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  • House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe

    12/09/2008 12:15:10 AM PST · by hamboy · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Privacy Digest ^ | December 9, 2008 | MacRonin
    House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe A congressional panel will ask the National Security Agency's internal watchdog to investigate whether the super-secret spy agency eavesdropped without warrants on a Muslim scholar and later hid that evidence in a 2005 terror prosecution that got him a life sentence.The House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel and the judge overseeing the case want the NSA's inspector general to find out if the government failed to disclose evidence that might have cleared the name of a Northern Virginia spiritual leader Ali al-Timimi, Rep. Rush Holt (D- New Jersey) told the New York Times.That...
  • Anthrax Attacks Still A Mystery After 10 Years

    10/04/2011 5:41:49 PM PDT · by Battle Axe · 19 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | October 5, 2011
    http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-anthrax-mystery-1005-20111005,0,982875.story
  • Grassley Challenges DOJ, FBI on Anthrax Case

    09/07/2011 8:16:52 PM PDT · by Palter · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Propublica ^ | 02 Sep 2011 | Greg Gordon
    A senior Republican senator has asked the Justice Department to explain why its civil lawyers filed court papers questioning prosecutors’ conclusions that an Army researcher mailed the anthrax-laced letters that killed five people in 2001. In a letter this week to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller [3], Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said the department’s decision to quickly retract the contradictory filings “has produced a new set of questions regarding this unsolved crime.”Grassley, who's among several members of Congress who've been outspoken skeptics about the FBI’s conclusion, homed in on a development first reported collaboratively in...
  • Mueller on anthrax,

    07/19/2008 3:41:59 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 10 replies · 232+ views
    ABCNews ^ | July 19, 2008
    I never give time frames, because you never know where you'll have sufficient evidence to go public with a prosecution, " Mueller said.
  • FBI lab reports on anthrax attacks suggest another miscue

    05/21/2011 12:55:30 PM PDT · by Palter · 96 replies · 1+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 20 May 2011 | Greg Gordon
    Buried in FBI laboratory reports about the anthrax mail attacks that killed five people in 2001 is data suggesting that a chemical may have been added to try to heighten the powder's potency, a move that some experts say exceeded the expertise of the presumed killer. The lab data, contained in more than 9,000 pages of files that emerged a year after the Justice Department closed its inquiry and condemned the late Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins as the perpetrator, shows unusual levels of silicon and tin in anthrax powder from two of the five letters. Those elements are found in...
  • The anthrax killings: A troubled mind

    05/28/2011 10:49:31 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 29 May 2011 | David Willman
    He roamed the University of Cincinnati campus with a loaded gun. When his rage overflowed, the brainy microbiology major would open fire inside empty buildings, visualizing a wall clock or other object as a person who had done him wrong. By the mid-1970s, Bruce Ivins had earned his doctorate and was a promising researcher at the University of North Carolina. By outward appearances, he was a charming eccentric, odd but disarming. Inside, he still smoldered with resentment, and he saw a new outlet for it. Several years earlier, a Cincinnati student had turned him down for a date. He had...
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine publishes scientific paper on 2001 anthrax attacks

    03/07/2011 6:11:45 PM PST · by decimon · 2 replies · 1+ views
    University of Maryland Medical Center ^ | March 7, 2011 | Unknown
    Institute for Genome Sciences led pioneering investigation in new field of microbial forensicsResearchers at the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and collaborators at the FBI, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and Northern Arizona University have published the first scientific paper based on their investigation into the anthrax attacks of 2001. The case was groundbreaking in its use of genomics and microbiology in a criminal investigation. More than 20 people contracted anthrax from Bacillus anthracis spores mailed through the U.S. Postal Service in 2001, and five people died as a...
  • FBI raids 2 homes of Pakistanis

