SecDef Mattis and CNO Richardson targeted in suspected ricin mail attack Update- SS Intercepts Suspect Package Addressed to POTUS

| October 2, 2018

dod employeesDepartment of Defense employees inside the Pentagon’s mail screening facility inspect envelopes and packages, one step in the Pentagon’s mail screening process, before the items are released to their addressees. (Tara Copp/Military Times)

Two packages mailed to the Pentagon this week are believed to contain the poison ricin, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

The packages were addressed to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, a defense official said on the condition of not being named. The packages triggered alarms Monday as they were undergoing security screening at a mail processing center that is on the Pentagon campus, but not inside the building.

Ricin is produced from the seeds of the castor oil plant, and is a highly potent toxin. A dose of purified ricin powder the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult human. The median lethal dose of ricin is around 22 micrograms per kilogram of body weight if the exposure is from injection or inhalation. Oral exposure is far less toxic, as some of the poison is inactivated in the stomach.

Later Tuesday the Pentagon allowed reporters to view the facility where every piece of inbound mail is inspected and screened before it is allowed to move on to its intended recipient. Inside, more than two dozen Department of Defense employees work 24 hours a day, screening the more than 500,000 pieces of mail sent to the Pentagon each year, a DoD official said on the condition of anonymity. In addition to the employees’ physical screen, there are additional tests that the official would not elaborate on.

Nor would the official say whether the facility had ever previously had a positive result like Monday’s ricin results, only stating that it was extremely rare.

The entire article may be viewed Here.

Low tech but potentially lethal, and ‘they’ only have to be right once. Glad this fan mail was discovered early and the attack failed.

castor beansCastor Seeds

UPDATE
Secret Service Intercepts Package with Suspected Ricin Addressed to President Trump

“The Secret Service can confirm receipt of a suspicious envelope addressed to the President on Oct. 1, 2018. The envelope was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House,” the Secret Service said in a statement. “As a matter of practice, the Secret Service does not comment regarding matters of Protective Intelligence. However, in this instance, we can confirm that we are working jointly with our law enforcement partners to fully investigate this matter.”

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This story is developing.

Update
Pentagon: Suspicious substance in envelopes was castor seeds, not ricin itself

A Pentagon spokeswoman says the suspicious substance found in envelopes turned over to the FBI contained the substance from which the poison ricin is derived, but not ricin itself.

Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, told reporters traveling with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Brussels that the substance was castor seeds.

On Tuesday, Pentagon officials said two envelopes that had been suspected of containing ricin were isolated at a Pentagon mail screening facility, then sent to the FBI. They said one envelope was addressed to Mattis, the other to the chief of the U.S. Navy, Adm. John Richardson. No one was injured.

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  1. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    For those who salivate over the prospect of another civil war here, expect this sort of thing to be common.

    And much, much worse.

  2. Sapper3307 says:

    MadDog just puts more whiskey and Ricin in his coffee and laughs in grunt.

  3. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    So were they sent by some muzzie or sent by a left wing nut job?

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Weak. These people make the de Medici look like modern-day pros. You don’t send it in the mail, for Pete’s sake. You buy the coffee at McD’s have a couple of sips and to what one of Vlad Putin’s assassins did: drop the Polonium-210 in it when you hand it to the target.

    Amateurs, everyone of these twinkie-slurping dweebs. They can’t hold a candle to the Aum Shinrikyo sect.

    • rgr1480 says:

      …They can’t hold a candle to the Aum Shinrikyo sect….

      Lately they have been seen hanging around.

      On 6 July 2018, after exhausting all appeals, Asahara and six other followers were executed by Japan, as punishment for the 1995 attacks and other crimes. On 26 July 2018, the remaining 6 followers on death row were executed by Japan.

    • desert says:

      HEY…what’s wrong with TRINKIES? 😉

  5. 5th/77thFA says:

    Seeing the mail handlers wearing bio haz suits just to sort the mail kinda brings home the level that we have to go to in defence of our Country. Sad, ain’t it?

