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Old 04-17-2013, 11:22 AM
 
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The U.S. Secret Service says it has intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a "suspicious substance." A preliminary test indicates that the substance is ricin, which is poisonous if ingested.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the letter was intercepted at a facility away from the White House. He says the letter was received yesterday.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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Awful. This is the second letter they've found so far that tested positive for ricin, right?
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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Scary. The person sent the President a letter with a substance in it that is harmful if ingested? That just seems particularly odd to me.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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Puzzling. Who would have the motivation to send ricin to both a Republican senator from the south and a Democratic president from the Midwest?
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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Puzzling. Who would have the motivation to send ricin to both a Republican senator from the south and a Democratic president from the Midwest?
I'm guessing the personal is mentally unstable, so the motivation isn't necessarily logical. One of the Senators (McCaskill, I think) said they have a suspect already which makes me think this isn't the first time this person has sent crazy letters, just the first time the letters have contained poison.

I will say the ricin letters a day after the Boston bombing has an eerie similarity to the anthrax letters that showed up a week after 9/11.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:06 PM
 
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How hard is it to get ricin out of castor beans?
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:07 PM
 
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Poor guy has so much to deal with.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:24 PM
 
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Puzzling. Who would have the motivation to send ricin to both a Republican senator from the south and a Democratic president from the Midwest?
A murderer.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:31 PM
 
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A murderer.
Murderers generally have their own, albeit senseless, motivation for who they wish to kill.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:44 PM
 
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How hard is it to get ricin out of castor beans?
I wondered the same thing. I would like to google it but I am afraid that the secret service would come knocking on my door!
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