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Posted on 10/22/2001 12:45:05 AM PDT by Restore
Pakistani linked to anthrax mailbox
MICHAEL BEACH in New York
AMERICAN investigators are hunting a Pakistani man, who overstayed his visa, so they can question him about two anthrax-laced letters.
The manhunt started after investigators homed in on a mailbox believed to have been used by bioterrorists to send the two letters.
Investigators made the breakthrough after a mail carrier in Ewing, New Jersey, came down with the disease.
Two anthrax-infected letters one sent to NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, the other to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle were postmarked at a regional mail centre that serves the Ewing area.
Another employee at the centre has developed skin anthrax.
A swarm of FBI agents descended on Ewing, west of New York, yesterday to door-knock the woman's mail route and check post office security videos.
A source said investigations centred on a Pakistani man, who had left the area since the letters were sent.
....or figure out how to give it the right *spin*...
The sooner we take out those schools and their teachers, the fewer we will have to kill.
Gee, what a surprise.
Its that context that makes the story of the Pakistani freshman so strange. I cant tell you who filled in the details for me; the heat is on and the FBI is particularly jumpy. Both teacher and student have, with the help of the school, successfully ducked all efforts to contact them. But heres what Ive pieced together:
On September 6 five days before the attack Antoinette DiLorenzo, who teaches English as a second language to a class of Pakistani immigrants, led a class discussion about world events. She asked a freshman (his name has been withheld): What are you looking at? The youth was peering out the third floor window toward lower Manhattan. After he made the remark about the World Trade center not being there next week, the teacher didnt immediately think much of it, though it stuck in her mind.
On September 11, school was canceled after the attack and again the following day. On Thursday September 13, a clearly agitated DiLorenzo, saying she had been afraid to come forward, reported the incident to the principals office. It scared the hell out of everyone, according to a source at the school.
The police and FBI were alerted and twelve NYPD officers entered the school and secured DiLorenzos classroom for three hours, locking the doors with the students inside. While the students were brought lunch and a movie and told to be calm, the youth in question and his older brother, a sophomore, were taken to be interrogated by the FBI, stationed at the police precinct nearby.
DiLorenzo, the key to the believability of this story, was also questioned. She was described by school officials as having a superb and unblemished record in the New York school system. A police source described her as 100 percent credible.
Moreover, according to police, the youth confirmed having made the September 6 statement about the towers. At the moment he did so, his older brother elbowed him, said he had been kidding, and the youth in question agreed. The younger brother seemed upset and said he was having a bad day. When asked why, he said that his father was supposed to come back from Pakistan that day. Further details of the interrogation are unclear, in part because the FBI is not discussing it.
Because of the suspension of air travel, it took the father a few days to return. About a week after September 11, the father visited the school and angrily asked why his sons had been interrogated by the authorities. He said that his familys constitutional rights had been violated.
That would be about September 18. Isn't that the first mailing date of the Anthrax?
I didn't see it. Were these schools in America? Or was it about the ones in Pakistan?