& Changes: Sunday, May 26, 2013, thru Saturday, June 1,
May 31, 2013 - There's been a number
of news stories (click HERE
about President Obama's likely choice to replace Robert Mueller as FBI
Director. Robert Mueller officially became Director of the FBI on
September 4, 2001, just one week before 9/11. The appointment
term for FBI Director is 10 years. However, in 2011, President
Obama asked that Mueller remain on the job for an additional 2 years,
and the Senate agreed. So, Director Mueller is expected to step
down in early September, just over 3 months from now.
Coincidentally, September 11, 2013 will be the 12th anniversary of 9/11
and September 18 will be the same anniversary for the first anthrax
It seems to me that, if the General Accountablity Office (GAO) is going
to ever produce their review of the Amerithrax investigation, the
perfect time for it would be in late September or early October, right
after Mueller leaves office. The report could then theoretically
provide information to the new
Director on how to do things better in the future, and there wouldn't
be any need to discuss anything with the previous Director. I'm
not speculating or predicting, I'm really just hoping.
May 30, 2013 - Although I said I wouldn't write anything
else about the Amanda Berry case, I can't resist commenting on the
controversy over her phone call to 911
and the response from the 911 dispatcher (also HERE,
I can't understand how so
many people can think that the 911 operator called Amanda a "f--king
b--ch" at the very end of the call. What I hear is the 911
operator just trying to get the
facts from a
nearly hysterical woman. I also notice that earlier in the call
the operator responds,
"I got that, dear," after
Amanda says she's been on the news for ten years. That's not
usually what an angry person calls someone else.
I've played the controversial part at the end of the call at least two
dozen times with the volume
turned up as far as it will go, and what I hear at the very end, is
Dispatcher: Talk to them [the police] when they get there.
Berry: All Right. Okay.
911 Dispatcher. Thank
Amanda Berry: Bye.
Unknown voice: What was
It's at about the 1:34
mark. That third voice very clearly
says, "What was that?!"
It's not the same 911
dispatcher and it's definitely
curse. My best guess is that it's the voice of another
911 dispatcher who had been listening in. It's incomprehensible
how anyone could hear it as a
curse from the dispatcher.
I think there's more than enough real
controversy going on without people imagining
things and demanding that the 911 operator be fired because of what
As another example, the
media is reporting that the father of Ibragim Todashev, who was
shot by an FBI agent during an interrogation related to three grizzly
murders in Waltham, MA in 2011, is claiming that his
"executed." What appears in photos to be a cut on the top of Ibragim's head - possibly
from being hit with a gun barrel during a struggle - is described by
the father as a
bullet hole in the back of
his son's head. So, we can expect the media to generate a lot of
controversy over this.
And, by now everyone has probably heard about the two
letters containing ricin that were sent to New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg and Mark
Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group Bloomberg
helps run and finance. The letters threatened Mayor Bloomberg and
made reference to the real
controversy and debate over gun control laws. According to
The letters – with identical text --
were printed from a computer and are postmarked May 20 from Shreveport,
the ricin letters are probably classified as a "terrorist" attack,
since the motive behind the letters appears to be to intimidate Mayor
Bloomberg and others to get them to change government policies about
Asked if he was angry, Bloomberg said he wasn't.
"There are people that do things that might appear
irrational - things that are wrong," he said. "But it's a complex world
out there. And you just have to deal with that."
One Bloomberg insider told ABC News the mayor himself
made the decision to go public with news of the ricin-laced letters as
soon as a second, more reliable round of tests returned positive
results for the poison.
Later in the day, The
New York Times reported that it appears an identical letter was
also sent to President Obama. It hasn't yet been examined.
Other than that, there's nothing more to say. Hopefully, the FBI
and other investigative organizations will find the ricin mailer and
lock him up.
And, hopefully, the Cleveland authorities have listened to Amanda
911 call and can tell that that there's nothing seriously wrong with
May 28, 2013 - I was just provided a
link to an amusing blog page where an Anthrax Truther attempted in 2006
to explain his views of the differences between "fact" and
"fantasy." Click HERE
to go to the page.
