Breaking: Second ricin letter addressed to White House, suspicious package alert in Senate office; Update: Levin’s MI office evacuated; Update: Three packages?; Update: Flake’s AZ office, too; Update: All clear in DC after packages removed

posted at 11:26 am on April 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Another letter on its way to the nation’s has tested positive for ricin, ABC News reported a few minutes ago — this time on its way to the White House.  The discovery follows a flagged letter sent to Senator Roger Wicker found yesterday, and which is still the subject of testing:

ABC7′s Brad Bell reports that the letter was discovered at a postal facility at 3601 Pennsy Drive in Hyattsville. Hazardous materials teams could be seen and the facility is on lockdown, he reports.

This would be the second letter containing ricin that has been intercepted in the past day. On Tuesday, an off-site mail facility intercepted a piece of mail addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., that tested positive for the dangerous substance.

Sources tell ABC 7 News that tests conducted on the letter meant for Wicker at Fort Detrick tested positive for ricin.

While writing this post, Twitter reports on a warning of a suspicious package in the Russell Senate Building began erupting:

https://twitter.com/SecretsBedard/status/324543300226932737

https://twitter.com/philipaklein/status/324546368628723712

We’ll have more on both stories as developments unfold.

Update: CNN reports that the Hart building is also being partially evacuated:

And a word of caution, too:

Good to keep in mind with reports of “suspicious packages,” too.

Update: Politico reports that the bomb squad has been called to both Russell and Hart buildings:

Update: Screencap of e-mail alert from Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviews’ Salena Zito:

Update: Was the package in Senator Shelby’s office?

Update: It’s not just Capitol Hill, either.  In Detroit, a local news report says that Carl Levin’s Saginaw office had to be evacuated because of a suspicious letter:

U.S. Senator Carl Levin’s Saginaw office was evacuated Wednesday morning after one of his staff members found what he considered a suspicious letter.

A hazardous material team was called to the scene around 11:30 a.m. to the office at 515 N. Washington in Saginaw. The building was immediately evacuated. The officer worker who found the letter was transported to a local hospital where he is undergoing a medical evaluation.

We’ll pray that he’s all right.

Update: CNN’s home page has this headline: “Capitol Police questioning man after sealed envelopes found in his backpack, sources tell CNN. ” No link to a story yet, but keep your eyes peeled.

Update: CNN’s story has been updated to include the backpack story, but it’s apparently not a good lead:

Shortly after that announcement, Capitol Police were checking out reports of suspicious packages or letters in two Senate office buildings. The first floor of the Hart Senate Office Building was evacuated shortly before noon, and police were questioning a man with a backpack in the area.

The man raised suspicion with the content of his backpack and how he responded to police questions, two Capitol Hill police officers said. The backpack contained sealed envelopes and was being x-rayed, one of the officers said.

A federal law enforcement official told CNN that authorities do not believe the man was connected to the letters found Tuesday.

Update: Roll Call says three suspicious packages set off the alerts:

U.S. Capitol Police are investigating several suspicious packages in the Hart and Russell Senate Office buildings, sources confirmed.

Loudspeaker alerts announced the discovery of packages on the first and third floors of Hart, while an email to the Senate community notified offices that police have responded to “a suspicious envelope on the third floor of the Russell Senate Office Building.” The email directed “all staff and other personnel” to “avoid this area until further notice.” Other news organizations have reported that the suspicious envelope was found in the office of Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala.

CQ Roll Call has confirmed that at least one of the suspicious packages in Hart was also an envelope.

Staffers in both buildings have been asked to shelter in place.

Update: Jeff Flake’s office in Phoenix also has a “suspicious letter“:

A suspicious letter has been found Wednesday at the office of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Phoenix Police are investigating.

Flake’s office is near 22nd Street and Camelback Road.

This will be the fifth suspicious letter or package sent to U.S. politicians, including President Barack Obama, around the country in two days.

Update: The Washington Post reports that Capitol Police have reopened the Senate buildings after removing the suspicious packages:

First-floor offices in the building were evacuated, and people on higher floors were told to stay in their offices.

