SUSPECTED Ricin Packages Sent to Pentagon
Who to blame? Who to blame?
"The FBI on Tuesday launched an investigation into packages believed to contain the deadly poison ricin that were sent to someone at the Pentagon.What we know so far:
Pentagon spokesman Chris Sherwood said at least two packages were intercepted at a delivery facility on Pentagon grounds but not at the building."
- The packages were addressed to one person. The Pentagon would not reveal that person's name.
- Authorities have quarantined all US Postal Service mail received at the Pentagon's screening facility. The Pentagon said it "poses no threat to Pentagon personnel."
- In 2013, several letters containing ricin were sent through the US Postal Service, including one intercepted in Washington DC and addressed to former President Barack Obama.
- Ricin is a poison derived from castor beans that can easily be overlooked as the cause of death at autopsy. There is no known antidote to ricin but emergency medical care immediately after exposure can prevent death.