It's a very bizarre blog page because most of the fantasies are
nonsense made up by the Truther and then debunked by the same
Truther. And, in many instances, he clearly cannot tell the
difference between fact and fantasy. One of the best examples:
2. Fantasy: The Ames strain was obtained
from Ft. Detrick.
Fact: The Ames strain had been distributed to at least a score of known labs,
and the genetic investigation
pinpoint the source of the anthrax, though it may have narrowed
the field to four labs at least known to have had genetically identical
In that one, it seems to
me that there is more fact in what the Truther thinks is fantasy than
in what the Truther thinks is fact. The Ames strain came from Ft.
Detrick, they distributed it to 17 other labs, and the genetic
pinpoint the source.
In the item below, the "fantasy" is blatantly created by the Truther,
since no one ever made such a preposterous claim:
4. Fantasy: The fact that the hijacker with the
black leg lesion was dead proves his black lesion was not related to
Fact: In June 2001, hijacker
Ahmed Alhaznawi told a doctor that he had gotten a gash associated with
blackened lesion -- such as occurs with cutaneous anthrax -- in
Afghanistan after bumping into a suitcase. He had come from the Darunta camp where Al Qaeda's
anthrax production program at Kandahar was located and where virulent
anthrax was found.
The Truther's "fact" is just a fantasy.
According to a
more reliable source, there was nothing found at Darunta camp that
related to anthrax:
Working in a crude
laboratory at the Darunta terrorist training camp, eight miles south of
Jalalabad, al-Masri led a group that experimented with several World War I-era chemical agents,
including hydrogen cyanide, chlorine, phosgene, and mustard gas.
After the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, U.S. troops
searched the Darunta camp and found training manuals detailing the
synthesis of nerve agents and how to enhance conventional explosives
with toxic chemicals.
Below is one where fact is described as fantasy by the Truther, and
then the deliberate mis-classification is justified by explaining that
terrorists sometimes lie:
8. Fantasy: Shortly after the mailings, Al
Qaeda denied responsibility for the anthrax letters, and there
was no claim of responsibility.
Fact: Bin Laden and
Zawahiri also initially denied involvement for the 1998 embassy
bombings and initially denied responsibility of 9/11.
Osama bin Laden did
deny responsibility for the anthrax letters. Click HERE.
The Truther just doesn't believe him, so he claims that fact is fantasy.
While there are many other
fact-fantasy items that are also largely nonsense because of
distortions, to bring an close to this comment, here's an item labeled
as "Fantasy" that was a solid FACT:
14. Fantasy: The FBI suspects someone who
is not a supporter of the militant islamists
Fact: In a press conference
in October 2005, Director Mueller said that the FBI was pursuing all
domestic and international leads. He said "remember Oklahoma City.
Remember 9/11." He declined to say if they had a suspect. That year,
FBI agents reportedly had visited Asia, Africa and Afghanistan in the
course of the Amerithrax investigation.
On September 23, 2006,
when the Truther created that blog page, Dr. Bruce Ivins was already a suspect in the case (he
was not known to be a supporter of militant Islamists), and flask
RMR-1029 (the "murder weapon") was already
becoming a major piece of evidence in the investigation.
Rule #1 for people trying to separate fact from fantasy: Understand the
May 27, 2013 - This morning I
stumbled across this:
The 45 rpm record appears
to contain recordings of Dr. Bruce Ivins singing "Pass Me By"
links are from a
blog posting by Dick Destiny dated April 13, 2011 which says:
As promised, here’s the newly
found recording career of Bruce Ivins, the USAMRIID scientist declared
the anthrax mailer by the US government.
But Ivins, in addition to
being the best bioterrorist US money could buy, was by all accounts a
man of many talents. His fondness for entertaining with music and
keyboard playing is documented in newspaper stories worldwide.
And so the founder of Bona
Fide Records, Rick Noll of Pennsy, has discovered, recovered and
brought to the attention of a fascinated country, the bioterror
scientist’s 7-inch vinyl, recorded as Bruce Ivins and the Country Boys.
