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Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Blackball- Is the "Justice Department" getting into the contraband stash and lighting up? Otherwise, explain to me while they have blackballed Steven Hatfill, forcing him out of his LSU job by telling his department not to use him on any DoJ contracts. Aren't there lawyers in that department? Or if not lawyers, people who have a vague knowledge of due process and PR. The due process sucks, declaring the guy persona non grata without cause. Let's remind ourselves of the Fifth Amendment, shall we.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. [italics added]
The guy's been forced out of his job by the federal government without his day in court. I smell lawsuit, and my nose is plugged up. The "Justice Department" also will get a truckload of bad PR, which it doesn't need while trying to go after legitimately bad guys. If they have the goods on Hatfill, charge him or at least say what their beef is. They have dozens of "people of interest" in the anthrax case, but he's the only one getting the business end of the stick from the feds.

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