Authorities later reopened the Hart atrium, without immediately disclosing what — if anything — had been found.

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Rush is talking about the CNN Report now.

kingsjester on April 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Both envelopes postmarked from TN on 4/8

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Yes, but which 4/8?

GWB on April 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM

“Dark-skinned” male seen in video from Lord & Taylor Dept store in Boston. He is the suspect in the bombing.—
FrenchJewInTexas (@SCNTEXAS) April 17, 2013

“Dark-skinned” – kind of insensitive… This French Jew is a racist.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM

CNN is saying Boston suspect identified.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

The CNN report sounds as if they’ve identified somebody acting suspiciously on video. Not the same thing as actually identifying the suspect (as in “Hello, we are from the FBI and would like to talk to you about where you were on Monday.”)

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Yes, but which 4/8?

GWB on April 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Yes, I saw your earlier comment. Heh again!

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

CNN is saying Boston suspect identified.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Or at least the person who placed bomb number 2 (the subject of yesterday’s “Is this the bomb?” post). The CNN web story doesn’t tip any hands on who said suspect is, but that it was derived from a nearby department store’s security camera system and a Boston TV station.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

“Dark-skinned” male seen in video from Lord & Taylor Dept store in Boston. He is the suspect in the bombing.—
FrenchJewInTexas (@SCNTEXAS) April 17, 2013

“Dark-skinned” – kind of insensitive… This French Jew is a racist.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Yep, seen on video provided by tv station placing backpack in a plausible location and walking away from it. Video of same dark-skinned male from department store being used because video is better quality.

slickwillie2001 on April 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

I’d look for someone carrying a chick-fil-a bag in those videos.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The CNN report sounds as if they’ve identified somebody acting suspiciously on video. Not the same thing as actually identifying the suspect (as in “Hello, we are from the FBI and would like to talk to you about where you were on Monday.”)

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

#BREAKING: @CNN reporting that Boston investigators have identified a suspect in the #BostonMarathon bombing. @nbcchicago—
Marlene Dela Cruz (@NBC5pro) April 17, 2013

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

The next Boston news conference is slated for 5 pm EDT/4 pm CDT.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Salon libs hardest hit: Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American

petefrt on April 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

That was quite a switch… from begging the public for tips to announcing a suspect. Phew.

petefrt on April 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Poor Ed. His Word program has been on buffer overload all day. $10 his desk has paper piled past his cute head.

Limerick on April 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

petefrt on April 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Too true. May they choke on their own elitist bile.

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

“Arrest Imminent” – better call the Justice Dept. in now…

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

CNN is saying Boston suspect identified.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

CNN seems to think it’s an old lady from a Tea Party rally carrying a crock pot of meatballs.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Shhh! Sissy Hooligan will come back and start her garbage about ethnicity and nationality again.

LOL.

kingsjester on April 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

petefrt on April 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Law enforcement plays dumb all the time in major investigations like this. Typically the less the guilty parties know about the progress of the investigation, the greater the upper hand for the cops.

LukeinNE on April 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Multiple sources, including the Boston Fox affiliate, now saying the arrest of a suspect is now “immiment”.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

CNN seems to think it’s an old lady from a Tea Party rally carrying a crock pot of meatballs.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Did they have a link to the recipe?

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

kingsjester on April 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

KJ…do you know any KC in the area..?///

d1carter on April 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

oldroy and bishop have been cracking me up with their “inappropriate”, “insensitive” comments.

juliesa on April 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

per CNN arrest has been made in Boston Bombings Case!

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Now. What is the dark skinned guy’s name? Was he here on a student visa? What buddies of his planted bomb #1?

Who is KC who mails things in TN? Are they connected?

Popping some corn to go with my pressure cooker stew meatballs.

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

d1carter on April 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Nope. But, I do know some good ol’ boys whose family trees don’t fork. Is that close?

