The Mirage Man

The Mirage Man

Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America's Rush to War

eBook - 2011
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The anthrax mailings of 2001 triggered the FBI's biggest and most complicated investigation since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Now, for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Willman tells the gripping story of the hunt for the anthrax killer--a case that consumed the FBI and became a rallying point for launching the Iraq War.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345530219
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 448 p., [8] p. of plates) : ill


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Jan 30, 2014

(This book is a Mirage - - forget this book, read Bob Coen's "Dead Silence" instead.) The FBI moved on Dr. Ivens before finishing their investigation: they handed over the Anthrax samples to the National Academy of Sciences for verification of the so-called findings at North Arizona University, and the NAS refuted and contradicted the FBI's findings. So why did the FBI target Ivens? Possibly the same reason they targeted Wen Ho Lee incorrectly as stealing nuclear secrets from Los Alamos. Redirection and misdirection or just plain incompetence? [FYI: Important to understand that the first action of Hatfill upon his appointment to the Ft. Detrick lab was to fire the top four or five oldest biological scientists there, which allowed him unimpeded access to Anthrax samples which made me suspect him, although we never hear about that fact. BioPort, the anthrax vaccine maker awarded not only with government contracts, but first subsidized by them to become active, is owned, through offshore entities, by the El-Hibri family, a Lebanese father and son). Bruce Ivins was tasked by his employer to aid and work with BioPort. DynPort Vaccine Company, located nearby Ft. Detrick, had the necessary lab tools for weaponizing Anthrax, (large heavy-duty ovens, et cetera), which Ft. Detrick didn't. DynPort was half owned by the private military contractor, Dyncorp, and the other half owned by the El-Hibri family, it would later be sold off to CSC when Robert McKeon (Veritas Capital) divested DynCorp; McKeon would later commit "suicide" by strangling himself! And, as their main "witness" the FBI used an FBI informant who was also a crackhead prostitute of questionable veracity. The author manages to destroy and savage Dr. Ivens reputation, but how accurate he is, given what the author leaves out or neglects, opens up more questions.] For a completely factual and contradictory take on this book, see Media Roots ( recent online release of youtube vid, "American Anthrax".

Jun 15, 2012

Fascinating. A stunning indictment of the investigation that pursued the wrong man despite lack of evidence, rather than the actual culprit, who turned out to be the man in charge of our military's anthrax lab. This was an inside job. Not only homegrown terrorism, but from a renegade individual, acting alone, at the core of our military establishment. FBI director Robert Mueller is shown to have been directly responsible for keeping the investigation focused on the wrong man, at great damage to that innocent man's life as he was publicly linked to the crime in the news media, while the real culprit was receiving medals!

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