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  • Bomb-making factory found in Brooklyn apartment of Columbia professor

    Police stumbled upon a bomb-making factory Sunday in the home of a Columbia professor who specializes in the spread of infectious disease - and are investigating whether he and his roommate have terror ties. Cops evacuated the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood around the Remsen St. home of Michael Clatts, a medical anthropologist, after finding seven pipe bombs fitted with fuses in his flat, police sources said. The frightening cache was discovered almost by accident - Ivaylo Ivanov, the man living with Clatts, accidentally shot off the tip of his left index finger and sought police help in the street about 1:15...
  • Exonerated anthrax suspect: FBI harassed me

    04/16/2010 12:17:27 PM PDT · by Skillman · 28 replies · 2,233+ views
    msnbc ^ | April 16, 2010 | Mike Celizic
    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...
  • Steven Hatfill's Strange Trip From Accused Terrorist to Medical Adventurer

    06/29/2014 12:05:43 AM PDT · by John Faust · 29 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 18, 2014 | Cameron Bird
    ... Across a series of blogs and far-right message boards, someone going by the moniker of “the Real Luigi Warren” (a.k.a. “Luigi ‘Anthrax’ Warren”) had operated a lurid rumor mill about Hatfill for more than a decade—promoting, in particular, hearsay about the years he lived and worked in southern Africa during the throes of apartheid. In 2010, after the aggressor surfaced in the comments section of, Hatfill’s lawyers made their move. They sent a six-page letter to the man they assumed to be the real Luigi Warren, a stem-cell researcher at Harvard Medical School named, not incidentally, Luigi Warren....
  • Anthrax lawsuit against the federal government gets a boost from DOJ gross incompetence

    09/09/2011 11:22:20 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 10 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 9, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    There are times when government agencies exhibit sheer idiocy and ineptness. That happened this summer when Justice filed papers that, if true, undermines the entire FBI case against Fort Detrick scientist Bruce Ivins in order to win a lawsuit brought by the family of Bob Stevens, the first anthrax victim following 9/11. Bob Stephens was the photo editor of The Sun, a subsidiary of American Media (AMI) located in Boca Raton, Florida. He died after inhaling spores from a letter mailed to AMI containing powdered anthrax. The family is suing the government claiming negligence in the way anthrax was handled...
  • The anthrax killings: A troubled mind

    05/28/2011 10:49:31 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 29 May 2011 | David Willman
    He roamed the University of Cincinnati campus with a loaded gun. When his rage overflowed, the brainy microbiology major would open fire inside empty buildings, visualizing a wall clock or other object as a person who had done him wrong. By the mid-1970s, Bruce Ivins had earned his doctorate and was a promising researcher at the University of North Carolina. By outward appearances, he was a charming eccentric, odd but disarming. Inside, he still smoldered with resentment, and he saw a new outlet for it. Several years earlier, a Cincinnati student had turned him down for a date. He had...
  • Colleague Disputes Case Against Anthrax Suspect

    04/23/2010 9:03:24 AM PDT · by Palter · 14 replies · 664+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 22 April 2010 | Scott Shane
    A former Army microbiologist who worked for years with Bruce E. Ivins, whom the F.B.I. has blamed for the anthrax letter attacks that killed five people in 2001, told a National Academy of Sciences panel on Thursday that he believed it was impossible that the deadly spores had been produced undetected in Dr. Ivins’s laboratory, as the F.B.I. asserts. Asked by reporters after his testimony whether he believed that there was any chance that Dr. Ivins, who committed suicide in 2008, had carried out the attacks, the microbiologist, Henry S. Heine, replied, “Absolutely not.” At the Army’s biodefense laboratory in...
  • Anthrax letters: Was Bruce Ivins hounded to death?

