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Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me
msnbc ^ | April 16, 2010 | Mike Celizic

Posted on 04/16/2010 12:17:27 PM PDT by Skillman

The man falsely accused by the FBI of sending letters laced with deadly anthrax spores has received a big settlement from the government, but never an apology for destroying his life.

What’s more, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill told TODAY’s Matt Lauer during his first interview since the September 2001 attacks, neither the Justice Department nor the FBI has been held accountable for breaking the law and lying in their pursuit of him.

“I love my country,” Hatfill, 56, told Lauer. But, he added, “I learned a couple things. The government can do to you whatever they want. They can break the laws, federal laws, as they see fit … You can’t turn laws on and off as you deem fit. And the Privacy Act laws were put in place specifically to stop what happened to me. Whether we’re at war or have been attacked, the foundation of society is that you hold to the laws in place. I used to be somebody that trusted the government. Now I really don't trust anything.”

(Excerpt) Read more at today.msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: 911attacks; amerithax; anthrax; domesticterrorism; donutwatch; guiltyuntilproven; nifongism; trialbymedia

1 posted on 04/16/2010 12:17:28 PM PDT by Skillman
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To: Skillman

Yep. Sucks. Remind me to never get accused of spreading anthrax. /s


2 posted on 04/16/2010 12:24:00 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

It was about “wrapping up the case”, not protecting the country.

There are prosecutors at all levels who abuse the powers of their offices to “clear the books” of open cases.


3 posted on 04/16/2010 12:25:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (We've gone from phony soldiers to phony conservative protesters. Nothing about liberalism is genuine)
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To: Skillman; EdLake

Ping to Ed


4 posted on 04/16/2010 12:40:20 PM PDT by SargeK
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To: SargeK

5 posted on 04/16/2010 12:48:27 PM PDT by Skillman
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6 posted on 04/16/2010 12:52:01 PM PDT by Vidocq
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To: a fool in paradise

7 posted on 04/16/2010 12:52:01 PM PDT by Vidocq
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To: Skillman

The supreme irony is the only documented lethal biological weapons attack in the US was perpetrated by the federal government.

Federal anthrax. Federal laboratory. Federal scientist. Federal weapon delivery system (USPS).

The lack of controls on the facility, the material and the people does, as the legal parlance goes, ‘shock the conscience.”


8 posted on 04/16/2010 1:13:07 PM PDT by SargeK
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9 posted on 04/16/2010 3:36:47 PM PDT by Vidocq
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To: SargeK

10 posted on 04/16/2010 3:40:03 PM PDT by Vidocq
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To: goseminoles
Steven Hatfill Vs. The Media
11 posted on 04/16/2010 4:22:16 PM PDT by Skillman
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To: a fool in paradise

Ashcroft's most dramatic victim

12 posted on 04/16/2010 4:22:17 PM PDT by Skillman
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To: a fool in paradise

FBI vehicle hits Hatfill, but he gets the $5 ticket

Scientist being watched in anthrax investigation

By Scott Shane
Sun Staff

May 20, 2003

FBI anthrax investigators’ relentless surveillance of a former Army bioterrorism expert took a bizarre turn Saturday when a vehicle driven by an agent hit Dr. Steven J. Hatfill on a busy Georgetown street - and Hatfill wound up with a $5 ticket.

The driver of the FBI sport utility vehicle, Bryan Blankenship, told police he “drove off, striking” Hatfill, but was not charged, according to a police report. Hatfill was cited for “walking to create a hazard.”

The FBI vehicle, a Dodge Durango, ran over Hatfill’s right foot and knocked him to the pavement on Wisconsin Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, said Hatfill’s spokesman, Pat Clawson. Clawson said Hatfill had “a goose egg several inches long” on his foot and abrasions on his forehead and was attended to by paramedics at the scene.

Hatfill, who is trained as a medical doctor, refused a ride to the hospital, Clawson said, because he is out of money, has no health insurance and believed no bones were broken.

