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Navy Vet Hit with More Charges, More Letters Found in Ricin Case

William Clyde Allen III ricin
Image by Davis County Sheriff's Office via AP

William Clyde Allen III was arrested and recently hit with more charges, and the Air Force secretary was also targeted...

A suspicious envelope was mailed to President Trump earlier this month, and was intercepted by Secret Service. They released a statement stating that the suspicious envelope was addressed to President Donald Trump and that it was intercepted outside the White House but were unable to share other information at this time. The statement:

"We can confirm that we are working jointly with our law enforcement partners to fully investigate this matter," Secret Service put in the statement, "Further, all threats directed towards the President, or any Secret Service protectee, are treated seriously and fully investigated."

Then, It Was the Pentagon

Yet again, the envelopes were addressed directly to their intended recipients. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson. Fortunately the mail processing center for the Pentagon is not located in the main building and no one was exposed to the substance.

It seems all of the letters may have come from the same person, law enforcement believes. The “Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility. The envelopes were taken by the FBI for further analysis", stated Colonel Rob Manning of the Pentagon. Those letters have since been tested positive for ricin.

Positive for Ricin

It was feared the mysterious chemical may have been in all the attempts. Ricin is a lethally poisonous drug that is naturally created from castor beans. Ricin has no antidote and unfortunately is not easily detected. It can come in many forms, which includes this whitish powder substance.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) says no one would “accidentally” create ricin. If it were created, it was to be used as a weapon for the purpose of causing death. In their words, “a deliberate act to make ricin and use it to poison people.” They also state, “Unintentional exposure to ricin is highly unlikely, except through the ingestion of castor beans."

Wikipedia reads, in part, “Ricin is very toxic if inhaled, injected, or ingested. It can also be toxic if dust contacts the eyes or if it is absorbed through damaged skin. It acts as a toxin…” Ricin will cause: internal bleeding, organ failure, and the victims circulatory system will finally shut down.

Next, It Was the Texas Senator

In Houston, a letter with a suspicious white powder substance was sent to Texas Senator Ted Cruz at his campaign headquarters, and like the envelope to President Trump, again, it was addressed directly to him. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Senator Cruz was at the Senate Judiciary Committee listening, like the others in attendance, to a fantastic tale of a fantastic adventure from a less than fantastic woman spinning a less than fantastic yarn. That would be Christine Blasey Ford, but that is a different topic altogether.

The difference with the letter sent to Senator Cruz is two people were hospitalized, law enforcement reported. So there are now two victims, whose current conditions are not yet reported. The Republican Senator’s spokesperson Catherine Frazer stated that the package had been opened in the lobby, therefore the building was in a lockdown status.

The Houston Fire Department stated there was a hazmat team on the ninth floor to identify the powder, therefore, that floor of the Phoenix Building was temporarily evacuated. The HFD knew what substance to check for first, since this incident occurred hours after envelopes suspected of containing ricin had already been sent to the Pentagon.

Precautions, Securities in Place at All Times

The Department of Defense currently processes approximately 500,000 letters and packages every year. Therefore they keep strict securities in place at all times. Fortunately, this is how these attempts are derailed -- before delivery to their intended goal.

The investigation will continue. As alarming as this story is, unfortunately, it's not uncommon for people to threaten the president. Back in April, New Right Network broke the story on Ben Pearson's terrorist threat on President Donald Trump.



RenĂ© Rights / Senior Contributor
RenĂ© Rights is an instinctual writer. From penning Haiku as a teen to taking a couple writing classes in college, she's always sought to express herself through the written word. Now in early retirement, she turns to every platform she can to support President Trump’s agenda.
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