Anthrax Scare 2.0: Letter Addressed To US Senator Tests Positive For Ricin Poison

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday we got a flashback of 9/11, and now the Anthrax scare is back. From @911Buff


Ricin's toxic history is long and illustrious: starting with the death of Bulgarian dissident journalist Georgi Markov, using the infamous KGB umbrella, and most recently used by Walter White (unsuccessfully) to eliminate the meth dealing competition.

CNN has some initial bits and pieces:

An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.

After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive, the law enforcement source said. The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing.

A photo of Senator Roger Wicker via politico:

Live webcast from Politico:

Finally, some facts from the CDC on ricin:

What ricin is

  • Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans. If castor beans are chewed and swallowed, the released ricin can cause injury.  Ricin can be made from the waste material left over from processing castor beans.
  • It can be in the form of a powder, a mist, or a pellet, or it can be dissolved in water or weak acid.
  • It is a stable substance under normal conditions, but can be inactivated by heat above 80 degrees centigrade (176 degrees Fahrenheit).

Where ricin is found and how it is used

  • Castor beans are processed throughout the world to make castor oil. Ricin is part of the waste “mash” produced when castor oil is made.
  • Ricin has been used experimentally in medicine to kill cancer cells.

How you could be exposed to ricin

  • It would take a deliberate act to make ricin and use it to poison people. Unintentional exposure to ricin is highly unlikely, except through the ingestion of castor beans.
  • If made into a partially purified material or refined into a terrorist or warfare agent, ricin could be used to expose people through the air, food, or water.
  • In 1978, Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian writer and journalist who was living in London, died after he was attacked by a man with an umbrella. The umbrella had been rigged to inject a poison ricin pellet under Markov’s skin.
  • In the 1940s the U.S. military experimented with using ricin as a possible warfare agent. In some reports ricin has possibly been used as a warfare agent in the 1980s in Iraq and more recently by terrorist organizations.
  • Ricin poisoning is not contagious. Ricin-associated illness cannot be spread from person to person through casual contact. However, if you come into contact with someone who has ricin on their body or clothes, you could become exposed to it.

How ricin works

  • Ricin works by getting inside the cells of a person’s body and preventing the cells from making the proteins they need. Without the proteins, cells die. Eventually this is harmful to the whole body, and death may occur.
  • Effects of ricin poisoning depend on whether ricin was inhaled, ingested, or injected.

Signs and symptoms of ricin exposure

  • The major symptoms of ricin poisoning depend on the route of exposure and the dose received, though many organs may be affected in severe cases.
  • Initial symptoms of ricin poisoning by inhalation may occur as early as 4- 8 hours and as  late as 24 hours after exposure. Following ingestion of ricin, initial symptoms typically occur in less than 10 hours.
  • Inhalation: Within a few hours of inhaling significant amounts of ricin, the likely symptoms would be respiratory distress (difficulty breathing), fever, cough, nausea, and tightness in the chest. Heavy sweating may follow as well as fluid building up in the lungs (pulmonary edema). This would make breathing even more difficult, and the skin might turn blue. Excess fluid in the lungs would be diagnosed by x-ray or by listening to the chest with a stethoscope. Finally, low blood pressure and respiratory failure may occur, leading to death. In cases of known exposure to ricin, people having respiratory symptoms should seek medical care.
  • Ingestion: If someone swallows a significant amount of ricin, he or she would likely develop vomiting and diarrhea that may become bloody. Severe dehydration may be the result, followed by low blood pressure. Other signs or symptoms may include seizures, and blood in the urine. Within several days, the person’s liver, spleen, and kidneys might stop working, and the person could die.
  • Skin and eye exposure: Ricin is unlikely to be absorbed through normal skin. Contact with ricin powders or products may cause redness and pain of the skin and the eyes. However, if you touch ricin that is on your skin and then eat food with your hands or put your hands in your mouth, you may ingest some.
  • Death from ricin poisoning could take place within 36 to 72 hours of exposure, depending on the route of exposure (inhalation, ingestion, or injection) and the dose received.