    04/22/2010 6:01:02 AM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 4 replies · 446+ views
    United Press International ^ | April 22, 2010 | Lawrence Sellin
    HELSINKI, Finland, April 22 (UPI) -- In the weeks following the airliner attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, the United States was subjected to a biological weapons attack. Two sets of letters containing dried, powdered anthrax spores were mailed to journalists and politicians, eventually killing five people and infecting dozens of others. The FBI investigation, which would become known as "Amerithrax," initially focused on foreign terrorists as the source of the attack. Later, after the anthrax in the letters was identified as a strain originating in the United States the focus of the...
  • Unlearned lessons from the Steven Hatfill case

    04/21/2010 9:45:30 AM PDT · by Justice Department · 22 replies · 1,155+ views
    salon ^ | Apr 21, 2010 | Glenn Greenwald
    Andrew Sullivan rightly recommends this new Atlantic article by David Freed, which details how the FBI and a mindless, stenographic American media combined to destroy the life of Steven Hatfill. Hatfill is the former U.S. Government scientist who for years was publicly depicted as the anthrax attacker and subjected to Government investigations so invasive and relentless that they forced him into almost total seclusion, paralysis and mental instability, only to have the Government years later (in 2008) acknowledge that he had nothing to do with those attacks and to pay him $5.8 million to settle the lawsuit he brought. There...
  • The Wrong Man

    04/21/2010 8:08:49 AM PDT · by jpl · 8 replies · 613+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | David Freed
    In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling from the horror of 9/11 was rocked by a series of deadly anthrax attacks. As the pressure to find a culprit mounted, the FBI, abetted by the media, found one. The wrong one. This is the story of how federal authorities blew the biggest anti-terror investigation of the past decade—and nearly destroyed an innocent man. Here, for the first time, the falsely accused, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, speaks out about his ordeal.
  • Lawyer Doubts Case Against Anthrax Suspect

    03/10/2010 2:18:17 PM PST · by Justice Department · 11 replies · 1,336+ views
    aolnews ^ | March 10
    Just weeks before government scientist Bruce Ivins' suicide, a grand jury was convening on the third floor of the federal courthouse, near the U.S. Capitol, looking into the 2001 anthrax murders. Things weren't looking good for Ivins, the only suspect in the case. It was July 2008. His attorney, Paul F. Kemp, according to court documents reviewed by AOL News, had just filed court papers to become a death-penalty-certified attorney in the case -- a little-known fact. And the chief U.S. District judge in Washington, Royce C. Lamberth, had approved the request. "I thought this was a precaution to take....
  • In Anthrax Probe, Focus on Hatfill Relied on Informants

    11/26/2008 4:07:42 AM PST · by Prunetacos · 3 replies · 5,169+ views
    washingtonpost. ^ | Wednesday, November 26, 2008
    Authorities probing the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks fixed on now-cleared scientist Steven J. Hatfill primarily because confidential informants said they had talked with him about his purported involvement in Rhodesian bioweapons initiatives, according to court documents released yesterday. The documents cover searches of Hatfill's residence, his car, a rental storage facility in Florida and property owned by his then-girlfriend. But they are perhaps most notable for the sparseness of their details and for the lack of a direct connection between the scientist and the notorious crime.
  • Documents released in Hatfill anthrax case

    11/25/2008 2:42:36 PM PST · by Prunetacos · 273+ views
    The Justice Department released nearly 100 documents Tuesday that it used to falsely link scientist Steven J. Hatfill to the 2001 anthrax attacks. Search warrants and documents detailing what was recovered show the FBI seized clothing, financial records, VHS tapes, books and other papers from Hatfill's home in Frederick, Md., his car, and a locker he rented in Ocala, Fla.The court documents also show the FBI searched the car and Washington apartment of an unnamed person, seizing notebooks, files, envelopes, hair brushes and bobby pins. The evidence presumably belongs to Hatfill's then-girlfriend Peck Chegne. Hatfill originally was named a person...
  • Md. lawmakers consider anthrax investigation commission

    11/21/2008 4:37:52 PM PST · by Prunetacos · 4 replies · 723+ views
    U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Washington, D.C., office was shuttered in 2001 after anthrax spores were found, so he’s “very sensitive” to the investigation into the crime, he said. Now, Cummings said he supports a review of the investigation. U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., proposed legislation in September to create a congressional commission to investigate the attacks and the federal government’s response. “Whatever we have to do to get to the bottom of this anthrax issue, we need to do it,” Cummings said. Holt’s bipartisan commission would mirror the 9/11 commission and make recommendations on how to prevent such attacks and...
  • Md. lawmakers consider anthrax investigation commission

    11/21/2008 4:37:52 PM PST · by Prunetacos · 1 replies · 1,777+ views
    U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Washington, D.C., office was shuttered in 2001 after anthrax spores were found, so he’s “very sensitive” to the investigation into the crime, he said. Now, Cummings said he supports a review of the investigation. U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., proposed legislation in September to create a congressional commission to investigate the attacks and the federal government’s response. “Whatever we have to do to get to the bottom of this anthrax issue, we need to do it,” Cummings said. Holt’s bipartisan commission would mirror the 9/11 commission and make recommendations on how to prevent such attacks and...
  • Judge Orders Justice Department to Release Documents on Exonerated Anthrax Scientist

    11/17/2008 12:34:22 PM PST · by Prunetacos · 13 replies · 1,101+ views
    A federal judge today ordered the Justice Department to release documents that explain why investigators suspected Steven J. Hatfill in the 2001 anthrax mailings. Hatfill has since been exonerated.

    11/02/2008 6:13:24 AM PST · by Prunetacos · 10 replies · 1,383+ views
    nypost. ^ | November 2, 2008
    It was an open-and-shut case, the FBI said. But three months after agents pinned the post-9/11 anthrax mailings on Army scientist Bruce Ivins - who committed suicide as the FBI closed in on him - his former colleagues have approached a lawyer to sue the feds for fingering the wrong man...
  • FBI Seeks Anthrax-Scare Culprit

    10/24/2008 10:36:28 AM PDT · by Prunetacos · 55 replies · 2,702+ views
    The FBI has posted a $100,000 reward for help in finding who sent identical letters containing what turned out to be a harmless white powder to banking offices across the country. All 50 letters, which were sent between Oct. 17 and 18, were postmarked Amarillo, Texas. FBI today released the text of the letters on its Web site: "STEAL TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE'S MONEY AND NOT EXPECT REPERCUSSIONS. IT'S PAYBACK TIME. WHAT YOU JUST BREATHED IN WILL KILL YOU WITHIN 10 DAYS. THANK (Redacted) AND THE FDIC FOR YOUR DEMISE."
  • Anthrax killer, dead or alive - FBI aggressively pursuing dead suspect

    10/19/2008 11:26:25 AM PDT · by Prunetacos · 15 replies · 1,161+ views
    Panic swept America. By including a deadly bioagent in something we welcome into our homes and workplaces every day — the mundane U.S. mail — someone (or several someones) evoked the same sorts of fears provoked two decades earlier by the Tylenol poisonings in Chicago. Anthrax mailings eventually killed five people and sickened 17 others..So: Was Bruce Ivins the one and only anthrax killer? Or is he a convenient scapegoat for embarrassed investigators who, having wrongly suspected Hatfill, don't deserve the public's confidence that they got this right?
  • ‘New York Times’ Editors Are No Crime-Solvers - Anthrax Case

    09/24/2008 10:50:00 AM PDT · by Justice Department · 3 replies · 343+ views
    familysecuritymatters ^ | September 24, 2008 | Gregory D. Lee DEA
    A recent New York Times editorial criticizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation about its seven-year probe into the mailing of anthrax-laden letters to members of Congress, prominent media figures and others is a direct attempt to plant doubt in the minds of its diminishing readership. The editorial read, “None of the investigators’ major assertions, however, have been tested in cross-examination . . .” Sorry, that test is moot when the suspect kills himself. Dr. Bruce Ivins, a mentally unbalanced scientist at the U.S. Army’s laboratories at Fort Detrick, Maryland, killed himself once he was informed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office...
  • Responding to Hatfill, Locy presses court to decide her case. - anthrax

    09/21/2008 1:01:29 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 9 replies · 641+ views
    Former USA Today reporter Toni Locy urged the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington on Thursday not to throw out her case seeking a reporter’s privilege to keep her sources confidential. Locy became embroiled in the legal battle after reporting about Steven Hatfill, the former Army scientist who was investigated in the 2001 anthrax attacks but whose name has since been cleared. When Locy refused to give up her confidential sources in Hatfill's ensuing Privacy Act suit against the government, the U.S. District Court in D.C. held her in contempt. She appealed that decision to the Court of Appeals.
  • Anthrax Suspicions: others involved

    09/19/2008 9:29:23 AM PDT · by Prunetacos · 23 replies · 948+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | September 19, 2008
    "I believe there are others involved, either as accessories before or accessories after the fact," Mr. Leahy said. "I believe there are others who can be charged with murder." Mr. Leahy's skepticism was echoed by GOP Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Charles E. Grassley (Iowa)...
  • Terror Plan Would Give F.B.I. More Power

    09/13/2008 3:04:35 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 6 replies · 279+ views
    nytimes ^ | September 13, 2008 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department made public on Friday a plan to expand the tools the Federal Bureau of Investigation can use to investigate suspicions of terrorism inside the United States, even without any direct evidence of wrongdoing.......
  • House Judiciary Panel Asks FBI To Provide Answers Ahead Of Anthrax Hearing

    09/08/2008 12:47:54 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 6 replies · 802+ views
    allheadlinenews. ^ | September 8, 2008 1:52 p.m. EST | Kris Alingod - AHN News Writer
    In a letter to Mueller sent ahead of a Sept. 16 hearing on "troubling issues" about the FBI, panel chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) asked Mueller to answer several questions about the bureau's anthrax investigation. Conyers asked for the identities of White House officials who wanted the agency to link the anthrax attacks to al Qaeda or Iraq, why army scientist Bruce Ivins retained his security clearance at Fort Detrick despite being a suspect in the probe, and why another Fort Detrick scientist, Steven Hatfill, was the focus of the investigation despite evidence pointing elsewhere...
  • Feds announce $20,000 reward for SRS anthrax hoax in 2005

    09/02/2008 1:28:45 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 1 replies · 377+ views
    Augusta Chronicle. ^ | September 02, 2008
    Federal and local law enforcement agencies today issued a $20,000 reward for information about a 2005 anthrax hoax at Savannah River Site. The Atlanta Field Office of the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office jointly issued the reward to aid their investigation into discovering the identity and location of the person initiating the hoax against officials at SRS and the federal Department of Energy, according to an FBI press release.
  • Cracking the anthrax case

    09/01/2008 10:28:31 AM PDT · by Prunetacos · 36 replies · 888+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Sep. 1, 2008 | Faye Flam
    Investigators were at an impasse when a lucky discovery narrowed the hunt for the culprit who mailed the deadly spores.
  • FBI Frame-up of Bruce E. Ivins Made Simple

    08/30/2008 9:34:24 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 43 replies · 8,426+ views
    On Wednesday, August 8, 2008, the Department of Justice held a news conference announcing that Bruce E. Ivins, a former anthrax researcher for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), was the sole person responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks. Headed by U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor and FBI Assistant Director Joseph Persichini, the presentation was noteworthy for often not answering relevant questions, but instead referring reporters to several dozen court documents they had just been provided. After hurriedly reading one of these documents I decided to hedge my strong conclusion in an essay that the FBI had...
  • If not Ivins ...(Bruce Ivins had nothing to do with preparing or sending the anthrax letters)

    08/29/2008 7:25:37 AM PDT · by Prunetacos · 85 replies · 1,717+ views
    fredericknewspost. ^ | August 29, 2008 | Katherine Heerbrandt
    When Norm Covert, a conservative former Fort Detrick public affairs officer, and attorney Barry Kissin, liberal activist opposing Detrick's biolab expansion, agree that Bruce Ivins was not the anthrax killer, either the world's spinning off its axis, or the truth is staring us so hard in the face we'd have to be blind to miss it. Covert's piece this week in establishes what many in our community, including scientists and support staff at USAMRIID, past and present, know: Bruce Ivins had nothing to do with preparing or sending the anthrax letters. --
  • Craving the dark magic of science

    08/25/2008 8:28:08 AM PDT · by Prunetacos · 53 replies · 749+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | August 25, 2008 | Allegra Goodman
    HOW QUICKLY we forget. In the aftermath of 9/11, after the memorials, the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, and the transit bombings in London and Madrid, the anthrax scare slipped from public consciousness. Now, long articles detail the results of a troubled investigation into the anonymous anthrax-tainted letters of the fall of 2001. With the cruel elegance of a Greek tragedy, Bruce Ivins, the scientific adviser on the matter, became the prime suspect in the case, and its final victim as well, when he killed himself on July 29. Suddenly anthrax is back in the news, and we remember those...
  • Scientist Steven Hatfill cleared in anthrax scare

    08/09/2008 8:16:25 AM PDT · by jpl · 10 replies · 436+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that Steven Hatfill was not involved in anthrax mailings for which he was listed six years ago as a person of interest. The Justice Department agreed in June to pay $4.6 million to settle Hatfill's lawsuit against the government, but until Friday the government had not exonerated him, The New York Times (NYSE:NYT) reported. "We have concluded, based on laboratory access records, witness accounts and other information, that Dr. Hatfill did not have access to the particular anthrax used in the attacks, and that he was not involved in...
  • FBI used aggressive tactics in anthrax probe (Ivins another Richard Jewell, Steve Hatfill?)

    08/05/2008 8:16:19 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 25 replies · 243+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/5/08 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON - Before killing himself last week, Army scientist Bruce Ivins told friends that government agents had stalked him and his family for months, offered his son $2.5 million to rat him out and tried to turn his hospitalized daughter against him with photographs of dead anthrax victims. The pressure on Ivins was extreme, a high-risk strategy that has failed the FBI before. The government was determined to find the villain in the 2001 anthrax attacks; it was too many years without a solution to the case that shocked and terrified a post-9/11 nation. The last thing the FBI needed...
  • Bad "News" (Thomas Sowell)

    08/04/2008 9:06:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies · 305+ views ^ | August 5, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    We have forgotten so much about the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that many people may not remember the deadly anthrax spores that were mailed to various prominent people in politics and in the media during that time. None of the intended victims was killed by the anthrax but five other people were, including two postal workers, who apparently became victims because they handled the mail containing anthrax spores. In the instant search for someone to blame, biologist Steven J. Hatfill was publicly named as "a person of interest" in the case by government officials. He...
  • (anthrax) The forensic guy from the FBI

    07/17/2008 7:20:04 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 42 replies · 1,195+ views ^ | July 17, 2008
    Dr Bruce Budowle has been in the FBI for over 20 years, heading one of its forensic laboratories. He looks back to the mysterious and still unsolved case of the anthrax envelopes which followed 9/11 and which moved bioterrorism combat to a new level. *** Robyn Williams: The shape of sleuthing to come, Angela van Daal at Bond University in Southern Queensland. She has been looking after Bruce Budowle, an FBI veteran of 20 years who's head of their lab in Virginia and is sometimes called the FBI's top scientist. He's not only involved in forensics but also in the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: How the FBI Botched the Anthrax Case