    11/13/2001 10:21:59 PM PST · by kattracks · 104 replies · 706+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/14/01 | Jerry Seper and Steve Miller
    <p>FBI agents armed with search warrants raided two houses in a southwestern suburb of Philadelphia yesterday, backed by members of a hazardous-materials squad wearing full protective gear.</p> <p>Located less than two blocks apart in Chester, Pa., some 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, the houses are owned by Dr. Irshad Shaikh, a Pakistani physician and specialist in epidemic diseases who is Chester's city health commissioner, and by Asif Kazi, the Chester city accountant, who also is a Pakistani native.</p>
  • Lady al Qaida: Guilty on all Counts

    02/04/2010 2:27:14 AM PST · by Cindy · 28 replies · 389+ views
    INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - blog ^ | February 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm | IPT News
    SNIPPET: "Midway through the trial, two jurors were excused after they told the judge that a man in the visitor's gallery made a hand motion as if he were firing a gun at them and mouthed an obscenity. One of the jurors told the judge he was "really freaked out" by the incident and another said he could not remain impartial "anything anyone makes what I view as a death threat." The guilty verdict on all counts means that at sentencing the judge could order Siddiqui spend the rest of her life in a federal prison."
  • Amerithrax experts debate FBI findings, insist Ivins was innocent

    11/30/2010 9:43:41 AM PST · by EdLake · 129 replies
    The Frederick News-Post ^ | November 30, 2010 | Megan Eckstein
    WASHINGTON -- The FBI may have closed its Amerithax case against Fort Detrick scientist Bruce Ivins nine months ago, but some experts are not willing to let the issue die quite so easily. A group of about 25 scientists, professors, writers, terrorism experts and more convened Monday afternoon to discuss the particulars of the investigation and to debate who the real perpetrator may have been.
  • Tape of US hijacker aired

    04/15/2002 8:32:38 AM PDT · by CreekerFreeper · 19 replies · 351+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 15 April, 2002, 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK | BBC News
    Arabic satellite channel Al Jazeera has broadcast a tape that appears to show one of the 11 September hijackers reading his last will and testament. The channel also aired a brief clip of wanted Saudi dissident Osama Bin Laden, who is shown kneeling beside his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, as al-Zawahri praises the actions of the bombers. The channel identifies the hijacker as Ahmad al-Haznawi al-Ghamdi, a name which closely resembles that of Ahmed al-Ghamdi, who was on Flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. Al-Jazeera said the footage - which it says it checked...
  • The Wrong Man

    04/21/2010 8:08:49 AM PDT · by jpl · 8 replies · 613+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | David Freed
    In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling from the horror of 9/11 was rocked by a series of deadly anthrax attacks. As the pressure to find a culprit mounted, the FBI, abetted by the media, found one. The wrong one. This is the story of how federal authorities blew the biggest anti-terror investigation of the past decade—and nearly destroyed an innocent man. Here, for the first time, the falsely accused, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, speaks out about his ordeal.
  • Obama Obstructs Oversight of FBI in Anthrax Case

    03/24/2010 10:18:20 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 4 replies · 288+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | March 24, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    Despite bipartisan congressional support for examining the FBI's gross mishandling of the post-9/11 anthrax attacks, President Barack Obama is telling Congress that he doesn't want the agency to be scrutinized and held accountable. Dr. Steven Hatfill, one of the innocent victims of the FBI investigation, is preparing to go public with his account of how the Department of Justice (DOJ) violated his rights and tried to ruin his career and reputation. He will be the subject of a forthcoming Atlantic magazine article and will be sitting down for an interview by the NBC "Today Show's" Matt Lauer. The DOJ paid...
  • The Anthrax Attacks Remain Unsolved

    01/26/2010 3:19:58 PM PST · by Allan · 22 replies · 812+ views
    Wall Street Journal. ^ | 2010 January 24 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks ended as far as the public knew on July 29, 2008, with the death of Bruce Ivins, a senior biodefense researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Md. The cause of death was an overdose of the painkiller Tylenol. No autopsy was performed, and there was no suicide note.
  • Who was behind the September 2001 anthrax attacks?

