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Defense: FBI’s Tests On Ricin Were Unreliable, Shouldn’t be Allowed in Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Ohio man charged with creating the deadly toxin ricin is arguing that the FBI’s tests on the white powder found in his home were faulty, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The defense team for Jeff Boyd Levenderis, 65, argued during an evidentiary hearing Tuesday that the FBI’s findings were unreliable and should not be admissible in court.

At the ending of the hearing, which continues today, the judge is expected to decide whether the tests can be admitted in court, the Plain Dealer wrote.

The Tallmadge man has been in federal custody since January 2011.

 

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Mich. Sen. Office Receives Letter with White Powder

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI announced on Monday that US Senator Carl Levin’s downtown Detroit  office was evacuated after an employee came across a letter filled with a “suspicious white powder,” reports the Detroit News. The powder was later determined to be harmless.

Levin’s office, located in the McNamara Federal Building, has since been reopened, according to the Detroit News. The senator was in Washington when the letter and the powder were discovered.

The Michigan senator is the latest across the nation to receive letters with the powder over the last week, though none have yet proved to be dangerous.

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FBI: Israeli Consulates Targeted with (Harmless) White Powder Letters

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A series of “suspicious letters” with white powder have been turning up at several Israeli consulates over the past few days, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“There’s a lot of white powder letters that are going to Israeli consulates around the country,” Chris Allen of the FBI said late Tuesday. “There may be more out there.”

The threats seem more about fear considering that the powder so far has been harmless, Allen told the Journal. He would not comment on exactly how many other cases are under investigation.

“All of the ones we’re aware of have been field tested and are negative,” Allen said. “Anyone who came in contact with it is asymptomatic.”

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FBI Probes Threatening White Powder Letter Sent to Talk Show Host Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More often than not politicians have been the beneficiary of mysterious letters with white powder. This time it was the flip late night talk show host Craig Ferguson who got one of those letters.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI is working with police to determine who sent a threatening letter with white powder to Ferguson in Los Angeles  from overseas. The white powder ended up being harmless.

AP reported that two people at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, where “The Late Late Show” is filmed, were temporarily isolated Tuesday after being exposed to the powder around 3 p.m. They were released after authorities determined the material was harmless.

After the deadly anthrax letters in 2001, the U.S. Postal Service set up sensors in postal processing facilities to detect biological agents like anthrax.  Scores of fake white powder letters have been mailed around the country since then, but none have been found to contain dangerous agents like anthrax.

The White Powder We Fear: Packages Shut Down Alaska Congressional Offices in Fairbanks

Sen. Murkowski

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The anthrax attacks of 2001 have left the U.S. with a collective paranoia about white powder and mail.

The latest: Authorities temporarily shut the offices of three Alaska Congressional members on Monday after their Fairbanks offices received suspicious packages with white powder, Reuters news service reported.

It ended up being harmless.

Reuters reported that it ended up that a man had sent samples of concrete material to the Congressional delegation, which includes Sen. Mark Begich, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Don Young.

After the anthrax attacks, which killed five people and sickened 17, the U.S. Postal service installed sensors to detect anthrax in mail processed through postal facilities around the country.

No anthrax has been detected in the mail since the 2001 attacks, but there have been endless false alarms that have shut down buildings and resulted in people being decontaminated for safe measure.

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White Powder Letters Sent to FBI, U.S. Atty and IRS Offices Out West

western u.s. mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The old white powder in the envelope trick continues to scare people and disrupt work places even though none have ever proved dangerous since the 2001 attacks that killed five people and sickened 17.

The latest: White powder envelopes, that were later found to be harmless, were discovered Monday in eight federal buildings in seven cities in Washington, Idaho and Utah, the Associated Press reported.

An IRS building and a U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boise were evacuated. Letters were also sent to various FBI offices.

“It is obviously disruptive and taken seriously,” FBI special agent Frederick Gutt told AP.

AP reported that a field test on powder found in Bellevue, Wash., showed it was comprised of calcium carbonate, which is found in chalk and limestone.

After the 2001 deadly anthrax letter attacks, the postal service set up systems to detect letters with anthrax and other harmful materials.

White Powder Triggers Evacuation of FBI Headquarters in El Paso

White powder scares have haunted the American landscape ever since 2001. Offices have been shut down with regularity, and there’s no end in sight.

By The Associated Press
EL PASO, Texas – The FBI headquarters in El Paso was evacuated Wednesday after two people in the mail room were exposed to a white powdery substance.
The employees who came in contact with the powder were taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Everyone else in the federal law enforcement building, which houses about 200 FBI employees and nearly 100 U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency personnel, was sent home while hazardous materials crews worked to identify the substance.
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Man Who Sent Dozens of White Powdered Letters Was Upset About Losing $60,000+ in Stock

Message to Richard Leon Goyette: Lots more people loss lots more cash than you buddy. Next time get a Bernie Madoff punching bag to let out your aggressions.

By JEFF CARLTON
Associated Press
DALLAS - A man apparently upset about losing more than $60,000 when the government took over a failed bank has been arrested on charges alleging he mailed threatening letters containing suspicious powder to banks and federal offices, authorities said Tuesday.
Richard Leon Goyette, 47, was arrested at the Albuquerque, N.M., airport Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Dallas said. He is charged with a single count of knowingly and intentionally conveying false and misleading information.
“Mr. Goyette’s alleged criminal actions caused emergency responders and hazardous response teams immense unnecessary labor and expense, diverted personnel from actual emergencies, completely disrupted business at these financial institutions, and caused untold emotional distress to those who received letters,” said James T. Jacks, acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
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