(Global Research) The FBI head agent in charge of the anthrax investigation – Richard Lambert – has just filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit calling the entire FBI investigation “bulls**t.”
In the fall of 2001, following the 9/11 attacks, a series of anthrax mailings occurred which killed five Americans and sickened 17 others. Four anthrax-laden envelopes were recovered which were addressed to two news media outlets in New York City (the New York Post and Tom Brokaw at NBC) and two senators in Washington D.C. (Patrick Leahy and Tom Daschle).
The anthrax letters addressed to New York were mailed on September 18, 2001, just seven days after the 9/11 attacks. The letters addressed to the senators were mailed 21 days later on October 9, 2001. A fifth mailing of anthrax is believed to have been directed to American Media, Inc. (AMI) in Boca Raton, Florida based upon the death of one AMI employee from anthrax poisoning and heavy spore contamination in the building. AMI is the parent company which publishes the fitness magazines Flex, Muscle and Fitness, as well as the tabloids The National Enquirer and Globe.
Executive management at FBI Headquarters assigned responsibility for the anthrax investigation (code named “AMERITHRAX”) to the Washington Field Office (WFO), dubbing it the single most important case in the FBI at that time. In October 2002, in the wake of surging media criticism, White House impatience with a seeming lack of investigative progress by WFO, and a concerned Congress that was considering revoking the FBI’s charter to investigate terrorism cases, Defendant FBI Director Mueller reassigned Plaintiff from the FBI’s San Diego Field Office to the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters and placed Lambert in charge of the AMERITHRAX case as an “Inspector.”
While leading the investigation for the next four years, Lambert’s efforts to advance the case met with intransigence from WFO’s executive management, apathy and error from the FBI Laboratory, politically motivated communication embargos from FBI Headquarters, and other difficulties.
Lambert claims that the FBI ultimately fingered United States Army doctor Bruce Ivins as the anthrax mailer and, proceeded to railroad him despite “daunting exculpatory evidence.” Bruce Edwards Ivins was a microbiologist, vaccinologist, and senior biodefense researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Maryland at the time of the mailings. Following the announcement of its circumstantial case against Ivins, Lambert says that the DOJ and FBI crafted an elaborate perception management campaign to bolster their assertion of Ivins’ guilt.
Ivins wasn’t the first person framed for the anthrax attacks, either. People don’t remember now, but the “war on terror” and Iraq war were largely based on the claim that Saddam Hussein and Muslim extremists were behind the anthrax attacks. The anthrax letters also pushed a terrified Congress into approving the Patriot Act without even reading it. Initially, the FBI was convinced that another U.S. government scientist, Steven Hatfill, had mailed the anthrax. The government had to pay Hatfill $4.6 million to settle his lawsuit for being falsely accused.
On Tuesday, July 29, 2008, Dr. Bruce Ivins died of an overdose of Tylenol with codeine in an apparent suicide after learning that criminal charges were likely to be filed against him by the FBI. No formal charges were ever actually filed against him for the crime, and no direct evidence of his involvement has been uncovered. No autopsy was performed, and there was no suicide note. At an August 6, 2008 news conference however, FBI and DOJ officials formally announced that they had concluded that Ivins was likely to have been solely responsible for the anthrax mailings.
The FBI later admitted that up to 400 people had access to a flask of anthrax in Dr. Ivins’ lab. In other words, even if the killer anthrax came from his lab, 399 other people might have done it.
At least one of Ivins’ colleagues at Ft. Deitrich thinks he was murdered. Whether murder or suicide, Ivins’ death was very convenient for the FBI, since dead men can’t easily defend themselves.
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