Where is the outrage from Republican officials and conservative talking heads like Senator Chuck Grassley, Rep. Steve King, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, and etc., who have been exploiting the Boston Bombings? A ricin letter was sent to the President of the United States (POTUS) — our Commander In Chief, yet we do not hear a peep from these people with regard to National Security.
Suppose the POTUS was harmed?
Shouldn’t these same individuals be alarmed with regard to toxic letters being sent to our officials?
Now we see a 3rd letter that was sent to our D.C. United State Air Force installation. Bolling Air Force Base is the center of Air Force and Navy ceremonial support, among other missions performed by the nearly 50 military and federal agencies on the installation. Its service to the country, active-duty, reserve, retired and visiting military, as well as personnel deployed around the world, is an important one. The Defense Intelligence Agency built its Defense Intelligence Analysis Center at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and moved many of its operations and headquarters there in 1987.
We thought we had the suspect, but the case involving ricin letters mailed to President Obama and other public official has evolved. The initial suspect via Paul Kevin Curtis, was released on bond by the U.S. Marshal’s office. The FBI has said it found no traces of ricin at the suspect’s home in Mississippi.
According the AP:
All the envelopes and stamps were self-adhesive, Grant said Monday, meaning they won’t yield DNA evidence. He said thus far the envelopes and letters haven’t yielded any fingerprints.
On Tuesday, people in hazmat suits were seen going in and out of Dutschke’s house on a quiet block in Tupelo. Investigators from the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Capitol Police were seen outside the house. Dutschke said he counted at least 30 law enforcement agents.
Dutschke said his attorney wasn’t with him and he didn’t know whether he was going to be arrested.
Dutschke said that he knows Curtis but that the two had a falling out. Dutschke said the last contact they had was in 2010 when Dutschke threatened to sue Curtis for saying he was a member of Mensa, a membership group for people with high IQs.
The 2013 ricin letters are reminiscent the anthrax letters that were sent to officials and our media during the September 11 attacks, and stories by PBS and the New York Times do not make me feel comfortable with regard to the the final anthrax investigative outcome. Indeed I hope the FBI isolated the anthrax threats despite doubt that is out there. The individual(s) who sent our Commander in Chief and now our military base ricin letters is an issue that ought to be taken very, very seriously.