Monday, June 15, 2015

When Foreknowledge Overshadows

November 28, 2001, BBC News, Mid-East killings overshadow talks, Archived,

Wednesday, 28 November, 2001, 05:53 GMT

Israeli police remove the body of one of the gunmen
The gunmen came from the West Bank town of Jenin

The Palestinian Authority has condemned the killing of three Israelis by Palestinian gunmen, as US envoys began a mission to try to arrange a truce between the two sides.

Two Israelis died and scores were injured when gunmen opened fire in the northern Israeli town of Afula, and an Israeli woman died hours later when Palestinian militants attacked a bus near a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip.

This murderous terrorist act is the Palestinian welcome for [US envoys] General Zinni and Assistant Secretary of State William Burns
Avi Pazner
Israeli Government spokesman on Afula attack

The killings came as the US envoys - Anthony Zinni and Assistant Secretary of State William Burns - held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. They are due to meet the Palestinian leadership on Wednesday.

General Zinni said the killings showed the importance of reaching a ceasefire.

In a statement, the Palestinian Authority said it "strongly condemns the two attacks... which targeted Israeli civilians," while Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said the "PLO will deploy a 100 percent effort to consolidate the ceasefire [with Israel]".

'Pressure Arafat'

The BBC's Kylie Morris in Jerusalem says that when the Palestinian delegation meets the Americans, it is expected to emphasise three points - an end to occupation, the establishment of a Palestinian state and a freeze on Israeli settlements.

Ariel Sharon (left) and General Anthony Zinni
The US envoys saw the scene of the attack in Afula from their helicopter

Israel, for its part, has called on the envoys to put pressure on Mr Arafat to crack down on Palestinian militants.

"We don't see a change in Arafat's strategy of violence and terror. If you [US envoys] can successfully change his tactics, it would be a great accomplishment," said a statement from Israeli's defence ministry.

The attack in Afula took place as Mr Sharon took the envoys on a helicopter tour of the West Bank to demonstrate Israel's security concerns.

The helicopter hovered over the scene of the shootings as ambulances took the wounded to hospital.

Minutes earlier, two men opened fire in the centre of the town, spraying bullets into a bus station and a nearby market.

A bystander, Mordechai Cohen, told Israel radio that "terrorists in civilian dress appeared and started to fire".

"They shot the first person in the head. He fell down, they ran toward the market."

Police shot and killed both attackers.


Palestinian militant groups Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Brigades said their members had carried out the attack in revenge for the killing of a leader of the military wing of the radical Islamic Hamas movement by Israel last Friday.

The gunmen came from a refugee camp in the Palestinian-controlled town of Jenin on the West Bank, about 15 km (10 miles) from Afula.

The two attacks came hours after Israeli troops pulled out of Jenin, the last of six Palestinian towns occupied by Israeli forces following the assassination of an Israeli minister last month.

A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the withdrawal was a gesture of goodwill to coincide with the arrival in Israel of the US envoys.

Their mission follows last week's speech by the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, in which he spelled out Washington's vision for the Middle East.

The United States has said General Zinni will stay in the region for as long as it takes to bring an end to 14 months of fighting in which nearly 1,000 people - mainly Palestinians - have been killed.

The following 2008 YNet article is so twisted in its attempt to absolve Israeli military and intelligence from any knowledge of----and collaboration with---the faking of a Hamas enemy's death, that we can only glean a few bits of objective truth that work their way up to the surface.

After long complaining that the PA did nothing to thwart terrorist attacks by punishing Palestinian attackers, we find that two high-level Hamas operatives are imprisoned in a PA-run facility--the Jneid Prison in Nablus. Undisputed by Israeli authorities and media in this account, it was a May 2008 Israeli airstrike on the facility, with an objective of fatally terminating at least one prisoner held within, and we should stop here to acknowledge the obvious war crime this constitutes. However well "targeted"  firing missiles from the air into a secure custodial ground facility, it resulted in the factual killing of a dozen innocent Palestinian policemen, and the clandestine freeing of a stated target under the guise his death.

It is not Hamas' or the PA's entitlement to declare a name-brand terrorist (one of their own) as being killed by an Israeli military action in the news media, independently of the protagonists In this context, the lack of Israeli disputation or public doubt in the "fact" of an announced death, equals an official collaboration in a deception foisted on the public. The Israeli establishment is not so stupid to deny this---there has never been a "fog of war" on the West Bank or in the Gaza strip.

The extraordinary BBC News account of October 2001 "terrorism," stage managed with a heavy Israeli hand, is summed up by an Israeli Government spokesman, Avi Pazner, on the "Afula attack":

"This murderous terrorist act is the Palestinian welcome for [US envoys] General Zinni and Assistant Secretary of State William Burns."

The faking of Jewish death by "terrorist attack" is a much more common tactic used by Israeli authorities in the rousing of public enmity against Palestinians, and the forestalling of separate statehood, with peace and security. It would be easy to prove this fact with a proper academic bio-statistical analysis of the timing of attacks coinciding, for instance, with peace initiatives, as well as the improbable repetitive patterns, undisguisable as the result of foreknowledge, manipulation and abuse of power. But there are no independent academics or professionals who are unbeholden to the Israeli-Jewish dominated system, which manages and manipulates public opinion via the news media.

December 22, 2008, YNet, Hamas operative arrested 6 years after being declared dead, by Ali Waked,

Hamas operative arrested 6 years after being declared dead

Palestinian Authority detains former commander of Hamas' military wing in Nablus after declaring him dead in 2001 IDF strike; Hamas issues statement slamming PA for collaborating with Israel
Ali Waked
Published: 12.22.08, 19:10 / Israel News

The Palestinian Authority arrested the former commander of Hamas' military wing in the West Bank more than six years after he was declared dead, Ynet has learned. The operation that ended in Rajab al-Sharif's arrest took place on Saturday.
In May of 2001 Hamas claimed al-Sharif had been killed in an Air Force strike on Jneid Prison in Nablus. The strike targeted Mahmoud Abu-Hanoud, a senior Hamas operative responsible for a number of terror attacks in Israel, resulting in the deaths of 12 Palestinian police officers.

Abu-Hanoud, who was considered a protégé of al-Sharif, escaped the strike but was killed by the IDF a year and a half later. After the bombing of the prison he met with al-Sharif's family and notified them of his death.

A year later, during Israel's 'Operation Defensive Shield', al-Sharif's family reported that he had been killed in the Israeli air strike of 2001. They constructed a mourning tent and the PA declared him a martyr.

In November the IDF received intelligence that al-Sharif was still alive and raided the family's home, demanding his surrender. The raid prompted a PA investigation, which concluded that he was indeed still alive, and frequented the home of his family.

After al-Sharif's arrest on Saturday Hamas declared the PA responsible for his well-being. "The Authority's gangs arrested al-Sharif in coordination with the IDF and Israeli security," the group said in a statement.

Hamas claimed Palestinian security officials celebrated the arrest by singing and tooting horns in the streets of Nablus. The group said the celebration was "a knife in the back of the Palestinian resistance and a service to the Israelis."

Sunday, June 14, 2015

December 19, 1998, BBC News, 'Drones of death' hit by Tornados,

If I had been under the constant threat of precision aerial bombardment for 8 years, I don't think I'd keep all of the dozen of my DRONES OF DEATH in a single hanger, in a location which the usually almost always imperfect Western intelligence agencies could, and did, know about. Saddam had mobile SCUD launchers, mobile anthrax labs even, we are told, but dang---only one fixed hanger location (And who would ever think to look there!?!) for his new WMD delivery device.

But Saddam had no edge on the "robot superjets" being developed by "the UK, USA, and Israel," craft which were "capable of far greater speeds and tighter manoeuvres than pilots can withstand."

Hani Hanjour's splendid tight, spiral descent in a "757," and his direct hit into the military's Counterterrorism Center located in the basement of the Pentagon is sure looking fucking robotic to me.

December 19, 1998 [13:17 GMT] BBC News, 'Drones of death' hit by Tornados,

Hangar and aircraft: General Sir Charles Guthrie said it was destroyed

The UK said on Saturday it had "severely dented" Saddam Hussein's capacity to build deadly drones capable of wiping out millions of people with anthrax.

George Robertson: "It must be absolutely right to destroy these terrible weapons".

Defence Secretary George Robertson told a news conference at the Ministry of Defence in London it was thought Saddam Hussein was planning to deploy these "drones of death" in southern Iraq.

He said the Iraqi leader had ordered work to begin in 1995 on the unmanned planes, codenamed L29s.

Mr Robertson said: "They have two under-wing weapon stores containing 300 litres of anthrax.

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"If sprayed over a built-up area like Kuwait City it could kill millions of people."

He said: "We suspect he wanted to deploy these drones of death to southern Iraq, where they would have been a threat to his neighbours, and we hit these on Thursday night."

'Terrible weapons'

Addressing those who had questioned the air strikes policy, Mr Robertson said: "It must be absolutely right to destroy these terrible weapons."

The chief of the defence staff, General Sir Charles Guthrie, said the L29 project used specially adapted Czech-made trainer planes, similar to the British Hawk aircraft.

They are fitted with special aerosols under the wings which are capable of spraying anthrax which could travel up to five miles downwind of the aircraft.

General Sir Charles Guthrie explains the significance of the attacks on the L29 project

Sir Charles said the hangar where around a dozen of the planes were based had been destroyed and Saddam Hussein's capability to wage war with chemical or biological weapons had been "severely dented".

Nick Cook, an expert on unmanned aircraft who works for the magazine Jane's Defence Weekly, described the L29 programme as a "desperate measure".

He said: "Crop-sprayers are necessarily low-flying planes, which could easily be shot out of the sky".

Robot jets of the future

More alarming, he said, could be the development of a second type of unmanned plane which uses a MiG 21 fighter jet.

[ image: Robertson coined term
Robertson coined term "drones of death"
The supersonic fighter, controlled by another MiG 21 in the vicinity, would be able to fly further afield and at far greater speeds than the crop-sprayer.

"We first heard they were being developed in an Unscom report about a year ago," he said.

"We then knew they were being developed, but not manufactured. It sounds like they've moved on a stage now."

But he said even the unpiloted MiG bomber was relatively unsophisticated, as it still requires a pilot in another aircraft nearby, and has a limited range.

"It really shows how far sanctions are forcing Saddam Hussein to live off his wits and come up with such weapons," he said.

Scientists in other countries, including the UK, USA and Israel are all working on developing pilotless reconnaissance aircraft.

It has been predicted that robot superjets, capable of far greater speeds and tighter manoeuvres than pilots can withstand, could eventually replace manned jets in the next century.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

October 14, 2001, AP, Commercial pilots sign up for gun classes,

October 14, 2001 [12:00 AM EDT] AP - Independent Record, Commercial pilots sign up for gun classes, by the Associated Press,

Slid into a holster and nestled between manuals and maps, the .38 special was packed into pilot Don Worley's flight bag before every trip. Once inside the cockpit, Worley strapped the gun to his belt. He never had to use it, but he was ready.

That was 1965, decades before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted the Air Line Pilots Association to suggest arming pilots in the cockpit.

"If anything, it was a comfort," Worley said of his revolver.

Worley, now 75, was one of the first airline pilots in the nation trained to use a gun. He worked for Bonanza Airlines, a company shaken by a 1964 Pacific Airlines flight from Reno to San Francisco in which a suicidal man shot and killed the pilot and co-pilot. The plane crashed near Dublin, Calif., killing 44 people.

Bonanza began a voluntary training program in Las Vegas to arm its pilots, and Worley was among the first to sign up.

But the program only lasted about a year, mostly because other countries the airline flew to did not have the same regulations for armed pilots.

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, many pilots and their union have been advocating arming pilots as a last resort to preventing hijackers from taking over planes. The hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks were armed with box-cutters and knives.

"Guns would be used as a defensive measure if and only if the entire system ahead of that has failed us," John Mazor, spokesman for the Herndon, Va.-based union, said Friday.

On Thursday, the Senate approved an amendment that authorizes the Federal Aviation Administration to permit pilots to carry guns. Under the measure, airlines and their pilots would make the decision whether to put weapons in the cockpit.

Mazor says the union is hopeful the proposal will be approved, but President Bush has said there might be better ways to provide air security.

United Airlines pilot Bob Giuda, also a New Hampshire state representative, is taking the proposal a step further. He's circulating a resolution among union members that encourages pilots not to fly their planes if the government doesn't let them have guns.

The union represents more than 67,000 pilots at 47 airlines in the United States and Canada.

"I knew the two captains of the United aircraft that were commandeered," Giuda said Friday. "We are a band of brothers. We deal with the same issues. We deal with the same fears. Had those cockpits been armed, I would put the odds at 9 1/2-to-1 that these events wouldn't have taken place."

The union stresses that the program would be voluntary and guns would be a last resort. The union also is suggesting stun guns be kept in the cockpit.

Already, Bush has announced that more in-flight air marshals will be trained. He has authorized $500 million in grants to the airlines to strengthen cockpit doors and study technology that would allow air traffic controllers to take control of a plane if the pilot were to incapacitated.

Giuda, a pilot for 33 years, says all that isn't enough.

Pilot Matt Ragan of Boulder City, Nev., isn't waiting on the issue to be decided. The day after the attacks, he called the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute outside Las Vegas to sign up for a class.

"It's the only way I can protect myself," said Ragan, who works for one of the airlines whose planes were hijacked — United or American. Ragan did not want to say which airline.

If guns were allowed in the cockpit, the union wants the FBI to handle the program and training even though some gun schools say they could do it faster and without taxpayer money.

Ignatius Piazza, founder of Front Sight, is offering pilots free training if airlines authorize it. The school also has begun airing television commercials in Florida and Chicago advocating letting pilots carry guns.

Another pilot, Las Vegan Greg Amussen with Atlas Air Cargo, decided to take a four-day handgun training class at the school the weekend after the attacks. "I want to beat the rush," he said.

Across the country at the Blackwater Training Center in Moyock, N.C., the school already has prepared a course for pilots to teach them to shoot at close range, said Bill Masciangelo, center president.

And at the Lethal Force Institute in Concord, N.H., co-owner Dorothy Ayoob says pilots have been inquiring about her classes.

"They're definitely interested in coming to some of the classes," she said. "I do have a few that have signed up immediately."

The National Rifle Association is offering its 10,000 firearms instructors to train the pilots.

But not all pilots support guns in the cockpit. Some fear they could be distracting.

"I think we should focus on them not getting on board,” Horizon Airlines pilot Geoff Rowe said from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. "I think the pilot has enough to do."

His colleague, Horizon pilot Levi Breidenbach, agreed.

"I don't think it's a good idea. All the training they'd have to go through...I'm sure there are people in there (cockpit crews) who've never shot a gun in their life."

But how far would the program go? Still to be worked out is whether off-duty pilots would be allowed to bring guns onto planes. And what effect onboard gunfire would have is still uncertain.

Aviation experts say a stray bullet could rupture a fuel line, wrench a hole in a fuselage weakened by corrosion or spark a fire. Any of those could bring down a plane.

Proponents say special ammunition now available can lessen the odds of puncturing a plane's fuselage in a shootout.

"I think it's a very complicated question," Delta pilot Peter Tseronis said from Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport. "There's pluses and minuses. We'll have to work through the details about whether it will be appropriate."

For Worley, who flew as an armed pilot for a year and still carries a concealed weapon, guns in the cockpit are the only answer.

"When you take on that kind of responsibility, you are the only authority onboard that aircraft," he said. "You can't call 911. There's no policemen or sheriff."

"They've got razor blades and if the pilots have guns, no contest."