    • desert says:

      A.H.’s keep this crap up to show us whats wrong with a “free country”, they prefer the 3rd Reich where you can’t take a crap without an SS moron looking over your shoulder!

  6. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I have little doubt that unless the sender was a recent releasee from a nut house, that he or she did not expect the pkgs ever to reach the addressees. Instead, I think it entirely plausible that pkgs were sent by an antifa type bent on disruption and, as always, resistance. The call to “Get in their face” by you know has progressed, naturally, to deface, defame, disrupt, and destroy.

  7. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Where’s LC to suggest that it might have been a Republican who is trying to set up the Left?

    • Combat Historian says:

      That sounds more like cunthulu; LC would spend his whole post laboriously apportioning blame to both sides and then royally proclaiming he just wants to find out what the truth is…

      • LC says:

        I haven’t got a clue who sent it. I’m disinclined to think this is a precursor to a civil war, or some Soros-funded liberal plot, or anything other than a crazed loon though. Be they Right, Left, or god knows what else.

      • desert says:

        “He can’t HANDLE the truth”! 😉

  8. OldManchu says:

    Have you hugged a muslim today?

  9. Comm Center Rat says:

    Mad Dog Mattis grinds his coffee beans with his teeth, boils the water with his own rage, and stirs in spoonfuls of ricin as a low-cal sugar substitute.

  10. rgr769 says:

    It appears the raving moonbat progs have commenced chemical warfare against our leaders. They will reap what they sow.

  11. Tallywhagger says:

    That any toxin is discovered, well in advance of intended victims, speaks well for the system.

    Shit happens but shit also works. Mattis is one of the few men who have infiltrated the federal government, used it well, and kept the renegades from going full Blumenthal.

    Should the need arise, and Mattis issue the call, their will be millions of us who will answer.

  12. Roh-Dog says:

    Hats off to the fine men and women that serve this country, both abroad and here!
    Whoever sent this sh*t is a d*ckbag and should be thrown in a supermax for being a terrorist f*ckhead.
    If I was a guard for the prick, Barbra Streisand’s new album on constant repeat over the dude’s cell speaker.

  13. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    And to think, a deadly toxin and the first motor oil (think Castrol) come from the same plant.

  14. Ex-PH2 says:

    Well, to make up for this obnoxious business, I would send SecDef Mattis something myself.

    But since one cannot send food products for the very reason that the mail sorters at the Pentagon wear hazmat stuff, I would simply send him my recipe for chocolate chip cookies and advise him to direct the concoction of the recipe personally, to make sure that it is done properly.

  15. AW1Ed says:

    Update- castor seeds, not ricin.

  16. ChipNASA says:

    Hmmm Waiting for verification on this….

    Packages sent to Pentagon that initially tested positive for ricin are suspected to have been mailed by a former Navy sailor, officials say

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/packages-sent-to-pentagon-that-initially-tested-positive-for-ricin-are-suspected-to-have-been-mailed-by-a-former-navy-sailor-officials-say

  17. Mark Lauer says:

    As soon as the Ricin saw it was Mad Dog Mattis, it ran back into the envelope, sealed itself in, and refuses to come out.

  18. SGT Fon says:

    how easy is this stuff to make if people are doing it in their garage? that scares me more then the fact that they are targeting gov officials. what would a crop duster of this stuff do if it was say dropped over some place like boston or NYC? is it persistent or is it neutralized by exposure to air? i’d look it up my self but i avoid looking up anything that the NSA might thing suspicious… just because i am paranoid doesn’t mean they are not watching me right?

  19. ChipNASA says:

    I’ll just leave this meme here.
    (If someone wants to post the photo, it’s not mine but its still funny)
    mattis ricin

    https://i.imgur.com/SP9hi9B.png

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I think I should definitely send him my chocolate chip cookie recipe. He can supervise the addition of vanilla and dark brown sugar himself.