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Scientist in Anthrax Probe Sues Ashcroft, FBI

The germ warfare expert who has been investigated in connection with the 2001 anthrax attacks sued U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and other government officials on Tuesday, accusing them of violating his constitutional rights for political gain. Steven Hatfill, a medical doctor and germ warfare expert, filed the lawsuit in federal court against Ashcroft, the FBI and several FBI and Justice Department employees. He said in the court filing that by labeling him as a “person of interest” in the deadly anthrax attacks, Ashcroft and the other defendants purposely ruined Hatfill’s life. “Mr. Ashcroft publicly identified Dr. Hatfill for a specific purpose — to suggest to the American public…that the DOJ and the FBI could be trusted, and that investigators were properly conducting the Amerithrax (anthrax) investigation, and that they were making substantial progress,” the complaint said. “Mr. Ashcroft acted to protect both his department’s and his own political future and public image, at the expense of Dr. Hatfill’s constitutional rights,” it said. Full Story

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