According to the FBI's circumstantial case, Dr. Bruce Ivins expressed his obsession for the KKG sorority and Pat, a co-worker, in the anthrax letters the FBI alleges he dropped in a mailbox outside the main gate of Princeton U. and near a business office that had a connection to KKG.
Fact check: “The only thing that exists at 20 Nassau Street is a business office,” said Ivins' attorney. “They don’t have sorority offices. There is no sorority house. If the idea of this salacious report is that he went because there were girls ... there aren’t any girls at 20 [Nassau Street]. It’s bullshit.”
The FBI also asserts Ivins spelled PAT in clues in the anthrax genetic code: in the one letter sent to the NY Post, various A's and T's were written in bold, were the following DNA letter sequence: TTTAATTAT. The amino acid sequence is Phenylalanine, Asparagine, Tyrosine. Using the single-letter convention for representing these amino acids is F N Y, which the FBI BIZARRELY suggests is code for 'Fuck New York' and that Ivins allegedly hated the Yankees. I could buy this one IF Ivins was a Redskin fan and PAT was "point after touchdown." But this "logic" frankly is beneath even the FBI, as there are hundreds of possible references for P A T F N Y, such as "Port Authority Terminal For New York" and the anthrax terrorist was indicating he was a "Terminal Man." PAT could even refer to anthrax expert William PAT Trick:
"In the spring of 1998, an officer at the Dugway Proving Ground, in Utah, called the veteran biowarrior William C. Patrick III to ask for his help. The army wanted to convert some of its deadly anthrax into a dry powder, but, in Patrick's words, "didn't have a freeze-dryer, didn't have a spray dryer, no drying capability at all." The Soviets hadn't let the 1972 biological-and-toxinweapons convention stop them from producing 4,500 metric tons of anthrax per year. But when the Americans signed it, they put Bill Patrick out to pasture and then seemingly forgot the art, developed by Patrick in 1959, of weaponizing Bacillus anthracis without milling. Now Patrick had to re-educate the army's top microbiologists, showing them how to freeze-dry a slurry of anthrax simulant; how to purify it to a trillion spores per gram in a centrifuge; and how to remove the electrostatic charge, to prevent clumping. On one visit to Dugway, Patrick said he had employed the less sophisticated method of acetone extraction to produce a pound of dry anthrax in a single day -- enough to kill thousands of people."
Of course, Patrick had nothing to do with the anthrax letters, but the FBI selectively used this coded bizarre "logic" to convict Crazy Ivins in the court of public opinion as a person of interest.
Let US not forget the other coded clues in the letters, such as the Greendale address which the FBI connected to another person of interest, Steven Hatfill.
Assuming there is madness to his method, perhaps the madman resented Patrick and Hatfill, saw himself as an anthrax expert and delighted in making them the PAT-sies. Perhaps he did not anticipate the FBI would locate the mailbox outside PU and felt secure to leave a P.A.T. F.N.Y. code clue as to his identity - the Princeton (University) Anthrax Terrorist from New York.
The Gov has been fighting an impossible mission in its rear guard battle to hide the truth about the anthrax attacks. According to FRONTLINE:
"On July 15, 2011, the Justice Department lawyers acknowledged in court papers that the sealed area in Ivins' lab -- the so-called hot suite -- did not contain the equipment needed to turn liquid anthrax into the refined powder that floated through congressional buildings and post offices in the fall of 2001.Norm Covert, former Fort Detrick public affairs officer: "The anthrax in the mailings was 'highly bred, weapons-grade ... with a silica coating and a slight electrical charge so that each particle repelled the other ... each particle no more than five microns.' Ivins had neither the expertise nor the equipment to create such a sophisticated form of anthrax ..."
"Since Nixon terminated the offensive weapons program at Detrick in 1969, there has been only one corporation in our country that operates laboratories where anthrax is weaponized: Battelle Memorial Laboratories, the corporation that does the bio-lab work for the [intelligence agencies] ...
