Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ed Lake's Prediction about the Closing of the FBI's Amerithrax (Anthrax Attack) Investigation

"If you had any illusions that junk science has been quelled by the real science of the Amerithrax investigation, I suggest you read this morning's edition of The Wall Street Journal. It contains an opinion piece by Edward J. Epstein titled "The Anthrax Attacks Remain Unsolved - The FBI disproved its main theory about how the spores were weaponized." It repeats a lot of the junk science used by conspiracy theorists, plus total inaccuracies and various other nonsense to argue that the presence of silicon in the attack spores proves that the attack spores were "weaponized" and Dr. Ivins could not be the culprit."--Ed Lake (1-25-10)

One of my favorite Internet sites is Ed Lake's blog Analyzing the Anthrax Attacks. Mr. Lake is a retired computer expert who tries to separate the facts from the conspiracy theories (scroll down) about the FBI's Amerithrax investigation.

Mr. Lake believes that the FBI's Amerithrax investigation has been solved and will soon be closed. According to the FBI (8-6-08), charges were about to be brought against anthrax researcher Dr. Bruce Ivins, but he took his own life before those charges could be filed.

Ed Lake had indications that there were "plans" to close the Amerithrax investigation by the end of January; but that has not happened, so here is his comment today in the "Thoughts and Comments" section (1-31-10):

January 31, 2010 - So, we're at "the end of January" and the Amerithrax case has not yet been officially closed. While I haven't heard anything at all from any sources, I have to assume that the official closing of the Amerithrax investigation, which I said was planned for "the end of January," was delayed by the sudden scheduling of the President's State of the Union address for Wednesday in the last week of January.

The President wouldn't want the impact of his State of the Union address to be diluted or sidetracked by some unrelated announcement from the DOJ, a department his Administrative Branch of the government. After all, the State of the Union Address isn't just a speech. It's a plan, an announcement of goals, a call to action. It's followed by meetings with members of congress, by discussions pundits on the weekend talk shows and by reviews and comments in the Sunday editions and in national magazines like Time and Newsweek, which go to press on the weekend for delivery on Monday. Closing the Amerithrax case in the middle of all that would be unthinkable. The idea is to get as many people as possible focused on helping to advance and improve The State of The Union. Discussions of other matters don't help.

I don't know if The National Geographic Channel had any inside information when they rescheduled a rerun of "Hunting the Anthrax Killer" from this the last weekend in January to next weekend, the first weekend in February, but there are certainly a lot of "vibes" indicating that could be the case.

I'm keeping my ear to the ground, with my fingers crossed while I wait for something to happen - hopefully very soon.


Blogger lewweinstein said...

For other views on the FBI investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks, see ...

Most of those who participate in my CASE CLOSED blog do not believe the FBI has presented any convincing evidence to support their allegation that Dr. Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 attacks. There are alternative theories of the case, but no alternate theory is needed to see that the FBI's case against Dr. Ivins (so far made public) is pathetic.

You might also be interested in my novel CASE CLOSED (available at amazon in paper and kindle) where I present a possible scenario to explain the FBI's failure to solve the case.


5:31 PM  
Blogger Snapple said...

You are nothing but a conspiracist who wants to sell his book. You are no different than the 9-11 Truthers.

I believe the FBI, not you.

5:53 PM  
Blogger lewweinstein said...

Actually, I don't know what a 9-11 Truther is, but I do know that the evidence made public by the FBI would never have convicted a living defendant whose attorney could cross-examine witnesses.

Which may be why the FBI chose to charge a dead man.

You don't have to take my word for anything. I encourage you to read the vast range of comments raised by reputable journalists, scientists and U.S. Senators which casts the FBI's August 2008 announcement in considerable doubt.

I wrote CASE CLOSED because I thought the FBI assertions were a travesty, and yes, I do want to sell my books. Is there anything wrong with that?


3:28 PM  
Blogger Snapple said...

The FBI did not chose to charge a dead man. They were about to charge Ivins when he killed himself. That's his fault.

The evidence is not supposed to be made public before charges are made. That was the mistake made with Hatfill.

I don't think Leahy thinks this was some big conspiracy any more. I would probably know that.

7:33 PM  
OpenID richard said...

"I don't think Leahy thinks this was some big conspiracy any more. I would probably know that."

From mid-September 2008:
Senator doubts anthrax suspect acted alone

Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Hearst Newspapers

Published 4:00 am, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., one of the targets of the mailed anthrax attacks that killed five people in 2001, said Wednesday he is convinced that the FBI's sole suspect - dead microbiologist Bruce Ivins - did not act alone.

"If he is the one who sent the letter, I do not believe in any way, shape or manner that he is the only person involved in this attack on Congress and the American people," said Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I believe there are others involved, either as accessories before or accessories after the fact. I believe there are others who can be charged with murder."

3:46 PM  
OpenID richard said...

3:49 PM  

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