    01/01/2010 5:03:46 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 27 replies · 1,825+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 1, 2010 | Michael Barone
    Here’s some news I missed.Edward Jay Epstein reported on December 21 that the FBI’s anthrax case has fallen apart. In 2008 the FBI declared that Dr. Bruce Ivins, who died an apparent suicide in July 2008, was the perpetrator who sent anthrax-laced letters to members of Congress and others just days after the September 11 attacks. The FBI’s investigation, apparently the most lengthy it had ever conducted, was directed primarily at scientists who had access to anthrax materials. But, Epstein reports, it turns out that Dr. Ivins did not have access to the sophisticated form of anthrax used in September...
  • The Anthrax Case Falls Apart

    01/01/2010 5:03:54 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 7 replies · 828+ views
    Jay Epstein's Weblog ^ | December 21, 2009 | Jay Epstein
    The vast anthrax investigation, code-named Amerithrax, ended as far as the public knew on July 29 2008 with the death of Dr. Bruce Ivins, a microbiologist/wiki/Biodefense at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Maryland, at the nearby Frederick Memorial Hospital. The proximate cause of death was an overdose of the pain-killer Tylenol. No autopsy was performed, and there was no suicide note. Less than a week after his apparent suicide, the FBI declared Dr. Ivins to have been the sole perpetrator of the 2001 Anthrax attacks, and the person who mailed deadly anthrax...
  • FBI Anthrax Investigation Under Scientific Review

    05/07/2009 2:43:35 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 5 replies · 1,326+ views
    sciencemag ^ | May 6, 2009
    A long-awaited review of the scientific evidence relating to the investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks is finally getting off the ground. The study, to be conducted by the National Academies, will check the validity of the scientific techniques used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in solving the case. What the study will not do, as spelled out in the academies’ official description of the study, is issue a verdict on whether U.S. Army researcher Bruce Ivins was indeed guilty of the crime, as concluded by FBI officials. The FBI has been under pressure to disclose its full...
  • Boca Raton Publisher Targeted In Anthrax Hoax

    02/24/2009 11:52:38 AM PST · by Justice Department · 10 replies · 1,396+ views
    cbs4.com ^ | Feb 22, 2009
    Investigators are trying to determine who sent a suspicious letter to a Boca Raton publishing company that was targeted in 2001 in a deadly anthrax attack. Friday the offices of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Inquirer, the Sun, Star magazine and other grocery store tabloids, were evacuated for about 45 minutes after a letter containing a white powder arrived at the company. Police were able to determine the powder was harmless. Sun photo editor Bob Stevens, 63, died in October 2001 was the first fatality from the anthrax attacks that killed four others and harmed 17 from Florida...
  • Suicided "Anthrax Mailer wrote song for teacher Christa McAuliffe killed in space shuttle explosion.

    12/21/2008 12:57:44 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 1,603+ views
    In February 1986, the scientist who FBI officials now say was behind the anthrax mailings that killed an Oxford woman and four others, applied for a U.S. copyright for a song about the death of New Hampshire schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded. Bruce Ivins' application for "Christa's Song (Reach for the Stars)" was denied. According to authorities, Ivins committed suicide as he was about to be indicted in connection with the 2001 anthrax attacks.
  • Judge Orders Justice Department to Release Documents on Exonerated Anthrax Scientist

    11/17/2008 12:34:22 PM PST · by Prunetacos · 13 replies · 1,101+ views
    A federal judge today ordered the Justice Department to release documents that explain why investigators suspected Steven J. Hatfill in the 2001 anthrax mailings. Hatfill has since been exonerated.
  • Ivins: Anthrax Spores 'Got on My Pants'

    09/24/2008 2:42:34 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 14 replies · 1,421+ views
    Bruce E. Ivins, the Army scientist the FBI says is the sole culprit behind the 2001 anthrax-by-mail attacks that killed five people, apparently was barred from all government labs in March after spilling anthrax on himself and going home to wash his clothes before telling his bosses....
  • Rep. Bartlett skeptical that Ivins sent anthrax

