Big Akismet Spam Trouble

Akismet is a Spam Plugin for WordPress and it is giving me great trouble the last two days. I have the problem using the 1.1 and 1.2 version of the Plugin.

All comments are being marked as Spam so regulars and newcomers alike are getting caught in a false Akismet Spam Trap! Please keep posting your fine comments and I will clear them for publication as soon as I can –¦
Yesterday and today I asked for help on the Akismet website and this morning I even posted a cry for help on the Akismet blog.

I will let you know if I hear any news of a resolution from them.
I have even gone as far as completely deleting Akismet from my server but still, somehow, Akismet remains active and snaring every single comment and the only way to see those comments is to re-upload Akismet and re-enable the Plugin and there the comments somehow sit marked as Spam.
I have searched my .htaccess file for Akismet phantoms but did not find any lingering settings or calls.
If you are a WordPress Guru — where and how is Akismet staying active on my blog and blocking all comments even when it is deactivated and completely deleted from my server?