Is it really THE Bruce Ivins, or is it someone
else named Bruce Ivins? In
an earlier article from GlobalSecurity.org titled "Bruce
Ivins, first bioterrorist/recording artist ever?" dated April 8,
2011, George Smith (a.k.a. "Dick Destiny") wrote:
Maybe so. We don’t know for
sure. Perhaps it’s all phlogiston, Bruce Ivins and the Country Boys
another Bruce Ivins — not the Bruce Ivins at the center of the anthrax
case. It’s all just a coincidence, what Klaatu was to the Beatles, sort
of. It’s just one more mysterious embellishment contributing to the
fascination over lore connected to the nation’s most famous
bioterrorist. Like the FBI/DoJ case against Ivins, the evidence is
circumstantial yet still compelling.
Maybe time will sort it out.
Maybe. If it is THE Bruce Ivins, then his friends
and family probably have copies of the record. In the articles,
the experts seem to be saying that all the backup music and background
singing cannot be created
digitally with the keyboard Ivins was using in the photos, but knowing
how to play that kind of keyboard would
have provided him with all the basics he would need to use
the type of keyboard used to make the recordings. So, the
recordings most likely involved playing a more sophisticated studio keyboard.
I don't recall ever seeing those articles by Dick Destiny before, and
the only reason I found them this morning was because of an
article on GlobalSecurity.org from last week which mentions that ricin
letter mailer James Everett Dutschke is also a musician who produced
some recordings, and so is another guy associated with ricin, Robert
Alberg, of Kirkland, WA.
Like Alberg, J. Everett
Dutschke stands accused of making ricin. Unlike Bruce Ivins, the
anthrax mailer, recent American history has shown that castor bean
pounders kill and sicken no one.
American bioterrorists are few in number. But they are a very modern
And the most famous
bioterrorist of all, Frederick, Maryland's anthrax mailer, the research
scientist Bruce Ivins, was also a recording musician.
Ivins, the only accused
bioterrorist whose work killed people, five in the anthrax mailings of
2001, ignited a national panic and launched a bioterrorism defense
industry boom that lasted for over a decade.
I'd seen the pictures of
Ivins singing at his keyboard before. But, it never occurred to
me to wonder what kind of
music he sang. "Pass Me By " is a Country and Western tune.
And "All Shook Up" is an old Elvis Presley Rock and Roll song.
Does that mix say anything about Ivins? If it does, I have no
clue to what it says.
May 26, 2013 - It's been almost a
full week since a
Anthrax Truthers last posted comments about the anthrax
attacks of 2001 on my
interactive blog. But at 7:11 a.m. yesterday morning, "DXer"
posted this to Lew Weinstein's blog:
A prolific poster named Ed, a
retiree in Wisconsin, argues regularly that a First Grader wrote the
anthrax letters. He did not take care to inform himself about the FBI’s
manhunt for Adnan El-Shukrijumah — and still studiously avoids the facts relating to
the issue (Very uncivil and adopting ad hominem labels rather than
analysis of the facts relating to El-Shukrijumah was the mailer, he would not address the facts when over
the course of years it would be pointed out). Instead,
his argument was that because the FBI did not talk about its hunt for
an unidentified accomplice, such an accomplice must not exist.
Instead, Ed imagined a First
— who does not exist — to have written the anthrax letters.
Since I'm banned from
Weinstein's blog, it seems I'll have to respond here.
It's difficult to decipher exactly what "DXer" is saying in his
convoluted and largely incoherent ramblings. "Unidentified
"unidentified accomplice?" Accomplice to what? And where did I ever
argue that this "unidentified accomplice" doesn't exist?
And, the first grader doesn't exist?
