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When National Security Fails

After the 9/11 attacks, the United States was in, what many would describe as, a state of panic.  Still reeling from the assault, America was attacked a second time days later through her post-system: anthrax.  What happened next was a chaotic and desperate attempt to find the culprit.  Instead, the FBI found Dr. Steven J. Hatfill.  David Freed of The Atlantic has written a compelling article on Dr. Hatfill’s fight to clear his name.  As Freed states, Dr. Hatfill’s story “provides a cautionary tale about how federal authorities, fueled by the general panic over terrorism, embraced conjecture and coincidence as evidence and blindly pursued one suspect while the real anthrax killer roamed free for more than six years.”   The full article can be found here.


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