12 Jul 2002 raph   » (Master)


The mailing list and Wiki for Fitz are now instantiated, thanks to rillian. If you're interested, you might want to check the archives; they contain some relevant discussion.

The next step is to populate the Wiki. I'll try to write a little something every day, just like I do here.


There's something fishy going on with the Anthrax investigation. All the evidence points to the culprit being someone hooked into the US defense establishment. At the same time, the FBI's investigation has been laughably incompetent.

Then, most remarkably, the New York Times published an editorial (reg required) talking about an individual who many believe is the culprit, but who has barely been investigated. The editorial itself doesn't name the name, but a few minutes searching on Google reveals it to be amost certainly one Steven J. Hatfill.

If this is true, it's a pretty big story. For one, it drives home the need for transparency and accountability in our government. The defense establishement has been largely exempt, because we have generally trusted that they need their secrecy to protect us from the bad guys. But if they are the bad guys, everything changes.

This story has been extremely differentially reported in the US and overseas media. Aside from this one editorial in the NYTimes, I've been able to find almost no coverage in the US mainstream press. If this is "objective journalism", fuck it, I'd much rather have Pravda. Fortunately, we have a vital independent press on the Web. I've been tracking this story through rotten.com.

I don't know that Hatfill did it, but it seems like by far the best lead the FBI has. For them not to be pursuing him vigorously, and for the US mainstream media not to be reporting the story, verges on the criminal.

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