A day after a letter laced with poisonous ricin was caught on its way to Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, the Secret Service announced Wednesday that a second letter addressed to President Obama was also tainted with a "suspicious substance" -- it was discovered in a mail-screening facility not on White House premises. Fox News is saying the letters were both sent from the same person in Memphis, Tennessee.
As of now, there's no reason to believe that the poisonous letters are related to the Boston Marathon bombings. In fact, there's a theory that they may have more to do with the gun control issue, as Republican Senator Wicker recently voted with Democrats to advance and enhance background checks.
ABC is reporting that the FBI is already interviewing a frequent letter writer from Memphis, someone they believe to be a suspect.
It's a giant WTF moment for sure, and the timing of the letters couldn't have been worse. Not that there's ever a good time to hear that the government is receiving letters laced with extremely lethal poison, but the fact that it's aligned, accidentally or not, with the first domestic terror attack in a decade makes it all just that much more unsettling.
There is, however, something to be thankful for. As Senator Claire McCaskill points out, the process they had in place to catch such a substance worked. The ricin letters were detected, then sent to a lab in Baltimore -- they never had a chance to be lethal.
The anthrax attacks of 2004 killed five and injured 17. This attempted ricin attack wasn't given an opportunity to be dangerous, and that, in the midst of all the chaos, is something to be appreciated.
What do you make of the letters?
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