June 28, 2008
Equal Opportunity Under the Law

From the Washington Post:

The Justice Department agreed yesterday to pay biological-weapons expert Steven J. Hatfill a settlement valued at $5.85 million to drop a lawsuit he filed after then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft named him a “person of interest” in the investigation of the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks…

Under the terms of the deal, the Justice Department agreed to give Hatfill, 54, a lump sum of $2.825 million and to purchase an annuity that will provide the scientist an annual income of $150,000 for the next two decades.

The agreement, in which the government did not admit wrongdoing, ended a five-year legal saga.

Ashcroft has done me no wrong either, and consequently I am willing to accept the same deal that Hatfill got. Where do I sign?

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 28, 2008 11:10 AM
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I'd forgotten about the anthrax mailing. As I recall, at the time they started investigating they were looking for someone who fit a particular profile: bigoted, overwhelming sense of victimhood, sense of entitlement, paranoid, suffering career frustrations, with some experience of bio weapons at the lab tech level or above, or training comparable to that, and access to materials needed to carry out the attacks. Not an easy pool of talent to sort through in any circumstances. And pity poor Ashcroft. What was he going to say when he got the investigation rolling? He couldn't very well start by claiming he had an alibi. That would demoralize the investigators.

Posted by: Jim on June 29, 2008 12:00 PM

I felt sorry for Hatfield until Oliver North defended him, at which point I decided he was guilty.

And I haven't forgotten the anthrax murders. I cite them every time a Republican tells me how successful Bush has been in stopping attacks after 9/11.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on July 2, 2008 11:10 AM
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