    06/30/2008 8:11:23 PM PDT · by RDTF · 32 replies · 135+ views
    ABC ^ | June 30, 2008 | BRAD GARRETT
    Former Agent Explains What Went Wrong in the Investigation The anthrax investigation, almost from the beginning, was hampered by top-heavy leadership from high ranking, but inexperienced FBI officials, which led to a close-minded focus on just one suspect and amateurish investigative techniques that robbed agents in the field the ability operate successfully. I saw it firsthand as one of the FBI agents assigned to the anthrax case and directly involved in the investigation of Dr. Steven Hatfill. While I cannot comment on the guilt or innocence of Hatfill, I think I have a sense of some of the things that...
  • The Anthrax Fiasco

    06/30/2008 10:49:42 AM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 34 replies · 148+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 30, 2008
    Steven Hatfill finally has his life back. Thanks to FBI incompetence, he also has $5.8 million. ... It's worse because it is a virtual confession that the anthrax case is cold. Throughout one of the largest investigations in law-enforcement history, agents were fixated on a "lone wolf" theory that Director Robert Mueller's FBI, for all intents and purposes, now admits was wrong. Helped along by a sympathetic press corps, the obsession with a domestic perpetrator has ended up in a dead end. *** So the FBI needed to cast a wider net all along – which still remains urgent. In...
  • Steven Hatfill Vs. The Media

    06/30/2008 11:21:27 AM PDT · by jpl · 18 replies · 182+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Monday, June 30, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    If the left wants an example of the Bush Administration’s incompetence in the war on terror, they’ve got it in the case of former government scientist Dr. Steven Hatfill, who was falsely accused of the anthrax murders. The U.S. Government “has determined that settlement is in the best interests of the United States and has agreed to pay Dr. Hatfill and his attorneys $2.825 million dollars and purchase for Dr. Hatfill an annual annuity of $150,000,” the Department of Justice said in a statement released on Friday, June 27. But there was no apology for ruining an innocent person’s life...
  • Leaks, focus on single suspect undercut anthrax probe

    06/29/2008 8:32:10 AM PDT · by jpl · 24 replies · 127+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sunday, June 29, 2008 | David Willman
    WASHINGTON -- The federal investigation into the deadly anthrax mailings of late 2001 was undermined by leaks and a premature fixation on a single suspect, according to investigators and scientists involved in the case. More than six years after the mailings, no one has been charged, and the top suspect, former Army scientist Steven J. Hatfill was all but exonerated Friday when the U.S. Justice Department agreed to pay him $5.82 million to settle a lawsuit.
  • Congressman Holt Statement on FBI Botched Anthrax Attack Investigation

    06/28/2008 11:24:55 AM PDT · by Shermy · 33 replies · 310+ views
    Holt's website ^ | June 27, 2008 | Congressman Rush Holt (D -NJ)
    (Washington, D.C.) – The following is a statement from Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) in reaction to today’s announcement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it had agreed to pay former Army biowarfare expert Dr. Steven Hatfill $5.8 million in a settlement related to the FBI’s previously naming Hatfill a “person of interest” in the investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks on the United States. The attacks originated from a postal box in Holt’s central New Jersey congressional district, disrupting the lives and livelihoods of many of his constituents: “As today’s settlement announcement confirms, this case was botched from...
  • Scientist Is Paid Millions by U.S. in Anthrax Suit

    06/27/2008 7:33:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 198+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 28, 2008 | SCOTT SHANE and ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Friday that it would pay $4.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Steven J. Hatfill, a former Army biodefense researcher intensively investigated as a “person of interest” in the deadly anthrax letters of 2001. The settlement, consisting of $2.825 million in cash and an annuity paying Dr. Hatfill $150,000 a year for 20 years, brings to an end a five-year legal battle that had recently threatened a reporter with large fines for declining to name sources she said she did not recall. Dr. Hatfill, who worked at the Army’s laboratory at Fort Detrick...
  • Justice Department settles with anthrax "person of interest"