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88888's picture

A letter? have they heard of email? Well, I guess the post office could use the business.

vortmax's picture

Who really needs a pressure cooker, anyway? It's not like we want to take away your mom's stew pot...

Oldballplayer's picture

It's how the Colonel makes his fried chicken.

Pressure cookers: not just for your great grannies.

RobD's picture

Pressure cooker is required for canning if you live at med/high altitude. Important part of your preps.

IridiumRebel's picture

Attention Citizen:

Please gather your papers and ID and report to FEMA Camp #8675 for re-education.

SMG's picture

This and everything else this week has the Elite Oligarchs fingerprints all over it.  I wonder which freedoms we're going to lose this time?


From chaos, order.

TwoShortPlanks's picture

In the wrong hands (arse) Baked Beans are far more deadly.

AssFire's picture

The goobermint can't keep track of its' anthrax, guns, planes, drones etc. already and they think they are capable of taking care of more- everything from healthcare, retirement etc... Like that stupid token hired employee that never completes anything but walks around smiling and asking for more to do.. Need to fire that fuck tomorrow, but tonight I'm drinkin!

seek's picture

They want more centralized control, so not a freedom per se, but they want your local PD to be subordinate to DHS. I.E. they want police that don't live with in control, because, you know, your neighbor who's a cop is probably on your side when then the time comes. Just look at all the sherriff reactions to the latest gun control proposals and it's obvious that local police are a "problem" to TPTB.

max2205's picture

At least the 3:30 ramp is back.  Ka ching!

Buck Johnson's picture

I'm thinking the same thing, the same thing.  But the problem with that is usually they have a person or persons of interest already in the works within 24 hours or sooner.  Something tells me this has to do with American extremists terrorists.

espirit's picture

MOAR DHS, FBI, and other alphabet soup agencies - I don't feel safe.

.Gov needs to protect me from evildoers.

/snark off

TrulyStupid's picture

Sorry my friend, pressure cookers are protected under the 2nd amendment.

You'll have to pry my Pcooker from my cold dead fingers

- Charlton Deep Fried Heston

NotApplicable's picture

Hmmm... as an owner of multiple pressure cookers, should I worry?

Seer's picture

I'd thought that I'd sensed that you were under a bit of pressure lately...

mjcOH1's picture

"Hmmm... as an owner of multiple pressure cookers, should I worry?"

Do you have your arsenal permit?

Croesus's picture

Only if you have an AR15 pressure cooker....

a growing concern's picture

Anyone who needs a high capcity pressure cooker to make dinner probably shouldn't be cooking. /sarc

sunaJ's picture

I read your comment and had upped it.  An hour later I was walking through my livingroom where the talkingheads were rattling off on MSNBC (I can't stand the shit, but someone else in my household is a drone).  The analyst suggested, "Hey, even if you know of someone that has purchased a couple of pressure cookers recently, this is stuff that they would want to know."


I logged back on to let you know you have them dead to rights.  You can't stop the bogeyman with reason or satire once it has been loosed.

Flagit's picture




where on this earth can i go to get away from the insanity. its like invasion of the body snatchers out there. you cant walk down the street without someone pointing their finger at you and srecaming "aaahhhhhh", until 8 other join in. suddenly the whole 500,000 population thing dosent sound like such a bad idea.

ill lay odds corning revere ends up with a bail out over this industry trashing event. couple illegal pressure cookers with super-dead chickens in china, and you can add KFC to that list.

kchrisc's picture

No, just implement a pressure-cooker and envelope registry.

That'll do it. Works with guns, right?!       hujel

TheProphet's picture

Yes. The additional 30 minutes required to cook brown rice is the price we pay for vigilance.

xtop23's picture

Fucking great. Now I get to spend the next 3 months running suspicious powder calls like I did in '01. 

YHC-FTSE's picture

That's it! Thank you! '01 was when I read this story the last time. Been trying to figure out which book or movie had a similar plot and it turns out to be a fiction of a different kind altogether.  Didn't a govt employee do it last time, after spending months blaming al-ciada in the msm? Terrorism seems to be like fashion, the same old worn patterns seem to be in vogue every decade or so. 

