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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Remember all the ricin attacks after 911? This could be a copy cat nut.

MaiDee on April 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Live WH conference

Shy Guy on April 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Remember all the ricin attacks after 911? This could be a copy cat nut.

MaiDee on April 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

No, actually. I never heard of ricin until these stories started hitting. I remember a bunch of Anthrax scares, though.

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

******************* Now its Levin ***********************!

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., says staffer at his regional Saginaw, Mich., office received ‘suspicious-looking’ letter – via @NBCNews

1 min ago by editor

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

The anthrax letters after 9/11, IIRC, were eventually traced to a disgruntled former government scientist. Help me out — didn’t he commit suicide around 2008?

either orr on April 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

You shouldn’t wish ill on anyone. Our politicians are people too. We are the government, or have you forgotten?

Abby Adams on April 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM

What a lovely rose-colored world you must live in.

Midas on April 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Yeah, imprecise word choice on my part. I meant that it doesn’t seem likely that the guy woke up yesterday and decided to mail ricin to a bunch of government offices. This stuff hitting 2 days after Boston seems like a bit of coincidence.

LukeinNE on April 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM

It actually started one day after Boston. Wicker, Mississippi.

joejm65 on April 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I see. :) LukeinNE meant more like “coordinated.” If it takes a while to get poison ready and mailed, it starts to look like a cosomic coincidence that these things happen to hit together.

Would be a wild coincidence anyway, though, thinking about it.

Also believable that the guy sees Boston and wants to pile on, and he goes and fetches his poison that he’s had for a while.

Axe on April 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

These attacks are definitely related. The bomber is following the 9-11 pattern. First the kinetic attack followed by a bio-weapon attack. This combined attack is certainly of domestic origin but is probably not connected to any specific group. The perpetrator(s) is/are almost certainly Truthers sympathetic to the OWS movement. The FBI will of course be focusing on white supremacists and militia groups just as the police decided that the DC sniper was a single white male loner between 25-40 and allowed Malveaux and Mohammed to slip through the police cordons after each shooting.

jerryofva on April 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM

No, these attacks are not definitely related, although the possibility exists. The problem with your theory is that the 9-11 Al Queda terrorists were not responsible for the anthrax attacks which immediately followed. The FBI had a strong suspect in that case, a ‘person of interest’ with the requisite skillset and motivations, but that person, Bruce Ivins, committed suicide not long after he came under suspicion. Based on subsequent findings, the FBI is 99% certain Ivins is their guy. The remaining 1% uncertainty is due to the fact that Ivins is dead and is thus unable to confirm what investigators already know: he did it.

troyriser_gopftw on April 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

These sealed envelope attacks are getting out of hand, time to ban them. Or at the least ban large size envelopes, why would you need one that can hold more than a small thankyou note? Bigots.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM

USPS needs to ban their assault mail trucks and high capacity mail boxes.

BobMbx on April 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM

uspicious letters sent to President Obama, US Senate

White House on suspicious letter to Obama: The FBI has the lead in that investigation – Live video

39 secs ago by editor

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Backpack guy from ‘The Walking Dead’?

sentinelrules on April 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

USPS needs to ban their assault mail trucks and high capacity mail boxes.

BobMbx on April 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM

It’s for the children.

VegasRick on April 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Remember all the ricin attacks after 911? This could be a copy cat nut.

MaiDee on April 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Anthrax, actually, and unlike the Tomato’s rememberance, they were deadly attacks with 5 dead as a result.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

O’Donnell is NBC News reporter:

Kelly O’Donnell ‏@KellyO 2m

Sen. Levin announces suspicious letter at MI office but carefully “We do not know yet if the mail presented a threat.”

petefrt on April 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

We also need to ban beans. Average people can make do with peas, corn, or diced carrots, they don’t need beans.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

ED busted out the RedNet again

Limerick on April 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

You know, if Obama really did get a ricin letter, then it’s possible that Obama is the real target, and the culprit sent letters to GOP folks to throw off suspicion.

At least that’s how I’d spin it if I worked for MSNBC.

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

We also need to ban beans. Average people can make do with peas, corn, or diced carrots, they don’t need beans.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Then how would people emit flammable farts?

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

BREAKING NEWS – Secret Service: Suspicious letter mailed to Obama

Shy Guy on April 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

As if the bastard reads anything except the sports page and teleprompter.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Anthrax, actually, and unlike the Tomato’s rememberance, they were deadly attacks with 5 dead as a result.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Wow, you’re right – I don’t recall the deaths.

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

What kind of idiot could possibly think that any U.S. President reads his own mail?