Monday, June 08, 2015

The FBI's Van A. Harp & Robert Mueller

Dan Eggen of The Washington Post tells us that Van A. Harp, who had been moved from heading the FBI's Cleveland office to head the agency's Washington, D.C. field office in July, 2001, only a month or two before the September 11th, attacks, achieved prominence as he headed the FBI 's Amerithrax investigation into the purported mailing of anthrax spores to politicians and journalists. But Eggen neglects to inform us that Harp was simultaneously heading the Arlington/Pentagon portion of the FBI's even-larger PENTTBOM probe, which "involved 4,000 special agents and 3,000 professional employees."

This concentration of authority in a single individual would be suspect if it weren't really so preposterous from a professional standpoint. Even though the anthrax "mailings," and the injuries and death said to have resulted, occurred in cities across four states, Harp centered and tightly controlled the anthrax probe from the field office at 601 4th Street NW, not far from the agency's main headquarters at  935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in the District of Columbia. General FBI agents involved were compartmentalized in their investigations, narrowly focusing on discrete aspects of the work and denied any opportunity for a comprehensive overview---or glimpse even, let alone proof---of a likely truth.

The FBI even has a special vernacular term for when they employ this as an investigative process---calling it "stove piping." A better description might be "farting in the wind."

Harp's boss, FBI director Robert Mueller, had been on the job for less than a week when suiciding Muslim terrorists flying planes pulverized the iconic trade towers in New York, and did serious damage to the heavily fortified seat of American military might at the Pentagon. Wikipedia tells us that
Confirmation hearings for Mueller, in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, were quickly set for July 30, only three days before his prostate cancer surgery.[5][6] The vote on the Senate floor on August 2, 2001, passed unanimously, 98–0.[7] He served as Acting Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice for several months, before officially becoming the FBI Director on September 4, 2001, just one week before the September 11 attacks against the United States.

Mueller was serving in the Justice Department as part of the Ashcroft transition team since the beginning of 2001. Were the interim weeks he spent between his unanimous Senate confirmation and his official assumption of office part of some sort of training or practice period in advance of the attacks, or was he home recuperating from serious surgery? I heard Mueller give a speech at the World Affairs Council at Southampton College in New York at some point in late August, and he made no mention, nor gave any appearance of illness.

His predecessor, Louis Freeh, had decamped on June 25, 2001, leaving the FBI effectively leaderless for several months preceding 9/11.


August 24, 2002, Washington Post, U.S. Report Faulted Anthrax Prober; FBI Official in Charge of Case Avoided Discipline Over Ruby Ridge Study, by Dan Eggen,

The official in charge of the FBI's anthrax probe was accused of misconduct and recommended for discipline for his role in a flawed review of the deadly Ruby Ridge standoff, but a Justice Department official later concluded that punishment was unwarranted, according to newly revealed information about the case.

Van A. Harp, a 32-year FBI veteran who now heads the bureau's Washington field office, allegedly "committed misconduct" by helping to prepare an incomplete report on the 1992 Ruby Ridge siege that had the effect of protecting high-level FBI officials, according to a confidential 1999 report by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility.

The report by Justice Department attorney Richard M. Rogers recommended a letter of censure or suspension for Harp, but Stephen R. Colgate, then the assistant attorney general, rejected that recommendation in January 2001, sources said. As has been disclosed, Colgate also declined to issue penalties against others, including then-FBI Director Louis J. Freeh. Harp's role in the investigations of Ruby Ridge had not been previously reported.

Harp was put in charge of the Washington field office in July 2001, an influential position that thrust him into the spotlight when the office took the lead in the probe of last fall's deadly anthrax mailings. He previously was head of the FBI office in Cleveland. He worked in the Buffalo office at the time of the Ruby Ridge probe.

In a written statement, Harp said that leaks about his role in the Ruby Ridge inquiries violate "all sense of propriety" and ignore reviews that exonerated him.

"Actions such as this impugn not only my integrity but also the judgment of FBI and DOJ [Department of Justice] officials in the decision-making progress," Harp wrote.

"My actions have been scrutinized at the highest levels of the FBI and DOJ, and no wrongdoing was found. . . . I firmly stand on my record."

FBI spokesman Mike Kortan said it is clear that Harp and others were exonerated.

"The decision on any proposed discipline was ultimately made by senior Justice officials, who in this case determined no wrongdoing on the part of these individuals," Kortan said.

But in a letter Thursday to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, the National Whistleblower Center alleged that the lack of punishment for Harp and others underscores a "perverse culture" at the FBI in which senior managers protect each other from fair scrutiny.

"The wrongdoers keep rising to the top," said the letter from Kris Kolesnik, the center's director, and Frederic Whitehurst, a former FBI chemist who revealed problems at the bureau's crime lab. "Meanwhile, those who refuse to look the other way face a dead-end in their careers."

Kolesnik and Whitehurst urged Mueller, who was named to head the FBI eight months after the Ruby Ridge sanction decisions were made, to release internal documents about Ruby Ridge and its aftermath. They contended that disclosure would "help restore the public's confidence that was eroded because of misconduct in these investigations."

Rank-and-file FBI agents have long complained that senior officials cover for each other during controversies, while lower-level agents shoulder the blame.

In the Ruby Ridge case, the Justice Department's inspector general's office opened a probe last year into allegations that senior FBI officials retaliated against agents who uncovered flaws in the bureau's handling of the siege. That probe is not expected to be completed before fall, sources said.

The standoff in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, began with a shootout on Aug. 21, 1992, that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Marshal William Degan and Sammy Weaver, the young son of white separatist Randy Weaver. The next day, an FBI sniper killed Weaver's wife, Vicki, as the result of unprecedented "shoot-to-kill" orders that were later ruled illegal by a federal court.

Most of the FBI supervisors who conducted a series of flawed inquiries into the case faced no disciplinary action and were promoted to senior jobs throughout the bureau, according to watchdog groups and others familiar with the case.

A case in point, according to the whistleblower group, is the 1993 investigative team that included Harp and was led by FBI Inspector Robert E. Walsh. Seven senior members of the team were later promoted despite serious questions about their inquiry, Kolesnik's group charged in the letter to Mueller.

A Senate subcommittee investigation found that Walsh's report, issued in 1994, was tilted to justify the shooting of Vicki Weaver. Later investigations found that the shoot-to-kill orders were issued by then-Assistant Director Larry Potts, and that the official who supervised the case from FBI headquarters, Danny Coulson, knew about the orders.

A follow-up inquiry by Rogers alleged that Walsh and Harp failed to ensure that their inquiry was complete, and were "motivated by a desire to counterbalance the perceived bias" against the FBI and "thereby protect some subjects of the investigation," the report read, according to sources with access to the findings.

"The Walsh report was drafted in a way that tended to direct attention away from Potts and Coulson," said the Rogers report, which was completed in June 1999.

The report recommended discipline for Harp, but not for Walsh, who had retired, sources said. The Rogers report also condemned a review conducted by Charles Mathews III, now head of the FBI's office in Portland, Ore., and recommended discipline for him. Investigators said Mathews should have recused himself because he was a friend of Coulson; Mathews could not be reached for comment.

Walsh, reached in Chicago, where he now runs an investigative consulting business, said the Rogers report's criticisms of him and others, including Harp and Mathews, were unfounded. He and Harp were limited in what they could investigate and were not allowed to interview federal marshals or prosecutors, Walsh said.

Walsh, who was a friend of Potts, also denied allegations that the report was "skewed" to protect
senior FBI officials.


