The writing of the text of the letter is also interesting in that the As and Ts are double-lined to suggest ATTA, the lead hijacker. It pointed to an article by the Bacteriology Division, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, MD 21701-5011, where Dr. Ivins worked. If he is guilty, that’s one special flavor of crazy.
When the US Centers for Disease Control first identified that the Ames strain had been used in the mailing to Florida in October 2001, Keim and his colleagues at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) had nearly finished a project to sequence Bacillus anthracis specifically, the chromosome of an anthrax isolate from a laboratory in Porton Down, U.K. Ayman had a microbiologist attending Porton Down-sponsored conferences at which presentations were made about the sequencing of Ames. The letter writer appears to have even double-lined As and Ts in the letters accompanying the anthrax possibly to simultaneously allude to Atta and the genomic sequence.
I believe Ed would agree that the A’s and T’s, for whatever reason, are definitely double-lined.
As explained at the Porton Down conferences attended by Aymans operative Rauf Ahmad, Keims research team eventually discovered 60 new markers in the Bacillus anthracis genomeDNA sequences that may vary from one isolate to another. These include insertions or deletions of DNA, and short sequences that are repeated at different lengths in the genome known as VNTRs (variable-number tandem repeats). A decade earlier, it had been determined that one of three proteins comprising anthrax toxin, and the first nucleotide sequence to be reported from B. anthracis (by USAMRIID authors no less), had a consensus TATAAT sequence located at the putative -10 promoter site. It is greek to us but apparently something with meaning to the person who drafted the letter. Perhaps the sender was saying that the bacteria was pathogenic unlike what had been sent to the Canadian immigration minister six months earlier.
You can just imagine the same fictional CIA folks plugging the underlined letter from the anthrax letters and wondering whether it pointed to the article in the journal Gene by USAMRIID authors. Gene. 1988 Sep 30;69(2):287-300. The article is called Sequence and analysis of the DNA encoding protective antigen of Bacillus anthracis. The authors were from the Bacteriology Division, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, MD 21701-5011. The abstract reads: The nucleotide sequence of the protective antigen (PA) gene from Bacillus anthracis and the 5 and 3 flanking sequences were determined. PA is one of three proteins comprising anthrax toxin; and its nucleotide sequence is the first to be reported from B. anthracis. A consensus TATAAT sequence was located at the putative -10 promoter site.
When authorities determined that the anthrax had not been genetically modified so as to be resistant to antibiotics, Condi Rice told the President: Thats the best news youve had as president. Years later, at trial for sedition, GMU microbiology grad student Ali Al-Timimi, who had worked 15 feet from the leading anthrax scientist and the former USAMRIID deputy commander, read Genome Technology.
The coded e-mail Faris wrote back to KSM suggesting that the idea of removing bolts from the span of the Brooklyn Bridge was not a viable idea was but one of many examples of the simple codes used by Al Qaeda operatives. Sometimes the code might be as simple as Adham Hassouns stuff for the local soccer team in places like Bosnia or his references to a young man who wanted to go out and get some fresh air [go join the jihad]. Sometimes it might be Iyman Faris reference to the weather or Ramzi Binalshibhs shirts for Sally. Sometimes it might be a reference to Greendale School or a marriage proposal to Jenny such as in the case of the anthrax mailings. The CIA reports that wedding is Al-Qaeda-speak for an event. That, according to New York Times journalists, is why the CIA got so anxious to have the Buffalo boys arrested. Apart from an email about a big feast, the young men from Buffalo had started talking about a planned wedding. Interpreting such code is not without risk. The CIA kicked down the door in Bahrain and dragged him away from the altar to the horror of his bride-to-be.
But putting aside this question of nuptials, impending or annulled, the fact remains that the sender of the anthrax letters would have had no reason to use the same address on the second letter such as “Greendale School” unless he was communicating something. That identical return address, in fact, helped authorities locate and intercept the letter to a Senator. All of the coding together may have served to tell the world, for example, that Mohammed Atta and the others were going to fly to paradise in a green bird and that the anthrax was courtesy of the Vanguards of Conquest. If you mistreat our prisoners or continue appropriations to Israel and Egyptian regimes, we may attack Washington, D.C. and New York City with aerosolized anthrax. You act at your peril. As for the TATAAT sequence and other coding, Ayman simultaneously framed the US Army by using the Ames strain while telling them who did it.
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