the letters, was a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe where Hatfill attended medical school. Hatfill wrote an unpublished book about a biowarfare attack that bears some resemblance to the anthrax case. So the fact that abundant circumstantial evidence links Ivins to the case might be a reflection that he too was “set up” as a potential suspect, before the letters were sent.
FBI fails to provide any discussion of why no autopsy was performed, nor why, with Ivins under 24/7 surveillance from the house next door, with even his garbage being combed through, the FBI failed to notice that he overdosed and went into a coma. Nor is there any discussion of why the FBI didn’t immediately identify tylenol as the overdose substance, and notify the hospital, so that a well-known antidote for tylenol toxicity could be given (N-acetyl cysteine, or alternatively glutathione). These omissions support the suggestion that Ivins’ suicide was a convenience for the FBI. It enabled them to conclude the anthrax case, in the absence of evidence that would satisfy the courts.
The FBI’s alleged motive is bogus. In 2001, Bioport’s anthrax vaccine could not be (legally) relicensed due to potency failures, and its impending demise provided room for Ivins’ newer anthrax vaccines to fill the gap. Ivins had nothing to do with developing Bioport’s vaccine, although in addition to his duties working on newer vaccines, he was charged with assisting Bioport to get through licensure.
FBI’s report claims, “Those who worked for him knew that Nass was one of those topics to avoid discussing around Dr. Ivins” (page 41). The truth is we had friendly meetings at the Annapolis, Maryland international anthrax conference in June 2001, and several phone conversations after that. Bruce occasionally assisted me in my study of the safety and efficacy of Bioport’s licensed anthrax vaccine, giving me advice and papers he and others had written. I wonder if I was mentioned negatively to discourage Ivins’ other friends and associates from communicating with me, since they have been prohibited from speaking freely? Clever.
The FBI’s Summary states that “only a limited number of individuals ever had access to this specific spore preparation” and that the flask was under Ivins’ sole and exclusive control. Yet the body of the report acknowledges hundreds of people who had access to the spores, and questions remain about the location of the spore prep during the period in question. FBI wordsmiths around this, claiming that no one at USAMRIID “legitimately” used spores from RMR1029 without the “authorization and knowledge” of Bruce Ivins. Of course, stealing spores to terrorize and kill is not a legitimate activity.
FBI says that only a small number of labs had Ames anthrax, including only 3 foreign labs. Yet a quick Pub Med search of papers published between 1999 and 2004 revealed Ames anthrax was studied in at least Italy, France, the UK, Israel and South Korea as well as the US. By failing to identify all labs with access to Ames, the FBI managed to exclude potential domestic and foreign perpetrators.
FBI claims that “drying anthrax is expressly forbidden by various treaties,” therefore it would have to be performed clandestinely. Actually, the US government sponsored several programs that dried anthrax spores. Drying spores is not explicitly prohibited by the Biological Weapons Convention, though many would like it to be.
The FBI report claims the anthrax letters envelopes were sold in Frederick, Md. Later it admits that millions of indistinguishable envelopes were made, with sales in Maryland and Virginia.
FBI emphasizes Ivins’ access to a photocopy machine, but fails to mention it was not the machine from which the notes that accompanied the spores were printed.
FBI claims Ivins was able to make a spore prep of equivalent purity as the letter spores. However, Ivins had clumping in his spores, while the spores in the Daschle/Leahy letters had no clumps. Whether Ivins could make a pure dried prep is unknown, but there is no evidence he had ever done so.
FBI asserts that Bioport and USAMRIID were nearly out of anthrax vaccine, to the point researchers might not have enough to vaccinate themselves. FBI further asserts this would end all anthrax research, derailing Ivins’ career. In fact, USAMRIID has developed many dozens of vaccines (including those for anthrax) that were never licensed, but have been used by researchers to vaccinate themselves. There would be no vaccine shortage for researchers.
Ivins certainly had mental problems. But that does not explain why the FBI accompanied Ivins’ therapist, Ms. Duley (herself under charges for multiple DUIs) and assisted her to apply for a peace order against him. Nor does it explain why Duley then went into hiding, never to be heard from again.
FBI obtained a voluntary collection of anthrax samples. Is that the way to conduct a multiple murder investigation: ask the scientists to supply you with the evidence to convict them? There is no report that spores were seized from anyone but Ivins, about 6 years after the attacks. This is a huge hole in the FBI’s “scientific” methodology.
FBI claims it investigated Bioport and others who had a financial motive for the letters attack, and ruled them out. However, FBI provides not a shred of evidence from such an investigation.
FBI gave this report its best shot. The report sounds good. It includes some new evidence. It certainly makes Ivins out to be a crazed, scary and pathetic figure. If you haven’t followed this story intently, you may be convinced of his guilt.
On the other hand, there are reasons why a conspiracy makes better sense. If the FBI really had the goods, they would not be overreaching to pin the crime on a lone nut.
JFK, RFK, George Wallace, Martin Luther King, all felled by lone nuts. Even Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin was a lone nut. Now Bruce Ivins. The American public is supposed to believe that all these crimes required no assistance and no funds.
Does the FBI stand for the Federal Bureau of Invention?
Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D. at 7:38 PM
Original Anthrax Patsy Says Ivins Didnt Kill Himself
USAMRIID toxicologist says friend and colleague Bruce Ivins not guilty, roots of corruption deeper
Steve Watson Infowars.net September 9, 2008
A former colleague and friend of Bruce Ivins, and the original suspect in the FBIs investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, has declared that Ivins did not kill himself and was not behind the attack that killed five people shortly after 9/11.
Dr. Ayaad Assaad, an Egyptian-born toxicologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, made the comments in an interview with a local newspaper in the area of Fort Detrick last weekend.
The Frederick News Post reported:
Assaad, who worked in a U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease lab at Fort Detrick from 1989 to 1997 developing a vaccine for ricin, said in an interview Saturday he does not believe Ivins was guilty.
Hes a great man. Hes honorable, sincere, honest and most important, he didnt kill five people and he didnt kill himself, Assaad told the newspaper.
Assaad knew Ivins well, not only were they colleagues but their four children were all classmates In Frederick.
Assaad was extensively questioned by the FBI On October 1, 2001, a fortnight after the first anthrax letters were mailed. It later emerged that the FBIs lead, a letter from an unidentified person who claimed Assaad was planning a biological terrorist attack, was false.
The mystery letter identified Assaad as a former USAMRIID microbiologist and also pinpointed his time at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, indicating that whoever sent it had access to detailed army records.
The anonymous letter was sent shortly after 9/11 but before anyone knew about the anthrax-laced letters. On October 5, 2001, about 10 days after the anonymous letter was mailed, Robert Stevens, Photo Editor of The Sun in Florida, became the first of five individuals to die from an anthrax infection, indicating that someone had wanted to frame Assaad for the attacks.
This anthrax issue is part of a much bigger issue, Assaad also commented. The roots of corruption are so deep in (USAMRIID), and this is the thing that the people in Frederick dont understand.
Former government biological weapons legislator Dr. Francis Boyle shares Assaads view that Ivins has been used as a patsy in a larger cover up.
"Ivins is only the latest dead microbiologist." Boyle stated, "You also have to tie into this the large numbers of dead microbiologists that have appeared since around the summer before these events, when the New York Times revealed the existence of the covert anthrax weapons programs run by the CIA, and that too is in the public record."
Nasty way to off yourself, there.
That helps. No need to spend extravagant sums prosecuting this S.O.B.
Maryland "Freak State" PING!