November 16, 2002, Washington Post, FBI Plays Favorites in Discipline, Report Says; Justice IG Says Senior Managers' Miscues Overlooked, by Dan Eggen,

August 1, 2001, OKC Submariner Personal Research, FBI Director Nominee Mueller Helped FBI and DOJ Cover Up Evidence on Waco, Ruby Ridge, OKC Bombing, by Patrick B. Briley,

This article presents, analyzes and adds important new information about a recent letter to the editor of the Washington Times concerning the nominee for FBI Director, Robert Mueller. The letter was published on page A-11 of the Times on July 28, 2001 and was written by Patrick Downes of Boston. His letter was entitled "FBI Appointment Needs More Investigation". While Downes letter is to the editor, it provides valuable information about Mueller's previous role in DOJ collusion to help facilitate FBI and DOJ corruption in mishandling evidence in important cases.

The text of the letter is first reproduced and then my new information and analysis follows after the letter text. Downes’ letter and my information and analysis provide important insights into the story behind Mueller’s and Attorney General Ashcroft’s handling of the corruption at DOJ and FBI concerning Waco, Ruby Ridge and the OKC bombing.


July 28, 2001, The Washington Times, Letters, FBI Appointment Needs More Investigation, by Patrick Downes, Boston,

President Bush's nomination of Robert S. Mueller III to become the director of the FBI should have raised a few more eyebrows than it did.

Mr. Mueller's record as a prosecutor should bring into question his ability and willingness to correct some of the long-standing problems facing the FBI. In particular, Mr. Mueller’s record as a prosecutor is not that of someone who has demanded that government be more open and accountable and that it practice fair disclosure of evidence weighed against defendants.

While serving in the northern district of California, Mr. Mueller instituted a policy known as a "Brady waiver" that institutes and protects the federal government from a defendant’s due-process guarantee as afforded by the U.S. Constitution.

The waiver requires defendants who plead guilty to a crime to forgo a defendant’s constitutional right to present evidence of their evidence at a later date. Furthermore, the waiver would be enforceable even if it were established that the government withheld evidence in its possession before, during or after a trial that indicated a defendant is innocent of the charges brought against him or her.

At WACO, RUBY RIDGE and most recently during the trial of OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBER, Timothy McVeigh, the FBI failed to properly disclose all of the evidence in a timely and credible manner. The FBI’s credibility as it relates to the fair and proper disclosure of evidence against criminal defendants is in ruins.

Given that Mr. Mueller instituted a policy that effectively shields the government from accepting responsibility for withholding and concealing evidence, its questionable whether he is the right person to become director at this critical juncture in the FBI’s history.


Even while US Attorney in San Francisco, Mueller worked to cover-up the OKC bombing, Waco and Ruby Ridge evidence by changing the rules of evidence so that the FBI and prosecution did not have to share as much evidence with defense attorneys in the cases as would have been required in the past. He changed the Brady rules of evidence in concert with the US prosecutor Beth Wilkinson in the McVeigh and Nichols case who had assumed a position in the same department at DOJ that Mueller had worked earlier.

Mueller was brought into DC to head the transition team for Ashcroft and Mueller proceeded to steer Ashcroft through the cover-ups by FBI and DOJ on the OKC bombing case. Mueller did such a superb job that Ashcroft personally nominated Mueller to Bush for FBI director to help perpetuate the FBI and DOJ cover-ups of Waco, Ruby Ridge and the OKC bombing.

For some of the details of the FBI and DOJ cover-up of the OKC bombing please read my article Ashcroft Relies On Evidence Obstructed by the FBI and US Prosecutors In OKC Bombing Case which was posted on the on May 29, 2001.

The FBI and DOJ colluded to lie before the court during the trials, to falsify FBI 302 reports, to withhold 302 reports, to falsely rewrite 302 reports, to deliberately not write 302 reports, to doctor and withhold key surveillance tape evidence, and to threaten key John Doe and foreknowledge witnesses including law enforcement and military personnel in OKC.

Mueller was also involved in covering up the Noriega, BCCI and BNL scandals of Bush Senior. Mueller worked with Wilkinson on the Noriega case. Mueller also worked closely at several points with Larry Potts, the former Deputy Director of the FBI, who was kicked out of the FBI for lying about the FBI having Vickie Weaver murdered.

The head of the OKC FBI office, Marquise worked directly with Mueller on the Pan Am 103 bombing and Marquise is to be given the AG Distinguished service award by Ashcroft. Marquise verbally attacked four FBI agents who were on 60 minutes II last month describing the FBI cover-up in the OKC bombing.

If Ashcroft continues to allow himself to be led around by the nose by FBI and DOJ holdovers from the previous administration, such as Robert Mueller, then Ashcroft himself will be rendered useless and will himself become part of the corruption problem plaguing the DOJ and FBI.

It has been six weeks since Ashcroft was hand delivered a letter written by OKC bombing witness Gloria Smith describing three John Does in the case that the FBI deliberately covered-up. Ashcroft has failed to take action to have these John Does adequately investigated, apprehended or questioned and he has not had anyone contact Gloria Smith.

The story of the John Does and Gloria Smith’s letter to Ashcroft was reported in my article OKC Bombing Witness Requests Ashcroft Action On Three John Does which was posted on the on June 14, 2001.

If Ashcroft is relying on DOJ personnel such as Sean Connelly or Beth Wilkinson and especially FBI Director designee Robert Mueller and others involved in the FBI cover-up, then it is doubtful that Ashcroft, the FBI or the DOJ will do anything adequate about Gloria Smith’s John Does or will really investigate the FBI and DOJ cover-ups in the OKC bombing.

Senators Hatch and Leahy have gushed over Mueller in confirmation hearings and recently said that Congress will not need to continue close oversight of the FBI once Mueller is in charge for a while. This is an absolute abdication of the Senate’s role to continue indefinitely overseeing the FBI and is a blank check that should never be given to the FBI and particularly to “Mr. evidence cover-up artist” Robert Mueller.

Even former FBI agent Gary Aldrich who wrote “Unlimited Access” just advocated in his newsletter (from the Patrick Henry Center) giving Robert Mueller "a blank check" (these are Aldrich's exact words) to run and cleanup the FBI. Aldrich is like the Senators who really do not want to oversee the FBI, they just want to create the allusion that the FBI can run itself without oversight once a few cosmetic changes are made. They like Mueller so far are still perpetuating the FBI status quo of corrupt policies that endanger the American people and threaten their freedoms and lives.


May 29, 2001,, Ashcroft Relies On Evidence Obstructed by the FBI and US Prosecutors In OKC Bombing Case

June 14, 2001,, OKC Bombing Witness Requests Ashcroft Action On Three John Does,

Speaking of Mueller......Did you know that Boxer backed his nomination to head the FBI?
Did you know that the Judiciary Commitee and the Senate acted on his nomination and confirmation faster than most and within 2 weeks he was confirmed?
Did you knowit took over a month to swear him in as FBI director?
Did you know he was Acting Deputy Director of the DOJ from January through May, went home for a month and was then nominated to head the FBI?
Liberal Senators Back Mueller for FBI; Privacy Advocates Wary
Wes Vernon Friday, July 6, 2001
WASHINGTON - Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., a rival to Sen. Edward Kennedy as the Senate's most reliable leftist, has given a fulsome endorsement to Robert Mueller, President Bush's pick for FBI director. Privacy advocates are withholding judgment.
In a statement faxed by her office to, Boxer praises Mueller, U.S. attorney for Northern California, as having "all the qualities needed to become an outstanding Director of the FBI." "He has extensive law enforcement experience at every level, from line prosecutor to U.S. Attorney to high level positions in the Justice Department," she added.
"His courage and devotion to his country are unquestioned and were demonstrated early in his career when he become a highly decorated Marine officer."
Speaking of Kennedy, his reaction was to recall that Mueller had "demonstrated considerable skill in the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston and San Francisco, and as head of the Criminal Division in the Department of Justice." Boxer's enthusiasm contrasts with a more "wait and see" approach by privacy advocates.
Noting that Mueller was familiar with technical issues involving the FBI, Lisa Dean, vice president of technology policy for the Free Congress Foundation, expressed the hope that the nominee would have a sense of "balance" between high-technology methods of catching criminals and the privacy rights of Americans.
"I don't know how he comes down on" that "balance," said David Sobel, general counsel of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He said he had met the nominee in a meeting hosted by Attorney General John Ashcroft. That meeting with law enforcement officials and privacy advocates was to discuss computer crime and related privacy concerns.
Sobel said he did not know Mueller's views on those matters, but "he is certainly knowledgeable about them." Accuracy in Media President Reed Irvine, who has frequently clashed with the FBI over investigations which he believes were either botched or covered up, referred to a June 11 column by New York Times columnist William Safire.
Recalling that Mueller led the Justice Department's Criminal Division in the senior Bush's administration, the columnist describes him as an "intelligent apparatchik." Apparently, the FBI pick is a survivor of the bureaucratic wars who has managed to avoid rocking boats in the administrations of both Bushes and Clinton. The following are examples:
1 - Mueller "showed a marked lack of interest in the Iraqgate investigation." The accusation in that case was that the Bush administration, having received near-universal acclaim for victory over Iraq in the Gulf War, had stumbled into that conflict in the first place through diplomatic blunders that emboldened Saddam Hussein.
2 - "As Democrat [Eric] Holder moved up the ladder at [Clinton-Reno] Justice, so too did his friend Mueller, and — with strong support from Senator Barbara Boxer - was rewarded with a Clinton appointment as U.S. Attorney in San Francisco."
3 - When Bush the younger arrived, Mueller "spun about and made his bureaucratic expertise known to the knocked about [Attorney General] John Ashcroft." He saw that his old associates in the public integrity section remained secure.
Republican lawmakers are reluctant to publicly criticize their president. But GOP staffers who are up to speed on the thinking inside FBI and Justice Department circles will express their concerns off the record.
'Too Clever'
"This guy's just a little too clever by half," said one, "How can we trust somebody who walks both sides of the street? Didn't we have enough of that with [recently departed FBI Director Louis] Freeh?"
While former FBI directors William Sessions and William Webster were often criticized for naiveté on bureaucratic intrigue, Mueller, as some Washingtonians see it, may have the kind of bureaucratic smarts that are good for him, but not necessarily for the country. On the other hand, another Republican staffer said there was reason to believe that Mueller will be an improvement over Freeh, about whom this source had no enthusiasm.
"You have to remember," he said, "he has the backing of both the president and John Ashcroft. And they're both good guys. If he wants to please them, he'll do the right thing [on privacy]."
Although some may regard that kind of comment as a form of "whistling past the graveyard," rare is the Republican on the Hill ready to go to war over this nomination, at least at this early stage. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., issued a noncommittal statement noting his panel's planned "oversight hearings" on the FBI, and adding it "will be the committee's job to determine if Mr. Mueller is the right person for the job." The committee's ranking Republican and former chairman, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, lauded Bush for his "excellent choice" in picking Mueller.
"I am confident that Mr. Mueller's distinguished history of public service and as a federal prosecutor" will provide "dynamic leadership," the Utah Republican declared.
California's other liberal Democrat senator, Dianne Feinstein, praised the selection of Mueller, Fox News Channel reported Thursday evening.

Congressional Record: August 2, 2001 (Senate) Page S8680-S8691 robert s. mueller, iii, to be director of the federal bureau of investigation 

Mr. LEAHY. Madam President, I have moved swiftly in the Judiciary Committee to consider and move forward the nomination of Robert S. Mueller, III, to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

His nomination was sent to the Senate on July 18 but his paperwork was not completed until July 24. Less than one week later, we held 2 days of hearings, on July 30 and 31, and made sure that the committee considered his nomination the same week, on August 2, in order to ensure committee and Senate consideration of this important nomination before the August recess. The committee unanimously and favorably reported this nomination. I thank the Democratic and 

Republican members of the committee for their cooperation and attention in allowing this nomination to move forward on an expedited basis. Mr. Mueller has had an outstanding career in law enforcement, serving as a Federal prosecutor in three different United States Attorneys' Offices and in Main Justice under both Republican and Democratic administrations. As he testified at his confirmation hearing, he has ``either personally prosecuted or supervised the prosecution of just about every type of Federal Criminal offense, including homicide, drug trafficking, organized crime, cyber crime, major frauds, civil rights and environmental crime.´´
Mr. Mueller was the only witness at his hearings. The committee did not call other witnesses we are in the midst of intensive and ongoing FBI oversight hearings. These FBI oversight hearings were an integral part of the committee's preparation to consider the nomination of a new FBI Director, and Mr. Mueller's opening statement at his confirmation hearings specifically addressed significant issues raised in the prior hearings.
At the oversight hearing on June 20, 2001, the committee examined both outside oversight mechanisms and methods to restore confidence in the FBI.
Witnesses included former Senator John C. Danforth, who investigated the events at Waco as Special Counsel to the Attorney General; the Honorable William H. Webster, former FBI and CIA Director, currently heading a review of FBI security in the aftermath of the Hanssen espionage case; Glenn A. Fine, current Inspector General of the Department of Justice; Michael R. Bromwich, former Inspector General of the Department of Justice; and Norman J. Rabkin, Managing Director, Tax Administration and Justice Issues, General Accounting Office.
At the oversight hearing on July 18, 2001, the committee considered the reform of FBI management with views from inside and outside the FBI. Witnesses included Raymond W. Kelly, former New York City Police Commissioner and Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service; Bob E. Dies, FBI Assistant Director for Information Resources; Kenneth H. Senser, Acting FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Security Programs and Countermeasures; John E. Roberts, Unit Chief, FBI Office of Professional Responsibility; John Werner, former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Office of Professional Responsibility; Frank L. Perry, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, Raleigh, North Carolina, and former head of the Office of Law Enforcement Ethics at the FBI

 Mueller confirmed as FBI chief

August 2, 2001 Posted: 9:15 PM EDT (0115 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN)-- The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to confirm Robert Mueller as FBI director.
The Senate vote was 98-0 to approve Mueller for a 10-year term, the same day the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended his confirmation. The 56-year-old veteran prosecutor was President Bush's pick to lead the bureau. He told the Judiciary Committee during a two-day confirmation hearing that his top priority would be to "restore the public's confidence in the FBI, to re-earn the faith and trust of the American people."
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, the Judiciary Committee's chairman, said Mueller should be prepared to "clean house if necessary."

Mueller assumes the helm of FBI 

September 5, 2001 Posted: 10:52 AM EDT (1452 GMT)

  WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Robert Mueller took charge of the FBI Tuesday, becoming the sixth director of the United States' top law enforcement agency, which has been plagued by a recent series of blunders. Justice Department and FBI officials said Mueller was sworn in during an early-morning, private ceremony in Attorney General John Ashcroft's office across the street from FBI headquarters. 

Bush nominates Robert Mueller as head of FBI

Washington, July 5 US PRESIDENT George W Bush on Friday nominated Justice Department veteran Robert Mueller as head of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), an administration official said.
His task is to restore prestige of FBI, which has suffered from a string of embarrassments ranging from bungled documents to the discovery of a spy for the Russians in its midst, the official said. The news follows intense speculation about whom Bush would pick to replace Louis Freeh, who announced his resignation on May 1, well in advance of the end of his term set for 2003.
Mueller, who served as acting deputy attorney general from January to May, serves as US Attorney in San Francisco. He had previously headed homicide division of the US Attorney's office here.
If confirmed by the Senate, Mueller gets a ten-year term. 


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March 23, 2005, Press Release, Bio-ONE Solutions, LLC,

March 23, 2005, Press Release, Bio-ONE Solutions, LLC, Country's Final Anthrax Decontamination to be Completed This Month by Bio∙ONE™; Project Will Be Largest Scale Decontamination of Building Contents in US History, Archived,

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA — March 23, 2005 — John Y. Mason, President and CEO of Bio∙ONE™, a Sabre/Giuliani Company, announced plans to decontaminate the contents of the former AMI building, site of the first recognized anthrax incident in 2001. The company will decontaminate the contents, which had been boxed up and sealed, awaiting a decision on their disposition.

