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Anthrax investigators tail scientist '24/7'

For 10 months, Steven Hatfill hasn’t been able to go to the store, take a walk or be interviewed for a job without being tailed by the FBI. Hatfill, 48, the only person identified publicly by the Justice Department as a ”person of interest” in the investigation into the anthrax attacks two years ago, has been kept under ”24/7” surveillance by FBI agents who haven’t been subtle. They routinely follow Hatfill in several cars and trucks, and they take pictures of him wherever he goes. Earlier this month, Hatfill and his watchers clashed on a street in Washington’s Georgetown section. Hatfill says an FBI employee, driving one of the tail vehicles, ran over his foot. Washington police gave Hatfill a ticket for ”walking to create a hazard.” The FBI’s tactics appear to be designed to put pressure on Hatfill, a former researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. But four law enforcement sources familiar with the anthrax probe say the real reason for the round-the-clock surveillance is rooted in the FBI’s new mission of preventing terrorism. Full Story

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