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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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....
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • BRAKING HARD!! THIS IS HUGH AND SERIES!! at Center of US Anthrax Scandal

    12/03/2007 4:59:07 AM PST · by Sarajevo · 324 replies · 3,205+ views ^ | November 15, 2006 | by Todd Brendan Fahey ZOT!
    Seven days prior to events which would set the world on-edge, newly-hired Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria "Torie" Clarke offered an equally startling admission to Agency France Presse wire service, but which received scant attention within U.S. media. On September 5, Ms. Clarke--lured back into government service by pal Mary Matalin on Vice President Dick Cheney's staff, from a high-paying post as Manhattan office director for the venerable public relations firm of Hill & Knowlton--the former PR chief to Senator John McCain and one-time George Bush (the elder) staffer would divulge to foreign media that the United States, via the Pentagon and...
  • Lenox Hill doctor charged (anthrax coincidence?)

    12/10/2007 9:10:17 PM PST · by TrebleRebel · 33 replies · 1,166+ views
    self ^ | 12/10/07 | self
    Incredibly it seems the Dr Hasan Faraj who was an author on the below JAMA paper on the death of anthrax victim Kathy Nguyen was arrested see NYT article here: In a letter submitted to a federal judge yesterday, prosecutors outlined what they said were ties linking a Syrian-born American doctor, who has been charged with lying to obtain American citizenship, to terrorism and suspected members of Al Qaeda. Still, no new charges have been brought against the man, Hassan Faraj, of Brooklyn, and his lawyer belittled the letter as a scare tactic and called the allegations flimsy....
  • Ali Al-Timimi, al-Qaeda and Anthrax

    10/29/2007 2:22:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 105 replies · 768+ views
    JAWA Report ^ | October 29, 2007 03:48 PM | Howie
    Ali al-Timimi will be serving life for sedition. Specifically he was recruiting for al-Qaeda from the US. Scary enough, but read the whole article. It appears al-Qaeda had infiltrated US biodefense and has supporters/agents with access to the Ames strain of anthrax and the know how to make dried concentrated forms of the spores.Via colleague of famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head Charles Bailey, a prolific Ames strain researcher, has been convicted of sedition and sentenced to life in prison. He worked in a program co-sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection and had access to...
  • Healthcare Administration: Wolper (claims weaponized anthrax developed by 5 Soviet scientists)

    10/21/2007 7:36:55 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 169 replies · 1,203+ views
    Page 609 of this volume is quite intriguing in it's claim. Page 610 is unfortunately restricted in Google Books,M1 "Bioterrorism Preparedness" , in by John D. Blair, Cynthia A.Holubik, Robert K. Keel, Angela M. Roberson, and Steven R. Tomlinson Chapter in HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION, by Lawrence F. Wolper "After participating in several al Qaeda attacks and eventually leading his own cell in Yemen, Shafal was asked to return to Afghanistan to become a cadre member in the training camps. His charismatic leadership and technical proficiency resulted in his becoming one of Osama bin Laden's lieutenants. In 1998, he slipped...
  • 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...
  • New book about anthrax mailings

    09/22/2007 6:16:47 PM PDT · by ZacandPook · 95 replies · 4,630+ views
    The Moderate Voice ^ | September 22, 2007
    Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security to Protect You, Your Family, and America Randall Larsen: ... The press actually missed the real story, as I saw it, with “the person of interest”, insofar as that “Dr. H” had spent two years working in a bio-safe level 4 facility– working with some of the most dangerous pathogens in the world– with a bogus resume! *** [re Atta's roommate had cutaneous anthrax] Five times a year, I brief top officers of the government and military, and only 1 or 2, if that, ever know! ... And had one...
  • 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...
  • Reporters Told to Testify in Leak Case (Jail 'em till they squeal)

    08/14/2007 7:37:17 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies · 849+ views
    yahoo ^ | 8/14/2007 | Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press Writer
    Judge: Reporters Must Reveal Sources in Anthrax Leak Case WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five journalists must identify the government officials who leaked them details about a scientist under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks, a federal judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the reporters to cooperate with Steven J. Hatfill, who accused the Justice Department and FBI of violating the federal Privacy Act by giving the media information about the FBI's investigation of him. The reporters named in the opinion are Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman of Newsweek, Allan Lengel of The Washington Post, Toni Locy, formerly...
  • 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...
  • Reporters told to testify in leak case (Who leaked details about scientist in 2001 anthrax attacks?)

