FOIA Documents

FOIA Documents

Amerithrax Investigation

 

Soon after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, letters laced with anthrax began appearing in the U.S. mail. Five Americans were killed and 17 were sickened in what became the worst biological attacks in U.S. history.

The ensuing investigation by the FBI and its partners—code-named “Amerithrax”—has been one of the largest and most complex in the history of law enforcement.

In August 2008, Department of Justice and FBI officials announced a breakthrough in the case and released documents and information showing that charges were about to be brought against Dr. Bruce Ivins, who took his own life before those charges could be filed. On February 19, 2010, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service formally concluded the investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks.

The Amerithrax Task Force—which consisted of roughly 25 to 30 full-time investigators from the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and other law enforcement agencies, as well as federal prosecutors from the District of Columbia and the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section—expended hundreds of thousands of investigator work hours on this case. Their efforts involved more than 10,000 witness interviews on six different continents, the execution of 80 searches, and the recovery of more than 6,000 items of potential evidence during the course of the investigation. The case involved the issuance of more than 5,750 grand jury subpoenas and the collection of 5,730 environmental samples from 60 site locations. In addition, new scientific methods were developed that ultimately led to the break in the case—methods that could have a far-reaching impact on future investigations.

This interim release of FBI files concerning the investigation consists of a total of 2,720 pages and 30 separate files. Additional releases will be made when the files have been processed under the guidelines of the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy.

As a supplement to this release, the U.S. Department of Justice has posted an Investigative Summary on its website at www.usdoj.gov.

279A-WF-222936- BEI (Bruce E. Ivins) Sections (1,282 pages)

The seven sections identified as BEI (Dr. Bruce E. Ivins) are directly related to the investigative efforts and interviews involving Dr. Ivins. The sections include a review of Dr. Ivins’ personnel file, e-mails, police reports, and analysis of samples.

BEI Section 1 (2/2007 ) – (123 pages)
BEI Section 2 (4/2005) – (179 pages)
BEI Section 3 (8/2007) – (189 pages)
BEI Section 4 (11/2007) – (234 pages)
BEI Section 5 (2/2008)– (193 pages)
BEI Section 6 (4/2008) – (172 pages)
BEI Section 7 (8/2008) – (184 pages)  

279A-WF-222936-USAMRIID Sections (1,446 pages)

There are 22 sections listed as USAMRIID (United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases), which pertain to investigative efforts and interviews related to USAMRIID and its personnel.

USAMRIID Section 1 (2/2005) – Interviews (75 pages)
USAMRIID Section 2 (6/2008) – Interviews (26 pages)
USAMRIID Section 3 (9/2006) – Biosurety Plan by DOD (1 page)
USAMRIID Section 3b (2/2006) – Interviews (102 pages)
USAMRIID Section 4 (3/2007) – Interviews and (7/2007) – Law Enforcement Operation Order of Environmental Survey (117 pages)
USAMRIID Section 5 (9/2006) – Interviews and Periodic case updates (75 pages)
USAMRIID Section 6 (4/2005) – Maryland DMV Records related to Dr. Ivins and additional interviews (46 pages)
USAMRIID Section 7 (5/2005) – Summary of Unauthorized Environmental Surveys by Dr. Ivins (108 pages)
USAMRIID Section 8 – (8/2005) – Interviews (151 pages)
USAMRIID Section 9 – (4/2003) – Interviews (41 pages)
USAMRIID Section 10 – (3/2003) – Interviews (44 pages)
USAMRIID Section 11 – (7/2003) – Interviews (33 pages)
USAMRIID Section 12 – (10/2003) – Interviews (52 pages)
USAMRIID Section 13 – (12/2003) – Interviews (53 pages)
USAMRIID Section 14 – (1/2004) – Interviews (66 pages)
USAMRIID Section 15 – (3/2004) – Interviews (49 pages)
USAMRIID Section 16 – (3/2004) – Interviews (107 pages)
USAMRIID Section 17 – (6/2004) – Interviews (63 pages)
USAMRIID Section 18 – (8/2004) – Interviews and Request for Documents from USAMRIID (10 pages)
USAMRIID Section 19 – (9/2004) – Interviews (40 pages)
USAMRIID Section 20 – (11/2004) – Interviews (127 pages)
USAMRIID Section 21 – (1/2007) – Interviews (51 pages)
USAMRIID Section 22 – (9/2004) – Interviews (9 pages)

07.09.10

Famous Cases by Category
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Terrorism
- 9/11 Investigation
- Anthrax/Amerithrax
- Beltway Snipers: Part 1| Part 2
- East African Embassy bombings 1998
- Eric Rudolph: Part 1 | Part 2
- Millennium Plot/Ahmed Ressam
- Oklahoma City bombing
- Palmer Raids
- Pan Am 103 bombing
- Unabomber
- USS Cole Bombing
- Wall Street bombing 1920
- Weather Underground bombings
- World Trade Center bombing 1993
- Fawaz Younis

Counterintelligence/Espionage
- Aldrich Ames
- Alger Hiss
- Atom Spy Case/Rosenbergs
- Black Tom 1916 bombing
- Duquesne Spy Ring
- Espionage in the Defense Industry
- Hollow Nickel/Rudolph Abel
- Iva Toguri d’Aquino and “Tokyo Rose”
- Maksim Martynov
- Nazi Saboteurs and George Dasch
- ND-98: Case of the Long Island Double Agent
- Pearl Harbor Spy
- Robert Hanssen
- Thwarted Sabotage in Zambia
- Vasilli Zubilin
- Velvalee Dickinson, the “Doll Woman”
- Vonsiatsky Espionage
- Year of the Spy (1985)

Cyber Crime
- Operation Innocent Images

Public Corruption
- ABSCAM
- Operation Greylord
- Operation Illwind
- Tennessee Waltz
- William Jefferson

Civil Rights
- Baptist Street Church bombing
- Emmett Till
- Medgar Evers
- Mississippi Burning
- KKK series

Organized Crime/Gangsters
- Al Capone
- Barker/Karpis Gang
- Bonnie and Clyde
- Joe Pistone, Undercover Agent
- John Dillinger
- John Gotti
- Kansas City Massacre/“Pretty Boy” Floyd
- Lester Gillis (“Baby Face” Nelson)
- “Machine Gun” Kelly
- Roger “The Terrible” Touhy
- The Brady Gang
- The Fur Dressers case

White-Collar Crime
- Enron
- Hurricane Katrina Fraud
- Operation Senior Sentinel
- Operation Stolen Dreams

Violent Crime/Major Thefts/Bank Robberies
- Brinks Robbery
- Charles Ross Kidnapping
- D.B. Cooper Hijacking
- Durkin - Murder of an FBI Agent
- Greenlease Kidnapping
- Jack Gilbert Graham
- James Edward Testerman
- John Elgin Johnson
- Jonestown
- Joseph Edward Earlywine
- Judge Vance murder
- Krupp Diamond Theft
- Lindbergh Kidnapping
- Murder and Mayhem in the Osage Hills
- Nussbaum and Wilcoxson
- Patty Hearst
- Richard Floyd McCoy, Jr.
- The Black Dahlia
- Weinberger Kidnapping
- Weyerhaeuser Kidnapping

Ten Most Wanted
- Billie Austin Bryant
- Gerhard Arthur Puff
- Willie Sutton