Limerick on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Backpack guy from ‘The Walking Dead’?

sentinelrules on April 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Rick Corleone: How’s Backpack guy?
Michonne Clemenza: Oh, Backpack guy…you won’t see him no more.

——————————————————————————–

VegasRick on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Then how would people emit flammable farts?

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Ask Joy Behar, she emits them from her mouth.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Did we ever find out who was responsible for the anthrax attacks?

monalisa on April 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I think the best answer to that question is “probably”.
And, he’s dead now.

Dexter_Alarius on April 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Gee, why would anyone be revolting against the government? I wonder if Marc LaMont Hill will portray this as act of heroism?

SouthernGent on April 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Wow, you’re right – I don’t recall the deaths.

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Mostly postal workers, if my memory serves.

LukeinNE on April 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Maybe a re-think of key suspect in the 2001 anthrax letters Bruce Ivins?
Sounds like someone wants attention…maybe for a 2nd time.

verbaluce on April 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Ask Joy Behar, she emits them from her mouth.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Are you sure that’s her mouth?

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

boy are tingles and wolfie going to go ballistic

who are these right wingers trying to kill our president

ahhhhhhhhh

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Ask Joy Behar, she emits them from her mouth.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

On fire today, eh?

Did you get laid last night or something?

BobMbx on April 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

What kind of idiot could possibly think that any U.S. President reads his own mail?

Limerick on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Someone wacky enough to send ricin letters? These people don’t usually nudge the needle very far on the sanity meters.

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Suspicious letters sent to President Obama, US Senate

FBI statement on suspicious letters received at White House, US Senate – @FBIPressOffice

1 min ago from http://www.fbi.gov by editor
=========================================

FBI Response to Reports of Suspicious Letters Received at Mail Facilities
Washington, D.C. April 17, 2013

FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

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.

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

Any time suspicious powder is located in a mail facility, field tests are conducted. The field and other preliminary tests can produce inconsistent results. Any time field tests indicate the possibility of a biological agent, the material is sent to an accredited laboratory for further analysis. Only a full analysis performed at an accredited laboratory can determine the presence of a biological agent such as ricin. Those tests are currently being conducted and generally take 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.

http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-response-to-reports-of-suspicious-letters-received-at-mail-facilities

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Only a full analysis performed at an accredited laboratory can determine the presence of a biological agent such as ricin. Those tests are currently being conducted and generally take 24 to 48 hours.

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

So. As usual. Most of what the news is feeding us is pure speculation.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

troyriser_gopftw

It doesn’t matter if 9-11 attacks were related or not. If the perpetrator is a copycat and believes that they are related they would want to do the same thing. This would fit in with the Truther hypothesis.

jerryofva on April 17, 2013 at 12:36 PM

What kind of idiot could possibly think that any U.S. President reads his own mail?

Limerick on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

The parasites that voted for the rat-eared coward. The people who stand up at town halls and ask the bastard for free stuff, help with their college loans, or something. It is a falsehood that his people have furthered with speeches where the rat-eared coward talks about all the letters he gets from “folks” telling him that the Second Amendment should be repealed or whatever.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Only a full analysis performed at an accredited laboratory can determine the presence of a biological agent such as ricin. Those tests are currently being conducted and generally take 24 to 48 hours.

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

So. As usual. Most of what the news is feeding us is pure speculation.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

oldroy:Good Point,smacks of the Liberal Media talking points,er
the MSM that is!

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

So. As usual. Most of what the news is feeding us is pure speculation.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Yeah, once they get the ideal story line worked out, we’ll be told what to believe in due time.

Midas on April 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

What kind of idiot could possibly think that any U.S. President reads his own mail?

Limerick on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I think it’s reasonable to assume the culprit here does not think that.

verbaluce on April 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

boy are tingles and wolfie going to go ballistic

who are these right wingers trying to kill our president

ahhhhhhhhh

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Well if the JFK library is a target because right-wingers hate the Democrat Party, if the Boston Marathon bombing had to be a right-winger so upset at paying taxes they decided to attack runners, then yes- tingles will be irate that anybody would emperil the life or our greatest President ever. I wouldn’t even be surprised to learn that Chrissie volunteered to sniff all White House mail until the crisis has passed.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I wouldn’t even be surprised to learn that Chrissie volunteered to sniff all White House mail until the crisis has passed.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM

He’s been sniffing some pretty disgusting things over at the WH for years now, so this wouldn’t be too bad for him.

Midas on April 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

too funny
some splc punk is wondering why there is no coverage on the rise of the right wing extremist group

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Yeah, once they get the ideal story line worked out, we’ll be told what to believe in due time.