The government said it continues to believe that Ivins was "more likely than not" the killer. But the filing in a Florida court did not explain where or how Ivins could have made the powder, saying only that the lab "did not have the specialized equipment" in Ivins' secure lab "that would be required to prepare the dried spore preparations that were used in the letters."
The government's statements deepen the questions about the case against Ivins, who killed himself before he was charged with a crime. Searches of his car and home in 2007 found no anthrax spores, and the FBI's eight-year, $100 million investigation never proved he mailed the letters or identified another location where he might have secretly dried the anthrax into an easily inhaled powder."
Reverse Course: The failure by both Dugway and Battelle to produce a comparable product was the basis for the public announcement in the fall of 2003 by Michael A. Mason, then assistant director of the FBI Washington field office to admit that after more than a year of efforts by two full scale out-in-the-open bioweapons research teams, the FBI had failed to make a comparably powerful product -- even without silicon. This failure, and the failure to explain how Ivins could have done so alone in a few hours of night-time lab work, remains the hippopotamus in the living room from which the FBI and the DOJ have worked so hard to distract the public with its long tale about the DNA match between the Senate anthrax and the RMR-1029 strain in Ivins's possession, to which so very very many others had access over the years.
Product of a sick mind needs a clinical approach to solve it: Michael B. Green, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Qualified Medical Examiner
The 16 biodefense scientists and physicians working for the government and the military who published the paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association, describing the Senate anthrax powder as "weapons-grade" and exceptional: "high spore concentration, uniform particle size, low electrostatic charge, treated to reduce clumping" (JAMA, 1 May 2002, p. 2237). These qualities are the fingerprints of a high-level, well organized multi-specialty team "inside job" that had to be protected by creating and framing a lone nutcase patsy. Indeed, if the FBI were able to make a solid genetic match between the letter anthrax and the RMR-1029 strain in Ivins's possession, then what it has succeeded in proving is that since Ivins could not have made the weaponized spores found in the Senate letters, others within the U.S. government and/or private bioweapons industry did so. Concealing this fact has been the principal purpose of the vast public media theater that the FBI and DOJ have orchestrated.
There is a large group of suspects in the 2001 anthrax attacks, but they are all state or corporate-state agents who were implementing neocon foreign policy to lie US into the Iraq War and domestic repression featuring defamation of character of its enemies of State, and hence are being protected by the FBI. That the FBI is operating under orders from on high congenial to its institutional purposes is the only reasonable explanation of this clumsy frame-up of Ivins. Demonstrating the deliberate frame-up and thus exposing the motive of protecting the guilty is relatively simple provided one can follow the facts and reason clearly; solving the crime by showing just which people and institutions did just which deeds is much more difficult and much more dangerous.
Hatfill proved a "formidable" opponent whereas Ivins "has been chosen as the most vulnerable individual to serve as a patsy." And so Ivins has been. Ivins's funeral was attended by 250-300 professional colleagues who offered their warm support, something they were not likely to have done had they believed the DOJ-FBI case against him, and they were in a position to know how strong it was, or was not. These colleagues for the most part will imagine that the FBI has made some terrible mistake; the seemingly small step required to appreciate that no mistake was made is far too difficult for most to make, for when followed to its proper conclusions, the ground gives way beneath one, revealing the black hole they crawled out of. The truth would force these neo-cons to reverse course and crawl back into it. Saddam isn't using it anymore.
8 years, 260 days since Secretary of State Colin "no fool like an old fool" Powell presented his witness of mass deception of Saddam Hussein’s WMDs
4,479 U.S. military fatalities
30,182 U.S. military injuries
103,142 – 112,708 documented civilian deaths
2.8 million internally displaced Iraqis
$806 billion in federal funding for the Iraq War through FY2011
$3 – $5 trillion in total economic cost to the United States of the Iraq war according to economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Blimes
$60 billion in U.S. expenditures lost to waste - fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001
0 weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq
"You know, they are all quite mad."
We won't be fooled again...
