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July 6, 2008

Recently, the US government agreed to a $4.6 million dollar settlement to end the lawsuit filed by Dr. Steven Hatfill. You might remember Dr. Hatfill from 2002, when the US Attorney General, John Ashcroft, went on TV and said Dr. Hatfill was a “person of interest” in the anthrax-laced mail episode that killed five people. A true case of bioterrorism if I ever heard of one–and one that’s still unsolved.

Since it was back in the news, my new favorite blog, Project Disaster, posted a link to a November 2001 Newsweek article about the attacks. And reading it is a little scary. Not scary in the way it was when all of that was going on, but scary in the sense that everything we know about the attacks is basically the same as it was that November. They’ve made no public moves toward any suspects–outside of Dr. Hatfill, and we know how well that went–they’ve made no public announcements about how Kathy Nguyen or Ottilie Lundgren died (both of inhalational anthrax, neither anywhere near the other victims).

All we’ve got is some pond deritus and an multi-million dollar settlement.

Look, I’ll admit there is probably plenty about this that I don’t know. But the fact that it’s been nearly seven years and we’ve got nothing on a bioterrorist attack (on Congress, nonetheless) does little to ease my mind. One wonders how much of a priority it is.

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