Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dr.Vahid Majidi, Assistant Director of the FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate

Dr. Vahid Majidi – Assistant Director, FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Ph.D. in Chemistry

"Dr. Majidi has published numerous scientific articles in peer reviewed journals [my link], and he has served on editorial boards for several international journals."--FBI

There are fake scholars like the discredited ex-professor Ward Churchill, who wrote a series of increasingly elaborated fabricated histories that blamed the U.S. Army for the Mandan Smallpox epidemic; and there are real scholars like Dr. Vahid Majidi, who led the FBI's "Amerithrax" investigation. Ward Churchill's work was found to be fraudulant by his peers at the University of Colorado. Dr. Majidi's work has withstood peer review by the scientific community, and his name comes up in books, too.

In his October 10, 2007 testimony before the Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee, Dr. Majidi stated:

The FBI established the WMD Directorate in 2006 to bring together the units within the FBI that were addressing the response, investigation, intelligence dissemination and analysis and countermeasures programs into one unified structure. This unity of leadership has strengthened the FBI’s ability to prevent a WMD terrorist attack significantly. Key to our prevention efforts is a strong forensic program that includes all aspects of WMD and traditional forensic expertise. Additionally, we at the FBI recognize that it is through interagency cooperation that the WMD terrorist threat is best addressed.

In my previous post on Dr. Bruce Ivins, the FBI's suspect in the anthrax mailings, I quoted the FBI scientist Dr. Majidi, the Assistant Director of the FBI's Mass Destruction Directorate.

On the subject of the FBI's "Amerithrax" investigation, Dr. Majidi stated:

I am asking you to understand that this is the first step toward broader dissemination of the scientific information surrounding this case. Additional information will be available through peer reviewed publications and I ask you to please respect the integrity of this process. In fact, several research projects related to the FBI’s investigation have already resulted in peer reviewed publications and we will provide you with that list. Additional publications will be available for peer review as more information from the investigation is released [Full text].

It will be interesting to read what the scientists who worked on the "Amerithrax" investigation have to say in their published articles. I hope the FBI will issue press releases as these scientific articles appear so we can read the peer-reviewed papers instead of the junk science we are fed by anti-American, conspiracy-minded propagandists.

Dr. Vahid Majidi is a very distinguished scientist who has published many peer reviewed articles; here is what the FBI has posted about his career:

Dr. Majidi was appointed by Director Mueller to serve as the Assistant Director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. Dr. Majidi comes to FBI from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he served as the Chemistry Division Leader.

The Chemistry Division at LANL is a premier scientific organization with extensive research capabilities essential to national security and civilian research programs. Chemistry Division’s strategic programs included nuclear weapons-related research, non/counter-proliferation, homeland security, isotope science, applied energy, and nanoscale science and engineering.

In 2003, Dr. Majidi was appointed by the Deputy Attorney General to serve as the Chief Science Advisor to the Department of Justice. Dr. Majidi was detailed from LANL to the Department of Justice, and he was responsible for coordinating science and technology policy among the Department’s component agencies and with state and local law enforcement entities. He served as the lead Department representative for biosecurity, pathogen forensics, DNA technologies, biometrics programs and as the liaison to the scientific community.

Prior to his career at LANL, Dr. Majidi was a tenured associate professor of chemistry at the University of Kentucky. His research activities were focused on analytical spectroscopy and gas-phase chemistry.
Dr. Majidi earned his BS degree in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University and his PhD degree from Wayne State University. After his graduate work, he spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas ( Austin).

Dr. Majidi has published numerous scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, and he has served on editorial boards for several international journals.


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