    09/12/2008 5:13:06 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 4 replies · 495+ views
    examiner ^ | Sep 12, 2008
    Rep. Roscoe Bartlett is ridiculing part of the FBI's explanation for the 2001 anthrax attacks. And the Maryland Republican says he's skeptical about the agency's conclusion that biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins grew the anthrax in his laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick and then mailed it to unsuspecting victims, five of whom died......
  • The FBI's Investigation of Bruce Ivins and Its Conclusions

    09/05/2008 5:27:29 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 89 replies · 1,745+ views
    The FBI's Investigation of Bruce Ivins and Its Conclusions Marilyn W. Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigative Reporter and Editor for The Washington Post She talks of the "big remaining holes" in the case against Ivins. The scientific analysis led to a flask which was the parent of isolates accessible to a 100 plus known people. The press has filed a motion seeking to unseal the evidence filed in the case from the start. The first caller perhaps is Professor Frances Boyle (perhaps not but I strongly suspect it is), a local law professor there with definite political views and his own...
  • If not Ivins ...(Bruce Ivins had nothing to do with preparing or sending the anthrax letters)

    08/29/2008 7:25:37 AM PDT · by Prunetacos · 85 replies · 1,717+ views
    fredericknewspost. ^ | August 29, 2008 | Katherine Heerbrandt
    When Norm Covert, a conservative former Fort Detrick public affairs officer, and attorney Barry Kissin, liberal activist opposing Detrick's biolab expansion, agree that Bruce Ivins was not the anthrax killer, either the world's spinning off its axis, or the truth is staring us so hard in the face we'd have to be blind to miss it. Covert's piece this week in thetentacle.com establishes what many in our community, including scientists and support staff at USAMRIID, past and present, know: Bruce Ivins had nothing to do with preparing or sending the anthrax letters. --
  • A Trained Eye Finally Solved the Anthrax Puzzle

    08/21/2008 10:10:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 723+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 21, 2008 | NICHOLAS WADE
    When the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it had cracked the long-unsolved anthrax case, the turning point cited by the bureau was its identification of a laboratory flask as the source of the anthrax. The dots, or in this case more than a thousand separate anthrax samples, were connected with the help of a group of scientists working secretly for some seven years. They succeeded by using a combination of new techniques not even invented in late 2001 when the anthrax-laced letters were sent, and that most old-fashioned attribute of expert scientists and detectives: a trained eye. Now, in their...
  • Anthrax hair samples don't match

    08/13/2008 5:38:47 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 116 replies · 1,443+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2008 | Carrie Johnson
    Wednesday the Senate Judiciary Committee announced it would call FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to appear at an oversight hearing Sept. 17, when he is likely to be asked about the strength of the government's case against Ivins. A spokeswoman for Sen. Charles Grassley, R- Iowa, a vocal FBI critic, said he would demand more information about how authorities narrowed their search. The House Judiciary panel, meanwhile, is negotiating to host a separate oversight hearing in September with bureau officials, in a session that could mark the first public occasion where Mueller faces questions about the FBI's handling of...
  • Anthrax scientist Bruce Ivins slipped under the radar because of FBI obsession

    08/14/2008 5:34:58 PM PDT · by Shermy · 14 replies · 495+ views
    FBI P.R. Dept. (aka Los Angeles Times ^ | August 14, 2008 | David Willman
    WASHINGTON -- As federal authorities pursued the wrong suspect in the deadly anthrax mailings of 2001, they ignored or overlooked a series of early clues that pointed to Army scientist Bruce E. Ivins, a review of investigative records by the Los Angeles Times shows. ...* Genetic analysis by outside scientists published in May 2002 reported that anthrax powder recovered from the mailings most likely came from Ft. Detrick, or it was grown from a sample that originated there. "I would have felt very confident at the time that the top place to look was at Ft. Detrick," said Jonathan A....
  • Ivins' lab deemed early on as contaminated

    08/09/2008 8:16:07 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 5 replies · 232+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 August 2008 | Jerry Seper
    Report finds lax Fort Detrick procedures Just seven months after the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people, the U.S. Army laboratory in Maryland where the accused killer, microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins, worked was described in a government report as a "rat's nest" that was contaminated with anthrax bacteria. The highly redacted report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, said Suite B-3 in Building 1425 at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick not only was contaminated with anthrax in three locations but the bacteria had escaped from secure areas in...
  • Scientist Steven Hatfill cleared in anthrax scare

    08/09/2008 8:16:25 AM PDT · by jpl · 10 replies · 436+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that Steven Hatfill was not involved in anthrax mailings for which he was listed six years ago as a person of interest. The Justice Department agreed in June to pay $4.6 million to settle Hatfill's lawsuit against the government, but until Friday the government had not exonerated him, The New York Times (NYSE:NYT) reported. "We have concluded, based on laboratory access records, witness accounts and other information, that Dr. Hatfill did not have access to the particular anthrax used in the attacks, and that he was not involved in...
  • In Anthrax Case, Hindsight Shifts View of Ivins

    08/08/2008 11:48:09 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 18 replies · 281+ views
    Wall Street Journal (public) ^ | August 9, 2008 | Elizabeth Williamson and Siobhan Gorman
    Actions to Aid Probe Appear Now As Cover-UpWASHINGTON -- One night in autumn 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the worst act of bioterrorism in its history, Bruce Ivins was alone in his cluttered Fort Detrick, Md., office, scrubbing phones, walls and furniture. ...... Dr. Ivins, his colleagues said, argued that al Qaeda was responsible. "He was very passionate about this," former boss Jeffrey Adamovicz said. "He was very agitated." In these conversations, Dr. Ivins dwelled at one point on a purported link between Florida victim Robert Stevens, a photographer for American Media, and an apartment rented to 9/11 ringleader...
  • GRASSLEY SEEKS ANSWERS TO FBI’S AMERITHRAX INVESTIGATION (Anthrax)

    08/08/2008 11:44:22 AM PDT · by Shermy · 37 replies · 1,174+ views
    Grassley's office ^ | August 7, 2008
    WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today began asking tough questions of the Department of Justice and the FBI following the release of documents implicating Dr. Bruce Ivins as the only suspect in the Amerithrax investigation. “This has been a long investigation full of missteps and mistakes. There’s been too much secrecy up to this point and it deserves a full and thorough vetting,” Grassley said. “There are clearly a lot of unanswered questions and it’s time to start a dialogue so we can get answers.” Here is a copy of the text of Grassley’s letter. The Honorable Michael B. Mukasey...
  • Anthrax : a REAL investigation tells another story (peer reviewed study published in 2007)

    08/08/2008 7:43:09 AM PDT · by drzz · 9 replies · 238+ views
    International Intelligence Journal, Volume 20, Issue 1, pages 79-105 | 08 08 2008 | drzz
    Technical Intelligence in Retrospect: The 2001 Anthrax Letters Powder ------------------------------------------------- Authors: Dany Shoham; Stuart M. Jacobsen --------------------------------------------------- Published in: International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, Volume 20, Issue 1 March 2007 , pages 79 - 105 -------------------------------------------- (Weblink : http://newsdetails.blogspot.com/2007/05/technical-intelligence-in-retrospect.html ) -------------------------------------------- EXCERPTS (...) Naturally, the U.S. Intelligence Community first tried to profile the SSP by technically comparing it with past weaponized anthrax powders made by the U.S. Army. But, while the dehydration-based forming of dry powder, weapon-grade, biological material conducted by William Patrick in the U.S. Army during the 1950s relied on freeze drying, and then grinding down the...
  • Anthrax case : Ivins is innocent, suspected for political reasons - VANITY

