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Intercst asks,

Would you want to report a possible anthrax sighting at the risk of ending up in the pokey if it was subsequently determined to be a false alarm?

I believe you might have misread the article.

The guy knew it was a hoax all along, and confessed to that fact. He definitely should end up in the pokey.

However, as a totally innocent party, if I were to run across some truly suspicious material, I would not hesitate to report it, because

1. I care about public health. I would not want anyone else affected.
2. I consider bioterrorism a criminal act, and such crimes need to be reported so they can be investigated.
3. I care about my own health. I kind of like my early retirement and would not like it cut short by some terrorist.
4. I care about preserving my financial assets. Through proper publicity (read: the press), I virtually guarantee that I will receive substantial medical treatment at no charge to myself.

Or is it safer (legally if not medically) to just say nothing?

Legally, it is always safer to just say nothing. But that doesn't make it right.
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