    08/13/2007 8:54:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,298+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/07 | Matt Apuzzo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Five journalists must identify the government officials who leaked them details about a scientist under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks, a federal judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the reporters to cooperate with Steven J. Hatfill, who accused the Justice Department and FBI of violating the federal Privacy Act by giving the media information about the FBI's investigation of him. The reporters named in the opinion are Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman of Newsweek, Allan Lengel of The Washington Post, Toni Locy, formerly of USA Today, and James Stewart, formerly of CBS News....
  • Anthrax-Hatfill - Judge's order on disclosure of sources - full text

    08/13/2007 12:33:07 PM PDT · by ZacandPook · 43 replies · 2,565+ views ^ | July 13, 2007 | District Court Judge
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA STEVEN J. HATFILL, M.D., : : Plaintiff, : : Civil Action No. 03-1793 (RBW) v. : : ALBERTO GONZALES, et al., : : Defendants. : ________________________________ MEMORANDUM OPINION Currently before the Court is the plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Further Testimony from Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman, Allan Lengel, Toni Locy, and James Stewart [D.E. # 157]. Also before the Court are several motions to quash subpoenas by1 various media companies: American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post, and Newsweek, Inc.’s Motion to Quash [D.E. # 152]; Motion by...
  • Selling the threat of bioterrorism (LA Times investigates Alibek)

    07/01/2007 8:58:07 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 671 replies · 13,449+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/1/07 | David Willman
    WASHINGTON — In the fall of 1992, Kanatjan Alibekov defected from Russia to the United States, bringing detailed, and chilling, descriptions of his role in making biological weapons for the former Soviet Union. ----------- Officials still value his seminal depictions of the Soviet program. But recent events have propelled questions about Alibek's reliability: No biological weapon of mass destruction has been found in Iraq. His most sensational research findings, with U.S. colleagues, have not withstood peer review by scientific specialists. His promotion of nonprescription pills — sold in his name over the Internet and claiming to bolster the immune system...
  • Judge Urges Hatfill To Compel Outing of Sources

    04/04/2007 7:40:07 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 59 replies · 1,277+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 4/4/07 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    A federal judge is prodding lawyers for a scientist investigated in connection with the anthrax attacks in 2001, Steven Hatfill, to escalate a battle with the press by insisting that reporters identify anonymous government sources who linked Mr. Hatfill to the probe. Judge Reggie Walton issued an order last week warning Mr. Hatfill that he may lose his civil lawsuit over the leaks if he does not compel journalists to name their sources. "A wealth of case law suggests that in order to prove that a violation of the Privacy Act has occurred, the actual source of the information must...
  • Tables Turned In Anthrax Investigation

    03/09/2007 8:41:11 AM PST · by jpl · 149 replies · 3,011+ views
    CBS News ^ | Friday, March 9, 2007 | CBS News
    (CBS) They followed him. They brought bloodhounds into his home. The attorney general identified him to the world as a "person of interest" in the first major bioterrorism attack in the nation's history. But five years after letters sent through the U.S. mail containing anthrax killed five and injured 17, the FBI has yet to charge Dr. Steven Hatfill. In 2003, he sued the government. The resulting depositions of FBI personnel and law enforcement records obtained by 60 Minutes provide an inside look into one of the FBI's biggest investigations ever and raise the possibility that the bureau may have...
  • N.J. congressman wants hearings on anthrax case

    03/03/2007 4:10:48 PM PST · by TrebleRebel · 31 replies · 1,265+ views
    AP ^ | 3/3/07 | AP
    N.J. congressman wants hearings on anthrax case The Associated Press TRENTON , A congressman from New Jersey wants hearings into what he says is a lack of headway in the FBI's investigation into the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001. "It seems to me this investigation is not making progress. I can't say for sure. They won't brief me," Democratic Rep. Rush Holt told The Times of Trenton for Saturday newspapers. "Not briefing Congress on the status of the probe into the biggest biological attack in United States history is inexcusable," he said. The anthrax attacks through the postal system killed...
  • Building is free of anthrax, but mystery remains

    02/08/2007 11:34:54 AM PST · by TrebleRebel · 21 replies · 741+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/8/2007 | TRENTON DANIEL
    Building is free of anthrax, but mystery remainsA quarantine in the Boca Raton building contaminated by deadly anthrax is set to be lifted. But the mystery may never be solved -- who contaminated it and why? BY TRENTON DANIEL The letter addressed to Jennifer Lopez, containing a Star of David and a bluish powder, arrived in the mailroom of The Sun newspaper in Boca Raton on Sept. 19, 2001. Several people handled it, including photo editor Robert Stevens. Within weeks, Stevens, 63, was dead, two others infected and more than 1,000 employees -- ordered to take antibiotics for weeks --...
  • Governor Suggests Taliban Spokesman Caught 'With Anthrax'

    01/17/2007 5:21:03 PM PST · by LSUfan · 18 replies · 962+ views
    AFP Via RFE/RL ^ | 17 January 07 | Unknown
    January 17, 2007 -- An Afghan governor today showed the media photographs of arrested Taliban spokesman Mohammad Hanif, claiming he had been picked up in a house containing packets of anthrax powder. Gul Aghar Sherzai, governor of Nangarhar Province, where Hanif was arrested late on January 15, did not say how it had been proven the powder was the deadly anthrax bacteria or what quantity had been found. Intelligence officials and police did not confirm the discovery of anthrax. (AFP)
  • Hatfill v The New York Times anthrax case DISMISSED

    01/12/2007 2:20:37 PM PST · by EdLake · 75 replies · 2,262+ views
    Court Docket ^ | Jan. 12, 2007 | U.S. District Court
    The Hatfill v The New York Times lawsuit has been dismissed in a Summary Judgment. Here's the Docket entry which appeared today (January 12, 2007): ORDER It appearing to the Court that Dft's Motion for Summary Judgment should be granted, it is hereby ORDERED that this matter be STRICKEN from this Court's trial docket. An appropriate Memorandum Opinion and Order shall issue. Signed by Judge Claude M. Hilton on 1/12/07. Copies sent. (tarm, ) (Entered: 01/12/2007) Conspiracy theorists should line up in three lines and restrict themselves to no more than 5 theories per person. Ed at
  • Times e-mail part of Hatfill libel case

    01/06/2007 8:53:31 AM PST · by jpl · 18 replies · 818+ views
    Associated Press, via ^ | Friday, January 5, 2007 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Lawyers for a former Army scientist suing The New York Times for libel said Friday that an editor at the paper warned columnist Nicholas Kristof to remove incriminating passages from a column that raised suspicions that Steven Hatfill was involved in the 2001 anthrax attacks. Kristof left the passages in the May 2002 column despite the warning, said lawyers for Hatfill, who claims that a series of Kristof columns that year falsely implicated him as the culprit in the anthrax mailings that left five people dead. The editor's warning to Kristof was voiced in an e-mail uncovered...
  • Anthrax Sleuthing: Science aids a nettlesome FBI criminal probe

    12/05/2006 1:31:23 PM PST · by Qwertrew · 87 replies · 3,325+ views
    Chemical & Engineering News ^ | 12/4/2006 | Lois R. Ember
    It was a tense, unsettling time. A mere week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, anthrax-laced letters began coursing through the mails on their way to several news organs and two U.S. senators, delivering death to five and mayhem to a nation. This first major act of bioterrorism on U.S. soil triggered one of the largest, most complex, and costliest investigations ever undertaken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and still the person who mailed the letters remains at large. This September, Joseph Persichini Jr., acting assistant director of the FBI's Washington field office, acknowledged the major, if unheralded,...
  • Five Years Later, Anthrax Questions Swirl Anew at FBI

    10/13/2006 3:46:10 PM PDT · by Shermy · 242 replies · 5,329+ views
    Newhouse ^ | October 13, 2006 | Kevin Coughlin
    Nobody has been arrested for the anthrax mailings of 2001, but many people have paid for the crime. Five died and at least 17 others got sick. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been frustrated. Careers have crumbled. Taxpayers have gotten socked for billions of dollars to shore up bioterror defenses that some experts say still fall short. Now, an analysis from the FBI itself, buried in a microbiology journal, is raising more questions about the investigation. In the August issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, FBI scientist Douglas Beecher sought to set the record straight. Anthrax spores mailed to...
  • Probe of Anthrax Attacks Casts Shadow on Brothers

    10/07/2006 10:10:06 AM PDT · by jpl · 11 replies · 745+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, October 7, 2006 | Michael Powell
    CHESTER, Pa. -- On Nov. 15, 2001, Irshad and Masood Shaikh found themselves standing under the darkest cloud imaginable: The brothers had become suspects in the worst bioterrorism attack in American history. An FBI SWAT team battered down their front door, pointed semiautomatic rifles at Irshad's wife and carried out the first raid on a private home in the federal investigation of the anthrax attacks. Agents in moon suits carted out the Shaikhs' computers, medicines and books and swabbed the television set for anthrax spores.