Advice from effective investigators:  keep a broad focus while digging for the details; follow the money, search for patterns and connections.  The problem may be bigger than you think.


One has to wonder about the true depth of manipulation of the various arms of our Justice Department.  It appears that there has been quite a lot of this lately.  I mean by that, finding that the FBI and others have been turned away from certain cases, or types of cases, and put onto selected other more convenient lines of investigation.  Another part of the pattern of operations by the current Administration or their minions appears to be effective use of a “red herring” as it gets investigators off chasing other demons, and helps divert public attention from dangerous ground.

I have heard from some DoD whistleblowers that their experiences have included, having initial response of shock and indignation over the merits of the cases taken to law enforcement/ investigative personnel (Justice and others) agencies.  That followed by investigations purposefully initiated with great energy and resolve by field personnel accompanied by check backs and good communication, only to have those law enforcement/investigative personnel inexplicably after a few weeks become quite mute.  These whistleblowers have further explained that they have discovered the following kinds of things have occurred:

  1. Investigators were told to stop by higher ups, sometimes quite a bit higher levels of management.
  2. Investigators were loaded down with other work and told their priorities, which did not include the whistleblower case of concern.
  3. Investigators were removed from the case and another investigator, in one case a very senior investigator are put on it instead, one who appeared to be on marching orders to drag it out, obstruct the investigation and make it “go away.” 
  4. The whistleblowers have also reported that even though well developed cases were turned over to the appropriate three or four letter acronym agencies for criminal investigations, including lists of people to be interviewed, deposed, or subpoenaed, no contacts by the investigator now in charge to interview or communicate with those witnesses with further evidence whatsoever. 
  5. In one case, the investigator ignored a list of a dozen witnesses, and spoke instead to an employee in an involved department, who was new, and obviously had no history and no knowledge of the case, which many other employees with more seniority and experience did have knowledge of, and were listed in the witness/source list that the investigator chose to ignore.  The investigator in this case was quoted, as saying the reason the case was not going anywhere was that “No one will talk to me.”   In the mean time, the whistleblowers were informed by the witnesses on the list waiting to tell what they knew, that no one had contacted them.  They understandably expressed frustration that the case was not being worked.

It seems that many view things a bit myopically.  This is somewhat understandable due to the level of stress and pressure most whistleblowers feel, and the lack of energy and time may have to research and reflect while in the slowly heating pot surrounding their own particular situation.  Good communication and a broader view are necessary.  This is not about just one whistleblower.

The problems we are having are not limited only to one agency or area.  The stories that do break are symptomatic of a much bigger problem.  A problem created not in small part by the corruption and excesses of those who have been in powerful positions of influence and control, and position to profit from those corruptions and excesses.   Justice and law enforcement are not being allowed to function like they are supposed to and that is affecting all of us, particularly “whistleblowers.” 

I have included an article regarding the suicide of the anthrax scientist which was just posted by the Associated Press for reference.     -GFS





The FBI ties up loose ends

After seven years of destroying evidence and intimidating witnesses, the FBI has finally “caught” the individual responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks. Or so they say.
Bruce Ivins may or may not have been involved in the anthrax attacks. Now that he’s dead, we’ll never know because it will be “case closed.”

What we do know for sure is that the anthrax attacks, right on the heels of 9/11: 1) terrorized Congress and 2) gave Bush/Cheney a reason to stop the FBI investigation of the 9/11 attacks.

That’s right…The FBI stopped the 9/11 investigation before it even got started. Look it up.

The FBI STOPPED its 9/11 investigation just weeks after 9/11 and “focused” all of its resources on finding the source of the anthrax attacks.

Seven years later, their heroic efforts have finally born some fruit.

A lone gunman. Dead by his own hand. With the noble G-Men hot on his sinister trail.

Cased closed. Move along. There’s nothing to see here folks.



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Suspect in anthrax-letter deaths kills himself

By MATT APUZZO and LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writers August 1, 2008


Anthrax-laced letters that killed five people and severely rattled the post-9/11 nation may have been part of an Army scientist’s warped plan to test his cure for the deadly toxin, officials said Friday. The brilliant but troubled scientist committed suicide this week, knowing prosecutors were closing in.

The sudden naming of scientist Bruce E. Ivins as the top — and perhaps only — suspect in the anthrax attacks marks the latest bizarre twist in a case that has confounded the FBI for nearly seven years. Last month, the Justice Department cleared Ivins’ colleague, Steven Hatfill, who had been wrongly suspected in the case, and paid him $5.8 million.