Don't you have to have some idea of who the first grader might be before you can say that he
doesn't exist? Or is "DXer" claiming he can prove that NO first
graders existed anywhere near Bruce Ivins in 2001, even though his wife
ran a day care center in their home and had friends with children?
seems to now be
arguing that Adnan
El-Shukrijumah was the anthrax mailer, and he seems
to want me to
examine his "evidence." I'm translating this:
He did not take care to
himself about the FBI’s manhunt for Adnan El-Shukrijumah — and still studiously avoids the facts relating to
the issue (Very uncivil and adopting ad hominem labels rather than analysis of the facts relating to
El-Shukrijumah was the mailer, he
would not address the facts when over the course of years it would be
pointed out ).
to mean this:
He ... still studiously avoids the facts relating to
the issue ... rather than [analyzing]
the facts relating to El-Shukrijumah [being] the mailer. He would not address the facts when over the
course of years [the facts were] pointed out [to him].
In reality, I created a web page titled "The illogical
al Qaeda theory"
on June 17, 2012, which addressed some of the so-called
"evidence" against al Qaeda. I got bored with it after a couple
days, and I never finished it. But, I'm
certainly willing to debunk more of "DXer's" highly and easily
debunkable beliefs. It's just
difficult to figure out exactly what he's saying.
weeks ago, "DXer"
he was arguing that
The anthrax letters are in
handwriting of [Mohamed] Atta.
To me, it looks like
"DXer" is trying to recover after being shown to
be wrong when I showed him
solid evidence that Mohamed
Atta did NOT
write the anthrax letters. So, it seems that "DXer" is now
trying to start some kind of a new
He now seems to have turned to arguing
mailed and probably wrote the
anthrax letters, although there do not appear to be
any handwriting "exemplars" to analyze. That
means there is no current risk that I or anyone else can also prove
El-Shukrijumah handwriting does
not match the writing on the anthrax documents.
"DXer's" new belief
about the handwriting is evidently supported only by his primary unshakable belief:
militant Islamists were behind the anthrax attacks of 2001.
At 6:32 a.m. this morning, "DXer" stated on
Lew Weinstein's blog:
I have been publicly
explaining the importance of Adnan El-Shukrijumah to the solution of
the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings for over a decade.
On Friday, "DXer" declared in one
post on Lew Weinstein's blog:
I have argued that Adnan El-Shurkijumah
was the mailer of anthrax
letters in the Fall 2001. He stayed with Al-Hawsawi in safe
Karachi from February – April 2002. Al-Hawsawi had the anthrax
spraydrying documents his laptop.
another post on Friday:
KSM and El-Shukrujumah, who I have argued is
the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer for over a decade, likely knew each
other from fighting in Bosnia in 1995. Adnan’s Dad’s mosque in Brooklyn
was a conduit for fighters going to Bosnia.
However, 12 days ago, on a thread titled "FOIA
Suit Relating to Theory That Aberaouf Jdey Is The Anthrax Mailer,"
"DXer" evidently wasn't as certain as he now seems to be:
Let’s first more fully
Dillon’s theory that Jdey was the anthrax mailer — notwithstanding my
argument below that as between Jdey and El-Shukrijumah, El-Shukrijumah
is the more likely candidate
finding that Jdey is alive
not serve to debunk [Kenneth] Dillon’s brilliant hypothesis that Jdey
was the mailer (He first shared it with me almost a decade ago
knew then he was on to something).. As I’ve said, I’ve suggested that
El-Shukrijumah was the mailer
Using Google, I cannot find any posts on
Lew Weinstein's site prior to March 2012
that even mention El-Shukrijumah (or El-Shurkijumah or El-Shukrujumah). The way I recall it, for many years "DXer" seemed to be
focused on pointing at Ali
al Timimi as
being somehow responsible for the mailings. At a
seminar on November 29, 2010, "DXer" used a slide presentation that
doesn't even appear to mention El-Shukrijumah. Click HERE
to access the slide presentation.
kind of "evidence" does "DXer"
have to support his
strong belief that militant Islamists were behind the anthrax
attacks? An August
8, 2011 post lists some of what he considers to be "evidence."
While the anthrax letters themselves were copies on plain paper, the J-Lo letter (which facts say did NOT contain anthrax and had nothing to do with the attacks) was
reported in The National Enquirer to
have been written on
a business-size sheet of
stationery decorated with pink and blue clouds around the edges.
