On April 17, major media reported Obama and Senator Roger Wicker (R. MI) receiving letters containing suspicious substances.
FBI testing continues. Initial evaluations confirmed ricin. A subsequent statement reported "inconsistent results." Further analysis is being conducted.
Ricin is poisonous if inhaled, injected or ingested. It's deadliest if inhaled. It's potentially lethal. It's not contagious. There's no antidote.
Both letters had similar markings. A separate report said Senator Richard Shelby (R. AL) received a suspicious package. Parts of Senate office buildings were cleared.
Around midday April 17, the FBI's National Press Office headlined "FBI Response to Reports of Suspicious Letters Received at Mail Facilities," saying:
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 US 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."Investigations remain ongoing. Senator Claire McCaskill (D. MO) said police have a suspect. "The person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members," she said.
Reports now say an arrest was made. Another one contradicted it. Perhaps one is imminent.
What's happening is reminiscent of post-9/11 anthrax attacks. Five people died. Seventeen others were infected.
Then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D. SD) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D. VT) received letters containing extremely high levels of anthrax.
Domestic terrorism was charged. Bio-weapons expert Steven Hatfill was wrongfully charged. Later he was exonerated.
Bruce Edwards Ivins became a key suspect. No evidence linked him to the incidents. In July 2008, he overdosed and died. He did so after learning criminal charges were likely. None were filed. Other lives were disrupted. Humanity paid a big price.
Anthrax attacks heightened fear. They facilitated what followed.
Francis Boyle explained more. Bush officials wanted PATRIOT Act legislation passed.
Daschle and Leahy held it up. The first draft suspended habeas rights. "All of a sudden out of nowhere came these anthrax attacks," said Boyle.
They were "super-weapons grade." Special electro-static treatment created a trillion spores per gram. Only a government lab could produce it.
Boyle contacted counterterrorism expert Spike Bowman. He met him earlier at a University of Michigan Law School conference. Bowman said the FBI was working with Fort Detrick on the matter.
Each Pentagon branch is represented among its 7,800 military, federal and contractor employees. Four cabinet level agencies are represented.
They include the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Defense. Laboratories conduct various research projects.
Post-9/11 anthrax was military grade. Subsequent reports confirmed it. In May 2002, the New Scientist said:
The DNA sequence of the anthrax sent through the US mail in 2001 has been revealed and confirms suspicions that the bacteria originally came from a US military laboratory.
(Data released used) code names for the reference strains against which the attack strain was compared."
But New Scientist can reveal that the two reference strains that appear identical to the attack strain most likely originated at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick (USAMRIID), Maryland.After Boyle informed Bowman, FBI officials ordered the AMES cultural anthrax database destroyed.
Boyle called doing so a "blatant destruction of evidence as it means that there was no way of finding out which strain was sent to who to develop the larger breed of anthrax used in the attacks."
The trail of genetic evidence would have led directly back to a secret but officially-sponsored US government biowarfare program that was illegal and criminal.Coverup became official policy. Boyle later learned that Bowman "was the same FBI agent who sabotaged the FISA warrant for access to Zacarious Moussaoui’s computer, which contained information that could have facilitated the prevention of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon."
He was later "promoted and given a decoration." The PATRIOT Act passed overwhelmingly. Other police state laws followed. So did Bush and Obama wars on humanity.
Everything that happened was pre-planned. Boyle said repressive laws "are the precursors to a military dictatorship."
Bush, Cheney and other top administration officials "knew a terrorist attack was coming….(T)hey wanted a war and they wanted a police state…."
"(A)ll the elements for a war against Afghanistan were there in place, even the military force in the gulf….in the Atlantic, in the Mediterranean, in the Arabian Ocean" pre-9/11.
Multiple aggressive direct and proxy wars followed. More are planned. Repressive police state laws subverted constitutional freedoms.
Obama's likely got more in mind. He'll take full advantage of the Boston bombings. Investigators say they identified a suspect. Reportedly he's dark-skinned.
A security video allegedly showed a man depositing a bag near where one explosion occurred. Authorities say they're "very close" in their investigation.
We've heard these type reports before. Media scoundrels hype fear. They regurgitate official lies. Innocent people are framed. The court of public opinion convicts them. Accusations follow.
Guilty parties remain free. Global wars continue. New ones are planned. Tougher police state laws are enacted. Today is perhaps the most perilous time in world history.
What's happening should scare everyone. Boston's bombings are very suspicious. We've seen this all before. It suggests state-sponsored terrorism. It won't surprise if later evidence confirms it.
Media scoundrel fear-mongering clouds clear thinking. People accept what they should oppose. America heads closer to full-blown tyranny. Obama likely planned it that way. He's waging war on humanity. He may end up destroying it.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book is titled How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/
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