At least two packages sent to the Department of Defense Headquarters outside of Washington, DC tested positive Tuesday for Ricin; a deadly poison lethal to those who come in close contact with it.
According to the New York Post, federal authorities detected the toxin during its routine screening process.
“As part of the screening process, (authorities) recognized some suspicious packages,” Defense Department spokesman Chris Sherwood said.
All mail sent to the Pentagon is under a mandatory quarantine until every item is properly screened.
“On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon’s remote screening facility,” said a Dept. of Defense spokesperson. “On Tuesday, October, 2, 2018, in coordination with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, FBI Special Agents took possession of two suspicious envelopes that had been screened at the Pentagon mail facility. Those envelopes are currently undergoing further testing. As this is ongoing, we will have no further comment.”
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BIO-ATTACK AVERTED: Authorities Foil POISON TERROR Plot in Germany
Authorities and police averted a potentially devastating biological terror attack in Germany Thursday, foiling an “Islamic extremist” plot to unleash a deadly agent somewhere in the country.
According to the Associated Press, German authorities confirmed the arrest of Sief Allah H., whose surname couldn’t be revealed due to the country’s harsh privacy laws; adding the man was actively working on a “biological weapon.”
Investigators recovered the deadly biological agent ricin -created from the seeds of castor beans- at the scene.
“The suspect is believed to have begun procuring material online in mid-May, prosecutors said. He succeeded in creating the toxin this month and investigators found it in the apartment search,” writes the AP. “Prosecutors wouldn’t say how much ricin the suspect had produced.”
“He had contacts with people in the jihadist spectrum,” said a spokesperson with the prosecution.
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TOTAL DISASTER: Venezuela’s Bank Issues PHONE APP to Help Residents Convert to New Currency
The total economic collapse and financial crisis continued to ravage Venezuela this week, with the nation’s central bank issuing a smart phone app to help confused citizens convert prices to the country’s new, devalued currency.
According to Bloomberg, Venezuela’s central bank released the ‘Sovereign Calculator’ for Android-based mobile phones Wednesday; performing calculations that allow residents to convert prices from the old Bolivar to the new Sovereign Bolivar.
“The Sovereign Calculator, a tool for everyone and all Venezuelans, is the best ally people will have to understand and assimilate the monetary re-denomination process,” the central bank said on Twitter. “Download it now!”
La Calculadora Soberana una herramienta para todas y todos los venezolanos, es el mejor aliado que tendrá el pueblo para entender y asimilar el proceso de reconversión monetaria.#CalculadoraSoberana #BolívarSoberano
— Banco Central de Venezuela (@BCV_ORG_VE) August 23, 2018
The app will constantly update with new conversion and exchange rates in order to help citizens understand the uncharted pricing schemes.
Read the full story at Bloomberg.