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Lexy @PoliticallyRYT
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Robert Muller has been botching investigations since the Anthrax attacks.
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We see how he works if we look at how he ran his 2nd most important investigation as FBI Director. In Sept 2011, an entity began mailing anthrax through the USPS, hitting such prominent targets as NBC & Senator Daschle’s office. The terrorist attacks killed 5 & left others
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hospitalized. The world panicked. Under Mueller’s management, the FBI launched an investigation lasting 10 years. They now brag about spending “hundreds of thousands of investigator hours on this case.” Let’s take a closer look at Mueller’s response to understand the context
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of the investigation — who his people investigated, targeted, & found guilty. The anthrax letters began just a week after the 9/11 attack. While planning the airplane hijackings, Al-Qaeda had been weaponizing anthrax, setting up a lab in Afghanistan manned by Yazid
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Sufaat, the same man who housed 2 of the 9/11 hijackers. 2 hijackers later sought medical help due to conditions consistent w/ infection via anthrax: Al Haznawi went to the emergency room for a skin lesion which he claimed was from “bumping into a suitcase,” and ringleader
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Mohamed Atta needed medicine for “skin irritation.” A team of bioterrorism experts from John Hopkins confirmed that anthrax was the most likely cause of the lesion. Meanwhile, the 9/11 hijackers were also trying to obtain crop-dusting airplanes. So how did Mueller’s
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investigative team handle the case?
Mueller issued a statement in Oct of 2001, while anthrax victims were still dying: the FBI had found “no direct link to organized terrorism.” The John Hopkins team of experts was mistaken, the FBI continued, Al Haznawi never had an anthrax
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infection. The crop-dusting ✈️ they needed was possibly for a separate/unrelated anthrax attack. A few weeks later, FBI released a remarkable profile of the attacker. FBI experts eschewed analysis of the content of the letters, where it was written in bold block letters,
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“Death to America, Death to Israel, Allah is Great.” Instead, they focused on a “linguistic analysis,” stating that the letter’s writer was atypical in many respects and not “comfortable or practiced in writing in lower case lettering.” The FBI therefore concluded that it was
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likely a disgruntled American w/ bad personal skills. The investigators hypothesized the attacker was a lonely American who wanted to kill people w/ anthrax for some undefined time period, but became “mission oriented” following 9/11 and immediately prepared/mailed the deadly
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spores while pretending to be a Muslim. FBI honed in on Hatfill as the culprit — a “flag-waving” American, who served in the Army, then dedicated himself to protecting America from bioterrorist threats by working in the US Army Medical Research Inst of Infectious Diseases
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There was no direct link from Hatfill to the attacks, by the FBI’s own admission, and the bureau never charged Hatfill. The FBI did however spy on, follow, and harass him non-stop for years. The Dept of Justice also publicly outed Hatfill as the possible terrorist. While
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Hatfill’s dignity and life was being trampled on by America’s secret police, Mueller took a stand. But on a different topic. He made front page news for threatening Pres Bush he would resign over NSA policy. All while his own team was trampling on the rights of an American
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in the FBI’s largest-ever invest. Hatfill successfully sued the government for its unlawful actions. He won almost $6 million. After the Hatfill invest. blew up in the FBI’s face, they moved on to Bruce Ivins, another Army researcher who had actually volunteered to help
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the FBI invest this case, and had been doing so for years. It wasn’t until 5 years after the attack that Mueller’s men decided Ivins was a target. The FBI case against Ivins, once again, was based on circumstantial evidence. The prosecution stated Ivins purposefully
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gave a misleading sample of anthrax spore, but Frontline documented this was not true. Ivins was “familiar” w/ the area from which the anthrax letters were mailed, the FBI said, but Pulitzer Prize winning ProPublica lays out the accepted facts of the case showing it was
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impossible for Ivins to make the trip to mail the letters. The spores used in the attacks were a similar type to the laboratory spores where Ivins worked, but that ignored the fact that the anthrax letters had a unique additive — so sophisticated and dangerous a scientist
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commented, “This is not your mother’s anthrax” — that was likely produced by a nation state or Al-Qaeda. Hw was never indicted, just given the Hatfill treatment. His house was raided, he was threatened with a death sentence, or as his lawyer put it, put under “relentless
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pressure of accusation and innuendo.” He committed suicide. 1 week later, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor stated Ivins was guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt,” and they were “confident that Dr. Ivins was the only person responsible for these attacks.” Democratic Sen. Patrick
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Leahy, one of the intended victims of the anthrax terror attacks, did not believe that Ivins was the sole actor.
Mueller ordered an independent audit of the FBI’s case by the NAOS, then formally closed the case in 2010, sticking w/ the conclusion that Ivins alone committed
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the terror attack. One year later the NAS released their results and confirmed what many scientists had been repeating for years: the FBI’s science and conclusions were not solid. A former FBI official involved in the invest sued the FBI, alleging the FBI concealed evidence
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exculpatory to Ivins. Mueller made his position known, saying, “I do not apologize for any aspect of this investigation,” and stated that the FBI had made no mistakes. The invest was an unmitigated disaster for America. Mueller didn’t go after al-Qaida for the anthrax
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letters because he couldn’t find a direct link. But then he targeted American citizens without showing a direct link. For his deeds, he had the second longest tenure as FBI Director ever, and was roundly applauded by nearly everyone (except Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert).
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Now Muller is running the Trump-Russia investigation.

By Daniel Ashman

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