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    Ricin detected in mail sent to Pentagon

    Two pieces of mail delivered to the Pentagon mail facility on Monday have initially tested positive for ricin, according to a US defense official.
    The two suspicious envelopes were addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and to Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, the official told CNN.

    The mail facility is in a separate building on the grounds of the Pentagon and the piece of mail which tested positive never entered the Pentagon building.
    All US Postal Service mail received at the Pentagon mail screening facility on Monday is currently under quarantine and poses no threat to Pentagon personnel, according to Pentagon spokesperson Col. Rob Manning.

    "On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility," Manning said in a statement.

    "The envelopes were taken by the FBI this morning for further analysis," Manning added.

    The FBI issued a statement saying it has taken possession of two suspicious envelopes screened at the Pentagon mail facility and they are undergoing more testing.

    "On Tuesday, October, 2, 2018, in coordination with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, FBI Special Agents took possession of two suspicious envelopes that had been screened at the Pentagon mail facility. Those envelopes are currently undergoing further testing. As this is ongoing, we will have no further comment."

    Ricin is a highly toxic compound that is extracted from castor beans and has been used in terror plots. It can be used in powder, pellet, mist or acid form.
    If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system.
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    Linked article may have been edited from when you posted it, but the new headline and opening para are:

    Suspected ricin detected in mail sent to Trump, Pentagon

    An envelope addressed to President Donald Trump contained a substance suspected to be ricin and appeared to be connected to similar envelopes sent to the Pentagon, a law enforcement source told CNN.
    Wonder whom else are being sent deadly love letters, and by whom. Hope they catch whomever this is and let them inhale the contents.
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    sent to trump? sounds like our Reichstag Fire event is upon us
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    Apparently it was castor seeds, not ricin. And a former US Navy sailor has been arrested:

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rici...ry?id=58254992
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    Quote Originally Posted by aihfl View Post
    Apparently it was castor seeds, not ricin. And a former US Navy sailor has been arrested:

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rici...ry?id=58254992
    I was actually thinking that might be the case. While producing pure ricin takes some effort and specialized knowledge, anyone can crush some caster beans and make a largely harmless substance that'd give a positive result when testing for ricin. Just seemed more likely.

    I'm a little surprised this doesn't happen more often.
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