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Fox News alert on the latest in the series of suspicious packages mailed to different lawmakers the latest Arizona senator Jeff flake which we just confirmed.
As we got live pictures of a news conference outside of his Phoenix office which we now still have let's listen.
Just ended what -- they say we'll try to find out as we were monitoring it during the break but -- -- what we heard.
Just prior to the break was that -- senator flakes office was confirming.
That he had received some sort of suspicious package.
And they were investigating.
We don't know exactly what it was we were told again it was the Phoenix office it wasn't his Washington DC office.
And we have been told.
Actually suspicious letter that's how would describe suspicious letter.
And we have just been told about another senator.
Who has also reportedly received a suspicious letter again we are working to confirm that directly with the senator's office and we will tell you the identity of that.
Senator win that we have confirmed -- independently with his office.
But this again by my cat is at six at least six different lawmakers.
Who have reportedly.
Received or been sent a suspicious letter or package and I include the president as a lawmaker in that six.
In the past day.
Joining me now to breaking news Michael -- -- he's a former New York -- Homeland Security czar and a senior fellow at the homeland security policy institute.
It is too reminiscent of the anthrax letters that went out after that last massive.
Terror attack in the United States back on 9/11 in 2001 and now we see rice and according to the authorities being mailed to at least they confirmed at least two but now we see several other.
Being reported that could be a scare right right from the lawmakers who are just being extra cautious but the two we know about.
One Republican lawmaker and one the president of the United States we make -- And obviously it as you said -- could be the same type of scenario that we had isn't and is if you were call with the anthrax letters he really wasn't a connection at all right and in between so.
That we ever were able to determine exactly and so what you have here is -- -- settings these letters because -- exploiting the disaster in in and tragedy in Boston I trying to send a message.
Are you sympathizer.
Your copycat -- what are -- trying to do here which which we're about this is that the anthrax attacks if you -- try to.
Actually bring harm to somebody you -- send it to someone in there offices because it can be screened.
And Andrea not gonna get there just too much in the history of using rice in which is a particularly deadly.
-- protein actually we're told there's no -- me like anthrax words you might be able to accept bro or we're told me you get.
Rice -- poisoning that there's no cure but it's all about the amount and and how you get it whether it's inhalation injected engine and -- or injection.
He's actually 1976 effectively due to murder.
Sent to assessing individual.
But today we have not seen rice and -- in in a way that we have a say anthrax or smallpox we try to terrorist allies -- you've been torn over a mess -- people.
That's not it's been really -- discrete.
Thing about -- is that you can make it from castor beans and actually you can produce it before it's a lot easier to get and -- and handle.
And say anthrax -- it's so easy to get produce and it's so potentially deadly.
Why do you think we haven't seen more about -- I think people see -- much.
Bigger bang for the buck if they -- with with anthrax.
And answer doesn't go airborne -- in right in camps in Q do you put -- -- missed but you have to taken.
It's about the mountain taken so what happened and explain for those of us don't know -- and how I was at work you open up an envelope what is it like white powder like anthrax -- it's like patty can I make into a -- Again depends upon what kind of exposure of you don't take it and ingested.
And if you don't breathe it in.
Then you don't have a problem the thing with anthrax is that you can -- it so that you can make.
The bulls more size of the spore and it's shape the morphology they call it such that you inhale that.
It it is in the best form to maximize -- section what do you make.
Of the reports we've heard about this now they are talking about how.
There was a signature on some of these letters some in the effect of I AM -- your case and I've approved this message.
I mean what does that.
Sound like -- it sounds like and group that's trying to get some attention on this and obviously we may see other letters out there and that's always a concern of the of officials as.
How we -- the leading edge of something what else again try at this point in time to -- those two officials that are going to be screened off site.
-- particularly effective obviously trying to send to sensationalize message but not a particular threat based upon the -- messages and methods are in place right now.
How to what ever right now bar lawmakers and what when we shot.
The anthrax scare.
Back in 2001 lawmakers were targeted some news -- targeted I mean who needs to be wary right now and what sort of screening mechanism needs to go in place.
And people's mail.
And that that's a great question and and so if you use the Boston Marathon if you've seen that there's some connection there.
Tax day and you've seen it is indeed if there is a connection we have no information that there is but as -- work anyway so -- all government.
That's in which case government officials perhaps -- multiple levels of government not just -- the federal government.
That they might be they should certainly be wary I know that if back if -- back office had become a -- let's make sure we do we talk with the sort of arms.
-- the on the state police make sure that we know what's coming into the.
What do you make of the fact that it's they both Democrats and Republicans are getting unease across the board of anti government.
So could be an anti government type yes general or could be of July hottest title could be alone -- -- -- We just don't know at this point but you can see tensions are earning hiring on capitol -- you can understand.
Thank you very much for being here I appreciated sir we're.
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