BREAKING: President Target Of ‘Suspicious’ Package; Positive Test For Ricin
Several mainstream media outlets are reporting that the FBI and Secret Service have intercepted a suspicious package, or envelope, intended for President Barack Obama.
MSNBC is reporting that the package has initially tested positive for ricin, an organically derived protein that can be fatal if inhaled, even in miniscule quantities.
The parcel was intercepted at an off-site screening facility for mail addressed to the White House. Investigators believe they know the source of the mailing, but haven’t made any arrests.
Reports of parcels targeting Obama, as well as U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), are mounting since Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. The FBI, which has taken over that investigation as well, currently isn’t linking the bombing with the targeting of Washington politicians.
Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.
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