    06/27/2008 3:48:19 PM PDT · by Libertarianize the GOP · 28 replies · 214+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Friday, June 27, 2008 5:40 PM PT | Pete Williams and Jim Popkin
    The Justice Department on Friday agreed to pay more than $5.8 million to Steven Hatfill, the former government scientist once branded by the Justice Department a person of interest in the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001. The legal settlement to Hatfill, in cash and an annual payments, signals the end of a civil lawsuit Hatfill brought against the Justice Department and FBI, accusing them of violating his privacy rights by improperly leaking sensitive information about the anthrax investigation to reporters. "I think it's a gratifying end to a very sad chapter in [Hatfill's] life and that of the FBI and...
  • Hatfill v. US - DOJ and FBI Statement of Facts (filed Friday)

    04/13/2008 8:20:52 AM PDT · by ZacandPook · 986 replies · 8,022+ views
    US DOJ and FBI Memorandum In Support of Motion For Summary Judgment (Statement of Facts) | April 11, 2008 | Department of Justice
    On Friday, the government filed this statement of the facts in its memorandum in support of its motion for summary judgment in a civil rights and Privacy Act lawsuit brought by Dr. Steve Hatfill. “The anthrax attacks occurred in October 2001. Public officials, prominent members of the media, and ordinary citizens were targeted by this first bio-terrorist attack on American soil. Twenty-two persons were infected with anthrax; five died. At least 17 public buildings were contaminated. The attacks wreaked havoc on the U.S. postal system and disrupted government and commerce, resulting in economic losses estimated to exceed one billion dollars....
  • Three Scientists Probed In 2001 Anthrax Attacks

    03/28/2008 11:08:46 AM PDT · by SargeK · 97 replies · 2,254+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/28/08 | Catherine Herridge and Ian McCaleb
    WASHINGTON — The FBI has narrowed its focus to "about four" suspects in the 6 1/2-year investigation of the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, and at least three of those suspects are linked to the Army’s bioweapons research facility at Fort Detrick in Maryland, FOX News has learned.Among the pool of suspects are three scientists — a former deputy commander, a leading anthrax scientist and a microbiologist — linked to the research facility, known as USAMRIID.
  • The News Media vs. the Innocent

    03/27/2008 9:25:20 AM PDT · by jpl · 11 replies · 559+ views ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2008 | Steve Chapman
    Press freedom shouldn't mean defending the guilty at all costs Steve Chapman | March 27, 2008 Years ago, Ray Donovan, Ronald Reagan's Labor Secretary, was prosecuted for corruption, only to be acquitted. After the verdict, Donovan asked plaintively, "Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?" Steven Hatfill knows where to go to get his reputation back. But upon arriving there, he finds the door blocked by someone who says her privileges are more important than his good name. That someone, of course, is a journalist. And, not surprisingly, she enjoys the broad support of other journalists,...
  • Reporter in anthrax case faces contempt

    02/19/2008 2:44:40 PM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies · 197+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/19/2008 | ap
    WASHINGTON - A federal judge said Tuesday he will hold a former USA Today reporter in contempt if she continues refusing to identify sources for stories about a former Army scientist under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said reporter Toni Locy defied his order last August that she cooperate with Steven J. Hatfill in his lawsuit against the government. Walton indicated he would impose a fine until she divulged her sources, but that he would take a few more days to decide whether to postpone the penalty as she pursues an appeal. The...
  • Judge Threatens Contempt in Anthrax Case

    02/19/2008 5:08:52 PM PST · by Deek1969 · 2 replies · 103+ views
    AP ^ | 2/19/2008 | By HOPE YEN
    Judge Threatens Contempt in Anthrax Case By HOPE YEN – 1 hour ago WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he will hold a former USA Today reporter in contempt of court if she continues refusing to identify sources for stories about a former Army scientist under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said reporter Toni Locy defied his order last August that she cooperate with Steven J. Hatfill in his lawsuit against the government. Walton indicated he would impose a fine until she divulged her sources, but that he would take a...
  • Judge May Hold Reporter in Contempt (anthrax, Hatfill)