And according to "DXer,"
In admitting that he had
supervising the development of anthrax for use against the U.S. upon
Atef’s death (in November 2001), Khalid Sheikh Mohammed separately
noted that “I was the Media Operations Director for Al-Sahab or ‘The Clouds,’ under Dr.
This seems to be the item of "evidence" that "DXer" mentions most
often. The J-Lo letter was reportedly written on stationery
decorated with clouds,
and a Muslim terrorist organization was called "Al-Sahab" or "The Clouds." So, the
clouds on the stationery were evidently some signature code
for "The Clouds"
Yet, "DXer" evidently sees no
in the FBI's finding that Ivins put a
coded message into the anthrax letters sent to the media (a
coded message relating to his two co-workers)
and was observed throwing away the code books.
Obviously, "DXer" has a different standard for "evidence" when it's
evidence that doesn't support his personal beliefs.
The anthrax letters were mailed in pre-stamped Post Office
envelopes. The stamp on those envelopes was an American Eagle
While the eagle looks to
be light blue (as in red, white and blue), "DXer" sees it as
The “Federal Eagle” stamp
the anthrax mailings was
a blue-green. It was
widely published among the militant Islamists that
martyrs go to paradise “in the hearts of green birds.”
Blue? Green? Blue-green? There's apparently no
difference when looking for evidence to support a belief. So, the
stamp (with USA printed
on it) was a code
for the "green birds" in the hearts of which militant Islamists
will travel to paradise. Again, he shows that he has a totally
different standard when looking at what he considers to be "evidence"
versus the FBI's evidence.
The return address on the anthrax letters sent to Senators Daschle and
FRANKLIN PARK NJ 08852
According to "DXer":
The mailer’s use of
School” as the return
address for the letters to the senators is also revealing. A May 2001
letter that al-Zawahiri sent to Egyptian Islamic Jihad members abroad
establish that he used “school”
as a code word for the Egyptian
So, according to "DXer's" theory, the fact the senate letters had a
return address that included the word "school" is another code
used by militant
Islamists. And, of course, "green" is also part of "Greendale,"
which again relates to the "green birds" inside which the Islamists go
4. The "4th
According to "DXer":
The “4th grade” in the
address “4th Grade,
Greendale School,” is American
slang for “sergeant” — the rank of the
head of al-Qaida’s military commander Mohammed Atef, who along with
al-Zawahiri had overseen Project Zabadi, al-Qaida’s biochemical program.
4th grade is American slang
for sergeant? Really? And sergeant is also the rank of an
military commander? So,
that's the reason "DXer" believes the Islamists used it in the return
address? It's another code?
Of course, "4th grade" is also the actual grade of student who was
corporal punishment at the Greendale Baptist Academy in Wisconsin,
which was the subject of a feature story in The American Family Journal just
prior to the attacks, a magazine to which Ivins and his wife
subscribed. But, according to "DXer," that isn't
"evidence." If he doesn't believe it, then it isn't "evidence."
According to a
post by "DXer" in 2012:
On the return address,
School purported to be in
Franklin Park. Padilla, the former Broward man suspected of plotting to
explode a ”dirty bomb” to spread radiation in the United States,
worshipped at a Broward County mosque, Masjid Al-Iman, in Fort
Lauderdale. That mosque was
across the street from Franklin Park.
Of course, the town of Franklin Park, NJ, is just 10 miles beyond where
the anthrax letters were mailed, so it could also be where Dr. Ivins
planned to mail the letters before he was sidetracked by a visit to the
KKG sorority location in Princeton. For all we know, the
first anthrax letters could have been mailed
in Franklin Park, NJ. The first powder wasn't as pure and fine as
the second powder and wouldn't have leaked through the envelopes as
But, "DXer" says "Franklin Park" relates to a mosque used by
Comments from "DXer" (using a
different name) located HERE
return address, Greendale School purported to be in Franklin Park
where fugitive Adnan El-Shukrijumah
worshipped along with others
now have been indicted.
