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Posted on 08/25/2002 11:33:25 AM PDT by at bay
Just watched the Hatfill press conference. FBI continuing on its theory that this was something that originated from the US and that Atta must have had athlete's foot or something. Hatfill, if innocent, is rightly indignant at his treatment.
Where are the other nineteen? Are they going to hold press conferences too? Finally, we do not know if the FBI who have been handling this matter are clinton holdovers or not and if somebody's going to hold a press conference like Hatfill just did and mention a commandment, they should at the least make sure they pick the right one and the crocodile tears - that's where he lost me. ALL MY OPINION. You can hold an opposite view. Time will tell what's really going on.
Fregards, from a Southwest Airlines random searched passenger twice. I've been pulled from the line and that was more inconvenient than a useful exercise in safety. You don't hear me saying how glad I was to do it.
No reflection on Soutwest, but your mention of random searches reminded me. I've been wondering if anyone who was pulled out for the search has ever had the nerve to ask to see the screener's green card :)
I dare you to......make for a hell of an after action report here.......:-)
US firm in Pakistan gets anthrax letter
Muhammad Najeeb in Islamabad
Two anthrax attack cases involving multinational companies, including an American firm, have occurred in Pakistan, but officials are trying to keep them under wraps for reasons unknown, reports said.
A report in The News and the Jang dailies said last week senior executives at two business organisations in Karachi -- an international bank and a computer-marketing firm -- received international mail that carried anthrax spores with some powdery material.
A number of staff members at both the organisations are now being treated for anthrax.
A senior staff member at the main laboratory of the Aga Khan University and Hospital in Karachi said tests have revealed that one of the two mails was loaded with anthrax, while the other had traces of the bacterium.
Medical experts say since the first cases of anthrax have already been confirmed in Pakistan, authorities must immediately launch a public awareness exercise as almost all forms of anthrax, if caught early, can be cured.
Indo-Asian News Service
Any indication from the FBI about the motivation of the U.S. domestic terrorist mailing anthrax in Pakistan
Anthrax mailed to Pakistan's Jang group
A major publication group in Pakistan, Jang, has put its staff on antibiotics and hired a top microbiologist to disinfect its main editorial room in Karachi, after tests confirmed that the powdery substance sent along with a press release earlier contained anthrax spores.
The anthrax scare that hit the American media has spread to the Pakistan press as well, The News, part of Jang publications said on Friday, confirming that envelopes containing anthrax spores were received in the group's offices at Karachi, Quetta, Rawalpindi and London.
However, none of the employees exposed to the mail has tested positive for anthrax so far, it said.
But the staffers of the Jang in Karachi were put on antibiotics.
The News in a report also said that top microbiologists made staffers vacate the main editorial rooms in Karachi.
"The lab tests on Thursday confirmed that the white powdery substance has anthrax spores. We have hired Aga Khan Hospital's microbiologists to disinfect our main editorial sections," the newspaper quoted a management official as saying.
"We have advised our workers to be on high alert especially when they handle mail," the report added.
The measures were taken after tests confirmed that a press release received by one of the newspaper's reporters on October 23 contained anthrax spores.
So far, Pakistan has two confirmed cases of anthrax. Both were reported from multinational companies in Karachi after their staff received mail with anthrax spores.
Ashcroft is not dumb enough to believe Hatfill is responsible for the anthrax mailings in Pakistan. So much for bringing his "Christian" values to the Department of Justice. At least he covered up the naked statue. Reno would be proud of his performance in the Hatfill case.
No, it wasn't
Hatfill Files Complaint on FBI Probe
Sun Aug 25, 2:20 PM ET
By RON KAMPEAS, Associated Press Writer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The biowarfare expert under scrutiny in the anthrax attacks declared, "I am not the anthrax killer," and lashed out Sunday against Attorney General John Ashcroft ( news - web sites) for calling him a "person of interest" in the investigation.