"This is the final anthrax decontamination of any kind in the country related to the anthrax attacks of 2001. Our company is pleased to be responsible for another safe and highly effective decontamination," John Mason said. "We will be applying everything we've learned to enable us to decontaminate half a million documents a day."

The document decontamination will be on a scale 20 times bigger than Sabre's last document decontamination on Capitol Hill. The equipment needed for the work was built in just five days and was designed by Sabre's engineers and scientists.

Bio∙ONE™, a Sabre/Giuliani Company, will make the former AMI building its headquarters. A re-opening event is planned for June. Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will attend the re-opening and be among the first to enter the building.

Sabre Technical Services began the former AMI building decontamination last March and completed it in July, 2004. Disposition of the contents remained a question until recently, and was resolved by a decision to go forward with decontamination.

Sabre Technical Services uses a unique chlorine dioxide-based technology and has extensive experience cleaning up anthrax-contaminated buildings with no residual toxicity. The company was responsible for the decontamination of multiple buildings on Capitol Hill, including the Hart Senate Office building, as well as major postal facilities in Washington, D.C. and Brentwood, New Jersey.

The American Media Inc. building was the first place where anthrax was discovered in October 2001. This contamination resulted in the death of an AMI photo editor, Robert Stevens. The building has remained under quarantine since. David Rustine, a Boca Raton based developer, purchased the three-story, 67,500-square-foot building in April 2003, with the goal of restoring it as a safe workplace.



Debbie Abrams
Bio∙ONE Solutions LLC

March 10, 2005, Washington Post, Editorial, page A20, An Acidic Message,

WHEN 758 microbiologists send an open letter to the director of the National Institutes of Health, protesting the premise of a $1.7 billion research project, everyone should sit up and take notice. Just such a letter was recently dispatched, complaining that unprecedented increases in NIH funding for biodefense projects not only had diverted funds from more basic and important microbiological research -- a claim that NIH disputes -- but corrupted the NIH peer-review process. A system that in the past awarded grants to the best scientists, the critics suggested, now awards grants to any scientists, good or bad, who study anthrax.

There are good reasons to criticize NIH for its management of the biodefense money that Congress granted after the 2001 anthrax attacks. NIH had never before funded anything other than basic research and had never involved itself directly in the production of specific vaccines or therapies. It is doing so because Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, argued that his institute, and not the Defense Department -- which has failed to produce vaccines in the past -- was the best place for that work to be done. Mr. Fauci believed (and still does) that there would be spinoffs for other areas of science. But while scientists doing basic research don't like the change, some in Congress have precisely the opposite set of concerns: namely that the NIAID is wasting money pursuing multiple research projects with unclear goals and hasn't figured out how to focus on the nation's more specific biodefense needs.

If it were intended only to get the government to think harder about the best ways to define, fund and manage biodefense work, the open letter would serve a useful purpose. If the letter were intended to point out that some basic research in microbiology, immunology, genetics and other fields could prove, in the long term, more important to the nation's biodefense than specific work on anthrax or plague, we would also agree. That, certainly, is a message that Congress and the administration need to hear.

Where we lose sympathy for the authors is when they state that funds have been diverted from "projects of high public-health importance" to "projects of high biodefense but low public-health importance." This country has already experienced one anthrax attack. Security officials have stated repeatedly their belief that al Qaeda and others continue to search for more lethal bioweapons. Surely that makes biodefense projects of "high public-health importance." That this is not more widely understood means that there is still too little contact between the scientific community and national security and intelligence agencies. This letter, which was written and published in an openly confrontational manner, won't help solve that problem.

March 15, 2005, AP Worldstream, Signs of anthrax detected at two Defense Department mailrooms, by John J. Lumpkin, Associated Press Writer,

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sensors at two military mail facilities in the Washington area detected signs of anthrax on two pieces of mail Monday, but Pentagon officials said the mail had already been irradiated, rendering any anthrax inert.

Officials weren't sure if this was an attack. Additional tests and other sensors at the two facilities, one of them at the Pentagon and the other nearby, found no presence of the bacteria, which can be used as a biological weapon. There were no initial reports of illness.

The Pentagon's mail delivery site, which is separate from the main Pentagon building, was evacuated and shut down Monday after sensors triggered an alarm around 10:30 a.m. EST, spokesman Glenn Flood said. It was expected to remain closed until at least Tuesday while the investigation continued.

It was not clear when sensors at the second Defense Department mailroom were triggered Monday, and Pentagon officials only said a nearby satellite mail facility was closed. But firefighters in nearby Bailey's Crossroads, Va., reported that a military mailroom had been shut down after a hazardous material was detected, and no one was allowed to leave that building.

Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Jane Campbell said mail at both facilities were irradiated before arriving at either one. The radiation treatment would kill any anthrax bacteria, but sensors would still be able to detect it.

She had no information about the origin of the two pieces of mail.

About 175 people work at the Pentagon's mail facility, and another 100 may have been in contact with deliveries for the Pentagon, officials said.

Medical personnel took cultures from anyone who may have had contact with those deliveries, and those people were also offered a three-day course of antibiotics and told to watch for the signs of anthrax exposure: fever, sweats and chills.

Follow-up tests were being conducted at the U.S. Army Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Dietrich, Md., officials said. They would take two to three days to complete.

General operations at the Pentagon appeared unaffected.

Anthrax can be spread through the air or by skin contact. Officials noted that sometimes anthrax sensors can give false-positive results.

Several cases involving letters laced with killer substances remain unsolved.

In October 2001, someone sent anthrax in letters through the mail to media and government offices in Washington, Florida and elsewhere, raising fears of bioterrorism. Five people were killed and 17 more sickened.

In October 2003, two letters containing the poison ricin, sent to the Transportation Department and White House, were intercepted before they reached their destinations. The letters objected to new rules for long-haul truckers.

A small amount of ricin was discovered Feb. 2, 2004, on a mail-opening machine in the office suite of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. The discovery led to a shutdown of three Senate office buildings for several days, and about two dozen staffers and Capitol police officers underwent decontamination.

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Postal Workers' Deaths

October 23, 2001, Los Angeles Times, 2 D.C. Postal Workers Die; Anthrax Likely, by Eric Lichtblau and Robert A. Rosenblatt,

WASHINGTON — Two postal workers in the nation's capital have died of suspected inhalation anthrax, prompting health officials to acknowledge Monday that some of their key assumptions about how the deadly bacterium is spread may prove to be wrong.

District of Columbia officials announced the deaths of the two men, even as their co-workers waited in line at a local hospital to be tested for exposure to anthrax. Homeland security chief Thomas J. Ridge later said, "Their deaths are likely due to anthrax."

If anthrax is confirmed as the cause of death, the unidentified men, ages 47 and 52, would be the second and third victims killed by the infection since the biological warfare agent first surfaced at a Florida tabloid office less than three weeks ago. Their deaths raised particular concerns because they may have succumbed to inhalation anthrax--the most lethal form of the disease--simply by working in a facility that handled contaminated mail.

Postal officials had been advised that a sealed envelope "would not transmit anthrax," Postmaster General John Potter said Monday.

But the postal employees' deaths Sunday night and Monday--plus two confirmed cases of inhalation anthrax among Washington postal workers and two New Jersey postal workers who have the more treatable skin form--have forced health and law enforcement officials to reevaluate their understanding of the disease.

"This is really a new phenomenon," said Dr. Mitch Cohen of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "At first, we had no evidence that any of the mail handlers were at risk."

The postal employees at Washington's Brentwood central processing facility with inhalation anthrax--a dock supervisor and a courier--were in serious condition Monday. Nine additional Washington postal employees appear to have been exposed to anthrax.