But, a little research finds a private detective's web site HERE that says,
Darul Uloom Institute &
Islamic Training Center 7050 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines is
the mosque that Adnan El Shukruijumah attended in Pembroke
Pines, El Shukruijumah shows an address in
April 2001 at 6839 Pembroke Rd Pembroke Pines Fl.
So, it appears that El-Shukrijumah (or El Shukruijumah) went to a mosque
in Pembrook Pines that was 13.7 miles
from a park called "Franklin
Park" in Fort Lauderdale, not
the mosque that was "across
the street from Franklin Park." But, I suppose that if there was
Franklin Park anywhere near any militant Islamist ever traveled, it's
"evidence" of why Franklin Park was used as the return address on the
anthrax letters. You just have to use a different standard for
what is "evidence" and what is not.
6. The Kandahar "anthrax lab":
A major part of the beliefs of the Anthrax Truthers who argue that al
Qaeda was behind the anthrax attacks is their claim that al Qaeda had
an anthrax lab in somewhere
in Afghanistan. This belief is based upon some apparent "false
positives" encountered during tests for anthrax in 2004 in a lab near
Kandahar, Afghanistan. Those tests found absolutely NO ANTHRAX
ANY KIND in the lab. The tests just found pieces of DNA that were supposed to
be unique to the Ames strain of anthrax. The
positive results were noted in one swab taken from the outside of an
unopened medicine dropper package, one swab taken from a
sink, and one swab from a drain hose.
wrote about this in my comment
for June 3, 2012 and on
my blog on May 4, 2013.
When the FBI returned to the lab to check and attempt to verify what
found, they dismantled much of the lab and took the parts back to the
U.S. for thorough testing. According to page 12 of the
FBI field report on the subject:
were taken from these 528 items and submitted to the NBFAC for analysis.
All 1254 samples were
negative for the
presence of Ba via culture analysis at the
NBFAC and PCR at NMRC.
So, there is NO
"evidence" about any anthrax in any al Qaeda lab in
Afghanistan, it's all just wild interpretations of rumors and
speculation by "insiders" and reporters who didn't know what they were
And the fact that Bruce Ivins created trillions
of Ames anthrax spores and was in
charge of the murder weapon isn't evidence at all to
"DXer." Nor is the fact that, at the time of the mailings, Ivins
had more than enough anthrax spores to make the powders for the
letters. And those spores were a perfect match for what was found
in the letters.
There is no meaningful evidence that any militant Islamists were behind
the anthrax attacks of 2001. All that the Truthers have is vague
beliefs that they twist to use as an argument, while all the solid real evidence the FBI found which
Ivins was the anthrax mailer isn't really evidence to the Truthers.
On May 18, 2013, "DXer"
wrote on Lew Weinstein's blog:
It was the failure to act on
travel of the two key hijackers that led to 9/11.
It was the failure to act on
travel of El-Shukrijumah that led to the botched Amerithrax
If we don’t learn from
are bound to repeat it.
on May 24, 2013, "DXer
wrote on Lew Weinstein's blog:
the Amerithrax mystery was
The country remains at risk.
The leading suspect for the
mailings (in my opinion) is now head of
Al Qaeda’s external operations and is planning to the attack the United
As George Bush famously
failure is not an option.
Dr. Bruce Edwards Ivins
was the anthrax mailer, not
some militant Islamist. And, while there's no denying
that al Qaeda would use
anthrax and other biological weapons against us if they could, it is
also clear that no evidence of any
kind will persuade "DXer" that the anthrax attacks of 2001 was a
mystery that has indeed been
evidence disproves strongly held beliefs,
I've missed any other "evidence" that "DXer" considers to be
important and wishes to explain,
I recommend he tell me about it on the subject thread on my Interactive
blog called "Facts
according to the theorists of 'cognitive dissonance'
rejection of the beliefs but rigidifying, accompanied by
to rationalize the disproof. The result is 'cognitive rigidity';
language, the knots of folly grow tighter."
W. Tuchman: "The March Of Folly"