“He was dazed and out of it for a few minutes, and he’s pretty banged and bruised,” Clawson said. “He’s absolutely enraged. There was nothing about this that constituted legitimate surveillance.”

Hatfill can pay the $5 ticket or contest it in court, said Officer Kenneth Bryson, a spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Police.


13 posted on 04/16/2010 4:22:17 PM PDT by Skillman
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14 posted on 04/16/2010 5:04:52 PM PDT by Justice Department
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Anthrax subject receives payout $5.82 million

The U.S. settles with Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, whom it targeted after deadly mailings but never arrested.
June 28, 2008|David Willman, Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — The former Army scientist who was the prime suspect in the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings agreed Friday to take $5.82 million from the government to settle his claim that the Justice Department and the FBI invaded his privacy and ruined his career.

Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, 54, who was called a “person of interest” in the case by then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft in 2002, said that label and repeated leaks of investigative details to the media damaged his reputation.


15 posted on 04/16/2010 5:07:13 PM PDT by Skillman
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16 posted on 04/16/2010 6:13:19 PM PDT by Vidocq
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17 posted on 04/16/2010 6:15:40 PM PDT by Vidocq
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18 posted on 04/16/2010 6:17:27 PM PDT by Vidocq
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19 posted on 04/16/2010 6:51:46 PM PDT by Vidocq
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To: Vidocq

WTF?


20 posted on 04/16/2010 7:26:48 PM PDT by Skillman
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To: SargeK
Thanks for the ping.

The Matt Lauer interview and the MSNBC article were both CRAP.

Lauer probably interviewed Hatfill for a couple hours in order to get the few minutes they showed on TV. They deliberately avoided mentioning how Dr. Hatfill became a suspect in the first place.

Hatfill wasn't a suspect because the FBI made him a suspect. Hatfill became a suspect because conspiracy theorists and the media - including The New York Times - campaigned for EIGHT MONTHS to make Hatfill a suspect. They even accused the FBI of covering up for Dr. Hatfill because the FBI WASN'T publicly investigating him!

The article in The Atlantic magazine is infinitely better, although the author of that article also got a few things wrong.

Check my web site for further details.

Ed at www.anthraxinvestigation.com

21 posted on 04/18/2010 7:30:13 AM PDT by EdLake
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22 posted on 04/18/2010 8:56:03 AM PDT by Skillman
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To: EdLake

http://luigiwarren.blogspot.com/


23 posted on 04/18/2010 9:02:23 AM PDT by Skillman
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To: EdLake

http://luigiwarren.blogspot.com/


24 posted on 04/18/2010 9:37:03 AM PDT by Skillman
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To: EdLake

http://steve_hatfill.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/justicedenied.jpg


25 posted on 04/18/2010 9:40:04 AM PDT by Skillman
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To: EdLake

Science 23 August 2002:
Vol. 297. no. 5585, pp. 1264 - 1265
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5585.1264

PROFILE: BARBARA HATCH ROSENBERG:
Unconventional Detective Bears Down on a Killer

Jennifer Couzin

Barbara Hatch Rosenberg has become one of the most visible critics of the FBI’s investigation into the anthrax mailings last fall that killed five people and sickened at least 17 others. She also has become the leading nongovernment authority on who might have committed the crimes. Both admirers and detractors agree that she has pushed the FBI forward.


26 posted on 04/18/2010 12:46:34 PM PDT by Skillman
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A good article. Too bad it isn't on-line on Science magazine's web site except to subscribers. Their link is HERE

The article is very admiring of Barbara Hatch Rosenberg and the way she pointed the finger at Hatfill and argued that he was the killer until the FBI started to publicly investigate him.

FreeRepublic once had a thread about the article, but it was pulled.

Ed at www.anthraxinvestigation.com

27 posted on 04/19/2010 7:20:33 AM PDT by EdLake
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To: EdLake

http://www.fake-detective.com/history/history1.htm


28 posted on 04/21/2010 2:26:29 PM PDT by Justice Department
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To: Skillman

Yes they did!


29 posted on 04/21/2010 2:28:31 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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