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Ed Driscoll

Ricin Goes Bipartisan

April 17th, 2013 - 12:37 pm

“Day After Sen. Wicker, Obama Receives Ricin-Laced Letter,” Bridget Johnson writes at the PJ Tatler:

The ricin letters are now officially bipartisan, with a letter addressed to President Obama testing positive for the toxic substance a day after Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) received a ricin-laced letter.

“A second letter containing a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin was received at an offsite mail screening facility. The envelope, addressed to the president, was immediately quarantined by U.S. Secret Service personnel, and a coordinated investigation with the FBI was initiated. It is important to note that operations at the White House have not been affected as a result of the investigation,” the FBI said in a statement.

“Additionally, filters at a second government mail screening facility preliminarily tested positive for ricin this morning. Mail from that facility is being tested.”

The Bureau said full lab analysis is being conducted and generally takes 24 to 48 hours.

“The investigation into these letters remains ongoing, and more letters may still be received. There is no indication of a connection to the attack in Boston,” the FBI said.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said at today’s briefing “the president has, of course, been briefed on these letters. He was briefed last night and again this morning.”

“I would underscore that the mail is screened — the mail sent here is screened and that these tests are undertaken at remote sites to mitigate the risk both to those recipients and to the general population,” Carney said.

As Bob Owens just tweeted, “If ricin is so damn deadly, why aren’t postal carriers dropping like flies?”

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IIRC, the ricin scare 10 years ago involved sending the stuff to both NBC and the New York Post, so ricin terrorists apparently are part of the 'No Labels' crowd. Which may or may not make David Frum happy.

(The main concern with the powder is airborne ingestion -- it's the bi-product of that legendary nasty stuff, castor oil, and when I attended a Texas AgriLife demonstration in cooperation with Chevron a few years ago on biofuels, they said the castor plant was one of the most energy-efficient plant options and had a high tolerance for inhospitable soils ... but you couldn't grow it anywhere near a feed crop, let alone crops designed for human consumption.)
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