One would think after Curveball made the intelligence community take a big swing and a miss on finding WMDs in Iraq that it would have learned its lesson. Apparently not. The man accused of scheming to kill the Saudi diplomat and lead US into war with Iran is described by those who know him as a goofball, a scatterbrained, hapless used car salesman.
Great, a guy in the the lowest trusted job category in modern civilization tells a Narc he is the primary go-to guy for the Iranian terrorist Op. That's a SLAM DUNCE.
''He was pretty disorganised, always losing things like keys, titles, probably a thousand cell phones,'' David Tomscha, who ran a small used-car yard with him, said. ''He wasn't meticulous with taking care of things.''
News that Mr Arbabsiar was implicated in the terrorist plot surprised Mr Tomscha and others who knew him. Mr Tomscha said Mr Arbabsiar must have been driven by ''easy, squeezy'' money rather than religious or political zealotry.
Tom Hosseini, an Iranian whose friendship with Mr Arbabsiar goes back 30 years, went as far as calling Mr Arbabsiar ''a joke''. The two were roommates at what is now Texas A&M University-Kingsville, but Mr Arbabsiar dropped out after two semesters and finished his degree in Louisiana.
He used to drink, smoke pot, go with the prostitutes,'' Mr Hosseini said. ''His first wife left him because he would lose his keys every other day. This guy is not a mastermind.'' It was Mr. Hosseini who nicknamed him ''Jack'', for the quantities of Jack Daniels that Mr Arbabsiar would drink.
But the intell community drank the kool-aid and still doesn't know "Jack."
Not too surprising considering this is a company that got its first big contract with the help of Joe Stalin.
Terrorism: You're either with US or against US.
With friends like these...
A new anthraX file suggests the F.B.I. might have pursued the wrong suspect - again - and that the case should be reopened and embolden calls for a national commission to investigate the first major bioterrorist attack in American history. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/science/10anthrax.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp
Pot Calling the Kettle Black: The DOJ says it's all speculation. DOJ spokesman said the anthraX file provided “no evidence whatsoever that the spores used in the mailings were produced” at a location other than Fort Detrick. “Speculation regarding certain characteristics of the spores is just that — speculation,” Mr. Boyd said.
Speculation. Yes, like the DOJ's speculation Steven Hatfill did it. But Hatfill refused to cave, so the FBI focused its sights on another suspect, Crazy Bruce Ivins, as naive as Amanda Knox but not as sexy.
Sex, Lies and the FBI: Like Mad Man Mignini's orgy theory, the FBI 's theory was Ivins' madness was all about sex. The FBI SPECULATES Ivins dropped the anthrax letters in the center mailbox outside the main gate of Princeton U. because there was an office nearby that had a connection to a sorority he had an obsession dating back to his college years. There lies the weakness in the FBI theory: How X-actly did Ivins locate the address of this office? This was not the address of the sorority. Did the FBI search Ivins computers and those at the library he allegedly used to find search requests for the address?
Like the Amanda Knox orgy theory, the DOJ's Crazy Ivins theory has oodles of sex speculation but expert analysis of the faulty forensics undermined evidence to back it up. NADA - ZILCH. And like the Amanda Knox case, if the DOJ's crazy speculation had faced examination in a courtroom, the Ivins-did-it theory would have crumbled as quickly. I'm thinking the "black guy" did it.
Since everyone is speculating these days, here's my sexless speculation on the anthraX file:
1. The fool who mailed the anthrax letters is not the terrorist who created it or stole it from a bio-weapons lab. This scenario blows away the FBI's "logic" for assuming a lone wolf did it and eliminating another bio-weapons lab as a possible source: "At Dugway, which unlike USAMRIID did make anthrax powder, the FBI examined who was present at work and during what hours on the days before the anthrax was postmarked. The bureau concluded that none of Dugway's researchers could have flown to New Jersey and back during their windows of opportunity. (NB. the anthrax letters make no mention that only one guy was involved. In fact the letters say, "you can not stop US.")
nb. It's worth noting that researchers at Dugway grew anthrax spores for Dr. Ivins, and it's unclear whether those batches of Dugway spores might have developed the same mutations and variants as those in Ivins' flask."
