Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

F.B.I. Searches Car, Citing Link to Anthrax Mailings in 2001
AP via New York Times ^ | 08/08/04 | Associated Press

Posted on 08/07/2004 11:48:24 PM PDT by conservative in nyc

F.B.I. Searches Car, Citing Link to Anthrax Mailings in 2001

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: August 8, 2004

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 7 (AP) - F.B.I. agents searched a car on Saturday belonging to the bioterrorism expert whose homes were raided earlier this week by federal agents investigating the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Agents examined the car on Saturday at the Connellsville Airport, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, said Frank Sero, a lineman at the airport.

Mr. Sero said the bioterrorism expert, Dr. Kenneth M. Berry, who lives in Wellsville, N.Y., had left the car at the airport and would use it when he was in the area. A spokeswoman for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-McKeesport said Mr. Berry worked at a Pittsburgh-area hospital but would not elaborate.

Special Agent Jeff Killeen at the F.B.I. office in Pittsburgh said agents had searched a vehicle at the airport in connection with the anthrax mailings, but he did not say who owned the vehicle. The search did not pose a threat to health or public safety, Mr. Killeen said.

On Thursday, agents searched Mr. Berry's home in Wellsville, 65 miles southeast of Buffalo, and his former apartment, as well as his parents' summer home on the Jersey Shore.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman said the searches were part of an investigation of the unsolved 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people.

Mr. Berry told police officials he had nothing to do with anthrax, the police chief in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., Daniel DePolo, said in a news conference on Friday.

The F.B.I. said the public was not in immediate danger but would not say what agents had been seeking.

The searches came nearly three years after five people were killed and 17 fell ill when anthrax-laced envelopes were mailed to government offices and the news media. The investigation has baffled the government and turned up few leads.

While agents were searching his home, Mr. Berry was arrested in Point Pleasant Beach on domestic charges unrelated to the anthrax investigation. Authorities said he had been fighting with four family members at a motel, and the family members required medical treatment. He was released on $10,000 bail.

Efforts to reach Mr. Berry were unsuccessful.

In 1997, he founded an organization to train medical professionals to respond to chemical and biological attacks and sought a patent for a system to identify chemical and biological strikes. He filed a provisional patent for a system in October 2000 and the actual application on Sept. 28, 2001, 10 days after the first anthrax letters were postmarked.


TOPICS: Anthrax Scare; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: anthrax; berry; drberry; slimes; wot
Interesting.
1 posted on 08/07/2004 11:48:24 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: conservative in nyc

Interesting is right. I hope they catch the bastard who did this, whether this particular person is responsible or not.


2 posted on 08/07/2004 11:51:28 PM PDT by Flightdeck (Procrastinate later)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: conservative in nyc

The pathetic and scary FBI track record in this case is Nazi-like in violation of civil rights of suspects, Three Stooges in competence and results.


3 posted on 08/07/2004 11:54:01 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Free Republic is 21st Century Samizdat)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FormerACLUmember

Please do not cast unwarranted aspersions on the competence of The Three Stooges


4 posted on 08/08/2004 12:05:31 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy ("Despise not the jester. Often he is the only one speaking the truth")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: conservative in nyc
I wonder if this means that the FBI will let go of Steven Hatfill

U.S. Wants Hatfill's Lawsuit Over Anthrax Probe Dismissed
NewsMax.com Wires
Monday, March 29, 2004

FBI Says Hatfill's Lawsuit on Anthrax Investigation Threatens Security
NewsMax.com Wires
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003

Dr. Hatfill Sues the Feds
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003

FBI's Mueller Silent on Hatfill, Says Iraq Is Part of War on Terror
Wes Vernon, NewsMax.com
Friday, June 20, 2003

Report: FBI Revives Anthrax Investigation
NewsMax Wires
Sunday, May 11, 2003

UPI Exclusive: FBI is tracking Hatfill
Newsmax Wires
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002

Feds Issue Non-apology for Wrecking Dr. Hatfill's Life
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002

ABC News Repeats Shaggy Dog Story
Notra Trulock
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002

Ashcroft May Target Hatfill With RFK Tactics
Phil Brennan, NewsMax.com
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002

Ashcroft May Target Hatfill With RFK Tactics
Phil Brennan, NewsMax.com
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002

5 posted on 08/08/2004 12:08:49 AM PDT by walford (http://utopia-unmasked.us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oztrich Boy

Nyuck, nyuck!


6 posted on 08/08/2004 12:18:17 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Free Republic is 21st Century Samizdat)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: walford

Goodness, I just thought I had been keeping up with this strange and wonderful tale, you really have. Careful, there, the Berry search puts us on notice that anyone with enough knowledge to be of any use should a really skillful use of anthrax comes along will at least be denied the clearance to help, if not on extended "vacation" at federal expense. Close as I can tell, they seem to assume that only an American with contacts could have obtained the strain and aerosolized it that finely. If they really think that either Hatfill or Berry could have pulled this off single-handedly in a basement, why is it beyond belief that a terrorist country with some bright young, US trained people and a billion dollar budget could not have?


7 posted on 08/08/2004 12:40:43 AM PDT by barkeep
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: walford

To paraphrase the immortal words of Raymond Donovan: Where does Hatfill go to get his reputation back?


8 posted on 08/08/2004 12:47:29 AM PDT by Dont Mention the War (we use the ˇ°ml maximizeˇ± command in Stata to obtain estimates of each aj , bj, and cm.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: conservative in nyc

The diabolical person who committed this heinous act is the one to blame, not the FBI. I think it's important to find the perp, Anyone found innocent is a victim of this fiend as well.


9 posted on 08/08/2004 1:55:33 AM PDT by tkathy (The choice is clear. Big tent or no tent.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FormerACLUmember
>The pathetic and scary FBI track record in this case is Nazi-like in violation of civil rights of suspects, Three Stooges in competence and results.

Great. Next time there is a kidnapping, bank robbery or terrorist attack, we'll call you instead of the FBI.

I would remind you that in the case of the first WTC bombing, they had them all in the bag in a matter of days.

RE: Anthrax case. Unfortunately, not all crimes are solved in 58 minutes, in time for the closing credits.
10 posted on 08/08/2004 4:23:12 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Kill all Islamic terrorists now. Then they cannot kill our sons and daughters tomorrow)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: tkathy

There appears to be a motive for Berry. If his patent is approved, he can make a fortune "defending" against anthrax attack.


11 posted on 08/08/2004 4:26:56 AM PDT by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU, I trust this post will make you sick)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: walford
In a story yesterday, I read that Berry and Hatfill worked together in the past. Curiouser and curiouser...
12 posted on 08/08/2004 4:43:02 AM PDT by Conservative Infidel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Battle Axe; grizzfan

Interestingly, they look where "they" want to, but now where there is substantive information. Frustrating.

I vote for disbanding the entire organization, tearing down the building and starting over. They are a useless bunch of 'ol boys who "protect" their information in order to get credit, while failing to follow every lead, if it's going t make someone else look good.


13 posted on 08/08/2004 6:41:15 AM PDT by TruthNtegrity (We must all work hard to insure Pres. Bush's re-election by a landslide!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #14 Removed by Moderator

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson