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Posted on 08/25/2002 11:33:25 AM PDT by at bay
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Heh. Let's just see what comes of it. I may have misunderstood something :).
I suspect that there will be a lawsuit, eventually, and that a lot of stuff will see the light of day.
Hey, I'm not stupid enough to fly now in the first place ;) I haven't flown since they banned smoking and lost my luggage for nearly a week.
This extensive background may seem a little academic, but it is absolutely essential to understand the current controversy swirling around Steven Hatfill, the bioweapons scientist who called a press conference to complain that he was "the currently designated fall guy" for the anthrax letters in the wake of September 11. Everyone involved understands that he was designated the fall guy not so much by the FBI but by none other than Barbara Hatch Rosenberg of the FAS.
In November 2001, a month after the rash of anthrax attacks, Ms. Rosenberg was already telling an audience in Geneva that New York "has been attacked, first by foreign terrorists, then by an American using a weaponized biological agent." She assured listeners that the anthrax "was derived, almost certainly, from a U.S. defense laboratory."
Here's another from Mona Charen:
August 19, 2002
Something fishy in the Hatfill case?
Dr. Steven Hatfill may or may not be the killer who sent anthrax through the mail last year. But something smells about the way the FBI is handling this matter.
Without arresting him, a researcher who never worked with anthrax, and even without calling him a suspect merely one of 20 "persons of interest" the FBI apparently tipped off the press when it made a scheduled search of Dr. Hatfill's apartment.
When the FBI agents arrived, they were accompanied by satellite trucks and news helicopters buzzing overhead. What if they are wrong? Will the press ever correct with the same vigor that it misreports? Almost never the Richard Jewell case being the only exception that leaps to mind, and he had to sue. More often, the unjustly accused have no recourse. In the immortal words of Ray Donovan, Ronald Reagan's labor secretary who was acquitted of corruption charges in a court of law after a prolonged trial by media, "Where do I go to get my reputation back?"
A spokesman for the FBI denies tipping the press, but those helicopters and news trucks did not arrive due to clairvoyance. Not only does it look like the FBI was fingering a man against whom it has very little evidence in order to obscure the FBI's lack of progress in finding the anthrax terrorist or terrorists, it further looks like the FBI has bullheadedly followed only one possible scenario the lone American scientist in its search.
The Weekly Standard's David Tell has waged a lonely battle to challenge the FBI on this. In a series of detailed articles (see the Weekly Standard, April 29, 2002), Tell has examined the FBI's peculiar reliance on research professor Barbara Hatch Rosenberg of the State University of New York at Purchase. She has apparently encouraged the FBI to believe a disgruntled American scientist loosed anthrax on the political and media elite last year.
Her views sound a bit loopy to the dispassionate observer. She apparently told the BBC that the FBI has known the true identity of the anthrax mailer for some time but won't arrest him because "he knows too much." Well, let Mr. Tell tell: "Last fall, you see, the man's Langley masters supposedly decided they'd like to field-test what would happen if billions of lethal anthrax spores were sent through the regular mail and it was 'left to him to decide exactly how to carry it out.' The loosely supervised madman then used his assignment to launch an attack on the media and Senate 'for his own motives.' And, this truth being obviously too hot to handle, the FBI is now trying hard not to discover it."
Then there is the matter of Syed Athar Abbas, a Pakistani picked up for defrauding two banks out of $100,000 and running a sophisticated check-kiting scheme. Tell reports that when the FBI checked him out, it discovered he had purchased a "fine food particulate mixer" (the sort that might be used for making biological weapons) for about $100,000 in cash. Was the FBI interested, or was it too busy chasing Dr. Hatfill?
To read Dr. Hatfill's statement is to suspect very strongly that the man is innocent. If I were wrongly accused, I think I would write a statement like his. Some excerpts: "I've devoted much of my professional career to safeguarding men, women and children from the scourge of different types of disease, from leukemia to infectious disease. I am appalled at the terrible acts of biological terrorism that have caused death, disease and havoc in the great country starting last fall. I wish the authorities Godspeed in catching the culprit or culprits. I do not object to being considered a subject of interest by the authorities because of my knowledge and background in the field of biological warfare defense. This does not, however, give them the right to smear me and gratuitously make a wasteland of my life. If I am a subject of interest, I'm also a human being. I need to earn a living [he's been fired from two jobs due to this investigation]. I have a family, and until recently, I had a reputation and a bright professional future."
If the FBI has screwed this up, heads should roll, starting with Director Robert Mueller's.
Mona Charen is a nationally syndicated columnist.
You probably don't live in the Baltimore-Washington TV markets. Hatfill does. And he is the target of a multi-media blitz from the local newspapers and TV channels -- all Hatfill, all the time.
You'd be sore, too...
You have been misinformed. Hatfill claims he has never met the inimitable media darling, Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, and has no idea why she would accuse him.
But, then, he's only the fourth guy she's accused...
The Good Guy's
DOJ/FBI.....Track record--Ruby Ridge,Waco,TWA 800,Whitey Bulger,Robert Hanssen,Aldrige Ames,Wen Ho Lee, White House Files,Richard Jewell, missing 449 guns and 184 computers,Elian Gonzales,Potts-gate,New Orleans Brothel,Moussoui,Walker-Lindt.
The Bad Guy.
Hatfill....Offers blood test, hand writing sample, lie detector interview.
Hmmm! Hatfill must have something to hide.
Hehe. Seeing where she is at, I'm not at all surprised :). Who were the other three?
The Dems don't want this issue. It serves their purpose that the anthrax perpetrator be a.) American, b.) white, c.) connected to the defense/intelligence establishment.
For them, Hatfill is the perfect patsy. That the anthrax should have come from another source (like, say, Iraq) is what gives Daschle, McAuliffe & Co. the willies...
Rosenberg, by the way, is one of their "true believers"...
Yes, well.. it has been violated. Not only this doubtful accusation which stops just short of being an actual accusation, but it's also a fact that for the last year anyone - anyone - identified as being a bio-weapons expert seem to be in mortal danger, seeing as they're bumped off with boring regularity. For Hatfill, remaining squarely in the center of the spotlight may at this point be what saves his life. Maybe the FBI had thought that by dropping his name out there, he would have been dead by now, and they could have closed the Anthrax case as "cleanly solved".
If so, and any of them are picked up, they are going to rat these guys out.
That's why the FBI is working so hard on diverting investigative resources AWAY from the real pepetrators and toward a guy who they know is innocent of the charge.
From the very beginning of this issue I had thought it was an AlQeada agent in the investigative arm that was misleading everybody, then Barbara Hatch Rosenberg came out with her attack on various un-named disgrunteld white American federal government male employees. Then the FBI fell in line, and it's just been one piece of BS after another.
Remember, the last organized, armed and dangerous group to attack the United States Postal Service before the anthrax attack was the Young People's Socialist League (YPSL), and you'd better believe the undercover former Soviet spies still in the FBI as well as their gumbah, ol'Barb, know more than their fair share of these guys.