    08/08/2008 3:30:58 AM PDT · by drzz · 26 replies · 234+ views
    French for Freedom ^ | 08 08 2008 | drzz
    1. FBI says they connected the anthrax mailings with Fort Detrick. But it didn't say such things earlier : “The Federal Bureau of Investigation, suspecting that components from the Delta trainer might have been used to make the anthrax mailed in late 2001, examined the unit, officials and experts said. But investigators found no spores or other evidence linking it to the crime, they said.” http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE6DB133AF931A35754C0A9659C8B63 2. Dr Stephen Hatfill, wrongly suspected for years by FBI, met an ABC News reporter on October 2001 and told him that FBI was losing its time to suspect American scientists. Iraq was behind...
  • Anthrax suspect passed 2 polygraphs

    08/07/2008 1:29:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 292+ views
    WND ^ | 8-7-08 | staff
    Casting further doubt on the FBI's anthrax case, accused government scientist Bruce Ivins passed two polygraph tests and a handwriting analysis comparing samples of his handwriting to writing contained in the anthrax letters, U.S. officials familiar with the investigation say. The Justice Department yesterday closed the case, announcing the late "Dr. Ivins was the only person responsible for these attacks."
  • Documents: Ivins had custody of purified anthrax

    08/06/2008 11:48:15 AM PDT · by Shermy · 69 replies · 455+ views
    AP ^ | August 6, 2008
    <p>WASHINGTON - Army scientist Bruce Ivins had custody of highly purified anthrax spores with "certain genetic mutations identical" to the poison that killed five and rattled the nation in 2001, according to documents unsealed Wednesday in the government's investigation.</p> <p>Also, Ivins was unable to give investigators "an adequate explanation for his late laboratory work hours around the time of" the attacks, and he apparently sought to mislead investigators on the case, according to an affidavit filed by one government investigator.</p>
  • 'I'm scared to death' of Ivins, Duley testifies (Anthrax)

    08/05/2008 12:38:26 PM PDT · by Shermy · 51 replies · 340+ views
    Frederick News Post ^ | August 5, 2008 | Gina Galluci-White
    Jean Duley testified that she was "scared to death" of Bruce Ivins after he left her a string of harassing phone messages, according to an audio recording taken during a July 24 peace order hearing. Duley, 45, told Judge Milnor Roberts that Ivins planned to "go out in a blaze of glory," had bought a bulletproof vest and a gun and planned to kill his co-workers. The audio recording was obtained by The Frederick News-Post on Monday. Duley told the court she got to know Ivins while running group and individual counseling sessions at the Comprehensive Counseling Associates in Frederick...
  • Anthrax suspect obsessed with sorority, officials say

    08/04/2008 8:43:53 PM PDT · by DemonDeac · 39 replies · 188+ views
    <p>"WASHINGTON (AP) -- His decades-long obsession with a college sorority may link a former Army biowarfare scientist to four anthrax-laced letters dropped off at a New Jersey mailbox in 2001, authorities said Monday in the latest twist of one of the most bizarre unsolved crimes in FBI history.</p>
  • Bruce Ivins Wasn't the Anthrax Culprit

    08/04/2008 8:03:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies · 498+ views
    wsj.com ^ | August 5, 2008 | RICHARD SPERTZEL
    Over the past week the media was gripped by the news that the FBI was about to charge Bruce Ivins, a leading anthrax expert, as the man responsible for the anthrax letter attacks in September/October 2001. But despite the seemingly powerful narrative that Ivins committed suicide because investigators were closing in, this is still far from a shut case. The FBI needs to explain why it zeroed in on Ivins, how he could have made the anthrax mailed to lawmakers and the media, and how he (or anyone else) could have pulled off the attacks, acting alone. I believe this...
  • Scientists Question FBI Probe On Anthrax

