The Associated Press
December 17, 2008
Editor’s note: This stinks to high heaven of a COINTELPRO operation designed to make anti-war activists look like terrorists.
Suspicious packages have been sent to National Guard bureaus and reserve facilities in 36 states, federal authorities revealed Wednesday.
An internal Dec. 16 report from the Department of Homeland Security said the 51 packages included anti-war compact discs, and one package also had a suspicious powder. It said the powder, sent in a package to Utah’s National Guard headquarters in Draper, was tested and found not to be toxic.
All the packages were postmarked from Tennessee, according to Homeland Security, and they started arriving at the Guard facilities on December 12.
The FBI is investigating these and similar incidents.
Fifteen U.S. embassies in Europe have also received letters containing a suspicious white substance, and tests have shown 14 of them to be harmless, State Department spokesman Robert A. Wood said Wednesday. Test results for the substance in one of the letters has not yet been received, he said.
More than 40 governors’ offices nationwide have also gotten the letters, which contain an unspecified note, FBI spokesman Rich Kolko said Tuesday.
The FBI said that all of those were postmarked from Texas; the letters began showing up in states last week. They all appear to be from the same source, and have tested negative for any dangerous toxin or other threat, authorities said.