A key focus of the FBI's anthrax inquiry, officials said, is determining whether a single anthrax-laced letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle on Oct. 8 from New Jersey could have exposed 13 postal employees at the Brentwood processing center--plus 28 in and near Daschle's office. Traces of anthrax also were found over the weekend in the mail room of a House office building, but no cases of exposure have been reported there.

Authorities also are investigating whether the postal workers could have been infected by anthrax spores from contaminated letters or packages that have not been detected. But Ridge told reporters that the information to date "is consistent with the theory that this one letter could have contaminated the whole system."

Postal officials vowed to continue delivering mail throughout the country without interruption, and Potter said the agency will take "extraordinary steps" to protect mail carriers. Local postal officials said they have already stopped using blowers to clean mail-sorting equipment, which some investigators said could have spread microscopic anthrax spores that might have escaped from an envelope during processing and settled on the equipment.

Officials said Monday that they are considering the purchase of ultraviolet light equipment, now used for treating meats and fruits, to "sanitize" the 200 billion pieces of mail handled by the U.S. Postal Service each year.

Reports of the two deaths, two infections and nine exposures at the Brentwood facility raised questions about whether authorities had done enough to protect its workers, and whether they should have acted earlier to close the facility.

Concern was high among the facility's 2,000 employees, who have been issued gloves and masks for protection, and who came by the hundreds Monday to be tested at D.C. General Hospital for signs of anthrax exposure.

"People have a lot of anxiety," said John Ford, 66, who worked with one of the men who died.

As investigators struggle to understand how the anthrax was being spread and by whom, they did not appear close to breaking the case, law enforcement officials said.

Key evidence may be found in the results of lab tests on the two men's bodies to determine whether they died of anthrax.

A preliminary blood culture from one of the victims came back "positive for anthrax," said Ivan Walks, director of the District of Columbia Health Department.

While health officials were still awaiting final test results Monday night, Ridge told reporters at a news conference that "it is very clear that their symptoms are suspicious and their deaths are likely due to anthrax."

That suspicion, if confirmed, would bring to at least 12 the number of people in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Washington who have become infected this month with some form of anthrax--the first such cases in the United States in a quarter century.

Both men experienced severe respiratory problems before becoming critically ill and dying at separate hospitals in the Washington area, Ridge said.

Authorities did not identify the victims. One was a 47-year-old man who worked in the automated-sorting section of the mail facility. He went to the Southern Maryland Medical Center at 2 a.m. Sunday after fainting in church Saturday.

(Who goes to church on Saturdays?)

Doctors were unaware that he worked at a postal facility, and his complaints--abdominal cramps and nausea--were not typical of the flu-like symptoms associated with anthrax, said Dr. Venkat Mani, head of the hospital's infectious diseases department. The man's vital signs were stable, and he was diagnosed with a gastric disorder and sent home, Mani said.

He was rushed back to the hospital early Monday morning, where he was treated with high doses of antibiotics. He died later in the day.

Mani said that even if doctors had known that the victim worked for the postal service, that would "probably not" have saved him. "Even with the best treatment, the mortality rate [for inhalation anthrax] is 80% to 85%. . . . If this person had said, 'I work at the postal facility,' perhaps the physician would have done a nasal swab to test for anthrax exposure. But even then, the test results would have taken 24 to 48 hours."

The second victim, a 52-year-old man, died at Greater Southeast Hospital on Sunday night after he was treated for possible anthrax exposure, the hospital said. He was believed to have worked in the section that handled government mail.

Effects of the anthrax scare also continued to ripple throughout the East Coast.

In Boca Raton, Fla., the Environmental Protection Agency said it would use money from the Superfund program to clean up the headquarters of tabloid publisher American Media Inc. Anthrax spores were discovered in the building after Sun photo editor Bob Stevens died of inhalation anthrax Oct. 5. Another employee is being treated for the disease, and a third tested positive for exposure to anthrax.

The agency will provide $500,000 in cleanup costs, but executives at the company have said that they do not want to return to the building.

In New York City, executives at CBS News confirmed that traces of anthrax had been found in anchor Dan Rather's office and anteroom.

CBS News President Andrew Heyward said the discovery was anticipated after Claire Fletcher, a 27-year-old employee who opened mail for Rather, tested positive Oct. 18 for the cutaneous form of the disease. She has recovered with antibiotic treatment. Rather and other employees in his offices will be relocated until the offices are cleaned.

New York Gov. George Pataki returned to his Manhattan office on Monday, five days after an initial finding of anthrax. A total of 140 tests failed to discover the source of the spores, but the governor and 70 members of his staff were given antibiotics as a precaution.

Cleanup at the U.S. Capitol has been completed, and Congress is scheduled to reconvene today after health officials cleared the building's use.

House and Senate office buildings will remain closed pending test results for signs of anthrax spores.

By the end of last week, the anthrax investigation was concentrated near Trenton, N.J., where about 150 FBI and federal agents swarmed the streets in search of information about the anthrax letters that were mailed from there to Daschle and NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw. Ridge said Friday that FBI agents had identified the site from which the letters were sent, fueling hopes of a quick arrest.

Several street-corner mailboxes were taken as evidence and tested, but a federal law enforcement source in New Jersey said Monday that Ridge spoke "too quickly" in pinpointing the site of the mailings.

"That's not to say that [the mailboxes] won't turn up anything, but it hasn't panned out so far," said the official, who asked not to be identified.

Times staff writers Richard Simon and Megan Garvey in Washington and John J. Goldman in New York contributed to this report.

October 29, 2001, Los Angeles Times, New Jersey Postal Worker Verified as Latest Case of Inhalation Anthrax, Bioterrorism: Spores are also found Sunday in Maryland facility that handles Justice Department mail, by Janet Hook,

WASHINGTON — A new case of inhalation anthrax was confirmed Sunday in a New Jersey postal worker, while a mail facility of yet another government agency has tested positive for the bacteria's deadly spores.

The latest infection involves a woman who works at a Hamilton Square postal facility that processed three anthrax-laced letters that were mailed to New York and Washington, D.C.

The unidentified woman, whose condition is improving, had previously been identified as a suspected anthrax case, said Susan McClure, a spokeswoman for the state Health Department.

Test results returned Sunday confirmed the case--New Jersey's first of the most serious form of the disease that has killed three people this month.

In Washington on Sunday night, the Justice Department revealed that several locations in a suburban Maryland postal facility that processes its mail has tested positive for anthrax.

Spokeswoman Susan Dryden said samples from a variety of locations within the Landover, Md., facility showed the presence of the bacteria, including sites that handle mail for Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft.

The Justice Department mail is first processed at the Brentwood facility in Washington, which is now closed. Two mail handlers at that facility have died of inhalation anthrax.

Dryden said mail rooms within the Justice Department also have been tested; results are expected later this week.

The White House warned earlier Sunday that more tainted letters could still be circulating.

"There may be other letters that are stuck in the [postal] system," White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. said on "Fox News Sunday." "We're asking people to be very careful."

On Capitol Hill, meanwhile, a trace of anthrax was found in a police office, a senior congressional aide said.

As environmental testing continued in congressional offices, "there could be some other hot spots," said House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Three major congressional buildings will remain closed today: the Dirksen Senate Office Building, where an anthrax-laden envelope was opened two weeks ago by the staff of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.); the Longworth House Office Building, where traces of anthrax were discovered Friday in the offices of three House members; and the Ford House Office Building, where anthrax was found in the mail room.

On Sunday, another trace of anthrax was found in the Ford building--this time in the office of the police bomb squad that had initially responded to Daschle office incident, the senior White House aide said.

Gephardt, in the television interview, criticized some government officials, whom he did not mention by name, for failing to be more forthcoming on the potency of the type of anthrax contained in the letter to Daschle.

"In some officials' mind, the idea was, if you give people information it will panic people," Gephardt said. "The opposite is true."

In an effort to better coordinate the dissemination of information about anthrax and other terrorist threats, the White House is planning to announce today that Thomas J. Ridge, the White House's director of Homeland Security, will give regular briefings.