Ivins worked at the Army’s biological warfare defense labs at Fort Detrick, Md., for 35 years until his death on Tuesday. He was one of the government’s leading scientists researching vaccines and cures for anthrax exposure. But he also had a long history of homicidal threats, according to papers filed last week in local court by a social worker.

The letters containing anthrax powder were sent on the heels of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and turned up at congressional offices, newsrooms and elsewhere, leaving a deadly trail through post offices on the way. The powder killed five, sent numerous victims to hospitals and caused near panic in many locations.

Workers in protective garb that made them look like space men decontaminated U.S. Capitol buildings after anthrax letters were discovered there. Major postal substations were closed for years. Newsrooms were checked all over after anthrax letters were mailed to offices in Florida and New York.

The Justice Department said Friday only that “substantial progress has been made in the investigation.” The statement did not identify Ivins.

However, several U.S. officials said prosecutors were focusing on the 62-year-old Ivins and planned to seek a murder indictment and the death penalty. Authorities were investigating whether Ivins, who had complained about the limits of testing anthrax drugs on animals, had released the toxin to test the treatment on humans.

The officials all discussed the continuing investigation on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The Justice Department is expected to decide within days whether to close the “Amerithrax” investigation now that its main target is dead. If the case remains open, that could indicate there still are other suspects.

Ivins’ attorney asserted the scientist’s innocence and said he had cooperated with investigators for more than a year.

“We are saddened by his death, and disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to defend his good name and reputation in a court of law,” said Paul F. Kemp.

Ivins died Tuesday at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland. Relatives told The Associated Press that he killed himself. Kemp said his client’s death was the result of the government’s “relentless pressure of accusation and innuendo.”

For more than a decade, Ivins had worked to develop an anthrax vaccine that was effective even in cases where different strains of anthrax were mixed — a situation that made vaccines ineffective — according to federal documents reviewed by the AP. In 2003, he shared the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service for his work on the anthrax vaccine. The award is the highest honor given to Defense Department civilian employees.

Ivins conducted numerous anthrax studies, including one that complained about the limited supply of monkeys available for testing. The study also said animal testing couldn’t accurately show how humans would respond to anthrax treatment.

The Fort Detrick laboratory and its specialized scientists for years have been at the center of the FBI’s investigation of the anthrax mailings. In late June, the government exonerated Hatfill, whose name has for years had been associated with the attacks. Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft called him a “person of interest” in 2002.

Investigators also had noticed Ivins’ unusual behavior at Fort Detrick in the six months following the anthrax mailings. He conducted unauthorized testing for anthrax spores outside containment areas at the infectious disease research unit where he worked, according to an internal report. But the focus stayed on Hatfill.

Ivins’ friends, colleagues and court documents paint a picture of a flourishing scientist with an emotionally unstable side. Maryland court documents show he recently received psychiatric treatment and was ordered to stay away from a woman he was accused of stalking and threatening to kill.

Social worker Jean C. Duley filed handwritten court documents last week saying she was preparing to testify before a grand jury. She said Ivins would be charged with five capital murders.

“Client has a history dating to his graduate days of homicidal threats, plans and actions towards therapist,” Duley said, adding that his psychiatrist had described him as homicidal and sociopathic.

Authorities have been watching Ivins for some time. His brother, Tom Ivins, said federal agents questioned the scientist about a year and a half ago. Neighbors said FBI agents in cars with tinted windows conducted surveillance on his home. A colleague, Henry S. Heine, said that over the past year, he and others on their team had testified before a federal grand jury in Washington that has been investigating the anthrax mailings.

On July 10, police responded to Fort Detrick to speak with Ivins. He was ultimately removed from his job and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation because of concern he had become a danger to himself or others.

The victims of the attacks had little in common.

Robert Stevens, 63, a photo editor at the Sun, a supermarket tabloid published in Boca Raton, Fla., was the first to die.

Thomas Morris Jr. 55, and Joseph Curseen, 47, worked at a Washington-area postal facility that was a hub for sorting the capital’s mail.

Kathy Nguyen, 61, who had emigrated from Vietnam and lived in the Bronx, worked in a stock room at Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Hospital. Ottilie Lundgren, 94, who lived in Oxford, Conn., was the last to die.


Associated Press writers David Dishneau and Chrissie Thompson from Frederick, Md., and AP researchers Susan James and Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this report.


Updated:  Wednesday, August 6


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