Ricin Attack on the Pentagon Targeting Top DOD Officials
Two packages testing positive for Ricin have recently arrived at the Pentagon for Sec. of Defense Mattis and Navy Ops Chief Adm. Richardson.
Luckily, the security process the Pentagon uses to screen packages found them before they were delivered or taken into the Pentagon.
With the relative ease of producing Ricin, I’m honestly surprised that more of these types of attacks aren’t seen. This is yet another reason to put a little more time into learning about and prepping for a potential biological attack.
At least two packages mailed to the Pentagon this week are believed to contain the poison ricin, and the FBI is now investigating them, 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 an off-site mail processing center.
“It’s suspected to be ricin,” said Pentagon spokesman Chris Sherwood.
The envelopes were taken by the FBI this morning for further analysis, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning. The Pentagon mail that arrived with the packages Monday is now on hold.
“All USPS mail received at the Pentagon mail screening facility yesterday is currently under quarantine and poses no threat to Pentagon personnel,” Manning said.
Most Americans aren’t likely to be the target of an attack like, but you could certainly end up in the wrong place at the wrong time when one of these attacks goes down. I’d suggest brushing up on how ricin affects the body, the symptoms you could see if you were exposed and what to do if you are exposed.
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