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  • Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

    04/16/2010 6:51:46 PM PDT · 19 of 29
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  • Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

    04/16/2010 6:17:27 PM PDT · 18 of 29
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  • Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

    04/16/2010 6:15:40 PM PDT · 17 of 29
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  • Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

    04/16/2010 6:13:19 PM PDT · 16 of 29
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  • Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

    04/16/2010 3:40:03 PM PDT · 10 of 29
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  • Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

    04/16/2010 3:36:47 PM PDT · 9 of 29
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  • Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

    04/16/2010 12:52:01 PM PDT · 7 of 29
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  • Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

    04/16/2010 12:52:01 PM PDT · 6 of 29
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  • Oakland Priest’s Accuser Describes Sexual Abuse

    04/11/2010 8:56:36 PM PDT · 5 of 19
    Vidocq to JoeProBono
    Didn't know that Kiesele was an equal opportunity molester
  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/20/2010 10:40:24 AM PST · 37 of 40
    Vidocq to EdLake; Shermy
  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/20/2010 10:33:25 AM PST · 36 of 40
    Vidocq to EdLake

    Original Anthrax Patsy Says Ivins “Didn’t Kill Himself”

    USAMRIID toxicologist says friend and colleague Bruce Ivins not guilty, roots of corruption deeper

    Steve Watson September 9, 2008

    A former colleague and friend of Bruce Ivins, and the original suspect in the FBI’s 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.

    “He’s a great man. He’s honorable, sincere, honest and most important, he didn’t kill five people and he didn’t 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 FBI’s 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 don’t understand.”

    Former government biological weapons legislator Dr. Francis Boyle shares Assaad’s 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."

  • National Enquirer Now Is a Legitimate Newspaper - (Covered Edwards when no one else would)

    02/20/2010 10:13:29 AM PST · 7 of 10
    Vidocq to GeorgiaDawg32

    Robert Stevens, a 63-year-old photo editor at AMI

    Friday, August 01, 2008
    Did Bruce Ivins kill Bob Stevens?

    Stevens’ widow said Friday she still hopes to find out if it was the anthrax researcher, who committed suicide as authorities reportedly were to charge him in the sensational 2001 anthrax attacks that gripped Palm Beach County and the nation seven years ago.

    Frederick News Post

    Dr. Bruce E. Ivins, shown in an undated photo, committed suicide before prosecutors could charge him with mailing anthrax-laced letters.

    The Post

    Bob Stevens, a photo editor for American Media Inc. in Boca Raton, was the first fatality in the anthrax mailings. He died in October 2001.

    But she also realizes the ability to know for sure might have died with him. Either way, she said, she won’t stop trying to find out.

    “We thought, ‘they’ve got close before,’” Stevens said Friday afternoon, from the West Palm Beach office of her lawyer. “I’m hoping they have the facts now and this is the right person and we’ll get more information.”

    Just weeks after America was stunned by the Sept. 11 attacks, and South Florida reeled with the news that many of the terrorists had lived and trained in the area, tainted letters arrived in the mail room at American Media Inc. in Boca Raton - publisher of the National Enquirer, the Sun, and other tabloids - and later, at congressional offices in Washington, D.C.

    Robert Stevens, a 63-year-old photo editor at AMI, who lived with his wife in suburban Lantana, began feeling ill Sept. 27 and slipped into a coma before doctors could tell him what had sent him to the hospital.

    He died Oct. 5. Investigators later found anthrax spores on his work keyboard.

    Even as the building was being sealed, more employees fell ill, including mailroom worker Ernesto Blanco.

    Within six weeks, Congress and network giants ABC and NBC all found evidence anthrax had been mailed to their offices as well.

    The staff of AMI never would return to their desks. The 67,000-square-foot building would remain sealed.

    In 2003, the $3.8 million complex was bought for $40,000. The next year, a firm whose partners included former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani - himself no stranger to terrorism - began a cleanup.

    The building was bought in November 2007 for $9.29 million by credit card company Applied Card Systems. It reopened in February.

    But no one ever was charged - until, almost, apparently, now.

    “I’m impressed by the FBI’s persistence in the case,” Steven Abrams, Boca Raton’s mayor during the attacks, said Friday. “For us in Boca, it was a long nightmare,” he said.

    “This is one of the saddest cases in history, in terms of someone who would utilize his knowledge and his position to do harm,” current mayor Susan Whelchel said. “We may have the individual who actually committed the crime, but I don’t think we’ve heard the end of this yet.”

    Dr. Jean Malecki, who as head of the Palm Beach County Health Department oversaw the first biological terrorism attack in U.S. history, said Friday the bottom line is that the attack succeeded.

    “If it was him (Ivins), thank God this is over,” Malecki, who still runs the department, said from a conference in Orlando.

    But, she added, “it succeeded in killing people, maiming people, and - what terrorism is all about - causing fear. Ultimately, what we want to do is prevent that from ever occurring again.”

    Stevens has said only a handful of people had the knowledge, access and motive and she’s sure the government knows who.

    She has said she believes the timing, weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, were coincidence — or the attacker took advantage of events.

    In 2003, she sued the federal government and Battelle Memorial Institute, a research firm that contracts with the military. She alleged security lapses at the Fort Detrick research facility led to her husband being exposed. That suit is ongoing.

    “This vindicates me a little, because I’ve been told all along it wasn’t from Fort Detrick and it wasn’t anything they (researchers at the facility) were working with,” she said Friday.

    “It’s been a long time coming. But at least we’re getting somewhere,” she said.

    Stevens’ attorney, Richard Schuler, said whether the FBI closes the case or declares it never can be solved, it must open its files to the widow.

    “We want to know what information they had,” Schuler said, “that made them so positive he was the one.”

  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/20/2010 8:55:02 AM PST · 35 of 40
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  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/20/2010 8:06:25 AM PST · 34 of 40
    Vidocq to EdLake; Battle Axe; Shermy; NativeNewYorker

    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

  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/19/2010 1:46:27 PM PST · 22 of 40
    Vidocq to NativeNewYorker; Rome2000; Shermy; Battle Axe; Mitchell
  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/19/2010 1:38:51 PM PST · 20 of 40
    Vidocq to NativeNewYorker; Rome2000; Shermy; Battle Axe; Mitchell
  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/19/2010 1:38:37 PM PST · 19 of 40
    Vidocq to NativeNewYorker; Rome2000; Shermy; Battle Axe; Mitchell
  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/19/2010 1:29:37 PM PST · 18 of 40
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  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/19/2010 1:18:41 PM PST · 16 of 40
    Vidocq to NativeNewYorker
  • FBI Ends Nine-Year Investigation Of Anthrax Attacks

    02/19/2010 1:07:55 PM PST · 15 of 40
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