    02/19/2008 10:08:32 AM PST · by TrebleRebel · 60 replies · 517+ views
    AP ^ | 2/19/08 | Hope Yen
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge says he will hold a former USA Today reporter in contempt if she continues refusing to identify sources for stories about a former Army scientist under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks. At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said that reporter Toni Locy (LOW-see) must cooperate with Steven J. Hatfill in his lawsuit against the government. Hatfill is suing the Justice Department, saying the agency violated the federal Privacy Act by giving the media information about the FBI's investigation of him. In addition to Locy, the judge is considering whether...
  • Lawsuit claims 3 leaked name in anthrax case

    01/11/2008 2:14:52 PM PST · by EdLake · 19 replies · 199+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan. 11, 2008 | David Willman
    Hatfill's lawyers alleged that the three officials who leaked investigative details to the news media were Roscoe C. Howard Jr., who from 2001 to 2004 served as U.S. attorney for District of Columbia; Daniel S. Seikaly, who served as Howard's criminal division chief; and Edwin Cogswell, who formerly served as a spokesman for the FBI. .... U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the lawyers for the government and for Hatfill to seek "mediation" over the next two months. The prospects of a mediated settlement notwithstanding, Walton said he expected a trial could begin in December. Hatfill's lawyers, Grannis and...
  • Anthrax: Source of Fishy, Shaggy Dog Stories Pleads Fifth

    12/20/2007 4:52:43 AM PST · by TrebleRebel · 68 replies · 316+ views
    Blogger News ^ | 12/20/07 | Ross getman
    Anthrax: Source of Fishy, Shaggy Dog Stories Pleads Fifth December 20th, 2007 by Ross E. Getman In October 2007, the former Criminal Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Daniel Seikaly, was deposed in the civil rights action by Steve Hatfill about whether he was the source of leaks relating to Steve Hatfill in connection with Newsweek and Washington Post stories about the use of bloodhounds and the draining of ponds in Frederick, Maryland. Attorney Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination in connection with most substantive questions. Attorney Seikaly has had a very distinguished career....
  • Scientist seeks contempt for journalists

    10/02/2007 3:22:11 PM PDT · by jpl · 10 replies · 196+ views ^ | Tuesday, October 2, 2007 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON --A former Army scientist asked a federal judge Tuesday to hold two journalists in contempt for refusing to identify the government officials who leaked details about the investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks. Steven J. Hatfill, who worked at the Army's infectious diseases laboratory from 1997 to 1999, was publicly identified as a "person of interest" in the attacks. He is suing the Justice Department, accusing the agency of violating the federal Privacy Act by giving reporters information about him. Five journalists are under court order to reveal their sources. In court documents Tuesday, Hatfill asked for a contempt...
  • Peter Scheer: Congress needs to approve a federal shield law for reporters

    08/27/2007 4:54:16 PM PDT · by jpl · 21 replies · 486+ views
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | Saturday August 25, 2007 | Peter Scheer
    JUST WHEN YOU thought it was safe again for journalists to talk to confidential sources inside government, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. has ordered five reporters - Allan Lengel of the Washington Post; Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman, both of Newsweek; Toni Locy, formerly of USA Today; and James Stewart of CBS News - to disclose the names of government sources to whom they promised confidentiality. The order comes in a civil suit filed by Steven Hatfill, the bioterrorism expert whom federal investigators suspected was behind the 2001 anthrax mailings. A former federal employee, Hatfill claims that the Justice...
  • Source Disclosure Ordered in Anthrax Suit

    08/14/2007 8:23:40 AM PDT · by Allan · 8 replies · 478+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 14 2007 | Carol D Leonnig
    Five reporters must reveal their government sources for stories they wrote about Steven J. Hatfill and investigators' suspicions that the former Army scientist was behind the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, a federal judge ruled yesterday...