Dr. Stephen J. Hatfill said the FBI ( news - web sites) has agreed to his offer to provide blood and writing samples. He said he wants the results released and has offered to waive privacy rules to allow that.
For the second time in two weeks, the scientist went before a throng of reporters outside his lawyer's office to profess his innocence and decry the attention from law enforcers that he contends has destroyed his life.
Yeah, well.. he should go after the FBi hammer and thongs. And keeping in the public eye may well keep him alive, as well.
I've been given to understand that Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, the woman whose report is underpinning much of the witch-hunt against him, is actually an old girlfriend of his who has been after him for years. This could become real interesting and earn the bureau the kind of black eye it certainly doesn't need right now.
Fox News channel now reports that the FBI does not comment on matters like this. Of course not - legally, that would be more leaking. Maybe they're after someone else who's a person of interest and the twenty number is window dressing.
Today, he stated "I am not the anthrax killer." But, maybe he's a person of interest because unbeknownst to him, someone else he knew is a suspect and that person is in the group of twenty also.
It will make more sense later on. Meanwhile, he's going to try to make trouble for Ashcroft with the help of a dem klintoon type attorney. You know when something gets broken at home and all the kids quickly say "not me". This is what we have here. It doesn't mean the entire group of 20 are innocent but the other 19 aren't holding press conferences. Does this guy want to write a book or something?
Hatfill may be an innocent pawn in a clinton holdover setup of Ashcroft. Look at how successful he was today in convincing everyone that Ashcroft is a bad guy. The clinton holdovers in the FBI, at justice and the DNC would love to bring Ashcroft down. This may be step one.
Wait until the Senate gets back from vacation. They FINALLY have an issue for the primaries and then the November elections. You see, this is not just about Hatfill IMO. It's scorched earth politics. They can't get Dubya's poll numbers down and they are desperate to hold on to seats in November. Attacking Dubya hasn't worked so, Aschcroft is next - it seems to be more effective.
Further, I am not a broken glass Republican. I filled out my RNC census form and I criticized the RNC for being more centrist than I like and for not supporting the more conservative candidates in primaries. And, those weren't even on the survey. I added those comments in red magic marker lol. FV
I think most of us would protest much louder if we were in the spotlight as is Hatfill. Did I understand right that one of the FBI involved is a Ruby Ridge person????
You've got that right! At one point I thought, wow he might just be found to have committed "suicide" soon.
I watched the entire press conference, and I thought Hatfill did a great job warning us of the potential harm a police state would bring to "Citizens of Interest" under the Patriot Act.
Jewell was guilty as hell also, when he protested his innocence, people said, look at the fat guy lie.
Saying that this rises to an ethics violation by Ashcroft may get heard but Hatfill will lose. That's the way it will come down IMO, but the dems will definitely use this issue all during the primaries and November elections. HATFILL HANDED THEM AN ELECTION ISSUE. "Here you go Mr. MacAuliffe, at your service."
Can we move on please???
LOL .. that is what I thought at first .. but CNN kept saying it was live
As for this dude .. there are a lot of questions about this guy past history that I am not ready to put him in the category of "I'm a victum"
With that said .. yes I know the FBI doesn't have a great history either
If there's a Clinton angle to this, I contend there are Clintonites in DOJ who are running the presecution of this man, and do not want to look at the evidence showing Mohammed Atta's involvement, because it makes the government look bad. Yup, it just HAD to be a white right-winger, can't possibly be an Islamic fundy terrorist who died in 9/11. That would make us look like fools.
You have absolutley nailed it.
I watch Richard Jewell and thought, "He's telling the truth".
I watched "I did not have sex...." and thought, "What a liar!".
I watched Hatfill today and think, 'He's telling the truth'.
Bet I am 3 for 3..
Look at the Boston case, a man served 20 years or so for a murder the FBI knew he did not committ. Anymore, I have little use for the FBI.
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...