Midas on April 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

I suspect this is exactly how it works.

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Only a full analysis performed at an accredited laboratory can determine the presence of a biological agent such as ricin. Those tests are currently being conducted and generally take 24 to 48 hours.

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Judging from what Ed quoted at the top of the post, those tests have been done on the Wicker letter.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM

he’d be only too happy…

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

No proof and speculation? = Clearly “right wingers”

Got it MSM.

Gatsu on April 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM

The discovery follows a flagged letter sent to Senator Roger Wicker found yesterday, and which is still the subject of testing:

- Captain Ed From Post Above

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Suspicious letters sent to President Obama, US Senate

All clear given for US Senate office buildings – @NBCNews

4 mins ago by edito

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 12:51 PM

boy are tingles and wolfie going to go ballistic

who are these right wingers trying to kill our president

ahhhhhhhhh

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Never mind that Obama has just decided to outright kill terrorists with drone strikes for the last 4+ years.

No, that wouldn’t have anything to do with this… Def. tea party or something…

Gatsu on April 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Lesson?

Stay away from marathons and politicians.

Electrongod on April 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM

What?

verbaluce on April 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM

What kind of idiot could possibly think that any U.S. President reads his own mail?

Limerick on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Someone like this?

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Market is also trade down -175

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

What kind of idiot could possibly think that any U.S. President reads his own mail?

Limerick on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I may be giving the guy too much credit, but I don’t think the intention is to actually get to the target so to speak. More of a general terror ploy.

ClassicCon on April 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Suspicious letters sent to President Obama, US Senate

FBI says letters sent to President Obama and Sen. Wicker are related; both postmarked Memphis, Tenn. – @AP

2 mins ago by editor

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

We also need to ban beans. Average people can make do with peas, corn, or diced carrots, they don’t need beans.

Bishop on April 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

We need to ban all household items. Who knows how many McGyvers are out there with carrots, Lysol, plungers, paperclips, and other everyday WMD.

I soiled myself just thinking about it.

Punchenko on April 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

“Suspicious” letters and packages are found all the time. And 99% of the time, turn out to be nothing. This is just an attempt to feed the 24 hour news cycle. As if someone setting off two bombs wasn’t serious enough.

Shump on April 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 12:51 PM

From the companion WJLA-TV piece (linked to in the “Sources tell ABC7 News…” sentence that got de-linked in Ed’s copying):

A high-ranking law enforcement source tells ABC7′s Brad Bell that tests conducted at Fort Detrick have confirmed the presence of ricin in a letter mailed to Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker.

(emphasis added)

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

canopfor on April 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Uh oh.

kingsjester on April 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

What kind of idiot could possibly think that this U.S. President reads his own mail?

Limerick on April 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

enhanced.

hillsoftx on April 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

The 2 envelopes containing substance were addressed to @SenatorWicker and @BarackObama, #FBI says. Both envelopes postmarked from TN on 4/8—
Mike Levine (@MikeLevineFNC) April 17, 2013

Both envelopes had letters saying, “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to it’s continuance.” @FoxNews exclusive—
Mike Levine (@MikeLevineFNC) April 17, 2013

Both letters signed, “I am KC & I approve this message.” As of yesterday, #FBI “pursuing multiple leads on potential senders,” bulletin says—
Mike Levine (@MikeLevineFNC) April 17, 2013

Via Twitchy.

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Jeff Flake, too? (Now there’s a name change wanting to happen.) So does that mean the targets are all Republicans except for Obama?

And Memphis? Why Memphis?

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Verbaluce
I find it funny that he is complaining that the lsm doesn’t do their jobs

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I may be giving the guy too much credit, but I don’t think the intention is to actually get to the target so to speak. More of a general terror ploy.

ClassicCon on April 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Probably. If this and Boston is related (no evidence, but it’s certainly possible), there’s a chance that these relatively minor incidents could be just designed to keep the Feds occupied while the “real” attack is yet to come.

Pure speculation, obviously, and hopefully not the case.

LukeinNE on April 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

‘Team obama’ has been busy.

Pork-Chop on April 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM

What did do these folks have in common voted for or against something?

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM

I think the media is using these letters to distract us from the Boston Terror Attack. Perhaps the info is more accessible and sensational today, but the precautions they are taking in DC are the ones they should have been taking anyway given the threat at Boston.

Fleuries on April 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Remember all the ricin attacks after 911? This could be a copy cat nut.

MaiDee on April 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

It was anthrax and those letters started to be postmarked one week after the 9/11 attacks. These letters, reportedly, were mailed from Memphis and would have been already in the mail delivery system when the Boston bombing occurred.

