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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Bruce Ivins
More than a decade after tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens became the first victim of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the U.S. government has agreed to pay his widow and family $2.5 million to settle their lawsuit, according to documents released Tuesday.
More than a decade after tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens became the first victim of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the U.S. government has agreed to pay his widow and family $2.5 million to settle their lawsuit.
Despite being mired in the worst financial crisis in its history, the U.S. Postal Service has no plans to cut back on any of the bioterrorism preparedness measures that began in the wake of anthrax attacks through the U.S. mail system 10 years ago this month.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, moved swiftly Tuesday to address questions about her history of severe headaches, saying they wouldn't affect her ability to serve as president.
Federal investigators overstated the strength of the scientific evidence against a late Army researcher blamed for the anthrax mailings that killed five people in 2001, a panel of scientists said Tuesday after an 18-month review. However, the panel didn't contradict the FBI's conclusion that the researcher was behind the letters.
A National Research Council committee on Tuesday questioned the scientific approaches and conclusions in the FBI's investigation of the 2001 anthrax mailings, saying that while the bureau's scientific data provided leads to the deadly chemical's origin, it could not rule out other possible sources.
Stevens' attorney, Richard Schuler, said when the FBI announced that Ivins was their man that it proved a key allegation in their lawsuit: "We've maintained all along this was an inside job," he said.
"They fought us at every turn and dragged this thing out," he said. "You have to control access to these tremendously dangerous organisms and they didn't have any of that. You had security that was Swiss cheese out there."