    08/03/2008 1:31:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 84 replies · 392+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, August 3, 2008; A01 | By Joby Warrick, Marilyn W. Thompson and Aaron C. Davis
    For nearly seven years, scientist Bruce E. Ivins and a small circle of fellow anthrax specialists at Fort Detrick's Army medical lab lived in a curious limbo: They served as occasional consultants for the FBI in the investigation of the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks, yet they were all potential suspects. Over lunch in the bacteriology division, nervous scientists would share stories about their latest unpleasant encounters with the FBI and ponder whether they should hire criminal defense lawyers, according to one of Ivins's former supervisors. In tactics that the researchers considered heavy-handed and often threatening, they were interviewed and polygraphed...
  • Anthrax case turns - Scientist commits suicide as FBI probe tightens

    08/02/2008 2:07:52 PM PDT · by Shermy · 36 replies · 193+ views
    Frederick News-Post ^ | August 2, 2008 | Gina Gallucci-White and Justin M. Palk
    (From newspaper local to Fort Detrick) In 2003, the Defense Department gave Bruce Ivins its highest civilian honor for his work on an anthrax vaccine. Friday, the government had little to say about him, following his apparent suicide and media reports that the FBI was preparing to charge him with the 2001 anthrax mailings. Ivins was a Frederick resident who worked at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, was a member of St. John Evangelical Catholic Church and a volunteer with the American Red Cross. He once said he taught himself to juggle to correct his nature...
  • Some saw dark side of accused anthrax killer Bruce Ivins

    08/01/2008 2:51:27 PM PDT · by Shermy · 31 replies · 229+ views
    AP ^ | August 1, 2008
    <p>FREDERICK, Md. - Bruce E. Ivins was a juggler, a gardener, a church musician, a Red Cross volunteer — and a suspected multiple murderer, according to federal authorities.</p> <p>Some people who knew him scoffed at the government’s assertion that Ivins sent the anthrax letters that killed five people and sickened 17 in the fall of 2001. But court documents indicate the outwardly mild-mannered Ivins had a menacing side.</p>
  • Anthrax suspect dies in apparent suicide

    07/31/2008 10:29:15 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 148 replies · 2,243+ views
    One of the nation’s top biodefense researchers has died in Maryland from an apparent suicide, just as the Justice Department was to file criminal charges against him in the anthrax mailing assaults of 2001 that killed five, the Los Angeles Times has learned.Bruce E. Ivins, 62, who for the past 18 years worked at the government’s elite biodefense research laboratories at Fort Detrick, Md., had been informed of the impending prosecution, people familiar with Ivins, his suspicious death and with the FBI investigation said.Ivins’ name had not been disclosed publicly as a suspect in the case that disrupted mail service...
  • EXCLUSIVE: How the FBI Botched the Anthrax Case

    06/30/2008 8:11:23 PM PDT · by RDTF · 32 replies · 135+ views
    ABC ^ | June 30, 2008 | BRAD GARRETT
    Former Agent Explains What Went Wrong in the Investigation The anthrax investigation, almost from the beginning, was hampered by top-heavy leadership from high ranking, but inexperienced FBI officials, which led to a close-minded focus on just one suspect and amateurish investigative techniques that robbed agents in the field the ability operate successfully. I saw it firsthand as one of the FBI agents assigned to the anthrax case and directly involved in the investigation of Dr. Steven Hatfill. While I cannot comment on the guilt or innocence of Hatfill, I think I have a sense of some of the things that...
  • Steven Hatfill Vs. The Media

    06/30/2008 11:21:27 AM PDT · by jpl · 18 replies · 182+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Monday, June 30, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    If the left wants an example of the Bush Administration’s incompetence in the war on terror, they’ve got it in the case of former government scientist Dr. Steven Hatfill, who was falsely accused of the anthrax murders. The U.S. Government “has determined that settlement is in the best interests of the United States and has agreed to pay Dr. Hatfill and his attorneys $2.825 million dollars and purchase for Dr. Hatfill an annual annuity of $150,000,” the Department of Justice said in a statement released on Friday, June 27. But there was no apology for ruining an innocent person’s life...
  • Leaks, focus on single suspect undercut anthrax probe

