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New information now on the -- scare that put Washington and other parts of the nation on edge yesterday.
As a Mississippi man is charged with threatening the president.
Lab results confirmed.
At least preliminary results confirm we are told this -- citing a senior congressional source who's knowledgeable with the case says it was -- said.
That was in a letter mailed to Mississippi senator Roger Wicker this week.
And -- that's the same deadly poison that authorities believe was sent in a letter to President Obama there was a third letter that was sent to a judge in Mississippi.
Both letters were intercepted at screening facilities.
And the suspect whose name we now -- at his picture we have Paul Kevin Curtis just appeared in federal court.
His lawyer says he is innocent.
The question is.
How does a guy who moonlight -- an Elvis impersonator and manage according to prosecutors to get its hands on a -- so deadly.
We're told a small drop is -- to an adult.
Doctor Leonard Cole is an expert in bioterrorism.
Written the book the anthrax letters.
Which covers and other bioterrorism scare we had in the wake of 9/11.
So that's the question how do you get -- Elvis impersonator who gets his hands on rice and and drops it in a letter according to prosecutors to three different lawmakers.
Well Elvis impersonator or not it's not so difficult to get right thing but.
How you get it and in what form makes a big difference in whether it's going to be terribly dangerous or not.
Writes in is a product within -- castor beans which comes from the castor plant which is found in nature.
So -- put a bunch of castor beans on the table there would be rice and on the table.
The question is how pure how refined.
And in what constituency.
The powder was is it was it light and fluffy so that it would easily.
Flowed into the air and possibly be inhaled.
Or was it a more crude mix which yes is not a great thing to send to people not great to swallow or be exposed to.
But nevertheless not as dangerous or toxic as one -- This this we're told was detected because in the wake of the anthrax scare which took the lives of five people and it was more than a scare.
They created an off site mail facility for their for the White House and for lawmakers and that off site facility these letters never got close to President Obama oh -- that senator.
Somehow that these letters had rice and in them or potential.
-- -- in the how does that work -- -- that does that tell you anything about the concentration of race and that may have banned in the letters.
Well not necessarily my guess is that I don't have any firsthand knowledge but the intelligent common -- guess would be.
If any letter that comes address to a high official in Washington or perhaps elsewhere.
That has powder.
And perhaps the threat message that you know accompanied this powder.
Would be carefully scrutinized so that would ever -- ingredient is would be.
Looked at more carefully than if -- were just a routine letter and would not necessarily be screened as.
I think more people -- a regular folks out there who who worry now we've had a terrorist attack in the country this week.
About this happening again and and they they're screening their -- little bit more -- even though this guy's been arrested.
You know we don't know for sure whether he did -- whether there'd be copycats or so on and how can protect themselves from this.
Well the first thing to say is what you you're suggesting is a very good observation that because we had -- soon after two -- 9/11.
In fact one week later we found.
That leaders that the letters were later found.
Were postmarked September 18.
So the first two letters that contained anthrax back in 9/11 -- time.
We're send -- exactly one week after so that pattern that that sense still exists I guess it's a reflection.
So that when there is a Boston Marathon bombing.
And then somebody says hey there's rice and around here is there a tie my guess is that there is absolutely no tied to those who bombed in.
Boston and those are the individual now who the Elvis impersonator who sent these out.
But you pick up ideas -- -- is a very unfortunate circumstance that happens.
Often after there's a big major event of this sort is -- get the idea.
Is there a way to protect you -- -- -- a -- Senior may yeah just eloped and look for powder -- what well the standard is this.
If you have a powder or any ingredient in an envelope or -- letter that you suspect is dangerous and especially if it's in the light fluffy form.
Do not wave it around put it down get yourself cleaned and washed off so that there's no residue on your skin.
And of course you would call both law enforcement and medical authorities to make sure that you personally are all right and.
Doctor -- who has written this book against the anthrax letters and talking about the what happened there says to me that he believes there's only a fifty point eight.
No I think it was that the fifty point 0150 point 01% chance that the man they believe committed that crime -- -- killed himself military scientist Bruce Ivins.
Was in fact the one behind it we'll talk about that another day tactical thanks for being here thanks for inviting.
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