It’s highly doubtful that it was a copy \cat. He would have had to know that the Boston Marathon was going to be bombed on Monday to have mailed his letters for delivery on Tuesday.

Ricin cannot – I repeat, CANNOT – be whipped up on the stove in a few hours.

Resist We Much on April 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Jeff Flake, too? (Now there’s a name change wanting to happen.) So does that mean the targets are all Republicans except for Obama?

And Memphis? Why Memphis?

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Last I checked, Carl Levin is a Rat.

As for Memphis, that’s where The King lived.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

‘Team obama’ has been busy.

Pork-Chop on April 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Yep. Makes me wonder just how bad the Friday night news dump will be.

Limerick on April 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

It’s highly doubtful that it was a copy \cat. He would have had to know that the Boston Marathon was going to be bombed on Monday to have mailed his letters for delivery on Tuesday.

Ricin cannot – I repeat, CANNOT – be whipped up on the stove in a few hours.

Resist We Much on April 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Bears repeating.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Steve don’t forget KJ

cmsinaz on April 17, 2013 at 1:06 PM

You know if a supicious letter was mailed to me and mine I doubt one politician in Dc would give a crap. Therefore I find it very hard to care when one is mailed to the politicians.

unseen on April 17, 2013 at 1:06 PM

POSTAL DELIVERY CONTROL NOW!!!

Stop the madness, stop daily mail delivery.

PappyD61 on April 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM

1) The Boston bombs and the poison letters may be entirely unrelated, or not.

2) Doesn’t the crude nature and the lack of any claim of responsibility point to North Korea, which would have a great deal to lose if found out? Whereas your basic mad-Middle Easterner could be anywhere in the world.

doufree on April 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

KC? Oh, no, not the KC of KC and the Sunshine Band! Tell me it isn’t so! I can never listen to “That’s the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it uh huh uh huh” again.

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Megyn Kelly just announced 2 additional suspicious letters. She’s waiting to see if she can release the names of the recipients.

Also FBI postponed their press conference. TBD when it will be rescheduled.

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

POSTAL DELIVERY CONTROL NOW!!!

Stop the madness, stop daily mail delivery.

PappyD61 on April 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Given the Wicker and Obama letters were postmarked April 8 and were still in the mail system over a week later, I think it’s safe to say daily mail delivery has already been stopped.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Things that Congress needs to BAN now before they kill anyone else:

Cigarettes
Incandescent light bulbs
Ten Commandment displays
Super-Size McDonald’s meals
Super Gulp Sodas
Assualt weapons
2nd Amendment
Pressure cookers
Black duffel bags
USPS

Things Congress needs to INCREASE SPENDING on:

Gosnell abortion clinics
Unemployment checks
Marijuana shops
Wedding chapels for all – no matter your age, how many spouses, orientation, etc — as long as it’s all in the name of LOVE

Did I miss anything?

LordMaximus on April 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

How easy is it to get a hold of/make ricin? I would imagine you need to have at least SOME knowledge in refinement/set up in order to extract it.

This is looking more and more like either a copycat 9/11, just lower tech.

Gatsu on April 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM

MY GOSH……STOP CHEMISTRY CLASSES NOW!!!

We are training these terrorists, right here at home with these classes. Shouldn’t chemistry professors be questioned now? What about these pharma companies that make these poisons?

PappyD61 on April 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Ricin cannot – I repeat, CANNOT – be whipped up on the stove in a few hours.

Resist We Much on April 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Based on what? How fast can it be whipped up then?

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

“I am KC and I approve this message.”

‘Mark Potok, let me turn to you. KC! What could KC mean? Don’t you think it could be the Knights of Columbus – the Catholic men’s organisation??? Huh, huh?? Sorry, pardon my spittle, but don’t you think it is highly likely that this is just another right-wig nut job, who is pizzed off the there’s a black man living in the White House, who supports SSM and unfettered access to abortion? And, don’t you think some Knight of Columbus/Ku Klux Klansman could be angry enough at Senator Wicker for voting for cloture on Sch-Man-Too to try to take him out, too? What? Pardon me, someone is talking in my ear. The KKK hated Catholics? Well, nevertheless, Mark Potok, don’t you think it is, at least, highly probable that a member of the KKK and the KofC could be behind this?’

- Chris Matthews, at 6PM this evening.

Resist We Much on April 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Let’s note that Congress & WH mail is thoroughly screened, and that process is likely time-consuming, delaying mail at least a day. What would they do, x-ray, irradiate, iron, etc?

That means these went in the mail before the Boston bombs went off. That’s too much of a coincidence for me to believe.