Edit: Yep. Looked it up. It was a guy called Bruce Ivins. Apparently he committed suicide.

macholatte's picture



Terrorism seems to be like fashion, the same old worn patterns seem to be in vogue every decade or so.


if it ain't broke, don't fix it



Men are liars. We'll lie about lying if we have to. I'm an algebra liar. I figure two good lies make a positive.

Tim Allen

Bob's picture

Seems experts disagreed:

Scientists familiar with germ warfare said there was no evidence that he had the skills to turn anthrax into an inhalable powder. According to Alan Zelicoff who aided the F.B.I. investigation "I don't think a vaccine specialist could do it . . . This is aerosol physics, not biology".[125]

And, what has always been profoundly telling to me, given what we know about the post 9-11 political climate: over 200 of his professional colleagues attended his publicized funeral after the alleged "terrorist" allegedly committed suicide. 

Let that sink in a moment.

Everybody who knew him and knew the issues to the nth degree knew he didn't do it.

And now ricin on the heels of the bizarrely senseless Boston "attack." 

Looks like more false flaggin' to me. 

Good thing Obama kept Robert "Honey Pie" Mueller around past the statutory limit of his term as FBI Director. 

Mueller was originally appointed on September 4, 2001. 

The Second Rule's picture

Weaponizing anthrax is way beyond the pay grade of your Joe Average garage biologist. It requires advanced facilities to get the size down below 5 microns. And really even that won't work too well because it will lodge in the upper respiratory tracts. What you really want is 1-2 microns so that the particles get down in the lungs and that can only be produced in a high tech bioweapons lab.

kchrisc's picture

I call bullshit.

He didn't do it either. They just hounded him with the threat of arrest until he killed himself. Case closed.

But even if he did do it, don't forget that they hounded the first warm body they thought vulnerable until he heroically fought them off and even won a lawsuit.

And then there is that poor bastard Richard Jewell--saves the day and almost gets the gulag.

Seems to be their MO, that and engineering and "foiling" "terrorist" attacks using anyone they can find with an IQ of 70 or below. LOL and fucking scumbags.

I think that FBI is a Latin acronym for duck-duck-goose--Frebius Bruckus Goosis


tip e. canoe's picture

dead boogeymen tell no tales

The Second Rule's picture

The movie The International had a scene reminiscent of the Markov incident.

jimmytorpedo's picture

All your suicide are belong to us.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Not to worry. I'm sure the HSA will make an anouncement recommending everyone buy duct tape to save themselves. Sure worked last time.


Dapper Dan's picture

Should we go long scotch Duct Tape?


In 1953, Soviet scientists showed that triboluminescence caused by peeling a roll of an unidentified Scotch brand tape in a vacuum can produce X-rays.[5] In 2008, American scientists performed an experiment that showed the rays can be strong enough to leave an X-ray image of a finger on photographic paper.[6]


Stares straight ahead's picture

Well then, I'll never peel tape in a vacuum again. Best do it in a pressure cooker.

Parrotile's picture

Better off using vacuum cleaner HEPA cartridges!! Even the cheap after market ones really DO work for > 0.1 micron, so in theory at least, all you need is a respirator (courtesy of EBay) and the above filters, then you're good to go into the "Contaminated Outdoors!"

(OK you'll also need duct tape to hold it all together perhaps?? ;-) )

IridiumRebel's picture

"With USPS, it's just poison and send!"

knukles's picture

Could always e-mail a picture of a pile of white powder.
Betcha that's illegal, too....

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Dunno, Scarface or terrorist white powder? Plenty of pics of white powder on Wall St.


Skiing with the snow bunnys!

beaker's picture

Good one, knuckles!!!

SgtSchultz's picture

We need stricter envelope and pressure cooker control laws!

chubbar's picture

I missed the crucial detail in the article. Did they get the fucker or not?

Seer's picture

You're not responding appropriately (FEMA re-education time).  You're supposed to act scared and run around asking to do whatever is necessary to protect TPTB.