In a spate of cases from New York to Boca Raton, Fla., involving mail contaminated with anthrax spores, three people have died and at least 11 others have been infected with the disease.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

A Day In the Post-9/11 Life of Ludington Michigan,

These 13 articles from the October 18, 2001 Ludington [Michigan] Daily News collectively represent the intertwining elements whereby the attacks of September 11th, along with the anthrax "terrorist mailings" which followed, were planned, orchestrated, engineered and effected by a United States political and military leadership, working alongside corporate and clandestine elites smeared around the globe, in order to suppress political, civil, economic and religious liberty, abuse human rights, justify armed international aggression against innocents, all so they might criminally plunder and illicitly engorge on $100's of billions of dollars from the global economy.

Approximately two and a half grams of so-called anthrax has been worth $60 billion to date to the thugs and simpletons running the bio-terror fraud.

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A1, Senate returns despite anthrax threat; CBS employee also was exposed, by Jesse J. Holland, AP Writer,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, CDC warns doctors to watch for outbreaks,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page B4, AMA urges against hoarding antibiotics; Two plentiful drugs in addition to Cipro treat anthrax, by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, Developments in attacks investigation,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A7, Tests show same anthrax strain found in Florida and N.Y., federal agency says, by Karen Gullo, AP Writer,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, Lawmakers break logjam on new anti-terrorism laws,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page B4, U.S. mail takes a toxic turn in Congress, by Calvin Woodward, AP Writer,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A5, Stocks sink in economy assessment, anthrax fears, by Amy Baldwin, AP Business Writer,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A8, U.S. jets pound heart of Kabul, by Kathy Gannon and Amir Shah, AP Writers,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A6, House approves bill to put 'In God We Trust' om buildings, [The Michigan State House voted 105-1 in favor.]
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A5, AP Photo, Patriotic Tributes,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page B4, Appeals for Muslim understanding may be shouting into the wind, by Nancy Benac, AP Writer,
October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A10, Non-Muslims wear head scarves to show support,

The banner headline and front-page article above-the-fold is by the AP writer Jesse J. Holland, and contains a hodgepodge of anthrax doings in the New York-D.C. politico-media power corridor.

Holland specifies that at this point, the "only known confirmed exposures" to spores in D.C. were among Senate staff, which occurred to occupants of two adjoining offices in the Senate's Hart building. But it was the House of Representatives which decided to shut down business for the first time in the chamber's history, to allow for meaningful testing, not to mention meaningful remediation.

Holland describes a bitter battle behind-the-scenes when after the House announced it would close its session temporarily, the Senate decided to "go on working," which created a potential public-relations disaster. But what I see beyond the symbolism is that the "People's House" was truly afraid of the reputed power of spirochetes, while Senators like Kerry, Kennedy and Lieberman--knowing, secretly, somehow--were not. How better to appear on television, seemingly detached from fear, when really, you were detached from reality?

Representatives were guilty of the reverse though---the endless pandering to the false positive

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A1, Senate returns despite anthrax threat; CBS employee also was exposed, by Jesse J. Holland, AP Writer,

Maj. Gen.. John Parker, Fort Detrick, Md.

The last paragraph: Maj. Gen.. John Parker of the Army's testing laboratory at Fort Detrick, Md. said the powder in the Daschle letter contained a "common variety" of anthrax.

Religious Lollapalooza 

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A6, House approves bill to put 'In God We Trust' om buildings,

[The Michigan State House voted 105-1 in favor of the measure allowing and  encouraging the motto's display on schools and other public buildings. "The bill was first the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.]

Leaving aside for a moment a belief that God would prefer this sentiment to be in our hearts rather than on our shared architecture, isn't it a strange idea coming just days after two 110-story buildings were collectively witnessed collapsing to the ground in perfect symmetries?

To me, what is most improbable is the Michigan House vote of 105-1 in favor of this sentimental pandering, just seven days before the similar vote in the United States Senate, where Russell Feingold was the solitary vote against enacting the supremely important---one way or another---Patriot Act.

Five days before the Michigan vote, Feingold gave a speech in neighboring Wisconsin, to the Associated Press Managing Editors Conference at the Milwaukee Art Museum on October 12. Afterward, the address was incorporated into a document posted online called, On Opposing the Patriot Act, by Senator Russell Feingold,

Feingold cites several examples from American history specific to federal war powers and freedom of the press---

In 1917, the Postmaster General revoked the mailing privileges of the newspaper the Milwaukee Leader because he felt that some of its articles impeded the war effort and the draft. Articles called the President an aristocrat and called the draft oppressive. Over dissents by Justices Brandeis and Holmes, the Supreme Court upheld the action.
For example, during the Civil War, the government arrested some 13,000 civilians, implementing a system akin to martial law. President Lincoln issued a proclamation ordering the arrest and military trial of any persons "discouraging volunteer enlistments, [or] resisting militia drafts."
During World War II, President Roosevelt signed orders to incarcerate more than 110,000 people of Japanese origin, as well as some roughly 11,000 of German origin and 3,000 of Italian origin.

Feingold cites two provisions originally proposed in the Patriot Act, which were successfully removed by legislators:

Another provision would have broadened the criminal forfeiture laws to permit – prior to conviction – the freezing of assets entirely unrelated to an alleged crime. The Justice Department has wanted this authority for years, and Congress has never been willing to give it. For one thing, it touches on the right to counsel, since assets that are frozen cannot be used to pay a lawyer. The courts have almost uniformly rejected efforts to restrain assets before conviction unless they are assets gained in the alleged criminal enterprise. This proposal, in my view, was simply an effort on the part of the Department to take advantage of the emergency situation and get something that they’ve wanted to get for a long time.

For example, the original Administration proposal that was dropped contained a provision that would have allowed the use in U.S. criminal proceedings against U.S. citizens of information obtained by foreign law enforcement agencies in wiretaps that would be illegal in this country. In other words, evidence obtained in an unconstitutional search overseas was to be allowed in a U.S. court.

As it seeks to combat terrorism, the Justice Department is making extraordinary use of its power to arrest and detain individuals, jailing hundreds of people on immigration violations and arresting more than a dozen “material witnesses” not charged with any crime. Although the government has used these authorities before, it has not done so on such a broad scale. Judging from government announcements, the government has not brought any criminal charges related to the attacks with regard to the overwhelming majority of these detainees.

For example, the FBI arrested as a material witness the San Antonio radiologist Albader Al-Hazmi, who has a name like two of the hijackers, and who tried to book a flight to San Diego for a medical conference. According to his lawyer, the government held Al-Hazmi incommunicado after his arrest, and it took six days for lawyers to get access to him. After the FBI released him, his lawyer said, “This is a good lesson about how frail our processes are. It’s how we treat people in difficult times like these that is the true test of the democracy and civil liberties that we brag so much about throughout the world.”

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, CDC warns doctors to watch for outbreaks,

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page B4, AMA urges against hoarding antibiotics; Two plentiful drugs in addition to Cipro treat anthrax, by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer,

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, Developments in attacks investigation,

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A7, Tests show same anthrax strain found in Florida and N.Y., federal agency says, by Karen Gullo, AP Writer,

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, Lawmakers break logjam on new anti-terrorism laws,

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page B4, U.S. mail takes a toxic turn in Congress, by Calvin Woodward, AP Writer,

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A5, Stocks sink in economy assessment, anthrax fears, by Amy Baldwin, AP Business Writer,

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A8, U.S. jets pound heart of Kabul, by Kathy Gannon and Amir Shah, AP Writers,

So like the memorials set up at the Pentagon

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A5, AP Photo, Patriotic Tributes,

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page B4, Appeals for Muslim understanding may be shouting into the wind, by Nancy Benac, AP Writer,

True citizens of the spirit! (Not aligned with the criminal assholes.)

October 18, 2001, AP - Ludington Daily News, page A10, Non-Muslims wear head scarves to show support