If they are coordinated, then whoever is doing this is not stupid enough to mail these from the mailbox on his street. He probably traveled some distance to mail them.

slickwillie2001 on April 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Drudge – CNN – suspect identified….

Not clear if they are talking of bombs or letters.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Based on what? How fast can it be whipped up then?

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

A patent filed in 1952, granted in 1962, and removed from the US Patent Office database in 2004 (it still is available via Google, however).

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Based on what? How fast can it be whipped up then?

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I can’t answer that question specifically (I’m sure someone else can) but these letters were mailed out of Memphis. One arrived yesterday, meaning it was mailed on Monday at the latest. The bombing happened in the middle of the afternoon.

I’m pretty sure this means 1 of 2 things:

1. They’re totally unrelated and its a freak coincidence.

2. They’re coordinated.

Because of the timing, I just don’t think it’s possible that we’re looking at someone who saw the Boston bombing and then decided on his own to cause a little more havoc.

LukeinNE on April 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

A patent filed in 1952, granted in 1962, and removed from the US Patent Office database in 2004 (it still is available via Google, however).

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

So the latest edition of “Inspire” follows that patented process?

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Drudge – CNN – suspect identified….

Not clear if they are talking of bombs or letters.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I suspect the letters because that’s been all over the intertubes.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM

It’s highly doubtful that it was a copy \cat. He would have had to know that the Boston Marathon was going to be bombed on Monday to have mailed his letters for delivery on Tuesday.

Resist We Much on April 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

You would be correct. Please see my above post re tweet which confirms both letters were sent from Tennessee on 4/8.

The letter to O has also field tested positive for ricin.

KC? Oh, no, not the KC of KC and the Sunshine Band! Tell me it isn’t so! I can never listen to “That’s the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it uh huh uh huh” again.

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Heh!

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

This could be a copy cat nut.

MaiDee on April 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Or (since we don’t know yet if they really are ricin), it could be a copycat fear. Folks remember the anthrax attacks, get a little antsy, and start seeing ricin letters everywhere. It is very possible.

As to ricin vs anthrax, there was a supposed ricin attack after 9/11, as well. I don’t recall how long after, but it spun folks up. It wasn’t the same as the anthrax attacks very soon afterward, though. Gad, you can’t open your regular mail or your email without quarantining it first, anymore.

You know, it *could* be that these are just letters from the first ricin attack 10-12 years ago. It *is* the USPS, after all……..

GWB on April 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

So the latest edition of “Inspire” follows that patented process?

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM

No idea as I don’t get Yemeni publications. They probably stick to the old “chew-and-spit” method.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I could be wrong about this, but didn’t the same kind of thing happen right after 9/11 when strange envelopes started arriving at the capitol? I remember because I had to send something in to the copyright office and I had to go through a private mail carrier with a special address and it wouldn’t be processed for like a month because of the scare. Am I remembering wrong?

UnderstandingisPower on April 17, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Yes. I was right…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_anthrax_attacks

Sept. 18, 2001 one week after Sept. 11, 2001

UnderstandingisPower on April 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

CNN is saying Boston suspect identified.

oldroy on April 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

A patent filed in 1952, granted in 1962, and removed from the US Patent Office database in 2004 (it still is available via Google, however).

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

It’s also a waste by-product from making Loosener’s Castor Oil Flakes (now fortified with Glycerin Vibrafoam).

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

It’s clear to me who is behind these letters- the FBI

Anything to get the focus away from their botched Boston investigation. Probably has a cutesy name like Operation Tail Wag or something.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM

As for prior ricin scares, per the WaPo piece Ed linked that’s giving the all-clear for one of the Senate buildings, there was one in 2004 sent to Trent Lott’s office that triggered the temporary closing of several Senate office buildings.

Steve Eggleston on April 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Boston-native @JohnKingCNN has some great new info re: bombing investigation; authorities have ID’d suspect from dep’t store video…—
Kristen S. Anderson (@KSoltisAnderson) April 17, 2013

My Boston source is saying that they have a suspect in custody for the Boston Marathon bombing.—
opie radio (@OpieRadio) April 17, 2013

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

According to CNN, authorities have an image of a suspect carrying, and perhaps dropping, a black bag at the second Boston bombing scene.—
Jimmy Holt (@jimmyktown) April 17, 2013

CNN: possible suspect identified in Boston terror bombing. Department store video helpful, officials say—
West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) April 17, 2013

BREAKING NOW:

“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

Twitchy.

Opinionator on April 17, 2013 at 1:27 PM

potential suspect identified/found via video on the Boston bombing.Per the Boston Globe. Fox trying to verify.

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2013 at 1:28 PM

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