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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 06:59 PM
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Daschle criticizes anthrax investigation
Source: The Hill

By Klaus Marre
Posted: 08/03/08 11:01 AM <ET>

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) ...., who appeared on Fox News Sunday said it is unfortunate that he has not been briefed on the latest developments in the case ...

I think all of us, not only those of us directly affected, but all of us need to know more than we do today, Daschle said.

I mean, from the very beginning, Ive had real concerns about the quality of the investigation, he stated, adding, The fact that they already paid somebody else $5 million for the mistakes they must have made gives you some indication of the overall caliber and quality of the investigation ...


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Daschle criticizes FBI's handling of anthrax probe

WASHINGTON (AP) Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, whose office was a target of the anthrax attacks in 2001, said Sunday the suicide of the government's main suspect does not mean the case is over ...

Five people died and 17 others were sickened when anthrax-laced letters began showing up at congressional offices, newsrooms and post offices soon after Sept. 11, 2001.

The case re-emerged in the news this past week as investigators prepared to charge a government scientist Bruce Ivins in the case. Ivins died Tuesday in what has been ruled a suicide ...

<Daschle> said he did not know if the investigation involving Ivins "is just another false track and a real diversion of where they need to be. We don't know and they aren't telling us."

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jK3ePTDtVA2aNAzOUN_A...
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:03 PM
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1. he's correct and I hope he'll keep making noise since he was directly involved
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:05 PM
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2. It does seem convenient that the suspect committs suicide
right before the criminals leave office doesn't it? Let's see how many other loose ends get wrapped up in the next 5 months.
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screembloodymurder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 08:56 PM
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13. Why was he released?
There was ample evidence that he was a threat to others and to himself. They wanted him dead.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:07 PM
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3. paid somebody else $5 million
Some body fill me in - who did they pay 5 million to investigate the anthrax attacks?
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:15 PM
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5. They paid $5 million dollars to Dr,. Hatfill for making him the new Richard Jewell. n/t
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 08:51 PM
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12. $5.82 million is significantly closer to $6 million than to $5 million! n/t
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 08:59 PM
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14. Taxes? n/t
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 11:21 PM
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19. $4.1M is closer to $4M than $5M.
You almost pulled a rabbit out of the hat.
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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:15 PM
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6. Steven Hatfill
"He also raised questions about the quality of the investigation, noting that the government recently paid out almost $6 million to a former Army scientist, Steven Hatfill, who accused authorities of unfairly targeting him in the anthrax case."
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:29 PM
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7. Thanks - this whole thing STINKs
Now Brad Blog is claiming WaPo is scrubbing stories about this. That means WhiteHouse interference

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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 09:53 PM
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16. kpete reported here that the New York Times scrubbed an article while he was reading it!
In the time it took to click from page one to page two of the article, half the details in the online article disappeared.

They're really getting very blatant.
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:37 PM
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8. And the timing is critical too - the settlement (end of appeals) with Hatfill
came just a few weeks ago (late June?) and the closing-in on Ivins accelerated after that.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:14 PM
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4. For once, Senator Chinstrap is correct. n/t
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:38 PM
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9. Interesting that he died before the last Judiciary oversight hearing but this broke after; Pat Leahy
Edited on Sun Aug-03-08 07:38 PM by JoeIsOneOfUs
must be very interested in all this... He was definitely putting pressure on Mukasey for them to get their act together on this investigation.
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Mr_Jefferson_24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:49 PM
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10. K&R. The more noise made about this the better.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 08:36 PM
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11. He's obviously had enough of the b.s. I take him extremely seriously.

He was a victim. He's not buying it, I'm finding it hard to give much credibility to it either.

""is just another false track and a real diversion of where they need to be." Tom's kicking a little.
I like it.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 09:10 PM
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15. Wow. Did he *ever* criticize *any*thing Shrub? (I supported him when DUers were attacking him) n/t
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 09:55 PM
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17. I think we're all owed more of an explanation about this.
The anthrax attacks were used as one of the excuses to invade Iraq and now we learn that they've suspected this guy since 2002? That's since before the invasion.
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judasdisney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 09:55 PM
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18. Gee, I hope he criticizes WMD "bad intelligence" too
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Vanje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-04-08 01:46 AM
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20. Kick'd
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MadrasT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-04-08 09:59 AM
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21. Kicked & R'd
I hope our congress critters make some noise about this.

Anyone else notice how this anthrax (a-hem) "suicide" conveniently coincided with congress leaving the building for holiday???
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