A letter addressed to President Obama that may have been contaminated with the deadly toxin ricin is similar to two ricin-laced letters recently sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Secret Service said Thursday.
A screening facility for mail sent to the White House intercepted the recent letter sent to Mr. Obama, Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said. The letter has been turned over to the FBI’s joint terrorism task force for testing and investigation. CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports that the letter was postmarked from Shreveport, La.
Shreveport was also the postmark for the two contaminated letters sent to Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington.
Orr reported Thursday that, according to two sources, the letter sent to Bloomberg carried the following threat: “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional, God-given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die. What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.”
CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports that authorities say responding officers who came into contact with the letter in New York suffered some minor symptoms. No one was seriously hurt, but the joint terrorism task force, which includes the FBI and the NYPD, is also investigating that case.
Bloomberg spoke with reporters shortly after the threats against him became public Wednesday evening. “No, I’m not angry,” said Bloomberg. “There are people who, I would argue, do things that may be irrational, do things that are wrong, but it’s a very complex world out there, and we just have to deal with that.”
On Friday, a worker at a mail facility in lower Manhattan intercepted a letter addressed to Bloomberg that was laced with the highly toxic poison.
Another tainted letter was discovered two days later in Washington at a building that houses Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a non-profit group Bloomberg helped start. That envelope was addressed to the group’s director, Mark Glaze.
Both mailings were postmarked May 20 from Shreveport with no return address.
They contained a pink-orange, oily substance, and each letter threatened bodily harm against the mayor and made references to his stance on gun control.
Last month, a Mississippi man was arrested for trying to send ricin-laced letters to Mr. Obama, Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker and a judge. The letters addressed to the president and Wicker were sent April 8. Both letters tested positive for ricin but were intercepted before they reached their targets.
James Everett Dutschke was arrested at his home in Tupelo, Miss., April 27 in that investigation. In court papers, the FBI said ricin was found in a martial-arts studio run by Dutschke.
How absurd of these people. The one way to make sure there are gun control laws enforced, is directly related to threatening politicians who you may disagree with. Cowards and idiots!
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