2. Since the fool's letter warned it contained anthrax, the fool was not intent on killing anyone.
3. The fool did not realize that anthrax letters would contaminate the postal system.
4. The fool had a connection with Princeton University and harbored a grudge against it.
5. The fool died from anthrax; that's why we have not heard from him again. (Of course, he didn't walk into a NJ hospital and announce to the world he was a victim. )
If I were the FBI, I would check PU's personnel files and cross-check the names of terminated employees with SSA death records in 2001-2002.
6. The fool was not Bruce Ivins; if Ivins had created it (which is IMPOSSIBLE as his lab did not have the capacity to produce weaponized dry anthrax), he would have known that sealing the envelopes with tape would not prevent the anthrax from leaking.
Truth is stranger than fiction, and it's easier to close a case than to solve it. The fool is dead, but the greater fool is the DOJ for thinking the anthraX file is closed. The anthrax terrorist's not an alien, still out there among US, and so is the truth, Scully.
Logline: A panel operating out of the White House — that meets in total secrecy, with no known law or rules governing what it can do or how it operates — is empowered to place American citizens on a list to be killed by the CIA, which (by some process nobody knows) eventually makes its way to the President, who is the final Decider.
When historians reflect on the factors that lead to the fall of the empire of the United States, the abdication of the rule of law begun under Bush the Second and continued under Obama - the mindset of the U.S. Government that it can spy on, imprison, or even kill anyone we want — including US citizens — without any due process or any evidence shown, simply because they are Bad People, and you will trust us and believe us -- will be at the top of the list.
1. Obama better have a good hiding place unlike Saddam and wacky Qaddafi if Rick Perry gets elected.
2. FOX is fighting for the Witness to the Execution rights.
This Columbus Day there will be Americans in New York and other cities protesting the class warfare waged by the Wall Street Rich who are ripping off the poor, and there will be Americans celebrating the man associated with the greatest waves of class warfare/genocide known in history - Cristobal Columbus.
CC is the poster child for Wall Street, a man who stopped at nothing— not even exploitation, slavery or twisting Biblical scripture— to advance his ambitions. CC is reviled in Latin America because he brought slavery, enormous exploitation and devastating diseases to the Americas. He practiced class warfare, as noted in his logbook about Indians - "They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance.... They would make fine servants.... With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want." (Enron would be so proud!) In 1495, during the Second Voyage, Indians were transported to Spain as slaves, many dying en route. "Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity," Columbus later wrote, "go on sending all the slaves that can be sold."
In the most important contemporary documentary evidence is the multi-volume History of the Indies by the Catholic priest Bartolomé de las Casas who observed the region where Columbus was governor. In contrast to "the myth," Las Casas describes Spaniards driven by "insatiable greed" — "killing, terrorizing, afflicting, and torturing the native peoples" with "the strangest and most varied new methods of cruelty" and how systematic violence was aimed at preventing "Indians from daring to think of themselves as human beings." The Spaniards "thought nothing of knifing Indians by tens and twenties and of cutting slices off them to test the sharpness of their blades", wrote Las Casas. "My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature, and now I tremble as I write."
Goodbye Columbus: The largest ecumenical body in the United States, the National Council of Churches, called on Christians to refrain from celebrating the Columbus quincentennial, saying, "What represented newness of freedom, hope, and opportunity for some was the occasion for oppression, degradation and genocide for others."
Some say a song can change the destiny of the world. It may be too late for the Indians, but not for the 99 percent of US to say:
HELLO LIFE, GOODBYE COLUMBUS
I've got a feelin' that you're gonna hear from us
You're gonna know that we've taken the world by surprise
Got that look in our eyes
Its a lucky day, just for changin'
Leavin' the old world behind
Lucky day for walkin' a new road
Just to clear your mind
It's a day for startin' a new way
Tellin' the old one goodbye
Lucky day for gettin' above it
Spread your wings and fly
Goodbye, goodbye Columbus