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Conspiracy Theories In Anthrax Case Keep On Coming

Like the JFK assassination, conspiracy theories continue to surface in the anthrax attacks of 2001. The latest comes from Sen. Patrick Leahy. Could there be something to it?

Sen. Leahy/nbc

Sen. Leahy/nbc

Jennifer A. Dlouhy
Hearst Newspapers
WASHINGTON--Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., one of the targets of the mailed anthrax attacks that killed five people in 2001, said Wednesday he is convinced that the FBI’s sole suspect – dead microbiologist Bruce Ivins – did not act alone.
“If he is the one who sent the letter, I do not believe in any way, shape or manner that he is the only person involved in this attack on Congress and the American people,” said Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I believe there are others involved, either as accessories before or accessories after the fact. I believe there are others who can be charged with murder.”
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Feds Investigate Hacking Of Palin’s Email

Was is it politics or just plain shananigans? The U.S. Secret Service and FBI want to get to the bottom of the email caper and find out who hacked Sarah Palin’s account.

Gov. Palin/state photo

Gov. Palin/state photo

By LISA DEMER
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE – A hacker broke into the Yahoo e-mail account that vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin uses for official business as Alaska’s governor as well as for personal communications.
The intrusion, which apparently began early Tuesday morning, alarmed the McCain-Palin campaign, though Internet security experts and Palin critics weren’t surprised that her Yahoo account on the Web was vulnerable.
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Ex-Hitman Testifies Against Former FBI Agent

ex-FBI agent Connolly/wbztv

ex-FBI agent Connolly/wbztv

Prosecutors continued to parade a cast of characters to the stand in the murder trial of ex-FBI agent John Connolly. Prosecutors have accused Connolly of acting like one of the members of the Whitey Bulger gang in Boston.

DAVID OVALLE
Miami Herald
MIAMI – John Martorano, 67 years old and jowly, crossed his hands and described his work, shrugging matter-of-factly.
”Richie started counting money. I went down, got a gun and came down and shot him,” Martorano said in court Wednesday, recalling his murder of a snitch named Richard Castucci.
Then, another killing. ”Pistol. Carbine. Machine gun. I think some [fake] beards and a car-stealing kit,” he said, describing a ”murder kit” he was sent before shooting millionaire Roger Wheeler between the eyes.
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FBI Director Faces Hill Skeptics On Anthrax

FBI director Robert Mueller faced a skeptical Congress Tuesday
when he assured members that the anthrax case would still get a thorough review. Some people still wonder whether the FBI got the right guy.

 

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON –FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told skeptical lawmakers yesterday that the bureau will enlist an expert panel to assess the quality of scientific evidence in its widespread anthrax investigation.
Deflecting calls for a special congressional inquiry, bureau leaders are reaching out to the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate the advanced genetic tests that investigators used to trace lethal anthrax spores back to a single flask in an Army lab at Fort Detrick, Md.
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Mueller Goes Up To The Hill To Talk Anthrax

Mueller/fbi photo

Mueller/fbi photo

FBI director Robert Mueller III is up on the Hill today to explain the anthrax case against scientist Bruce E. Ivins, who committed suicide before any charges were filed. The case relies heavily on circumstantial evidence, which has created a stew of critics.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer 
WASHINGTON — The strength of the government’s evidence against Bruce E. Ivins, who died before prosecutors publicly labeled him the lone culprit in the 2001 anthrax-by-mail attacks, will be tested anew today when FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III appears before the House Judiciary Committee.
Authorities have released scores of pages from search warrants that they executed in an attempt to link Ivins, a bioweapons researcher at the Army lab at Fort Detrick, Md., to poison-laced letters that killed five people and sickened 17.

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Feds Say Ex-FBI Agent Acted Like Gangster

John Connolly/wbztv

John Connolly/wbztv

On the opening day of trial in Miami, prosecutors portrayed ex-Boston FBI agent John Connolly as another member of the Whitey Bulger gang who was responsible for murder. Meanwhile, Bulger remains a fugtive.

Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff
MIAMI – A jury of Floridians was introduced yesterday to Boston’s most notorious gangsters, a dizzying array of slayings, Byzantine betrayals, and a glimpse of a scandal involving the FBI’s handling of informants, as testimony began in the trial of former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. on murder charges.
A federal prosecutor from Boston portrayed Connolly as a corrupt agent who recruited gangster James “Whitey” Bulger as an informant and then became “just another member of the gang” and leaked sensitive information that provoked the 1982 slaying of Boston business consultant John B. Callahan.

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FBI Says U.S. Crime Slightly Down

The FBI reported that crime in 2007 declined a bit including murder and other violent acts. 

By Solomon Moore
New York Times
Violent crime declined slightly in 2007, reversing a two-year rise, and property crimes declined for a fifth straight year, an annual national survey released on Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation found.
The survey, the Uniform Crime Report, compiled crime data from more than 17,700 law enforcement agencies, which reported 1,408,337 violent crimes, a decrease of 0.7 percent from 2007. Violent crimes include murder, manslaughter, rape and assault; all four of those types of crime decreased.

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FBI Casts Wide Net in Maryland Raids

Thomas Hendershot/official photo

Thomas Hendershot/official photo

The FBI apparently raided more than originally reported, hitting the homes of a former council member and high ranking firefighter as part of a public corruption probe into development in Prince George’s County.

By Rosalend Helderman and Nelson Hernandez
Washington Post Staff Writers
GREENBELT, Md. — An FBI sweep across Prince George’s County on Saturday included raids on the homes of a former county council member and a high-ranking official with the county fire department, part of a federal investigation into a massive development project near the Greenbelt Metro station, a law enforcement source and neighbors said yesterday.
The searches of houses belonging to former council member Thomas R. Hendershot and Fire Department Lt. Col. Karl L. Granzow Jr. came on the same morning that teams of agents visited two county government buildings armed with search warrants and grand jury subpoenas seeking information on a lengthy list of lobbyists and developers, according to a source with knowledge of the documents.

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