Cliff Kincaid- Contributor
Cliff Kincaid, serves as editor of the Accuracy
in Media (AIM)
Report. A veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff has
appeared on the Fox News programs Hannity & Colmes and
The O'Reilly Factor, where he debated O'Reilly on global
warming, the death penalty,
and the homosexual agenda. He was a guest co-host on CNN's Crossfire
(filling in for Pat Buchanan) in the 1980s, where he confronted
the then-Libyan Ambassador to the U.N. with evidence of Libyan
involvement in international terrorism. Through his America's
Survival, Inc., organization (www.usasurvival.org), he has been
an advocate on behalf of the families of victims of terrorism
and has published reports and held conferences critical of the
United Nations. His articles have appeared in the Washington
Post, Washington Times, Chronicles, Human Events, Insight, and
other publications. He served on the staff of Human Events for
several years and was an editorial writer and newsletter editor
for former National Security Council staffer Oliver North at
his Freedom Alliance educational foundation. He has written or
co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign
policy issues. Cliff is married and has three sons.[go to
the Patriot Act to Target Patriots
about the anthrax investigation?...
[Cliff Kincaid] 8/12/04
voted for the anti-terrorist law, the USA Patriot Act, but
to change it and replace Attorney General
John Ashcroft with someone “who actually upholds the Constitution
of the United States.” However, the liberal critics never
cite alleged “abuses” under the law involving the
anthrax investigation, which has been driven by Kerry’s
Democratic colleagues, Senators Patrick Leahy and Thomas Daschle.
Act has been used to obtain search warrants against doctors
who had been warning about the threat
of bioterrorism in the U.S. The most prominent such cases are
Dr. Steven Hatfill and now Dr. Kenneth Berry. No evidence has
been produced against either man, but the highly publicized raids
on their homes—and the media feeding frenzy—give
the fleeting impression that the Bureau is making progress.
Yet it appears
that Hatfill and Berry have become FBI targets primarily because
they warned America about terrorism that the
FBI and the CIA didn’t prevent.
FBI that falsely implicated security guard Richard Jewell in
Park bombing has made several mistakes
in the anthrax case. The first mistake was assuming that Leahy
and Daschle received anthrax letters because they were liberals.
Leahy’s influential chief of staff, who pushed this theory,
was quoted in Marilyn Thompson’s book on the case as saying
the anthrax killer was a “right-wing zealot.” Daschle
offered his opinion that the perpetrator probably had a U.S.
military background. This fit an FBI profile of the alleged perpetrator.
Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, a leading advocate of this view, met
with the FBI and Leahy’s staff and pointed them toward
Hatfill, a former U.S. government scientist. Her views were echoed
by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and other media.
assault, Hatfill was labeled a “person of
interest” by Ashcroft. After losing several jobs because
of government and media scrutiny, he has filed suit against the
Justice Department and Kristof and the Times.
The second key FBI mistake was thinking that the Ames strain
of anthrax, used in U.S. labs and found in the letters, was not
available to foreign terrorists.
explain why the Justice Department, in a 29-page report on
Act, cited dozens of cases in which the
law has been beneficial but had only one anthrax-related “success” story.
It said that investigators “saved valuable time” by
using the Patriot Act to apply for a search warrant for American
Media, Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida, the employer of the first
to “saving valuable time” ignores
the fact that it took the FBI nearly a year after the attacks
to start a crime-scene investigation of the American Media building.
The decontamination of the building only started this July.
Director James Woolsey says it is time to change the FBI assumption
that the anthrax attacks were perpetrated
by “a crazed solitary American microbiologist operating
out of a cave” in the U.S.
Such a theory,
he pointed out at a June symposium at the American Enterprise
Institute, means that the perpetrator was either “a
very quick crazed solitary microbiologist” or “a
very lucky crazed solitary microbiologist,” because he
was ready to mail his anthrax letters shortly after al Qaeda
hit the U.S. on 9/11.
to the FBI theory, this crazed scientist even wrote like an
putting references to “Death to
Israel” and praise for Allah on the letters, only as a
the evidence that in the summer before 9/11, hijacker Muhammad
Atta took an associate, who turned out to be one of
the other hijackers, in for medical treatment in Florida, near
the first anthrax attacks and near where they lived. He had a
black lesion on his leg that a doctor and experts say was anthrax-related.
Woolsey said, “That raises some interesting questions which
again I would suggest we should pursue rather than bury.”
the al-Qaeda connection to the anthrax attacks, the FBI’s targeting of Berry continues the questionable behavior
evident in the Hatfill case. As some of their agents wore protective
suits to dramatically enter one of Berry’s homes, the FBI
was telling local officials there was no danger to public health.
It looked like another big show and photo opportunity, similar
to what occurred when the FBI raided Hatfill’s home.
should be investigating how the Bureau obtained search warrants
the Berry case and what, if any, “evidence” is
contained in them. There may be a story here about real abuses
of the USA Patriot Act and why the FBI has been unable to solve
this nearly three-year-old case. CRO
2004 Accuracy in Media