    06/29/2008 8:32:10 AM PDT · by jpl · 24 replies · 127+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sunday, June 29, 2008 | David Willman
    WASHINGTON -- The federal investigation into the deadly anthrax mailings of late 2001 was undermined by leaks and a premature fixation on a single suspect, according to investigators and scientists involved in the case. More than six years after the mailings, no one has been charged, and the top suspect, former Army scientist Steven J. Hatfill was all but exonerated Friday when the U.S. Justice Department agreed to pay him $5.82 million to settle a lawsuit.
  • Hatfill v. US - DOJ and FBI Statement of Facts (filed Friday)

    04/13/2008 8:20:52 AM PDT · by ZacandPook · 986 replies · 8,022+ views
    US DOJ and FBI Memorandum In Support of Motion For Summary Judgment (Statement of Facts) | April 11, 2008 | Department of Justice
    On Friday, the government filed this statement of the facts in its memorandum in support of its motion for summary judgment in a civil rights and Privacy Act lawsuit brought by Dr. Steve Hatfill. “The anthrax attacks occurred in October 2001. Public officials, prominent members of the media, and ordinary citizens were targeted by this first bio-terrorist attack on American soil. Twenty-two persons were infected with anthrax; five died. At least 17 public buildings were contaminated. The attacks wreaked havoc on the U.S. postal system and disrupted government and commerce, resulting in economic losses estimated to exceed one billion dollars....
  • Three Scientists Probed In 2001 Anthrax Attacks

    03/28/2008 11:08:46 AM PDT · by SargeK · 97 replies · 2,254+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/28/08 | Catherine Herridge and Ian McCaleb
    WASHINGTON — The FBI has narrowed its focus to "about four" suspects in the 6 1/2-year investigation of the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, and at least three of those suspects are linked to the Army’s bioweapons research facility at Fort Detrick in Maryland, FOX News has learned.Among the pool of suspects are three scientists — a former deputy commander, a leading anthrax scientist and a microbiologist — linked to the research facility, known as USAMRIID.
  • The News Media vs. the Innocent

    03/27/2008 9:25:20 AM PDT · by jpl · 11 replies · 559+ views
    Reason.com ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Steve Chapman
    Press freedom shouldn't mean defending the guilty at all costs Steve Chapman | March 27, 2008 Years ago, Ray Donovan, Ronald Reagan's Labor Secretary, was prosecuted for corruption, only to be acquitted. After the verdict, Donovan asked plaintively, "Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?" Steven Hatfill knows where to go to get his reputation back. But upon arriving there, he finds the door blocked by someone who says her privileges are more important than his good name. That someone, of course, is a journalist. And, not surprisingly, she enjoys the broad support of other journalists,...
  • Terror suspect named as 'enemy combatant'

    06/23/2003 10:25:43 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 17 replies · 1,665+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, June 24, 2003 | Jerry Seper
    <p>A Qatar native held on charges of lying to the FBI in an investigation into the September 11 attacks was designated yesterday as an "enemy combatant" and could be tried before a military tribunal for helping al Qaeda operatives relocate in the United States. Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, 37, in Justice Department custody since late 2001, was given the new designation by President Bush and handed over to the Defense Department.</p>
  • Judge May Hold Reporter in Contempt (anthrax, Hatfill)

    02/19/2008 10:08:32 AM PST · by TrebleRebel · 60 replies · 517+ views
    AP ^ | 2/19/08 | Hope Yen
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge says he will hold a former USA Today reporter in contempt if she continues refusing to identify sources for stories about a former Army scientist under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks. At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said that reporter Toni Locy (LOW-see) must cooperate with Steven J. Hatfill in his lawsuit against the government. Hatfill is suing the Justice Department, saying the agency violated the federal Privacy Act by giving the media information about the FBI's investigation of him. In addition to Locy, the judge is considering whether...