Obama just said that an arrest has been made in the New Boston Massacre.

kingsjester on April 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I mean Rush, not Obama. He’ll be out soon to take credit for it, though.

kingsjester on April 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

And on a serious note… I’ve been sitting here trying to think of what is to stop this from happening in a thousand different locations…

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

KJ

You know he’ll take credit

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

kingsjester on April 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

LOL..I know some of those same people who were very angry at Roger Wicker…commenting on his Facebook. I’m not sure these things are all connected.

d1carter on April 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

CNN: Two sources confirm an arrest has been made in the Boston bombing.

Caveat: It’s CNN.

Resist We Much on April 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

oldroy and bishop have been cracking me up with their “inappropriate”, “insensitive” comments.

juliesa on April 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Agreed. Quite frankly, their comic relief has provided a necessary defusing of all of the alarmist (and inaccurate) information coming the the “news” sources.

onlineanalyst on April 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Did they have a link to the recipe?

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Yes. Two tablespoons of gunpowder, a quart of blood from a little brown person, a kitten, and a photo of Barky shredded and then sprinkled on top. The recipe may seem odd but white Tea Partiers are bloodthirsty savages so, you know.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Law enforcement plays dumb all the time in major investigations like this. Typically the less the guilty parties know about the progress of the investigation, the greater the upper hand for the cops.

LukeinNE on April 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Bill Hemmer pointing out that while there are multiple media sources reporting the “imminent arrest” story, they may all be chasing the same single source, most likely the AP.

With that said, if it’s accurate, the fact that it’s out there now means one of two things:

- They’ve already arrested the suspect.
- They’re hoping to spook the suspect into fingering others before said suspect can be lawyered up.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Now. What is the dark skinned guy’s name? Was he here on a student visa? What buddies of his planted bomb #1?

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

I’m sorry, but these questions are RACIST ™!

Pork-Chop on April 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

And on a serious note… I’ve been sitting here trying to think of what is to stop this from happening in a thousand different locations…

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Ask Israel?

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Pork-Chop on April 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Guilty!!!

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

CNN: Two sources confirm an arrest has been made in the Boston bombing.

Caveat: It’s CNN.

Resist We Much on April 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

They’re supposedly using two sources for that.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

And on a serious note… I’ve been sitting here trying to think of what is to stop this from happening in a thousand different locations…

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Nothing, including disarming millions of law-abiding gun owners who MIGHT be close enough to respond to someone looking to commit an act similar to this.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

. . . except that Islam isn’t a race.

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM

New Boston arrest thread

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM

CNN: Two sources confirm an arrest has been made in the Boston bombing.

Caveat: It’s CNN.

Resist We Much on April 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Even worse, it’s Wolf Blitzed.

slickwillie2001 on April 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

3rd that online analyst

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

DArk skinned – guess he cannot be a right winger or even barely a GOP voter, right? Is Slate really upset now?

Zomcon JEM on April 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

CNN: Two sources confirm an arrest has been made in the Boston bombing.

Caveat: It’s CNN.

Resist We Much on April 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

They’re supposedly using two sources for that.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

And????

lol :-)

PS: Tingles on MSNBC counts Mark Potok and Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Centre as ‘two sources.’

Resist We Much on April 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM

How do you get the intended target to inhale the risin?

Are these scratch-and-sniff letters?

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

What? No more updates for the KC and the Castor Oil Band story?

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

DArk skinned – guess he cannot be a right winger or even barely a GOP voter, right?

Zomcon JEM on April 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Almost assuredly not. Democrats have the black vote locked down harder than Fort Knox after a bomb threat.

MelonCollie on April 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM

DArk skinned – guess he cannot be a right winger or even barely a GOP voter, right?

Zomcon JEM on April 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Almost assuredly not. Democrats have the black vote locked down harder than Fort Knox after a bomb threat.

MelonCollie on April 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM

*AHEM*
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57580158/arrest-made-in-ricin-mailing-investigation/?tag=breakingnews

libfreeordie on April 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

*AHEM*
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57580158/arrest-made-in-ricin-mailing-investigation/?tag=breakingnews

libfreeordie on April 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Pretty much your standard rank and file democrat.

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 7:24 AM

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