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Envelope Tests Positive for Ricin at Washington Mail Facility
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Quote:Envelope Tests Positive for Ricin at Washington Mail Facility

Washington (CNN) -- An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.

After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive, the law enforcement source said. The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing.

The envelope was addressed to a U.S. senator, though the sources would not say which one.

Ricin is a highly toxic substance derived from castor beans. As little as 500 micrograms -- an amount the size of the head of a pin -- can kill an adult. There is no specific test for exposure and no antidote once exposed.

It can be produced easily and cheaply, and authorities in several countries have investigated links between suspect extremists and ricin. But experts say it is more effective on individuals than as a weapon of mass destruction.

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Philadelphia Patriot;96161 Wrote:
Quote:Envelope Tests Positive for Ricin at Washington Mail Facility

Washington (CNN) -- An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.

After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive, the law enforcement source said. The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing.

The envelope was addressed to a U.S. senator, though the sources would not say which one.

Ricin is a highly toxic substance derived from castor beans. As little as 500 micrograms -- an amount the size of the head of a pin -- can kill an adult. There is no specific test for exposure and no antidote once exposed.

It can be produced easily and cheaply, and authorities in several countries have investigated links between suspect extremists and ricin. But experts say it is more effective on individuals than as a weapon of mass destruction.

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It was sent to Republican Senator Roger Wicker from Mississippi:

http://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/
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I'm sure everyone is going to take delight that the Boston thing and this thing may be the works of a crazy neolibtard nutbag.
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Does this mean that large purchases of Castor beans are going to be looked at?
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I hope these incidents don't turn into a week of terrorism. I hope nothing happens tomorrow.
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Its a shame that whoever sent that stopped with one senator.
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Quote: The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing.

Probably sent to Fort Detrick in Frederick. The same Fort Detrick where the anthrax came from years ago.
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streaker69;96170 Wrote:Does this mean that large purchases of Castor beans are going to be looked at?

Baked beans, lima beans, kidney beans, frijoles negros y habichuelas rosadas too, just to be safe. You'll need to show a passport and will be limited to three cans.
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Fun Facts:

Ricin is a naturally occurring protein, found in castor beans, which is product of the castor plant where Castor Oil comes from.

Chicks put Castor Oil in their hair because they think it makes their hair grow longer:





Since we're on the subject of naturally occurring mega-poisons, cyanide, which is just about any chemical compound that has monovalent Carbon-Nitrogen bonded (negative ion). Yup, it was used to kill millions of jews when put in the form of hydrogen cyanide (HCN). HCN is pretty easy to make at home with simple household and Home Depot products.

Hydrogen cyanide is quite abundant in the universe and makes up part of the atmosphere of a few extraterrestrial worlds, particularly Venus and Jupiter.

Like castor beans can be used to extract the ricin protein from them pretty easily (and not a lot of beans are required, just several plants worth), hydrogen cyanide and many other cyanide compounds are pretty accessible to just about anyone because either their naturally occurring existence, like ricin, or the composition of just fundamental light and abundant elements on the periodic table with extremely simple molecular composition, like the cyanides (cyanides are so named because cyan, the color itself, is bluish, and many cyanide compounds and derivative acids are blue or purple in color).

These substances are pretty impossible to ban their manufacture since they do occur naturally. While I don't think ricin itself has any usefulness, our advanced society could not exist without cyanides. You have quite a bit of stuff in your house (a lot of plastics and metals) where cyanides were used in catalyzation to refine those materials. So, your government is pretty helpless in protecting you from these hazards, no matter how much money it surely asks of you for "defense".




Remember: it was the anthrax letters that prompted John Ashcroft to push hard to get the Patriot Act created.
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I was wondering if anyone else noticed the parallels between this and 9/11. Then:
The planes were crashed into buildings, Then a few days later several Anthrax letters were sent.
Now:
The bombings in Boston then the next day a letter containing Ricin is found.

Doubt it adds up to anything more then coincidence but just some food for thought.
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