CBS News reported Thursday that an anonymous letter intercepted by Secret Service at an undisclosed White House mail screening facility was possibly tainted with the deadly poison ricin. The letter was addressed to President Obama and shares similarities to the two ricin-laced letters recently sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan told POLITICO that the Obama letter, discovered Wednesday, was turned over to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for further screening and investigation.
All three letters in question were postmarked from Shreveport, La. and condemned efforts toward tighter gun control. NBC News released that some of the wording found in both the Obama and Bloomberg letters was identical and included the line “what’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.”
The threats began when the first letter, postmarked May 20, was opened in a Manhattan mail processing facility. The next letter shared the same postmark date and arrived in Washington on Sunday at the office of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the very organization headed by Bloomberg.
According to a CNN source, threats contained in one of the letters addressed to Bloomberg referenced the right to bear arms.
“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God-given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die.”
USA Today confirmed that three New York officers involved in intercepting the Manhattan letter experienced mild symptoms typical of Ricin poisoning, but are expected to make a full recovery. All others in direct contact with the Bloomberg letters were given a clear bill of health.
CBS News released a statement that Bloomberg made to reporters explaining his view on such acts of terrorism.
“No, I’m not angry,” said Bloomberg. “There are people who, I would argue, do things that may be irrational, do things that are wrong, but it’s a very complex world out there, and we just have to deal with that.”
The FBI is also investigating the Bloomberg threats, yet no suspects have been named at this time.
Recently there have been two other ricin death threats including last week’s arrest of Matthew Buquet, 38, of Spokane, and the arrest of Mississippi native Everett Dutschke, 41, in late April. Dutschke was charged with mailing poisoned letters to Obama and two others.
Click the link for ABC News exclusive footage of the Bloomberg ricin letters: