19 February 2004

The Ricin That Wasn't?

A couple of weeks ago Senator Frist was alleged to have been the target of a ricin attack, via undistributed mail in the mailroom. Recent .:news reports:., however, now say that the postive test results may have been due to "non-toxic byproducts of the castor bean plant — the raw material for ricin" which is sometimes used to make paper.

I suspect there was some GOP jubiliation over a botched attack against one of their own, because the very real anthrax attacks against Democrats three years ago was never explained, and the culprit was never caught. They didn't want to be left out, so they rushed to call it a terrorist attack before all proper testing of the substance was completed.

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