Pattern beginning to emerge as some suggest both attacks could be right wing, pro-gun extremists
April 17, 2013
A letter believed to have been laced with the deadly substance ricin was intercepted in a Maryland post office yesterday before it could reach it’s intended destination – the desk of a Senator who has been fiercely critical of gun control legislation, yet voted to block a filibuster on the issue.
In a statement late Tuesday, the U.S. Capitol Police said that further tests on the package, which had a Memphis, Tennessee, postmark, are being conducted at the Army’s biomedical research laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
Though false positives of ricin in letters to elected reps. have been recorded in the recent past, the analysis conducted so far seems to conclusively show that the deadly toxin was present in the letter.
The intended target of the letter was Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, who in recent weeks has vowed to block any legislation that would further tighten firearms regulation.
“I have an A+ rating from the NRA and have consistently worked to protect Second Amendment rights,’ Wicker wrote on his Facebook page last week. “I have never voted for gun control and will not do so… I will filibuster.” the Senator, and former 12 year Congressman noted.
Despite his staunch opposition to gun control, Wicker was one of only 16 Republicans who last week voted to end the filibuster on the legislation and invite debate on the matter.
“This begins a debate to put the Senate on record about a basic constitutional freedom.” Wicker stated at the time.
In justifying his vote, Wicker pointed to “the opportunity to vote on measures to strengthen gun rights, such as an amendment to protect veterans from unfair restrictions when trying to purchase a firearm.”
Wicker reiterated that he “will filibuster passage of a final bill if it contains gun restrictions or a weapons ban.”
Because of Wicker’s vote to end the filibuster last week, some have suggested that he may have been targeted by an extremist right wing pro-gun group or individual:
Probably right wing terror groups sent Ricin to all 16 “Traitor” Republican Senators to end gun control filibuster #Boston
— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) April 16, 2013
Others have suggested that the incident could be tied in with the Boston bombings:
IF ricin letter is connected w/ Boston, it echoes Minnesota Patriots Council plotting of early 90s and 2011 Georgia plot. Both anti-tax/fed
— Jarret Brachman (@Jarret_Brachman) April 16, 2013
Although not out of the question, this would be somewhat of a stretch, given that Senator Wicker is, despite his vote last week, still a staunch critic of gun control legislation.
As we reported yesterday, a media driven narrative is beginning to emerge that paves the way to level blame for the Boston attack at the feet of anti-government, “patriot”, tea party types.
Politico reported that the ricin letter contained a warning that read “You haven’t listen to me before. Now you will, even if people have to die.”
An FBI bulletin obtained by Fox News also stated that the letter contained the sentence “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.”
Both letters were reportedly signed, “I am KC and I approve this message.”
The same bulletin also noted that a second letter containing the same phrase was also sent to the president. It is not clear whether the letter to Obama also contained ricin.
Police and the FBI have refused to comment on the situation. However, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told the Associated Press that police have a suspect in mind.
“The person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members,” McCaskill told reporters as she emerged from a classified briefing.
Senator Wicker, who has served in the Senate since 2007, has been assigned a protective detail, according to police sources.
“This matter is part of an ongoing investigation by the United States Capitol Police and FBI,’ Wicker said in a statement released late Tuesday. ‘I want to thank our law enforcement officials for their hard work and diligence in keeping those of us who work in the Capitol complex safe.”
The timing of the attempted attack on Senator Wicker, just one day after the bombing in Boston, has recalled the 2001 anthrax attacks, where deadly letters were sent to elected representatives and newsrooms in the days following 9/11.
The FBI’s official narrative on those attacks has since been proven extremely doubtful at best, and has been seriously questioned by leading scientists and world authorities on the composition of Anthrax.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.